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4 Great Fitness Books

Updated on January 2, 2018

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.


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    • Nukemm33 profile image


      6 years ago from Houston, Tx

      I have a friend that lives by The Paleo Solution. I've learned a lot from him talking about chapters in it. Great recommendation!

    • CyclingFitness profile image

      Liam Hallam 

      6 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Your title states fitness books.

      Going back in time is the current fitness industry fad. Just like Hollywood struggling to come up with movie ideas the industry seems to regurgitating old techniques. I hear Indian Clubs are also making a comeback

      Fitness is different to diet and therefore you've actually only included 3 Fitness books on your list therefore your book on the Paleo diet must really be dismissed.

      I've talked to many personal trainers who solely acknowledge kettle ball/bell training as a fad. Yes it can have long term effects which I'm not doubting but for many who've taken up the practice a small number continue long term and from personal experience it is something more relevant towards elite athletes and sportspeople than general fitness for the beginner.

    • James McCullough profile imageAUTHOR

      James McCullough 

      6 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      Kettlebells have been in use in Russia for most of the past century, and other cultures have variations that are similar because they displace the weight away from where people grip it. They have only become popular in North America the past 15 years due to Pavel. I can't call that a fad anymore than guys using a bench press in their garage.

      People who haven't tried a paleo-based diet always talk about how it's a fad diet, but the people who have been living the lifestyle for years will never go back to conventional wisdom. When people live a paleo diet for 30 days and then eat a slice of bread or have an ice cream cone, you really feel a difference in how your body reacts to it. I doubt it will be a fad diet considering it's based upon how our ancestors ate 15,000+ years ago.

      The authors you have suggested are for the elite athlete and body builder, where I was supplying information for general fitness that is more accessible to read.

    • CyclingFitness profile image

      Liam Hallam 

      6 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Kettle bells seem to be yet another fad just like the pales diet. I expected to read this hub seeing good quality books on teaching-not fads and short term fixes.

      There are so many exceptional fitness books out there that the general public could be helped using long term. Personally I'd recommend publications from Tudor bompa. Frank dick. Beach let and Earle or mcardle katch and katch for long term fitness improvement.


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