Teams, extremes and everything in between – sport and fitness books

From inspiring stories about extreme athletes, sporting champions, and blind sportsman, to more everyday exercises with jump rope, the wide ranging topics covered in this selection will inspire you to get ready for the more active summer months.

Eat Like an Athlete : boost your energy and performance through nutrition / Austin, Simone
“In Eat Like an Athlete, sports dietitian Simone Austin shares practical tips and suggestions on how to boost your energy and performance through nutrition, derived from her years of experience advising elite athletes. Simone’s hands-on manual allows people of all ages, from weekend warriors to professional players, to give their bodies optimal nourishment for training, competition and recovery.” (Catalogue)

Ballerina body : dancing and eating your way to a leaner, stronger, and more graceful you / Copeland, Misty
““The celebrated ballerina and role model, Misty Copeland, shares the secrets of how to reshape your body and achieve a lean, strong physique and glowing health. Misty Copeland believes “There has been a shift in recent years in which women no longer desire the bare bones of a runway model. Standards have changed: what women do want is a long, toned, powerful body with excellent posture.” In other words, the body of a ballerina.” (Catalogue)

Incredible Sporting Champions / Amson-Bradshaw, Georgia
“These women showed what it really means to “play like a girl.” Includes Marie Marvingt, Cathy Freeman, Sarah Storey, Serena Williams, Kaori Icho, Tatyana McFadden, Katie Ladecky, and other female sports legends. In Incredible Sporting Champions, you will meet just a few of the incredibly talented, dedicated and brave women who have refused to let people decide for them what they are capable of achieving.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Extreme athletes : true stories of amazing sporting adventurers / Guillain, Charlotte
“This title is part of the ‘Ultimate Adventurers’ series. This series tells real-life stories of courage, endurance and survival against the odds. There will be stories of success and disappointment, individual achievement and teamwork.” (Catalogue)

The Captain Class : the hidden force that creates the world’s greatest teams / Walker, Sam
“Walker starts with one of the most hotly debated questions in sports: What are the greatest teams ever–particularly those that sustained success over a long period of time. At that point, Walker became obsessed with another, more complicated question: What did these teams have in common? A genius coach? A transcendent superstar? A groundbreaking system? Or was it all a matter of chemistry?” (adapted from Catalogue)

101 Best Jump Rope Workouts / Lee, Buddy
“Get moving with 100 high intensity jump rope workouts for all fitness levels. A jump rope is the most effective fitness equipment you can own. Great for cardio, endurance and HIIT training a jump rope is versatile, portable, and efficient. Buddy Lee, recognized internationally as the world’s expert at jump rope fitness, provides 100 challenging, dynamic and varied workouts in this unique collection. Simple and effective, these jump rope workouts can be done anywhere and anytime.” (Catalogue)

No Barriers : a blind man’s journey to kayak the Grand Canyon / Weihenmayer, Erik
No Barriers is about my journey since coming down from Mt. Everest in 2001, and the path to where I am today. It is the story of my own life, the personal and professional struggles in the pursuit of growth, learning, and family, as well as a dream to kayak one of the world’s great rivers as a blind athlete. It is also about the many people I’ve encountered along the way who possess what I call a “No Barriers” mindset, who live a No Barriers life.” (Catalogue)

Overdrive cover Running Rewired, Jay Dicharry (ebook)
In Running Rewired, America’s leading endurance sports physical therapist and coach shares a program for runners to become stronger, faster, and more durable. Jay Dicharry distills cutting-edge biomechanical research into 15 workouts any runner can slot into their training program to begin seeing real results in about 6 weeks. Running Rewired will show you how to shed old injuries, mobility problems, weaknesses and imbalances and rewire your body-brain movement patterns.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Latest Sports and Fitness books

This selection features books on weird sporting events, mountain climbing, camping, running, soccer scandals through to biographies of sporting personalities. The armchair athlete will find inspiring reading in these fascinating accounts.

