*Starting Strength is mandatory. No questions asked.
5/3/1 is a great program. Start that after you’ve completed the program written in starting strength.
For nutrition, get Precision Nutrition. It’s a diet plan that flat out works.
For soft tissue, use Eric Cressey’s recommendations in Maximum Strength.
*For Philosophy, motivation, and brain food, get Dan John’s Never Let Go.
If you want to read the words of a classic bodybuilder, opt for “Education of a Bodybuilder” by Schwarzenegger instead of “Brother Iron, Sister Steel” by Draper.
Arnold’s writing style is more straightforward than Draper’s, and so it’s more entertaining to read.
For a lot of info about weight training in general, at $15, get the Lift Strong DVD.
Annnnd that ended up being a lot of things. Basically, if you have to pick two, get Starting Strength and Never Let Go