Books to Improve Your Crossfit Training, Coaching, and Olympic Lifting

Q. How many of the top tier athletes follow dot com and do nothing else?

A. Almost none.

Day in and day out of following dot com WODs is an excellent way to get in shape, and get started though.  However, learning more about how your muscles work and why, is a sure way to succeed on a higher level.  Everyone who is looking to be certified should have the highest level of knowledge of Olympic movements, anatomy, recovery, and so much more – and not just their level one cert. Take a look at the recommended books below as a way to increase your knowledge. If you are a coach/trainer, it is extremely vital to continue learning. As an athlete, take responsibility for yourself, and arm yourself with more knowledge to improve faster.  You won’t find “how to make my biceps bigger” books here!

Starting Strength – Basic Barbell Training (2nd Ed.)

One of the best weight lifting books available on the market, Mark Riptoe’s Starting Strength the 2nd edition is amazing.  Made with both the beginning and advanced weightlifter in mind, this will help start you in the right direction or advance your weight lifting knowledge. If you want to take your crossfit and strength training to the next level, get this book now.   An absolute must buy for coaches and trainers too.  I have yet to hear anything but high praises from everyone who has bought this book in the Crossfit community.

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Make sure you combine this book with his DVD – Starting Strength to get the full package deal.

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Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches by Greg Everett

If there is one thing that is never perfected, but continuously worked on, it is the Olympic lifts.  Most crossfitters would love to increase their explosiveness and technique in Olympic lifts, but outside of looking up some youtube videos or reading some stuff online, they aren’t sure how to proceed.  That is where a book like this comes into play.  Perfecting your Olympic lifts isn’t just about doing them again and again, it is about breaking down each piece of the lift to make sure your technique is perfect from beginning to end.

With a video camera and this book, one can make huge strides in their Olympic lifts.  Easy to digest, and explanations on every little bit of information you need including teaching progressions, error correction, programming, competition, supplemental exercises, warm-up protocols, nutrition, and sample training programs.  Not bad.

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The Weightlifting Encyclopedia: A Guide to World Class Performance by Arthur Drechsler

If there is a good read for coaches and trainers, this is it.  Through and through, the most comprehensive book out there.  We don’t really recommend this for athletes unless you plan on training yourself.  However, for trainers, this is a must buy.  Look, we only recommend a handful of “general weight / Olympic lifting books”, and this is one of them.

This site is set up to guide you in the right direction.  We do price comparisons, breakdown of different types of equipment, and more.  Don’t trust just my opinion, go ahead and read all the reviews for this book.

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Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff by Jim Johnson, P.T.

We make a trade.  That trade is instead of being fat, lazy, having hyper tension, and type 2 diabetes….. we have stiff knees, a nagging rotator cuff/shoulder, and maybe some acute injuries along our journey.  I for one will take that trade every single day of my life, and if you’ve found your way to this site, then you will too.  That trade also comes with having strong bones, an improved cardiovascular system, couch lifting capabilities, ability to play sports, and more.

However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t rehabilitate your injury, or fix certain things by adjusting your training.  If you have rotator cuff problems, we recommend this book.  If you are a trainer, this is a very common injury that plagues weight lifters, so we recommend this book be part of your arsenal.

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Dynamic Stretching: The Revolutionary New Warm-up Method to Improve Power, Performance and Range of Motion by Mark Kovacs

We have covered Olympic lifting, weight lifting, a common injury and now dynamic stretching.  If you’ve kept your eyes closed the past 10 years, then you probably haven’t seen the big shift towards dynamic stretching.  Developing a full range of motion without doing static stretches before you begin Crosssfit, your Olympic lifts, or any type of physical activity is important.  Going in stiff and not warmed up at all is a recipe for disaster.  For ten bucks, it is another excellent book to increase your knowledge if you’re doing boring old static stretches still.

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