Recommended Reading

These books are recommended reading.

They have shaped my views on health, fitness, nutrition and self defence.

Click on the topic header to see the books. If you click on the images you can see the tables of contents and some excerpts from Amazon.
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Start Here

Cover for 'The Primal Blueprint' by Mark SissonThere are a number of books on my shelf about fitness, health and nutrition. The Primal Blueprint is my number one pick for “START HERE”. Other books can (and do!) go into more specifics. PB is a great overview for the building blocks of a healthy lifestyle.The Primal Blueprint principles are simple, practical and inexpensive. They require minimal, if any, sacrifice or deprivation.Mark Sisson is an athlete, coach and student of health. The Primal Blueprint is the distillation of 20 years of his research and experience. Utilising aspects from a number of scientific fields, Mark has devised a concise list of behaviour laws to improve your health, fitness and participation in life.

Strength & Conditioning

Cover for 'Starting Strength' by Mark RippetoeStarting Strength by Mark Rippetoe is possibly the most successful book on weight training to be published in the past 30 years. In its third edition as of 2011, Starting Strength is a comprehensive guide for weightlifting – specifically barbell training.If you are looking for a solid guide to getting strong and staying that way, Starting Strength is a must-read.

Cover for 'Olympic Weightlifting' by Greg Everett


Olympic Weightlifting by Greg Everett is a comprehensive guide to learning and instructing the Olympic and related lifts. Includes sections on learning progressions, lift analyses, error correction, competition, programming, sample training programs, flexibility, warm-up protocols, and nutrition.


Cover for 'Becoming a Supple Leopard' by Kelly Starrett


Learn how to perform basic maintenance on your body, improve your performance, extend your participation, treat body stiffness and achy joints, and rehabilitate injuries— allowing you to live a healthy, happier, more fulfilling life. Becoming a Supple Leopard maps out a detailed system comprised of more than two hundred techniques and illuminates common movement errors that cause injury and rob you of speed, power, endurance, and strength. Whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior, or simply someone wanting to live healthily and free from restrictions, Becoming a Supple Leopard will teach you how to maintain your body and get the most out of training, and life.

Self Defence

Cover for 'Dead or Alive' by Geoff ThompsonDead Or Alive: The Choice Is Yours is accurately subtitled ‘the definitive self-protection handbook. This is a must read for anyone seriously interested in street realistic self defence. Not only does this book have practical advice for effective physical techniques, it also gets into the emotional, psychological and verbal aspects of conflict. Learn how to control yourself and the situation with Dead or Alive.

Geoff Thompson is a self protection professional. A bouncer for 9 years and one of the highest ranking martial arts instructors in Britain, Geoff was voted the number 1 self defence author in the world by Black Belt Magazine USA. He has written articles for GQ, FHM, Maxim, Arena, Front, and Loaded and authored over 30 books on Martial Arts and Self Defence.

Nutrition

Cover for 'The Paleo Solution' by Robb WolfThe Paleo Solution incorporates the latest, cutting edge research from genetics, biochemistry and anthropology to help you look, feel and perform your best. Written by Robb Wolf, a research biochemist who traded in his lab coat and pocket protector for a whistle and a stopwatch to become one of the most sought after strength and conditioning coaches in the world. With Robb’s unique perspective as both scientist and coach you will learn how simple nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes can radically change your appearance and health for the better.
Cover for 'Food and Western Disease' by Staffan lindbergNutritional science divided and contentious. Viewpoints change rapidly on both minor and major issues impacting on public health. Food and Western Disease uses an evolutionary perspective as its basis. This provides a coherent framework for exploration. Using human evolution and disease in relation to historic and modern diets, this book allows the reader to begin to truly understand the link between diet and disease in the Western world and move towards a greater knowledge of what can be defined as the optimal human diet.

  • Written by a leading expert
  • Covers all major diseases, including cancer, heart disease, obesity, stroke and dementia
  • Details the benefits and risks associated with the Palaeolithic diet
  • Draws conclusions on key topics including sustainable nutrition and the question of healthy eating

eBooks

The Performance Menu Journal of FitnessThis is at the top of my regular reading list. It contains no-nonsense content and is of engaging style.The Performance Menu: Journal of Health & Athletic Excellence is a monthly digital magazine that contains articles exploring Olympic weightlifting, strength training, athletic strength & conditioning, fitness training, CrossFit, and nutrition for athletes, coaches and trainers.The Performance Menu can be read as a PDF, on desktop and mobile web, and on Kindle as complete issues or individual articles. Standard and Premium Subscriptions are available.

'30 Day Paleo Transformation' by Robb Wolf


Have you heard about the Paleo diet and were curious about how to get started?Or maybe you’ve been trying Paleo for a while but have questions.

Maybe you aren’t sure what the right exercise program is for you?

Maybe you just want a 30-day meal plan and shopping list to make things easier?

Then Robb Wolf’s 30 Day Paleo Transformation is for you. It’s a complete guide to your first 30 days on the Paleo diet. Featuring a 30 day meal plan, shopping lists, exercise guide with videos and more, this guide will set you on the road to success.


Paleo Budget Guide


Save money, stay on budget, save time and plan healthy meals. Eating a healthy diet and shopping from a Paleo diet food list on a budget is possible.

The Paleo on a Budget Guide is the solution you’ve been looking for. It’s a 70-page interactive downloadable guide that shows you how to make healthy Paleo meals for yourself and your family while saving time and money. You can stick to your budget, find extra money, save time, and make Paleo work for you.

The Paleo on a Budget Guide isn’t just another e-book. This is an interactive guide with links to custom-created videos, audio files, bonus reading, and more. This guide is like a home study course on eating Paleo on a budget!


Paleo Dining Out


Enjoy a healthy Paleo diet while travelling or dining outThis guide contains tips for ordering your meal, lists of what to order by type of restaurant, tips on enjoying alcohol without derailing your efforts, and more!

The Paleo diet is an effective, proven, and easy way to maintain a natural weight, feel your best, and keep yourself and your family in the best health possible. But it can be challenging to stick to a Paleo diet when you’re not cooking at home.

The Paleo Dining Out Guide is a 36-page interactive downloadable guide that teaches you how to dine out healthfully on a Paleo diet. You can stick to your diet while eating in restaurants and make Paleo work for you. It’s an interactive guide with links to custom-created videos, bonus reading, and more. It’s like a mini home-study course on dining out on the Paleo diet!

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