My 3 Favorite Books for fitness & Life

My 3 Favorite Books for fitness & Life

I get asked all the time what books I read to get a lot of the information that i have. Well my book collection is very large but I have narrowed it down to three books. So in this video I talk about my 3 favorite books for fitness and life.

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  1. Colm Fitzpatrick on October 10, 2022 at 7:52 am

    1. Awaken the giant within – Tony Robbins
    2. Tools of titans – Tim Ferriss
    3. How to win friends and influence people – Dale Carnegie

  2. natural lifter on October 10, 2022 at 7:54 am

    1. Big and strong without steroids
    2. Fit in one year
    3. 12 rules for life

  3. Tori Ahrens on October 10, 2022 at 7:56 am

    The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck is one of my ABSOLUTE favourites!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Troy on October 10, 2022 at 7:56 am

    Scientific principles of strength training- RP Crew
    New edition of functional training for sports- Mike Boyle
    Brad Schoenfield book of hypertrophy training

  5. Eastwood on October 10, 2022 at 7:58 am


  6. Thomas Cody on October 10, 2022 at 8:01 am

    Grey’s Anatomy, Pumping Iron, and Calculus Methods.

  7. Matt _ on October 10, 2022 at 8:01 am

    I’m here because I lost all my leg gains from an injury 😭. Need to gain some more smarts to build mass faster

  8. Jack Jasionek on October 10, 2022 at 8:04 am

    rip king

  9. Krisztián Tóth on October 10, 2022 at 8:08 am

    I havent read too much exercise and diet books, because I found there are many biased ones. For books about life, Jordan Peterson’s 12 rules for life is amazing.

  10. Calin Cosmin on October 10, 2022 at 8:08 am

    arnold total recall, jacob wilson’s ketogenic bible, the war of art.

  11. Samurai Strong on October 10, 2022 at 8:10 am

    Westside Barbell, Building A Beast, 48 Laws of Power.

  12. James Jameson on October 10, 2022 at 8:12 am

    "The War of Art" – Steven Pressfield.

    It’s all about overcoming resistance. It applies to everything in life.

  13. Austin Morris on October 10, 2022 at 8:13 am

    John, thank you for the recommendations. Could you give us a more complete list of your book collection?

  14. Raffaele Corrente on October 10, 2022 at 8:16 am

    lyle mcdonald, all his last books.
    two good books are from eric helms.
    I dislike brad schoenfeld (I think he is a fake person and a dork researcher) but his last book on muscle hypertrophy is quite good.

    Dan Duchaine’s bodyopus is old, a lot of his statements are wrong, but is still a fascinating book!

  15. captain anadrol on October 10, 2022 at 8:16 am

    I will be acquiring these books John. Thanks for putting all the good information out!

  16. Jesus Overflow on October 10, 2022 at 8:20 am


  17. Chris KerbWerx on October 10, 2022 at 8:21 am

    First, Thank you for the videos and info.
    second, I will make sure to look for Triphasic Training, I was looking for another awesome book to add.
    In your opinion, if someone was using first time just test E only at 200mg/wk (had low t, so that was a good increase)., got some gains for first 5 weeks, and now week 6 an 7 upped to 250mg.
    How should they train and should they just up to 300 to 350mg that late in. thinking maybe the 250 wasnt enough increase and the gains from 200 just seemed to stop…one good above normal growth spurt but hasn’t continued, supposed to really be feeling it in week 6 and beyond right?
    Just wondering if training should be a little more than a natural would do or should it be many sets… CAN YOU RECOVER A LOT FASTER.
    currently moved to 4 sets per exercise {from 3 after warm up sets), 2 to 3 exercises per group 2 to 3 times per week. last 1 to 2 sets to failure.
    wondering if I should warm up with 1 to 3 sets then Hit 5 more sets to failure on each exercise and be using 3 or even 5 exercises for things like chest, back, shoulders. my biceps are way below where they need to be. and i been training them lightly the day after too to shock them a bit.

