Top 10 Best Books to Read in Individual Sports - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Individual Sports. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Individual Sports - August 2021

Featuring a foreword by Malcolm Gladwell Writing from both the cutting edge of scientific discovery and the front-lines of elite athletic performance, National Magazine Award-winning science journalist Alex Hutchinson presents a revolutionary account of the dynamic and controversial new science of endurance. The capacity to endure is perhaps the key trait that separates champions and determines great performance in any field - from a 100-meter sprint to a 100-mile ultramarathon, from summiting Everest to acing finals. But what if everything we've been taught about endurance was wrong? What if we all have more potential than we think to go farther, push harder, and achieve more? Blending cutting-edge science and gripping storytelling in the vein of Malcolm Gladwell - who forewords the book - Hutchinson reveals that a wave of paradigm-altering research over the past decade suggests that the seemingly physical barriers you encounter are mediated as much by your brain as by your body. But it's not "all in your head." For each of the physical limits that Hutchinson explores - pain, muscle, oxygen, heat, thirst, fuel - he carefully disentangles the delicate interplay of mind and muscle by telling the riveting stories of men and women who've approached (and sometimes surpassed) their own ultimate limits. As the longtime "Sweat Science" columnist for Outside and Runner's World as well as a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and New York Times , Hutchinson draws on his background as a former national-team long-distance runner and Cambridge-trained physicist. But the lessons he draws from traveling to labs around the world and trying out new endurance-boosting techniques like electric brain stimulation and brain endurance training are surprisingly universal. Endurance, he writes, is "the struggle to continue against a mounting desire to stop" - and we're always capable of pushing a little farther.

  • Author: Alex Hutchinson
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science & Engineering, Science, Biological Sciences, Anatomy & Physiology

                 

2. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Individual Sports - August 2021

In this instant and tenacious New York Times bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” ( Booklist , starred review), illuminating his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands. Bill Gates named Shoe Dog one of his five favorite books of 2016 and called it “an amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It’s a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. Phil Knight opens up in ways few CEOs are willing to do.” Fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his car in 1963, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight’s Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world. But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always been a mystery. In Shoe Dog , he tells his story at last. At twenty-four, Knight decides that rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own, new, dynamic, different. He details the many risks he encountered, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors and hostile bankers—as well as his many thrilling triumphs. Above all, he recalls the relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike, with his former track coach, the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman, and with his first employees, a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers. Together, harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the transformative power of sports, they created a brand—and a culture—that changed everything.

  • Author: Phil Knight
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (May 1, 2018)
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Professionals & Academics
  • ISBN: 978-1501135927
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches

                 

3. Sprinting Through No Man's Land: Endurance, Tragedy, and Rebirth in the 1919 Tour de France


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Individual Sports - August 2021

The inspiring, heart-pumping true story of soldiers turned cyclists and the historic 1919 Tour de France that helped to restore a war-torn country and its people. On June 29, 1919, one day after the Treaty of Versailles brought about the end of World War I, nearly seventy cyclists embarked on the thirteenth Tour de France. From Paris, the war-weary men rode down the western coast on a race that would trace the country’s border, through seaside towns and mountains to the ghostly western front. Traversing a cratered postwar landscape, the cyclists faced near-impossible odds and the psychological scars of war. Most of the athletes had arrived straight from the front, where so many fellow countrymen had suffered or died. The cyclists’ perseverance and tolerance for pain would be tested in a grueling, monthlong competition. An inspiring true story of human endurance, Sprinting Through No Man’s Land explores how the cyclists united a country that had been torn apart by unprecedented desolation and tragedy. It shows how devastated countrymen and women can come together to celebrate the adventure of a lifetime and discover renewed fortitude, purpose, and national identity in the streets of their towns.

