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I get a lot of questions from people looking to get into the fitness industry. They want to know what books to read, where to begin, and how to avoid the pitfalls and unnecessary crap that inevitably gets in the way. I also remember when I was that guy, trying to figure what I needed to read, what I needed to learn, and how to go about doing it.
Well fortunately for me I more or less lucked into an internship at CP and things just kinda took off from there. I also busted my butt reading and learning everything I could so I wouldn’t look like an uneducated idiot in front of Eric and Tony. For those of you not yet fortunate enough to have had an experience like that, or for those looking for an experience like that, here is a list of educational materials that will greatly help you along that path:
1. Starting Strength by Mark Rippeltoe. This book will help to provide a fundamental understanding of basic movement patterns. It is also straightforward and no-nonsense, really getting to the foundation of strength training.
2. Functional Training for Sports by Mike Boyle. This book lets you into the thought process of one of the greatest strength coaches of our time. Now Mike has changed a lot of his methods since his book came out, but his thought process is still the same. This book will provide a nice template for learning how to train athletes.
3. Athletic Body in Balance by Gray Cook. Gray is a genius, plain and simple. He takes really complex concepts and material, and is able to simplify them to their most basic components. This book will really teach you to start looking at your athlete’s movements patterns, and learn how and when to correct them.
4. Building the Efficient Athlete by Eric Cressey and Mike Robertson. This might be the most comprehensive product in the industry. This 8 DVD set will teach functional dynamic anatomy and kinematics, assesment tools and practices, and proper training protocols for specific circumstances. Once you have mastered some of the basics, this product will take you to a whole new level of understanding as a coach.
5. Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes by Shirley Sarhmann. Shirley has created a masterpiece with this book. This book changed the game for strength and conditioning coaches, physical therapists, and so many more. It is maybe the single most influential book in the entire industry. It isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you have gotten this far, you will be ready.
This is a great start for anyone looking to get into the industry, or for those weekend warriors who just like to know too much. There are certainly a ton more that can be added to this list, and if you are interested, Mike Reinold, the rehad coordinator and athletic trainer of the Red Sox, has a comprehensive list he posted on his site here.
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