A powerful and highly effective 6 week barbell based program for building muscle mass.
Another great brand is the RKC kettlebell sold by Dragon Door. These are certainly high quality kettlebells, however the cost is quite a bit higher. If you’re new to kettlebells, DO NOT purchase adjustable kettllebells as these are not sufficient for authentic kettlebell exercises. Please don’t waste your money, instead purchase a quality, cast iron, solid kettlebell for proper training.
Currently, my preferred brand of high quality fish oil is PurePharma. This company has just a few products, but they are very high quality and are designed for athletic training. Remember, not all fish oil is created the same and it’s very important to get a pure grade fish oil for maximum benefits.
Vitamin D is becoming recognized as a more valuable training supplement for recovery and many immune system benefits. It’s an inexpensive supplement that’s extremely important for many health and performance reasons. My preferred brand, again, comes from PurePharma. Very high quality supplement and specifically designed for athletes and exercise enthusiasts. Try to get the best quality supplements as you can and it’s worth it to spend a little extra, in my opinion.
This is a plant based protein that tastes great and is extremely “clean” in terms of processing and ingredients. Some people haven’t been fond of the taste, but I actually think it tastes really decent and it’s super high quality. Get the chocolate and make sure you get the “blend,” as this is different from the standard Sun Warrior protein.
The problem with greens products is that most of them taste HORRIBLE. No, I mean really bad. I’ve found one that doesn’t. Greens are very important since most people don’t eat the proper amount of daily greens. There are numerous nutritional benefits of greens products and they can never be over consumed. I’ve tried many different greens and the product I prefer is Sun Warrior Ormus Greens. I think it’s the best greens product on the market.
by Dan John. This book may be the most important fitness book you ever read. It sets the standard for what is most important in physical training. 10 questions and 5 principles that are fundamental in performance training. A framework for success and sorts through the clutter and misinformation in the fitness industry. If this book could be the official text book in the fitness industry, the world would be a better place. Very practical and very valuable for trainers, athletes, and fitness enthusiasts. I can’t recommend this one enough.
The book to get for learning proper progressions and technique with Olympic barbell lifts. A very practical and concise book that offers major value, if you want to learn the proper way to the O-lifts. The progressions are fantastic. I wouldn’t dive into the olympic lifts until you read this. This is an outstanding book.
Easily one of my favorites, without a doubt. Written by 2 great minds and contains a abundant amount of programs and training philosophies. This should be mandatory reading for anyone interested in strength training as this book offers incredible insight and wisdom. Fantastic book!
I’m not sure what to say about this one, other than it’s superb. So much great information and so well written. Stories, lessons, practical information on strength training and nutrition. A wealth of knowledge and a must read for serious fitness athletes and people committed to strength training. This will not disappoint, but you should know it’s a massive book, kind of like reading an encyclopedia.
The definitive guide on barbell training. If you train with a barbell, this book is absolutely required reading to understand safe and effective basic barbell lifts. Brilliant, in-depth writing that you can apply immediately to better lifting. I love this book and wish I had read it years ago. Highly recommend to maximize the understanding of applied physiology to barbells. A wonderful book and reference.
More great work from Mark Rippetoe in a collection of very important articles, covering topics from biomechanics, deep squatting, training for the aged, silly bullshit, and many other great topics. This is a great companion book to “Starting Strength.” Great reading, very candid, and very useful information.
by Tracy Refikind. I think this book is a groundbreaker. A book about one exercise? Guess again. While the kettlebell swing is the foundation of the book, it’s a story of personal success and offers a simplistic way to body and life transformation. This book is relevant for beginners through advanced as there is always something to learn.
by Pavel. More great kettlebell training ideas, exercises, and drills from Pavel. The focus is on double kettlebell exercises here, so this is not for beginners. To learn more kettlebell progressions and advanced exercises, this is the book you have to have to take things to the next level. Two thumbs up for this one!
