The Best Fitness Books – Read These for a Complete Training Knowledge

The Best Fitness Books – Read These for a Complete Training Knowledge

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This is a list of the six best fitness books in my opinion. These six books include pretty much all of the basics of training, along with a lot of more advanced knowledge. From basic anatomy and old-school bodybuilding techniques, to more advanced calisthenics, and athletic training.

Let me know in the comments what your picks for the best fitness books are!

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  1. camerer marsh on June 15, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    I can highly reccomend overcoming gravity. I bought this book a couple weeks ago and love it

  2. The Lion of The West on June 15, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    My reccomended books are. 1.Winning Weight lifting &Powerlifting by Franco Columbu. 2.Winning Bodybuilding by Franco Columbu. 3.The Bodybuilders Nutrition book by Franco Columbu. 4.The Way to Live by George Hackenschmidt. 5.The Art of Hojo Undo:Power Training for Traditional Karate by Michael Clarke. 6.Dynamic Strength by Harry Wong its a good book on Dynamic Tension exercises

  3. Rexx Samuell on June 15, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    1. Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall
    2. Arnold: Education of a Bodybuilder by Arnold Schwarzenegger
    3. Convict Conditioning by Paul Wade
    4. Kettlebell Simple and Sinister by Pavel Tsatsouline
    5. The Essence of Lightness by Tom Fazio

  4. BioKomet on June 15, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    I am reading overcoming gravity right now but this book is tough to read because of the sheer mass of information and English not being my first language

  5. Brian Bales on June 15, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    "The Practice of Natural Movement" by Erwan Le Corre literally the textbook of Movnat.
    "Natural Born Heroes" by Christopher McDougall

  6. Garry Rodger on June 15, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    Keeping the bloopers in , is SO AWESOME. Bravo to you for being so human and down to earth. Some content creators wouldn’t have done that.

  7. King A - on June 15, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    What about books on strength training

  8. dandandan389 on June 15, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    * Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe
    * Practical Programming by Mark Rippetoe
    * Olympic Weightlifting by Greg Everett
    * Built to the Hilt by Josh Bryant
    * Built to the Hilt – the strength and power edition by Josh Bryant

  9. Stoned & Scared on June 15, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Enjoying the new book by Adam Sinicki!!! Hope to see it on the next list! 😁😁😁

  10. V. P. THAKKAR on June 15, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Can we read them in the sequence you told us??

  11. IvanAndreevich on June 15, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    LOL the squat form on the fitness instructor’s handbook – BRUTAL! Absolutely ugly. Her rack position is garbage. Her hip position is garbage.

  12. Yee ꧁꧂ on June 15, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Can’t wait to get my first job

  13. Óscar Murcia on June 15, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Your channel is pure gold. Very different (precise, informative, concise) to the fitness alternatives out there.

    Greetings from Bogotá, Colombia.

  14. Storm Walton on June 15, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Just brought your’re book Adam great stuff will keep as my BIO-BIBLE to help my Brain Plasticity and Calisthenics aswell as my bodybuilding and Olympic lifting journey. One of the best channels on YouTube. ✊

  15. Austin Hamby on June 15, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    I enjoy reading books and seeing this video makes me want to buy and read the books. Are there new books you want to add to this list?

  16. Tim Eustace on June 15, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    Expressing the Human Body is possibly my favourite book , although I have a number of old training books , some of which are now seriously outdated in terms of content but inspiring to read and good fun. Try ‘How to be Physically Perfect and Powerfully Strong’ by early training legend Vic Boff – a great read as he was a big fan of what I would call ‘discomfort training’. Things like Winter sea swimming which I do, and ‘snow baths’ in swimming trunks , which I would do if I saw snow more than once a decade. I’ll be trying the Ross Edgley one next (and yours, naturally).

  17. Uexküll on June 15, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Maxick muscle control
    Never Gymless by Ross Enamait
    Legendary Flexibility by Jujimufu
    Beyond Bodybuilding by Pavel
    Encyclopedia of Indian Physical Culture
    Book of Five Rings by Musashi
    Book of Family Traditions by Yagyu Munenori
    Arwrology by Gordon Perrigard
    Issuances of Insanity by Jamie Lewis
    ISSA fitness nutrition manual and any college level nutrition texts you can get cheap

    Muscles and muscle control:
    -A slew of old time strongman and bodybuilding books and articles by Maxick, Sign Klein, Jowett, etc. Especially anything by freaks like Marvin Eder. (A lot of it is on the ditillo2 blog now)
    -Ross Enamait – Never Gymless. (Ross is a legit superhuman and makes his living by training elite athletes. Very oldschool and heavy on improvisation, which is what I like. Almost peerless, but Bud Jeffries exists)
    -Pavel – Beyond Bodybuilding and Power the People. (Just don’t do his high frequency deadlift stuff with conventional deads, please)
    -My two stretching books: for the science, Stretching Scientifically by Tom Kurz. But for the hardcore practice of flexibility for jacked athletes, get Legendary Flexibility by Jujimufu.
    -a stack of college textbooks and personal trainer study material because fuck broscience.
    -Encyclopedia of Indian Physical Culture. Got mine off the old Sandow Plus site. It is an enormous anthology of Indian martial arts, sports, gymnastics, club swinging, swordsmanship, you name it.
    -Jamie Lewis books or his blog, same thing. I couldn’t agree less with the guy about food choices, on which he’s a pseudoscientific bullshitter, but he’s one of the most colorful athletic historians out there, equally great for programming and sport psych, even "magic".

