Balanced Body: 18 Best Fitness Books

The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, And Thrive

Sports psychologist Jim Afremow, Ph.D., provides you with advice he’s given to Heisman Trophy winners, Olympians, and professional athletes on how to develop their mental game. Everyone wants to be clutch, but that doesn’t magically happen out of nowhere. Afremow discusses provides helpful tips concerning how to get in “the zone,” customizing pre-performance routines, sustaining long-term success in a sport, and more. There are even advanced workouts from some of the top trainers in the world, in addition to breaking down the science of being mentally elite to help you live an overall healthy life.

Purchase: $9

The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program

This full reprint of the original edition contains the combat system developed and used by the United States Marine Corps. It contains their latest (as of 2016) hand-to-hand and close-quarters combat techniques you can include in your training, especially if you are a martial artist. It also has techniques to build morale and team-building exercises with instructions revolving the warrior ethos. This book is perfect for anyone interested in practicing self-defense to stay fit, but please practice the techniques under the guidance of a professional.

Purchase: $9

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

Named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people in the world, author Michael Pollan has several books on the topic of food under his belt. This particular book discusses how we’ve become so concerned with nutrients that we consume products of food science rather than nature. Pollan’s vital manifesto guides you to ideal food choices and shows you how to make eating healthy far from a chore. If you want to know what’s actually healthy to consume, this book will light the way.

Purchase: $11

Living With A SEAL

Living With A SEAL: 31 Days Training With The Toughest Man on the Planet says it all in the title. Businessman Jesse Itzler documents his month of fitness training with a Navy SEAL. Itzler, who’s a marathon runner, isn’t a stranger to everyday fitness, but this regimen obliterates his regular running routine. This entertaining, comedic piece of work will help inspire you to stick to your fitness routine, as it can’t be as horrible as Itzler’s while giving you the opportunity to adopt some hardcore drills.

Purchase: $11

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Written by John Ratey, M.D., who is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, this book will explain the mind-body connection to help achieve balanced health. It breaks down how exercise is the ultimate defense against various difficulties in life, including addiction, ADD, Alzheimer’s, and depression. The book is filled with helpful case studies to show you just how the connection between exercise and the brain can improve your overall well-being.

Purchase: $11

Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body

If you want to increase muscle and filter out the fat in your build, this books will help you chisel your body to perfection. The work is an excellent source for extensive knowledge of supplements and muscle growth laws. It also provides you with an all-in-one training system to help you earn the body of a Greek God. Michael Matthews’ book has been featured in various health magazines, including Men’s Fitness and Men’s Health.

Purchase: $14

Spartan Fit!

If you want to tackle intense obstacle courses and get cut and lean in the process, Spartan Fit! should be your fitness bible. Written by Joe De Sena, who is the creator of the Spartan races, this book maps out a 30-day workout and diet plan to get you in tip-top shape. The book contains full-body workouts without any need for a gym or weights, so you can get started immediately. You’ll build your endurance and cardio in no time if you stick to what’s presented in De Sena’s work.

Purchase: $14

Which Comes First, Cardio Or Weights?

Award-winning journalist and physicist Alex Hutchinson reveals hidden health facts and shocking truths about fitness that science has uncovered. The book touches on everything dealing with exercise, including cardio, weight training, and weight loss. No matter what type of fitness training regimen you have, this book will elevate your mindset and results. Anyone from fitness buffs to competitive athletes will find this book useful and enlightening.

Purchase: $14

Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide

If you’re a marathon maniac, you should get your hands on this ultimate guide by Hal Higdon who ran eight times in the U.S. Olympic Trials and won four World Master Championships in running. The guide will give you critical information on training for half and full marathons the smart way so you can hit your personal record. It also contains essential tips for nutrition and preventing injuries. Whether you’re a veteran runner or new to the affordable, stress-relieving sport, you’ll find this training guide beneficial.

Purchase: $16

Strength Training Anatomy

Strength Training Anatomy is filled with 600 full-color illustrations to help showcase the primary muscles of your body and how they work during exercises. It also informs you of the particular jobs of all the surrounding structures such as tendons, ligaments, bones, and connective tissue. The book is basically an X-ray for common exercises you do, showing you detailed layers of your body. In addition, the book comes in handy for strength training injuries, informing you on how to recover the right way so you can get back in the game.

Purchase: $17

The First 20 Minutes

This New York Times bestseller will inform you about exclusive information initially available to medical and academic journals. The facts presented disprove widely accepted beliefs and myths about fitness. The book discusses how 20 minutes of cardio a day is all you need, how stretching before a workout is counterproductive, the benefits of chocolate milk for recovery, and much more. Whether you’re a marathon freak or just looking to stay healthy, this book has critical information for you to wrap your head around.

Purchase: $17

What To Eat

With all the food available at your local grocery store and all the restaurants promoting new dishes every day, it can be hard to decipher what’s actually good for your body. What to Eat will help you make healthy food choices with its comprehensive knowledge from renowned nutritionist Marion Nestle. It also sets the record straight, concerning the misleading health claims advertised by the dominant food companies and helps you break down the nutrition labels. If you want to make smarter food choices, this is the guide you need.

Purchase: $17

The Triathlete’s Training Bible

If you’re an experienced triathlete or want to become one, this book by Joe Friel, a man who has coached endurance athletes since the1980s, is pure gold. It will help you create a personalized training plan, set up ways to evolve your body composition via smart nutrition, and guide you to train with the proper volume and intensity. You’ll be able to maximize the benefits of every workout you do and evolve as a runner, cyclist, and swimmer. This books will be with you all the way until race day.

Purchase: $19

Ready To Run: Unlocking Your Potential To Run Naturally

Dr. Kelly Starrett answers all your questions about running in this convenient guide, including 12 performance standards you must strive for and maintain. It will help you become an efficient runner and supply you with the secrets to lifelong running. With the knowledge provided in this book, you’ll be able to run faster and farther than you ever imagined. And you’ll also be provided with cutting-edge techniques to reduce swelling and treat pain, in addition to techniques to prevent injuries. Turn your running weaknesses into strengths with this amazing guide.

