Books I’m Reading to Make me Smarter

I try to have about three books on the go at any given time: one on training or anatomy, one on business or self-help, and now with the interwebz thingy going on I’m trying to get a book once in a while on using that fancy shiny box on my desk. I’m going to go through some of the best books I’ve read in the past few months, and if you’re interested in any of them, there will be handy dandy links to click along the way so you can pick them up as easy as pie.

1. Outliers – by Malcolm Gladwell

Ever want to know how to make your little Wayne Gretzky wanna-be make it to the big leagues?? Simple: Birth the little bugger in January. This and other little tid-bits of correlative conundrums from a guy who looks like he got beat up a lot as a kid and vowed to rule the earth as an uber-rich and successful adult.


Don't let the hair fool you, he's a freakin genius

2. 4-Hour Body – Tim Ferriss

I wrote a review of this one a few days ago, and it’s gaining a lot of publicity from well-known academic types like The View and Dr. Oz

3. How to Write & Sell Simple Information for Fun and Profit – Robert Bly

Honestly, I haven’t cracked this one yet, as I’ve got three others on the go and want to finish them before tackling this one. I figure the title is pretty self-explanatory, but we’ll see if it has any merit to it. Anyone else read it?? Thoughts??

4. Never Let Go – Dan John

Probably one of the best written books on sports psychology and motivational philosophy I have ever read. If you read only one book this year, pick this one. It will probably change the way you view yourself and everything you do as a trainer and worker-outer.

5. Power to the People – Pavel Tsatsouline

This guy is a freak, plain and simple. Here’s a guy who teaches Russian Special Forces, Navy SEALs, Olympic athletes who win gold like it’s going out of style, and can even show Stuart McGill a thing or two. A crazy smart guy who can write like a demon.

6. Switch – How to Change when Change is Hard – Chip and Dan Heath

When there are big challenges ahead of you, there are two ways to handle them: give up because you don’t want to work that hard, or find a way. This book gives a way to figure out how to make action from the impossible.

7. The Definitive Guide to Body Language – Barbara Pease

If you ever learn one skill that will help you to deal with people on a higher level, learning their subconscious body language cueing will give you an edge in any situation. Be it sales, friendship, love, or simply trying to find out what your clients are thinking when you’re asking about their food and weight loss. Don’t believe me?? Just ask Lindsay. I wouldn’t be with her if I didn’t know how to read her like a book. This book.

8. Assessment and Treatment of Muscle Imbalances: The Janda Approach

Nothing can explain genius though processing like taking complex concepts and turning them into extremely simple solutions. Janda does this for rehab, and has influenced decades of practitioners. Want to improve balance? Get some Birkenstocks, cut a golf ball in half, and glue one to the other.

Well folks, these are some of the books I’ve been reading in the past two months. Alwyn Cosgrove has always said that to become great, spend an hour each day reading books to improve your abilities to train and build your business. What books have you been reading that have helped you out?? I need some new ones. Leave me a comment below to let me know some that are keeping your gray matter working.



About deansomerset

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Post-Rehab Specialist, personal trainer and probably the coolest guy my mom knows, I try to impart a little knowledge with a sense of humor to keep people reading. I've always thought if it's something that can grab your attention, you're gonna remember it tomorrow!!
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3 Responses to Books I’m Reading to Make me Smarter

  1. Jim says:

    I am honestly surprised that you have not added The Toa Of Jeet Kun Do by Bruce Lee on there. Even though it is a martial arts book, from the last time I read it, found that it had some amazing strenght training information in there. You should really get yourself a copy and have a read.

  2. Will says:

    Freaky Dean – That list looks a lot my mine! Also driven by Cosgrove’s mantra I’ve really upped my reading volume in the last year or 2, and also have a few on th ego at any time.
    I finished Outliers 2 days ago. Couldn’t put it down. As you said, Gadwell is a genius! I’ve got the rest of his work on order now.
    Finished Dan John’s Book last week. Gold. The fitness industry would be in a better place if every newbie read it.
    4 Hour Body (which Ferriss says to read in random chapters) I’ve probably done half of.
    Janda & Pavel are currently in my Amazon cart. So is Switch, but I’ll read their first book first.
    I got through Crush It (Vaynerchuck) on audio a couple of weeks ago, but I assume most have read that by now.
    All the geeky anatomy stuff I’m working through now I’d assume yourself, like most of the industry leaders, have already read.
    And many of the business books I’ve read or have in my cart have also come recommended from that same crew.
    So some suggestions – without knowing what you’re into – that you mightn’t have already read: Brain Rules by John Medina; Unleash the Warrior Within by Richard Machowicz; and I could throw in a few really out there options from the ‘self help/spiritual’ category that I’ve recognised a need to develop, and have actually implemented much advice with positive results. But I don’t like to push those on people unless requested.
    Will read your 4 Hour Body review right now…

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