I consolidated all my thoughts into one place to which I could refer everyone who requested for my recommended resources in terms of training, nutrition, supplementation, coaching, motivation, and business. Check out the Links page for a direct link to various online resources.
Keep in mind that this is only a small collection of resources. I am constantly reading/viewing/hearing 1-3 books/articles/DVD/CDs each week. You should do the same. To be considered an "expert/specialist" I suggest a minimum of two hours of "deliberate study" in your field of interest.
According to Brian Tracy: "One hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years. Within five years you’ll be a national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do."
Dont forget, the single most valuable free resource you have is the people that surround you (friends, clients, colleagues, family, training partners, co-workers and fellow coaches). Interact with as many people as humanly possible because everyone has something to teach/give.
A FEW BOOKS SPECIFICALLY FOR "FITNESS PROFESSIONALS" TO BUILD A SOLID FOUNDATION OF BASIC KNOWLEDGE. MAKE SURE YOU GET THE LATEST AND MOST CURRENT EDITIONS.
Somatics by Thomas Hanna
Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists by Thomas W. Myers
Manual of Structural Kinesiology with Dynamic Human by Clem W. Thompson, R .T. Floyd
Science and Practice of Strength Training by Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky, W. J. Kraemer
Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes by Shirley Sahrmann
Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning by Thomas R. Baechle and NSCA
In Pursuit of Excellence by Terry Orlick
Body Mind Master by Dan Millman
Advances in Motivation in Sport and Exercise by Glyn Roberts
Power Eating by Dr. Susan Kleiner
Sports Nutrition Guidebook by Nancy Clark
Foods, Nutrition and Sports Performance: An International Scientific Consensus by Mars Incorporated with International Olympic Committee
Fundamentals of Biomechanics by Duane Knudson
Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury by William C. Whiting , Ronald F. Zernicke
Biomechanics Of Sport And Exercise by Peter Merton McGinnis
The Naked Ape: A Zoologist’s Study of the Human Animal by Desmond Morris
Learn to discern materials by reading something that you absolutely disagree with, On that note read anything written by Mike Boyle, Gray Cook, Charles Poliquin, Pavel Tsatsouline, Dan John, Vladimir Zatsiorsky, Paul Chek, Christian Thibaudeau, Len Kravitz
TOP 10 "ESSENTIAL READING": NOT LISTED IN ANY PARTICULAR ORDER
Overachievement: The New Model for Exceptional Performance by John Eliot : Dr. Eliot debunks several of the most common myths of high performance. Discusses a lot of unorthodox thinking techniques designed to engineer superior performance. Read it if you want to be beyond good and become exceptional.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill : This book is the end product of two decades of research conducted by Napoleon Hill. He set out to interview over five hundred successful people including Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, John D. Rockefeller, George Eastman, William Wrigley Jr. and Charles M. Schwab. Hill then revealed the priceless wisdom of his research in the form of the thirteen steps to success (in Think and Grow Rich) and the seventeen principles of success (in courses and lectures he conducted).
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie : If you’re introverted and sometimes have difficulty communicating with other people or carrying on conversations. Spend some time practicing every single one of the tips. You’ll soon find yourself actually conversing with people instead of being nervous or uncomfortable, simply because you have several good ideas on how to start and how to keep it going. Don’t worry about it being dated; the fundamentals of human interaction are timeless and the reason this book has been in print for seventy years is because it works.
A Whole New Mind by Daniel H. Pink : Left brain and right brain will combine to create the ideal worker of tomorrow. Dan Pink outlines some terrific ideas on how to get your creative side in gear for today and tomorrow's business world.
The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn: The book illuminates how to transform our lives from the ordinary into the extraordinary. Based on the author’s real-life experience with his
The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman : You really cannot understand the 21st century without this book. Friedman briliantly shows us how we truly do live in a global world. Most interesting part of the book is the outstanding analysis of the real causes of terrorism today. Plus executives will reap the benefits from the countless examples of successful decision-making strategies develop an individual strategy for competing in this environment.
Transformed Temperaments by Tim F. LaHaye : An outstanding study of the four personality profiles. A clear and consise study of the four commonly recognized individual personality traits. It is a great read for self-analysis and also provides insight on how to predict how others will react in various situations. I have found it to be a great reference when analyzing people and predicting their actions. Recognition of personality tendencies can be very powerful in both personal and professional life.
Made to Stick by Chip Heath, Dan Heath: Chip and Dan point out that as we become experts, we tend to use abstraction to define our ideas, and we lose our ability to communicate with novices. They teach us how to bridge that gap so that our ideas are once again accessible by everyone. According to the book, ideas must be concrete, simple and unexpected. It should be relayed upon through stories so emotions and credibility exudes out of it.
The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi (Author), William Scott Wilson (Translator): The book sets out Musashi's philosophy. I have read five different translations on this book and William Scott Wilson’s translation is by far the best. I always get the feeling that other translators are putting too much of themselves or their ideas about what Musashi is saying into the translations.
Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston : A look into the minds of the founders of Apple, PayPal, Flicker and many more as they tell in their own words what life is like hour after hour behind the keyboard, developing technologies and bringing them into market.
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Maya Angelou: “When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by
Choke By Chuck Palahniuk
Then We Came To The End By Joshua Ferris
Like You'd Understand, Anyway by Jim Shepard
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
For One More Day by Mitch Albom
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the
4th and Fixed by Reggie Rivers
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
The Cider House Rules by John Irving
The Water-Method Man by John Irving
The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy
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