Purchase: $20

The New Encyclopedia Of Modern Bodybuilding

The comprehensive guide to bodybuilding by seven-time Mr. Olympia winner Arnold Schwarzenegger is a must-have for anybody working with weights. Rightfully earning its reputation as “the bible of bodybuilding,” this book covers weight training and bodybuilding competition regimens, including injury prevention, strengthening your muscles, and sculpting your physique. It also provides detailed information on nutrition, health, and dietary supplements all through the viewpoint and inspiring mindset of the Terminator himself. It’s also a solid reference for realizing your potential for greatness — as if you need another reason to pick it up.

Purchase: $20

Complete Calisthenics: The Ultimate Guide To Bodyweight Exercise

For those not into lifting heavy, this work by former Royal Marine Ashley Kalym will show you the ways of bodyweight training. The publication contains step-by-step exercises with minimal equipment so you can work out in the comfort of your home without the distractions of a crowded gym. Kalym provides you with simple diet plans and nutritional device to help you get amazing results through calisthenics. The book also contains over 500 photos to accompany the exercises provided for clarity. Take your bodyweight training to the next level with Kalym’s inclusive fitness book.

Purchase: $25

Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training

This simple, straight forward, and effective book on strength training is the perfect launching tool for beginners and an exceptional reference to go back to basics for those who have been lifting for a while. Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training will show you the mechanical basis of lifting, as well as explain why barbells are the ideal tools to improve your strength. It also focuses on long-term progress and maintenance of your muscles so you can stay fit for a lifetime.

Purchase: $28

Training For Warriors: The Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts Workout

Author Martin Rooney has trained several world champions in UFC, ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club), Pride, and the Olympics. If you’re looking to be the next MMA monster or simply want to adopt a combat fitness training routine, you’ll love Rooney’s publication. The book contains hundreds of efficient exercises targeting each part of your body with clear instructions and over 750 photos. It also provides you with an intense eight-week warrior workout plan, as well as advice on developing a sharp mental game.

Purchase: $28

20 Best High Tech Fitness Gadgets

Now that you’ve picked up a few books to guide your workouts and mental wellness, it’s time to upgrade your gear. Check out our picks for the best fitness gadgets on the market to help you reach new goals.

If a healthy body is primer to a happy mind, it becomes exceedingly important to take control of whatever aspects of our health we can. Fitness is part of prevention. Beyond that, it also signifies the quest for self-mastery. All five aspects of general fitness—cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, body composition, and flexibility—affect your quality of life, expand or limit your horizons.

These are what I’m constantly striving to build, but I’m limited by time and often my willpower flags, so I’m always on the lookout for the best fitness books that can fan the flames of my motivation and help me optimise on the 3–5 hours a week I dedicate to workouts.

The best fitness books

These are the the best fitness books that have had the most influence in hacking my path over the mountains of my ever-resistant, failingly, mortally, miraculously human self.

1. The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss

I like the idea of hacking your body. Who doesn’t? Ferriss’s principles, derived from self-experimentation, gave me the urge and the guts to experiment on myself too. While not all his techniques worked for me, I did pick up a few gems like the 80/20 rule, which can be applied to everything from workouts to sex. The slow-carb diet didn’t really work until I added low-fat on top of it, but the only low-fat slow-carb meals in Singapore’s food courts are the fish soup, yong tau foo and Western stall and I eventually got tired of alternating between them and decided to leave this diet to the Westerners, or at least when I’m in a Western place. If the Japanese can stay lean on white rice, so can I.

2. Advanced Concepts of Personal Training by Brian D. Biagioli

Who needs a personal trainer when you can learn it all yourself? A basic understanding of physiology and bioenergetics is useful in guarding yourself against the vagaries of fitness and nutrition advice out there, and helping you build the lifestyle best for you. No one knows yourself as well as you do, so if you have the smarts and time and patience, you can use this as a starting point to not just train yourself, but also guide your loved ones, especially if they’re sick, into a healthy lifestyle. It helped me nag my sedentary mom into the gym!

It lays out the plain facts textbook-style, sometimes just enough detail to help you understand stuff but not too much so as to get bogged down in it. Everything is cited rigorously, and I like that it doesn’t make hasty claims—whenever there’s contradictory research on a subject it just cites the studies and stamps it with the term “inconclusive.” Which, compared to all the false claims propagated online, comes as a breath of fresh air. This fitness book even warns you against fads that may sound totally convincing but actually have little in the way of scientific support.

3. Stretch to Win by Ann Frederick

I come from a family of klutzes. But I have suffered significantly fewer bruises than the rest of them because I stretch. I’m still quite a clumsy duckling though; my flexibility has stagnated for quite a while, and yoga (which I don’t do very much these days, because after 15 minutes I start thinking I’ve got better things to do) just seemed to make my joints more stiff and sore than ever.

This book helped me pinpoint some of the mistakes I’ve been making. Don’t neglect your flexibility; if you’ve ever seen my mom try to tie her shoelaces—or my dad try to squat—you’ll know you never want to lose it.

4. The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health by Thomas Campbell

I started reading a lot about vegan diets after my mom was diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Campbell’s study is the most impressive I found, and generally considered the vegan bible. Even if you’re not vegan (I’m not), the sheer amount of data in this will blow your mind.

Some of his arguments may be faulty—he has been accused of cherry-picking his research—but this will definitely makes you more wary of where you get your meat, and the potentially carcinogenic effects of what we put into our mouths.

5. Deskbound: Standing Up to a Sitting World by Kelly Starrett

I sit a lot, bent over my laptop. My shoulders are rock-hard, and not from shoulder presses. This book declared an all-out war against sitting. It told me that sitting kills, even if you’re a regular exerciser.

