As a personal trainer in London I pride myself in keeping my exercise and nutrition knowledge fresh. These are some of my favourite books:
Nutrition: Concepts and Controversies (by Frances Sizer and Elanor Whitney)
Published in the US by Wadsworth, this book covers a whole range of nutritional concepts in depth. I love to dig deep into the science behind nutrition and the complexity of the human body. As you would expect, there are sections on fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, but at a level of detail you would probably see in a human biology degree course. The relationship between nutrition and different kinds of physical activity is particularly interesting.
The sections on obesity are particularly useful to me, as I have the serious responsibility whenever I take on an obese client to help them achieve a healthy weight in optimal time and as safely as possible, in a way that will encourage and enable them to keep the weight off.
Human Anatomy & Physiology (by Elaine Marieb and Katja Hoehn)
This book is as long as War & Peace and I dip into it at regular intervals to deepen my knowledge of different aspects of the human anatomy and how it works. The book begins with an orientation of the 11 systems of the body , and I pay particular attention to the muscular system and the digestive system. I wish now that I had studied biology at A level, as it's an endlessly fascinating subject. How can it not be? It's about the most incredible phenomenon in the universe: living things.
Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding (by Arnold Schwarzenegger)
This genius of bodybuilding and human achievement in everything he has set himself - Arnold Schwarzenegger - has produced the bible of muscle building workouts. With more than 850 photographs of exercises, this book is organised by muscle group and continues to stun me with its wealth of practical advice on building muscle. This book comes in very handy whenever I need additional tips on helping my clients build muscle.