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Prayfit: Your Guide to A Healthy Body and A Stronger Faith in 28 Days Hardcover – December 6, 2010

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Editorial Reviews


"Jimmy Pena, wrote a great book called "PrayFit". This is a good read to get you motivated and started. If you want to take your life back, this book can help you. God bless!"- Tyler Perry


“Jimmy Pena is one of the most knowledgeable fitness writers I know. He’s one of our nation’s leading fitness resources. Respect.” –LL Cool J


“Not only is Jimmy Pena one of my best friends, but whenever I want to get dialed-in for a role or photo shoot, he’s my only call. And I love starting my day at, building spiritual and physical muscle. A one-of-a-kind concept from the best in the business.” –Mario Lopez


About the Author

Jimmy Peña is the founder of PRAYFIT and the exercise physiologist for Tyler Perry and Mario Lopez, among others. He received his master's degree in clinical exercise physiology from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1998. Jimmy served as the fitness director for Muscle & Fitness and Muscle & Fitness Hers magazines for more than a decade, authoring and editing hundreds of articles on training and fitness--making him one of the nation's most published training experts. He designed the women's training programs for LL Cool J's New York Times best-seller Platinum Workout, served as creator and host of the Muscle & Fitness DVD series The Rock-Hard Challenge and contributed to Mario Lopez's Knockout Fitness. Jimmy is an ongoing resource for NBC's EXTRA and is the co-author of the New York Times Bestseller, EXTRA LEAN by Mario Lopez.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regal (December 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780830756513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830756513
  • ASIN: 0830756515
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

Overall a great idea and very thorough.
I definitely think this program is good for someone just starting out or something that someone can add to their 'regular' fitness routine.
Catrina Vargas-Cormell
It is a great balance, inspiring the reader spiritually, physcially and the food tips are helpful.
Rebecca Ann

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103 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Catrina Vargas-Cormell on December 13, 2010
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I didn't really know what to expect with the PrayFit book, but what I found was a book tailor made for those who REALLY want to grow in their faith, develop a deeper understanding of nutrition and get fit by beginning or continuing a body-weight-only exercise program. As with any exercise book or program, it's only as good as how much work you put into it, but there are no gimmicks here, these concepts are tried and true and only require commitment on our part to see results.
Each day contains seven components, Faith (the daily reading and devotion), Pastors Point (which are personal reflection questions based on the devotion), Today's Prayer, Walking with Him (a spiritual exercise for the day), the Workout, Firm Believer (a fitness tip) and Food Byte (nutritional info). There are also recipes thrown in once a week. In the back of the book you'll find a breakdown of the exercises, menu options, a sample menu week, PrayFit nutrition basics and a few essays. The book actually contains two 28 day programs.
Starting with the "Faith" portion, I was pleasantly surprised to see how much emphasis was placed on the spiritual side. I somewhat expected the book to be mostly about fitness with a little 'faith' thrown in for good measure, after all, it's written by an Exercise Physiologist. But there is equal attention given to one's spiritual health. I particularly liked the follow-up questions (Pastor's Point), because as someone who enjoys fitness I can easily 'read' the devotional just to get it done to get to the 'important part.' The Pastor's Point forced me to slow down and really reflect on what I had just read. And what I found is, the questions will do me a load of good if I force myself to answer them, not just read them and move on.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline M. Morales on January 6, 2011
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If you want a book that will lead you to TOTAL health and fitness; not just for mind and body, but for your spirit as well, then PrayFit is it! I was so amazed with how easy it was to start using this program, and how great I feel knowing that I am improving both my body and my soul. This book really has it all: devotions, workouts, meal plans... I just love logging onto each morning and starting my day off right. What an amazing way to start the New Year! :)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Inspired by Books on December 17, 2010
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In this inspirational, challenging devotional, the authors help you "workout" every part of who you are. It isn't enough to work on your body...your soul and spirit need to be "defined" and trained as well.

Each of the days is a wonderful encouragement to give the Lord your best in every area of your life. The body resistance exercises are doable...push to failure and then the next day push further.

One of the most innovative elements of the book is the ability to have Jimmy Pena, trainer to Mario Lopez. LL Cool J and others, train you for the price of the book! You can access training videos through a web link. What a great idea! Exercise done right; life done right.

Buy this will change...spirt, soul and body.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bluerobemama on November 22, 2011
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I'm fairly sure I would not have picked this book up on my own (it just feels too trendly, like another money-making scheme aimed at Christians) but a woman's prayer group I'm in chose it so went along. I have always been an athlete but certainly haven't had the time or energy to devote to strength fitness for a long time now that I'm a mother of four and am married to a husband who travels a lot (and no gym membership). I know lots of exercised to do on my own just lack the motivatation to do them with an consistency. Devotion time is the same. I crave it and get into good routines for a month or two and then drop off so this seemd like the perfect way to hit both areas - and it has been. I am 22 days in and defintely physically stronger (and have worked harder than I remember since my college athlete days) and have enjoyed the variety of scripture that I've been pointed to (old and new testament readings daily with short commentary and some application questions. While the devotions are by no means super deep they are not shallow either. There is always something to take away - it just doesn't always require enough time to force me to go deeper if I don't force myself. But this in nice too if I don't have more than 10 minutes because at least I can get something in.

My grumble is that I don't always feel the order of exercises and the number of rounds are explained well. You go from two exercises with one round the first week to seven exercises and four rounds the fourth week. That's a big leap! Because I'm in decent shape doing some of these to exhaustion requires a lot of time, especially the body squats (sometimes over four minutes of this for each round) and it gets kind of mental.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By adayriddle on June 9, 2011
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28 days to a stronger faith and a healthy body - too good to be true? - not with this book.

I am thankful that this book is not about conforming to the world's standards of weight loss but is focused on a whole person experience of fitness. Each day has four sections: 1. The Exercise: daily scripture readings with a study to help you dig deeper into scripture, 2. Pastor's Point: a few questions that make the reader think more in depth about the scripture passages, 3. Walking with Him: This is the spiritual exercise designed to help the reader develop a closer walk with the Lord, 4. Journal space for your thoughts on the passages and bible study. This is all followed by the fitness part.

I have greatly enjoyed the bible study part! However, the exercise was a bit intimidating to me. I am not physically fit at all. So when day one opened with an inclined push up my mouth dropped open! I did it though, and intend to keep trying to do more (I don't think 3 is a great number to start at, but three is good for someone who has had no previous exercise regimen other than chasing after toddlers all day. I do not think this book is discouraging in anyway. Rather it creates in the reader a desire to seek physical fitness as well as spiritual fitness.

In fact I found that the main emphasis is on the spiritual fitness, with the follow-up being the physical.

Thank you Gospel Light for this review copy.
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