Syndetics book coverThe World’s 100 Weirdest Sporting Events : from gravy wrestling in Lancashire to wife carrying in Finland / Geoff Tibballs.
“When we think of the world’s great sporting events, we tend to focus on spectacles such as the World Cup, the Olympics or the Monaco Grand Prix. Yet there is also an alternative world of competition where participants risk life, limb and often dignity for meagre rewards in truly weird sporting pursuits. Step forward the Indonesian sport of sepak bola api, a variation of football in which the barefoot players kick a ball that is on fire; yak racing from Mongolia; Oregon’s Pig-N-Ford Races where drivers speed around the track while carrying a live pig under one arm; and Australia’s variation of the Boat Race. This book lists geographically the world’s 100 weirdest sports events, giving full details of their rules and colourful history.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRed Card : how the U.S. blew the whistle on the world’s biggest sports scandal / Ken Bensinger.
“Presents an account of the FIFA corruption scandal that implicated nearly every aspect of international soccer, sharing insights into the roles of key personalities while tracing the efforts of law enforcement officials to expose the truth.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBruce Lee : a life / Matthew Polly.
“The first noteworthy treatment of its subject–and a definitive one at that…Fascinating narrative threads proliferate.” — (The New York Times Book Review).
“Forty-five years after Bruce Lee’s sudden death at age thirty-two, journalist and bestselling author Matthew Polly has written the definitive account of Lee’s life. This is an honest, revealing look at an impressive yet imperfect man whose personal story was even more entertaining and inspiring than any fictional role he played onscreen.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTo the Mountains : a selection of New Zealand alpine writing / selected by Laurence Fearnley & Paul Hersey.
“This stylish hardback is an exciting compendium of adventure and nature writing, history, philosophy and literature, from the quirky to the sublime. Aimed at real mountaineers as well as the armchair variety.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhat the Physio Saw/The Secret Footballer
“He’s back – and this time he’s got company. The Secret Footballer has teamed up with one of the most highly respected physios in the game to bring you the stories of a football season through the eyes of someone who has covered over 1000 games in his career and who knows the most intimate of details about every player he treats. Alongside this privileged glimpse into the physio’s world, The Secret Footballer will be telling his own tales of injury, pain and perseverance with his trademark insight and wit.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMurdoch : the All Black Who Never Returned / by Ron Palenski.
“The story of Keith Murdoch, who passed away earlier this year, is the great unsolved mystery of world rugby. The All Black who was sent home from the tour of the British Isles in 1972 and who exiled himself to the vastness of the Australian outback remains a banner headline in rugby memories. Murdoch only appeared publicly a few times in all those years since the tour, but never said much and nothing at all of the events of that night, or how he felt then and later. But now, the story can be told more fully than before through anecdotes and memories of teammates and colleagues and through the damning words of those who condemned him to his life on the run.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCamping with Kids : hundreds of fun things to do in the great outdoors / Simon McGrath.
“Seasoned camper Simon McGrath draws on a lifetime’s experience so your kids can enjoy every minute of their camping holiday. Start in your backyard and graduate to the wilderness. Go orienteering or hang out at a festival. Watch the sun rise or go on a night walk. Climb a mountain or spot a constellation. And cook up a storm – even in a storm. Camping With Kids has more than 300 cool ideas – from games for the car trip to recipes and adventure activities – to help you and your family get the most out of any camping experience.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Competitive Runner’s Handbook : the bestselling guide to running 5Ks through marathons / Bob Glover and Shelley-lynn Florence Glover.
“For both runners entering that first neighborhood race and elite marathoners, trainers Bob and Shelly-lynn Florence Glover’s completely revised guide is the book on training to compete. The Competitive Runner’s Handbook offers all the latest information needed to design basic training programs; special workouts to increase strength, endurance, and power; schedules and worksheets to develop individual goals; and specifics on preparing for all kinds of races’with an emphasis on the 10K and the marathon. Informed by their over thirty years of coaching experience, the Glovers give winning tips on alternative training, footwear and diet, as well as sensible advice on balancing running with work and home life.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Girl who Climbed Everest / Bonita Norris.
“What drives us to go to our limits and beyond? What does it take to make dreams come true over all else? And how can you turn fear into courage? From Everest to K2, The Girl Who Climbed Everest is the story of Bonita Norris’ journey undertaking the world’s toughest and most dangerous expeditions. Once an anxious teenager with an eating disorder it was the discovery of a passion for climbing that inspired Bonita to change her life. An indispensable and important book for anyone who has ever doubted their potential or put limits on themselves – whatever challenge you face or ambitions you want to achieve, The Girl Who Climbed Everest will inspire you to take action and live life more fearlessly.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe official history of the FIFA World Cup / FIFA World Football Museum.
The Official History of the FIFA World Cup is an authoritative and comprehensive review of the 20 FIFA World Cups to have taken place since the inaugural tournament in 1930. Packed with stunning photography, exclusive interviews of the biggest stars of each edition, unique official documents and statistics from the FIFA World Football Museum. This unique book features the biggest stars and many previously unknown ones too, all with a unique worldwide point of view.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNorth : Finding my way while running the Appalachian Trail / Scott Jurek with Jenny Jurek.
“From the author of the bestseller Eat and Run, a thrilling new memoir about his grueling, exhilarating, and immensely inspiring 46-day run to break the speed record for the Appalachian Trail. With his wife, Jenny, friends, and the kindness of strangers supporting him, Jurek ran, hiked, and stumbled his way north, one white blaze at a time. A stunning narrative of perseverance and personal transformation, North is a portrait of a man stripped bare on the most demanding and transcendent effort of his life. It will inspire runners and non-runners alike to keep striving for their personal best.” (Syndetics summary)

