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I often have friends who ask me to recommend some books on learning fitness. Here, the fitness coach learning website has compiled a set of books to read if you want to become a fitness coach. I hope it will be helpful to the majority of fitness enthusiasts and friends who want to become fitness coaches. 

Many people apply for fitness cards and compete with treadmills all day long. In fact, from the perspective of shaping, the pile of barbells and dumbbells in the corner and the combination of equipment are the essences of the gym. They are the real energy. Something that sculpts your body. Make good use of it! 

Secondly, it is impossible for a person to ask for personal training for the whole life, or to turn over the past exercises according to the set of exercises for the whole life. Whether you like it or not, you will have to learn more or less in the end. 

For example, you must at least be familiar with most of the training movements, general training principles, and some simple nutrition knowledge... After understanding, try to plan your own.
 
As the saying goes: It is better to teach people how to fish than to teach people how to fish and to share so many fitness dry goods with everyone, it is better to let everyone personally feel and think. In addition to knowing how to practice, you also need to know why you practice so. so today I will share a few books with you.



    The Best Books on Health and Fitness


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    1. The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding: The Bible of Bodybuilding

    by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Dobbins 







    Arnold Schwarzenegger is the person who has won the most bodybuilding titles in the world, including 7 times "Mr. Olympia" and 3 times "Mr. Universe".

    As a successful bodybuilder in the world, Arnold has written all his accumulated fitness experience for more than 30 years into this "encyclopedia". Countless Americans call it the "fitness bible".

    This book contains Background knowledge and basic theory of fitness, analysis of various factors in training, training plans suitable for each stage, analysis of various parts of the body, detailed explanations of movements, and suggestions for improvement of weak areas of the body.

    There are also details on how to arrange a diet and nutrition plan, how to avoid and deal with injuries. There are a lot of illustrations in the book, with examples by Schwarzenegger and other famous bodybuilders, which will help you better understand the various parts of the body and the essentials of movement, and help you build a perfect body.



    2. Delavier's Women's Strength Training Anatomy 

    by Frederic Delavier 







    More and more women are beginning to fall in love with fitness. This book is written for women. Explained the exercise secrets for different parts of the body, with direct and clear goals, to help female friends reshape the body parts that desire to improve.

    In addition, there are also post-exercise stretching training, as well as explanations of theoretical knowledge such as diet, breathing, physical fitness, and the causes of poor body shape.

    Each movement has a clear step-by-step explanation, 105 exercises to choose from, and all are equipped with color photos and explanatory muscle anatomy sketches.

    Make full use of these professional suggestions, accept professional guidance, and regain a good body and vigorous vitality!



    3. You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises 

    by Mark Lauren







    The elite physical fitness instructor of the US special forces, Mark Lauren, has effectively trained nearly 1,000 soldiers, enabling them to meet the extreme physical requirements of the elite special forces.

    He summarized and developed this simple and comprehensive exercise method, which is suitable for ordinary people in real life. What makes this book unique is that it teaches readers the ability to exercise alone at any time and anywhere without relying on personal coaches and gyms.

    Use the professional training methods and nutrition recommendations introduced in "Exercise with your own bodyweight", whether you are in the living room, backyard, garage, hotel, or office, you can exercise, only 4 times a week, each time only takes 30 minutes. Soon, you will find changes in your body. 

    These 127 clearly explained movements can exercise every part of your body. Compared with weightlifting, they can build more muscles. Compared with aerobic exercise, they can burn more fat and more than the two. Safe; at the same time, self-weight training can also improve your balance and physical stability, thereby further preventing injuries. 

    Choose your training level-"Basic", "Level 1", "Master", "Hero"-and start exercising! Forget about the gym, free weights, combination equipment, and the novel toys advertised in the advertisements. They are far inferior to the most advanced fitness equipment in the world. The only thing you will never lose your own body.

    Regardless of gender, age, weight, and fitness level, everyone can find their own exercises and fitness plans from the book.



    4. Convict Conditioning: How to Bust Free of All Weakness

    by Paul Wade 







    "Convict Conditioning" is not a book that teaches you how to develop "cute muscles", but a book that teaches you how to develop A book about the power of use, the power of the limit, the power of survival. 