Looking at the cumulative effects of sitting on all the older deskbound people around me, I was convinced. Seriously, offices should come with standing desks.

6. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

I hate running. I can’t run more than 5km without feeling either bored or too uncomfortable. But I love the idea of running. It seems so free. I would love to be able to run, I always think. If you can run effortlessly, like wild horses or deer over the plains, it would be like flying. To run and not grow weary! But in Singapore, five minutes outdoors and I’m sweating and out of breath, not because I have a weak heart but because the humidity makes me feel like I’m wading through hot water. That and the cars, roads, and traffic lights make you feel as far from a graceful gazelle as you possibly can.

Still, McDougall’s book is inspirational. It’s not just a fitness book. It plants a dream in you. It fires up in me that dream of running again. It makes me feel like, yes, maybe we humans were born to run; makes me want to run, even on a treadmill, just so that when I go to beautiful places I can run like one of those supercool Tarahumara natives who run like it’s in their blood.

Despite their variety and sometimes contradictions in advice, what the best fitness books have shown me is the malleability and individuality of the body—no settling for an ailment you can avert, as if you don’t have a choice!

Besides, I have found that if adequate care is not given to the body, the mind also suffers. Productivity starts with the small steps of discipline you take in daily life, and these books might give you the necessary nudge you need to live more effectively, heartily, and enjoyably.

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The media is full of things we should and shouldn’t be eating, and the recommended amount of exercise we should be doing per week is always changing, too. But in actual fact, it’s not a simple case of cutting out this, that and the other or going for a run three times a week in between hitting the gym for several hours, it’s about finding a regime that works for you.

While one approach to diet and exercise may work for one person, it doesn’t mean it’ll work for another, which is why it’s good to get some decent insight into a diet or health regime before you commit yourself to several months of something that won’t give you the results that you desire.

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And while buying a shed-load of gym equipment for the back room or investing in a gym membership is a good move, you’re not going to realise its true potential unless you delve into the best ways to exercise, or the kinds of foods you should be eating to see the best results.

That’s where fitness books come into their own. There’s a wonderous world of fitness books out there, full of guidance, stats and reasons why you may be feeling this way or that way and how best to remedy it, and we’ve scoured the likes of Amazon and Waterstones to find them.

Our list features a range of fitness books; ones that are good all-rounders, such as Fitness Confidential by Vinnie Tortorich, which is an autobiography slash fitness manual all in one. Ones that are written solely to clue people into the kind of things they should be cooking for themselves – whether it’s high protein meals for building muscle mass or high energy meals for those that find themselves falling asleep by mid afternoon. Finally, there’s the exercise ones, that promise almost miracle-level fat loss; guess it’s up to you to find out whether it’s just a fad.

Best fitness books 2018

1. The One Minute Workout by Martin Gibala

Cluing you in to the most efficient way of exercising


Best for: HIIT Workouts Pages: 272 Published: 2017 Publisher: Vermillon

Reasons to buy

+Features HIIT training exercises+Great for those with busy schedules

Reasons to avoid

-Most exercises require more than a minute of your time

Not everyone has the time in the day to head to the gym for hours on end, so it’s good to know that you don’t have to commit to that length of time to feel the benefits of exercise. In fact, this book goes into the details of why HIIT (high intensity interval training) is a much more efficient way of exercising than others, and it helpfully explains the scientific ins and outs of the workouts so you know how and why it will make a difference to your body. With the aim to squeeze the NHS’s guideline of 150 minutes of exercise into 3 minutes, this is certainly one to go for if time is of the essence.

2. Fitness Confidential by Vinnie Tortorich

An autobiography and training guide all in one

Best for: Getting fit and inspired Pages: 248 Published: 2013 Publisher: Telemachus Press +Comical, yet informative+Advice from a professional trainer -Gossip, rather than scientific guides

When the author of the book has coached some of the world’s most A-list celebrities, you don’t need scientific data to prove that his methods work. This book aims to help you to get fit, through inspiration, humour and dishing the dirt on the fitness industry, which is probably far more interesting than following an AI instructor on an app. One of the other major factors of this book is the no sugar, no grain concept of eating, which combined with his workouts, should help you to get in great shape.

3. Lean in 15 – The Shift Plan by Joe Wicks

This isn’t a diet book – just lean meals mixed with HIIT workouts

Best for: Body transformation Pages: 224 Published: 2015 Publisher: Bluebird +Meals are quick and easy to cook+Ingredients aren’t expensive -Not for crash dieters

If you like the sound of HIIT workouts to fit around your hectic schedule but want more guidance on the kinds of things you should be eating to achieve maximum results, this book by, no pun intended, tasty-looking chef Joe Wicks, will help you on your way. The recipes that he includes aren’t diet recipes; they are healthy and nutritious, and designed to help you become leaner. He then details a variety of HIIT workouts for you to do at home, combining all the ‘ingredients’ you need to trim fat off your body.

4. The Fitness Book by DK

Struggling to find the best type of exercise for you? This book will help you to find it

Best for: Variety of workouts Pages: 336 Published: 2012 Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd +Full range of exercise methods+Find one that fits with your lifestyle -Doesn’t include recipes

With over 500 exercises including running, swimming, stretching and pilates, there’s plenty of options to get through if you’re struggling to find a workout that works for you. To give you an insight into the types of exercise you should be looking into, the book features tests and questionnaires to get you on the right track and there’s also some nutritional information in there to help you eat the right food alongside your fitness journey. This non-specific book is great if you’re open minded to exercise and once you’ve found the right workout, there’s nothing to say you can’t find a book that offers you a more detailed insight later on.

