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15 Best Fitness Books to Read This Year (2020)

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Looking for the best fitness books to add to your reading list this year? You’ve landed in the right place. 

OriGym have performed extensive research using the two biggest book retailers in the UK, Waterstones and WHSmith, along with Amazon, which has been dubbed the ‘world’s largest bookstore’. 

From this research, we’ve gathered accurate information based on user reviews and rankings, as opposed to throwing the first books we could find online together for the sake of it (like most of the other posts in this sphere). 

To give you an insight into how accurate our list is: 

  • We searched through 2,787 books (Waterstones), 1,436 books (WHSmith), 80,000+ books (Amazon) 
  • Only 15 books made it into our definitive list 
  • We found one overall winner, which ranked consistently across all platforms as well as having great reviews (listed at the bottom of this article)  

With this info, you can rest-assured that you’re adding only high-quality reads to your list, and that you’re bound to find something that you’ll enjoy. 

NOTE: prices listed are as of March 2020, and may vary on the seller’s websites.  

Now that you know the score, let’s get straight to it!

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In no particular order...

#1 - Not a Diet Book (by James Smith and Harper Collins) 

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James Smith’s debut ‘Not a Diet Book’ is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s refreshing to see a book being released that isn’t just another fad diet or short-term weight loss plan.

The book actually takes aim at many of the fitness trends that have been thrown at us over the years, such as obsessive calorie counting or taking supplements everyday, and replaces them with healthier physical and mental approaches to fat loss and muscle gain, along with other things! 

The chapters cover content such as:

  • Fat loss versus muscle gain
  • Metabolism and ‘body types’ 
  • Protein targets and calorie tracking 
  • Common fitness fallacies

& More! 

One of our favourite aspects of the book is that it delves into how the reader can shift their current outlook towards training and healthy eating from short-term to sustainable. 

Many people have common misconceptions surrounding this topic, especially pertaining to what they should and shouldn’t eat, but Not a Diet Book does a great job of dispelling them.

We also cover how to follow a correct and sustainable workout and nutrition plan in our tips on how to get a summer body article, in an attempt to show our readers how they should approach a goal like this! 

Not a Diet Book takes a step in the right direction towards helping its readers form better attitudes towards fitness, and is incredibly encouraging those who have previously struggled to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

It’s actually very empowering, which is what stands it apart from others that we’ve read in the past! 

Available at: Waterstones, WHSmith, Amazon

Published: 2020 (HarperCollins)

Ratings on Amazon: 4.9 stars (820 reviews) 

Price: £9.99 (Waterstones), £10.19 (WHSmith), £9.19 (Amazon)

#2 - The World’s Fittest Book (by Ross Edgley) - #1 Bestseller on Amazon

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If you’re looking for a truly fascinating read that inspires and motivates you to be the best that you can be in your chosen area of fitness (or multiple areas at once), then this is your book. 

Edgley is said to have written the book over a ten-year period during his travels across 100 different countries. As you can imagine, this has given him plenty of time to learn from a host of cultures and individuals, and incorporate their ideas into his own pool of knowledge.

If you happen to be a fitness professional, you may even want to become a personal trainer in Australia for example, or in another exciting location to gain a better understanding of fitness around the world. We can't say we blame Edgley for this one! 

In an article for GQ, Edgeley writes:

The book was created with the assistance of a melting pot of geniuses. It cross-pollinates ideas and concepts from pioneers in their chosen fields of strength, speed, endurance and food. From Olympic champions and world-record holders, to remote tribes and celebrated members of the military.

As you can see, if you’re interested in training a specific area of your fitness then you’re bound to find something helpful in The World’s Fittest Book, one of the best men's fitness books out there. 

With chapters inspired by sprinter Linford Christie (who Edgely himself trained with) and bodybuilder Dorian Yates, all the way to extreme athlete Wim Hof, there’s no end to the inspiration and fresh knowledge that the book holds. 

There’s truly an adventure at every turn, holding something new for you to discover that you probably hadn’t thought of before. 

