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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press (December 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933184310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933184319
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevin Vost, Psy.D. (b. 1961) has taught psychology at the University of Illinois at Springfield, Lincoln Land Community College, MacMurray College, and at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee. A former powerlifter and Highland Games Heavy Events competitor, Dr. Vost has also served as a weightlifting instructor, fitness writer for the International Association of Resistance Trainers, Research Review Committee Member for American Mensa (the high IQ society), lector for St. Agnes Catholic Church, and fast food fries and drink man (a few decades back). His voice (and sometimes the rest of him) travel the globe sharing themes of faith, philosophy, and fitness on radio, television, and in live presentations.

Dr. Vost's latest book is The Seven Deadly Sins and Their Forty-Four Death-Dealing Daughters: A Thomistic Approach to Vanquishing Vice and Sin (Sophia Institute Press, 2015). Other recent books include The One-Minute Aquinas: The Doctor's Quick Answers to Fundamental Questions (Sophia Institute Press,2014), Memorize the Reasons! Defending the Faith with the Catholic Art of Memory (Catholic Answers Press, 2013),Three Irish Saints: A Guide to Finding Your Spiritual Style (TAN, 2012), St. Albert the Great: Champion of Faith and Reason (TAN, 2011) and with the help of co-authors Shane Kapler, Peggy Bowes, and some special guests including author and Son Rise Morning Show producer Matt Swaim -- Tending the Temple: 365 Days of Spiritual and Physical Devotions (Bezalel Books, 2011). Next projects on the plate for late 2014 are "memory module" extensions of Memorize the Reasons! and a Catholic Art of Memory DVD series for Catholic Answers.

A self-styled Aristotelian/Stoic/Albertine/Thomist, this author lives with his wife, two sons, and their two dogs.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy on January 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
Though I love reading and books dearly, few books capture a spirit or goal in my own life as closely as this book does. For years now I have been struggling to achieve an inner and outer balance in my life - balance between mind, body and spirit. In attempting to do so, I have tried various tools, and methods, and strategies. Yet inevitably I find myself off kilter. Now this book seems to be a resource that will help to achieve that balance.

The main reason for that is the person that Dr. Kevin Vost is. He has been a lifelong enthusiast of both academic learning and of physical fitness. He has written and published extensively in the realm of physical fitness and in cognitive and memory mechanics. Dr. Vost does not just write about these topics he also practices them, which makes him an authority not just theoretically but also practically. Dr. Vost has done graduate work and post- graduate work academically and he also has competed in power lifting.

The book flows nicely from topic to topic. It is designed to help you find balance in your life - to be neither a gym rat, nor a book worm, but to have the best of both worlds. It combines wisdom from classical authors down to current competitive athletes. He states: "Intensity and duration of effort, you see, are inversely proportional. How's that? A well-known saying in HIT circles is that 'you can train hard, or you can train long, but you can't do both.' The more demanding the exercise, the shorter the time you're able to sustain it. The harder you work, the sooner you must stop. We all know this from experience. And the kind of exercise that maximizes physical strength is not only intense but also brief.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By JP Grinmore on February 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Being an experienced self taught weightlifter who trains for hours weekly, I was a skeptic of Dr. Vost's training techniques after having stumbled across a copy of, "Fit for Eternal Life" in a local bookstore.

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, in an efficient and effective manner.

Not only have I learned a great deal about my own fitness regiment and how it can be improved, through the author's vast knowledge and experience, I've also acquired a new view to completing (less than desirable) tasks. Being a single father of two teenage boys involved in sports, his section for teen's has been extremely helpful as well.

I may already be skipping past the elevator to hit the stairwell for aerobic exercise, (one of many sensible suggestions) but now I'll feel much better about missing a workout to shovel my mom's or her neighbor's driveway! This solid and practical book by Dr.Vost, will remain a favorite of mine and has helped me in more ways than I would have ever expected!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Bowes VINE VOICE on April 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
Dr. Kevin Vost is the ideal Catholic personal trainer, guiding readers through a well-organized methodology for care of both body and soul. He covers all the basics for a sound fitness program: strength training, cardiovascular exercise and healthy eating strategies. More importantly, Dr. Vost educates the reader regarding the "how and why" behind his approach, which focuses on a method of strength training known as "High Intensity Training" (HIT). Dr. Vost promises, and delivers, an effective approach to achieve maximum strength gains with a minimum time commitment.

What separates this book from similar titles on the bookstore shelves is Dr. Vost's artful weaving of an education on virtue into the pages describing his techniques to strengthen our Temple of the Holy Spirit. Quoting St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Paul, Aristotle and various popes throughout history, he teaches the reader how to perfect both body and soul.

Women, fitness neophytes, and those entering the golden years need not be intimidated by the sculpted bicep shown on the book's cover. Dr. Vost includes informative chapters detailing modifications for readers who want to get in shape but don't aspire to Mr. or Ms. Olympia bragging rights. In fact, he devotes an entire chapter to a fitness regimen that requires no formal exercise whatsoever.

Parents of older children will appreciate the section devoted to teens and their unique fitness needs and challenges. Dr. Vost emphasizes the importance of physical and spiritual health during these critical years.

As a Catholic personal trainer myself, I can highly recommend Fit for Eternal Life. Dr. Vost's conversational style and droll sense of humor make this a fun, as well as educational and inspirational, read.

- Peggy Bowes, author of The Rosary Workout
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