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Drawing upon 16 years of research and clinical experience, noted sports psychologist Loehr presents a comprehensive training program to convert stress into emotional, mental, and physical toughness. Such toughness is needed to achieve maximum productivity, health, and happiness in life, he claims. According to Loehr, the model in this program is a "quantum leap" beyond that detailed in his previous work, Mental Toughness Training for Sports ( LJ 8/86). Here, he adapts and expands his former model to treat topics such as toughness training for kids, women, the military, and recovering from rough times. Particularly interesting are chapters on the chemistry of toughness and strengthening the immune system. Aided by numerous charts, case studies, exercises, and a glossary, Loehr combines research with readable prose to provide superior stress management advice. Recommended for general psychology collections in public and academic libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/93.
- Carol R. Nelson, Ball St. Univ. Lib., Muncie, Ind.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

JACK GROPPEL, Ph.D., is an internationally known speaker and business consultant. A pioneer in the development and employment of sport science training techniques and programs, he has a Ph.D. in physiology with a specialty in performance. He is a partner in LGE Performance Systems with James E. Loehr, bestselling author of Stress for Success.
BOB ANDELMAN is also the coauthor of Built from Scratch, The Profit Zone, and Mean Business.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452272432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452272439
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Colin Jensen on November 23, 1999
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We are taught through life that "we are strengthened by trials." That is not true. We don't grow stronger by adversity. We are made stronger through _healing_ from trials. The same applies to Nietzsche's popular sport/war chant "that which does not kill us makes us stronger." Anyone who has seen a homeless Vietnam Veteran knows that Nietzsche was wrong. "That which does not kill us, which we heal from, makes us stronger" is perhaps a better saying. WWII did not make us stronger. It made us dead, or at best, bitter. Yet a few were able to be strengthened by the combined process. What separated those few? What kept them alive, submissive to their captors, and able to transcend their adversity and use it to their advantage? This is the subject of Loehr's book.
How do we balance our stress and recovery cycles so that we maximize our growth potential?
This is one of my favorite books, because I, like everyone, am constantly seeking order and battling frustration...
He has other books along these lines, but this is the newest and most comprehensive.
--Colin Jensen
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I picked this book up after reading an article about Loehr's program in Outside Magazine. Unfortunately, the article had more specific, day-to-day advice than this book does. Loehr's ideas are very interesting and ring true, but he spends a great deal of time justifying his theory and reviewing brain biochemistry and physiology experiments. Then he throws in some case studies and some vague recommendations - eat multiple small meals a day, target your heart rate during exercise, reframe your inner dialogue, etc. Based on the magazine article, I was expecting a program to help you identify your weaknesses when it comes to implementing these changes and structure a program around that. I was expecting a realistic look at why people fail to become tough and how to work around it. The book starts to do that, but never really follows through with specifics.
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I have read a lot of book - and this is one of the most helpful. It starts with the premise that to get stronger we need to balance stress/work and rest/recovery in our lives. Loehr looks at the theory of why this is so and also gives practical tips on how to implement it in your life. The ideas are not complex and are easy to implement, but are revolutionary. I have become fitter, have more physical energy and have taken leaps in my career by being mentally tougher since reading this book. I see it as a training program for life. My husband and I have been recommending it to everyone. To be honest, it's not the best written book I have ever read, but the content more than makes up for it.
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I'm tired of self-improvement books that coddle the reader by focusing on relaxation and self-affirmation exercises, teaching us to shut out the trials of life instead of embracing and learning from them. This is not one of those books.

Instead this book teaches that stress is key to personal growth. Loehr defines a "Toughness Response" to pressure - biochemical, psychological, and behavioral - and instructs us on how to develop it. The author's sports performance background is readily apparent: the book, while easily readable, alternates between scientific discourse and a life coaching tone.

Loehr makes it clear that if we want to perform ideally under pressure, we must be willing to train for it. The essential message is that we can achieve the "Toughness Response" by carefully monitoring, understanding, and finally managing the ebb and flow of stress in our lives through discipline, training, healthy habits, and positive thinking. For those who are interested, Loehr even suggests a specific regimen in which readers take dozens of daily personal statistics from low and high pulse to productivity level to sleep quality to emotional state to exercise levels. But this book will still benefit those who are not willing to make that organizational commitment.

While it's common sense, I was refreshed by the reminders to strive for an ideal balance of challenge and rest and to make an effort to benefit from life's unexpected variety.
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Toughness training is good stuff!
Pros
sets up reader to develop life program
filled with great stories and inspiration
breaks down the way to do training for life
Cons
assumed that people could do this with ease

Would recommend this book to anyone seeking a way to discipline their life for the better.
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Jim Loehr's system for managing toughness and energy was really helpful for me. This is one of his earlier works, still good, but I would recommend "The Power of Full Engagement" instead. Some passages are copied over directly, but I the ideas are hashed out with more detail. There's less repetition of Loehr's ideas, more examples, and more relevance to the modern worker.
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