MaD Lending Library


Nutrition Books

The Primal Blueprint – Mark Sisson

The Primal Blueprint is a simple, flexible plan to help you look and feel your best without struggling or suffering, by adapting the simple lifestyle practices of our hunter-gatherer ancestors into modern life. Sisson presents the compelling premise that you can reprogram your genes in the direction of weight loss, health, and longevity by following 10 immutable Primal Blueprint lifestyle laws validated by two million years of human evolution.


The Paleo Solution – Robb Wolf

Do you want to lose fat and stay young, all while avoiding cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and a host of other illnesses? The Paleo Solution incorporates the latest, cutting edge research from genetics, biochemistry and anthropology to help you look, feel and perform your best. With Robb’s unique perspective as both scientist and coach you will learn how simple nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes can radically change your appearance and health for the better.


Good Calories Bad Calories – Gary Taubes

Dieting, exercise memberships, and extreme sports programs are at an all-time high, yet obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases are reaching epidemic levels. Could it be that we’re not being told the truth about low-fat diets, cholesterol restriction and calorie counting? This book explores the actual science (or lack of it) behind these popular beliefs and gives an alternative understanding of calories, carbohydrates and fats based on decades of research and studies. This is an exceptionally interesting book.


The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan

The question of what to have for dinner has confronted us since man discovered fire. But as Michael Pollan explains in this revolutionary book, how we answer it now, as the dawn of the twenty-first century, may determine our survival as a species. Packed with profound surprises, The Omnivore’s Dilemma is changing the way Americans think about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating.


Zone Perfect meals in minutes – Barry Sears

Two million people are already in the Zone, enjoying peak mental alertness, increased energy, and a reduced likelihood of chronic disease –– all while losing excess body fat. Want to get into the Zone but don’t have the time? Now, in this all–new collection of easy and delicious recipes, Dr. Barry Sears shows you how to prepare more than 150 Zone–Perfect recipes in minutes.


The Zone – Barry Sears

In this scientific and revolutionary book, based on Nobel Prize-winning research, medical visionary and former Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Dr. Barry Sears makes peak physical and mental performance, as well as permanent fat loss, simple for you to understand and achieve.

The Zone provides all you need to begin your journey toward permanent fat loss, great health and all-round peak performance


The Paleo Diet – Loren Cordain

Healthy, delicious, and simple, the Paleo Diet is the diet we were designed to eat.  Dr Loren Cordain demonstrates how, by eating your fill of satisfying and delicious lean meats and fish, fresh fruits, snacks, and non-starchy vegetables, you can lose weight and prevent and treat heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and many other illnesses. The Paleo Diet is the only diet proven by nature to fight disease, provide maximum energy, and keep you naturally thin, strong, and active-while enjoying every satisfying and delicious bite.


Why we get fat – Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century—none more damaging or misguided than the “calories-in, calories-out” model of why we get fat—and the good science that has been ignored. He also answers the most persistent questions: Why are some people thin and others fat? What roles do exercise and genetics play in our weight? What foods should we eat, and what foods should we avoid? Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat is an essential guide to nutrition and weight management.


The Protein Power Lifeplan – Michael R Eades, Mary Dan Eades

The Protein Power Lifeplan is not easy reading-most of the book is made up of scientific explanations, research summaries and interpretations, and nutritional warnings-but no recipes. The authors admit that if you’re trying to lose weight, you have to limit calories, but if you’re not, you can “munch on nuts, seeds, nut butters, cheeses, jerky, guacamole, and olives all day long.


It Starts with Food – Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

It Starts With Food outlines a clear, balanced, sustainable plan to change the way you eat forever–and transform your life in unexpected ways. Infused with their signature wit, tough love and common sense, It Starts With Food is based on the latest scientific research and real-life experience, and includes success stories, a shopping guide, a meal planning template, a meal plan with creative, delicious recipes, an extensive list of resources, and much more.


The Paleo Answer – Loren Cordain

In The Paleo Answer Dr Cordain shows you how to supercharge the Paleo Diet for optimal lifelong health and weight loss. Whether you’ve been following a Paleo-friendly diet and want to take it to the next level or are just discovering the benefits of going Paleo, this book will help you follow the Paleo path to the fullest—for lifelong health, increased energy, better sleep, lower stress and weight loss.


The Paleo Diet for Athletes – Loren Cordain & Joe Friel

Dr. Cordain joins with USA triathlon and cycling elite coach Joe Friel to adapt the Paleo Diet to the needs of athletes. The authors show:

  • Why the typical athletic diet (top-heavy with grains, starches, and refined sugars) is detrimental to recovery, performance, and health;
  • How the glycemic load and acid-base balance impact performance;
  • Why consumption of starches and simple sugars is only beneficial in the immediate post-exercise period.


