Top 10 Summer Reads


This summer you’ll be eating clean and feeling fit, but will you feed your mind a balanced diet, too?

Put down that trashy thriller or latest gossip mag when you’re lounging pool-side, and instead dig into what the top Coaches are reading. Even better, download the audio versions and learn something new on your way to your next vacation.

What materials have proven results? We asked Team Beachbody® Elite Coaches to weigh in. Here are some of their favorite reads, including a few suggestions of our own. These gems are guaranteed to keep you inspired from the boardroom to the boardwalk – all summer long.    

1.) The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life by Jeff Olson

“Olson taught me what I do or don’t do each day makes a difference. Success does not come in “leaps and bounds” but in the small, mundane, tedious activities we do each day. I use it with my Coaches all the time – it is life changing,” says Elite Coach, Deborah Baska.

Elite Coach Linsey Catarino also recommended The Slight Edge saying, “This was the book that gave me my first big “A-ha” moment as a new Coach. I finally understood that doing a little bit every day would get me to my big goals.”

2.) The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben

It’ll make you laugh. It’ll make you cry. And it’ll make you deep clean your closet. During Gretchen Ruben’s year-long journey, she makes her way through ancient practices, scientific theories and popular trends in a quest to understand happiness. Grab this fun read and soon you’ll be customizing your own happiness project to your Team Beachbody lifestyle. 

3.) Think and Grow Rich: Your Key to Financial Wealth and Power by Napoleon Hill

One of the most popular self help books of all time. Elite Coach, Mike Ryan, explains it perfectly. “Napoleon spent 25 years interviewing and living with the 500 most successful people in the world,” says Ryan. “Can you imagine getting to spend significant time with Carl on a daily basis, see how he lives, how he thinks?  Now multiply that times 499 other top business people and you have the pages of this book.”

4.) The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

If you’re looking to blast past your goals this is your go-to read. Recommended by Elite Coach, Josh Spencer, this one tells you how you should be walking and talking to ensure the success you deserve.

5.) Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters by Jon Acuff 

We all know the hardest part is starting. Acuff leads readers on an accelerated but accessible journey from average to awesome. “It’s great for people wanting to take the leap to get paid for what they’re passionate about,” said Elite Coach, Michelle Myers.

6.) The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy  

“If you want to be excellent in life—business, fitness, relationships—it all boils down to your daily habits. If you master this, you can master anything.” Darren Hardy’s story of creating success through consistent, persistent daily effort is inspiring, relatable, and applicable,” explains Elite Coach Trina Gray. “I shared The Compound Effect with my Team and noticed big changes once they understood Hardy’s core message,” added Elite Coach, Nicole Jones.

7.) The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

Live more and work less with the streamlined tips and tricks that will make you the CEO of your life and business. “Four Hour Work Week is helping me design my life, not let my life design me,” says Elite Coach Lindsay Catarino.

8.) The Attractor Factor by Joe Vitale

Success, like beauty, is more than skin deep. Vitale combines marketing principles and Personal Development strategies in five easy steps. His suggestions will have you winning friends and business partners left and right. “I learned that what I think about is what I attract. Believing this one thing has been the game changer for me in life and business,” explains Elite Coach, Deborah Baska. 

9.) Put Your Dream to the Test by John C. Maxwell

Legendary author John C. Maxwell will be the keynote speaker at Summit 2013. “I like the way Maxwell puts it,” says Elite Coach, Alvin Lopez. “The lessons will always be the same no matter who tells them, the style is what makes each book different and what makes Maxwell so effective.” For additional recommended reads by Maxwell dive into: 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, The Daily Reader, Falling Forward and 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.

10.) Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss

As a #1 New York Times Bestseller, this story digs into the rise of processed foods in America and how they are making us fatter. Elite Coach, Julie Voris, recommended this eye-opening look at the food industry as an excellent read to help end the trend.

For more suggested reads, don’t forget the Personal Development section in the Coach Online Office. //