    Martial arts:
    -1940s and later combat classics but especially ARWROLOGY, which is different, unconventional, a masterpiece written with attitude and heavy on concepts compared to literally anything in its time.
    -MUSASHI Book of Five Rings. To be read more than once. So many great concepts.
    -Yagyu Munenori Book of Family Traditions, and really any early samurai strategy scrolls you can get. Applies Zen/Chan Buddhist concepts to the art of thinking on your feet and how not to be a stimulus-response fucking robot, as Steve Morris would say.
    -Fiore dei Liberi treatises on medieval close combat, and George Silver’s Paradoxes of Defence. I feel like old George and Musashi would have had a fun sit in trash talking other swordsmen of their countries, if they had ever met.

  18. SirNick on June 15, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Thanks so much for this! I’m studying to be a personal trainer so I’m always looking to try and find more books to read to learn and be able to teach others

  19. Johny Fak on June 15, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    I think that ”Convict Conditioning” could be one of these

  20. Steven Lazenby on June 15, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Dude just started watching yiur channel. Awesome content. Can i offer an amazing book called dinosaur training by brooks kubik. Brilliantly simple and effective.

  21. Jay Banks on June 15, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    I picked up an audible version of Peak. Haven’t got to listen to it yet. I am at about the halfway point for Pavel’s The Quick and the Dead: Total Training for the Advanced Minimalist. That would make for a good video, I would think. Q&D is certainly a fork in the eye of Crossfit and a lot of the training advice on youtube.

  22. Jarrod L Sandoval on June 15, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    Hey everything you love …I love too…and then some! Thank you for your time and content!!!

  23. Ryan Thomas on June 15, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    Do anyone know about Episoketren System? Does it work? I hear most people improve their soccer skills with it with this popular training program.

  24. Tornado Rulz on June 15, 2021 at 11:20 pm

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  25. Souban Javed on June 15, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    2:06 did you get there and how will you go down?

  26. Eduardo Campos on June 15, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Will your book be only pdf or will print version be available?

  27. KONAN KONAN on June 15, 2021 at 11:23 pm

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  28. Sean Browne on June 15, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Thanks very much and all the best with the FT3 certification Bioneer! 🙂

  29. Julian Davis on June 15, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Power to the people by pavel.
    Body flow by Scott Sonnon
    The 12 seccond sequence by Jorge Cruze
    You are your own gym by Mark Lauren

  30. The Lion of The West on June 15, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    I have the first edition of the original paperback version of Arnolds Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding from 1987

  31. Deniz Yildiz on June 15, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    ‘Becoming a supple leopard’ by Dr. Kelly Starret is also a great one!

  32. HardcoreNatural Fitness on June 15, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Overcoming gravity is wayy expensive

  33. Christopher Armstrong on June 15, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    I have Bruce Lee’s training book — highly recommended!

  34. Piano Giovanna on June 15, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Arnold’s encyclopedia. Aka that one book Bioneer always punches when he was talking about conditioning the knuckles.

  35. reg profant on June 15, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    Arnold’s book was not totally written by him. He also used more gear than he admits to.

  36. sapinva on June 15, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Becoming a Supple Leopard is a must have.

  37. Cameron Miller on June 15, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Simple and sinister by pavel.

  38. Aditya Sharma- GCET-289-18 on June 15, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Is there any book which tell about nutrition…how much protein – carb-fat one should eat and when to eat… I mean what to eat during bulking and what to eat during cutting.. Like this stuff… Please reply

  39. The Tattooed Ronin on June 15, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    hey this video was release on my birthday lol. That deserved a like! Good choices of books as well I am looking for a new one to read

  40. power play 4 real on June 15, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    There should always be a goal to your training and fitness routines, and patience is a virtue because strength and conditioning with power requires mind and body training.

  41. boogerie on June 15, 2021 at 11:39 pm


  42. Sourik Ray on June 15, 2021 at 11:41 pm

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    Your Worth Can’t Be Judged With Mere Subscriber Numbers and Likes.

  43. Meghann Singh on June 15, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    What is the best way to improve my soccer skills? I read plenty of superb opinions on the internet about how exactly Episoketren System can help you increase your soccer game. Has anybody tested out this popular training course?

  44. Alex Watt on June 15, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Some great suggestions, thank you 🙏

  45. TheLJEffect on June 15, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    I have paged through Arnolds New Encyclopedia. I plan on finishing it long-term, there is a lot of information to go through. But, another one you might like is Ori Hoffmeklers The Warrior Diet. A great book about nutrition, training, and lifestyle. I recommend that as well.

  46. HardcoreNatural Fitness on June 15, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Thanks bro
    Sharing is caring 🙏👍💪

  47. Georgia1527 on June 15, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    What do you think of Charles Bronson’s Solitary Fitness book?

  48. juvencio bdxy on June 15, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Hello there, have you considered Episoketren System yet? Just do a google search. On there you will discover a great tips about how you can increase your soccer game. Why not give it a chance? perhaps it’ll work for you too.

  49. Justice Angel on June 15, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    I’m coping all these books and your book when it comes out

  50. Aleksander Wojnarowicz on June 15, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    How about The Witcher workout for speed, reflexes and endurance, huh? Could you do a video on that? 😁