The Most Inspiring Workout Books

The best of us can feel down from time to time, unable to get in the mood to finish a workout. The trick is to get back into the right mindset before you convince yourself to quit, and a great way of doing that is by reading inspirational workout books. Getting your head right will pay dividends with your workout efforts, as the following Arnold Schwarzenegger quote suggests: “The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.”

There are so many workout books out there it can make your head spin, but we have listed three of them that did the trick for us and will surely do the same for you:

The Long Run, by Matt Long

This book is an inspiring true story of a New York Firefighter who was left disabled as a result of a tragic accident. One day he was struck down by a 20 ton bus as it was making an illegal turn, knocking him off his bike. The firefighter was an athlete who competed in Ironman and marathon events. He was as athletic as they came, and competing in endurance events was his passion.

This book goes into detail about that passion, and how that desire for endurance events allowed him to recover and to compete once again. This is a very emotional and inspiring read.

The Education Of A Bodybuilder, by Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnie, one of the all-time greats when it comes to bodybuilding, released a book on the subject that is a must buy. As Stronglifts explains, the book is basically Arnie’s autobiography up until the mid 70’s. It includes his path to becoming one of the best bodybuilders in the history of the sport.

What’s great about this book is that it gives you the actual exercises that Arnie did to achieve his goals. It also shows you how he dealt with distractions such as the army and the opposite sex.

Lean & Mean, by Billy Beck III

This book was written by one of the best personal fitness trainers out there, as The Huffington Post suggests in this article. Lean & Mean is one of those top fitness books anyone looking to workout must have on their bookshelf. It goes into the detail about exercise, and the mentality needed to succeed.

This is your chance to get inside the head of one of the best fitness minds out there.

How Books Can Motivate You

Many people turn to books to seek motivation and inspiration. As reported by BradonGaile.com, the US has a self-help market in the region of $11 billion and the growth is at around 5.5% per year. People are actively seeking help and many of them are getting the help they seek.

The 3 fitness books mentioned in this article should be at the top of your reading list if you’re struggling with your workouts. But don’t stop reading when you finish them as you should never stop learning. Even the “gurus” keep a tab on what’s out there just in case they discover something they didn’t know before. 

The key to success is about working smart, not just hard. Educate yourself, and it will go a long way towards making sure you get there in the end. Conrad Hall put it best when he said, “You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward”.

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