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The Ultimate Fitness & Motivation Reading List: Our Trainers' Top Picks!

If you are passionate about fitness and health, you know that it goes beyond the gym. Studying the science behind exercise and nutrition is a very powerful way to learn how to work smarter, not harder at the gym! 

You might also know that there’s always something new to learn! To help you explore the health and fitness knowledge resources and get inspired, we've asked our trainers what's a book that changed the way they see fitness! 

Here are the 5 must-read fitness books to add to your bookshelf now!

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1. Own the Day by Aubrey Marcus

This book is all about optimizing every aspect of your life, including mental and physical health! Aubrey Marcus, the founder and CEO of the mega lifestyle brand Onnit, shares in this book his secret strategies for better living, optimal performance, and a stronger mind, body, and spirit. "Own The Day" will inspire you to have a positive mindset and teach you how to get the most out of our body and mind daily! 

2. Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes

If you are interested in learning everything about diet and nutrition, this is the book to start with! In this groundbreaking book, the award-winning science writer Gary Taubes defends a new view about dieting. He argues that refined carbohydrates are the biggest villain in the modern diet and that the key to good health is to focus on eating the right types of calories, not a specific number! 

3. Running With The Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind by Sakyong Mipham 

This book will change the way you think about exercise! Sakyong Mipham is a Tibetan lama and leader of an international community of meditation that has a mission to help people achieve holistic health around the world. In this book, Mipham explains how spiritual practices, together with running and other fundamental principles developed by him, can lead to greater well-being for the body and soul!

4. Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder by Arnold Schwarzenegger

Even if you are not into bodybuilding, Arnold Schwarzenegger's story will surely inspire you! In this best-selling autobiography, the five-time Mr. Universe and most iconic bodybuilder of all time narrates his journey towards becoming an international star and shares his training secrets. This thorough book will motivate, entertain and educate all types of fitness readers! 

5. Glute Lab: The Art and Science of Strength and Physique Training by Bret Contreras and Glen Cordoza

Have you ever wondered what the secrets behind getting that defined glute are? Stop wondering, you found it! "Glute Lab" is an all-in-one training manual that teaches the step-by-step to improve physique, build lean muscle, increase strength! In this book, Contreras and Cordoza layout in a very didactic way all the most valuable secrets to building bigger, stronger, leaner and higher-performing glutes.

Are we missing any great reads? Let us know in the comments what's your all-time favourite health & fitness book! 

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