My latest reading was another Jim Wendler book. In 5/3/1 For Football Jim teamed up with Bob Fitzgerald to discuss how they would implement the 5/3/1 principles and training into a year round football program. This book packs a lot of information into a short, easily digested knowledge bomb.
This duo begins with a list of equipment they would recommend any weightroom be outfitted with. They then cover the basic types of training including warm-ups, speed work, jumps, throws, strength training, and conditioning.
Once these various aspects have been described, Jim and Bob layout a year's worth of training plans including winter, spring, summer, preseason, and in-season workouts.
Any football athlete, coach, or individual interested in the training of an athlete would be well served reading the material held within these pages.
Lyle McDonald's Rapid Fat Loss Handbook was my 27th book this year. This is a quick, but informational read on those looking to experience a significant drop in weight in a short time frame.
The basic tenets of his Protein Sparring Modified Fast (PSMF) are:
1. Protein intake set depending on body fat percentage and activity
2. Basically unlimited amount of vegetables (a few are off limits)
3. Either fish oil capsules or liquid fish oil for EFAs every day.
4. A basic multivitamin/mineral supplement. One or two other key supplements.
5. Planned refeeds, free meals, and diet breaks depending on activity and body fat percentage.
6. Length of PSMF to be set depending on body fat percentage and activity level.
Lyle covers in detail each of the above points. He also briefly touches on creating a maintenance diet after a crash diet in order to prevent weight gain. If partaking in a crash diet to jump start your weight loss journey is something that interests you this could be a valuable resource for you.
Though I have fallen off the wagon as far as posting consistently, I'm still smoothly riding the book reading train. Since the last update I have finished five more books bringing my total to 26, reaching my goal of 24. Below are the titles of the books.
Book #22 was Freakonomics.
Book #23 was Never Let Go by Dan John.
Book #24 was Intervention by Dan John.
Book #25 was Jim Wendler's 5/3/1.
Book #26 was From The Ground Up by Dan John.
The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley and William Danko takes an inside look at the lifestyles that lead to those who become millionaires in a single generation. The common denominators included:
A few notes related to the above...
#7 says choose the right occupation. You might initially think this means an occupation with a high earning income. This certainly can give you an advantage, but more often than then not a high income didn't mean they accumulated a lot of wealth. Many high earners were even higher spenders causing them to accumulate debt, not wealth.
Many individuals that become affluent have multiple income sources and/or are entrepreneurs.
Many people who become wealthy are very smart with their money. They do two things very well. They invest early and often. They also spend wisely. They tend to buy used vs new vehicles (or buy affordable new vehicles). They buy more necessities than wants. They do not try to "keep up with the Joneses". They do not try to have the biggest house, fanciest cars, and newest technology.
If you want to accumulate wealth I would suggest adopting a few principles based on this book.
Twenty down! My most recent book was The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. The Total Money Makeover is a financial book geared towards changing your approach on how you handle your money in order to achieve long term financial success. Dave's process is based around his 7 Baby Steps.
If you're looking for a book to help you manage your day, improve your focus, and determine your priorities, this book is for you. Craig Ballantyne lives a disciplined life centered around scheduling your day based on your priorities. Craig believes the most important tasks must be done first when distractions are low and energy is high.
Craig states that "Structure = Freedom". By this he means that when you base your life on rules and principles you enable yourself for success. Your life becomes more focused. You have a guide, based on these rules, that will keep you on the right path.
In Craig's opinion, it all starts with controlling your mornings. Craig is a firm believer in rising early and dedicating at least 15 minutes to your most important task. Within the book are tips and advice for helping you become a morning person in order to fulfill this vital component of success.
The book also includes advice on creating and changing habits, the 10-3-2-1-0 formula, and the 5 Pillars of Success.
Simplifying the book into a plan, it would look like this:
Undefeated is story about Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School football team.
Growing up with an interest in sports, I had heard the name Jim Thorpe. I knew he was a heck of a football player and track athlete. The things I didn't know about his story were numerous however:
These are just a few of the stories I read and enjoyed reading through this book. Jim Thorpe was a talented human. Much more talented then I ever realized. This book is a wealth of knowledge and an entertaining read. Give it a shot if you enjoy history, have an interest in Jim Thorpe, or love the game of football.
My most recent book was Choose Yourself by James Altucher. The basic premise of this book is to prioritize your health and happiness in order to find success and live out your dreams.
James believes in a "Daily Practice" that is individualized to improve your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual body.
Your physical body can be improved through exercise, sleep, nutrition, etc.
Your mental body can be improved through (James' favorite) creating lists of ideas everyday, reading, or other ways to educate and test your mind.
Your emotional body can be enhanced through gratitude, keeping a positive attitude, doing activities that bring you happiness, and the company you keep.
Your spiritual body is centered in acceptance and being present. Understanding your purpose, living in the now, and letting go of things that are out of your control will improve where you are spiritually.
Throughout the book James touches on methods that have worked for him through the 20 or so businesses he's started (and failed), losing all his money and possessions multiple times, and the success of others who have "chosen themselves".
Taking care of yourself, choosing to live a meaningful life that you enjoy, and surrounding yourself with good people will lead to success and riches that are often missed in our lives.
At times throughout the years I have been obsessed with morning routines. I think an exciting, productive morning routine can compound our days and pay great dividends throughout our lives. This book is about 6 key practices Hal calls "Life S.A.V.E.R.S.".
S stands for silence which will typically take the form of meditation, prayer, deep breathing, etc.
A stands for affirmations which will be goal-oriented around what you want to achieve.
V stands for visualization. You will actively visualize the life you want to live.
E stands for exercise. Starting your day with exercise can jump start your day.
R stands for reading. Reading leads to knowledge. Take time everyday to read.
S stands for scribing which will be journaling or some form of writing.
Hal recommends you do each of these as part of your morning routine at the start of the day to better enhance your life and reach your goals. Each routine would ultimately need to be individualized for a person's goals and length of time they have.