Books

General

The Practice of Natural Movement: Reclaim Power, Health, and Freedom

By Erwan Le Corre, Founder of the Movnat method to learn Natural Movement. I’ll get straight to the point: this is an incredibly inspiring book which I’d recommend to anyone. You can see my review on Amazon here for more details. Erwan builds the case for a Natural Movement practice flawlessly in a first “Manifesto” part, then proceeds to detail exactly how to approach training in tow more parts, followed by a last part going in detail over numerous techniques.

I’d recommend attending a Movnat workshop or certification to anyone as well, but it does cost a lot for a few days and there aren’t events in every location (yet) so you also have to take the time off, travel, etc. In the meanwhile, get this book and you’ll be surprised how far you can go on your own.

Erwan is present on Instagram under @erwanlecorre, @naturalmovement and of course there is also the @movnat official account to follow.

The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease

By Daniel Lieberman. This is a long but very well written book retracing the history of the human body throughout its evolution. Aside from being an excellent book, one of its merits is that Daniel Lieberman is not a fringe preaching advocate pushing a specific agenda. He’s the Chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and his work is widely accepted.

I always recommend this book if you aren’t still convinced that the standard modern lifestyle in our societies is responsible for many health issues that could otherwise be greatly reduced with just a little bit more physical activity and a few dietary adjustments. The author explains extremely well how our bodies are the results of numerous little adaptations piled on through millions of years of evolution. We simultaneously apply new constraints to our bodies that they didn’t evolve to cope with and we deprive them of stimulation they did evolve to cope with and actually need to stay healthy.

Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement Expanded Edition

By Katy Bowman. Great and short book that demonstrate clearly the biological need for our bodies to move as much as possible and with as much variety on a daily basis. Every book by Katy is highly recommended but this is her most generic one so an excellent intro to her wider works. Follow Katy on Instagram and her website.

Training

Parkour Strength Training: Overcome Obstacles for Fun and Fitness

By Ryan Ford and Ben Musholt. A truly excellent book with lots of ideas for exercises that can be done anywhere. Buy this book and you’ll get countless exercises and progressions, based on Parkour, that you can do anywhere with no equipment. Kind of a bible 🙂

Both authors are extremely knowledgeable and have great reputations, and they must have poured a lot of time and effort in this book as it’s really excellent. A must have.

Follow the authors: Ryan Ford on Instagram, Youtube, ParkourEDU. Ben Musholt on Instagram, Youtube, his personal website.

Becoming a Supple Leopard 2nd Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance

By Kelly Starrett and Glen Cordoza. This book will guide you in quite simple ways towards remobilizing your body. It covers a lot of the basics, as well as more advanced concepts. The language may not be to everyone’s taste, but if you improve only the basics covered in this book, you will have come a long way already.

Follow the authors: Kelly Starrett has a lot more premium and free resources at MobilityWOD and his Youtube channel is a goldmine of free video tips.

Injury Prevention & Treatment

The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief

By Clair Davies and Amber Davies. This is my second must-have book.  It will guide you to resolve almost any type of pain that comes from your muscles. It covers maybe 99% of your everyday pain points and even debilitating pain.

It goes in-depth into the massage techniques to use and the treatment plans to follows. It’s also very easy to use as it includes pain guides that make it simple to accurately pinpoint the trigger points that may be active and lead to the pain you’re experiencing.

I have used this book to treat almost any pain I experienced for the past few years and it delivers every single time.

Whole Body Barefoot: Transitioning Well to Minimal Footwear

Another key book by Katy Bowman.

This one focuses on guiding people through the transition from their current footwear to minimalist shoes and then eventually increased time spent barefoot every day.

As always with Katy, the book is both accessible, fun but very precise. If you’re considering transitioning to more minimalist footwear, this is a fantastic source of knowledge.