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Great Books about Exercise

Posted June 3, 2014

Here is a list of some great books about exercise that I have read. If you are interested in learning more about exercise these will definitely help you. Some are more technical and some are not as much. I will give a brief description so you can decide which one's you might want to read.

        1. Science and Practice of Strength Training by Vladimir Zatsiorsky and William Kraemer.

This is a technically written book packed with all sorts of great information. It is relatively short for a book of the type at only 264 pages. It discusses everything from the different mechanics that are used in various sports to training recommendations for older or younger people. 

        2. Stretching Scientifically by Thomas Kurz.

This book is around 200 pages. It is really good at breaking down different types of stretching and when to use those different types. It is a really good book.

        3. Special Tests for Orthopedic Examination Third Edition by Jeff G. Konin, Denise L. Wiksten, Jerome A. Isear, Jr., Holly Brader.

This book is written to help Athletic Trainers test for certain types of injuries. Although you cannot diagnose an injury the tests this book provide are very useful for getting an idea of what might be wrong if you think you injured yourself.

        4. Explosive Power and Jumping Ability for all sports. By Tadeusz Starzynski and Henryk Sozanski, Ph.D.

This book as written on the front cover is an atlas of exercises. Half of the book is text and the other half is basically a list of exercises to develop explosive power and jumping ability for all sports.

        5. Total Fitness Ninth Edition by Len Kravitz

It has been a long time since I have read this because it was a book for a class in college when I was getting my degree in Exercise Science. If I remember correctly it is an overall look at fitness put in simple terms. It is more for the average person than the exercise scientist. 

        6. Motor Learning and Control for Practitioners by Cheryl A. Coker

This book was the textbook for a class I took in college. This was one of my favorite classes because we learned the "how" of how someone learns a new motor task. Very Interesting! Which of course this applies to sports because athletes must learn new motor skills for their sports.

        7. Essentials of Athletic Injury Management Seventh Edition by William E. Prentice, Ph.D., A.T.C., P.T.

This may be a good book for anyone that has dealt with work related or training related injuries.

        8. Contemporary Nutrition Sixth Edition by Gordon M. Wardlaw and Anne M. Smith

Like some of the other books this was a text book for a class I took on nutrition in college.

        9. Kinesiology Scientific Basis of Human Motion Eleventh Edition by Nancy Hamilton, Ph.D., Wendi Weimar, Ph.D., Kathryn Luttgens, Ph.D.

This is probably one of the most technically written books on the list. But might be a good book for the science nerd. :)

        10. Arnheim's Principles of Athletic Training by William E. Prentice

This is a book about Athletic Training which might be misleading because Athletic Training mainly has to do with preventing and maintaining injuries. So this might not be a bad book for a coach. 

        11. Nutrition for Health, Fitness, and Sports Ninth Edition by Melvin H. Williams

Another nutrition textbook from college. Books like this will help lay a foundation of knowledge for what different vitamins and minerals do in the body and much more. 

        12. Westside Barbell

This last one is not a book but another blog from the leading person in the field of strength in the world, Louie Simmons. He runs a powerlifting gym Westside Barbell in Ohio that has some of the strongest gyms in the world. His blog is definitely worth checking out.

Mark Scott
Personal Trainer Mcloud, OK
NSCA certified
BS in Exercise Science

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