I’ve been doing the Paleo Challenge for almost 2 months now. It basically means that you eliminate all sugars, grains, and dairy products from your diet. You eat lean meats and fish, vegetables, nuts and fruit. I have to admit that I feel better than ever before. Robb Wolf’s book “The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet” is a must-read if you want to learn more about it. A Paleo Cookbook is another must-have resource if you want to thrive on the Paleo Diet. Starting can be overwhelming as you try to figure out what foods you can eat and how to best prepare everything for the most flavor and variety. This cookbook by Loren Cordain called “The Paleo Diet Cookbook: More than 150 recipes for Paleo Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks, and Beverages” will keep you on the right path and give you tons of great recipes so that you never get bored and tempted to fall off the wagon! The Primal vs. Paleo debate is lively if you check out the web. There are passionate proponents of each one. But, the main thing to keep in mind is that they are both a much healthier alternative to the typical American diet. In other words, you can’t help but improve your health and overall well-being if you follow one of these instead of eating fast food, soda pop, and twinkies. This book details Mark Sisson’s (of Mark’s Daily Apple) approach to a healthier Primal lifestyle. Just like Paleo, there is a Primal cookbook as well. Mark Sisson and Jennifer Meier team up to provide The Primal Blueprint Cookbook: A guide to Primal, Low Carb, Paleo, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free. You’ll find that Primal tends to be a bit more lenient than Paleo when it comes to using things like maple syrup and honey as a sweetener in some of the dessert recipes.
I have personally been using the Wendler 5/3/1 strength training system for over 1 1/2 years now. It works. It is a simple, yet effective system with slow and steady progress and built in recovery weeks each month. You can use it to program your training for lifts such as Deadlift, Squats, Military Press, and Bench Press. The author, Jim Wendler, worked as a Strength and Conditioning coach at the University of Kentucky. He played football and graduated from the University of Arizona. Jim’s best lifts include a 1000lbs squat, a 675 bench press, 700lbs deadlift and a 2375 total in the 275lbs class. There are lots of things about weight training in general and barbell exercise in particular that can only be learned by spending way too many hours in the gym. Mark Rippetoe has been in the fitness industry since 1978 and has owned a black-iron gym since 1984. He knows things about lifting weights and training for performance that most other coaches and professionals have never had the chance to learn. This book of essays offers a glimpse into the depths of experience made possible through many years under the bar, and many more years spent helping others under the bar. I love trail running, so I found this book to be very interesting for anyone that has fallen in love with running. Isolated by Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America’s best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall’s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run. I admit, this one is a bit different than the other books listed here. But, it is not uncommon to find CrossFit boxes now that also teach Krav Maga, an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Hand-to-Hand Combat Training System. Boaz Aviram, the 3rd in a lineage of IDF Fighting Fitness Academy Krav Maga Chief Instructors, presents in this book the most efficient and effective form of self defense and Hand to Hand Combat training method ever developed. 150 techniques presented: 1,000 film strip formatted photos in with 60,000 words of advice.

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