Sapiens Book Review

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By Yuval Noah Harari This book was recommended to me by my colleague Greg Smith. Unlike most recommendations I acted on this one quickly and read it almost immediately during our last family holiday. It’s a pretty hefty book (over 400 pages) and took me a good chunk of our two-week trip to get through.   It’s author Yuval Noah …

The Alchemist Book Review

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By Paulo Coehlo   Much like the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari this is a book I had heard was good many times from many people. Likewise, it took me ages to finally get around to reading it once I’d had these recommendations. When I eventually got around to it I wasn’t disappointed.   The book is only 163–pages long. …

Book Review: Science and Practice of Strength Training (second edition)

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by Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky & William J. Kraemer   This book is phenomenal!   The authors have trained over 1,000 elite athletes between them. These include Olympic, world, continental, and national champions and record holders. They know what they are talking about!   It was first recommended to me on a course run by Charles Poliquin in around 2009. I …

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – Book Review & Detailed Notes

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I first heard about this book when I was reading an interview of Jonny Wilkinson in the newspaper. He was asked what he takes with him when he travels and his answer was books. He then name-checked The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari (he also mentioned the Alchemist which I will do a review of in future). I remember thinking, ‘If …

59 Seconds – Think a Little, Change a Lot (My Review and Detailed Notes)

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59 seconds is a self-help book with a difference.  Most are full of waffle and regurgitated advice, based on little (often no) scientific or psychological evidence. 59 seconds is different. In it, Professor Wiseman suggests only strategies and tactics which are supported by research. Even better the key take home messages can be explained and understood in under a minute. …

Walking on fire, stepping on stage, triathlons and the Daily Mail – 2016 A Year In Review

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In many respects 2016 was a terrible year. Looking at the goings on in the wider world then it was what the Queen would call an annus horribilis. Celebrity deaths, Brexit and Trump getting elected are all events which caused great turmoil for many people. In my little bubble, however, 2016 was a good year. Not quite an annus mirabilis …