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Recommended Reading: Antifragile

On the surface this book is about economics. However, I find that the lessons contained herein teach us a. how the world works and b. how we can become better versions of ourselves. One of the ideas that Taleb uses frequently is that biological systems (e.g. humans) are the only systems that actually get better […]

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Recommended Reading: How Bad Do You Want It?

Mental fortitude and resilience have traditionally been cast to the fringe of performance, typically only “bought into” by top performers. Matt Fitzgerald laces together stories of how both elite athletes and regular mortals have learned how to dig deeper than they thought possible. Truly, the mentally strong athlete defies all our “laws” of physiology. To […]

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Recommended Reading: Deep Nutrition

If ‘epigenetics’ either scares you or excites, give Deep Nutrition a read. Dr. Shanahan explores how what you eat and how you live not only affect you, but your children, and possibly several more generations down the road. Learn how to avoid the ingredients that can do our epigenome harm and include more of the […]

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Recommended Reading: Becoming a Supple Leopard

The basic idea is that you as an athlete should know how to work on your body yourself. Most of the issues people see the physical therapist for are preventable if you move correctly and are consistent with your regular maintenance. Becoming a Supple Leopard is now a standard for movement, so much so that […]

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Recommended Reading: Daring Greatly

This is actually one of the recommended books from one of my go-to podcasts, The Art of Charm. This book taught me more about interacting with both my feelings and those of other people than almost any other. Emotional support and strong relationships are essential to healthy and fulfilling lives. Especially if you are dedicated […]

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Recommended Reading: The Wahls Protocol

The more I’ve learned about nutrition as it relates to athletics and health, the more I’ve come to understand that each reasonable diet has its place in the overall plan. The Wahls Protocol provides a comprehensive resource for athletes and health-seekers to not only understand the Paleo diet principles, but to apply it in different […]

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Recommended Reading: Power Speed Endurance

Just like any other challenging activity, endurance sports involve skills. We get better at our chosen sport faster when we focus on the fundamental skills of swimming, biking, running, and strength. Want a one-stop reference for better ways to move so that you are more competitive in less time? This is it.

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Recommended Reading: The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living

This is the manual for giving your body a break from the “old standard” of sports nutrition. Phinney and Volek are the researchers who persisted in bringing the science of ketogenic adaptations to mainstream sports performance. Their guide is simple, straightforward, and actionable. In particular, using this at the beginning of the training year sets […]

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Recommended Reading: Sports Nutrition & Performance Enhancing Supplements

If you’re the kind of athlete who wants to have a great understanding of sports supplementation, this book is a must. It has become one of my go-to reference manuals for our current understanding of the science of nutritional enhancement for performance. It’s also essential reading for the International Society of Sports Nutrition’s Certified Sports […]

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Recommended Reading: The Hormone Reset Diet

The lessons in this book apply to us all–not only females. The food we eat, the environment in which we live, the habits we engage in all affect our biochemistry. While most of them seem innocuous on the surface they may be slowly eroding our health. In fact, I suggest reading this book to better […]

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Recommended Reading: Sleep Smarter

I personally have had a terrible time with sleep most of my life. I read Sleep Smarter at about the same time I read The Power of When and both upped the ante on my sleep hygiene. Stevenson’s book in particular contains high-impact recommendations with the research references to back them up. Sleep Smarter is […]

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