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Your Favorite Training Book for Sports

Post by Bram » Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:37 pm

This is a very broad question, as I am interested in any and all books on sport you may have read. It can be "How to throw a football" for all I care, if it helped, please share!

Three come to mind for me:

Jeff Galloway's "The Inner Game of Tennis" - in it there is Self A who's judgey "you're the best, you're the worst, etc." and Self B who's observant "watch the ball, feel the wrist as you hit the ball." The book concentrates on keeping your mind focused on Self B. I've never played tennis, but the mind-set can be applied to anything.

George Leonard's "Mastery" - George is a former WW2 pilot instructor and Aikido teacher. This book basically deals with the endless plateaus that surround improvement. Work hard for 3 months, get a little better, work hard for 3 months, get a little better. If you can accept this as the process, even enjoy the plateaus, you can transform your attitude and get better at anything.

Anders Ericsson's "Peak" - this is the guy that Malcom Gladwell paraphrased with the "10,000 hour rule." Ericsson is the guy on improvement research and he's found that focused practice, and tons of it, is the key to improvement and that there's virtually no correlation between genetic ability and performance...aside from body size (dwarves are gonna have trouble in the NBA).

So you're capable of nearly anything, provided you can grind away with no apparent progress and keep your mind focused.
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Re: Your Favorite Training Book for Sports

Post by Sangoma » Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:52 am

Among others, The Sports Gene by Epstein. He demonstrates that genetic factors play a huge role in sport.
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Re: Your Favorite Training Book for Sports

Post by Fat Cat » Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:08 pm

Sangoma wrote:
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Among others, The Sports Gene by Epstein. He demonstrates that genetic factors play a huge role in sport.
That's not a training book!
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Re: Your Favorite Training Book for Sports

Post by Bram » Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:50 pm

Sangoma wrote:
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Among others, The Sports Gene by Epstein. He demonstrates that genetic factors play a huge role in sport.
I couldn't get into that one....made it through 50% or so and just fell off the wagon.

Another boring one to me, that you might find interesting, was Endure by Alex Hutchinson:

https://www.amazon.com/Endure-Curiously ... 0062499866

As someone who doesn't do long-distance cardio, I couldn't relate to the info. My cousin who ran and skiied cross-country loved it.

Just ordered Extraordinary Golf, even though I don't play golf, because I think the perspective may be helpful:

https://www.amazon.com/Extraordinary-Go ... inary+golf
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Re: Your Favorite Training Book for Sports

Post by powerlifter54 » Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:05 pm

Consistent Winning
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Re: Your Favorite Training Book for Sports

Post by Fat Cat » Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:42 pm

Power to the People by Pavel Tsatsouline

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

Fighting Karate by Hideyuki Ashihara

Iron Man Barbell Course No. 1 by Peary Rader

The Development of Muscular Bulk and Power by Anthony Ditillo
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Re: Your Favorite Training Book for Sports

Post by Fat Cat » Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:52 pm

MMA Conditioning by Joel Jamieson

Starting Strength by Mark Ripptoe

Bodybuilding Our Way by Dr. Lyuber

Secrets of Strength Training by Alexei Faleev
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Re: Your Favorite Training Book for Sports

Post by Bram » Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:55 pm

I've been curious about the Jamieson book, can you give me a mini-review?
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Post by Bram » Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:59 pm

Ordered Consistent Winning, thanks Jack!
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Re: Your Favorite Training Book for Sports

Post by Fat Cat » Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:04 pm

Sorry, the title is actually "Ultimate MMA Conditioning" but it's excellent. I will PM you...

But basically it identifies three zones: (i) strength; (ii) anaerobic conditioning; and (iii) aerobic conditioning and then lays out methods and periodization blocks. All the recommended methods are sound and backed by science, and there is also an assessment method for athletes.

