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Books the Smart CrossFitter Should Read

by allison, posted to Health & Fitness

If you are serious about getting fit and changing your life, there's more to it than just going to your CrossFit class. Here are ten books you should read to be an intelligent CrossFitter:


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Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health (Vintage)

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For decades we have been taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates...more

Learn once and for all the science behind why so much about what we've always learned about nutrition is wrong.

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The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet

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Do you want to lose fat and stay young, all while avoiding cancer,...more

User-friendly guide to the why's and how's of the Paleo way of eating. Sound science mixed with lay appeal. If you say you "eat Paleo," this is a must read. If you don't know what your friends mean when they say they "eat Paleo," this is a must read.

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Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It (Vintage)

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Building upon his critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and...more

The simplified version of Good Calories, Bad Calories. If you're feeling like a less dense but still powerful read full of nutrition information.

Erin: I have this, but haven't read it. You have inspired me to get to it!

Fawnda Camarillo: I too have this one and have only read part of it but I want to pick it back up again. good to see a reco.

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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

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A national bestseller that has changed the way readers view the...more

All agriculture was organic before 1940. Read why a return to organic is necessary for our survival.

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Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

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A groundbreaking and fascinating investigation into the transformative...more

In case you need another reason to feel good about working out. Dr. Ratey shows us how our brains benefit from exercise. This is a powerful read, even for those who are already converted.

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Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival

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When it comes to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and...more

Everything you need to know about why sleep is so important to your well being. If you don't sleep well, waking life isn't so hot.

Erin: Maybe this is just what I need to kick me in the butt to start going to bed earlier!

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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

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More than 100 pages of new, cutting-edge content. Forget the old...more

Streamline your life outside the gym. Get from A to B in all aspects of your life more quickly and with less effort. Then you can be as obsessed about CrossFit as you want.

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Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

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Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July 2005 for the...more

A rough read because of the moving and intense content, this is a must for anyone who thinks they understand why CrossFit names workouts for fallen heroes. You will do some serious soul searching while reading and if you ever actually complete the workout "Murph."

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Perfect Madness : Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety

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A lively and provocative look at the modern culture of motherhood and...more

This is a bit off the topic, but it's for all of you CrossFitting moms. A serious look at how being a mom in America can be isolating and anxiety-producing. It's a great reminder of why doing things for yourself (like CrossFit) and finding community are so important. If you are a mom, you need to read this book.

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The Power of Community: CrossFit and the Force of Human Connection

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As co-owner of four CrossFit affiliate gyms, Allison Wenglin Belger...more

I wrote this book--release date March 20th, 2012! It's an inspiring look at how human connection and community can change lives for the better. Psychology research and personal narratives are intertwined--it's all about CrossFit, community, and people coming together to do great things. Enjoy!

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