So, the big question… Is this The World’s Fittest Book? If you read it, you’ll find out! We can vouch that it’s certainly one of the top fitness books to read in 2020 so far, and you should definitely check it out!

From beginners to fitness professionals, there's something for everyone.

(If you are a fitness professional though, you may also want to check out our ultimate list of books for personal trainers!) 

Available at: Waterstones, WHSmith, Amazon

Published: 2018 (Sphere)

Ratings on Amazon: 4.8 stars (286 reviews) 

Price: £18.99 (Waterstones), £15.19 (WHSmith), £10.00 (Amazon)

#3 - Bigger Leaner Stronger (by Michael Matthews) - #1 Bestseller on Amazon

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On muscleforlife.com, Matthews states:

I am very careful to keep everything I teach grounded in sound scientific research.

After reading the book ourselves, we can confirm that this isn’t some insincere statement used as a selling point. 

Let’s face it, many of those releasing men's fitness books these days are claiming to know some earth-shattering secret that will transform the world of fitness forever, and have everyone walking around with a six-pack. 

On the other hand, Bigger Leaner Stronger is unashamedly based upon fitness truths that have been around for decades, yet it puts them across uniquely enough to stand alone as a source of knowledge itself. 

Everything that Matthews talks about is backed by scientific research, and would be commonly-known and practiced if it wasn’t for the myths that have been widely-spread in recent years. 

The great thing is that he doesn’t claim to be the source of this information, and refers to himself as the messenger of these truths. He wants his readers to take the reigns and gain their own anonymity when it comes to uncovering ways to train properly, and understanding the science behind everything they practice. 

He seems particularly passionate about spreading the truth behind dramatic fitness transformations, and how to reach them naturally without the assistance of fat loss agents, which is something we can’t help but admire! 

It still stands as one of the best books for fitness fanatics in 2020, and you should definitely give it a read. 

Available at: Waterstones, Amazon

Published: 2014 (Oculus Publishers) 

Ratings on Amazon: 4.7 stars (4,990 reviews) 

Price: £10.99 (Waterstones), £12.65 (Amazon)

#4 - The Fitness Mindset (by Brian Keane) 

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The great thing about The Fitness Mindset is that it tackles the root of the problem before jumping into the thick of diet and exercise.  

Many books we’ve seen in the past claim to be able to get their readers a perfect body in the space of 8-12 weeks, for example. They then neglect to teach them how to sustain their results after they’ve made it to their goal weight for whatever event they’re trying to shed the pounds for. 

We know that it’s difficult to hear the truth when you’re trying to lose weight or transform your body within a certain time frame, but it is incredibly unhealthy to put your body through big changes at an alarming rate, and can even hinder any future progress you try to make. 

While this can sound discouraging, surely it’s great to know that if you give yourself a little extra time to hit your end goals, you would also be able to maintain your progress? 

From discovering which foods provide you with the most energy for those long days sat in the office, to learning which workout methods work best for you and fit into your routine, The Fitness Mindset provides you with everything you need to know about effective fitness goal achievement and maintenance. 

Our favourite aspect of the book is its focus on helping those who have fallen victim to common fitness misconceptions in the past, and are therefore frustrated with their repeated failures. 

Having been there ourselves in the past before we made the leap into fitness education, this is something we love to see from the books we recommend to our student base. 

After all, the mental side of fitness is just as important as the workouts that you perform, and without it there is no chance of sticking to a healthy lifestyle, and little chance of maintaining a healthy mental state for that matter! 

The Fitness Mindset is a brilliant read, as it literally helps readers to change the way they see themselves by stressing the importance of reducing anxiety and levels of stress through exercise, rather than just feeding these things by obsessing over one end goal. 

Available at: Waterstones, WHSmith, Amazon

Published: 2017 (Rethink Press Limited) 

Ratings on Amazon: 4.8 stars (559 reviews)

Price: £11.99 (Waterstones), £11.03 (WHSmith), £9.19 (Amazon)

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#5 - The One-Minute Workout: Science Shows a Way to Get Fit That’s Smarter, Faster, Shorter (by Martin Gibala and Christopher Shulgan)

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We know what you’re thinking; is the title some sort of sales ploy to get you to buy the book? 

