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Fit for Eternal Life Paperback – December 30, 2007
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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.
Fit for Eternal Life also provides:
-A revolutionary understanding of fitness as a virtue; how building muscle can build virtue and vice-versa
-Ways to make your workouts an opportunity to practice prayer, meditation, and meritorious suffering
-Special guidance for women, older persons, and teens. We're all called to perfect our bodies!
-Advice to help you avoid many common fitness pitfalls, from bad form to over-training
-Fitness wisdom from classical philosophers, athletic popes, and even St. Thomas Aquinas!
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.
About the Author
Kevin Vost, Psy.D. (born 1961) is the author of "Memorize the Faith! (And Most Anything Else): Using the Methods of the Great Catholic Medieval Memory Masters " and " Fit for Eternal Life: A Catholic Approach to Working Out, Eating Right, and Building the Virtues of Fitness Within Your Soul " and " St. Albert the Great: Champion of Faith and Reason". An advocate of the sound mind in a healthy body credo so dear to the classical philosophers, Dr. Vost, psychologist and physical fitness expert, seeks to share with Catholic audiences how we can heed Christ s call to be perfect in mind, body, and soul.
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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 in the order of visible creation." (Allocution to Italian sporting associations, May 20, 1945.) 'Nuff said!
Don't wait until you're a senior citizen to get started on building and beautifying God's most favored temple. But if you've already reached the golden years, not to worry: Kevin's on call.
For anybody desiring use of strictly Christian resources, while there are many in the book, the author also borrows from Cicero, Homer, Seneca, among others.
On the practical side of things, for fitness philosophy and workout design, the author focuses almost exclusively on the ideas of Mike Mentzer. For anybody who has a history with Mike Mentzer's ideas, that may or may not be knock against this book. He seems to be a divisive figure in the world of fitness from what I know. The sample workout requires a gym filled with machines. For someone looking for a book with ready to execute workouts, this is not your resource. For anybody wanting to better understand the role of physical fitness in the broader spectrum of human well-being, this is an accessible and enjoyable tool.