The Vegetarian Myth – Lierre Keith

Part memoir, nutritional primer, and political manifesto, this controversial examination exposes the destructive history of agriculture and asserts that, in order to save the planet, food must come from within living communities. Through the deeply personal narrative of someone who practiced veganism for 20 years, this unique exploration also discusses alternatives to industrial farming, reveals the risks of a vegan diet, and explains why animals belong on ecologically sound farms.


In Defense of Food – Michael Pollan

With In Defense of Food, Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. ” Pollan’s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.


Food Rules, an Eaters Manual – Michael Pollan

This brilliant pairing is rooted in Pollan’s and Kalman’s shared appreciation for eating’s pleasures, and their understanding that eating doesn’t have to be so complicated. Written with the clarity, concision, and wit that is Michael Pollan’s trademark, this indispensable handbook lays out a set of straightforward, memorable rules for eating wisely. Kalman’s paintings remind us that there is delight in learning to eat well.


Sweet Poison – David Gillespie

David Gillespie was 40kg overweight, lethargic, sleep-deprived and the father of four, with twins on the way. He knew he needed to lose weight fast, but he had run out of diets – all had failed. After doing some reading on evolution, David cut sugar – specifically fructose – from his diet. He immediately started to lose weight, and kept it off. Sweet Poison exposes one of the great health scourges of our time and offers a wealth of practical and accessible information on how to avoid fructose, increase your enjoyment of food and lose weight.


Other books

Lights out, sleep, sugar and survival – TS Wiley/Bent Formby

T.S. Wiley and Bent Formby deliver staggering findings: Diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and depression are rising in our population. We’re literally dying for a good night’s sleep.

Wiley and Formby also reveal:

  • That studies prove the role of sleeplessness in diabetes, heart disease, cancer, infertility, mental illness, and premature aging;
  • Why the carbohydrate-rich diets are not only ridiculously ineffective but deadly;
  • Why the lifesaving information that can turn things around is one of the best-kept secrets.


Bad Science – Ben Goldacre

Ben Goldacre has made a point of exposing quack doctors and nutritionists, bogus credentialing programs, and biased scientific studies. He has also taken the media to task for its willingness to throw facts and proof out the window. But he’s not here just to tell you what’s wrong. Goldacre is here to teach you how to evaluate placebo effects, double-blind studies, and sample sizes, so that you can recognize bad science when you see it. You’re about to feel a whole lot better.


The Myth of Stress – Andrew Bernstein

Through Bernstein research he has realized that stress doesn’t come from your circumstances—it comes from your thoughts about your circumstances. Seeing this, Bernstein realized that the antidote to stress is not exercise or physical relaxation, but finding these stress-producing thoughts and finally dismantling them. He created a process called ActivInsight that helps you do this on your own in just seven steps, often yielding life-changing breakthroughs in a matter of minutes.


Brother Iron Sister Steel, A Bodybuilder’s Book – Draper

Brother Iron, Sister Steel is a private journey into bodybuilding as only Dave Draper, former Mr. America, Mr. Universe and Mr. World, can tell it. Training techniques, exercise descriptions and nutritional strategies form the book’s foundation, but what glues this book together are Dave’s personal experiences and insights, humor and candidness, all of which speak to the heart and soul.


The E myth revisited – Michael Gerber

The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed. After you have read The E-Myth Revisited, you will truly be able to grow your business in a predictable and productive way.


Unhooked, How to Quit Anything – Woolverton and Shapiro

Unhooked: How to Quit Anything is a smart, readable, and actionable guide to conquering any addictive habit. Using real patient examples as well as research and his own experience, Dr. Woolverton shows us how to thrive without self-medicating. His approach is an unorthodox blend of straight forward changes to behaviour and open and honest conversation with another person. Let Dr. Woolverton help you kick your addiction and move on with your life today!


Business related books

Secret Service – Dijulius

All businesses have customers, but how many of them deliver unforgettably good customer service? “Secret Service” reveals the hidden systems of the few exceptional companies that do: what actions they take behind the scenes to consistently surpass customer expectations.

“Secret Service” reveals clever, practical ideas that can be transformed into repeatable best practices in any organization and at every level.


Guerrilla Marketing, Easy and Inexpensive strategies for Big profits from your small business – Jay Levinson

Based on hundreds of solid ideas that really work, Levinson’s philosophy has given birth to a new way of learning about market share and how to gain it. In this completely updated and expanded fourth edition, Levinson offers a new arsenal of weaponry for small-business success. Guerrilla Marketing is the entrepreneur’s marketing bible and the book every small-business owner should have on his or her shelf.


The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behaviour crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.


