Health is everything. We must take care of our bodies so that we feel good each and every day, and so that we may live a long, fulfilling life.
To do so, we must eat the right foods, lift weights, stretch, run, jump, kick etc. Just move!
There is a ton of information out there about health and fitness. So much so that it can seem overwhelming.
Below are the resources that I’ve found helpful.
Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training by Mark Rippetoe
Lifting weights should be simple. Your main focus, especially as a begging, is to get stronger by following the principle of progressive overload. Starting Strength is rooted in this principle, and will give you some serious strength gains.
The program is focused around the squat, deadlift and bench press. These are heavy compound exercises, that when mastered, will add serious size and strength.
This book is geared towards novices. It will teach your proper form for all the exercises, and will walk you through the program. In just 12 weeks you will totally transform your body!
Gorilla Mindset by Mike Cernovich
Gorilla Mindset has transformed many lives. It has helped people lose weight, make more money and become more focused. This book covers a wide variety of topics, including health and fitness.
There are no fancy workouts or diets in here. In fact, the Gorilla Mindset approach to fitness is jut to get to the gym. Getting a sweat and working hard for 30 minutes is always better than skipping a workout.
If you’re looking for a fantastic guide to self-development and masculine wisdom, look no further.
Juice Power by Mike Cernovich
Juicing is a habit I implemented about two years. I’ve never looked back.
Juice Power is a great overview to juicing. The book discusses the benefits of juicing, what to juice and how, the best juicers and tons of recipes.
Whether you want to start juicing or have been doing so for years, you should read Juice Power.
Get Serious by Dr. Brett Osborn
Dr. Osborn is a highly talented and brilliant nuerosurgeon. Moreover, he’s not an overweight doctor in a white coat–he epitomizes what all doctors should strive to be.
Dr. Osborn knows his stuff. In Get Serious he covers everything from anti-aging supplements and weight lifting workouts, his book has it covered.
Muscle Gaining Secrets by Jason Ferruggia
I’ve done a ton of different workouts over the years. Most of them gave me little results, if any.
Jay Ferruggia’s programs have been different. They’re straightforward, focusing on compound exercises, plus bodyweight and strongman exercises as well.
The programs are well-rounded and are guaranteed to put on a lot of strength, as well as encouraging mobility.
I recommend hopping on this program, or another one of his programs after you do the Starting Strength program.
Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold has lived an incredible life. From his days as a bodybuilder, to acting in movies and then as the Governator. How did he do it?
In the Education of a Bodybuilder, you’ll get Arnold’s backstory and see how he became the iconic figure he is today.
The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding by Arnold Schwarzenegger
If you want to be a bodybuilder, than you have to learn from the best. This book covers virtually every aspect of bodybuilding. The book is not essential, but it makes an excellent addition to a bookshelf aand serves as a good reference.
This is a big book. In fact, I only recommend you buy it in paperback as it is something that you really need to sit down and take in.
Becoming a Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett
Mobility isn’t sexy, but it’s important. If you want to preserve your health, joints and muscles, this book is a must read.
Like the above encyclopedia, I recommend the paperback version for you. In fact, it’s not available in Kindle as far as I am aware. This book is pricey too, but you can’t really put a price on health (well, actually you can. It’s $37).
The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss
Tim is a human guinea pig. He’s put his body through an ungodly amount of tests for the sake of posterity.
This book covers a broad range of health and fitness: Diets, weight lifting, sleep, running, and international health care.
Some of the topics are a bit silly, if not outright fabricated. He claims to have gained 34 lbs. of muscle in one month. He also has a section about female orgasms, in which the advice is well–quite sterile, which is not preferable for sex. Nonetheless, it’s an interesting book that has a ton of in-depth research.
Convict Conditioning by Paul Wade
Why are prisoners so jacked? Well, it’s a combination of high-testosterone, plenty of rest, and working out daily for years and years.