  • Author: Adin Dobkin
  • Publisher: Little A (July 1, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, History

                 

4. 75 Day Hard Challenge Journal: Daily Workbook with Checklist, Planner & Calendar | Workout Tracker & Gym Log | Book for Men and Women


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Individual Sports - August 2021

Are you looking for a book to help you complete the 75 Hard Challenge? Track progress the easy way! This journal includes rules and lots of tips to help you complete the challenge. What you'll find inside: TWO PAGES FOR EACH DAY DEDICATED TO THE 75 HARD CHALLENGE that will help you finish the day successfully WEEKLY MENU that will keep you from feeling hungry DAILY EXERCISES TRACKER for each day LIST OF EXERCISES for the gym for each part of the body ILLUSTRATIONS showing how to properly perform the exercise so that you do not get injured RULES, TIPS, AND ANSWERS to frequently asked questions by people who took up the challenge DAILY CHECKLIST so that you will not forget anything Note: take a second copy for your other half or if you would like to start the challenge again. Click on the author's name if you want to order a white version. _____________ This book is not from the creator of the 75 hard idea. SPECIAL LAUNCH PRICE - WHILE STOCKS LAST! Grab yours now and start changing your life today!

  • Author: HardMasters House
  • Publisher: Independently published (May 24, 2021)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Individual Sports
  • ISBN: 979-8508861568
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches

                 

5. Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Individual Sports - August 2021

A timeless classic with nearly one million copies in print, Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons outlines the building blocks of winning golf from one of the all-time masters of the sport—fully illustrated with drawings and diagrams to improve your game instantly. Ben Hogan, one of the greatest golfers in the history of the sport, believed that any golfer with average coordination can learn to break eighty—if one applies oneself patiently and intelligently. With the techniques revealed in this classic book, you can learn how to make your game work from tee to green, step-by-step and stroke by stroke. In each chapter, a different experience-tested fundamental is explained and demonstrated with clear illustrations—as though Hogan were giving you a personal lesson with the same skill and precision that made him a legend. Whether you’re a novice player or an experienced pro, Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons is a must-have reference for anyone who knows that fundamentals are where champions begin.

  • Author: Ben Hogan
  • Publisher: Touchstone (September 20, 1985)
  • Genre: Reference, Encyclopedias & Subject Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0671612979
  • Dimensions: 5.25 x 0.5 x 8 inches

                 



6. Moon USA National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 62 Parks (Travel Guide)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Individual Sports - August 2021

They've been dubbed America's best idea for a reason: get inspired, get outdoors, and discover the wild beauty of the United States with Moon USA National Parks . Inside you'll find: Coverage of all 62 national parks, from the misty mountains of the east and the redwoods of the west to the glaciers of Alaska and volcanoes of Hawaii, organized by region Strategic lists and itineraries: Choose from lists of the best parks for hiking, wildlife, families, and scenic drives or make your way down the list of the top ten national parks experiences across the country The best outdoor adventures in every park, including backpacking, biking, climbing, kayaking, rafting, and more, plus detailed hike descriptions and trail maps marked with distance, duration, effort level, and trailheads National parks road trips with driving times and advice for linking multiple parks, interesting stops between them, and nearby attractions and state parks Comprehensive planning resources: With maps and transportation tips, you'll have the tools to explore each park or region individually, or visit multiple for an epic national parks trip Expert advice from former park guide Becky Lomax on how to avoid crowds , what time of year to visit, and where to stay inside and outside the parks, from campgrounds to hotels Know before you go: Find essential background on climate, terrain, wildlife, history, and safety precautions, plus practical information on park fees, passes, and reservations, including how to obtain and use a National Parks Pass Gorgeous, full-color photos throughout, plus a handy keepsake section for your national parks stamps and a detachable fold-out poster map Whether you're trekking to striking vistas, rafting a wild river, or camping under the stars, find your park adventure with Moon USA National Parks . For more in-depth information on a specific park, check out one of Moon's national parks travel guides.