Ever since the release of best selling fitness books like Lean in 15 by Joe Wicks, HIIT training has literally been a massive hit. As you can probably tell by the idea of extremely short and intense exercise, this book is based on this kind of training. 

The main reason for its popularity is the fact that it appeals to the masses, especially with the recent rise in office fitness and health awareness as we realise how unhealthy this amount of inactivity can be. 

But, how can this book possibly bring anything different to the table for HIIT training, and provide you with an exercise that can be done in an even shorter amount of time and still get you the same results? This is what we asked ourselves before reading. 

While the title phrase ‘one-minute workout’ doesn’t translate directly into the idea that working out for one minute will get you into shape, it does provide a great insight into HIIT training, which usually takes up to 25 minutes to complete, and proves that it can be done effectively in even less time. 

These ideas are put into shape by Martin Gibala and Christopher Shulgan. 

Gibala has a PhD in Skeletal Muscle Metabolism, and is a professor of kinesiology at McMaster University in Canada. Shulgan is an award-winning ghostwriter, who helps to put ideas from Gibala’s well-known research on interval training across to the reader in bestseller format. 

It’s a promising read for those who want to find out more about this type of training, and who want to cut down on the time that they spend on their current workouts to make them more efficient by gaining the same results in less time. 

So, as Gibala asks in The One-Minute Workout, how low can you go in terms of individual workout time? Read the book to find out… 

Available at: Waterstones, WHSmith, Amazon

Published: 2017 (Vermilion)

Ratings on Amazon: 4.4 stars (107 ratings)

Price: £14.99 (Waterstones), £11.99 (WHSmith), £14.99 (Amazon)

#6 - Lose Weight & Get Fit (by Tom Kerridge) - #1 Bestseller on Amazon

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If you don’t already know who Tom Kerridge is, he is a British Michelin-starred chef and founder of The Hand & Flowers, his own gastropub which has earned two Michelin stars, and was the first pub ever to do so. 

From this information, you can probably gather that he knows a thing or two about food. Not only this, but he has also launched a 2020 TV series with BBC Two called ‘Lose Weight and Get Fit with Tom Kerridge’. 

So, what makes this one of the best health and fitness books of 2020? 

For starters, Kerridge himself has lost 12 stone in the last five years, which is an incredible achievement. 

This is something that has inspired him to use his platform to inspire others who want to change up their lifestyle for the better, and what better way to do so than releasing a book that focuses on both diet and exercise? 

One of the best aspects of the book is that it focuses on larger portion sizes, which makes it one of the best fitness books for men and women who struggle to make do with the smaller portion sizes that many diets require.

It’s essentially stepping away from the idea of ‘dieting’, and making the process more sustainable and realistic for readers who don’t want to hinder their overall progress by following fitness fads and myths. 

To quote delicious magazine: 

Tom has used clever, cheffy tricks to keep the overall calorie count low while also cramming as much flavour as possible into meals that are easy for home cooks.

We have to say that this is a fair assessment of Lose Weight & Get Fit, and that those who enjoy larger portions will be pleasantly surprised by this ‘diet’, which is pretty low in calories considering how much it allows the reader to eat!  

Each recipe is also packed with flavour. Some examples include:

  • Peri-peri chicken 
  • Cottage pie 
  • Lamb bhuna 
  • Charred mackerel 
  • Cavolo Nero Penne 
  • Chocolate fudge brownies 
  • Meringue sundaes 

If you're interested in learning more about nutrition and you happen to be veggie or vegan, you may find our vegan cookbooks guide helpful as another starting point. 