  18. chris789 yang on October 10, 2022 at 8:23 am

    1,Brothers of IRON
    2,Total Recall
    3,Yeah buddy

  19. Iverson Tobius on October 10, 2022 at 8:24 am

    1.know your fats
    2.triphasic training
    3………!!!! …….Name is Book

  20. Analog8 on October 10, 2022 at 8:24 am

    Westside Barbell book of methods was a good one.
    science of sports training – thomas kurz
    The strongest shall survive – Bill Starr

  21. Henry Goh on October 10, 2022 at 8:26 am

    1) Poliquins Principles – Charles Poliquins
    2) Loaded guns – Larry scott
    3) Lean for life – Clarence Bass

  22. Mike McGlynn on October 10, 2022 at 8:29 am

    1) 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene – as a history nerd and someone interested in psychology, this was a good breakdown of different historical figures and the psychology behind their actions. I think most people will find at least a few of the laws/lessons relevant to different parts of their life and enjoy seeing a different side of history. Art of Seduction by Robert Greene is another good one.

    2) Choke by Chuck Palahniuk – while this fictional book focuses on a sex addict with mommy issues, what I got out of it is how easy it is to sit on the sidelines in life and be a pessimist and judge what everyone else is doing.

    3) So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport – this tries to debunk the age old "do what you love" and instead shows that focusing on mastering skills, tools, etc is more important and leads to a more rewarding career/life.

  23. Chris D on October 10, 2022 at 8:29 am

    Anarchists cook book.
    Mein kampf
    And Dr. Suess green eggs and ham.

    Lol jk green eggs and ham is garbage

  24. ICasuallyOwn on October 10, 2022 at 8:31 am

    Why me want eat
    Cracking the metabolic code
    Why zebras dont get ulcers
    Everyone should give these a read!

  25. jerry ce on October 10, 2022 at 8:34 am

    Good choice, add the cherry on top with william llewellyns anabolics 11th edition

  26. Jamie Carter on October 10, 2022 at 8:34 am

    Off to local library to cheque then out

  27. Steve Gilmore on October 10, 2022 at 8:37 am

    For life: The Holy Bible, author, God Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ.
    For training: Loaded Guns, author, Larry Scott, the first Mr. Olympia.
    For nutrition: The Maker’s Diet, author, Jordan Rubin, founder of Garden of Life brand nutrition.

    Thanks, John, for being such an inspiration, yourself. God bless you and your family, brother.

  28. Shawn Stone on October 10, 2022 at 8:39 am

    Manson’s "Subtle Art of …." was really overrated. Can’t understand the hype and popularity behind it when there’s much better reads on the same topic. It’s basically stoicism for millennials. I doubt you, John, need a 300 page book telling you not to worry about what people being mean on social media or the importance of going to your kid’s baseball game…… I’ll check the other two out.

  29. jack cubo on October 10, 2022 at 8:40 am

    Hi John, love the videos! Is there a book on nutrition covering everything that you would recommend?

  30. Burt Bowers on October 10, 2022 at 8:41 am

    The bible should had been #1 God’s word, the three mentioned here are meaningless..

  31. Cre8Thought41 on October 10, 2022 at 8:41 am

    Bible, Guyton’s textbook of Medical Physiology and Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength "BUT" I also read many others.

  32. 55intruder on October 10, 2022 at 8:44 am

    I’m (kinda) surprised you like and recommend Cal’s book, considering it’s written for performance rather than hypertrophy.
    Great recommendation.

  33. sum1G on October 10, 2022 at 8:46 am

    Thank you for sharing John. Really appreciate it . Will check them out.

  34. Michael on October 10, 2022 at 8:47 am

    the history of human language is pretty neat so far.

  35. Just Because on October 10, 2022 at 8:48 am

    The Bible, 1984, and Arnold’s Encyclopedia of modern bodybuilding.
    Spirit, mind, and body.

  36. Sune Poulsen on October 10, 2022 at 8:49 am

    Thanks John 👌