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Anthony Donskov is the founder of DSC where he serves as the Director of Sport Performance. Donskov holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Science & is the author of Physical Preparation for Ice Hockey.

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DSC’s Suggested Reading/Resource List

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We get asked quite frequently about recommended reading/resources for strength and conditioning professionals.  Below is a comprehensive list of recommended resources and several of the books/DVD's we make available to our Coach's and interns at Donskov Strength and Conditioning.  The items bolded are considered "must reads/watches" for our staff.



  • Functional Training for Sports: Michael Boyle
  • Advances in Functional Training: Michael Boyle
  • The Science of Fat Loss: Alwyn Cosgrove
  • Results Fitness Program Design Manual: Alwyn Cosgrove
  • Bigger Stronger Faster: Greg Shepard
  • Starting Strength:  Ripptoe
  • Strong Enough: Mark Ripptoe
  • Basic Barbell Training: Mark Ripptoe, Lon Kilgore
  • Practical Programming:  Mark Ripptoe, Lon Kilgore
  • High Threshold Muscle Building: Christian Thibaudeau
  • The Black Book of Training Secrets: Christian Thibaudeau
  • Theory and Application of Modern Strength and Power Methods: Christian Thibaudeau
  • Ultimate MMA Conditioning:  Joel Jamieson
  • The Ultimate Guide to HRV:  Joel Jamieson



  • Athletic Body in Balance: Grey Cook
  • Brawn: Stuart McRobert
  • Muscles, Testing and Function: Kendall
  • Physical Examination of the Spine and Extremities: Hoppenfield
  • The Athlete’s Shoulder:  Reinold
  • Physical Therapy of the Shoulder:  Donetelli
  • Anatomy Trains: Myers
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes: Sahrmann
  • Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance: Dr. Stuart McGill


Biomechanics/Nervous System:

  • Running Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology in Practice: Bosch
  • Basic Biomechanics:  Hall
  • The Biomechanics of Sports Performance:  Mauguhan/Gleeson
  • Human Locomotion:  Michaud
  • Immune Function in Sport and Exercise:  Gleeson
  • Adaptation in Sports Training:  Viru
  • The Central Nervous System:  Brodal
  • Strength and Conditioning, Biological Principals and Practical Application:  Cardinale, Newton, Nosaka
  • Why Zebra’s Don’t Get Ulcers: Sapolsky
  • Overtraining In Sport: R. Kreider, A. Fry, M. O'Toole
  • Neuromechanics of Human Movement:  Enoka
  • Lights Out:  T.S. Wiley
  • Power:  Hatfield
  • Clinical Neuroanatomy Made Ridiculously Simple: S. Goldberg
  • The Brain That Changes Itself: N. Doidge

Eastern Block Methodology:

  • Block Periodization:  Issurin
  • Block Periodization 2:  Issurin
  • Transfer of Training: Bondarchuk
  • Training of the Weightlifter: RA Roman
  • A System of Multi-Year Training:  AS Medvedyev
  • Fundamentals of Special Strength Training:  Verkhoshansky
  • Programming and Organization of Training:  Verkhoshansky
  • Special Strength Training:  Verkhoshansky
  • Managing the Training of Weightlifters:  Laputin
  • Explosive Power and Jumping Ability for all Sports:  Starzynski, Sozanski
  • Strength and Power in Sport:  PV Komi
  • Science of Sport Training:  Thomas Kurz
  • Science and Practice of Strength Training:  Zatsiorsky

Motor Learning/Miscellaneous: 

  • Weightlifting: Olympic Style:  Tommy Kono
  • Never Let Go:  Dan John
  • Easy Strength:  Dan John
  • The Westside Book of Methods: Louie Simmons
  • Attention and Motor Skill Learning: Gabriele Wulf
  • Motor Learning and Performance:  Schmidt, Wrisberg
  • Ultra Prevention:  Mark Hyman, Mark Liponis
  • Facts and Fallacies of Fitness:  Mel Siff

Business Books:

  • The E-Myth: Gerber
  • Talent is Overrated: Colvin
  • The Leader Who Had No Title: Sharma
  • Wooden On Leadership: John Wooden
  • Wooden:  Steve Jamison
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People:  Carnegie
  • In Side Out Coaching: Joe Ehrmann
  • Energy Bus:  Jon Gordon
  • Winning Everyday:  Coach Holtz
  • Wins, Losses and Lessons:  Coach Holtz
  • Crucial Conversations:  Patterson 


  • Functional Strength Coach: Vol. 1-4: Michael Boyle
  • CNS Intensive Training: Michael Boyle
  • Joint by Joint Warm-Up and Training: Michael Boyle
  • Evolution of a Strength Coach: Michael Boyle
  • Advanced Program Design: Michael Boyle
  • Success Secrets:  Michael Boyle
  • Evolution of Personal Training: Alwyn Cosgrove
  • Metabolic Acceleration Training: Alwyn Cosgrove
  • Bodyweight Training: Alwyn Cosgrove
  • Olympic Lifts:  Glenn Pendlay
  • Westside Barbell Series:  Louie Simmons
  • Acland’s Anatomy DVD Series
  • Optimal Shoulder Performance:  Cressey/Reinold
  • Training=Rehab, Rehab=Training=Rehab:  Charlie Weingroff
  • True Plyometrics:  Dr. Yesis
  • Shock Method and Plyometrics:  Dr. Natalia Verkoshansky
  • General Adaptation Syndrome and Application to Sports Training:  Dr. Natalia Verkoshansky
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