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downloadIf you want to improve at parkour, it’s not always about training HARDER. For a lot of people, the missing element is training SMARTER. Fortunately, master coaches and top journalists from around the world have discovered and published many secrets to building strength, gaining mobility, mastering your mind, and obtaining new skills. You don’t always have to learn by trial and error; the experts can save you a lot of time and confusion. Check out the list below for my top books for all parkour athletes and coaches to read.

Overcoming Gravity
by Steven Low
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What Amazon.com Says:
Overcoming Gravity is a comprehensive guide to the most overlooked, yet most powerful elements of strength training. In this book, Steven Low takes the reader on a journey through logically and systematically constructing a strength oriented bodyweight workout routine. With a highly systematic and scientific approach, Steven delves into the exercise physiology behind strength training and how to adequately prepare the body for the rigors of bodyweight training. Using the same rigor and attention to detail, Overcoming Gravity also includes recommendations for all bodyweight athletes concerning health and injury management. Unlike other books on this topic, it provides extremely comprehensive sample programming to assist in the design of a well-balanced routine, including information about the proper execution of the exercises and techniques.

My Thoughts:
A couple years ago, I did a video review of Overcoming Gravity. Check it out here:

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances
by The Oatmeal
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What Amazon.com Says:
This is not just a book about running. It’s a book about cupcakes. It’s a book about suffering. It’s a book about gluttony, vanity, bliss, electrical storms, ranch dressing, and Godzilla. It’s a book about all the terrible and wonderful reasons we wake up each day and propel our bodies through rain, shine, heaven, and hell.

From #1 New York Times best-selling author, Matthew Inman, AKA The Oatmeal, comes this hilarious, beautiful, poignant collection of comics and stories about running, eating, and one cartoonist’s reasons for jogging across mountains until his toenails fall off.

My Thoughts:
I’m not gonna lie. The Oatmeal is one of my favorite authors and comics of all-time. In this masterpiece, he mixes comedy filled musings on the subject of running while also coming to some profound conclusions about fitness, mindset, discomfort, and pushing your limits. Even if you aren’t a regular runner, just about any athlete can appreciate and relate to the beautiful emotions that this book evokes.

Starting Strength
by Mark Rippetoe
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What Amazon.com Says:
Starting Strength has been called the best and most useful of fitness books. Now, after six more years of testing and adjustment with thousands of athletes in seminars all over the country, the updated third edition expands and improves on the previous teaching methods and biomechanical analysis. No other book on barbell training ever written provides the detailed instruction on every aspect of the basic barbell exercises found in SS:BBT3.download (1) And while the methods for implementing barbell training detailed in the book are primarily aimed at young athletes, they have been successfully applied to everyone: young and old, male and female, fit and flabby, sick and healthy, weak and already strong. Many people all over the world have used the simple biological principle of stress/recovery/adaptation on which this method is based to improve their performance, their appearance, and their long-term health.

My Thoughts:
Starting Strength is the book I point everyone to when they want to learn the basics of weightlifting, and more specifically, barbell lifting. If you don’t have access to a good coach, this is the resource you need to get started. I am a big proponent of weightlifting as a training supplement for athletes of any sport. Starting Strength will get you up to speed on only the most essential lifts to add to your program such as deadlift, squat, and press.

The Ultimate Parkour & Freerunning Book
by Alexander Pach
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What Amazon.com Says:
This book contains precise illustrations for the teaching of all basic Parkour and Freerunning techniques, easy to follow movement breakdowns and methodical tips for indoor and outdoor training. History, philosophy, rules of behavior, training advice, explanations of competitions and competition criteria are a few examples of the book’s contents.

My Thoughts:
The amount of quality parkour books out there is very small but for now, The Ultimate Parkour & Freerunning Book is the most comprehensive that I have seen. If you are a beginner in parkour looking to do some reading up on the discipline, this is the best one stop guide you can find.

download (2)The Rise of Superman
by Steven Kotler
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What Amazon.com Says:
In this groundbreaking book, New York Times–bestselling author Steven Kotler decodes the mystery of ultimate human performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand reporting with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes like big wave legend Laird Hamilton, big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, Kotler explores the frontier science of “flow, ” an optimal state of consciousness in which we perform and feel our best.

My Thoughts:
Although this may not even be the best book out there on the subject of flow (try Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi), The Rise of Superman is still a great introduction on the science of the flow state and how to use it to your own advantage. The reason Rise of Superman makes this list because it studies this topic with the use of many legendary action sports stars including Danny Way, Alex Honnold, and Jeremy Jones. The parallels between the flow state and action sports are paramount.

Free+Style
by Carl Paoli
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What Amazon.com Says:
Everyone cares about physical performance and the fitness industry offers an infinite number of solutions to improve it. But who has the best solution and how do we know if and how it will work for us? After over 15 years of training as an elite gymnast and over a decade of coaching, Coach Carl Paoli offers a fresh philosophy on training by connecting movement styles to fit your specific purpose, while also giving you a simple framework for mastering the basics of any human movement.

My Thoughts:
Free+style has it’s roots in CrossFit and gymnastics but Carl Paoli’s resulting mash-up essentially preaches an approach that is strikingly similar to parkour and other natural movement philosophies. Along with the book’s interesting and useful training philosophies and methodologies are a ton of great bodyweight conditioning exercises and progressions. In fact, Carl Paoli’s attention to detailed bodyweight exercise progressions for all levels is one of the best organized presentations out there.

The Talent Code
by Daniel Coyle
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What Amazon.com Says:
What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? In this groundbreaking work, journalist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle provides parents, teachers, coaches, businesspeople, and everyone else, with tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others.

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