Just as we strengthen our bodies in the gym, we must also strengthen our minds in books. An athlete’s success lies not only in their physical prowess, but in their knowledge of how their body functions, their nutritional awareness, and most of all their mental toughness—their grit. Think of each of these attributes as another muscle in need of exercise and strengthening. These “muscles” often times are the secret weapon in an athlete’s arsenal that leads to victory both within and without the gym. Listed below is a compilation of resources that will give athletes an edge against adversity.

 

Body Talk

 
 

Nutrition-Our nutritional knowledge grows so rapidly each year that things can quickly become antiquated. Rather than hop on the latest fad diet band wagon, we must educate ourselves with sound nutritional facts that are timeless and have proven unwavering true today,as they did yesterday, and as they will tomorrow.

 

In Defense of Food- 256 pages

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. These simple words go to the heart of this well-considered response to the questions posed in Michael Pollan's bestseller The Omnivore's Dilemma. Humans used to know how to eat well, he argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated and distorted by food marketers, nutritionists, and journalists who all have something to gain. Pollan's manifesto shows us how to recover a more balanced and pleasurable approach to food.


Wired to Eat: Turn Off Cravings, Rewire Your Appetite for Weight Loss, and Determine the Foods That Work for You- 400 pages

The surprising truth is that we are genetically wired to eat more and move less, the exact opposite of the advice we are often given.  Now there is a more customized weight loss solution that works with your body, a solution based not on arbitrary restriction of foods but on what works for YOU. Developed by former research biochemist, health expert, and bestselling author Robb Wolf, Wired to Eat offers an eating program, based on groundbreaking research, that will rewire your appetite for weight loss and help you finally determine the optimal foods for your diet and metabolism.


Power of Habit- 416 pages

The Power of Habit takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.


The Great Cholesterol Myth- 352 pages

Heart disease is the #1 killer. However, traditional heart disease protocols - with their emphasis on lowering cholesterol - have it all wrong. Emerging science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease and that standard prescriptions for lowering it, such as ineffective low-fat/high-carb diets and serious, side-effect-causing statin drugs, obscure the real causes of heart disease. Even doctors at leading institutions have been misled for years based on creative reporting of research results from pharmaceutical companies intent on supporting the $31-billion-a-year cholesterol-lowering drug industry.


Fed Up- 1hr 35 min

Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and journalist Katie Couric investigate how the American food industry may be responsible for more sickness than previously realized.

Click here to watch the trailer.


 

Exercise- It’s only taught in a gym right? WRONG. Below are resources LOADED with content about proper exercise from WODs to videos of proper lifting techniques, there is alot to be learned about proper technique outside the gym.

 

Enter the Kettlebell!- 200 pages

Kettlebell Training... The Closest Thing You Can Get to Fighting, Without Throwing A Punch Federal Counterterrorist Operator The kettlebell. AK-47 of physical training hardware. Hunk of iron on a handle. Simple, sinister, brutal and ferociously effective for developing explosive strength, dramatic power and never-say-die conditioning. The man s man s choice for the toughest, most demanding, highest-yield exercise tool on the planet. Guaranteed to forge a rugged, resilient, densely-muscled frame built to withstand the hardest beating and dish it right back out, 24/7


CrossFit Journal

The CrossFit Journal provides a plethora of instructional content, high-resolution videos, and exercise techniques


WodStar

WodStar is an excellent tool to help you review proper movement technique.


 

Mind Fuel

 
 

Mental Edge- This is the secret sauce, what sets apart the ordinary and the extraordinary- the mental game. This is what pushes an athlete one more round, one more rep. What keeps them from succumbing to the temptation of junk food or the couch. And it all starts and ends with whats between the ears. These resources set you on the path to mental toughness—grit, and ultimately success. And it all begins with…

 

Mindset- 320 pages

After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.


The Obstacle is the Way- 224 pages

The book draws its inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher. As Marcus Aurelius put it nearly 2000 years ago: “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” 

If you’re feeling frustrated, demoralized, or stuck in a rut, this book can help you turn your problems into your biggest advantages. And along the way it will inspire you with dozens of true stories of the greats from every age and era such as John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs


Chasing Excellence- 202 pages

Using the dramatic competition between the top contenders at the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games® as a background, Ben explores the step-by-step process of achieving excellence and the unique set of positive character traits necessary for leveling up to world-class. The mindset and methodology that have produced some of the greatest athletes in the world’s most gruelling sport can work equally well for golfers, lawyers, artists, entrepreneurs—anyone who’s willing to commit totally to becoming better than the best.

By Chasing Excellence, you’ll discover how extraordinary it’s possible for you to be.


The Slight Edge- 280 pages

The Slight Edge is a way of thinking, a way of processing information that enables you to make the daily choices that will lead you to the success and happiness you desire. Learn why some people make dream after dream come true, while others just continue dreaming and spend their lives building dreams for someone else. It’s not just another self-help motivation tool of methods you must learn in order to travel the path to success. It shows you how to create powerful results from the simple daily activities of your life, by using tools that are already within you.


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People- 432 pages

The 7 Habits presents a holistic, integrated, PRINCIPLE-CENTERED approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity— principles that give us the security to adapt to changes and the wisdom and to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.


The Tim Ferriss Show Podcast

Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author. Newsweek calls him "the world's best human guinea pig.” In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.


The Good Life Project Podcast

Inspirational, intimate and disarmingly-unfiltered conversations about living a fully-engaged, fiercely-connected and meaning-drenched life. From iconic world-shakers like Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Sir Ken Robinson, Seth Godin and Gretchen Rubin to everyday guests, every story matters.

Chasing Excellence Podcast

Chasing Excellence is a podcast dedicated to dissecting what it means to live a life of excellence, both inside the gym & out. On each episode, we'll deep dive on various aspects of being an athlete & maximizing your potential.