Epic adventures await: New sport and fitness books

Turning

From epic adventures, self-discovery, re-living childhood memories, to biographies of sporting legends, this selection highlights sports such as swimming, hunting, running, cycling, golf, rowing
and rugby.

Syndetics book coverTurning : a swimming memoir / Jessica J. Lee.
“At the age of twenty-eight, Jessica Lee, who grew up in Canada and lived in London, finds herself in Berlin. Alone. Lonely, with lowered spirits thanks to some family history and a broken heart, she is there, ostensibly, to write a thesis. And though that is what she does daily, what increasingly occupies her is swimming. So she makes a decision that she believes will win her back her confidence and independence: she will swim fifty-two of the lakes around Berlin, no matter what the weather or season. This book is for everyone who loves swimming, who wishes they could push themselves beyond caution, who understands the deep pleasure of using their body’s strength, who knows what it is to allow oneself to abandon all thought and float home to the surface.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDark Forest, Deep Sea : reflections of a hunter / Richard Hall.
“In the wild there is an element that cannot be seen, tasted, heard or smelt – it can only be felt, and it is a feeling of enchantment. After his first hunting experience in New Zealand as a young man, Richard Hall has been drawn back again and again, wanting to relive the feeling only this country’s wilderness can give him. Dark Forest, Deep Sea goes beyond recollections of one man’s hunting trips. It delves into the emotions and sensations at the heart of the experience, and the reason for doing it. This is the human story of hunting.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBattling the Oceans in a Rowboat : crossing the Atlantic and North Pacific on oars and grit / Mick Dawson.
“The heart-pounding story of rowing expert Mick Dawson’s most challenging feats on the open water, culminating in his greatest achievement: crossing the North Pacific Ocean in a small rowboat. Storms, fatigue, equipment failure, intense hunger, and lack of water are just a few of the challenges that ocean rower Mick Dawson, endured whilst attempting to complete one of the World’s “Last Great Firsts.” In this nail-biting, man-against-nature true story, Dawson, former Royal Marine Commando, Guinness world record ocean rower and high seas adventurer, takes on the Atlantic and ultimately the North Pacific Oceans.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverIn the Line of Fire : the inside story from the Lions head coach / Warren Gatland with Gerry Thornley.
“Warren Gatland’s British & Irish Lions Tour Diary is the ultimate chronicle of this summer’s remarkable and historic Lions tour to New Zealand. The book is the Head Coach’s wonderfully candid and vibrant record of the turbulent peaks and troughs, the triumphs and despairs, of one of sport’s toughest challenges. It gives rugby fans an unparalleled front-row seat with the squad, recounting intriguing details on everything from pre-tour planning and strategy, to on-tour experiences, analysis and decision-making. It all adds up to a thrillingly definitive exposition and post-mortem of a mind-blowing six weeks in the cauldron which forged the mighty All Blacks.” (Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverRun for Your Life : mindful running for a happy life / William Pullen.
