Our Top Book Recommendations for 2021

If you are here, you know at Team LoCoFit we place an emphasis on education. We value educating our clients throughout the coaching process and continuing our education as coaches (and humans). Furthering your education does not mean you have to go out and get a degree or take a class (unless you want to then, hell yes, go you). Rather, reading and listening to audiobooks is an accessible way to keep learning and enriching your mind no matter what your formal education status may be.

So whether you are looking to read more in the new year or just get some new ideas for reading materials, here are our coaches’ top recommendations for books that will grow your brain in 2021.


The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It

By Kelly McGonigal PhD

Synopsis: In The Upside of Stress, Psychologist Kelly McGonigal shares her research into stress and how it may not be the problem we have been told it is. Rather she explores the possible benefits of stress and how we can leverage stress for our betterment through our perceptions.

Why Laurin Loved It: “This was hands down my favorite book I read this year! I had read some of the literature around stress perception and saw how vital it was to understanding stress. We’ve been told for years that ‘stress is killing us’ and ‘stress is the problem’ but really, it’s our perception of stress that is the problem. This concept and its application has quickly become one of the most important lessons I can work on with clients. The book does an incredible job of breaking down the relevant literature in the field, doesn’t include the fluff that we see from most books on stress and is written in a way that is easy to understand regardless of your background. Oh, and it’s fully cited for the nerds who want to read the research associated with the book!”


Man’s Search for Meaning

By Viktor E. Frankl

Synopsis: First published in 1946, A Man’s Search for Meaning shares the author’s experiences as a concentration camp prisoner and of man’s will to live and find meaning, despite his circumstance.

Why Karina Loved It: “I’ve actually read this one a few times throughout my lifetime since high school, but it was definitely needed this year! This book chronicles his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, and describing his psychotherapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positive about, and then immersively imagining that outcome. It is essentially a book about the strength of a person’s will power to help them survive and maintain mental sanity in the most horrific of circumstances.”


12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

By Jordan B. Peterson

Synopsis: Renowned clinical psychologist, Jordan Peterson, answers life’s most difficult questions through both hard truths that emerged through tradition, alongside the revelations of modern scientific research. Peterson covers discipline, freedom, responsibility, and adventure within 12 simple rules.

Why Gillian Loved It: “I loved this book from the first chapter! Seems so simple and practical, but the way Peterson dives into each concept and finds a way to make them entertaining and digestible is really something else. This is one of those books that everyone can benefit from reading and the messages are very impactful.”

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