5. The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss

If you’ve ever wished you could become ‘superhuman,’ apparently this book can get you there

Best for: Rapid fat loss Pages: 592 Published: 2011 Publisher: Ebury Publishing +Lose fat+Improve your sex life -Could be a bit blokey

When one of the taglines is ‘give your partner a 15 minute female orgasm’, it’s pretty much guaranteed to catch the eye of any bloke walking passed the bookshop, because who wouldn’t want to lose weight and become a God in the eye of their better half? It’s a win, win, win, win situation. When it comes to the actual content of the book, you can pick and choose from simple and extreme regimes, depending on how dramatic you want the changes in your body to be, although some readers still find it hard to implement the regime into their daily life.

6. Bigger Leaner Stronger by Michael Matthews

The ultimate guide to bodybuilding and gaining muscle-mass

Best for: Building muscle Pages: 356 Published: 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC +Guidance based on research+Includes meal plan information -Not based on the author’s own research

Whether you’re just starting out on your muscle-gaining journey or you’ve come to a stand still in putting on the pounds, this book should give you a helpful guide on the best way to effectively train, through technique, diet and supplements. Readers say it’s straight to the point, so it’s for those super serious about building their body up however, many say there are more specific books out there that go into the finer details of training and eating, rather than being an all-rounder.

7. The Accumulator by Paul Mumford

Build up an intense workout over time

Best for: Steadily build fitness Pages: 192 Published: 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC +Designed to get you fit in a month+Learn how to use your bodyweight to get fit -Limited dietary information

If you’re just starting your weightloss journey, the thought of suddenly having to carry out 30 minutes of high intensity exercises may put you off before you’ve even began. This book gives you a gentle introduction to high intensity interval workouts, so you can build up your fitness and capabilities steadily over a month. It details in on bodyweight movements, so you can improve your mobility in everyday life as well as when you’re working out. It also offers you daily suggestions to improve your diet, giving you a steadier introduction to your new regime.

8. Running: How to Get Started by Elizabeth Hufton

Make sure you know and own everything you need to hit the road, running

Best for: Beginner runners Pages: 128 Published: 2011 Publisher: Southwater +Explains the health benefits+Programmes to get you started -Only focuses on running

Running is easily accessible for anyone, and not only benefits your fitness. In fact, many people use it to destress after a hard day, which leads to a whole load of other health benefits, too. Don’t be surprised when you struggle to make it a couple of metres down the road without huffing, it takes a while to build up your strength and stamina, and this book clues you into the best way to do it. It also informs you about the importance of the right gear and warming up and down, so you can get the most out of your miles.

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Best Women Fitness Books of all Time

These are the most popular books on women fitness and health. Now let us talk about women health and fitness. Women’s health refers to the health of women. It differs from men in many ways and an example of population health where health defined by the world health organization. You all know that women’s reproductive and sexual health has a distinct difference compared to men’s health. In developed countries, pregnancy and childbirth are associated with the risk to women. Let us talk about some healthy food for women like curd, milk, juice, chocolate, green vegetables, beans and many more things which are healthy for women. Nowadays, you saw that women went to the gym for a workout and also do bodybuilding at state and city level. We are providing some most readable women health book which will provide all the health-related solutions to the women. So let us talk about some women fitness books which are given below.

Best Selling Women Fitness Books

1. 15 Minute Fitness: Busy Girl’s Guide – Christina Macdonald

In this book, you get details that no need to spend more and more hours in the gym to lose weight and remain fit and healthy. This guide is for those women who did not want to spend time in the gym and remain healthy in life. You also get different types of recipes and easy to prepare a meal. The review and rating of this book are good and millions of copies sold in the market. This is the best women fitness book which you have to read.

2. Best Body Bootcamp 2 – Joanna Knight

This is one of the best ways to get in shape, slim your waist for a special occasion, drop a dress size and you also get a program for every goal and each program has a proper diet, workout, nutrition, and recipes that will burn your fat and also eliminate toxins. The author of this book also writes many other famous books like “The Miniature”, “Disturbed By Mind And Spirit”, “Six Pack Fuel”, “Return From The Void” including this book. This is the most important women fitness book.

3. Women’s Fitness 2 Week Fat Loss Diet – Joanna Knight

The author of this book also writes many other famous books like “The Miniature”, “Disturbed By Mind And Spirit”, “Six Pack Fuel”, “Return From The Void”, “Flat Tummy Diet”, “The Apexart Fellowship including this book. This book provides information on how to slim and fit in just 14 days with the help of the latest fat burning exercises and recipes. This is one of the most readable women fitness book which you have to read for more knowledge.

4. 4 Weeks to Skinny Jeans – Joanna Ebsworth

In this book, you get the information on how to owning a peachy bum, slinky hips, slender thighs, and a taut tummy. It will also provide multitasking, ultra-effective workout to burn your fat, boost your metabolism. You also find nutrition approved recipes ideas, inspiration, motivation to weight loss. This is the most popular book on women’s fitness. The review and rating of this book are really good.

5. Women’s Fitness Eat Yourself Slim – Joanna Knight

You all know that slimming down is not an easier task, but don’t worry about it. We are providing this women fitness book which will help you out to slim your body. This book will provide healthy recipes for every meal of the day that you will follow for eight weeks. The review and rating of this book are good and this fitness book is for those women who are fattier and want to burn their fat at home. This is the topmost women fitness book.

6. The Women’s Fitness Book – DK

This book will provide advice on healthy eating and weight loss and also provide how to establish and maintain fitness level. It is also tell all the necessary things to get a fit and healthy life. In this book, you find different types of workout like skinny jeans workout, amazing abs workout, lunch bread workout, five-minute workout. This is the best-selling women fitness book which you have to read for a healthy body.

7. Strong Curves – Kellie Devis

This is the fitness and nutrition guide for women who want to improve their physique, function, strength. It also allows you to develop lean muscles, rounded glutes, and greater confidence. This book is very beneficial for those women who are so slim and bad body posture. The review and rating of this book are also good. The author of this book also writes another famous book “Stark Ist Das Neue Sexy”. This is the Fast selling Women fitness book.

