Friday, February 19, 2010

The Crossfit Canon

Here is a list of books, websites, and other media relevant to Crossfit, starting with the classic Crossfit must reads.

The Crossfit Journal. $25 year. Buy it now. Read every article and watch every video. Seriously. Do it.

Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore - The seminal general strength training text from the former powerlifting coach for Crossfit HQ that has informed and guided countless crossfitters. This book is a great way to really explore the power lift. It includes an incredible amount of detailed information about the deadlift, squat, press, bench press , and some accessory lifts like power cleans.

Olympic Weightlifting by Greg Everett - Though there has been some beef between Everett and CF HQ, his oly lifting text is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn these cool but challenging lifts.

Enter The Zone - Barry Sears - The Zone can be a practical and effective nutritional planning tool, and it is very much in line with the Crossfit approach of meat veggies nuts seeds some fruit little starch and no sugar.

The Paleo Diet -  Loren Cordain - The book is already ten years old, and some of the paleo approach has changed slightly on some issues, but this book remains a must read for anyone who  is seroius about trying to understand the human body and our evolutionary-genetic-biochemistry.

Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes

The Primal Blueprint - Mark Sisson - Another great source by the Mark of "Marks Daily Apple". Similar to Paleo, but more on the higher fat, pro saturated fat, low carb, and slightly different stance on things like dairy, eggs and supplements. I describe what I do  as paleo-primal-gourmet, but if I had to choose one adjective it would probably be "primal."

Primal Body Primal Mind By Nora Teresa Gedgaudas. Another well researched and well written primer on primal nutirition and liefstyle, following on the work of Cordain, Sisson, etc.

Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival T.S. Wiley with Bent Formby

The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability by Lierre Keith

Building the Gymnastics Body by Coach Christopher Sommers

Protein Power

Stretching Scientiically

Super Joints

More list to follow....

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