September 19, 2022. Written byAmir Siddiquifor Muscular Intelligence.

The books you need to get TODAY if you’ve been coaching clients for under 5 years

After reading my first piece on personal training, you now know that it’s important to devote 2 hours per day of your personal trainer life to studying the science/art of it.

So, it’s probably going to help if I started you off with a list of where to start, and with what to study.

Before I delve in, I’m assuming you have a basic high-school level understanding of biology and chemistry.

If not, get that knowledge DOWN.

You’re going to need it on this journey.


I’ll explain in the newsletter (second email) so subscribe to that as well.

Keep in mind that this is far from everything you will ever need/want to read to truly become one of the originals in this field.

This is the starting line.

The finish line is when you’re finished.

1. Exercise Physiology: Human Bioenergetics and Its Applications 4th Edition by George A Brooks Dr. (Author), Thomas D. Fahey  (Author), Kenneth M Baldwin Professor (Author)

2. Strength and Conditioning: Biological Principles and Practical Applications 1st Edition by Marco Cardinale (Editor), Robert Newton (Editor), Kazunori Nosaka (Editor)

3. Science and Practice of Strength Training, Second Edition by Vladimir M Zatsiorsky and William J Kraemer

Exercise Physiology by Brooks, Fahey, and Baldwin is your athletes’ physiology encyclopedia. The one you pick up often and refer to all the time when you need some basic reductionist science to prove a point to a client. Or yourself.

Strength and Conditioning: Biological Principles and Practical Applications is just a wonderful book littered with gems that you’ve never heard of and can use in program design immediately.

Science and Practice is one of the strength and conditioning classics from the father of two-factor theory. I’d say this is some of the best work you can read from someone who understood the much fabled and successful Russian athletic training system. The book is marketed as an athletic training text – but its far more than that. After digesting and absorbing the contents you’ll have a deep understanding of fatigue, fitness, and how to cycle (what run-of-the-mill coaches call “periodization”) client training.

Lateral Bonus: I’d like to just add this book into the mix – Brain and Body in Sport and Exercise: Biofeedback Applications in Performance Enhancement. The reason being that “Brain and Body” will give you a detailed understanding of how to assess your clients bio-feedback – and your own. What the writers call “applied psycho-physiology”. Extremely useful book for the personal trainer.


Here’s the truth: it takes work and time to reach the top 10% of experts in your field, and especially in the fitness field.

But what is truly annoying (and saddening) is how much time you will end up wasting getting there without a mentor guiding you. I know because I did.

What I can do for you is to make sure you read the most effective and important books, cultivate and hone your skills of coaching and programming, and dramatically enhance your client communication quality.

If you truly have what it takes, and combined with my help, you will have the success only a few have ever achieved, but everyone is trying to.

The first step is to subscribe to my email list and make sure you don’t miss the gems I pass along. Secondly, read the blog. Thirdly, put what you learn into action. By doing this your career will progress in light years while your competition stalls at the speed of in-action; I’ll see you on the other side.