Looking for some motivation to help you achieve your fitness goals? Look no further than these five inspirational biographies of extraordinary athletes who overcame obstacles and achieved greatness.

  1. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, the incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who survived a plane crash during World War II and spent 47 days adrift in the Pacific Ocean before being captured by the Japanese. Despite enduring unspeakable torture and hardship as a prisoner of war, Zamperini refused to give up and ultimately emerged triumphant.

  2. Open by Andre Agassi, a candid memoir by one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Agassi shares his struggles with fame, addiction, and his complicated relationship with the sport that made him famous. Through it all, he remains honest, insightful, and utterly inspiring.

  3. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, the memoir of the co-founder of Nike. Knight takes readers on a journey through the early days of his business, including the many challenges and setbacks he faced along the way. His perseverance, creativity, and willingness to take risks ultimately led to the creation of one of the most successful brands in history.

  4. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, an exploration of the world of ultra-running and the remarkable athletes who push themselves to the limit. McDougall weaves together science, history, and personal anecdotes to create a thrilling narrative that will inspire you to challenge your own limits.

  5. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, the incredible true story of the University of Washington rowing team that competed in the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. Against all odds, this group of working-class boys beat out the elite teams from Europe and brought home the gold medal. Their determination, teamwork, and grit will leave you feeling inspired and empowered.

So, which of these amazing biographies will you add to your reading list? Happy reading and get ready to be motivated!