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Other/Mixed BOOKS??

Other strength modalities (e.g., Clubs), mixed strength modalities (e.g., combined kettlebell and barbell), other goals (flexibility)
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What are some of your favorite Training(Strength, conditioning) books you’ve read?

What’s your favorite non-fitness book?


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- Power to the People [Professional]
- Easy Strength
- Supertraining
- Starting Strength
- Practical Programming for Strength training

- 7 Habits of highly effective People
- Subtle art of not giving a f*ck

Pavel Macek

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Strength books: Pavel's work

Other: Oh... so many! But from the many books I have read recently, e.g. A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy


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Maffetone’s Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing
Joe Friel’s Triathlete’s (and Cyclost’s) Training Bible
Galloway’s Book on Running
Steve Ilgks The Winter Athlete
Easy Strength
Enter the Kettlebell
Purposefull Primitive
Tactical Barbell


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+1 to everything above

The Lean Gains Method by Martin Berkham is a pretty good book that gets into the science of fat loss and body recomposition


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1. Easy strength
2. Tactical barbell I & II
3. 5/3/1 forever
4. Al ciampa's PT Manual.

Mandatory reading
1. Kiss or kill confessions of a serial mountain climber by Mark Twight

2. Plutarch lives I & II

3. Richest man in Babylon by George Clason

4. Book of five rings by Musashi (I prefer the translation by Tokitsu)

5. The prince by Machiavelli


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1. Simple and Sinister
2. Easy Strength
3. T Barbell
4. Starting Strength
5. Intervention
Non Fitness
1. Blood Meridian
2. The Crossing
3. Charlie and the Chocolate factory
4. The Testament of Mary
5. Tolle/Peterson even draw


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Simple and Sinister
Easy Strength
Al's PT manual

Forever War
Starship Troopers
The Martian


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I'm not sure about the training books. I really like Purposeful Primitive @Abdul Rasheed already wrote about. I like the Pavel books but I can't pick a favourite, and I think a bigger, more holistic book by him could be in order.

Fiction wise I believe I will have to go with Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem. I like a wide variety of books but Cyberiad stands out to me.


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Forgot to mention Stuart McRoberts Brawn. While bodybuilding isn’t my main interest, I still respect it, and the Brawn series helped change my thinking and get me out of the typical gym mindset.

Why just be physical when you can be meta-physical? The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

For fiction, Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums, and anything by Robert Ludlum.

North Coast Miller

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The Zen Way to Martial Arts by Taisen Deshimaru (not really strength and conditioning but taught me a great deal about breath control/meditation).

The Patrick O'Brian books

Hell in a Very Small Place: The Siege of Dien Bien Phu
John Brown Abolitionist: by David Reynolds



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As for non-fiction, I would suggest classics and Charles Dickens. Masterful, vivid description of characters and environment. I think of such books as "training" for our brain. To improve our attention span, intelligence, vocabulary, patience and what not. Give Bleak House a try, its a wonderful murder mystery. Audible makes it even more awesome.


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+1 on. Neuromancer. I’ve had quite a bit of fun reading old cyberpunk and comparing their vision to our reality.


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strength: all Pavel books, especially the old one, when he still used the word "comrade". so many joke is now still being used in Vietnam. And i wander why Soviet never send any kettlebell for their ally. but i disgress.

other: i like novels. i live a boring life, so i love aventures. Alexis Zobra gave me inspiration, so did War and Peace. And i love Geogre Ohsawa books, he is like Pavel- a sensei to me. Anyone serious about Macrobiotics should read his work
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