6 Books In My Fitness Library:
1. “Athletic Body in Balance,” by Gray Cook
2. “It’s More Than Making Them Sweat,” by Ed Thornton
3. “Core Performance,” by Mark Verstegen
4. “Eat To Win For The 21st Century,” by Robert Haas
5. “Infinite Self,” by Stuart Wilde
6. “Creative Visualization,” by Shakti Gawain
besides the usual ACE, ACSM, CSCS, and NASM guideline books, textbooks and manuals…
New Rules for Lifting by Lou Schuler/Alwyn Cosgrove
Getting Stronger by Bill Pearl
Stretching by Bob Anderson
Body For Life by Bill Phillips.
One-Hour Workouts – 50 Swim, Bike, Run Workouts for Busy Athletes by Scott Molina Et. Al.
Oh my gosh, where to begin! I too often refer back to my ACE personal trainer manual as well as my Fitness Professional’s Guide to Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Human Movement. It has a great CD accompaniment that really explains the movements of the body and how different exercises impact different areas. My latest fave is Framework by Dr. Nicholas Dinubile. Its about exercising the body for “functional fitness” and injury prevention. Its a really easy read. I often recommend it to clients who have been suffering from an injury for years and are afraid to work that specific area.
As a triathlete and runner myself, I have numberous books on those topics, as well as books on pre/post natal training (Fit to Deliver being my favorite) and training women since my business focuses on these clients.
I keep all my IDEA journals for references. I also use my ACE personal trainer manual and my ACE exercise science book quite often. I’m a believer in psychological well-being. Fitness, to me, starts with the mind. I keep a few “self-help” books on the shelf. I think one of the best books out there right now is called The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. It’s all about the now, as you probably guessed by the title. I think my favorite quote out of this book is “All problems are illusions of the mind.” It puts things in perspective. It’s all about a sense of control. What are you in control of at this very moment? What can you do about a certain situation at this very moment? Things like that.
It’s been helpful with my clients because getting them to think about the now, takes their minds off of all the other stresses that are going on. For that one hour, that NOW, my client has made a committment to better his/her mind and body by releasing all that built up energy and stress through exercise.