Available at: Waterstones, WHSmith, Amazon

Published: 2019 (Bloomsbury Absolute)

Ratings on Amazon: 4.7 stars (270 ratings)

Price: £16.99 (Waterstones), £11.00 (WHSmith), £11.00 (Amazon)

#7 - The Fat Loss Blitz: Flexible Diet and Exercise Plans to Transform Your Body - Whatever Your Fitness Level (by Chloe Madeley)

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Author of the bestselling book The 4-Week Body Blitz, Chloe Madeley is back with one of the top fitness books for women who are looking to get lean and lose body fat, regardless of where they’re at before starting the plan. 

The Fat Loss Blitz made it onto our list of the best health and fitness books not only because it focuses on both diet and exercise, but also because of its realistic and varied approach. 

In addition to providing a workout plan for gym goers, the book is also tailored to those who enjoy working out at home. If you find home workouts more sustainable as you struggle to get to the gym or afford membership prices, then you can rest-assured that this book has everything that you need! 

Equally, even if you’re an experienced fitness fanatic and you already workout regularly, you will still be able to find a plan in Madeley’s book to suit your lifestyle and help you to change things up. 

The step-by-step exercise instructions are extremely easy to follow, as are the recipes that are included in the book, which is definitely important when it comes to reaching a wide audience. 

This ability to appeal to the masses of people who want to improve their fitness is what makes a book one of the best health and fitness books for years to come, and this is exactly what we see The Fat Loss Blitz becoming! 

Available at: Waterstones, WHSmith, Amazon

Published: 2018 (Bantam Press)

Ratings on Amazon: 4.5 stars (60 ratings)

Price: £16.99 (Waterstones), £8.00 (WHSmith), £8.00 (Amazon)

#8 - Get It Done: My Plan, Your Goal: 60 Recipes and Workout Sessions for Fit, Lean Body (by Bradley Simmonds) 

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With 60 different workout sessions and recipes listed in one place, what more could you need? 

The great thing about Get It Done is that it provides you with the missing ingredient that many health and fitness books for men and women don't have (even some of the best selling fitness books). This would be the right attitude and mindset to accompany you in your journey. 

As the title suggests, Simmonds literally teaches you how to ‘get it done’ with his no excuse attitude towards fitness. It happens to be infectious as well as motivating, and you can't help but apply the same thought process to your own workouts. 

Truly looking to follow a sustainable healthy lifestyle? If you have any hopes of achieving this, then it’s unlikely that you’ll find many trainers that are as trustworthy as Simmonds. Having trained celebrities such as John Terry and Theo Walcott, he certainly knows a thing or two about getting people into shape! 

If you want an insight into what the workout and meals plans of Premier League footballers look like, and you want to have a go at getting a similar physique then you should definitely check out Get It Done. 

It even has cocktail recipes!  

Available at: Waterstones, WHSmith, Amazon

Published: 2018 (HQ)

Ratings on Amazon: 4.2 (28 ratings)

Price: £16.99 (Waterstones), £11.03 (WHSmith), £10.95 (Amazon)

#9 - Principles of Body Transformation Meal Plan Design (by Nick Mitchell and Jonathan Taylor) 

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This is one of the best books on fitness and nutrition on our list, mainly because of its informative and holistic approach to meal plans, making the construction of them accessible to everyone. 

That’s right; even if you’re not a qualified fitness professional, you can learn how to create personal trainer meal plans for yourself using this book. 

Our favourite aspect of it is that it’s incredibly realistic and focuses on creating meal plans that will not only work well for readers in terms of body transformation, but will also be desirable for them in terms of taste and budget, etc. which is important for creating sustainability! 

In a nutshell, rather than just lecturing you on how you should be eating based off one individual meal plan and then leaving you to fail (which is inevitable at some point if this is the only approach), Principles of Body Transformation Meal Plan Design actually teaches you how to eat. 

For this reason, it had to make it onto our list of the top fitness books, especially since it overrides the books out there that have the wrong kind of holistic approach!

Available at: Waterstones, Amazon

Published: 2017 (UP Fitness)

Ratings on Amazon: 4.8 stars (91 ratings) 

Price: £14.99 (Waterstones), £14.99 (Amazon)

#10 - 7-Minute Body Plan (by Lucy Wyndham-Read)

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This is undoubtedly one of the best women’s fitness books that we’ve come across, mainly due to the fact that it’s focused on body positivity and wellbeing at the same time as promoting a healthier lifestyle. 

