4 Great Fitness Books
In the world of fitness, most people get their information from reading blogs and magazines, but there are some valuable fitness books available for people to read. A lot of the books promise quick weight loss or building muscle quickly, but the results are never there for people. The books I have listed below are some of the most well-respected and popular books around that will give you guaranteed results - as long as you are hoping to burn fat and build muscle.
The 4 Hour Body
The 4 Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss is a great starting point for people looking for a good fitness book to read. The book covers a variety of topics, from the slow carb diet to how to build muscle to having better sex to swimming better. This is a very large book at 600 pages, so it's impossible to cover all the topics found within, but it is a very quick read. The tone of the book is like a conversation between yourself and Tim Ferriss, which makes it an easy read - perfect for those boring cross-country flights. The information found within is perfect, too. The slow carb diet is one of the easiest diets to follow, because it allows for a cheat day. The fitness programs are simple to follow and effective, and the other advice found within the book just works. It was published in late 2010 and is a very affordable book.
The Primal Blueprint
The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson compiles years of advice that Mark has been publishing on his blog, Mark's Daily Apple, and puts it into an easy book to read. Like Tim's book, this book covers a few different areas but is a bit better organized. In the book, Mark discusses the primal blueprint diet (an off-shoot of the paleo diet), fitness programs (without using expensive gym equipment), the importance of sunshine, play and rest. This book is not as dense as The 4 Hour Body with the page length, but is dense with the information. You may find yourself reading this a few times over to get all of the information, and you will almost surely pass this along to your friends.
The Paleo Solution
The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf is one of those essential books for the fitness guru. Over 300 people have reviewed it on Amazon alone, and it's ranking is 4.5 stars. The book covers a lot of the same information as The Primal Blueprint, but gets into the specifics as to why the paleo diet works for people. If you want to burn off fat with minimal effort, you will really enjoy reading this book and following the paleo diet. If there is any doubt about whether this diet is for you, read through the reviews left on Amazon and you can discover for yourself why sleep is important, how to control your insulin levels and avoid sugar crashes, have healthier skin, and feel younger than ever before. Well worth reading.
Enter the Kettlebell
Enter the Kettlebell by Pavel Tsatsouline is a book published in 2006 by a Russian fitness guru that is going to be around for a very long time. One look at Pavel and you will be able to see what a beast of a man he is without being super bulky like most weightlifters are on the covers of the magazines. The previous books focused on diet, which makes up 80% of body composition. This book will help you build muscle and carve out the definition that you seek. Kettlebells are called the AK-47 of physical training because they pack a powerful punch in such a small item. They are one of the most versatile pieces of hardware around, as well. In the book, Pavel teaches you how to do the basic and advanced techniques properly to avoid injury and build up your stamina to an elite level. Lifting a kettlebell for ten minutes can be more effective than any other exercise routine out there and are great to use in an exercise routine like the Spartacus Workout. You won't regret picking up this book if you are serious about exercise.
There are plenty of books available by more popular authors (ie ones with magazines, tv shows, food/exercise products), but the books above are some of the most effective books around. The combined price of all these books is less than a gym membership and will get your butt in gear fast. Some of them are popular enough that they should be available in your local library, as well. Go check them out and get in the best shape of your life starting today.