Happy Christmas…7 of the best books from me to you!
I’m a big reader, always have been, and I hope I always will. These days I buy a good 2 or 3 books a month on average, sometimes a lot more, whilst still combing through blogs and articles as much as I always have.
I love books the most, as much for the actual feel and quality of the book itself I think as much as the content within. There’s a timeline element to books too, in that the profession moves forwards but the book marks the authors views and thoughts at the time of publishing. It’s a part of history (very nostalgic I know!!)
One thing I struggle with is lending my books to people. I struggle to part with them as I know that it’s going to be even more of a struggle to get them back!
The thing is, most books these days are under a tenner and for me personally for that price I just buy the book because then I have that information whenever I want it.
Then I heard my friend Nick Grantham talking at his ‘You’re Hired’ workshop at Leeds Met in September about how he bought books for people for that very reason, just so they have the knowledge, and he still has his book! (And it’s a nice thing to do too!) and I genuinely wanted to do something for you guys this christmas.
With that in mind I thought that as a Christmas present to you guys for reading my blogs and following my work in 2012, I’d give away (or rather buy you a copy) of some of my personal favourites that have helped me significantly in my career so far.
Now these aren’t your classic text books, anyone can buy those….these are more personal and include some good reads on developing yourself, S&C and nutrition.
There’s no catch, all you have to do if you want one of the books is leave me a comment telling me why you want that particular book and what you hope to gain from it. Leave it in a comment below and you’ll get the book sent to you from Amazon directly. (You also need to leave your address for delivery or you can email me this separately if you like)
1. Shapeshifter by Geoff Thomson: This book was one of the first self help books I ever read over ten years ago now. At the time my ambitions were to become a full time martial artist and open my own academy with a strong successful fight team based there. I didn’t really believe it could happen, but this book was a really opened my eyes with lots of specific examples of how Geoff went through the same things. Geoff is a Coventry boy and ex door supervisor so the book was close to my heart as I was working as a bouncer at the time to fund my degree and training.
2. Screw it Let’s Do It! Richard Branson: I read this book this year gone, and read it in about 4 hours! It’s a great read which gives you an insight into Branson’s personality and how he pushed to achieve what he has. I learnt A LOT from it. It’s a very inspiring read.
3. Never let Go: Dan John (kindle Edition) : Dan John is a great strength traiing philosopher and his autobiography is a cracking read. There’s loads of training info as well as personal experience in there. This is arguably one of the most applied books I’ve ever read and again very inspiring too. ( I can only afford the kindle edition for this so please make sure you have a device that can read it!)
4. Practical Programming for Strength Training: Rippetoe (kindle edition): Another quality read from Rippetoe here. This is a great approach to periodisation of strength training. It’s not the full picture, but the concepts here are certainly in line with my own philosophy on athletic development and can be applied to other aspects of your training too such as endurance and skill based training. This is one of the best periodisation books on the market in my opinion.
5. Nutrient Timing: John Ivy: I first heard about this book from John Berardi as he recommended it many years ago. It really sets the scene for most of what is considered good practice in nutrition today when it comes to performance and general health. I really enjoyed it and the simple model presented is excellent, something I stick by to this day on the whole.
6. Athletic Development: Vern Gambetta: What more can I say about this book! The manual to accompany Verns book from a nuts and bolts training perspective. All angles are covered, all boxes ticked, a complete training system and a thoroughly tried and tested philosophy on performance enhancement. Brilliant read.
7. Linchpin: Seth Godin: I only started reading Seth Godin this year and I feel as if I’ve missed out on a lot of info that could have helped me much earlier in my career. This guy understands people, and puts it into simple, easy to understand information that you can apply instantly. This is probably the first one I’d recommend you read if you are interested in reading Seth’s stuff. His blog is superb by the way, a goldmine of marketing and communication knowledge.
So that’s the lot!
There could have been a lot more on there that have helped me out but let’s save some for next Christmas eh!
If you want one of them, let me know by leaving a comment and I’ll pick someone for each book.
I’ll be sending them out to get to you before Christmas from Amazon, which I believe need to be ordered no later than Monday this week to ensure they get to you. Make sure you leave me your address too!
Happy Christmas and thanks again for reading my website this year 🙂