  • Author: Becky Lomax
  • Publisher: Moon Travel; 2nd edition (October 13, 2020)
  • Genre: Travel, Specialty Travel
  • ISBN: 978-1640499188
  • Dimensions: 5.45 x 1.3 x 8.4 inches

                 

7. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Individual Sports - August 2021

The astonishing national bestseller and hugely entertaining story that completely changed the way we run. An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?   Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America’s best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall’s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

  • Author: Christopher McDougall
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Individual Sports, Running & Jogging

                 

8. The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Individual Sports - August 2021

Master your  game from the inside out! With more than 800,000 copies sold since it was first published thirty years ago, this phenomenally successful guide has become a touchstone for hundreds of thousands of people. Not just for tennis players, or even just for athletes in general, this handbook works for anybody who wants to improve his or her performance in any activity, from playing music to getting ahead at work. W. Timothy Gallwey, a leading innovator in sports psychology, reveals how to • focus your mind to overcome nervousness, self-doubt, and distractions • find the state of “relaxed concentration” that allows you to play at your best • build skills by smart practice, then put it all together in match play Whether you're a beginner or a pro, Gallwey's engaging voice, clear examples, and illuminating anecdotes will give you the tools you need to succeed. “Introduced to The Inner Game of Tennis  as a graduate student years ago, I recognized the obvious benefits of W. Timothy Gallwey's teachings. . . . Whether we are preparing for an inter-squad scrimmage or the National Championship Game, these principles lie at the foundation of our program.”—from the Foreword by Pete Carroll

  • Author: W. Timothy Gallwey
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Revised ed. edition (May 27, 1997)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Coaching
  • ISBN: 978-0679778318
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.44 x 8 inches

                 

9. The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Individual Sports - August 2021

With 1,000 adventures for all ages, it’s never too soon or too late to begin the things you’ve only dreamed of doing.   We all have things we’d like to do—one day—but work, family, school, money, and responsibilities get in the way. This invaluable guide to fun, fantastic, and life-affirming activities features an eclectic range of ideas such as self-improvement, sports-related endeavors, natural wonders, cultural experiences, culinary delights, and more. From glassblowing in the Czech Republic to swimming with dolphins in New Zealand, The Bucket List is the perfect gift for the passionate traveler—an around-the-world, continent-by-continent listing of beaches, museums, monuments, islands, inns, restaurants, mountains, and more.   Each activity is location-specific and as geographically unique as bird-watching in Kenya or driving through clouds in Sri Lanka, as well as other to-dos that can be done anywhere, such as sketching a sunset behind an architectural monument. In addition to classic outdoor pursuits, the book contains advice on how to achieve some of the most popular goals for people of all ages: direct a movie, learn to play an instrument, make pottery, protect an endangered species, name a star, try a new cuisine, or learn a new language. Whether you are more active or laid-back, serious-minded or lighthearted, you are bound to discover new, stimulating activities.

  • Author: Kath Stathers
  • Publisher: Universe; Illustrated edition (April 4, 2017)
  • Genre: Travel, Reference
  • ISBN: 978-0789332691
  • Dimensions: 7 x 1.46 x 9.22 inches

                 

10. Ninja Life Hacks Emotions and Feelings 8 Book Box Set (Books 1-8: Angry, Inventor, Positive, Lazy, Helpful, Earth, Grumpy, Kind)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Individual Sports - August 2021

The Ninja Life Hacks Emotions and Feelings Box Set includes books 1-8: Angry Ninja Positive Ninja Earth Ninja Inventor Ninja Grumpy Ninja Helpful Ninja Kind Ninja Lazy Ninja Life is hard! And it's even harder for children who are just trying to figure things out. The new social emotional learning children's book series, Ninja Life Hacks, was developed to help children learn valuable life skills. Fun, pint-size characters in comedic books easy enough for young readers, yet witty enough for adults. The Ninja Life Hacks book series is geared to kids 3-11+.  Perfect for boys, girls, early readers, primary school students, or toddlers.  Excellent resource for educators, parents, and teachers alike. Collect all the Ninja Life Hacks Book Sets. Ninja Life Hacks Emotions and Feelings Box Set  Ninja Life Hacks Growth Mindset Book Set Ninja Life Hacks Leadership Book Set Ninja Life Hacks Mover and Shaker Book Set Makes a perfect gift! (No books in our sets overlap.)

  • Author: Mary Nhin
  • Publisher: Grow Grit Press (November 25, 2020)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-1951056773