One Good Anatomy and Physiology Text - Books Trainers Need

Posted on 26 Oct 2015 16:16

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.

Now, not all textbooks should be considered to contain "truth" but you get a much more reliable distillation of knowledge from many of them.

I think it is very difficult for most trainers and/or trainees to fork out money for books like these when they see books promising the moon with the latest "new" training methods. Once you begin to buy your textbooks, however, you will see that the amount of information you are getting for your money versus the "promises' from other books makes the cost of the text books well worth it. Keep in mind that you will not always, or even most of the time, need the latest edition. Most of the textbooks that will serve you well can be bought for a much cheaper price used. Some more rare and in-depth texts are always very expensive, however.

Many basic texts sell for less than some of the overpriced eBooks on the net. That should tell you something.

Hole's Anatomy

One book everyone needs is a good basic anatomy and physiology. My favorite is Hole's Anatomy and Physiology but there are plenty of other choices.

Many basic texts sell for less than some of the overpriced eBooks on the net. That should tell you something. You can always get them used and you do not always need the latest edition.

Exercise Physiology

There are many decent exercise physiology books to choose from. A couple of very good choices from McArdle et al. are Essentials of Exercise Physiology and Exercise Physiology: Energy, Nutrition, and Human Performance. The second considerd pretty much a standard and if you don't own it you are to me missing something basic. Before you dig out your credit card for the next great program from EliteFTS or some such consider this instead. You'll be ahead of the game.

Basic nutrition, energy systems and transfer, applied physiology (exercise), exercise and environmental stress, body composition, energy balance and other health related aspects. The book is so thick with information it WILL become one of your most frequent references. There is probably not a day that goes by in which I don't refer to it for something or other. This is really all the basics of exercise physiology plus a lot more. Easy to read. Well organized and accessible. The newest edition is thoroughly updated so I'd recommend getting it if you can but even older editions should be very good. Most basic info doesn't change it just gets expanded, but sometimes our understanding does change. Be aware of this.

Below, I've included some other books that I consider to be very helpful. These are others like them are essential, as well.

This page contains affiliate links to We have not been compelled in any way to place links to particular products and have received no compensation for doing so. We receive a very small commission only if you buy a product after clicking on one of these affiliate links.

© 2016 by Eric Troy and Ground Up Strength. All Rights Reserved. Please contact for permissions.