Bookworm Faves

In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” — Mortimer J. Adler

Here are just a few books that have been immensely helpful and informative, inspiring, mindblowing, eye opening, relatable and transormative on my own journey through fitness, coaching and life. I am not including all of the books, because I simply have hundreds upon hundreds. I will be editing this list periodically as I read new books or as I old ones I’ve already read occur to me. I separate all the books into three very broad categories here: ‘Fitness and Training’, ‘Nutrition’ and ‘Life’.

The books in each category are not in any particular order (yet), though I did put some of the best Kettlebell books close to the top. I endeavour to write a mini description for each book, however if you clock on it, it’ll take you to the site with a full description.


Fitness and Training

Books on Kettlebell Training by Taco Fleur  Cavemantraining-20181128_170213.jpg – amazing kettlebell technique books, best I have found. Taco likes taking his kettlebells around the world and has a very informative and fun YouTube channel as well.

‘Enter the Kettlebell’ by Pavel – kettlebell history and basics

‘Simple and Sinister’ by Pavel  – programme minimum for kettlebell training

Kettlebell Conditioning System by Steve Maxwell – a book of a great variety of kettlebell techniques and workouts. Not for beginners however and must be used with a coach’s supervision.

Athletic Body in Balance by Gray Cook – a mist read for all coaches, this is the basis for the Functional Movement test

Master the Kettlebell by Max Shank – a good book of basic kettlebell techniques and workouts with nice photos and explanations.

‘The Naked Warrior’ by Pavel  – bodyweight training basics

Overcoming Gravity by Steven Low – my favourite book on gymnastics of all time

‘Stretching your Boundaries’ by Al Kavadlo  – great book on functional flexibility

‘The Edge of Strength’ by Scott Iardella  – great book that outlines strength training principles and provides a very useful framework of progression.

‘Can You Go?’ by Dan John – great book on basic fitness assessments, plus it’s Dan John, he cuts through bullshit like hot knife through butter. All his books are good for clarifying your thinking and curing the gimmick fever.

‘The Hardstyle Kettlebell Challenge’ by Dan John – a book on the three basic kettlebell exercises, how to teach them, how to do them well.

‘The New Rules of Lifting’ by Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove – a great non-technical book for everyday exercise enthusiast who wants to train in the gym but wants to do it better. The women’s version, the 40+ and other sequels are very nice too.

Your Body is your Barbell by BJGaddour – A book on bodyweight training that offers interesting progressions



“Fat Loss Happens on Monday” by Josh Hillis and Dan John

The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson

The Food and Feelings Workbook by Karen R. Koenig

The Perfect Health Diet byPaul Jaminet and Shou-Ching Jaminet

The P:E Diet by Ted Naiman and William Shewfelt


How to Be an Imperfectionist by Stephen Guise

The Craving Mind by Dr Judson Brewer

Loving What is by Byron Katie

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Beautiful Practice by Frank Forencich

Not Nice by Aziz Gazipura

Harden Up by Felix Economakis

Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Herrari


Knowledge and Decisions by Thomas Sowell

The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Heidt

The Coddling of American Mind by Jonathan Heidt and Greg Lukianoff

In The Quest for Cosmic Justice by Thomas Sowell

The Right Side of History by Ben Shapiro


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