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Train for Strength — in Body and Soul
Is your spirit faithful but your flesh flabby? Has your Temple of the Holy Spirit begun to creak and crumble? Then let Fit for Eternal Life show you how to build it up again.
Most any workout book can help you bulk up or slim down, but only here will you find a truly Christian approach to physical fitness. As Catholic psychologist and veteran bodybuilder Kevin Vost (author of Memorize the Faith!) reveals, God’s command to “be perfect” applies not only to our moral life, but also to our bodies. By Him we were “wonderfully made” as creatures corporal and spiritual. The stronger and more enduring we make our bodies, the better we imitate Christ – in whom perfect physical strength, endurance, and beauty were incarnated.
Best of all: it doesn’t take a lot of time, special knowledge, or fancy equipment to do it. Dr. Vost explains the basic principles of strength and endurance training in a way you can understand (even if you haven’t been in a gym for years — or ever), and then helps you assemble an effective, personalized workout program that can be performed in as little as twenty minutes per week, leaving you plenty of time (and energy) to be an active Christian parent, spouse, and disciple.
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Having a strong and fit physique is not just for a select few. Neither must it be separate from (or worse, opposed to) a life of the spirit. Fit for Eternal Life shows you how to make your Temple healthier, more beautiful, and more zealous in this world, and will help prepare you for everlasting happiness with God in the next.
Read an excerpt.
I'm almost 66. If I hadn't found Kevin Vost's book, my body, at least, would not have been fit for much of anything, leastwise eternal life, fast approaching. Since I had concentrated only on my mind and soul, my body suffered. Though I ignored my body for years, considering it the least important of God's gifts, Kevin's book with its sensible eating and workout plans convinced me that corporal health was not only worth a try, but that God demanded it!
There is certainly something here for everyone who has the ability to move about. There are specific exercises that require a gym; some require only weights and room to use them; much of the aerobics and calisthenics require only perseverance and perspiration.
The additional--or should I say, crowning--point is the inclusion of apt references to St. Thomas Aquinas, ancient philosophers, and even to saintly but not "over-muscly" Pope Pius XII, who proclaimed: "The human body is in its own right, God's masterpiece."
I was surprised and quite impressed by Vost's thorough, yet clever, combination of his wealth of weight training, aerobic and spiritual knowledge. This book will do well to suit and inform anyone hoping to become, not only more physically fit and spiritually aware, but a better spouse, parent, or friend. In his unique and well written format, you will find a good deal of valuable information about traditional aerobic activities, as well as helpful suggestions such as, implementing boring household chores (while listening to your favorite spiritual music) as part of your routine. As for the weight training technique he outlines in the book, it is what is known as "HIT" or High Intensity Training. This method, which would leave me feeling like I hadn't gotten my moneys worth out of my gym membership, could rightfully be called "LTN" for Less Time Needed. If you follow his plan and remain diligent in doing so, there is no doubt that his system will help you to become more fit.
1. Introducing Total Fitness
2. The Virtues of Fitness
3. Progression Toward Perfection
4. Intensity for Muscular Immensity
5. Duration in Moderation
6. Frequency for Results You'll See
7. Rest to Grow Best
8. Form Must Be the Norm
9. Order Makes Workouts Shorter
10. Heart, Soul, and Lungs: Formal Aerobic Exercise
11. Real Work Works: The Value of Normal Daily Activities
12. Habit, Not Diet
13. Goodbye to Gluttony
14. Building Your Own Strength Routine
15. Simple Sample Weekly Workouts
16. The Virtue of Results
Memorize the Faith!
Unearthing Your Ten Talents
Finding God’s Will for You
Seven Deadly Sins