Item description for Fit for Eternal Life: A Christian Approach to Working Out, Eating Right, and Building the Virtues of Fitness in Your Soul by Kevin Vost, PhD...
Overview Train for strength in body and soul! Catholic psychologist and veteran bodybuilder Kevin Vost shows that God's command to "be perfect" applies not only to our moral life, but also to our bodies. Dr. Vost explains the basic principles of strength and endurance training 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.
Publishers Description Train for Strength in Body and Soul
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.
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Studio: Sophia Institute Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.43" Width: 5.65" Height: 0.69" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2007
Publisher Sophia Institute Press
ISBN 1933184310 ISBN13 9781933184319
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More About Kevin Vost, PhD
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.
Kevin Vost currently resides in Springfield. Kevin Vost was born in 1961.
Reviews - What do customers think about Fit for Eternal Life?
This book is a gem! Feb 6, 2008
Being an experienced self taught weightlifter who trains for hours weekly, I was a skeptic of Dr. Vost's training techniques after having stumbled across a copy of, "Fit for Eternal Life" in a local bookstore.
I was surprised and quite impressed by Vost's thorough, yet clever, combination of his wealth of weight training, aerobic and spiritual knowledge. This book will do well to suit and inform anyone hoping to become, not only more physically fit and spiritually aware, but a better spouse, parent, or friend. In his unique and well written format, you will find a good deal of valuable information about traditional aerobic activities, as well as helpful suggestions such as, implementing boring household chores (while listening to your favorite spiritual music) as part of your routine. As for the weight training technique he outlines in the book, it is what is known as "HIT" or High Intensity Training. This method, which would leave me feeling like I hadn't gotten my moneys worth out of my gym membership, could rightfully be called "LTN" for Less Time Needed. If you follow his plan and remain diligent in doing so, there is no doubt that his system will help you to become more fit, in an efficient and effective manner.
Not only have I learned a great deal about my own fitness regiment and how it can be improved, through the author's vast knowledge and experience, I've also acquired a new view to completing (less than desirable) tasks. Being a single father of two teenage boys involved in sports, his section for teen's has been extremely helpful as well.
I may already be skipping past the elevator to hit the stairwell for aerobic exercise, (one of many sensible suggestions) but now I'll feel much better about missing a workout to shovel my mom's or her neighbor's driveway! This solid and practical book by Dr.Vost, will remain a favorite of mine and has helped me in more ways than I would have ever expected!
Pump Iron & Ions Jan 11, 2008
Though I love reading and books dearly, few books capture a spirit or goal in my own life as closely as this book does. For years now I have been struggling to achieve an inner and outer balance in my life - balance between mind, body and spirit. In attempting to do so, I have tried various tools, and methods, and strategies. Yet inevitably I find myself off kilter. Now this book seems to be a resource that will help to achieve that balance.
The main reason for that is the person that Dr. Kevin Vost is. He has been a lifelong enthusiast of both academic learning and of physical fitness. He has written and published extensively in the realm of physical fitness and in cognitive and memory mechanics. Dr. Vost does not just write about these topics he also practices them, which makes him an authority not just theoretically but also practically. Dr. Vost has done graduate work and post- graduate work academically and he also has competed in power lifting.
The book flows nicely from topic to topic. It is designed to help you find balance in your life - to be neither a gym rat, nor a book worm, but to have the best of both worlds. It combines wisdom from classical authors down to current competitive athletes. He states: "Intensity and duration of effort, you see, are inversely proportional. How's that? A well-known saying in HIT circles is that 'you can train hard, or you can train long, but you can't do both.' The more demanding the exercise, the shorter the time you're able to sustain it. The harder you work, the sooner you must stop. We all know this from experience. And the kind of exercise that maximizes physical strength is not only intense but also brief." He will teach you to get more results from less time in the gym, and thus have more time for family, friends, leisure and your favorite 'books'.
Each chapter begins with a set of quotes - one spiritual and the other from the classics. Dr. Vost draws from a very wide range of sources to support his arguments, with examples from Pope Pius XII, Aristotle, Seneca, St. Thomas Aquinas, Hesiod, Mike Mentzer and many more. These motivational and inspirational quotes help to draw you into the material. Robert Wolff in his book Bodybuilding 101 states: "There is nothing so constant as change. Meet it. Embrace it. Enjoy it. Learn from it. The one thing you can be absolutely sure of in your life is change. It's the only thing that never changes. The law of nature is that you either grow or you die; there's no in-between. So, what have you chosen so far? Are you growing in every area of your life? Hey, it's not enough to be growing and looking great just because you work out. That's only a small part of your life. What about your emotions, spiritual life, family, friends, career, hobbies? Are they growing as your body does? Become a complete person and not an in-shape and great-looking version of an incomplete person. There's way more to life than just working out. Go with the flow and embrace changes in all areas of your life. The change will do you good." This book will help you to achieve that lasting change and growth. It will help you develop physically, and through that, develop all areas of your life. Or as a different philosopher Montaigne declared: "To strengthen the mind you must harden the muscles." Vost will give you the tools to work both. He will teach you how to Pump Iron and to Pump Ions!Pumping IonsBodybuilding 101 : Everything You Need to Know to Get the Body You WantMemorize the Faith! (and Most Anything Else): Using the Methods of the Great Catholic Medieval Memory Masters