Are 7-minute workouts a plausible thing in the world of fitness? After reading this book, we have to say that they can definitely be effective if they’re done correctly, and at a high-intensity. This isn’t to say that you have to go all out if you’re a beginner, but working up to this is a great idea to really get the maximum effect. 

Wyndham-Read provides a great selection of workouts that are geared towards many different goals (and also have pretty memorable names). 

Take ‘Super Health Fix’, ‘Love My Legs’, or ‘T-Shirt Ready Arms’ for example, and hopefully you get the picture! 

They’re all 7 minutes in duration and are designed to be done on a daily basis, which is pretty sustainable when you think about how easy it is to slot a session this short into your day. With each one being tailored to a different goal, they’re also varied and can be switched up each day to keep the exercise interesting. 

We particularly like Wyndham-Read’s motivational messages that can be found throughout the book, as they really stand it apart from others of its kind. 

It’s a positive read overall, and has everything you need to get inspired no matter where you’re currently up to with your fitness! 

Available at: Waterstones, WHSmith, Amazon

Published: 2019 (DK)

Ratings on Amazon: 4.2 stars (49 ratings)

Price: £16.99 (Waterstones), £10.99 (WHSmith), £10.35 (Amazon)

#11 - Get Strong for Women: Lift Heavy, Train Hard, See Results (by Alex Silver-Fagan) 

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When it comes to finding the best women’s fitness books in 2020, a good place to start is with the books that are written for women, by women. 

Even though it’s fine to stock up on other fitness books for women that are in fact written by male experts (as this is of course a matter of choice), it’s still a great idea to check out books from female authors as they will naturally have personal experience in female training. 

The reason why Get Strong for Women caught our eye in particular is that it’s actually pretty rare to find women’s fitness books that are geared towards lifting. 

Being a female athlete, NIKE Master Trainer, and owner of a qualification in strength and conditioning, Alex Silver-Fagan is certainly qualified to instruct women on how to improve their fitness, especially through powerlifting and other means! 

The book itself focuses on weight training, strength training, and cardio to help readers build strength and get lean in the process. There are three different workout plans that are incredibly easy-to-follow and beginner-friendly, and offer some variation rather than just outlining one specific plan (making it one of the best books for fitness).  

There are over 60 different exercises, some that can be performed in the gym (such as the barbell row and deadlift), and others that can be done at home (kettlebells and bodyweight workouts). 

We’d definitely recommend checking it out if you’re interested in getting that lean and toned physique this year through exercises that are a little different to the ones that you’ve done in the past. 

You’ll also be able to make progress in a healthy and gradual manner, rather than having to fail miserably at some crash diet or impossible workout plan! 

Available at: Waterstones, WHSmith, Amazon

Published: 2018 (DK)

Ratings on Amazon: 4.3 stars (62 ratings) 

Price: £12.99 (Waterstones), £10.65 (WHSmith), £10.37 (Amazon)

#12 - Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.: Quick-Fix Recipes for Hangry Athletes (by Shalane Flanagan & Elyse Kopecky) 

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As you can probably tell from the title, this book is mostly aimed at runners. However, that’s not to say that you won’t find a good deal of healthy recipes that will work for your own workout routine. You would just have to weigh up the meals against your personal calorie and nutrient goals, etc. 

That being said, if you are into running or it’s something that you’re considering, then you will want to get your hands on Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. by Shalane Flanagan (a 4-time Olympian) and Elyse Kopecky (chef and nutrition coach). 

The recipes consist of: 

  • Pre-run snacks
  • Post-run breakfasts (for recovery!)
  • Easy-to-make lunches 
  • Dinner recipes (under 30-minutes cooking time)
  • Smoothies 
  • Homemade pizzas 

& More! 