“We all know how a long walk, a slow jog or a brisk run can free our minds to wander, and give us a powerful uplifting feeling. Some call it the ‘runner’s high’, others put it down to endorphins. But what if we could channel that energy and use it to make positive change in our lives? William Pullen is a psychotherapist who helps people to work through their issues using his revolutionary method, Dynamic Running Therapy. His is a radical new approach to mindfulness. Whether you are looking for strategies to cope with anxiety, change or decision-making, or simply want to focus your mind while pounding the streets, Run for Your Life offers a series of simple mental routines that unleash the meditative, restorative powers of exercise.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGames from Childhood : a nostalgic compendium of games we used to play / compiled and edited by Karen Dolby.
“A wonderfully nostalgic collection of the games we played in our childhood, when all you needed was a pen, paper, and your imagination. All the classics are here, from filling in the grids of battleships and hangman, to tic-tac-toe, categories, crossed words, fortune teller, and more, all presented in a gorgeous vintage style. The perfect antidote to our modern, digital world, you’ll enjoy re-living your childhood as you test your logic and reasoning and have fun playing these wonderful games.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVentoux : sacrifice and suffering on the giant of Provence / Jeremy Whittle.
“Mont Ventoux, the “Giant of Provence,” is a legendary and extreme mountain climb. The formidable ascent of Ventoux’s south side encapsulates both the unforgiving brutality and epic beauty of this intense sport, but also brings to the forefront cycling’s on-going battle with scandal. Revealing the little-known history of racing on Ventoux, author Jeremy Whittle interviews such memorable cyclists as Chris Froome, Eddy Merckx, Greg LeMond, Lance Armstrong, Bernard Hinault, Dave Brailsford, Tyler Hamilton, and many others, exploring both the fear and respect of those who dare to conquer cycling’s most notorious ascent.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA History of Cycling in 100 Objects / Suze Clemitson.
“Absorbing and quirky look at the history of cycling and the development of bike-related design through 100 pivotal objects. Charting the journey from the Laufmaschine to the Brompton, through the early prototypes and the two-wheeled toys of the aristocracy, to the speed machines we know today. Filled with fascinating photographs and illustrations, immerse yourself in the history of cycling, from the boneshaker via the bicycle powered washing machine, to cuddly lions and ball bearings.” (adapted from back cover)

Syndetics book coverLosing It : a lifetime in pursuit of sporting excellence / Simon Barnes.
“Simon Barnes has taken part in seven summer Olympic Games, five World Cups and ten Ashes series. Well, not exactly taken part, but certainly he was there and writing hard. And always, behind every victory and every defeat he ever recorded, there was the reference of his own sporting career, in which the bitter beauties of failure were occasionally varied with the intoxication of success. His sporting failure has been a joyous and profoundly informative part of his life, and here he tells the story of it.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverNo is a Four-Letter Word : How I failed spelling but succeeded in life / Chris Jericho.
“Three-time New York Times bestselling author and six-time WWE champion Chris Jericho shares 20 of his most valuable lessons for achieving your goals and living the life you want, jam-packed with fantastic stories and the classic off-the-wall, laugh-out-loud Jericho references he’s famous for, with a foreword by Paul Stanley. After reading No Is a Four-Letter Word, you’ll discover that you might have what it takes to succeed as well… you just need to get out there and do it. That’s what Jericho would do.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTiger Woods / Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian.
“Based on years of reporting and interviews with more than 250 people from every corner of Tiger Woods’s life–a sweeping, revelatory, and defining biography of an American icon.” (Book jacket)

