Books I’ve read…
Becoming a Supple Leopard
Dr Kelly Starrett and Glen Cordoza
This was one of the first books my AMAZING tutor recommended to me back when I was doing my personal training certificate. It’s a little pricey at around £30, but I think it’s one of THE most useful books you can own, whatever level you are at. It breaks down the basics of all the key lifts and gives advice on how to resolve those bad habits and and poor alignments you are going to come across with your clients. Its a monster of a book and hard back too. It will last you forever. Keep it on your shelf and refer back to it through your career.
Did I say.. I love this book!
Want to truly understand the principles that guide human movement? Becoming a Supple Leopard lays out a blueprint for moving safely and effectively through life and sport. Want to learn how to apply those principles to specific movements, whether you are doing squats in the gym or picking up a bag of groceries? Hundreds of step-by-step photos show you not only how to perform a host of exercise movements, such the squat, deadlift, pushup, kettlebell swing, clean, snatch, and muscle-up, but also how to correct the common faults associated with those movements. Frustrated because you can't perform a certain movement correctly due to range of motion restrictions? Breaking the body down into 14 distinct areas, Starrett demonstrates hundreds of mobilization techniques that will help you resolve restrictions and reclaim your mobility. .
Books I’m currently reading…
HIIT Manual: High Intensity Interval Training and Agile Periodization
I study bodybuilding, and to a point, strength training with fervour. It’s something I’m very passionate about. But when it comes to leaning out, we all know you gotta start getting your HIIT on. The benefits are endless, torching fat, preserving and even building muscle, agility and speed training (if thats your thing). But I have to admit it baffles me. And from what I see on instagram it baffles most professionals too “try this mornings HIIT workout” - no Susan, you just did a circuit. True HIIT and it’s definition seems to be lost on most people, including myself, without even touching on designing a periodized training program for it. I’m no expert. I have no idea. But I intend to learn. This is one of the most expensive books I’ve ever bought, but again.. it’s a big beefy thing!
The HIIT Manual is organized in two main sections: HIIT basics and HIIT planning. HIIT basics covers the following major points:-Understanding the "Endurance Map" and terminology-Equipment that is needed to test and prescribe HIT conditioning-Understanding the "Velocity Profile" -Estimations of key HIIT parameters, that are needed for prescription and profiling-Prescription of the HIIT conditioning, corrections using start loss and COD loss, as well as grouping of athletes-Different HIIT drills - long intervals, short intervals and tempo, sprint interval training, repeat sprint training, and intermittent recovery"
Books I can’t friggin wait to read!…….
Bret Contreras “The Glute Guy”, and Glen Cordoza
OMG OMG OMG. Literally there’s not much I can say about this. You all know Bret Contreras “The Glute Guy”, aaand if you read “Becoming a supple Leopoard” (see “Books I’ve read”) well it’s co-authored by the very same, Glen Cordoza. You literally couldn’t get two more qualified legends to spill the beans on how to train your glutes.
PT, Coach, Competitor - it doesn’t matter who you are, I’m pretty sure you are going to need this in your life. And, for the first time for Bret, it’s hardcover too (I have his ebooks and I much prefer print). It’s only available on pre-order right now, to be released on April 23rd. But I expect this to sell out. Get it while it’s frickin hot I say :)
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