The great thing about the recipes in the book is that many of them are indulgent as well as being healthy. For example, the pizzas are to die for, yet they’re designed to aid you in your journey rather than being full of fat and sugar. 

The smoothies are also refreshing, filling, and nutritious in comparison to some of the recipes that we’ve tried from other cookbooks, and genuinely feel like a good alternative for their unhealthy counterparts (or fizzy drinks). 

Flanagan and Kopecky also have their own signature dessert recipe in the book, the ‘Superhero muffin’, which is packed full of veggies and will give you all the energy you need whilst reminding you that you’re not on a fad diet! 

All in all, this is a great read and one of the best women’s fitness books, being co-authored by two powerful women in the world of fitness and nutrition, one being the first American woman to win the New York City marathon in 40 years. 

Available at: Waterstones, WHSmith, Amazon

Published: 2018 (Rodale Press)

Ratings on Amazon: 4.7 stars (263 ratings)

Price: £18.99 (Waterstones), £15.19 (WHSmith), £14.51 (Amazon)

#13 - No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness (by Michelle Segar)

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We have to say that this is one of the most interesting reads on our list. When you take a look at our other recommended fitness books’ descriptions above, you’ll probably notice the common theme that continues to impress us. 

We love a book that undermines the myth that fitness is a thing of the past, and that it’s not something that you can turn into a sustainable lifestyle choice. We’ve all been there, so take the hint; it’s all in your head! 

Segar provides a great insight into our current society and how we view exercise as a chore. 

What makes her text different from others written on the same topic is that she highlights that this isn’t because we don’t want to exercise, or that we don’t want to get into shape; it’s simply because we view exercise as being more ‘negotiable’ than perhaps work or other commitments. 

She even writes that usually when we start a new exercise programme; ‘we could not be more determined to tone our bodies and get in shape.’ 

The problem seems to be when seemingly ‘more important’ commitments get in the way of this initial surge of motivation, and our established 5 exercises per week turn into 3, until we fall back into old habits. 

If you want to really break this pattern in your own life then Seger’s work is one of the best fitness books to start with, before you even think about beginning a new workout and nutrition programme! 

It's also a great read for those who need help to keep their clients motivated, which is also covered in OriGym's guide to motivating PT clients.

To give you a taster of what you can expect from reading No Sweat, here’s a quick quote from the book itself (you can check out more on Goodreads.com): 

As you’ll learn in this book, research shows that human beings are hardwired to choose immediate gratification over benefits we have to wait to receive. Logic doesn’t motivate us -- emotions do. But there is real science behind the idea that moving our bodies changes our brains in ways that lead to happiness and much more.

It’s evident here that this book really unearths something that most overlook when it comes to diet and exercise. 

We were really impressed by Seger’s take on the psychology associated with fitness and why it isn’t more prevalent in our society, and we’re certain that you will be too! 

Available at: Waterstones, WHSmith, Amazon

Published: 2018 (HarperCollins Focus)

Ratings on Amazon: 4.2 stars (108 ratings) 

Price: £14.99 (Waterstones), £12.87 (WHSmith), £10.51 (Amazon)

#14 - The Accumulator: The Revolutionary 30-Day Fitness Plan (by Paul Mumford) 

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The 30-day fitness plan introduced in this book is exactly what it says in the title; accumulative. 

Despite being a 30-day plan, this means that it’s something that you can continue to build upon after the 30-days, or change up by adding advanced variations of the exercises that you’re already mastering. 

This is what we love to hear, as you’ll already know by this point; we don’t bother with books on fitness that can’t be used as a sustainable solution! 

The Accumulator fitness plan involves performing bodyweight exercises in the form of HIIT (high-intensity interval training). While this isn’t a new concept, the workout actually begins with just one one-minute exercise on the first day. 

After this point, a new exercise is added each day until you are left with a full 30-minute HIIT workout that is tailored towards fat loss and boosting your metabolism. 

Worried that there won’t be enough variety? You don’t need to panic; there are alternative exercise suggestions throughout the book, as well as an ‘Accumulator healthy habits plan’, in which you can find nutritional suggestions to ensure that you’re optimising your diet to match this new workout regime. 

