Sleep SmarterShawn Stevenson

Been wanting to dig into this one for awhile as I know I have some sleep issues (waking several times a night and fatigue during the day no matter how long I sleep). Shawn’s podcast is my favorite health and fitness podcast (and I listen to a bunch of them) as he is one of the more knowledgeable guys out there. Picked up a ton of applicable tips from this one that I’ve started implementing. Highly recommended!

Becoming a Supple Leopard – Dr. Kelly Starrett

The DEFINITIVE guide on human mobility. Just chocked full of information. I cherry picked portions of this to read, but will definitely be grabbing bits and pieces from the mobility exercises to focus on my trouble areas and integrate into my daily mobility routine

The Power of LessLeo Babauta

As you may have guessed by the title this book this was a look at eliminating the nonessential aspects of you life to gain focus and efficiency.  It shared some similar themes to The One Thing (which I thought had a better approach to goal setting), but contained more specific practical advice for decluttering different aspects of your life. Quick read that I was able to pull a few action items away from

The One ThingGary Keller and Jay Papasan – BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER!!!

Hands down the best book I’ve read all year. A highly motivational read on how to gain more by doing less.  How to set goals and fast track success by focusing on one task at a time to achieve those goals.  It really helped me set some concrete short term and long terms goals and more importantly, how to focus my daily tasks to achieve those goals.  The difference in my daily efficiency has been noticeable in just a few short weeks.  Juggling a full time job, studying for 3 certifications, developing content for this website, and planning a new career path had me all sorts of scatterbrained and the concepts of this book have helped me chart a much clearer path.

Fit Soul, Fit BodyMark Allen and Brant Secunda

Admittedly this book has been sitting on my bookshelf for years, gifted to me during my triathlon days and passed off as being a little too woo woo for my tastes.  Coauthored by 6x Ironman world champion it takes deeper look at the mind-body connection, what it takes to be physically, mentally, and spiritually fit, and how all three are intimately tied together. Picked up some interesting tidbits on the mental game, but was frustrated by some of the dietary advice (see this article)

Good Germs, Bad Germs – Jessica Snyder Sachs

A look at the symbiotic relationship between human beings and microorganisms and how the oversanitation of modern living may have unwittingly led to antiobiotic resistance becoming one of the most threatening medical issues we face today.  A little too sciency is some areas (that’s saying a lot coming from a scientist), but it told an interesting story. The carpet bombing approach to antibiotic treatments is scary, but the latter part of the book explored the cutting edge alternative treatments that are under development.

33 Ways to Break Free from Binge EatingNia Shanks

There’s a reason I don’t have cheat days anymore. It’s because I would gorge myself sick just because I was “allowed” to eat anything.  It is refreshing to see a fitness professional highlight their own struggles and propose feasible solutions to an oft not discussed topic and I picked up several usable tips. And a nice quick read to boot (about an hour).

Good Calories, Bad Calories – Gary Taubes

Well researched tome that takes a hard look at the science behind how are bodies actually handle the calories we ingest. The science nerd in me thoroughly enjoyed this. A little hard to get into but the latter chapters paid off as I was introduced to several concepts regarding the regulation of fat metabolism that I had not considered before.  If you’re not big on dry scientific info, this may be difficult to digest. His follow up, Why We Get Fat and What to do About it, which I’m going to have to check out, is supposedly much more reader friendly.

No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden – Mark Owen

Riveting biography of a Navy Seal.  Those guys are just downright badasses and their selfless service to this country has my utmost respect.  Great look into the mindset of the military elite and how they meet challenges and obstacles head on, finding a will and way to overcome them on an almost daily basis, and in particular on the title mission. Puts into perspective how easy my hardest days really are.

The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning – Zach Even-Esh
Part Biography + Part Training Manual = Pure Awesomeness. Zach’s philosophy resonates so well with me that I know I will have to get out to New Jersey to take his strength certification. Actually he just launched an online version of the certification and decided to take action and get in on that

The Big, Fat Surprise – Nina Teicholz
A historical account of how the low fat diet became so entrenched in the American Lifestyle.  As a scientist, I am appalled at how shoddy science and politics led us down this path for so long. The more I read, the more in disbelief I became.  Well researched (she had over 100 pages of references) piece of investigative journalism. Makes me want to wrap a stick of grass fed butter in bacon and chow down 😉

The Four Hour Body – Timothy Ferriss
Chock full of biohacking tips from topics on weight loss, sleep, muscle gain, sexual performance, and many others.  I think pretty much anyone could find something useful  within this giant tome.  This is probably a must own book in my opinion as it contains so much information.  My only gripe with it is that most of it is based on the author’s own n=1 experimentation.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing.  I believe every individual should be their own n=1 experiment to determine what works for them.

Grain Brain – David Perlmutter

Interesting read linking neurological disease to carbohydrate consumption, specifically grains. Forms the basis for recommending a high fat, low carb diet.  I’m usually wary of recommendations that go to the extremes, but I feel liked I learned something from the science that was laid out. Definitely worth checking out.

Engineering the Alpha – John Romaniello and Adam Bornstein
Highly entertaining and motivating book on diet, lifting, and how to take control of your life and LIVE! Partly responsible for me deciding to start the website and work toward a change in my professional life tract. Geared towards men, so sorry ladies.