    The author Paul Wade spent 19 years in the harshest prison in the United States, and gradually unearthed a set of the oldest fitness method. This book is very practical, from simple to difficult, step by step, but to, In the end, they are all limited. People with a certain amount of perseverance can do it. 

    Turning the first page will see a few words like this. At that time, I pissed:

    A real man must be able to do at least:

             * 5 single arms Push-ups (preferably 100) 
             * 5 single-leg squats (preferably 2×50) 
             * 1 single-arm pull-up (preferably 2×6) 
             * 5 hanging vertical legs (preferably 2×30) 
             * 1 iron bridge (preferably 2×30) 
             * 1 one-armed inverted support (preferably 5)

    This book is the favorite of exercisers.



    5. Strength Training Anatomy

    by Frederic Delavier 







    Except for "Health and Beauty", this should be the first fitness enlightenment book I bought. There is not one of the best-selling fitness books in the world. The biggest feature is the exquisite pictures, each picture is like an ancient Greek sculpture showing you the action, the muscles, and bones in the action are as accurate as X-ray perspective. 

    The actions selected in the book are concise and practical, as well as some common sports injury anatomy analysis and injury prevention. The weirdest thing is that there is no preface. The beginning is a table of contents. Apart from the pictures, the whole book is a concise analysis of actions. There is no extra nonsense. The whole process is dry. It is recommended that novices can read it several times.

    The author, Delavier is the editor-in-chief of French Power Magazine. His professional level and writing style are very good. 



    6. Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training

    by Mark Rippetoe







    If you can only choose one training device, it must be a barbell; the simplest and most effective training principle in the world is to lift the weight to stimulate the body-body recovery-adaptation, and so on. 

    More and more commercial gyms are surrounded by fixed equipment, and few people are keen to perform pure barbell training except for bench press. Few fitness instructor training courses teach the use of barbell skills. For the so-called safety, the free squat rack is replaced by the Smith rack in the gym.

    But for novices, the most important thing to do in the early stage is self-weight training and compound training of free weights, rather than wasting a lot of time on single joint fixed equipment training. 

    Because bodybuilding training originated from weightlifting, the barbell technique is also the most basic and important part of bodybuilding. The book "Basics of Strength Training" is hailed as "the best and most useful fitness book." This 300-page book only talks about 5 movements: squat, press, deadlift, bench press, strength turn. 

    The book explains the human body mechanics analysis, movement details, and training plan arrangement in great detail. It is indispensable for people who want to earnestly learn barbell usage techniques or basic weightlifting exercises. In fact, this book should be read in the novice period, but this may be too boring for many newcomers.



    7. Advances in Functional Training

    by Michael Boyle 







    Michael Boyle is one of the most famous experts in the fields of physical training, functional training, and mass fitness. His fitness center MBSC was rated as one of the "Top Ten Fitness Centers in America" ​​by Men's Health Magazine. Boyle's lecture style is simple, straightforward, eclectic, humorous, yet masterful. His answers to questions are always so concise and philosophical.

    Unlike other functional training books that list exercises, this book explores how physical training is more functional from the training goal. This book not only includes analysis of sports requirements, functional strength assessment, and design principles of training plans, but also shares how to use foam rollers, dynamic stretching, and static stretching in training. 

    In the physical training section, it explains in detail about the upper limbs, core, Lower limbs, rapid expansion, and contraction in accordance with training and Olympic exercises, how to advance and retreat, and finally, there is a training plan layout principles and case sharing, a very comprehensive and practical book.

    The most commendable part is that the author repeatedly mentioned his cognitive errors and transformation process in the book. He will analyze and demonstrate in detail each of his own opinions, and compare the opinions of other researchers. 

    Whether he agrees with these opinions or not, he has given enough respect. The book quoted a lot of philosophical languages. For example, for simplifying the complexity, he quoted a Buddhist saying: "There are many choices in the eyes of beginners, but there are few choices in the eyes of experts." 

    Introspection quoted the famous saying in the book "Creating Miracles": "What if the way we have always been wrong?" In the field of training, it is easy to get started, but difficult to go deep, and even more difficult is the ability to simplify. The author of this book is a master of training who is good at simplifying the complex.