We have to say that this is one of our top men's fitness books, although it can obviously be used by any gender.  

Available at: Waterstones, Amazon

Published: 2015 (Bloomsbury Sport)

Ratings on Amazon: 4.7 stars (16 ratings) 

Price: £12.99 (Waterstones), £9.74 (Amazon)

Overall Winner… 

#15 - The Fitness Chef: Eat What You Like & Lose Weight for Life (by Graeme Tomlinson)

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If you don’t already know who Graeme Tomlinson is, then you should definitely check out his Instagram page. 

He’s incredibly well-known on the platform (with 614k followers), mainly due to his myth-busting infographics that show how you can eat what you love whilst making healthier choices that significantly cut down the amount of calories that you consume. 

If you're a regular Instagrammer and you're inspired by this success, feel free to check out our full-length fitness Instagram walk-through for more info on how you can create and grow your own page! 

Getting back to the book, if you’re wondering what we mean by Tomlinson's 'infographics' (and we’re sure that you will have seen one of these floating around on the web), here’s an example:

With this in mind, it’s no wonder why The Fitness Chef is the winner on our list of health and fitness books in terms of its popularity across multiple book platforms. 

We can only guess that the reason that Tomlinson’s take on fitness is so popular is that it is completely transparent, realistic, and allows the reader to eat their favourite foods (no matter how fattening or high in sugar they may be). 

Obviously it does so in a way that substitutes some unhealthy foods for healthier alternatives and allows for cheat days, but the approach is definitely unique and something that in all our years of reading fitness books, we haven't necessarily seen done in this way before. 

It truly is the bible for those looking for a way to maintain a healthy weight while still eating the foods that they love, and to be able to sustain this for the rest of their life! 

To sum this up, check out a section from the description on the Waterstones website: 

Understand the facts and empower yourself to make informed food choices for the rest of your life.

Enjoy Graeme's quick, low-calorie meal ideas and affordable food swaps and get to know the calorie counts for commonly consumed foods and drinks.

Notice the word ‘empower’; it’s true that Tomlinson is a huge fan of promoting good mental health when it comes to diet and exercise, and we love how sincere and profound his approach is. 

The fact that the book is based on ‘commonly consumed foods and drinks’ is genius, and proves to the reader just how many other people are falling into the trap of eating too many of these foods, all whilst providing a viable solution! 

The question is; are you looking for a book based on diet that will help you to lose weight in the healthiest possible way, both mentally and physically, whilst also teaching you how to keep this weight off for life? 

If so, this is your book!  

Available at: Waterstones, WHSmith, Amazon

Published: 2019 (Ebury Press)

Ratings on Amazon: 4.8 stars (160 ratings) 

Price: £13.99 (Waterstones), £13.59 (WHSmith), £11.04 (Amazon)

Conclusion

Hopefully you've found what you're were looking for on our list of the best fitness books to read in 2020. 

We love reading here at OriGym, especially since it's one of the best ways to pick up on new ideas to improve the way you eat and train. You can't find everything online, and sometimes it's good to find new ways to expand your pool of knowledge (which is why we decided to list our recommended fitness books here for you).

Want to turn your passion for fitness into your next career move? It's a good shout if you know it's something that you enjoy. If so, take a look at our REPs recognised Personal Trainer courses or download our prospectus here to learn more about what a fitness career can entail! 

Written by Chloe Twist

Fitness Content Manager, OriGym

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Chloe graduated with a BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing from Liverpool John Moores University and prior to OriGym worked at J&R Digital Marketing Agency on the Liverpool 'Female Founders' series. Since joining the company, she has become a qualified Personal Trainer and advanced Sports Nutrition Specialist. Chloe’s professional interests intersect content-development and the world of online fitness, especially across social media and YouTube, and Chloe has herself contributed pieces on fitness and weight loss to sites including the Daily Star and The Express. Outside her day-to-day role, Chloe enjoys playing the guitar, gaming and kettlebell training. 

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