8. Get Strong For Women – Alex Silver-Fagan

This book will provide information on more than 60 clear, step-by-step exercise instruction, 12-week workout program to workout in the gym with confidence. In this book, you also find that training with weight is the best way to firm your glutes, tone your abs. This is one of the best books on women fitness. The review and rating of this book are also and customers give their positive review to this book.

9. Strength Training For Women – Marc Mclean

The author of this book writes many other famous books like “Meal Prep Recipe Book”, “How to Burn Fat Fast”, “Fitness Hacking”, “Strength Training Nutrition 101”, “Weight Training”, “The Healing Power of Ayahuasca” including this book. In this book, he provides information on exercises for maximum fat loss and muscles tone, achieves great results exercising just three times per week, creates your own training program and many more things. This is the topmost book on women fitness.

10. Squats – Linda Westwood

This is the best women fitness book which you have to read to know about how to sculpt a firm and sexy butt in just 7 minutes a day. After reading this book, you can easily lose body fat and muscles gain. You can also say goodbye to inches off your waist and also get the butt you have always dreamed.

The review and rating of this book are really good and thousands of copies sold in the market. Hope you enjoy this post. If you have any other book then suggest in the comment box.

Strength training is extremely important to do correctly. If you’ve ever talked to a gym freak, you’re sure to have heard about ‘form’ and ‘the perfect diet’.

These books approach the training from a woman’s perspective. Meaning that it is perfect for women to use as a template to train! It’s a great hobby to get into, and these books will make sure you do it right.

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#1 The Happy Body: The Simple Science of Nutrition, Exercise, and Relaxation

Recommended by Jeffrey Matteis from The Happy Body. Find out more about the book The Happy Body: The Simple Science of Nutrition, Exercise, and Relaxation by reading the description below or clicking on the button.

The Happy Body program is a lifestyle, philosophy, and specific program for renewed health and youthfulness. World-renowned teachers Aniela and Jerzy Gregorek have developed The Happy Body program over decades, emphasizing wisdom and quantifiable results for fitness and weight loss – without frustrating ups and downs or dependence on gyms and trainers with unrealistic claims to “get fit quick”.

#2 Strength training bible for women

Recommended by Jamie Hickey from Truism Fitness. Find out more about the book Strength training bible for women by reading the description below or clicking on the button.

When my wife had our first child she wanted to lose weight and tone up, with me being a personal trainer I offered to help her learn how to properly strength train but she wanted a womens perspective. One of my colleagues who happens to be female suggested a book called “Strength training bible for women”.

#3 Finding Your Sweet Spot by Rebecca McConville

Recommended by Krista Ulatowski from KUcumber Nutrition Communications, LLC. Find out more about the book Finding Your Sweet Spot by Rebecca McConville by reading the description below or clicking on the button.

In Finding Your Sweet Spot, readers will:

  • Identify hidden energy imbalance warning signs before it becomes irreversible
  • Understand the short- and long-term dangers when organs malfunction due to RED-S
  • Correctly leverage the science of energy balancing to reach previously unobtainable potential
  • Dismantle misguided information regarding optimal weight measures and discover a better way to determine ideal body composition
  • Transform training programs with ground-breaking perspectives on sports nutrition, fueling and energy
  • How to seek help before it becomes too late

#4 Principles of Muscle Building Program Design

Recommended by Ben Kenyon from Ultimate Performance. Find out more about the book Principles of Muscle Building Program Design by reading the description below or clicking on the button.

Principles of Muscle Building Program Design is not just another book on weight training or an off-the-shelf exercise plan to follow.

Most training books lack two critical elements of value to anyone who really wants to educate themselves on how to train effectively, especially women – an explanation of why something works, and equip the reader with the ability to adapt their training programs to suit their very specific and individual needs.

This is where Muscle Building Program Design succeeds where most standard how-to guides fail.

It delves deeper and shares with the reader a unique combination of research, experience and results that goes into an intelligently-designed resistance training program from one of the world’s leading personal trainers.

It goes back to basics in order to give the best possible foundation to learn the art and science of resistance training, get the maximum benefit from your workouts and see tangible results that elude 99% of women who go to the gym.

The book pulls no punches – you will be required to think for yourself, but the reward is gaining the lifelong knowledge and skills to be able to create your own very training programs.

#5 The New Rules of Lifting for Women

Recommended by Nick Rizo from RunRepeat. Find out more about the book The New Rules of Lifting for Women by reading the description below or clicking on the button.

Putting it simply, Lou and Alwyn do a phenomenal job with this one. The first thing they do great is starting to break down all of the BS myths and misconceptions that women have been told, continue to tell each other, and themselves when it comes working out.

The 11 Best Fitness Books of 2017

Being physically active is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health. It helps control your weight and reduces your risk for a variety of different chronic conditions, like diabetes, heart disease and dementia. Regular aerobic activity also helps improve mood and can have positive effects on depression and anxiety.

But for many of us, maintaining a fitness routine can be tricky. Life and — though we’d rather not admit it — a lack of motivation can get in the way. Sometimes you need a little inspiration to get moving. Even if you never miss a workout, you can get bored doing the same routine every week. Learning tips and tricks to change it up can help you get better results.

This selection offers a little something for everyone. From hardcore workouts to how to get motivated, these fitness books will help you get focused on your goals and learn new techniques.

Fitness Confidential

Celebrity trainer Vinnie Tortorich works with writer and producer Dean Lorey to tell the story of his life as Hollywood’s go-to fitness guy. In addition to answering fitness questions, with answers derived from his over 20 years of experience, “Fitness Confidential” also features a dose of celebrity details! It’s part fitness guide and part memoir. Tortorich exposes some of the popular fitness myths and how they’re used to spread false information.

