For anyone who wants to read and learn from people whose writings I tend to devour with great pleasure, I decided to compile a (not very comprehensive) list of coaches/athletes/writers that have written a lot of interesting stuff I like, with a short description of what they write about and a few links to examples of particularly interesting writings. These are just a few out of many, and although I thought of writing down some literature for people to read up on, I know that the majority of the people here probably aren’t going to invest in books just like that anyway so… Here’s something to read online!
Nate Green’s website
Although this guy sometimes writes some interesting stuff about nutrition and training, his most interesting posts are related to ‘living a better life’. A bit vague, I know, but to give you a few examples:
How starting the day well sets you up for a great, productive day
How to get a cheap private chef (On a side note, I know that in some places, at least in the Netherlands and the USA, more and more home-cooks are offering good food for only a few bucks. They just cook stuff in bulk and let people from their area pick it up for 5-10$ or so.)
“Appearances aside, I can guess that, like me, most of the guys have been raised on a steady diet of Hollywood morals, shallow friendships and romantic relationships, hubris, and high-fructose corn syrup. We’ve never taken the time to define what our values are.”
Timothy Ferriss’s website
A weird guy who, besides being a marketing/entrepeneuring expert, has a weird habit of experimenting on his body with all sorts of stuff. From perfecting his slow carb diet for fat loss to improving sex positions, from learning languages in record time to dealing with depression. He has written about so many different things that there are only few people that would not find something of interest in his writings.
How to Travel to Exotic, Expensive Cities on $50 a Day
Peeling boiled eggs without peeling (this is genius)
How to create an awesome bucket list and actually go through with it
(I’ve hardly scratched the surface of the variety of his writings here)
“The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.”
Mark Rippetoe’s website
A strength coach, famous for his work with Lon Kilgore in writing books like “Starting Strength”:”a comprehensive resource on the biomechanical aspects of the most important exercises. He’s also fucking hilarious and his views on many training-related subjects are often refreshing.
“There are few things graven in stone, except that you have to squat or you’re a pussy.”
Paul Carter’s website
A powerlifter who writes about roughly the same subjects as I do, with the difference that he’s been lifting for 20 years more than me and has a lot more experience in life.
Dan John’s website
A shotput, weightlifting and high school strength coach. Although he has some nice ideas about strength training, his articles and advice on the mental approach to life and training are why I love reading his stuff.
Work, rest, play, pray – Finding balance in your life (a must read!)
“People tease me about one of my key training principles: I recommend that you floss twice a day. (…) If someone asks me to design a multi-year training program that peaks with an Olympic championship or a Mr. Universe victory, but can’t set aside two minutes or less a day to floss, well, then why are we all wasting our time?”
Ramit Sethi’s website
Most of the things he writes are geared towards finances, entrepeneuring and career, but he always heavily emphasizes psychology, which is why I find his writings so interesting. The whole “habits and systems trump willpower” concept that I occasionally mention on Endure and Survive is one that I picked up through his writings. (note: this guy is definitely not the typical guru with your average finance tips)
“What it really comes down to is what my parents tell me all the time: A year from now, you’re going to be a year older. What are you going to do?”