My summer fitness reading list

When I was a child, one of the things I most loved about summer holidays was having time to catch up on my reading. Every June, as the school year came to a close, I made a list of books that I planned on reading over the summer.

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My 11-year old daughter’s summer reading pile; looks a lot like mine at that age…

My public library limited the number of books that children could check out to seven at a time. Most weeks, I biked to the library multiple times to take back the books I’d finished and pick out new titles from my summer reading list.

While my preferred genres have changed since then, I’m still an avid reader. And I still love creating a summer reading list. Books to take with me on vacation or just to enjoy reading in the garden during the months I cut back on work (and formal workouts).

Many of the books I read over the summer are directly related to my job as a fitness professional.

Books about nutrition, exercise, motivation and personal growth. Books that I can learn from. Books that help me improve my abilities as a trainer and coach. Books that give me ideas for solving the problems that my clients commonly struggle with.

Here’s what I came up with.


My summer fitness reading list

  1. Fitness After 40 by Vonda Wright. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m particularly passionate about helping women in their 40’s and 50’s become the strongest, fittest and healthiest possible versions of themselves. Wright is an orthopaedic surgeon whose interest in injury prevention and experience working with elite ‘masters’ level athletes looks like an interesting and informative read.
  2. Lose It Right: A Brutally Honest 3-Stage Program to Help You Get Fit and Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind by James Fell. Fell is one of my favourite, no-holds-barred fitness bloggers. He’s smart, witty, irreverent and a fantastic writer to boot. He’s also Canadian 😉
  3. Unsinkable by Silken Laumann. Who doesn’t love a good comeback story? In 1992, just ten weeks before she was scheduled to row in the Olympic Games, Silken Laumann suffered a terrible accident that nearly severed her leg. Despite the odds, she not only recovered in time to compete in the Games, she rowed to a bronze place finish for Canada.
  4. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michale Pollan. Although this book’s been around since 2007, I’ve somehow not yet managed to read it. Given all of our collective concerns about where, exactly, our food is coming from, I thought it might be a good time to take a look. I’ve been warned that I may not want to eat meat for awhile after finishing it.
  5. Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss. I love a good conspiracy theory. Especially when there’s evolutionary science to support the ideas.

Shall I assign myself an end-of-summer book report? 😉

Of course, if you haven’t read it yet (really?), you may want to pick up a copy of my book, Ultimate Booty Workouts. In addition to a 12-week strength training program you can do at home, it’s packed full of tips about getting started with exercise, injury prevention, workout nutrition and stretching.

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Do you have a summer reading list?

Any fitness, health or nutrition books on your list that need to be on mine?

Disclosure: All of the titles above were either purchased by me, or borrowed from my local library. I am, however, an Amazon Affiliate. That means that if you click on one of the links and end up purchasing the book as a result, Amazon pays me a very, very small commission. It doesn’t affect your purchase price at all…





  1. I loved Omnivore’s Dilemma and I want to read Salt, Fat and Sugar. Right now I am on a fiction run but I want to go back to the book Flow by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi . I’ve heard it referenced in what seems like a million other places so it must be good!
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    • I haven’t heard of Flow. Guess I better hop on Amazon and see what it’s about! Thanks Pamela!

  2. Summer reading was so much fun! It’s been a while since I’ve really sat down and lost myself in a book. As I’ve been getting more and more into fitness, I find that a lot of my reading is a lot more fitness oriented. There’s so much out there, it’s hard to keep up! I’ll add the ones you mentioned to my list 🙂
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  3. I feel so burned out on health and fitness books. I feel like everyone has a gimmick to sell (except you!) and don’t believe a thing they say … but let me know if you learn anything. 😉
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    • Ha, ha! Well I’m sure some people think my book is gimmicky too… just happy that people are reading and sharing it!
      I’ll review the books on the list above at some point later in the summer…

  4. I haven’t gotten lost in a book in a while! The Omnivore’s Dilemma is an interesting read.

    • I’m looking forward to it. I just finished Diana Gabaldon’s latest instalment in the Outlander series. I was seriously lost in the book the entire time (and very sad when it ended 🙁 )

  5. I’m with Coco on being burnt out by fitness books – including agreeing that yours is the exception. But, I do love to read novels – the Another Mother Runner ladies just did a podcast on summer reading lists – I got some good ideas from that. recently posted…POPSUGAR Must Have Box – ReviewMy Profile

    • Ha! Sometimes I think that I am too, but it’s part of my professional development to stay on top of trends and have something intelligent to say about the books my clients are reading 😉

  6. The Amazon links aren’t working for me–I get a 403 forbidden error. Thought you’d want to know. (Unless it’s just me 😉
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