New Sport & fitness books in July

Go the distance with these books if you want to go further than you’ve ever gone before. You can read about the life of an ultra distance runner, slow down with the man who walked across America or push your mental limits as you hear the story of a chess world champion. Alternatively you can go off the beaten track with pub games or even hot air ballooning in Graham Lanceley’s exploration of unique sports and pastimes.

Syndetics book coverWalking to Listen : 4,000 miles across America, one story at a time / Andrew Forsthoefel.
“A memoir of one young man’s coming of age on a cross-country trek, told through the stories of the people of all ages, races, and inclinations he meets along the highways of America.” (Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverBaseball : steps to success / Kenny Thomas, DJ King.
“Become a fundamentally sound player in every aspect of the game with ‘Baseball: Steps to Success’. For years, the Steps to Success series has helped people around the world master the fundamentals of sport. Its unique progressive instructional approach to every skill makes learning the game of baseball easier and more enjoyable than ever before.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTrail Blazer : My Life as an Ultra-distance Trail Runner / Ryan Sandes with Steve Smith.
“What does it take to run a six-day race through the world’s harshest deserts? Or 100 miles in a single day at altitudes that would leave you breathless just walking? More than that, though: what is it like to win these races? South Africa’s ultra-trail-running superstar Ryan Sandes has done just that.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverAlternative Sports and Pastimes : an A-Z / Graham Lanceley.
“This book takes us through a selection of fifty alternative sports and pastimes. Some of these are activities that readers won’t have heard of, such as ‘tchoukball’. This modern sport, invented in the 1970s, based on teamwork and with the intention of avoiding collisions or injuries, takes its name from the sound of the ball rebounding from a frame. Graham also covers more well-known sports and pastimes, such as gliding and hot air ballooning. Traditional English pub games are also represented, such as bagatelle, shove ha’penny and skittles, as well as traditional outdoor activities such as falconry and morris dancing.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNo Barriers : A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon / Erik Weihenmayer and Buddy Levy.
No Barriers is about my journey since coming down from Mt. Everest in 2001, and the path to where I am today. It is the story of my own life, the personal and professional struggles in the pursuit of growth, learning, and family, as well as a dream to kayak one of the world’s great rivers as a blind athlete. It is also about the many people I’ve encountered along the way who possess what I call a “No Barriers” mindset, who live a No Barriers life. This book is about making the hard choices to fuel that flickering light, so that we can ignite with purpose and become our very best selves.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverUnbound : A Story of Snow and Self-discovery / Steph Jagger.
“A young woman follows winter across five continents on a physical and spiritual journey that tests her body and soul, in this transformative memoir, full of heart and courage, that speaks to the adventurousness in all of us…. She quit her job, took a second mortgage on her house, sold everything except her ski equipment and her laptop, and bought a bundle of plane tickets. For the next year, she followed winter across North and South America, Asia, Europe, and New Zealand–and up and down the mountains of nine countries–on a mission to ski four million vertical feet in a year.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverTimman’s Titans : My World Chess Champions / Jan Timman.
” Jan Timman, a world chess champion combines his passion for the game with his love of writing. In this fascinating book, Jan Timman portrays ten World Chess Champions that played an important role in his life and career. Champions that not only inspired him, but also champions he did battle with.” (Book cover)

Discipline, Science and Humour – New Health and Wellbeing books

This month, explore different resources to transform your health and wellbeing. Take a page out of the book of a ballerina, a comedian, a spartan athlete and various scientists. Whether you are preparing for a race or implementing a training regime or wanting to map out a plan for weight loss that is tailored specifically to you, we have some new books for you! Finally, remember the importance of fun and laughter and find ways to make sure you do something that makes you laugh every day.