In Convict Conditioning, Paul Wade lays out a formula for getting jacked without weights. This book is more than just pushups and pullups. It includes more advanced exercises, and most importantly the progressions to do the advanced versions.
This is probably the subject of interest for most men. I’ve been lifting weights for a while now and along the way have made many mistakes in the gym.
One of my biggest recommendations is to find one or two experts who you like and stick to what they say. Follow their advice as if it were the gospel and then evaluate your progress after a few months. If you have results stick with it, if not look elsewhere.
This is a must read website for anyone looking to get in great shape. I’ve been reading his site for years, though deviated away from it at times.
In the past I was part of his ‘Inner Circle’ and have done numerous programs including Muscle Gaining Secrets (above) and Renegade Strength. I highly recommend you check out those programs.
There were too many of his articles that I have bookmarked from his site, but here are a couple of my favorites.
- 53 Ways to Build Muscle, Gain Strength and be F*cking Awesome
- Top 20 Bodyweight Exercises for Building Muscle and Strength
- How to Build Muscle: The Definitive Guide
- Top 10 Weight Training Exercises for Building Muscle & Strength
- Optimal Program Design For Muscle, Strength & Power
Over the years Elliott has become an internet superstar. If I remember correctly he has well over a million YouTube subscribers, and for good reason.
Elliott’s videos are incredibly insightful, as well as motivating. His ‘Yo Elliott’ videos also cover a wide range of questions from viewers.
Recently Elliott has stopped making videos (or at least to the extent he once was), but he still continues to put on content. Plus, his old videos are still pure gold.
Just as with Jay Ferruggia, Elliott has a ton of content that is simply amazing. I highly suggest taking some time to go through his YouTube channel (He also has another channel about non-fitness/health topics)
- 4 Critical Stretches that Cure Your Worst Imbalances: This helped a lot with neck pain I had been having.
- Your Future [Best of Yo Elliott]
They’re called supplements for a reason, because they’re used to ‘supplement’ your diet and training regimen. I don’t have many resources about supplements, but this is a great article from Martin Berkhan of Leangains:
While most guys are reluctant to do so, I think men looking to get fit and stay healthy should take up yoga for a number of reasons or at the very least hit a couple of poses regularly. Here’s a few sites you might find useful:
- Yoga Poses and Workouts from About Health: A good, basic overview to get started with yoga.
- Yoga Class Videos from Do Yoga With Me: This is a fantastic site with tons of videos of all lengths and videos. In the past I had issues streaming the videos, but it no longer seems to be a problem. See for yourself!
Mobility and Stretching
I haven’t yet found a site dedicated to mobility, stretching, and similar subjects that I really like. I used to check out Kelly Starrett’s Mobility WOD, but the content is now limited if you don’t have a paid subscription.
I mostly refer to Jay and Elliott for my mobility needs as their sites contain more than enough useful information on the subject.
Here’s my rest day routine.
Here’s some general sites and articles that I really like:
Simple Science Fitness: A great, in depth site of fitness and health concepts.
Ergo-Log: Features studies about health, fitness, supplements and more. Check them out on Twitter to follow their updates.
10 Ways To Get More Out Of Your Lifts from Sean Hyson
Mega Feature: Layne Norton Training Series + Full Power/Hypertrophy Routine: I really like the structure and have done this workout in the past. I think the volume is too much for someone at my level, but if your advanced it’s something you might want to check it out.
The #1 Rule for Long Term Bodybuilding Success from Strength by Sonny
A Gentleman’s Guide to Natural Testosterone Boosters from Spot Me Bro
Press like a Powerlifter, Pull like a Bodybuilder: An important and interesting philosophy to keep in mind:
Serge Nubret Pump Training from Skinny Fat Transformation: An interesting looking at training for the pump, as opposed to heavy lifting
The “Lift-List” from Spot Me Bro: Here is an incredibly comprehensive guide to all things fitness. That page contains almost too much content, whereas my list is narrower. Still, I think it’s still worth scrolling through to see if anything stands out.