by Kenneth Jay. This is a unique book. The book is a series of kettlebell protocols that focus on improving cardiovascular performance or VO2 max. A great training program, if it matches your goals. If you want to really enhance your cardiovascular conditioning, then put this on your list for sure.
by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. A comprehensive and very practical guide to Paleo eating. Provides all the science and practical applications of Paleo nutrition and a very ‘take action” approach to healthy eating. Helps you understand how food interacts with our body. A wonderful read for everyone.
by David Servan-Schrieber. Brilliant lifestyle book that I always recommend. The nutrition chapter is outstanding. Loaded with references from clinical studies and written by an MD who developed cancer and did extensive research into cancer prevention through lifestyle change. Very powerful book for everyone.
by Charles Duhigg. This book is revolutionary. Talk about a ‘game changer.” The book helps you understand how habits work and how we can change them by understanding the “habit loop.” Very powerful information and this can easily improve your life in any way by transforming bad habits to good ones. An amazing book!
by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. Outstanding book that I’m due to re-read. The principles on productivity and energy are priceless. Ties many different topics together, but the bottom line is it teaches you how to improve your energy to be 2-3 times more productive. A life changing book.
by Frank McKinney. One of the best personal success books available by a brilliant man, Maverick Real Estate Investor, Frank McKinney. Don’t be misled and think this book is about making money with real estate. This book is filled with 49 valuable life lessons that I keep with me in a journal and refer to consistently. I would easily put this book in the top tier of personal success books I’ve ever read, written by a genuine, giving, and honorable man. One of the most valuable books you will ever read.
by Jeff Olson Fantastic read and if you want to improve any area of your life, this is one of the best. I cannot recommend this book enough because the premise of the “little things matter” and everything has a cumulative effect is truly life changing. Really, if there is one book I could recommend you get now, this is probably at the top of the list.
by Roger Seip. Highly recommend this book! This book covers many different topics from killer productivity tips, lighting fast reading strategies, and innovative goal setting. An unconventional, brilliant book I took many things away from. This is an “under the radar” masterpiece. Check this one out!
by Gray Cook A textbook in human movement. While it’s an absolutely brilliant book, it is more like a textbook for coaches, health care professionals, and trainers. While I highly recommend, it’s more geared towards people helping others improve their level of health, fitness, and performance. Outstanding book, without question, but maybe not so practical for the general fitness enthusiast.
by Michael Boyle. A wonderful, comprehensive training manual with many pearls of wisdom. There’s a lot to learn here and the book is organized very concisely into nice chunks of information. A very useful and practical training guide with something in it for everyone and required reading for coaches and trainers.
by Tim Anderson and Mike McNiff. A simple, but very valuable exercise training perspective focused on improving human movement. An easy read and very practical application to a return to fundamentals to prevent injury and improve your training performance. Very unique and will be complimentary and ‘value added’ to your training program.
by Tom Venuto. I put this book in mindset because there are some great things to motivate and educate you in improving your health, fitness, and performance. I think the author is a straight-shooter and this book is very extensive. A transformational book, without question. You’ll learn a lot and get value from reading this one, with some really great insight.
by John Medina Great book, easy to read, 12 concepts related to brain health. The whole book is excellent, but the 1st chapter on exercise and brain power is outstanding. Amazing what a little exercise can do for your brain health. Really like the applications and simplicity of this book.
by Timothy Ferriss. Kind of like an explosion of health, fitness, and performance topics, covering things like the “slow carb” diet, techniques for adding muscle, fat loss methods, running, swimming, biking, and even having better sex. A panel of interesting topics with insight from many different experts. On a personal note, 2 great chapters were “Building the Perfect Posterior,” with Tracy Reifkind’s story and the chapter called “Ice Age” discussing cold therapy for fat loss, which is really interesting. With this book, you simply take out what applies to you and your goals.
by Michael Port. Here’s a great book to laser focus on the clients you dream of working with. This really isn’t a book, it’s a full blown course with major action exercises to help you dial in to getting ideal clients. A great resource, no matter what business you’re in. A classic business reference you’ll get a lot out of.