Syndetics book coverBig fat myths / Ruben Meerman
“This book lifts the veil on weight loss by tracing every atom you eat into and out of your body. Diet myths and wellness nonsense topple like dominoes along the way, restoring your confidence in common sense and the age-old wisdom that to lose weight, you simply need to eat less and move more. Meerman begins this diet myth-busting book by reminding us what we already know- that human beings are carbon-based, oxygen-dependent life forms.” (adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBallerina body : dancing and eating your way to a leaner, stronger, and more graceful you / Misty Copeland
“Misty Copeland believes “There has been a shift in recent years in which women no longer desire the bare bones of a runway model. Standards have changed: what women do want is a long, toned, powerful body with excellent posture.” In other words, the body of a ballerina. In her first health and fitness book, Misty will show women how to find the motivation to get healthier and stronger, and how to reshape their bodies to be lean and flexible, with step-by-step advice, meal plans, workout routines, and words of inspiration. ” (adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe metabolism plan : discover the foods and exercises that work for your body to reduce inflammation and lose weight fast / Lyn-Genet Recitas.
“Are you gaining weight despite spending hours at the gym? Are you eating health food and still seeing no results? Discover why your thyroid is the unsung hero of your metabolism and create a unique plan designed specifically for your unique body! Nutritionist Lyn-Genet Recitas shares her ground-breaking new 30-day program that helps readers create a customized diet and exercise plan to boost their metabolism and burn more fat.”(adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSpartan fit! : 30 days. Transform your mind, transform your body, commit to grit / Joe De Sena with John Durant
“From the best-selling author of Spartan Up! Try out a complete 30-day workout and diet plan to help you reach peak performance for whatever your goal! Joe De Sena with his signature take-no-prisoners approach, has taken the endurance world by storm and inspired millions. Now in Spartan Fit!, De Sena breaks down that approach and gives readers a complete Spartan training guide that will arm them with the strength, knowledge, and grit to never question their potential again.” (adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMidlife : look younger, live longer & feel better / Dr. Muir Gray.
“Written in support of the ‘One You’ programme – a major Public Health England initiative – Midlife has everything you need to make simple, effective, lifestyle changes that will have a real impact on your health and wellbeing. From reducing your stress to getting better sleep, from eating healthier to quitting smoking, Midlife is full of practical, actionable, and uplifting advice on how to survive your middle years.” (adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow not to die : discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease / Dr Michael Greger with Gene Stone.
“Based on the latest scientific research, How Not To Die examines each of the most common diseases, to reveal what, how and why different foods affect us and how increasing our consumption of certain foods and avoiding others can dramatically reduce our risk of falling sick and even reverse the effects of disease.With emphasis on individual family health history and acknowledging that everyone needs something different, Dr Michael Greger offers practical dietary advice to help you make valuable decisions about your diet in order to live a longer, healthier lives.” (adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMiranda’s daily dose of such fun / Miranda Hart.
“Doing something jolly every day that you can look back on with a smile and be grateful for, knowing it has also brought kindness to others, can gently help replace old negative thought patterns with more positive ones. The tasks included in this little book are designed to be universal and free (or as cheap as possible). And all the ideas here, however silly they may seem, offer genuine and healthy ways to change the way we feel for the better!” (adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhat doesn’t kill us : how freezing water, extreme altitude, and environmental conditioning will renew our lost evolutionary strength / Scott Carney ; foreword by Wim Hof
“Each year millions of ordinary people train in CrossFit boxes, compete in Tough Mudders, and challenge themselves in Spartan races, connecting with their environment and, attempting to unlock their hidden evolutionary potential. Award-winning journalist Scott Carney investigates the astonishing and sometimes dangerous world of body transformation through his own journey, a 28-hour climb to the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro – wearing nothing but a pair of shorts and running shoes.” (adapted Syndetics summary)