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Bigger Leaner Stronger
The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body
Michael Matthews - Mar 15, 2019 (first published in 2011)
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If you want to be muscular, lean, and strong as quickly as possible without steroids, good genetics, or wasting ridiculous amounts of time in the gym and money on supplements...then you want to read this book.Here's the deal:Getting into awesome shape isn't nearly as complicated as the fitness industry wants you to believe.You don't need to spend h...
Starting Strength
Basic Barbell Training, 3rd edition
Mark Rippetoe - Nov 10, 2011 (first published in 2005)
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Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training is the new expanded version of the book that has been called "the best and most useful of fitness books." It picks up where Starting Strength: A Simple and Practical Guide for Coaching Beginners leaves off. With all new graphics and more than 750 illustrations, a more detailed analysis of the five most impo...
The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding
The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised
Arnold Schwarzenegger - Nov 05, 1999 (first published in 1985)
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From elite bodybuilding competitors to gymnasts, from golfers to fitness gurus, anyone who works out with weights must own this book—a book that only Arnold Schwarzenegger could write, a book that has earned its reputation as “the bible of bodybuilding.”Inside, Arnold covers the very latest advances in both weight training and bodybuilding competit...
Becoming a Supple Leopard
The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance (2nd Edition)
Kelly Starrett - May 19, 2015 (first published in 2013)
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Strength Training Anatomy
Frederic Delavier - Mar 09, 2010 (first published in 1998)
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The third edition of Strength Training Anatomy offers the most compelling artwork ever applied to a strength training resource. Packed with over 600 anatomical illustrations of muscles from each major muscle group, the updated edition features 48 additional pages, 12 new exercises, and 18 stretches....
Thinner Leaner Stronger
The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Female Body
Michael Matthews - Apr 12, 2019 (first published in 2012)
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MICHAEL MATTHEWS' #1 BESTSELLING WOMEN'S FITNESS BOOK WITH OVER 250,000 COPIES SOLD. If you want to be toned, lean, and strong as quickly as possible without crash dieting, "good genetics," or wasting ridiculous amounts of time in the gym and money on pills and powders...regardless of your age... then you want to read this book....
The New Rules of Lifting for Women
Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess
Lou Schuler - Dec 26, 2009 (first published in 2005)
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Finally, a weight-training book that doesn’t treat women like weaklings! If you believe what most women’s magazines tell you, muscles can be “shaped,” “toned,” and “sculpted” with nothing more than a little dumbbell that weighs less than a can of peas. But muscles aren’t modeling clay, and the only way to transform them is to strengthen them. The ...
Born to Run
A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Christopher McDougall - Mar 29, 2011 (first published in 2009)
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The astonishing national bestseller and hugely entertaining story that completely changed the way we run.An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrat...
Ignite the Fire
The Secrets to Building a Successful Personal Training Career
Jonathan Goodman - Feb 10, 2015 (first published in 2012)
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""Personal Trainers are now expected to be salespeople, psychologists, nutritionists, post-rehabilitation specialists, and motivational speakers. You can have all the training expertise in the world, but you must also be able to inspire passion in your clients, and develop relationships with the people you serve.""Have you ever struggled to get cli...
How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Unique Female Physiology for Optimum Performance, Great Health, and a Strong, Lean Body for Life
Stacy Sims - Jul 05, 2016
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Women are not small men. Stop eating and training like one.Because most nutrition products and training plans are designed for men, it’s no wonder that so many female athletes struggle to reach their full potential. ROAR is a comprehensive, physiology-based nutrition and training guide specifically designed for active women. This book teaches you e...
You Are Your Own Gym
The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises
Mark Lauren - Jan 04, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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From an elite Special Operations physical trainer, an ingeniously simple, rapid-results, do-anywhere program for getting into amazing shape   For men and women of all athletic abilities!   As the demand for Special Operations military forces has grown over the last decade, elite trainer Mark Lauren has been at the front lines of preparing nearly on...
Overcoming Gravity by Steven Low
The World's Fittest Book by Ross Edgley
Complete Calisthenics by Ashley Kalym
Atomic Habits by James Clear
Living with a SEAL by Jesse Itzler
Practical Programming for Strength Training by Mark Rippetoe
Run Fast. Eat Slow. by Shalane Flanagan
Peak by Marc Bubbs
The Triathlete's Training Bible by Joe Friel
Spartan Fit! by Joe de Sena
Men's Health Your Body is Your Barbell by BJ Gaddour
Live Young Forever by Jack Lalanne
Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? by Alex Hutchinson
Ready to Run by Kelly Starrett
What to Eat by Marion Nestle
The One-Minute Workout by Martin Gibala
Marathon by Hal Higdon
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
The Body by Bill Bryson
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries
Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Chicago Manual of Style by The University of Chicago Press Editorial Staff
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin
Healing With Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford
Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle by Tom Venuto
Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t by Steven Pressfield
The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by The Oatmeal
Spark by John J. Ratey
This Is Marketing by Seth Godin
Convict Conditioning by Paul Wade
When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises by Adam Campbell
Never Let Go by Dan John
Bruce Lee The Art of Expressing the Human Body by Bruce Lee
Deskbound by Kelly Starrett
The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises by Adam Campbell
26 Marathons by Meb Keflezighi
The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes
Fit Men Cook by Kevin Curry
New Functional Training for Sports by Michael J. Boyle
The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow
Body by Science by John Little
The Ultimate Sales Letter by Dan S Kennedy
Delavier's Women's Strength Training Anatomy Workouts by Frederic Delavier
Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy by Bret Contreras
Today We Die a Little! by Richard Askwith
100 No-Equipment Workouts Vol. 1 by Neila Rey
Conscious Coaching by Brett Bartholomew
Fed & Fit by Cassy Joy Garcia
The Thyroid Connection by Amy Myers
Yoga Fitness for Men by Dean Pohlman
Believe Training Journal by Lauren Fleshman
Science and Development of Muscle Hypertrophy by Brad Schoenfeld
Street Workout, A Worldwide Anthology of Urban Calisthenics. How to Sculpt a God-Like Physique Using Nothing But Your Environment by Al Kavadlo
Faster by Michael Hutchinson
Viralnomics by Jonathan Goodman
Yoga Cures by Tara Stiles
Fitness Confidential by Vinnie Tortorich
Invincible Living by Guru Jagat
Whole New You by Tia Mowry
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, 5th Ed by Roberta Larson Duyff
The Hungry Brain by Stephan J. Guyenet
Principles of Muscle Building Program Design by Nick Mitchell
The Fitness Mindset by Brian Keane
Shut Up and Run by Robin Arzon
The Complete Guide to Navy Seal Fitness, Third Edition by Stewart Smith Usn (Seal)
Body Transformation Meal Plan Design by Nick Mitchell
The Men's Fitness Exercise Bible by Sean Hyson
Men's Health Power Training by Robert Dos Remedios
The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program by . United States Marine Corps
Breathwork by Valerie Moselle
Glute Lab by Bret Contreras
Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr
Kettlebell Simple & Sinister by Pavel Tsatsouline
Change Maker by John Berardi
Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley
Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. by Shalane Flanagan
Lose Weight & Get Fit by Tom Kerridge
Science and Practice of Strength Training, Second Edition by Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky
Enter The Kettlebell! by Pavel Tsatsouline