As we begin, let me tell you this.
The list here should be titled the 5 best and mostunconventional fitness books of the year. These aren't the typical "mainstream" fitness books and if you've read anything before from this website, you know that's not how I roll.
Now that I said that, here's my 5th year of publishing the 5 best fitness books of the year. (If you missed last year's article, see the bottom of this post). What I can say about this year's list is that the books here can improve your life - or help you improve those you work with. These are performance books to enhance sport - or life.
Coming up with this list was tough. It always is. It was tough because I read some great books this year, but the truth is I can't read everything out there, so there's probably some great books that I just didn't get to (yet). I still have a stack of books that were released in 2016 that haven't been read.
Who can benefit from this list?
Anybody really, but this is written specifically for coaches, trainers, lifters, the serious fitness enthusiast, and or the rehab professional. It's for people who simply want the edge in lifting, in sport, and in life.
Here's 3 important questions we should constantly be asking ourselves - about our training.
These are simple questions, but simple is not always common practice.
In addition to discussing the "3 questions," I'll share some gratitude as I look back at this year's podcast episodes and guests.
One question I'm asked a lot about is deloading. For me personally, deloading is one of the key contributing factors to my own training longevity.
What I'll answer here are the key questions: what exactly is it, why you should use it, and how to keep it simple.
Let's assume you've been training hard over the last several weeks. As a matter of fact, let's say you're just finishing a 6 week training cycle of a 5 x 5 program. What do you do after you complete the program? Well, the answer may depend on what's next or what your goals are, but in most cases after completing a structured program like this, a period of reduced volume and intensity is a pretty smart idea. That leads to the "deload."
Aaron Alexander is the featured guest this week on the show. This session is "unconventional" and fast-paced as we cover some great topics and practical applications.
Aaron is the creator of Align Therapy and a fitness podcaster who's passionate about helping people maximize function and athletic performance through better movement.
He's a corrective exercise specialist who's had quite a journey in exercise training and you'll hear his unique approaches to improve movement and performance.
Here's some of what you'll hear about this week:
Not too long ago I was talking with a buddy about his low back pain. We were discussing the back issues he's been experiencing.
As I was talking with him to understand a little more about his situation, I recommended a book that I had recently read titled "Back Mechanic" by Dr. Stuart McGill.
Interestingly enough, I had seen my friend a few months later and asked him if he had picked up the book on my recommendation to take control of his low back pain (LBP).
He didn't get the book and I thought that was extremely unfortunate because I knew how much the book could have helped him.
That leads me to this book review, which is now long overdue.
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to chat with top weightlifting coach and multi-book author, Greg Everett.
Greg is the mastermind behind Catalyst Athletics and I'm a huge fan of his work - and his books.
I had 2 important training questions for Greg.
Of course, these questions are specific to weightlifting, but I think his answers could be extrapolated to other areas of strength and performance training, as well.
Here are the questions.
Joe De Sena returns to the show this week in "The Return of The Spartan."
Joe's a great man and is now a 3-time guest on the podcast. He's the founder of Spartan Race, a multi-book author, ultra-endurance athlete, and mega-successful entrepreneur.
There's a lot that I admire about Joe, such as his mental toughness and grit, among many other strengths and attributes.
You'll get some of his latest insights and advice in this rapid-fire session.
Here's a few things you'll hear about:
I've got a HUGE announcement in episode 186 - not to mention it's a cool episode to listen to...
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