Nothing replaces proper training, a good textbook, mentorship, live lectures, conferences, and continuous education, but in the fitness industry, things change rapidly making it a challenge to keep updated with research and knowledge.

When time is scarce, following the right professionals can make a difference.

To be fair, my ‘fitness related’ list has over 400 people/pages/websites that I personally follow.

These are only some of my personal favorites along with the most popular ones, listed in no specifical order except for the very first one, because the very best personal trainer in the world (call me biased but my favorite since like forever!) sure deserves that spot.

Feel free to let me know what you think, which one is your favorite, and if you think I missed any that should be added to our very own personal ‘ resources vault’.

 P/S: The picture is the vault of the basement at the central library in Kansas City, Mo.

Best people/pages/sites to follow:

Best Personal Trainer in the world: 


Øystein Lund:

Lyle McDonald (Bodyrecomposition group/site):

Nick Tumminello:
Nick Tumminello Fitness page

Brad Schoenfeld:

Iraki Nutrition:

Lars Avemarie:

James Krieger:

Stephan Guyenet:

Jordan Syatt:

Maui Athletics:

Nia Shanks:

Alan Aragon’s Research Review:

Disrupt your diet (Fit2pointo):

BPFA Body Positive Fitness Alliance:

Science Driven Nutrition (Brad Dieter):


Bret contreras:


Eric Helms:

Paul Ingraham (pain science):


Mark Rippetoe:


Greg Nuckols:

Mike Israetel:


Menno Henselmans (Bayesian Bodybuilding):

Jeff Nippard:


Tony Gentilcore:

Dean Somerset:

TMCD Health and Nutrition:


Precision Nutrition:


Jamie Hale:

Georgie Fear (One by one nutrition):

Will Levy (podcast):

Yoni Freedhoff-Weighty matters:

Asker Jeukendrup:


Jose Antonio:

Complete Human Performance:

James Fell:


Stu Phillips:

The Rational PT:


Personal Trainer Development Center (the PTDC):

Strength of evidence podcast:

Walden Behavioral care:

Contact Matt Stränbërg:


Support group for recovery from over-exercising and disordered eating:


Sciece Basedicine:




Nutri-Search (Search for credible nutrition sources):

Mayo Clinic:

Collection Of 300+ Protein Studies: Hypertrophy, Protein Synthesis, Fat Loss, Health, And More:

Full academic papers (Sci-Hub):

The Library Genesis has reached 2 million files (Free Textbooks):


Coursera (Think again-How to avoid fallacies):

Khan Academy:

MIT School of Engineering: “The idea is simple: to publish all of our course materials online and make them widely available to everyone.”

200 universities just launched 560 free online courses. Here’s the full list:

1,300 Free Online Courses from Top Universities:

The World FactbooK:

Project Gutenberg:

More resources:

Free textbook: 

Fundamentals of Biomechanics:

Molecular Biology of the Cell:

From the already famous ‘Lars Lists’:

“Essential Reading for health professionals

With Brad Schoenfeld, Nick Tumminello, Bryan Chung, Armi Legge, Paul Ingraham, Todd Hargrove, Anoop Balachandran, Jamie Hale and Alan Aragon”

The Strength of Evidence Podcast: Evidence 101

A scientific approach to fitness

No, you’re not entitled to your opinion

Three Reasons It Matters Why A Treatment Works

What is a evidence-based training approach

B.S Detection 101 For Fitness Professionals with Nick Tumminello�

The Dirt on Clean Eating

The Role of Anecdotes in Science-Based Medicine

Saying, “It works for me,” is exactly like saying, “I have a tickling fetish.”

Evidence and innovation

How-to-read and understand a scientific paper

Training for maximum muscle growth explained

Calories: True as a concept, futile as a law

The myth of clean eating

Stretching research

The myth of structuralism

Understanding pain and treatment of chronic-pain

Pain really is in the mind, but not in the way you think

The Pain Expert series

Some Problems with Movement “Correction”

Placebo effects are not the “power of positive thinking”

The BS Antidote

Acupuncture research – the path least scientific?

Monday’s medical myth: detox diets cleanse your body

The Paleo Diet: Claims Versus Evidence by Alan Aragon

Alan Aragon Peer-reviewed Free full publications:

Book recommendations:

Anatomy & Physiology
1. Anatomy & Physiology For Dummies by Siegfried
2. Anatomy of Breathing by Blandine Calais-Germain
3. Anatomy Without a Scalpel av Dr Lon Kilgore
4. Trail Guide to the body by Biel
5. Kinetic Anatomy, 2nd Edition by Behnke
6. Human Anatomy & Physiology by Marieb
7. Anatomy Trains by Myers
8. Introductory Biomechanics by Kerr
9. Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement by Hamill
10. Attention And Motor Skill Learning by Dr. Gabriele Wulf 
11. Textbook of Work Physiology by Astrand och Rodahl

Strength and Conditioning 
1. Maximum Strength by Cressey
2. Functional Training for Sports by Boyle
3. Advances in Functional Training by Boyle
4. Starting Strength by Rippetoe
5. Practical Programming for Strength Training by Rippetoe
6. Athletic Development by Gambetta 
7. Low Back Disorders by McGill
8. Designing Resistance Training Programs by Kraemer 
9. Optimizing Strength Training by Kraemer

For geeks:
Supertraning av Mel Siff
Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning av NSCA
Strength and Conditioning: Biological Principles and Practical Applications by Cardinale/Nosaka 
Science and Practice of Strength Training by Dr. Kraemer
Motor control by Shumway-Cook
Science and Practice Strength Training av Zatsiorsky
Biomechanics in Sport by Zatsiorsky
Strength Training for Sport by Dr. Kraemer

1. Girth Control by Alan Aragon
2. Should I Eat the Yolk? by Jamie Hale
3. Starve Mode by Leigh Peele
4. The Fat Loss Bible by Anthony Colpo
5. A Guide to Flexible Dieting by Lyle McDonald
6. Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle by Tom Venuto
7. Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink

Pain and Pain Science
1. Explain pain af Butler and Moseley
2. Painful Yarns af Moseley (collection of pain stories)
3. The Challenge of Pain by Melzack and Wall
4. The Human Pain System af Lenz and Caasey
5. Maldynia – The Illness of Chronic Pain by Giordano
6. Textbook of Pain 6 Ed by Wall and Melzack
7. Handbook of Pain Management by Wall and Melzack

Change psychology
1. Changing For Good by James O. Prochaska
2. Change Anything by Kerry Patterson
3. A Toolkit of Motivational Skills by Phil Taylor & Catherine Fuller
4. Motivational Interviewing in Health Care by Miller & Rollnick
5. Influence by R. Cialdini
6. Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson
7. Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
8. Drive av Daniel H. Pink
9. The Power of Less by Leo Babauta
10. Redirect by Timothy D. Wilson
11. The Four-Day Win by Martha Beck
12. Click by Ori Brafman