Book suggestions for Christmas
‘Tis the season, so a few quick thoughts:
- Top choice: Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? A wonderful page-turner crammed with no-nonsense summaries of the latest scientific research on 111 common (and uncommon) questions about fitness, training, health and nutrition… Why yes, I did happen to write it. But seriously, for readers who are new to Sweat Science: the book came out at the end of May, and aims to cover in greater depth and detail the kinds of topics discussed here on the blog. Read reviews here, check out the table of contents (which lists all 111 questions addressed in the book) in the sneak preview on Amazon, and find links to order here.
- Blogger friends: Brian Martin of Running Technique Tips has a new e-book out called (surprise) Running Technique, which explores the theory and practice of developing good running form, along with plenty of suggested exercises and training methods. Brian is a thoughtful, balanced voice in the raging debate on what constitutes good form, so his thoughts are worth checking out. Also Jimson Lee of SpeedEndurance has a new book — well, actually, a new/old book: a revised edition of Bud Winter’s 1964 classic The Rocket Sprint Start on 1960 Olympic 100-metre champ Armin Hary’s legendary start, with Lee offering updates and comparison to the starts of the current crop of Jamaican sprinters.
- Totally unrelated non-fiction: While I’m at it, two of the best non-fiction books I read this year. Charlotte Gill‘s first-hand look at the culture of tree-planting in Canada, Eating Dirt, has been garnering award nominations left, right and centre (most recently the $40,000 B.C. Prize; also the Globe 100 best-of-the-year, and the Weston Prize). The nominations are well-deserved: captivating topic, beautifully written. And Andrew Westoll‘s new book, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, was a total surprise to me: not a topic that I expected to grab me, but it did. Pick up a copy of either of these books, and you (or your giftee!) won’t be disappointed.
- Looking ahead: Okay, these books won’t be available this Christmas. But I was excited to hear recently that Pete Larson of Runblogger and Yoni Freedhoff of Weighty Matters have inked book deals. Among the sanest and wisest voices in the blogosphere — can’t wait to read the books.
- And lastly: Did I mention Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?