The Most Absolutely Awesome Websites, Books, and Products For Insane Self Development.
I do not recommend things lightly. If it’s on this page it means it works, it helps, it’s worth your time, and it’s the real deal like Holyfield.
This is an exclusive list and any requests for a product, book, or website to be placed on this list will be denied.
Note: The clickable links are affiliate links (except for the websites and podcasts). Every product I recommend on this site has helped me personally in some way. I get a small cut of each sale through these affiliate links, so I’d like to thank you in advance if you do decide to purchase through them!
At the moment I do not use a protein powder, but I have used this one and it’s one of the protein powders I will certainly use in the future.
See above. Also makes KILLER shakes and smoothies.
Do Vitamins Pure Pump (read the review here)
Excellent for kickstarting recovery after hard sessions. I currently do not use PostPump, but I will start using it again in the near future.
I rarely take vitamins (I do my best to get all nutrients through food), but these can come in handy during low calorie days. Just throw these in a glass of water and you’re good to go. Better than a pill, as you can adjust the dose.
A clean coffee, made from the best and freshest beans. I don’t recommend drinking garbage coffee, as it’s full of pesticides, mold, and other toxins. Only go with the best. Red is organic and tracked from the source, and it makes for a truly delightful cup of joe.
Kills stress and anxiety in social situations the winner’s way (drug-free). Enhances performance! Doesn’t decrease it like drugs and alcohol. Take 3-4 capsules in the morning with good coffee and feel invincible.
The best peanut butter I have ever had. Super creamy and peanuty taste, it only has one ingredient: PEANUTS! No garbage oils or fillers.
NOTE: Always consult your physician or dietitian before taking a new supplement.
I make insane shakes with this thing, including just throwing in 20 or so health foods and powering up!
The only way to bring your protein shakes on the go.
Ditch plastic. It’s packed with chemicals that sap testosterone. Go stainless!
I’m a voracious reader, and these are a select few of the books that have helped me expand my mind and change my life.
30 Days of Discipline – Victor Pride
30 days. 12 stipulations. This is the boot camp every one should go through.
1984 – George Orwell
Big brother on steroids, this book is set in a fascist future which is tightly regulated, and how one man conspires to be free.
The Education of a Bodybuilder – Arnold Schwarzenegger
Read the review here.
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal – Eric Schlosser
The book that made me swear off fast food forever. This book takes a look at the inner workings of the fast food industry, from supply to tray. A good read that will open your eyes.
Gorilla Mindset – Mike Cernovich
The best book on mindset I have ever read.
How to Get What You Want – Wallace Wattles
Wattles tackles a tough question with an easy answer, but you must put it into practice.
How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
A book every person on the planet should read, this gem will change your life for the better. If I could only read one book for the rest of my life, this would be it. Carnegie shows us how to become leaders, influencers, and friends, with colorful narrative and stories.
John F. Kennedy on Leadership – John A. Barnes
A good book that shows how John F. Kennedy went from a sickly young boy to the most powerful man in the world, and how you can learn from him.
New World Ronin – Victor Pride
A book about how to succeed in today’s world, with a twist.
Strength Training Anatomy, Mixed Martial Arts Anatomy, Anatomy for Bigger Stronger Arms, Core Training Anatomy, and Stretching Anatomy – Fredric Delavier
These are the best books for anatomy of movement I have found. These are good for beginners and seasoned vets alike.
The 4 Hour Workweek – Tim Ferriss
Ferriss shows us how to create automated businesses that only require 4 hours of attention a week. Even if you don’t find this appealing or realistic, give this book a read, it will really open your eyes.
The MAX Muscle Plan – Brad Schoenfeld
This book does a very good job teaching us how muscle is built in a scientific yet understandable way. It also gives a workout plan, shows you how to do the movements, and touches on nutrition.
The Science of Getting Rich – Wallace Wattles
Using your mind and thought process to get rich.
Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
Using your mind and thought process to get rich. Seems to be a theme here, eh?
Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness: The Complete Guide to Building Your Body on a Plant-Based Diet – Robert Cheeke
An exhaustive book on how Cheeke became the face of vegan bodybuilding. The book includes bodybuilding routines, nutrition, brand building, and motivation. I’m not a vegan anymore, but the principles laid out in this book are solid for anyone involved in bodybuilding or those looking for a career in the health and fitness field.
Thiel was one of the first outside investors of Facebook, and co-founded PayPal. The book is actually a transcription of one of his students notes that were taken during a course Thiel taught on start-ups. Every entrepreneur should read this book. Chapter 11 (If You Build it, Will They Come?) Should be required reading for every entrepreneur, salesman, and marketer.
All of the below websites have helped me in some way, and I know they will help you too, that’s why they’re worth your click. (nerds call this a blog roll, but I hate that term)
The shogun will show you how to get free. This is the website that inspired me to follow my dreams, and pulled me out of a dark place of nihilism and self-destruction.
Mike Cernovich on going from broke to badass. Cernovich has some VERY good articles on his website, although he looks to be more active on other sites and Twitter these days. The archives are still gold.
No bull bodybuilding. John pulls no punches and gives it to you straight. A great resource on the lifestyle.
Men’s style and fitness advice. Tips for creating a timeless style and physique.
Lifestyle design advice, including girls, business, money, fitness, and health. Will over at RLD is the man when it comes to designing your life.
A good website on healthy eating, paleo, and aging gracefully. Interesting stuff on the paleo lifestyle. Mark is an inspiration to age well.
The bodybuilding website that I grew up with. The natty king. Scooby was really my first introduction to natural bodybuilding.
Advice on healing your mind and body. Regan knows his stuff and speaks from experience, which is rare in today’s world. Definitely give this website a look.
How to go from skinny-fat to muscular and ripped, a must read for any skinny-fat guy.
Excellent articles on testosterone and men’s health issues. Very well researched.
Lifestyle hacks, adventures, and James Bond. This site is super interesting and entertaining.
Pro boxer, physicist, writer. Very good life advice. He’s very active on Twitter and shares tons of gold nuggets of quality info, check him out there, as well.
A fitness coach with very good fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle advice. Also has a killer email list. Check it out.
A no-nonsense personal trainer that speaks the truth. This guy knows his stuff.
Podcasts that you should hear. Listen up.
Joe Rogan is a martial arts vet, personality, commentator, actor, and podcast host. This podcast features incredible guests on every aspect of life.
Ferriss is an author, investor, and entrepreneur. Very good guests and subject matter. Life-changing stuff.
All-around badass and military vet (Navy SEAL) Jocko Willink on discipline, work ethic, success and getting better at life.
I have never NOT learned something when I’ve gotten to the end of a TED talk. industry titans share relevant knowledge in these gems.