updated Feb 2018
This list of mental toughness books for athletes is continually updated with the best reads to help you unlock your athletic potential.
You’ll find a wide-range of subjects – from creating habits, to improving your performance, and cookbooks – to help fuel your mind and body.
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth
How Bad Do You Want It? Mastering the Psychology of Mind over Muscle, Matt Fitzgerald
The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance, W. Timothy Gallwey
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise, Anders Erisson, Robert Pool
Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running, Danny Dreyer, Katherine Dreyer
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg
Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness, Scott Jurek
The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance, Steven Kotler
Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes, Shalane Flanagan, Elyse Kopecky
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, Christopher McDougall
A fascinating look into the Tarahumara tribe who runs hundreds of miles and breaks all conventional running rules without experiencing injuries.