Recommended Reading

Below is a list of essential texts recommended by our Strength and Conditioning Team:

Essentials of Strength and Conditioning-3rd Edition
by the National Strength and Conditioning Association
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Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning is the most comprehensive reference available for strength and conditioning professionals. 30 expert contributors explore the scientific principles, concepts, and theories of strength training and conditioning as well as their applications to athletic performance.

by Yuri Verkhoshansky and Dr Mel Siff
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Strength coaches and sport scientists have often referred to this book as the “bible” of training for sports. This book is an encyclopedia of education, with info on almost every relevant topic in sport science today.

Starting Strength
by Mark Rippetoe and Jason Kelly
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This book explores and teaches the five most important exercises in the weight room. Starting Strength offers the most complete examination in print of the most effective way to exercise.

Science and Practice of Strength Training
by Valdimir Zatsiorsky and William Kraemer
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Science and Practice of Strength Training, Second Edition, shows that there is no one program that works for any one person at all times or for all conditions. This book addresses the complexity of strength training programs while providing straightforward approaches to take under specific circumstances.

Periodization 5th Edition
by Tudor Bompa and G. Gregory Haff
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This book is Bompa’s classic text on long-term planning for athletic performance. Within, Bompa describes how Periodization is a powerful concept that allows an athlete to perform at their best when it matters and how to utilize an annual calendar to illicit these performances.

Coach’s Strength Training Playbook
by Joe Kenn
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Joe Kenn creates a comprehensive program designed for sports where maximum strength and explosive power are priorities. The book combines concepts from a variety of disciplines and educates the reader on the systematic and layered effect of quality yearly planning.

Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everyone Else
by Geofrey Colvin
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Geoffrey Colvin seeks to dismiss the popular notion that ‘Talent’ is an innate ability within world class performers. Instead, what appears to be talent is the result of years of ‘Deliberate Practice’ and in the end, what separates world class performers from everyone else is hard work, and lots of it.

The Talent Code: Greatness isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How
by Daniel Coyle
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The Talent Code arms professionals in a leadership role with advice as how to best maximize their potential. This book draws on cutting-edge neurology and firsthand research.

Strengths Finder 2.0
by Tom Rath
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Strengths Finder 2.0 is well titled in that it allows the reader to do just that, find their strengths. This is an excellent read for young aspiring professionals that seek self evaluation and direction.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Steven R. Covey
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a personal improvement book that reveals an outline for living a life of fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity- the principle that a person in a leadership role must have in order to command and obtain undeniable respect.