The 4-hour Work-Week, Escape 9-5, live anywhere and join the new rich – Timothy Ferriss

Tim Ferriss is an extraordinary young man on a mission. The 28-year-old serial vagabond and successful entrepreneur has been teaching a wildly popular course at Princeton University for the past 4 years – a how-to and why-to guide to throwing out the old tools and methods for success (balancing life and work, retiring well, having a great nest egg) and replacing them with a whole new way of living.


Outliers, The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”-the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.


A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose – Eckhart Tolle

Building on the astonishing success of The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle presents readers with an honest look at the current state of humanity: He implores us to see and accept that this state, which is based on an erroneous identification with the egoic mind, is one of dangerous insanity.

Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are, which is something infinitely greater than anything we currently think we are, and learn to live and breathe freely.


Do You! 12 laws to access the power n you to achieve happiness & success – Russell Simmons

Since rising out of the New York City streets over twenty-five years ago, Russell Simmons has helped create such ground breaking ventures as Def Jam Records, Phat Farm, and Def Comedy Jam.  In twelve straight forward steps, Russell reveals a path that can be followed by anyone struggling to realize their dreams. Blending business insight, universal spiritual truths, and an inspired sense of purpose, Do You! crosses the lines of age, race, and background, with wisdom that will lift you up and motivate you to pursue your vision.


The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescrption Drugs

Everything you need to know about prescription

  • Why was this drug prescribed for me?
  • What are the benefits and risks of taking this drug?
  • Are there any side effects I should watch for?
  • What questions should I ask my doctor about this prescription?

You’ll find the answers to all these questions and more in this accessible, up-to-date resource.


Specific sporting books

Inside the Box – T.J. Murphy

In Inside the Box, veteran journalist and marathoner T.J. Murphy goes all in to expose the gritty, high-intensity sport of CrossFit®.

Murphy faced a future with a permanent limp from one too many marathons. Desperate to reclaim his fitness and strength, the 47-year-old signed up for his first CrossFit® workout with nothing to lose. Anaerobically blasted by each workout of the day, Murphy discovered a sweat-soaked fitness revolution that’s transforming bodies and lives.

Inside the Box is Murphy’s journey through CrossFit. From staggering newcomer to evangelist, Murphy finds out how it feels, why it’s so popular, whether it can fix his broken body.

Classic NZ Mountain Bike Rides

The Kennett brothers have with their books created the bible of where the mountain biking network of trials are across New Zealand . They have the rides rated for difficulty, directions to get to the tracks and directions while on the rides if needed. There are handcrafted maps for some rides and approximate distances for the ride etc . The great must do rides have the big thumbs up beside them. The Kennett brothers have later editions in the book shops since this book. The last edition update was about December 2008.


Bicycling Magazines Century Training Program – Marla Streb

A complete training program for riding–and enjoying–cycling’s fastest growing challenge
Champion pro cyclist Marla Streb provides a thorough manual for anyone who wants to train for this distance. She offers guidelines for:
• customizing a training plan based on fitness level and century pace goal
• getting proper bike fit and choosing the right equipment
• training and ride-day strategies for optimal fueling and hydration
This book is an indispensable guide for recreational and competitive cyclists alike.


Pose Method of Running – Dr Romanov

Dr. Romanov’s Pose Method Of Running brings his revolutionary ideas that changed the world of running to the professional athlete and amateur alike. In a very succinct and enjoyable manner, it teaches one to perform to the very best of his ability, using the Pose running techniqueUntil Dr Romanov’s discovery there was no coherent theory on the subject. Running was practiced, but not taught as a skill. The Pose Method proposes to teach running as a skill with its own theory, concepts, and exercises.


50 Marathons 50 Days – Dean Karnazes

In this heart-pounding book, Dean reveals how he pulled off this unfathomable feat with a determination that defied all physical limitations. But Dean goes beyond the story of the Endurance 50 marathons to share his invaluable secrets and advice for athletes of all levels. Learn how to:
· Recover more quickly
· Adapt to extreme conditions
· Prevent muscle cramps and overheating
· Pace yourself when you “hit the wall”
· Stay motivated.
Packed with practical advice and including training regimens, 50/50 will inspire you no matter what your fitness goal is, whether it’s simply walking around the block, running a 10K, or completing yet another Ironman.


Born to Run – Christopher McDougall

An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?
Isolated by Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. McDougall’s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.


Training books

Free + Style – Carl Paoli

Freestyle: Maximize Your Sport and Life Performance with Four Basic Movements is an interactive way to learn how the body is designed to move through space and how to interact with our constantly changing surroundings. Using this framework and four basic movements, Paoli will help you maximize your efforts in sport and life, regardless of specialty.