    8. Functional Anatomy

    by Christy Cael







    The structure is the basis of function, and function is the expression of structure. For everyone who loves fitness or who is interested in working in this industry, anatomy is always a hurdle. Speaking of sports anatomy, there are too many books that can be recommended. 

    The domestic classic "Atlas of Sports Anatomy", the translated version of "Sports Anatomy Book", and the Taiwan version of "Human Anatomy Book", each has its own advantages. Inferior, but in all aspects, I still recommend the "Functional Anatomy-Muscle and Skeleton Anatomy, Function and Palpation" from the "Western Clinical Massage Series".

    This book clearly outlines every layer of the body structure for readers through a large number of color photos and hand-drawn illustrations. From bones to ligaments, from superficial muscles to deep muscles, clear performance is obtained. The direction of muscle fibers, starting and ending points, and innervation of each muscle are explained. How to complete movement through joint movement, and understand the skills of a passive and resisting range of motion. 

    At the end of each chapter, it summarizes the structure and functions of the human body involved in daily activities and sports types. Use a step-by-step method to help readers learn bone and muscle palpation skills. It is a classic sports anatomy book, highly recommended.



    9. Exercise Physiology

    by Scott Powers







    In the field of fitness, many booklists recommend a variety of anatomy books, and few people recommend books on exercise physiology. Sports anatomy books let you know what to do, while sports physiology lets you know why you want to do it. 

    For example, after anatomy lets us know the starting and ending points and functions of muscles, we can know how to apply resistance and how to move joints to stimulate muscles and strength most effectively. 

    However, for different training goals, how many times each movement is appropriate, different rest between groups, the energy supply of the energy system, and the body's hormone response, these all require us to be proficient in exercise physiology. So, the speed of training progress is not who works harder, but who understands the body better.

    The first part of the book is about muscle energy metabolism and secretion, nerve and body fluid regulation during exercise, exercise fatigue, respiratory system, and cardiovascular system's response to exercise. 

    The second part talks about the very practical principles of physical training, the influence of the environment on sports performance, how to regulate the best athletic performance, and the sports physiology of special groups. 

    Finally, it explains how to apply sports physiology knowledge to diseases and sports rehabilitation. in.

    The book contains not only the most basic knowledge of exercise physiology but also cutting-edge training techniques and theories. What is especially valuable is that the author's language is easy to understand, and many practical cases are used to support it.



    10. Becoming a Supple Leopard

    by Kelly Starrett







    This book is very famous in the CROSS FIT circle abroad. The author, Dr. Kelly Starley, is both a high-level fitness trainer and a skilled physical therapist. He has extensive teaching and medical experience.

    He pointed out that the unhealthy work and lifestyle of modern people cause joint stiffness. If these problems are not solved, it will accompany you throughout your sports career and become a hidden danger of future injuries. He believes that we should be like a leopard, always keeping our bodies soft, flexible, and strong. This is also the origin of the name of this book, becoming a supple leopard.

    In the book, Dr. Starrett divides the human body into 14 areas and proposes to maintain a neutral spine, exert force from the shoulders and hips to initiate movements, and use joint torque to enhance strength and stability. 

    Three training systems of joints, muscles, and sliding surfaces have been constructed so that the joints are in the correct position. Restore the shortened muscle length and elasticity caused by bad posture, so that the adhered fascia can be stretched, massaged, and relaxed to restore its function. 

    The book shows hundreds of activity exercises, and the action design is extremely ingenious. It can be completed with very few tools. This is the unique feature of this book. Whether professional athletes or amateurs or coaches and therapists, you can benefit from it. Because this book is different from traditional fitness training, it can be regarded as a supplement to the knowledge framework at the end.


    Conclusion 

    The above is just a list of books I have read and recommended training books based on my experience. Due to space limitations, there are some good books that are not recommended, such as "Every day is a Competition Day", "Strength Training Program", "Unarmed Fighter", "Advanced Sports Nutrition", "Detailed Explanation of Latest Bodybuilding Exercise", "Anatomy Train" ", "Facial Fitness", "Muscle Strength and Physical Fitness Training", "Motion-Functional Movement Training System", "Functional Training Manual", etc., because the list of books in this article only focuses on fitness, so there is basically no Recommend rehabilitation books, and write an article to share later.


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