By far, it is the best book I have seen on physical preparedness for combat sports.
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Post by Fat Cat » Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:16 pm

Sent you a PM brah
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Re: Your Favorite Training Book for Sports

Post by Bram » Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:15 am

Thanks for the write up and the PM!
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Re: Your Favorite Training Book for Sports

Post by johno » Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:23 pm

Fat Cat wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:04 pm
... "Ultimate MMA Conditioning" ...
By far, it is the best book I have seen on physical preparedness for combat sports.

Might the book benefit a grappling duffer who occasionally competes?
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Re: Your Favorite Training Book for Sports

Post by Fat Cat » Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:37 pm

I think so, but leave it to you to judge. It's geared towards a pro- or semi-pro level athlete, but of course the exercise physiology is the same no matter the level. IMHO, once you're out of the rarified air of elites, training is simple: for cardio run, for strength lift weights, for anaerobic conditioning do rounds. Identify your weakest of the three, do a three month block focusing on it, and then reassess.
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Re: Your Favorite Training Book for Sports

Post by Wild Bill » Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:57 pm

"Building the gymnastic body".

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Post by Kazuya Mishima » Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:22 pm

powerlifter54 wrote:
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You've mentioned this a few times. I ordered a used copy from Amazon.

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Re: Your Favorite Training Book for Sports

Post by Fat Cat » Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:32 am

I prefer Consistent Sinning.
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Re: Your Favorite Training Book for Sports

Post by nafod » Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:22 pm

Some random ones...

Inner Skiing, basically Inner Tennis tailored to the slopes. Tons of great visualizations, and it can turn a dull day on the slopes into a really fun exploration of movement and self.

Zen Body-Being, great development of the 5 key points of relaxed, calm, whole, centered, grounded. Inner everything.

Low Back Disorders by McGill, obviously not a direct sports book, but the wily trainee (not me) would read this or his other book in order to avoid needing it.

Bike for Life: How to Ride to 100: lots of great bits about strength training to support biking, how to ride lots and stay married, etc.
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Re: Your Favorite Training Book for Sports

Post by Bram » Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:01 am

Ordered Zen Body Being and The Inner Game of Work (just as some variety)
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Re: Your Favorite Training Book for Sports

Post by powerlifter54 » Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:13 am

Kazuya Mishima wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:22 pm
powerlifter54 wrote:
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You've mentioned this a few times. I ordered a used copy from Amazon.
I use and have used the 3/1 method and 3 day peak very successfully for almost 20 years.
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Re: Your Favorite Training Book for Sports

Post by nafod » Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:57 am

Bram wrote:
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Ordered Zen Body Being and The Inner Game of Work (just as some variety)
Did you get Zen Body Being yet?
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Re: Your Favorite Training Book for Sports

Post by Blaidd Drwg » Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:32 pm

Echo a lot of these.

Inner game of X series is really really good.

The Jamieson book is super solid

Joel Friels Fast after 50 is super good endurance training book for any age cohort.

Peak Perfomance by Magness and Stulberg.

How to become a champion by Cerutty

Everything your coach never told you. Because you’re a girl. This is hands down one of the best books on competing in a team contextt ever. Next to the inner game of tennis a must read book.

Books which are not training but are more applicable than most any of this stuff would include

Make it Stick.

Flow by Csikzentmijalyi
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Re: Your Favorite Training Book for Sports

Post by Bram » Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:43 pm

nafod wrote:
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Did you get Zen Body Being yet?
I have it, but confess I've only gotten a few pages in so far.
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Re: Your Favorite Training Book for Sports

Post by Bram » Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:48 pm

Blaidd Drwg wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:32 pm

Joel Friels Fast after 50 is super good endurance training book for any age cohort.

How to become a champion by Cerutty

Everything your coach never told you. Because you’re a girl. This is hands down one of the best books on competing in a team contextt ever. Next to the inner game of tennis a must read book.

Books which are not training but are more applicable than most any of this stuff would include

Make it Stick.
Unfamiliar with the top 3....but I have Make it Stick waiting at the library, which was ordered based on Amazon and their algorithms.
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