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Some time ago we shared our pick of ten fantastic books on swimming, sports, and fitness.

But books are a bit like grains of sand — there are lots of them out there. And really there’s no end to the amount of excellent sports and fitness books to choose from.

So, to help keep your library filled with practical and inspiring reads, we thought we’d bring you 7 more books on fitness and sports (presented in no particular order, of course).

The Boy on the Shed — Paul Ferris

Winner of the The Telegraph Sports Book Awards Autobiography of the Year 2019, The Boy on the Shed tells the story of Newcastle United’s youngest ever first-teamer, Paul Ferris.

Dealing with his entire life, both on and off the pitch, this autobiography tells the story of a unique and interesting life, warts and all.


They Don’t Teach This — Eniola Aluko

Eniola Aluko has achieved some incredible things in her life. First class honours law degree, 102 appearances for England women’s national football team, UN Women UK ambassador to name but a few.

The book deals with themes of dual nationality and identity, race and institutional prejudice, success, failure and faith, and aims to inspire confidence in a new generation of women.


Think Like A Warrior: The Five Inner Beliefs That Make You Unstoppable — Darrin Donnelly

This is an excellent book for anyone with an interest in (but not necessarily an understanding of) sports psychology.

The core message of the book is wrapped inside a fable, and is designed to build the reader’s self-confidence and mental resilience. Great for anyone with lofty goals!


Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable — Tim S. Grover

Tim Grover has worked with some of the world’s greatest athletes, including Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant, and shares his thoughts on how to achieve mental and physical dominance.

This is a book designed to show you what it takes to reach your goals and achieve your dreams.


The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive — Jim Afremow

This book is a must-read for anyone looking to improve their mental performance. In a nutshell, it’s a mind training book with the goal of boosting your athletic potential beyond the realm of the purely physical.

Providing a window into the minds of champions, and offering science-backed tips and techniques, Jim Afremow’s  book is there to help you excel to new heights.


The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation — Michael Matthews

A book that does exactly what it says on the tin. If you’ve ever found yourself frozen on the sofa with indecision, straining over whether or not to get up and go to the gym, then consider giving this one a read.

It’s the perfect companion for anyone who, from time to time, needs a firm push in the right direction, just to keep themselves on track.


100 No-Equipment Workouts — Neila Ray

Neila Ray, who is involved with Darebee (an amazing free online workout database), has authored a very practical book, filled to the brim with great workouts that can be performed pretty much anywhere.

Another book that delivers exactly what the title promises, this is an excellent option for those who are less worried about theory and personal stories and more interested in bare bones workouts.


From the page to the screen

There’s lots of material here that’ll hopefully keep you going for some time to come. But whenever you feel like a reading break, why not take a look at these 6 documentaries to inspire a fit and healthy lifestyle