There is no such thing as one perfect body for every person on earth. Everyone is different and we all have varying fitness needs and wants. Some people want to burn excess fat, some want to gain mass, and others just want to better health. That is why there are so many fitness books on the market. We’re all looking for something to help us on our path. Today, we have some of the best fitness books of all time – from Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding to Engineering The Alpha — these are the 10 best fitness books of all time to help you find your path to success.
Here are the 10 Best Fitness Books
Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding – Arnold Schwarzenegger
We would be crazy not to lead off with one of the most classic books on training of all time. Arnold’s Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding covers everything from training programs, the functions of specific muscles, and tried and trusted tips from the most legendary bodybuilder of all time.
If you’re not using this book, you’re doing fitness wrong. Buy: $20
Starting Strength – Mark Rippetoe
Starting Strength might be one of the simplest and brutally effective training programs ever put together. Eschewing the dependance upon machines and fancy equipment, Rippetoe brings training back to where it belongs, with a barbell. But along the way he explains the science of strength, how to properly move, train, and set yourself up for years of training success. Buy: $23
Becoming A Supple Leopard – Dr. Kelly Starrett
This isn’t a traditional training book, but it is one that can take your training to the next level. Dr. Starrett breaks down the science of mobility and movement in an easy to understand manner. It’s so effective, that it can get most people moving and feeling better in a matter of days. Buy: $39
Engineering The Alpha – John Romaniello and Adam Bornstein
Take everything you thought you knew about fat loss and throw it out the window. And while you’re at it, throw out all of your preconceived notions about your life in general. This book is unlike any other out there. It will get you ripped and show you exactly how you can start taking back control of your life, and become the best possible version of you. Buy: $13
Body For Life – Bill Phillips
If a fitness book becomes the best selling fitness book of all time there’s bound to be some good stuff in it, right? Of course there is. Body For Life hits you with a simple and easy to follow action plan that will help you transform your body into something you only dreamed of, and in the process, transform your life. Join millions. Buy: $11
The New Rules of Lifting – Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove
One of the best parts about this book is the fact that it breaks down fitness myths left and right. On top of that, it also hits you with the good stuff that you can use to take your training to the next level. All with science backed information that you know you can trust. Buy: $14
Enter The Kettlebell – Pavel Tsatsouline
Pavel is a legend in the fitness world. He is almost single handedly responsible for creating the kettlebell craze as we know it today. But don’t let that twist your vision, Pavel is a hardcore badass who is all about turning you into a monster both in the gym and in life. This book is designed to do just that. Buy: $10
Strength Training Anatomy – Frederic Delaviar
If you’ve been training for any appreciable amount of time you’re going to want to get a decent understanding of how the body works. You’re also going to want to know some of the more intricate processes that go on inside you. This book is a perfect entry point for that. It will help you understand the science behind strength training, and at same time help you look more jacked. Buy: $13
Never Let Go – Dan John
Dan John might be the best person in the world when it comes to distilling complicated and tough to understand strength training concepts down into simple and actionable information you can use to take your training to the next level. All while dishing out priceless life advice that will leave you wishing you could grab a beer with the guy. Buy: $23
Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? – Alex Hutchinson
Seriously, how many times have you wondered this question? Well, someone finally answered it. And they did one hell of a job, giving you all of the science behind both cardio and weights. They tell you what they do to your body, and how you can use them to sculpt the physique you’ve always wanted. Buy: $12
That concludes our list of the 10 Best Fitness Books of all time. If you think we left something off the list, let us know!