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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Performance Integral (December 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615544606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615544601
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Strength To Awaken is the culmination of McNamara's daily rigorous training spanning over two and a half decades birthed through nearly seven years of writing and experimentation. Readers discover a refreshing inside look at the architecture of who they are and a unique exploration into how the discipline of strength training can be leveraged to transform you at a fundamental level. This integral transformation of who you are, focused upon your Excellence turns into a rich, in-depth and never before seen approach to performance. This  one-of-a-kind strength training manual is a must read for anyone interested in their highest levels of performance, how spirituality is an essential part and how true strength is cultivated through disciplined training.

Hack the Inner Code of Peak Performance.
Get the most Comprehensive Map of the Territory of Strength Training. 
Discover the ways that you hold yourself back & how to embody your Genuine Purpose.

From the Back Cover

Strength To Awaken
Make Strength Training Your Spiritual Practice and Find New Power and Purpose in Your Life


This book is about the level of qualitative engagement you can bring to your strength training and ultimately the engagement you are capable of bringing to your life as a whole. Many strength training methodologies myopically focus upon the muscular system. Most fail to identify a clear methodology for managing the type and quality of attention and engagement required to optimize your greater potential. These shortcomings stunt your performance. 

Strength to Awaken takes you into the new paradigm based upon training the integral nature of the human being. Readers gain a never before seen approach that restructures thinking, attention and identity in strength training to develop new possibilities. This one-of-a-kind manual connects your pursuit of Excellence with the timeless spiritual quest for awakening. Will you discover how to leverage this rare intersection of spiritual practice and strength training and access your highest levels of potential?


One of the most important and significant books I've seen on Integral physical training, which actually covers the entire spectrum of consciousness. Highly recommended!
  Ken Wilber,  The Integral Vision

More About the Author

Author, Performance Coach, Psychotherapist and Professor from Boulder Colorado serving clients throughout North America and Europe. Rob's book, Strength to Awaken: An Integral Guide to Strength Training, Performance and Spiritual Practice for Men and Women (2012) sets forth to reshape fitness, strength training and embodiment through a developmental approach to training. He is a professor of Integral, Transpersonal and Developmental Psychology at Naropa University and has has worked with Ken Wilber, the Integral Institute and contributed to Integral Life for over a decade serving as a Core Faculty for the Integral Life Practice and Integral Spiritual Experience seminar series.

www.RobMcNamara.com

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brooke Gessay on January 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a dancer, choreographer, and yoga teacher, I found Strength to Awaken to hold cutting edge illumination into the way I approach the physical practices in my life, and the whole of life itself. I know of no other book that reveals, through words born of direct experience, how to train the whole human being for being fully here, now.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Phil on January 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In the field of fitness literature McNamara's work distinguishes itself by offering depth. And not just a little. Strength to Awaken dishes up a path, using exercise and the gross physical body, as the vehicle into significant higher stages of developmental complexity.

You may start with narrow goals around strength training (as you rightly should) but let this book skillfully take you beyond your initial, and natural, egoic drive to achieve into a profound expansion of your everyday awareness and being in the world.

For me, finding Rob's work has been an exciting ride - and I'm only just beginning to unpack the depths of what's presented in this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jamison on January 12, 2012
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Excellent read, a wonderful harmony of strength training, focusing and uniting thinking, attention and identity with personal development. A must read for anyone interested in somatic development, strength training, body mind centering and personal evolution.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Bordoni on February 15, 2012
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As the title would suggest, Rob McNamara goes much deeper than simply strength training in his book Strength to Awaken. It is one of the most informative and inspiring books on spirituality, and especially embodiment, that I have ever read. This should be required reading for anyone that is a fan of Ken Wilber's work, in order to prevent the over-emphasis on cognition that is so glaringly present in the Integral movement today. If you ever meet Rob in real life, you would instantly feel his presence and his seeming inability to be thrown off center by anything. Rob is walking his talk, which lends much more credibility to Strength to Awaken. Embodiment is the true secret to fulfilling intimate relationships, a sense of purpose, heightened intuition, and a feeling of natural confidence (basic sanity) that emanates from the depths of one's own being. Then, embodiment goes beyond that, and one finds that they are in such a dynamic flux with the environment that there ceases to be any pleasure/pain attraction or aversion. The more you relax into the present moment, the more it "does" you. I can't recommend this book highly enough if you are at all interested in realizing your potential as a human on this planet!
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