We asked the fitness staff what they would recommend our members read and this is what they came up with:
Jacob Galloway – David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
To me this book really was about the power of perception and how we look at hardships in our life as negatives when in reality they shape us into the people we are today. These hardships create personality traits that can allow us to overcome other challenges that others would not.
Greg Svoboda – Mastery by Robert Greene, The Power of Less by Leo Baubuta
1. If you are unsure of your passion in life, or have yet to discover your life’s task, get Mastery. It has radically changed my life and continues to serve as an irreplaceable guide. Greene takes you through the journey of discovering and developing your life’s work, along with the process required to grow from apprentice to master of your craft.
2. Are you relentlessly moving towards the direction of your dreams every day? Whatever the answer, grab The Power of Less. Baubuta lays out what I feel is one of the greatest foundational methods for skyrocketing productivity and success. His goal setting process could be better, but the rest is gold. Literally tripled the amount of work I was accomplishing in a day while reducing my overall stress.
Tom Sheriff – Beyond Basketball by Coach Mike Krzyewski (Duke), Name of the Wind (King Killer Chronicle book 1) by Patrick Rothfuss
1. This is one of my favorite books that pertain to sport and life. This is an easy read with each short chapter telling a different story.
2. This is my favorite “for fun” book series of all time. It’s an epic fantasy that has nothing to do with training, life lessons, self help etc. (but really it does). I recommend it to everyone because it’s an extremely well written amazing story. It is a series with 2 of the 3 planned books out so far; I can’t recommend it enough.
Shay Massey – The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
Great read for those who are looking for their purpose or path in life. Encouraging the reader to act now and to live their own personal legend it can be just the thing to encourage forward movement. I also enjoyed the author’s perspective on life’s “obstacles.” Many times the reader is reminded that life’s road bumps are simply that, not dead ends or absolutes.
Amanda Heminger – The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
This is a great book about maintaining balance and finding happiness in life. The story is about an over-worked, highly stressed lawyer who has the job, money, and power. Despite all of this, his life feels incomplete. It takes a turn for the worse when he suffers a massive heart attack. Re-evaluating his life, he decides to travel to India and become a Monk in the hopes of getting in touch with his spirituality, and discovering how to be healthy, balanced, and joyous with his life. This book takes you through every step of his journey, teaching valuable lessons and offering eye-opening wisdom in regards to what is important in life, and the value of finding inner peace.
Jason Anderson – The Soul of a Butterfly by Mohammad Ali’s
This autobiography is full of life and sport inspiration (inspirational quotes) which you expect when you think about readying a book about Ali but it also goes pretty deep into him as a man where you almost feel like you know him as a friend not just a celebrity. You get to know the real man not just the confident/flamboyant boxer most knew him as. It goes into his life before boxing and what got him into boxing. It covers times in his life that he was not proud of and what he did to correct his faults which a “tell all book” from others may not get into. You clearly understand fighting for what you believe in and believing in yourself whether it’s daily life situations, sports, or religion is how he lived his life.
Adriana Brown – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
Matterhorn is a visceral and spellbinding novel about what it is like to be a young man at war. It is an unforgettable novel that transforms the tragedy of Vietnam into a powerful and universal story of courage, camaraderie, and sacrifice: a parable not only of the war in Vietnam but of all war, and a testament to the redemptive power of literature.