Never Let Go – Dan John

Coach Dan John breaks down the most complicated concepts of strength training and high-performance athletics in his personal, no-nonsense, thought-provoking and motivating style. Workout routines, Olympic lifting guidance, Highland Games, track and field and Strongman events are all covered, in addition to weight training philosophy for the general public. You’ll learn…How to get stronger, faster and leaner; Simple steps to great conditioning; What it takes to compete at high-level athletics; Dan John’s top training tips; Effective workouts to carry you through your training seasons; Variations of the classic 5×5 workout; Sample kettlebell and barbell workout combinations; Outdoor cardiovascular training options for athletes; And much more…

Power, Speed, Endurance – Brian MacKenzie

Power, Speed, ENDURANCE is a highly effective training system that has catapulted thousands of endurance athletes to the next level. Developed by CrossFit Endurance founder Brian MacKenzie and featuring instruction from some of the world’s top endurance and CrossFit coaches, Power, Speed, ENDURANCE unveils techniques, drills, and training strategies that will optimize your performance and overall work capacity while decreasing your susceptibility to injury.


Becoming a Supple Leopard – Dr Kelly Starrett
The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance

In this one of a kind training manual, Kelly Starrett—founder of, maps out a detailed system comprised of more than two hundred techniques and illuminates common movement errors that cause injury and rob you of speed, power, endurance, and strength. Whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior, or simply someone wanting to live healthy and free from restrictions, Becoming a Supple Leopard, will teach you how to maintain your body and harness your genetic potential.


The Female Body Breakthrough – Rachel Cosgrove

The ultimate guide to strength training for sustainable fat-loss, increased energy, and healthy body image for women who want to be in great shape, look amazing, and feel sexy and empowered.

Now any woman can get results with The Female Body Breakthrough. A program for every female who is tired of starving herself, exercising for hours with no results, and feeling bad about it all, this revolutionary plan uses a combination of innovative strength training and sensible nutrition.

Written in an accessible, girlfriend-to-girlfriend tone, The Female Body Breakthrough delivers doses of motivational advice, testimonials from real Fit Females, and all the know-how any woman needs to get a strong, healthy body.


The New Rules of Lifting for Women – Lou Schuler & Cassandra Forsythe

In The New Rules of Lifting for Women, fitness experts and authors Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove continue their wildly popular New Rules of Lifting series with a comprehensive strength training, conditioning, and nutrition plan specifically designed to help women reap the benefits of weightlifting. The New Rules of Lifting for Women includes six months’ worth of progressively challenging workouts that strip fat while increasing strength and building lean, head-turning muscle—all in two to three hours a week. The authors also provide an easy-to-use, customizable nutrition program that shows you how much to eat to reach your goals.


Movitational books

Get Carter – Phil Taylor

Hamish Carter is one of New Zealand’s best-known and best-loved athletes. His career at the top of world triathlon has spanned an incredible 15 years and his crowning glory came at the Athens Olympics in 2004 when he won gold. In 2006, at the age of 35, Hamish finished second in the world championships. His book will not just be a formulaic regurgitation of his stellar athletics career. It will include all those elements which have made Hamish a household name in New Zealand. It will in part be inspirational, as well as motivational.


Running Hot – Lisa Tamati

The Badwater Ultramarathon through California’s Death Valley is one of the world’s toughest races. Lisa Tamati was the first New Zealand woman to compete in the race. At the age of 19 she suffered a crippling back injury and was told she should give up running. She took that as a challenge and went on to run, walk, bike, and paddle her way across thousands of miles of Europe, Scandinavia, and Africa before taking on the ultimate challenge—an unassisted crossing of the Libyan Desert. This is a story of a life lived to the max—a story of challenges, setbacks, heartbreaks, and triumph.


Kiss or Kill, Confessions of a serial climber – Twight

KISS OR KILL Sit back and join the ride with this collection of edge-of-your-seat climbing stories by MarkTwight aka Dr. Doom. “Somewhere out there somebody understands these words and knows they matter. They were written in blood, learned by heart.” Mark Twight

Each story is told in Twight’s taut, in-your-face style. Brand-new epilogues bring each piece full circle, providing updated information and fresh, hindsight perspectives.

Paleo Cookbooks

Paleo Comfort Foods – Mayfield

Practical Paleo – Diane Sanfilippo

Everyday Paleo – Sarah Fragoso

The Primal Blueprint Cookbook – Mark Sisson & Jennifer Meier

Rosa’s new Mexican Table – Roberto Santibanez

Primal Blueprint, Quick & Easy Meals – Mark Sisson & Jennifer Meier

Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook – Sarah Fragoso

Well Fed – Melissa Joulwan


Food Inc

King Corn

Fat Head