“Think about it, if you read only one book, no matter how many times you read it you will only learn so much.” Louie Simmons, Westside Barbell
Sometime ago a young trainer asked veteran coaches for a list of books they considered to be “the bibles of our field.” It was late and my eyes saw the word “bubbles.” According to one person who identified himself as a twelve year veteran the bubbles of our field were…
Essentials of Personal Fitness Training, Essentials of Corrective Exercise Training and Essentials of Sports Performance Training.
Fitness professionals may notice the trend, but for those who are not fitness professionals I will inform you that all three books are from the same credentialing agency.
Sidenote: The early editions of the Personal Fitness Training textbook contained a lot of the material found in the present day Corrective Exercise and Sports Performance texts. They were later separated into three courses.
Unfortunately, these seem to be the only three books this trainer goes by, or at least considers worthy of mentioning. Once again, not bad choices and he could certainly pick worse. But it is a bad thing if they’re the only three books he has read. You wind up living within a relatively small academic bubble.
There are positive and negative factors at play here. The information presented was meant to mesh together and work along a continuum, but you’re getting a very limited view of things. I speak with a level credibility here as I’ve completed all three courses. I also happen to read daily, and usually read more than one book at a time.
The fitness world is a much bigger place than the contents of any three books and no singular textbook is perfect. No singular certification has all the answers and no trainer knows it all.
One of two book stacks I own. The other stack is composed of my top 30 reference texts and I also own a considerable amount of E-books and some DVD’s as well. Had I never given away books to others, I imagine the stack would be nearly double this size. I’m told its not considering hoarding as long as it involves books.