I believe that to be the best in your profession you need learn through experience but also continue updating your knowledge and the best way to do so is to read, read, and read even more. We have to keep up to date on the latest research if we want to succeed. I try and read at least 1 hour a day but most times far exceed that number.
FREE ONLINE RESOURCES:
Below are a few on-line resources that I have found extremely useful, interesting and important in my craving for knowledge and self improvement. The best thing about it is that it is free (all links hyperlinked for your convenience).
Ucoach – A great resource for all athletics coaches.
HMMR Media – A great insight into coaching, real life experiences and programming when it comes to athletics.
T-Nation – A really cool site that provides you with awesome articles from some of the biggest names within the fitness world.
EliteFts – A bunch of strong guys who know what they are talking about.
Examine– When it comes to no BS nutrition advice, these guys come out on top every single time!
Pubmed – Research journals and articles
Mens health – General fitness and physique improvements
Mens fitness -General fitness and physique improvements
Functional Training For Sports and Advances in Functional Training – These books are a brilliant insight into Michael Boyle’s great mind, within which he shares his views on functional training and Strength and Conditioning
Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning – Is just an awesome and must have resource published by the National Strength and Conditioning Association for any personal trainer and strength coach.
Advanced Techniques in Glutei Maximi Strengthening – Is a book written by the great Bret Contreras. This is simply the best and most referenced book on the importance of the gluteus in sports performance that I have ever/will read. Definitely check it out, the book, not my glutes.
The Speed Encyclopaedia – One of the most complete guides to speed development for sport that I have come across. Travis Hansen explains the complex science behind power and speed in a manner that most people could easily understand. A must have if you are serious about increasing your or you athletes speed.
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING TRAINING :
Supertraining– Written by the Mel Siff and Yuri V Verkhoshansky, this book is an old school, out and out nerdy knowledge kind of book. It is just loaded with some amazing research and information in the field of Strength training .
Science and Practice of Strength Training– One of the first books recommended to us as students while I was at Uni. Of course I didn’t take their advice and I regret not reading it sooner. Dr. William Kraemer and Dr. Vladimir Zatsiorsky put a hell of a lot of useful information to do with training for strength improvements. A heavy read but well worth the time.
If you want to know how to get strong, then this book is a must have. Mark Rippetoe has created a gem with this book. Covering the different lifts in more detail than I have ever seen before. Great resource to have when it come to coaching all barbell lifts.
The mechanics of sprinting and hurdling– Ralph Mann
Strength Training for Speed– James Wild
The Speed Encyclopaedia-Travis Hansen
So You want to be a sprinter– Bud Winters
Speed Trap– Charlie Francis
The Charlie Francis Training System– Charlie Francis
HYPERTROPHY AND WEIGHT LOSS TRAINING:
Max Muscle Plan– Brad Schoenfeld
Body For Life-Bill Phillips
Man 2.0: Engineering the Alpha Male– John Romaniello and Adam Bornstein.
The Poliquin Principles– Charles Poliquin
Beyond Brawn– Stuart McRoberts
MENTAL ASPECTS OF TRAINING:
The Chimp Paradox-Steven Peters
Pressure Principle – Dave Aldred
Never Let go-Dan John
The Samurai Diet – The Science and Strategy of Winning the Fat Loss War– Nate Miyaki
Power Eating– Susan M. Kleiner
Never Eat Alone– Keith Ferrazzi
I Can Make You Rich– Paul Mckenna
Rework– Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
Start With Why–Simon Sinek