On the right are books we recommend.
Some are about fitness, some about coaching, some are about optimizing life.
Mark Rippetoe: Starting Strength, 3rd edition
A great & entertaining resource for basic barbell training. All you ever wanted to know about Back Squat, Deadlift, Press, Bench Press, & Power Clean. Written by one of the funniest and most knowledgeable guys in the business
Lon Kilgore: Fit
This book is fantastic!
Viktor E. Frankl: Man's Search for Meaning
Written by a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps. The book examines why having a purpose in life is not merely important to happiness, it is essential to survival. A 1991 reader survey by the Library of Congress and the Book-of-the-Month Club that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found Man's Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
Csikszentmihalyi, a professor of psychology, has written several excellent books about "flow," which is a state of optimal mental & physical performance. Athletes experience it with a sense that time has slowed down, performance is effortless, and they can do nothing wrong. Csikszentmihalyi discusses how to find flow in all aspects of life.
Mark Rippetoe And Lon Kilgore: Practical Programming for Strength Training
Neil Hayes: When the Game Stands Tall: The Story of the De La Salle Spartans and Football's Longest Winning Streak
The story of how a fantastic coach, focusing on character development, turned a small Catholic high school in northern California into the nation's #1 ranked HS football team
Jim Thompson: The Double-Goal Coach: Positive Coaching Tools for Honoring the Game and Developing Winners in Sports and Life
I met the author at a conference in 2004, and he so impressed me that I ordered all of his books. This book is not only the best resource I've ever seen on the psychology of effective coaching, it is also a manual for getting the best out of yourself. I recommend it to anyone who wants to improve themselves and to everyone who teaches or leads anything: parents, teachers, executives. I read it at least once a year.