I am a firm advocate of basic texts for everyone interested in learning about training, nutrition, physiology, exercise science, etc. So much confusion could be saved if the average trainer and trainee didn't get all his or her information from the "popular press". Sure, popular press cannot be a good a place to find information, but people lack a firm foundation from which to think critically and assess the quality of the information presented. A thorough grounding from more scholarly sources can help tremendously, although this is not the only requirement! Although these are not the only books you need, two of the primary sources you should have are an anatomy text book and an exercise physiology text book.
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Scientists cannot use brain scans to look into the brain and see what you're thinking. Brain scans and the pretty pictures associated with them, are not at all what they seem. Right now, beyond a doubt, if you see the root neuro- attached to any term at all, suspect pseudoscience bullshit. Period.
The 100: Count ONLY Sugar Calories and Lose Up to 18 Lbs. in 2 Weeks - Starts with a Lie, Ends Up Being Another Low Carb Diet
Jorge Cruise, in his book "The 100: Count ONLY Sugar Calories and Lose Up to 18 Lbs. in 2 Weeks", starts off his book with the following "Welcome, From the desk of Jorge Cruise (what's the rest of the book from?):
Is Passion All It Takes to Be Successful in the Fitness Industry? So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport
I've always questioned the conventional wisdom of following your passion. Yet, in just about every piece of advice about being successful at anything, the word passion seems to come up sooner or later. As I write this article, I realize that most people who would like to start a blog are finding advice such as you have to pick a topic you're passionate about. If you don't do that, we are told, you will lose interest, and not be good at writing about the topic you choose. Same thing with career choices. Find your passion and everything falls into place. If you're passionate about strength training or fitness in general, you have the main ingredient for success in that industry.
The blurb for Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous! claims that it is not your typical boring diet book. This is true. It also claims it is a tart-tongue no-holds barred wake-up call to all women who want to be thin. If calling your reader "shithead" is tart-tongued, I'll agree with this as well. You could also describe the language, instead of tart-tongued, as adolescent.
There have been books written by qualified scientists before. The problem is that most of these books were written by PhD's who never had any particular fascination with herbs. Maybe they just wanted to debunk them, maybe they wanted to praise them, but did they really understand why herbal medicine is so attractive? Did they come from this sense of discovery and curiosity, or was it from a standpoint of critique alone?
Whether you're a personal trainer, strength coach, or just a strength training enthusiast, you really should have one good textbook on the basics of biomechanics. Although Basic Biomechanics by Susan J. Hall is often recommended for a primer, I think there are better choices today for the beginner to biomechanics concepts. The basic textbook that I recommend is Fundamentals of Biomechanics by Duane V. Knudson. Written in an accessible style and laid out so that key and related concepts are presented together, the book just makes sense, even to someone with only a basic science background. Of course, the better your background, the more in-depth your understanding will be. As with any college level textbook, not every page of the book will be useful to every person, depending on your particular needs and practice, but Fundamentals Of Biomechanics covers the basic and more advanced concepts very well. Knudson weaves simple real-world examples throughout the book to help explain the application of the different concepts discussed. The format and integration of the various concepts, I find to be superior to the Hall book.