The One-Minute Workout: Science Shows a Way to Get Fit That’s Smarter, Faster, Shorter

Early in his research career, Martin Gibala, PhD, found himself in an ironic position. He was a researcher in the field of exercise physiology who didn’t have much time to exercise. He began to develop a passion for high-intensity interval training (HIIT) because it allowed him to get the health benefits of exercise without investing a lot of time. “The One-Minute Workout” outlines Gibala’s research on HIIT and explains how you can get results from short, high-intensity exercise. There are also interval workouts included.

The Workout: Core Secrets from Hollywood’s #1 Trainer

There’s a reason Hollywood A-listers look so good: they hire trainers to help. Gunnar Peterson, a trainer to celebrities and professional athletes, provides a training guide you can apply at home. “The Workout” is written to help you become your own personal trainer, with advice, tips, and encouragement based on Peterson’s 20 plus years of being a trainer.

The 4 Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman

“The 4 Hour Body” was written by Timothy Ferriss, the author responsible for “The 4 Hour Work Week,” another best-selling title. Covering over 50 fitness-related topics, Ferriss explains the ways in which making small physical changes can produce big results. Each approach takes 30 minutes or less to learn. Fitness tips include improving running time and endurance, and streamlining your weightlifting routine.

No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness

Sometimes it’s not the exercising that’s the hard part. It’s keeping yourself motivated to stay on track that ends up being the real challenge. Despite knowing the health benefits of working out, behavior expert Michelle Segar, PhD, says humans are wired to seek instant gratification. If it doesn’t feel good in the moment, we’re probably not going to keep doing it. “No Sweat” focuses on the mental part of exercise, teaching you how to find pleasure in a fitness routine and change the way you think about exercise.

“Bigger Leaner Stronger” is written for men looking to build muscle mass without spending hours at the gym. Michael Matthews offers tips for muscle growth, diet, and how to save money on supplements. He also explains workout myths and the reasons why men don’t see gains. Matthews’ strength workouts focus on building muscles all over the body with no more than three to six hours in the gym per week.

100 No-Equipment Workouts Vol. 1: Fitness Routines You Can Do Anywhere, Any Time

You don’t need weights or fancy gym equipment to stay fit. “100 No-Equipment Workouts” teaches you a variety of exercises using your own body weight. The exercises have three different difficulty levels and can be combined into lots of different routines. Each exercise and its levels are carefully explained. Many don’t even require you to wear workout clothes, so you can take the book to the office for a quick fitness boost between meetings!

The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Sexier, Healthier You!

When it comes to fitness, women and men have different needs. “The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises” focuses on what works for women. It includes 100 exercises put into 20 unique workouts that were exclusively designed for the female body. There are lots of photos to help you understand the movements, too!

The Complete Guide to Navy Seal Fitness, Third Edition: Updated for Today’s Warrior Elite

If you’re looking to take fitness to a new level, “The Complete Guide to Navy Seal Fitness” will get you there. The book is an instructional guide, teaching you how to train the way actual Navy Seals do. It’s written by a Seal instructor, Stewart Smith, and can be used by recruits looking to pass the fitness exam. The new edition has been updated to include more workouts for beginners and information about weight loss from a nutritionist.

Ultimate Plank Fitness: For a Strong Core, Killer Abs — and a Killer Body

Planking is one of the most effective ways to strengthen your core. “Ultimate Plank Fitness” includes 100 different plank variations and ways you can make the exercises harder by using stability balls and other tools. Each exercise has step-by-step photos and instructions on how to tell if your form is incorrect. There are also 10 five-minute workouts using several of the planks detailed in the book.

Thrive Fitness: The Program for Peak Mental and Physical Strength — Fueled by Clean, Plant-Based, Whole Food Recipes

Brendan Brazier is a nutrition consultant who’s provided guidance for many professional teams, including NHL, MLB, NFL, and Olympic athletes. He’s also a former professional triathlete. “Thrive Fitness” outlines Brazier’s methods for keeping athletes strong, lean, and healthy. His tips include photos and step-by-step guides. Brazier also focuses on a plant-based diet that’s designed to cut sugar cravings and maintain overall health.

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Looking for the best fitness books for this year?

There are thousands of fitness books for men and women in the Amazon store.

Most are OK. Some aren’t good at all. But there are only a few that generally stand out from the crowd.

Below is a list of the 10 best fitness books for both men and women. The books included in this list have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and have changed the lives of many of their readers.

They’re books on improving strength, building muscle, cardio, breathing and generally living a healthy life.

Written by renowned experts, professionals and one or two people you may have heard of outside of fitness, the information in them is gold.

Information is only valuable when acted on. Reading these books are the best way to start.

The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding

The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding : The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised by Arnold Schwarzenegger is a fitness classic of our time. The book contains everything you need to know about lifting weights and building muscle from nutrition to basic lifting exercises.

Don’t be mislead by the title and author. This book is not just for wannabe bodybuilders but rather for anyone who wants to develop muscle, build strength, lose fat and look better. It is one of the best fitness books ever.

The book has been around for many years but don’t let that stop you. It’s considered a modern day classic that has stood the test of time.

The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding : The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised

  • Expert advice on the prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries
  • Arnold’s tried and true tips for sculpting, strengthening, and defining each and every muscle to create the ultimate buff physique
  • The most effective methods of strength training to suit our needs, whether you’re an amateur athlete or a pro bodybuilder preparing for a competition

Body by Science

Body by Science: A Research Based Program for Strength Training, Body building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week by Doug McGuff and John Little was a revolutionary book when it was originally published in 2008.

Why? Because it promises you that you can achieve more (strength and muscle growth) in less time than previously thought or advised. In just 12 minutes a week, Body By Science claims you can get the body you’ve always wanted provided you’re willing to put in the work.

The work program in the book may require less time but it definitely doesn’t require less effort and is based on high-intensity training. Instructing the muscles to grow by doing heavy and high intensity lifting with little rest.

Body by Science: A Research Based Program for Strength Training, Body building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week

  • Body by Science A Research Based Program for Strength Training Body Building and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week
  • Little, John (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Live Young Forever

Jack Lalanne, known as the godfather of modern fitness, was an early pioneer of exercise, nutrition and motivation.

