Functional Training Books

Functional training books provide athletes superior strength and conditioning methods. This training teaches athletes how to move more efficiently and perform at their highest level in their sport.

Functional Training for Sports


Mike Boyle is considered an expert in the fields of Strength and Conditioning and Functional Training. Along with lecturing, teaching, training and writing, Boyle has served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Men’s Ice Hockey at Boston University, the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Bruins, and 1998 US Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team.

The Book

In this book you will be guided through a complete system that focuses on training the body in the way it's used during competition. These are the movements, body positions, and explosive power that's essential for competitive sports.

This is a whole-body sports training program that's the most efficient and most effective way to train.

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Athletic Body in Balance - Functional Training Books

Athletic Body in Balance


Gray Cook is a physical therapist and also a certified strength coach. His innovative research and applied work are found in many rehabilitation and conditioning journals.

The Book

This book focuses on identifying and attacking the "limiting factors", working to maximize training potential. 

Efficiency and effectiveness is an underlying theme throughout the book. The efficiency removes the unnecessary fluff from an exercise. Effectiveness means you will improve the ability to get results. 

The systems in this book include tests. The tests will reveal strengths and weaknesses that lead to a step-by-step process the athlete needs to overcome a weakness. Simply follow the sequence and progression in order to achieve long term results.

Core Performance - Functional Training Books

Core Performance: The Revolutionary Workout Program to Transform Your Body and Your Life


Mark Verstegen is the owner for EXOS, a company that focuses on proactive health and performance for elite athletes, the military and businesses. 

The Book

This style of training blends strength, speed, flexibility, elasticity, and core stability to help athletes become faster, stronger, and more powerful.

Many of these functional workouts require little equipment. 

If you are looking to get more powerful and not just stronger, then get this book. This training is focused on creating as much power and force as possible. 

Functional Training for Athletes At All Levels

Functional Training for Athletes at All Levels: Workouts for Agility, Speed and Power


James C. Radcliffe is a highly respected strength and conditioning coach that's also published many articles in research journals. 

The Book

This book has tons of programs and functional training exercises along with exercises for power, speed, and agility.

Sports Speed - Functional Training Books

Sports Speed: 1 Program for Athletes


George Dintiman has spent more than 3 decades working to improve speed of athletes at all levels. 

Bob Ward is an author and lecturer that has coached many Olympic champions.

The Book

Use the techniques and drills in this book to help you improve starts and stops, agility and acceleration.

The programs in this book are designed to train athletes to improve "playing speed". This isn't speed in a straight line. This is the speed you need to start, stop, cut, and change direction. 

Starting Strength - Functional Training Books

Starting Strength: A Simple and Practical Guide for Coaching Beginners


Mark Rippetoe has coached USA Weightlifting and other barbell and strength sports.

Lon Kilgore is a professor in kinesiology and started his career as Olympic style weightlifter and has over 30 years experience coaching national and international weightlifers.

The Book

This book is a unique approach to coaching weight training. This book takes beginners through an easy to do, step-by-step process. 

You'll learn how to teach the lifts and how to recognize and correct errors. This book will help coaches and personal trainers to be more effective at training strength and conditioning.

Theory and Application of Modern Strength and Power Methods

Theory and Application of Modern Strength and Power Methods: Modern methods of attaining super-strength


Christian Thibaudeau is a unique strength coach that uses the part-whole motor skill developmental approach to break down a variety of methods and systems into easily learnable components. 

The Book

In this book Christian Thibaudeau encompasses specific research and applications from the greatest strength coaches. From this book you will walk away a student more educated in the lessons of strength.

Kettlebell Simple & Sinister

Kettlebell Simple & Sinister: Revised and Updated (2nd Edition)


Pavel Tsatsouline brought the kettlebell to West in 1998 which started the revolution of the kettlebell.

The Book

From this book you'll learn how to train using the kettlebell to develop a wide range of attributes including strength, power, and power various types of endurance.

This is a short and simple book that will teach how to workout using a kettlebell.

The Complete Book of Core Training

The Complete Book of Core Training: The Definitive Resource for Shaping and Strengthening the 'Core' -- The Muscles of the Abdomen, Butt, Hips, and Lower Back


Kurt, Brett, & Mike Brungardt are experienced strength and conditioning coaches. 

The Book

Improve your sports performance by strengthening and conditioning your abdominals, lower back, glutes, and hips. 

The "core" is the power center of the human body. Almost every movement in sports is initiated through the center of the body. using and strengthening the core is key.

This book will you get in great shape by training the entire core. You will train the muscles efficiently in sequences, preparing you to use them better.

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