I think most of you know that I’m a big reader. And, despite that fact that this is primarily a fitness blog, on this site I’ve reviewed and discussed things ranging from Twilight to business books.
I often get emails and (more frequently) questions on my Facebook page asking what I’m reading or for some book recommendations, so I thought I’d do a video discussing what I’m reading or have recently read.
It’s important to note that most of these aren’t fitness books. Usually, I’m reading 1-2 fitness books (or e-books) at any given time, and whichever one I’m talking about on my blog during a promotion is one I’ve read most recently.
I read Arnel and Joel’s 1,000 Calorie Challenge a while back, but because it’s going on sale in about a week, I’ll just review it for you then. (NOTE: I actually helped a lot with the workouts on that book, and appear in a good number of the videos).
Getting back to it, I thought it would be fun to do a video instead of just text. Of course, not all of you LIKE video, or, more to the point, I have to assume a number of you don’t like ME on video (ha, just kidding, that’s crazy talk). But in all seriousness you may not have 11 minutes to dedicate to the vid; so for those of you who’d rather read, I’ll also add in some text below.
Just a brief breakdown:
1) The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau – A book sent to me by Craig Ballantyne, the Art of Non-Conformity is the book adaptation of Chris’ online manifesto, A Brief Guide to World Domination. Like a lot of books on “new business” or Internet business, this book has a strong “story” component. During the course of the book, you’ll not only get guiding information on how to work towards an Internet business or live a mobile lifestyle, you’ll learn Chris’ story and how he was able to do such.
I mention in the video that while I enjoyed AoNC, I wasn’t blown away by it. I’ll qualify that by saying that I probably would have been, if I hadn’t already read The Four Hour Work Week and Crush It! One of the differences here, though, Is Chris has a very strong push towards giving back and discusses charity work in a bit greater depth than either of those book.
2) The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha – This was a fun book. Basically, it’s just a list of really cool but small things that happen in life that make you smile. In a world filled with un-cool stuff, Neil’s book is a really interesting way to remind you of all the awesome things around you. Appreciate the small stuff. Everything from the Smell and Sound of a Campfire to Watching the Price is Right When You’re Home Sick is covered here.
A fun book, a quick read. Also check out www.1000awesomethings.com
3) Seneca, Letters from a Stoic by Lucius Annaeus Seneca– This was sent to me by Tim Ferriss after we met this summer. I honestly cannot summarize this book, so I really won’t try. It’s very weight material, and will change your view. More than that, it will change your view on your view. Woah. Deep. Okay, so, you should read this book. However, Tim actually did an entire blog post on it here; so for those of you who would like to start with that as a primer, have at it.
4) The Lion of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay – Sent to me Coach Adam Steer, the Lions of Al-Rassan falls under the genre of historical fantasty, which basically means that it takes actual historical events and re-tells them with some traditional elements of fantasy. In this case, Kay is telling his version of a the El Cid tale, and does a great job.
I’m a big fantasy geek, and I’ve read everything from the Lord of the Rings to stuff from Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms. Hell, not only did I play Dungeons & Dragons, I also played Magic: the Gathering–so you KNOW I’m a super-nerd.
NOTE: For you fantasy snobs out there, before you jump on me for reading TSR/Wizards of the Coast “crap,” I have also read everything by Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind, Terry Brooks, and George R.R. Martin; so don’t hate.
Having said that, I know there are a lot of people who are not nearly as nerdy as I am. The Lions of Al-Rassan is a more serious take on fantasy. So, if you like history but you aren’t wild about wizards and dragons, you’ll enjoy this. On the other hand, if you enjoy the more hardcore stuff, you’ll still enjoy it.
Well written, well executed, I give it two thumbs up.
5) The Essentials of Sport and Exercise Nutrition by Dr. John Berardi – This book serves as the main text for the Precision Nutrition certification course. Nearly 500 pages of material, I’ve only gotten through about a third of it at this point, but if the rest is similar, I can endorse this book with the whole of my fervor.
PN is a company that runs a number of coaching programs, and has worked with over 50,000 clients in the past years.
The PN Cert is newer, though. Only opening 2-4 times year, Berardi and his team allow training and nutrition people to become part of a class and learn the methods that PN uses to get it’s clients amazing results. If you’re a coach, you DEFINITELY should take a look, and even if you’re not but just have a strong interested in the science of nutrition, it’s worth every penny.
Okay guys, that’s it for me (this week, anyway!)
What are YOU reading? Both fitness and NON-fitness stuff. You guys know I read more than I do just about anything else, so I’d really love your recommendations.
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