He advocated the benefits of eating nutritious food, exercising and having the right mindset long before it was fashionable to do so.

He made his point by completing amazing feats of strength like swimming the Queen Mary Mile while towing seventy boats while also handcuffed!

In 2009, at the age of 95, he published Live Young Forever: 12 Steps to Optimum Health, Fitness and Longevity which includes everything you need to do to live a healthy life. Motivation, good habits, clean eating, posture, relationships, working out and so on.

Live Young Forever: 12 Steps to Optimum Health, Fitness and Longevity

  • Lalanne, Jack (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 304 Pages – 09/16/2009 (Publication Date) – Robert Kennedy (Publisher)

Bigger Leaner Stronger

Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body is written by Mike Matthews who is one of the most well-known fitness experts on the internet.

Matthews takes a no steroid approach to building muscle and getting lean and instead advocates for long term sustainable progression.

Bigger Leaner Stronger is one of the best fitness books for men (there’s a female version too) and covers the full spectrum of attaining peak fitness including fitting myths, setting goals, nutrition, exercise intensity, discipline, consistency and so on.

With over 200,000 copies sold Bigger, Leaner, Stronger is a modern day men’s fitness classic.

Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body

Finding Ultra

At the age of 40, Rich Roll was an out-of-shape, over-worked and overstressed lawyer who decided to turn his life around by losing weight, adopting a vegan diet and participating in some of the world’s toughest endurance events.

Events designed to push the human body and spirit which included five back-to-back Ironmans in under a week and running numerous ultramarathons.

Roll’s personal journey and story going from fat to being listed as one of the world’s fittest men according to Men’s Fitness will inspire anyone to improve their own fitness.

Finding Ultra, Revised and Updated Edition: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

  • The inspiring story of Roll’s dramatic transformation from out-of-shape mid-lifer to endurance machine in a matter of mere months. An…
  • 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 in.

Complete Calisthenics

Callisthenics, otherwise known bodyweight training helps increase strength, build muscle, develop flexibility and a whole host of other health benefits. Not to mentions, you can do them from anywhere.

Complete Calisthenics: The Ultimate Guide to Bodyweight Exercise covers everything from nutrition, rest and recovery, flexibility, warm up and of course the exercises themselves.

The amount of information for each exercise is clear and concise and includes pictures ensuring that anyone following can learn them.

Complete Calisthenics: The Ultimate Guide to Bodyweight Exercise

  • Lotus Pub
  • Ashley Kalym (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Younger Next Year

Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy – Until You’re 80 and Beyond is published by Chris Crowley, an older gent who discovered the benefits of exercise and nutrition as his own health began to deteriorate.

The book is straight and to the point. If you want to live a long and healthy life you have to eat right and exercise. Not just any kind of exercise, but hard and intense exercise.

The book is written specifically for men (and there is a woman’s version too) and is about getting them to change their thinking about exercise and the ingrained habits that for years haven’t helped them.

The book serves as a bitter pill to those who are getting older but if you follow the advice given in it, it will make you younger next year.

Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy – Until You’re 80 and Beyond

  • Great product!
  • Chris Crowley (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Starting Strength

Starting Strength comes recommended by anyone who has read it and knows weightlifting. Originally aimed at young athletes, the information in the book has been used by young and old, fit and fat and male and female.

The book is about using the barbell to carry out the main compound lifts when weight training. Squat, press, deadlift, bench press and power clean. If you learn how to do these exercises well and you’ll be as strong as a bull.

Author Mark Rippetoe is widely considered one of the world’s experts on barbell training. His expertise is built on years of experience and scientific evidence which means Starting Strength is a must-read for anyone looking to build strength.

Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, 3rd edition

Becoming a Supple Leopard

Dr Kelly Starrett shares his revolutionary approach to mobility and maintenance of the human body and teaches you how to hack your own movement, allowing you to live a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Becoming a Supple Leopard is one of the best fitness books and includes exercises that will help you regardless of whether you want to become a better athlete or if you’re a 90-year-old who wants to tie his shoelaces.

Full of illustrative photographs, the book will show you how to optimise yourself to become free from pain and move unrestricted. The essence of a Supple Leopard.

Becoming a Supple Leopard 2nd Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance

  • Becoming a Supple Leopard 2nd Edition The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain Preventing Injury and Optimizing Athletic Performance
  • Hardcover Book
  • Starrett, Kelly (Author)

The Oxygen Advantage

The Oxygen Advantage: The simple, scientifically proven breathing technique that will revolutionise your health and fitness by Patrick McKeown is an essential book on how to breathe properly.

Breathing is an automatic response so we often don’t consider the best way to do it. And yet it’s one of the most important things we do.

The Oxygen Advantage shows you how to reduce breathlessness, improve sleep, reduce anxiety and perform better in sports and fitness.

It’s a book that’s created its own genre of fitness information.

The Oxygen Advantage: The simple, scientifically proven breathing technique that will revolutionise your health and fitness

  • Patrick McKeown (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 02/01/1899 (Publication Date) – Piatkus (Publisher)

What are your best fitness books recommendations?

The Best Fitness and Nutrition Books of 2019

Contrary to common wisdom, there’s far more to a healthy lifestyle than counting calories and how many steps you walked in a day.

Healthy living involves enhancing your physical, mental and emotional well-being by consciously forging and sticking to healthy habits like exercising regularly, eating more whole foods, practicing self-care, getting seven to eight hours of restful sleep and so much more.

