Continually improving your skillset is an absolute must for all fitness and rehab professionals. A better understanding of how the human body works will help improve the outcomes you get with clients. But improving your efficiency, sales, and general well-being is also crucial to your success.
Fitness and rehab professionals frequently ask me for recommendations on learning options, and books are always a great start. Here are my favorite books for fitness and rehab professionals!
To emphasize my above point on how being successful and providing the best outcomes with your clients isn’t solely about your anatomy and exercise prescription knowledge, I’m starting with my absolute favorite book, Raving Fans by Ken Blanchard. This short read completely changed my mindset in my interactions with clients. Focus not on getting as many clients or followers as possible. Instead, focus on creating Raving Fans who become non-stop referral sources for your work
Probably my most recommended book of all for coaches wanting to improve their ability to effectively coach athletes. This book breaks down the science behind the cues we give athletes to help them perform optimally. A must-read for all coaches.
My favorite strength & conditioning book that dives deep into the programming specifics that all fitness and rehab professionals need to know. Full of so much knowledge, you are going to need several re-reads of this book!
This book put out by Juggernaut Strength is very similar to the Science and Practice of Strength mentioned above but written to be much easier to digest. While still covering the scientific principles of strength training, this book makes the application of it a bit more practical.
Brad Schoenfeld has published tons and tons of research in the strength and conditioning world with an emphasis on muscle hypertrophy. This book does a great job of summing up years and years of research to help you be a better athlete or coach.
Having great fitness coaching skills is great, but if you can’t convince clients you are the best to help them or sell your services, then your results and business won’t go far. Daniel Pink tackles this, topic in his best selling book!
I’ve written in the past on the importance of monitoring training volume and a concept called Maximal Recoverable Volume. This MRV concept comes from Dr. Mike Israetel of Renaissance Periodization, and his book “How Much Should I Train” dives deep into this concept. This is incredibly important for all athletes, coaches, and clinicians to know.
While I work WAY more than four hours per week, this book is full of tons of great efficiency tips that can scale your productivity up.
If you can identify the movement faults your athletes have but can’t properly cue and coach them to improve those faults, then you will get NOWHERE! This book dives DEEP into the research on coaching, cueing, and motor learning. Beware, though…it is very, very research-based and will take significant time to digest.
I’ve long been fascinated by the different factors that make individuals great at the sports they perform. This book is an incredibly entertaining and educational look at many of these factors.
The clinical world has made giant strides in the understanding of chronic pain (but we still have a long way to go). Understanding how to best address individuals with chronic pain are crucial to helping them live better lives, and “Explain Pain” is a great place to start.
“Movement” is a great start to clinicians wanting to begin having a better understanding of human movement. While I’d argue the concepts in this book don’t address the significant changes we can see in a movement when load, fatigue, and stress are added to the equation, it is a good start.