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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.

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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
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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: #959,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I have found Rob's works to be essential in liberating my strength training practice from the conventional stronghold that has so long held it prisoner. Now, rather than floating off between sets, checking out when the workout gets tough, or introducing struggle when I find none, I've learned to turn my practice into something much greater. This is truly the yoga of strength training and I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for meaning and purpose beyond the small, ego driven self.
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