Best Bodyweight Exercises Book List

The following is a list of the best body weight exercise books that we recommend to add to your list of reading. We started this list back in 2013 and have been updating ever since.

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#25 Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy by Bret Contreras

Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy by Bret Contreras offers a comprehensive guide to improving strength, building muscle mass, burning fat, and sculpting muscles without the need for weights or expensive equipment. Packed with colorful anatomical illustrations and clear instructions, this book provides 156 effective bodyweight exercises targeting all major muscle groups.

With expert advice from Bret Contreras, renowned strength trainer, you’ll learn how to customize your workout routine to keep progressing and avoid plateaus. Each exercise is accompanied by detailed anatomical artwork, giving insight into the muscles involved. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned fitness enthusiast, this resource is invaluable for home, travel, or on-the-go workouts, providing a go-to reference for achieving your fitness goals.

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#24 The Naked Warrior by Pavel Tsatsouline

#23 The Ultimate Guide To Push-Ups by David Nordmark

#22 Natural Fitness by David Nordmark

#21 Animal Workouts by David Nordmark

#20 The Power of Push-Ups by Rodney C. Womack III

#19 Bodyweight Exercises For Extraordinary Strength by Brad Johnson

#18 You Are Your Own Gym By Mark Lauren

#17 7 Weeks To 50 Pull-Ups by Brett Stewart

#16 Never Gymless by Ross Enamait

#15 Gymless by Alistair Ramsay (digital product)

#14 Dinosaur Bodyweight Training by Brooks Kubik

#13 Building The Gymnastic Body by Christopher Sommer

#12 7 Weeks to 100 Push-Ups by Steve Speirs

#11 No Gym Necessary by Virgil Aponte (digital product)

#10 The Weightless Workout by Health for Life

Hard Core Fitness: Training Developed in Some of America’s Toughest Prisons

#9 The Muscle Experiment by Mike Thiga (digital product)

#8 Solitary Fitness by Charles Bronson

#7 Bullet Proof Abs – Beyond Crunches

#6 The Naked Warrior Pavel has some great info in this classic book.#5 8 Weeks to SEALFIT by Coach Mark Divine

#5 Herschel Walker’s Basic Training Workout Series

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#4 Pace: The 12-Minute Fitness Revolution (Exercise Workout Books)

#3 Bodyweight Exercise Revolution by Adam Steer (digitial product)

#2 Flowfit by Scott Sonnon

#1 CONVICT CONDITIONING BY PAUL WADEConvict Conditioning by Coach Paul Wade


#26 Max Capacity Training by Samy Peyret
#26 Body Sculpting Bodyweight Exercises for Women by Eddie Baran
Turbulence Training by Craig Ballantyne (multiple digital products)
Monkey Fit: 21 Functional Bodyweight Drills & Exercises by Tim Jones
Grinder Strength Pull-Ups by Brad McLeod (digital product)
Fitness On A Swing Set by Karen M. Goeller

Hand-Balancing for Muscular Development by Bill Hinbern
The Ultimate Guide To Handstand Push-Ups by Christopher Logan
Maximum Muscular Fitness by Dan Riley
The Gravity Advantage by Paul Zaichik
The Gravity Advantage Max by Paul Zaichik
The Power of One by Paul Zaichik
Ultimate Wrestling Power by Steve Preston (digital product)
Workout Without Weights by Eddie Lomax (digital product)
Parallettes One (P1) by Ryan Hurst & Gold Medal Bodies (digital product)
Rings One (R1) by Ryan Hurst & Gold Medal Bodies (digital product)

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Lean Hybrid Muscle- Bodyweight Edition by Elliot Hulse (digital product)
Final Phase Fat Loss- Bodyweight Edition by Adam Steer (digital product)
Primal Blueprint Fitness by Mark Sisson (digital product)
Combat Conditioning by Matt Furey
Working Out Without Weights by Chuck Gaylord
NHB Strength Training by Lloyd Irving
Wildman Training Manual & Course by John Grube
The Body Weight Solution by Tim Bell (digital product)
The Silverback Program by Tim Bell (digital product)
The Bodyweight Blueprint for Fat Loss by Adam Steer (digital product)

The Underground Guide To Warrior Fitness: High Performance Bodyweight Training
Ultimate Gymless Workout by Eddie Lomax (digital product)
Lightning Speed Fitness by Roger Haeske (digital product)
Death, Taxes, & Push-Ups by Ted Skup
Fit by Nature by John Colver
The Navy Seal Workout by Mark De Lisle
This is an old school SEAL workout book that is still a great one today.

The Backyard Workout by Rhadi Ferguson (digital product)
The Bodyweight Blitz by Brian & Shawn Fitzmaurice (digital product)
TBK Fitness Program Tamir Katz
Lose The Weights! by Erik Boudreau
Gym-Free and Ripped by Nathan Kendrick
Bodyweight Power by Bryce Lane
Fitness Secrets of the Road Ninja by Bryce Lane

Zen Martinoli’s 5 Minute Fitness by Zen Martinoli
Convict Conditioning 2 by Paul Wade
A Mighty River of Steel by Bryce Lane
Bodyweight Blast X by Ryan Cooper (digital product)
Overcoming Gravity by Steven Low
Felon Fitness by William Kroger & Trey Teufel
Free Machine Workout Push-Up Report by Stan Hersk (digital product)
7 Weeks To getting Ripped by Brett Stewart

Turbulence Training workout by Craig Ballentyne
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