As 2010 winds down, the trend in the blogosphere seems to be recounting individual’s most-read posts, best selling information products, and how they met their 2010 resolutions. I will not do that, though if you’re interested, feel free to use the search box to the right and locate your favorite posts.
In lieu of recounting my own popular posts, though, I’ll share with you the best books I finished this year. I’m a big reader and have knocked out a lot of pages this year, but these are my “cream of the crop.”
Performance Enhancement Books of The Year
1. Athletic Development–Vern Gambetta. Vern is the father of functional training. His book, like Vern himself, is articulate, detailed, and densely packed with information. It reads very quickly and covers Vern’s “big rocks.” In my opinion it’s seminal literature whether you are a strength coach or a sport coach.
2. Block Training Systems in Endurance Running–Yuri Verkhoshansky. I had read this one back in 2007 or 08, but after a conversation with Seattle Sounder’s coach Dave Tenney, I went back to read it again. It served as fodder for a few posts including Local Muscular Endurance Training, that covered ancillary general and general-specific training to enhance middle and long distance running performance.
3. Adaptation in Sports Training–Atko Viru. This book is translated and reads, at times, like stereo instructions, but is very densely loaded with information. It took me nearly 6 months to finish despite it’s relatively small size as I had to frequently re-read passages and refresh my memory of physiology in a different text. The effort was worth it, though. It’s an expensive book, but I got a copy via our library.
4. Science and Practice of Strength Training–Vladimir Zatsiorsky. This book belongs in the strength coach’s library regardless of the role you play in preparation. It’s not quite Supertraining dense, but is heavily loaded with great information and training theory. Understanding the physiological basis of your programs is essential and this is a nice piece to help you do just that.