Updated: Jan 30, 2020
I gave a college student recently the advice to constantly read, both in and out of the Strength and Conditioning discipline. After spending the past few years doing so, I've found myself reading or listening to a lot of books, audio books, and podcasts (and the occasional documentary). I honestly started doing more reading as a way to prepare for the GRE, but for me it became a way of expanding the mind to think creatively. The greater breadth of knowledge one possesses, the greater their ability to think laterally and make connections across disciplines.
In my email, I included a list of books both in and out of discipline that I thought they should read. And now I share it with you, along with my current favorite podcasts, audio books, and documentaries. None of which are in order of importance, and with little extra given information, though I will keep each list under 10 pieces. I will also put to the forefront that I read or listen to a lot of people I also don't agree with, but one must also listen to contradicting viewpoints to be able to form their own opinions.
"A Million Miles In A Thousand Years" by Donald Miller
"1984" by George Orwell
"Conscious Coaching" by Brett Bartholomew
"The Sports Gene" by David Epstein
"Range" by David Epstein
"Quiet" by Susan Cain
"Weightlifting Programming: A Winning Coaches Guide" by Bob Takano
"Searching For God Knows What" by Donald Miller
"Man's Search For Meaning" by Viktor Frankl
"Extreme Ownership" by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
"12 Rules For Life" by Jordan Peterson
"How To Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie
Power Athlete Radio
The Tim Ferris Show
Icarus (on the Russian Doping Scandal)
Generation Iron (documenting the effect of "Pumping Iron" on the sport of bodybuilding)
I'm sure I'll update this list at some point, but currently those are some of the ones that come to mind when I suggest things to people.