Whether you’ve recently hopped onto the healthy living bandwagon or you live on braised kale and two hours of hot yoga a day (or somewhere in between), these nutrition and fitness-forward book picks will inspire you to improve the quality of your life:

Nutrition in Crisis by Richard D. Feinman

Nutrition in Crisis

Chelsea Green

Every day there’s a new study that suggests you might be at risk for diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease or some other health condition due to whatever you’ve just eaten for lunch. The sheer volume of conflicting research has left many of us confused about what to eat or who to believe. In Nutrition in Crisis, eminent biochemist and medical researcher Dr. Richard Feinman cuts through the noise, explaining the intricacies of nutrition and human metabolism in plain English. The book also offers an unsparing critique of the nutritional establishment, which continues to demonize fat and refute the benefits of low-carbohydrate and ketogenic diets―all despite decades of evidence to the contrary. In addition, the author arms readers with essential tools they need to navigate through the world of nutrition and the current confusion in medical literature and its reflection in the media. Dr. Feinman’s wit and wry humor, together with his refreshing and realistic take on diet and nutrition, make this book a truly riveting read.


The Plant-Based Boost by Melissa Halas

The Plant-Based Boost

Super Kids Nutrition

In her new book, renowned dietitian and nutritionist, Melissa Halas shows readers how incorporating more plant-based foods in their daily diet can help improve performance and crush fitness goals. Whether you’re an omnivore trying to eat less meat or a vegan trying to improve nutritional balance, this comprehensive guide will help you with everything from meal prepping to snack strategies to implement before, during and after a workout for optimal results. In addition, you’ll also read about the numerous evidence-backed benefits of plant-based proteins, healthy fats and performance-boosting phytochemicals. And learn about various fluid and electrolyte strategies to ensure adequate hydration. Equipped with these smart and simple fitness tips, you’re guaranteed to perform and feel your very best every day.


Good to Go by Christie Aschwanden

Good to Go

WW Norton

In recent years, “recovery” has become a buzzword in the world of sports and fitness. In this New York Times Sports and Fitness bestseller, award-winning science journalist and competitive athlete Christie Aschwanden takes readers on an entertaining and enlightening tour through the strange world of this newest athletic obsession. The book investigates whether latest recovery techniques like cryotherapy, floating and infrared sauna bathing after training actually help accelerate recovery and achieve peak performance. In addition, the book examines the latest recovery trends among athletes—from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s infrared sleepwear to gymnast Simone Biles’ pneumatic pulse compression sleeves and swimmer Michael Phelps’ “cupping” ritual. At a time when the market is flooded with the latest recovery tools that promise to take your performance to the next level, Aschwanden’s well-researched and insightful book provides some much-needed clarity on this burgeoning workout trend.


The Power Source by Lauren Roxburgh

The Power Source

Grand Central Publishing

Stress has become an accepted (and expected) part of our daily lives. It can manifest into anxiety, discomfort, irritability, even inflammation. In her second book, celebrity trainer Lauren Roxburgh shows how all of these health problems can be alleviated by unlocking the foundation of one’s mental and physical health—the pelvic floor. Located at the root of our pelvis, Roxburgh believes that it determines how firm our core is, how efficiently we manage stress and how much energy reaches the rest of our body. The Power Source demonstrates how to strengthen the pelvic floor as well as four other “power centers” in your body (including the heart and neck) through a holistic program of targeted exercises, nourishing recipes and simple at-home relaxation therapies to realign your body and your life.


The Complete Book of Ketones by Mary Newport

The Complete Book of Ketones

Basic Health

The keto diet is everywhere right now, and the growing research on its long-term health benefits is further fueling the popularity of the regimen. Whether you are casually curious about the keto craze or want to fully embrace the keto lifestyle, The Complete Book of Ketones has got you covered. The in-depth guide makes the science of ketosis and ketone supplementation accessible for all. In addition, it provides strategies to boost your ketone levels and features personal testimonies from people who have experienced the benefits of practicing a keto lifestyle firsthand. What’s more, the author has also included a number of easy, keto-friendly recipes to help you get started.


Glute Lab by Bret Contreras

Glute Lab

Victory Belt Publishing

In Glute Lab, personal trainer Bret Contreras explains why glute training is crucial for your health and performance, how those muscles function and the fundamentals of optimal glute training. This comprehensive guide provides an array of training templates and splits that cater to different training goals and workout preferences. Each technique is accompanied by detailed instructions and step-by-step illustrations for convenience. Whether you want to maximize muscle growth and strength, improve body composition, overcome training plateaus or develop your personal workout routine, Glute Lab will equip you with all the information you need.


Eat to Love by Jenna Hollenstein

Eat to Love

Lionheart Press

Written by registered nutritionist Jenna Hollenstein, Eat to Love is a Buddhism-inspired healthy eating guide that combines the time-tested techniques of intuitive eating, meditation and mindfulness to investigate prejudices around eating and help you reset your relationship with food from one that’s restrictive to one that’s nourishing, liberating, and enriching.


Dressing on the Side (and Other Diet Myths Debunked) by Jaclyn London

Dressing on the Side (and Other Diet Myths Debunked)

Grand Central Publishing

In Dressing on the Side, Jaclyn London, the Nutrition Director of Good Housekeeping, debunks various diet myths (about sugar, detox diets, intuitive eating, etc.) that keep you from reaching your health and weight-loss goals. Filled with accessible, well-researched information and easy-to-follow strategies on developing healthy eating habits, it is essentially an antithesis of a typical diet book. With her practical tips and an honest, rational approach, London aims to empower you to create mindful habits that will transform the way you perceive food and health—and help you lose weight for good.


Breathwork by Valerie Moselle


Althea Press

Deep breathing is one of the most simple and effective ways to calm your mind and increase the flow of blood and oxygen throughout your body. In Breathwork, yoga teacher Valerie Moselle leads readers through a three-week practical program that incorporates a range of intentional breathing techniques—to boost your energy levels and improve physical health. With effective practices that address everything from allergies and asthma to anxiety and insomnia, this breathing plan is basically your go-to guide to reaping the varied health benefits of mindful breathing. Needless to say, it’s a must-read for anyone who wants to beat stress, improve their overall health and energize their life.


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