The health and fitness industry is always changing, FitMeNow knows this best. Therefore, it’s important (imperative, even) that personal trainers stay on top of new practices, trends and studies. Sometimes it’s just to answer the questions of clients, and other times these new practices can improve your abilities as a personal trainer.
While most personal training certifications, including ACE, require continuing education and recertification every two years, it is up to you to keep the education going in between. Opinions may differ, but here are a few of our favorite books that every personal trainer should read.
1. Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance
Odd name. Great content. Penned by Kelly Starrett, Becoming a Supple Leopard “shares [a] revolutionary approach to mobility and maintenance of the human body.” We love that this manual shows personal trainers how to help clients avoid common movement errors, fix poor mechanics, and improve overall athletic performance. Starrett is an acclaimed trainer for Olympians, Tour de France cyclists, and many other performance athletes.
Author Dan John is an all-American discus thrower, and is one of the country’s premier instructors for movement, strength and athleticism. His book, Never Let Go, simplifies even the most complicated strength training concepts. He also gives expert insight into high performance and weight training philosophies for “the general public.”
This book helps busts some fitness myths and (hopefully) puts an end to some of the most common questions. A few questions we were excited to see addressed: “Do I get the same workout from the elliptical machine that I get from running?” “To lose weight, is it better to eat less or exercise more?” “Will drinking coffee help or hinder my performance?” With a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia and a Ph.D. in Physics from Cambridge, author Alex Hutchinson is the perfect person to craft eloquent, easy-to-understand answers that you can share with your clients. Definitely have this book in your arsenal.
Bonus Book - In the Defense of Food: An Eater’s ManifestoThere are a ton of different ways to feed your body, you know that. But we love the simplicity of this manifesto from Michael Pollan. It’s a great book to share with clients that skips the scientific jargon and gets right to the point. It reminds us all how to live healthy and might give your clients a new outlook on food. Simple, yet informative.