Learn to be your own coach. A boatload of crappy health and fitness books out there. It can be frustrating to navigate through it all and most confuse you with conflicting information more than anything else. Here are my recommendations of books that are jam-packed with useful and actionable information.

Exuberant Animal: The Power of Health, Play and Joyful Movement by Frank Forencich
4/5 A philosophy of movement, based on the evolution. Although I didn’t agree with everything, if most people would follow the principles of this book we’d be a much healthier society. He’s thoughts on movement and health strongly align with my own. If you feel like you are stuck in a cage in gym environment I recommend you pick up a copy of this. It’s inspirational, thought provoking and educational all at once. (Read in 2017)

The Art is Long: Big Health and the New Warrior Activist by Frank Forencich
5/5 Weird name, amazing book. And not the least because I agree with most of it. To improve our health both physically and psychologically, we need to change our behavior towards this planet and other animals in it. And the books builds a convincing case on why and how we could get started. I highly recommend you pick up a copy, if you’re into that kind of stuff. (Read in 2017)

The Way of the Iceman: How the Wim Hof Method Creates Radiant, Longterm Health by Wim Hof and Koen De Jong
3/5 The benefits of cold showers and breathing techniques are intriguing. And I can see how and why they would work. And I’ve started to finish each shower with cold water because of this book. Still working my way up to super cold though. But Koen De Jong adds in some random pseudo-science bullshit, like earthling. Hence the 3/5 and not higher. (Read in 2017)

Get Strong, The Ultimate 16-Week Transformation Program For Gaining Muscle And Strength–Using The Power Of Progressive Calisthenics by Danny and Al Kavadlo
3/5 I read this during my 45 minute morning commute. Good for beginner wanting to get better at bodyweight exercises. I like the movement and health philosophy in this book. (Read in 2017)

Now What? by Dan John
4/5 If you work in the industry Dan will make you a better coach. If you are just interested in fitness Dan will spark your enthusiasm and make you better at it. And whoever you are Dan will help you to become a better person. A “sequel” to his “Can You Go?” It’s classic Dan John, and I love it. (Read in 2017)

The Happiness Industry: How the Government and Big Business Sold Us Well-Being by William Davies
3/5 Our constant strive for more happiness is the result of a hyper-capitalism. In case you wondered. (Read in 2017)

A Guide to Better Movement: The Science and Practice of Moving With More Skill And Less Pain
Todd Hargrove
4/5 I liked this one a lot. It gets somewhat in-depth but not overbearingly so. And also provides some actionable content how to improve your movement right now.
I found the section about pain-science the best part. For movement professionals or those interested in the science side of movement I recommend reading from the beginning. For those only after some simple improvement to their well being, the “how to” sections are where the money is. (Read in 2016)

Paleo Workouts For Dummies
Pat Flynn
3/5 Terrible name (marketing department had their say, I assume) and the diet side is not what I’d recommend (drum roll…..paleo!) but the workouts and programs are worth the money. Even if just to get some ideas on how to keep training simple. (Read in 2016)

Lean Habits For Lifelong Weight Loss: Mastering 4 Core Eating Behaviors to Stay Slim Forever
Georgie Fear
4/5 Stop “going on a diet”! Read this book, now. (Read in 2016)

A Lifelong Approach to Fitness: A Collection of Dan John Lectures
Dan John
3-5/5 If you’ve read Dan John’s writing in the past, there is some repetition here (not that it’s bad). If you are new to his writing, this is a solid 5/5 and a great introduction to his work and the way he thinks. (Read in 2016)

New Functional Training for Sports 2nd Edition
Michael Boyle
5/5 This is a blueprint to functional training. No one has influenced my training and coaching as much as Mike Boyle. (Read in 2016)

Original Strength: Regaining The Body You Were Meant To Have
Tim Anderson, Geoff Neupert


Fat Loss Happens on Monday: Habit-Based Diet & Workout Hacks
Josh Hillis, Dan John


The Gluten Lie: And Other Myths About What You Eat
Alan Levinovitz


Easy Strength: How to Get a Lot Stronger Than Your Competition
Pavel Tsatsouline, Dan John


The New Rules of Lifting Supercharged: Ten All-New Muscle-Building Programs for Men and Women
Lou Schuler, Alwyn Cosgrove


The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess
Lou Schuler, Cassandra Forsythe, Alwyn Cosgrove


Men’s Health Power Training: Build Bigger, Stronger Muscles with through Performance-based Conditioning
Robert dos Remedios


Cardio Strength Training: Torch Fat, Build Muscle, and Get Stronger Faster
Robert do Remedios


Practical Programming for Strength Training
Mark Rippetoe, Andy Baker


Can You Go: Assessments and Program Design for the Active Athlete and Everybody Else
Dan John


Intervention: Course Corrections for the Athlete and Trainer
Dan John


Advances in Functional Training: Training Techniques for Coaches, Personal Trainers and Athletes
Michael Boyle


Enter The Kettlebell
Pavel Tsatsouline

Convict Conditioning: How to Bust Free of All Weakness–Using the Lost Secrets of Supreme Survival Strength
Paul Wade