What books to read to the athlete: a selection of works of art and biographies

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4 books for athletes, from which you can not immediately break away

Naida Saidova

4 books for athletes

There is even fiction on the list.

When you read the right book, you want to conquer the world. This is how the right literature works. We have selected four books that have been published recently, but have already won the attention of critics and our audience.

“How much do you want that? Psychology of the superiority of the mind over the body “

The book is based on the stories of successful athletes, their mistakes and lessons. In his book, Matt Fitzgerald, one of the most prominent authors of our time, an expert in sports psychology, has collected many real-life examples that demonstrate how the perception of effort and other psychological factors affect our results.

Photo: Mann, Ivanov and Ferber Publishing House

Stories from the lives of great athletes representing a variety of sports are diluted by statistics on recent research on the subject.

“Beyond the possible”

The book is an autobiography of the most famous Nepalese climber Nirmal Purja. The former gurkha and soldier of the elite special forces of the Royal Navy has completely turned the world of mountaineering, carrying out a program aimed at climbing all eight thousanders in one season in seven months.

Photo: Bombora Publishing House

The climber spent 177 days on all the climbs. As part of this program, he climbed Everest, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Nangaparbat, Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum II, K2, Broad Peak, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Shishabangma and was able to prove that human capabilities are impossible.

In the book, he talks about the difficult path to his goal, distrust of the environment and the support of loved ones.

“The gate to hell. Seven and four »

In September, the first book in the upside-down format was published in Russia – “Gates to Hell. Seven and four. ” Its author is a writer, athlete and owner of a number of sports companies Oleg Samokhvalov. This book is a collection of works, which also includes sports prose. “Gate to Hell” turns out to be a thriller drama in which the author shows the inside of the industry.


Pasha is a gifted swimmer, ready to pay any price to win the Olympics. On his way to the main peak in the life of the athlete stands a young ambitious Sasha. Let the world collapse, the country fall apart, for Pasha and Sasha there is only one question: who at the Olympics in Los Angeles in August 2028 will touch the side of the pool a split second earlier than others?

“It simply came to our notice then. Funny and sad stories from the life of a coach who raised champions “

This book is full of memories of professional coaching life, students and their victorious performances, competition, work in the United States, family and, of course, ice dancing. Natalia is a well-deserved, experienced coach and believes that to win – you need to be “two heads above” rivals. In her opinion, this is the only way to become the best in the profession in the world.

Photo: Bombora Publishing House

And yet, sometimes because of the subjectivity of the referees, we had to overcome stress and move on. She wrote about all this in a book. “How could I not do it if the coach said so,” her former student once told Natalia Dubova. That’s how the title of the book came about.

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