The list below containing the best fitness and bodybuilding books is in no particular order. Along with the book title, I have provided a little snapshot of what the book is about and how it can potentially help you. Each book is linked to where you can purchase a copy if you are interested. So, if you like to read, you’re in for a treat. Let’s get into the list.
The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding
Honestly, this is a CLASSIC. If you look at the cover of this book, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It is the black and grey cover with the image of Arnold Schwarzenegger flexing.
This book is probably on the top list of fitness and bodybuilding books for many health and fitness enthusiasts. It talks about everything bodybuilding relating but can easily fit into the general population in terms of how to effectively work out while focusing on your nutrition to achieve success.
The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding was written by both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Dobbins. It’s a best-seller on sites like Amazon for good reason – it’s an amazing book. This is absolutely a must-have on our list of fitness and bodybuilding books. It’s literally “The Bible of Bodybuilding.”
The Bodybuilder’s Kitchen
What’s the one thing you hear time and time again in the fitness and bodybuilding industry? “Abs are made in the kitchen.” You have probably also heard things like, “You can’t out-train a poor diet” or “You are what you eat.” And all of those statements are absolutely true.
One area where many of us fail is with our nutrition. Heck, I like food as much as the next person but that tends to be our downfall and what holds many back from seeing progress from their training and efforts. In this book, IFBB Pro Erin Stern breaks down 100 delicious yet healthy meals to help you build muscle and burn fat. Also included are some meal plans that you can utilize during your journey.
If you want to get big, ripped, lean, and enjoy the process without eating chicken and broccoli at every meal, this book is definitely for you and deserves to be on our top fitness and bodybuilding books.
Bigger Leaner Stronger
Regardless if you want the body of a massive bodybuilder or one that resembles a Greek God, this book by Michael Matthews is a must-read. With nearly 4,000 reviews, a 4.5-star rating, and over 500,000 copies sold, it’s no wonder this book is a #1 best-seller.
Muscle-building, fat loss, strength training, you name it – this book has it. Not only does this book have it but there is science that goes behind all of the principles. This book is a great no-nonsense guide that any man should pick up and put in his collection. Not having this book on our list of the top fitness and bodybuilding books would be disrespectful. THAT’S how good this book is.
Strength Training Anatomy
I’m of the mindset that you need to understand the WHY of what you are doing. Understanding human anatomy and musculature is important when it comes to the mind-muscle connection. When you complete every single rep of a workout, you want to be completely dialed in with contracting each muscle fiber of a muscle in order to effectively and efficiently break it down so it can be rebuilt, repaired, and come back bigger and stronger. This process is known as “hypertrophy.”
Frederic Delavier, in my opinion, has one of the all-time best fitness and bodybuilding books for achieving a greater understanding of your muscles and the exercises you can do to hit them hard. I understand there are people who just want to go through the motions in order to get results but if you’re reading this article, I have a feeling you would like to go to a deeper level – and this book is for you!
Get Fit NOW!
OK, OK… this is a shameless yet selfless plug. As you may know, I have over a dozen published books that revolve around health, fitness, and business. Get Fit NOW! is my book to give back to everyone who enjoys my content as well as help people springboard their health and fitness results.
In this book, I wanted to provide you with a ton of free value regardless if you are a beginner or a veteran of the iron. If you don’t have the means to purchase any of the books above, I implore you to download this free book I have to offer.
You will find information such as obstacles you will be faced with during your journey and how to overcome them. You’ll learn how to live a healthy lifestyle and change poor behaviors. You’ll learn about proper nutrition as well as exercise protocols – AND MUCH MORE! And most of all, you’ll learn to take charge of your life and health. And did I already mention I’m giving it to you for free?