Ido Portal Training Book (alternatives)

Ido Portal

Look, I know there are a lot of people out there that want Ido to publish a book, manual, or even compile notes from one of his MovementX seminars.  I’ve been checking the Ido Portal website for over 2 years waiting for the “store” link to produce some content.  I am a fan of his work, I’ll admit it.  A book, poster, manual… something… anything Ido.

We will buy.

But, the reality is that there hasn’t been any buyable content generated from Ido Portal, and quite honestly, I am not sure that there ever will be since Ido is an ever evolving teacher.

Putting words on a page that will stay there forever doesn’t seem like his style.

So, instead of combing through Ido’s old blog in desperate search of a place to start (which I have done out of curiosity), it is important to explore other resources that are well known for being superior in their respective niche’s.

Here are a few to get you started…

Gymnastics/Ground Based Movement

There aren’t many training tactics that will get you more functionally strong than gymnastics-based drills, particularly ring-based gymnastics work.  If you enjoy a systematic approach to training, and want to establish bodyweight self-dominance, these resources is must have for your library.

Barbell Training (all by Mark Rippletoe)

All of the books listed above were written by Mark Rippletoe, a few of the early editions even date back to 2005, 2007 and 2009 which in the fitness realm might seem ancient.  However, don’t be fooled by the bland cover art and no nonsense titles because I will tell you without hesitation that all of these books hold up to this day.

Barbell training is barbell training, not much as changed, and Rippletoe has been doing it long enough to give a world-class perspective on technique and progressions.

Whether you’re a beginner in search of a logical starting point or an expert lifter with years of training under your belt, it never hurts to go back to the basics.  Don’t confuse “basic” training with “ineffective” training.

Strength is one of the foundational pillars for physical development and always will be.  Ido talks often about the importance of building strength to support more technical forms of movement.  It’s essential.  You’ll find many references to Ido training heavy deadlifts and back squats.

Remember, single arm chin-ups and handstands are impressive feats of strength and athleticism, but they are also upper body exclusive feats.

Deadlifts and squats are important elements to a great training program.

Kettlebell Training

Pavel Psatsouline deserves credit for igniting interest in kettlebells in the Western hemisphere.  And while kettlebells have put a bad taste in some people’s mouths in recent years (anything that becomes too mainstream gets negative press), it is important to understand that kettlebells remain a brutally effective training tool.

Any fitness tool or tactic that catches fire in the mainstream is going to inevitably breed some really bad products and programs.

Pavel continues to publish fantastic content to this day, under the StrongFirst brand.

Sport Performance

Mark Verstegen and Mike Boyle are juggernauts in the sports performance arena.  Core Performance and Functional Training for Sports are two of the first performance enhancement books I ever read.  Both books completely shifted what I thought I knew about my time in the weight room.  My only regret is that I found them when I was finished with my collegiate athletic career.

Anything written by Verstegen or Boyle is going to be quality, they are both highly recognized and respected brands within the performance enhancement community.

Eric Cressey is the new-school of sports performance.  His brick and mortar training centers, Cressey Performance, and consistently packed with professional athletes from all sports.  He is a highly sought after strength and conditioning coach, fantastic book here.

Body Care/Maintenance

Becoming a Supple Leopard is a practical guide to fixing yourself.  Sounds funny to say, but that is exactly what Kelly is going to help you do.  Not every piece of advice in Becoming a Supple Leopard is going to apply to your situation, but you’ll find a goldmine of tips and pearls throughout the pages.

The Roll Model is a guide to self-massage, re-establishing mobility, tension relief and eliminating unwanted aches and pains.  Jill teamed up with Kelly Starrett for this book.  If you constantly feel like you need a massage, it’s time to learn how to treat yourself, at home, whenever you want.  Your bank account will thank you.

Gray Cook is a legend in the movement world.  Gray was one of the first to apply a scoring system to movement quality and use that scoring system to quantify an action plan for body imbalances/weak spots.  This book was published in 2003, but if you’ve never used any of Gray’s drills, particularly the “chop” and “lift” drill progressions, you’re in a for a treat.

Establishing symmetry in the body is a noble pursuit that will keep you healthy and performing at a high level for a long time.


There you have it, alternatives to keep you busy until Ido decides to publish his training philosophies.  But don’t hold your breath on an Ido Portal book anytime soon…





5 thoughts on “Ido Portal Training Book (alternatives)

  1. hey kyle whats up,
    thanks for the post, very useful!
    any particular reason to not include coach sommer at yout library?

    1. Hi Caue, I apologize for the delay in response. To be honest, I was in the process of learning what Coach Sommer was all about, including his Gymnastics Bodies program. I’ve since become a HUGE fan. His interview with Tim Ferriss was fantastic. I definitely endorse his body of work.

  2. Some huge pieces are missing, like Charles Poliquin books (for programming and “structural balance” stuff), Thomas Kurz (for flexibility-loaded progressive stretching starts here), Wushu stuff (look for Emmet Louis on youtube), Handbalancing (Yuval Ayalon and Yuri Marmerstein are good resources, the first one studied also with Claude Victoria), Gold Medal Bodies GMB (for flows and some acrobatics), Kit Laughlin (stretching), look Nauli on youtube (for breathing stuff), David Bercelli (Trauma exercises), and so on. Ido has provided great info but in my opinion has been a fool. Just mentioning great stuff but only provide it for 1000 dollars leaves a huge gap that has been taken for many others.

    1. Hi bigpapa, thank you for the comment. I 100% agree with you regarding your comments. The post wasn’t intended to be an end all blog post on resources, just a starter for people who are interested in Ido’s body of work. His programs are expensive yes, but his results with those who do the work speak for themselves. I don’t believe that any one of the YouTube videos of his online clients that demonstrate progress across a time period are examples of outliers… but rather people who invested in his advice and chose to do the work. Kit Laughlin is great, I agree, I have been hammering a select few of his stretching techniques lately and it’s fantastic. Charles Poliquin is great as well… however if you look around in the blog I have been an advocate of the Gray Cook FMS for years. It’s important stuff. Injuries happen yes, but they are very preventable in most cases. Gold Medal Bodies are great yes, I do like their platform and how they have taken very challenges principles of gymnastics training and made it pallitable for the masses. Chris Sommer is a badass. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to his interview with Tim Ferriss… please do. His experience and body of work is incredible.

      Again, thanks for swinging by, I love talking shop and it’s great to receive recommendations from readers. Never stop learning and exploring! 🙂

      1. Hey, thank your for the nice comment, I haven’t study Gray Cook so I’ll take a look into it 🙂 I’m actually grateful that Ido stuff is so costly, because it has force me to learn so much that I think I would in a 3 month online coaching! Now I’m fascinated with learning a little bit about the human body everyday. It looks like it’s your experience too.

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