Sooo a substantial part of my day when I am not working learning more fitness related things. It is not a full review as I am in the process of re-reading them but more so what I have gotten out of them so far.
Athletic body in Balance by Gray Cook – It is the only book I have purchased out of the five. I think it was a good purchase. I have been going over the chapter about “analyzing movement” and others that talk about (I am paraphrasing) not looking solely at a client’s isolated muscle development but instead taking a step back and looking at the entire body’s movement.
Understanding Fitness by Julie K. Silver, M.D. & Christopher Morin – It is just as the title says. I am not that far into it yet but thus far it explains health benefits of different types of exercises (like strength training) & how it improves one’s health in addition when used as rehabilitation.
The New Rules of Lifting by Lou Schuler & Alwin Cosgrove – Apparently the authors are the same ones for The New Rules of Lifting for Women which I should add to my list too. I have found their list of Rules pretty interesting & useful. Flipping forward their are some exercises that are pretty easy to follow and good directions and explanations. I will get to them soon.
Which Comes First Cardio or Weights by Alex Hutchinson, Ph.D. – I am about 1/2 way through and it has mostly a Q&A layout of common questions that (of course) surround the title of the book. I probably will buy this one as I keep wanting to mark up this library book.
Your Body’s Many Cries For Water by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. – A very interesting book. I knew of the importance of drinking water…but wow. It is a really interesting read about not only how the body works better when it is properly hydrated….but the effects on the body when it is dehydrated. Some things I may not completely understand or agree with but it is a really good read so far. Sidenote – It is really hard to sip on a beer when reading this (but I succeeded!)
What is on deck….
So in no particular order these books are on deck, enroute to my library branch or maybe a cheap ebay purchase if I can’t find it.
- Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy by Bret Contreras
- The New Rules of Lifting by Lou Schuler
- Original Strength by Tim Anderson & Geoff Neupert
- A guide to Better Movement by Todd Hargrove