This is a list of my 8 favorite books for a thoughtful, inclusive look at fitness, exercise, and food! Over the last three years, I've learned loads from these authors and their often personal stories.
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If you prefer not to purchase before you read, I've also included buttons to borrow each book from Cleveland Public Library's CLEVNET system (100+ libraries across northern Ohio)!
Edited by Justice Roe Williams, Roc Rochon, and Lawrence Koval
A deeply inspiring book of essays by Black, Trans, and/or queer leaders who are untangling the meaning of fitness from profit and whiteness. I've written a longer reflection here.
by Matt Frazier and Robert Cheeke
A fun and easy read by two pioneers in athletic training. I found lots of great tips for eating and exercising to feel my best.
by Laura Khoudari
An extremely thoughtful how-to guide for building your training practice with a mental health focus.
by Natalia Mehlman Petrzela
I learned so much about the last 100 years of influences on how we exercise: capitalism, celebrity, fatphobia, homophobia, and individualism.
by Robin Robertson
Really comprehensive, with recipes that actually work! This book taught me how to tweak my favorite recipes with common ingredients.