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5 Books Every CF Athlete Should Own

We believe that if an athlete wants to try and reach his or her fullest potential that they should not only train hard and follow a great program, but also educate themselves on the process that they are engaging in. We believe that athletes should always be educating themselves on nutrition, sports science, strength training principles, and sports psychology. This should be something that every CrossFit athlete should do whenever they are not training (or working). Rather than get in extra volume of training, take a step back and educate yourself in every aspect of training so that you can improve your training. Some of the books we recommend here are focused on the mental aspect of training. Sharpen your mental toughness and it will help you become the best athlete you can be. 

We will be updating this list as we continue to go through more and more books ourselves. As of now, here are the top 5 books that every CrossFit Athlete should read. 

1. Optimum Sports Nutrition


2. KING: 4 Layer approach on Becoming the Strongest Version of Yourself (we couldn't find anyone selling it online, its very hard to get. But if you can find it, its definitely worth getting)

3. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea–the power of our mindset.

Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success–but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals–personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.


4. The Obstacle is the Way

The book draws its inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher. As Marcus Aurelius put it nearly 2000 years ago: “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” 


5. Olympic Weightlifting: A complete Guide for Coaches and Athletes

Since shortly after its original release in 2008, Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches has been the most popular book on the sport of weightlifting in the world and has become the standard text for learning and teaching the snatch and clean & jerk.

This all new third edition has been expanded over 150 pages with revised and improved chapters, new chapters, improved organization, more tables and diagrams, over 600 photographs, improved readability, and improved reference functionality with an index, glossary and expanded table of contents.

The book presents a complete progression for athletes and coaches starting with foundational elements such as breath control and trunk stabilization, squatting, balance and weight distribution, warming-up, individual variation; working to complete learning and teaching progressions for the snatch, clean and jerk; covering training program design extensively, including assessment for recruiting and new lifters, and 16 sample training programs; technical error correction, supplemental exercises, nutrition, bodyweight manipulation, and mobility; and a thorough section on competition to prepare both lifters and coaches.

“Simply the best book available on Olympic weightlifting.” -Don Weideman, Vice President, Pacific Weightlifting Association

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