Top 10 Self-Improvement Books

Books = Investments In Self-Improvement

Self-Improvement Books are great for motivating you to try new things and accomplish your goals!  While there are so many amazing inspirational and motivational books out there we have narrowed down the list to our top 10 self-improvement fitness books.

Course: Inside the Mad, Muddy World of Obstacle Course Racing

By:  Erin Beresini

This book specifically takes the journey of training and competing in obstacle course racing, and the author’s specific tips and tricks as well as, how she got there and what she felt along the way.

And how the people she meets along the way positively impact her life. This is a great read to see how fitness and someone’s journey collide to create a powerful, motivating and at times humor full book.

Unbreakable Runner: Unleash the Power of Strength & Conditioning for a Lifetime of Running Strong

By: T.J. Murphy

The author T.J. Murphy in this book takes a look at how to train, and breaks down traditional concepts on training and brings in new training principles for running that will actually prolong your running career, and create a healthy and happy environment.

He includes several CrossFit workouts to challenge the training programs, and to push you to your limits.

Embrace the Suck: What I Learned About Hard Work, (Very) Sore Muscles and Burpees Before Sunrise

  By: Stephen Madden

The former editor of Bicycling Magazine, which talks about CrossFit.  Amateur Athlete Stephen Madden puts himself to the test by starting the CrossFit lifestyle, where he documents his journey for his CrossFit experience.

He talks about the challenges physically and mentally he had to go through and how to overcome them.

Fitness Confidential

  By: Vinnie Tortorich

America’s angriest Personal Trainer, Vinnie Tortorich talks about the fitness industry while still getting you in shape.

Vinnie Tortorich has worked in Hollywood for over 20 years. In this book he doesn’t hold anything back.

He goes into detail about workouts, to motivation and more! If you want honest advice on getting fit and motivational tips and tricks check out this amazing read.

No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness 

By: Michelle Segar PhD.

This book takes you on a long journey on the history of exercises and how your lack of motivation might not be your fault.

It actually may come from exercise. It creates a four-point program that will give you the motivation and inspiration to break the cycle of failing to exercises.

It will motivate you to work your butt of at the gym, and get through those tough workouts you couldn’t get through before. If you get a chance to read it, you definitely should!

FIRST: What It Takes To Win

By:  Rich Froning

Rich Froning made his mark during the CrossFit Games in 2010 winning second place. He is known as “The Fittest Man on Earth”.

He has it all, the strength, and the discipline. This book takes you on his journey preparing for the Cross Fit World Championships. He gives you valuable tops, motivation advice and tips to feel better about yourself even in hard situations in life and fitness.

He talks about his spiritual journey, and how fitness inspired his own spiritual journey. He uses the Cross Fit philosophy to help prepare you with real life obstacles, and mental challenges.

The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

By: Kelly McGonigal Ph.D.

Written by Stanford’s psychologist Kelly McGonigal is the first book to explain the science that has just emerged revolving self-control and how it can be applicable to our health and happiness, and how much we actually accomplish.

He uses psychology, economics, neuroscience and medicine to apply his theories. In his book he defines Willpower is a mind-body response, not a virtue.

It can actually be improved through mindfulness, exercises, and fitness.

The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive

By: Jim Afremow

Jim Afremow gives the advice he gives elite athletes in this book to us! He talks about getting in a zone, which will allow for a team to thrive, but stay humble along the way. He talks about being confident but not letting the confidence become cocky

He uses the idea that most people have the desire to excel, doesn’t have to be a sport. Can be through life, career, work, or everyday life. He also throws in a great workout from other trainers to make sure you get a great workout in too.

The Champion’s Comeback: How Great Athletes Recover, Reflect, and Reignite

By: Jim Afremow

This book specifically focuses on losses and injuries and how to actually achieve greatness off and on the field away from the sports and fitness side of things. These tools talked about in this book are applicable to any part of life not just fitness.

Jim Afremow gives great advice in this book about winning strategies, how to get back from any loss, or how to overcome injuries faced. He helps motivate you and gives you the tools to be able to handle anything that comes your way regardless if it is in the sport or life.

Own the Day, Own your life: Optimized Practices for Waking, Working, Learning, Eating, Training, Playing, Sleeping, and Sex 

By: Aubrey Marcus

The founder and CEO of Onnit, one of the largest lifestyle brands and fastest growing companies in the country gives us advice on how each day we should make positive choices that will lead to a lifetime of decisions for better living, and a stronger mind.

The simple question he answers in this book is, how can we get the most out of our body and mind on a daily basis? 

Using everyday to find new ways to make sure we are performing better and creating daily habits that turn into weekly habits and become forever a part of our lives, just like fitness should!

We hope you liked our top 10 Self-Improvement Fitness book list. Each individual book brought a different experience and idea to the table.

Each one was unique in its own way, but followed the line of motivation and inspiration. We hope you get some motivation and confidence to get back in the gym or start up your fitness goal!


Tony G
Tony G

Anthony is a fan of all things gym related. Growing up very overweight and out of shape, Anthony whipped himself into shape and stunned his entire community becoming a "fitness guru". Tony then set his sights on strength sports (Weightlifting/Powerlifting/Strongman) and learned all about body mechanics, mobility work and injury prevention. Tony found his true love in the strength sports, particularly Olympic Weightlifting. He earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Fitchburg State University in Exercise and Sports Science. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the NSCA.

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