Monday, December 6, 2010

Holiday Gift Ideas - Book Recommendations

Here are a list of my favorite fitness related books I've read or re-read in 2010, in no particular order...

1. The Impact Body Plan by Todd Durkin

I've mentioned Todd a bunch on my site, one of the most motivating people I've ever met. Super high energy and makes you believe you can accomplish anything. His book captures just that. The perfect blend of energy, motivational techniques, and quotes to "Get Your Mind Right". And of course it has a 16 week Impact Body Plan that includes a ton of exercises we perform here at GTS using things like the TRX, Kettlebells, and bands.

2. The Mind Gym by Gary Mack

Tremendously insightful book on the mind of an athlete, although it easily carries over to all things in life. The stories and training have made a huge impact on my training philosophy.

3. The New Rules of Lifting for Women by Lou Schuler, M.S., Cassandra Forsythe, Alwyn Cosgrove

The subtitle says it all "Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess". Great book for any woman who thinks using the 5lb pink weights is going to get them the body they want.

4. Ultimate Warrior Workouts by Martin Rooney

Another one of my favorite speakers. Martin put together a great book of exercises used by Martial Artists around the world. The book covers all the disciplines including wrestling, grappling, karate, judo, muay thai, etc. But you don't have to be a fighter to utilize these exercises, anyone can benefit.

5. Cardio Strength Training by Robert Dos Remedios

Coach Dos is another one of my favorites. This book offers lots of ideas on how to combine your "cardio" and your resistance training into one highly effective fat burning and strength workout. Loaded with creative programming ideas and exercises.

6. Gourmet Nutrition by Dr. John Berardi

John is the creator of the Precision Nutrition system, which I highly recommend to anyone looking to get back on track on their own. Gourmet Nutrition is a book chock full of healthy and delicious recipes that are labeled as "Anytime Meals" and "Post Workout Meals".

7. Nutrient Timing: The Future of Sports Nutrition by John Ivy and Robert Portman

If you want to understand the importance of nutrient timing and how to effectively design a nutrition plan thats guaranteed to enhance your performance, this book is a must read. Digs into the science behind supplementation, nutrition and how to time it all to create the perfect storm of anabolic response.

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