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From setting appropriate goals for each type of fitness to learning how to feed both body and soul, this ground-breaking guide goes beyond the typical health mantras--eat right, exercise regularly, reduce stress--and explores the emotional and physical obstacles to corporeal and spiritual fitness. Based on the immensely successful training of a six-time Ironman triathlete From setting appropriate goals for each type of fitness to learning how to feed both body and soul, this ground-breaking guide goes beyond the typical health mantras--eat right, exercise regularly, reduce stress--and explores the emotional and physical obstacles to corporeal and spiritual fitness. Based on the immensely successful training of a six-time Ironman triathlete by a renowned Huichol Indian healer, this handbook seeks to remedy the conspicuous absence of spirituality in typical Western exercise regimens by explaining how to incorporate the divine into everyday exercises and why the two issues are inexorably linked. After years of respective training, both parties realized that the art of prayer and its signature mindfulness could increase not only one's physical abilities but also the mind, and that fitness wasn't just a matter of good cardiovascular health and strong muscles. Whether training for intense competition or just reaching fitness goals, this indispensable resource discusses how to exceed mental limitations and become successful in any physical, emotional, or spiritual journey.


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From setting appropriate goals for each type of fitness to learning how to feed both body and soul, this ground-breaking guide goes beyond the typical health mantras--eat right, exercise regularly, reduce stress--and explores the emotional and physical obstacles to corporeal and spiritual fitness. Based on the immensely successful training of a six-time Ironman triathlete From setting appropriate goals for each type of fitness to learning how to feed both body and soul, this ground-breaking guide goes beyond the typical health mantras--eat right, exercise regularly, reduce stress--and explores the emotional and physical obstacles to corporeal and spiritual fitness. Based on the immensely successful training of a six-time Ironman triathlete by a renowned Huichol Indian healer, this handbook seeks to remedy the conspicuous absence of spirituality in typical Western exercise regimens by explaining how to incorporate the divine into everyday exercises and why the two issues are inexorably linked. After years of respective training, both parties realized that the art of prayer and its signature mindfulness could increase not only one's physical abilities but also the mind, and that fitness wasn't just a matter of good cardiovascular health and strong muscles. Whether training for intense competition or just reaching fitness goals, this indispensable resource discusses how to exceed mental limitations and become successful in any physical, emotional, or spiritual journey.

30 review for Fit Soul, Fit Body: An Ironman and a Shaman Put You on the Path to Lasting Health and Happiness

  1. 4 out of 5

    Roger Royse

    I finally got a chance to read this book about how the world's greatest triathlete leveraged the secrets of the shamans to win 6 Ironmans. I met Mark Allen many years ago and asked him how I could improve my Ironman recovery times. He said that I should: 1. Limit caffeine 2. Avoid simple carbs like sugar 3. drink (alcohol) less 4. sleep more, AND 5. lift weights Good advice. This book adds to those practical tips some performance psychology developed by a people that have to exist in a harsh, demandin I finally got a chance to read this book about how the world's greatest triathlete leveraged the secrets of the shamans to win 6 Ironmans. I met Mark Allen many years ago and asked him how I could improve my Ironman recovery times. He said that I should: 1. Limit caffeine 2. Avoid simple carbs like sugar 3. drink (alcohol) less 4. sleep more, AND 5. lift weights Good advice. This book adds to those practical tips some performance psychology developed by a people that have to exist in a harsh, demanding environment

  2. 5 out of 5

    Phil

    From a six-time winner of the Hawaii Ironman triathlon (Mark Allen) and his spiritual teacher/guide who helped him through those victories and has mentored Mark for many years afterwards. Disappointingly general advice. Info might be useful if implemented under the direct coaching/guidance of one of or both authors. As a book, it did practically nothing for me. I do not recommend it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Got this at a work conference..totally inspiring

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aleta

    There were some good ideas in this book although there was more reflection on their personal journeys than I wanted to read about.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karla Ticona

    Un libro para leer lento con una taza del mate de tu preferencia. Para quien es FAN del triatlón o Triatleta, la historia inicial es increíble, el nivel de etalla de la lucha del IRONWAR es muy especial y te hace sentir esas millas del maratón y la victoria de Mark Allen de su primer título mundial. Lo demás son una serie de principios para revisar cada cierto tiempo: ejercicio, alimentación, estilo de vida, estilo de mente. Muy buenos.

  6. 4 out of 5

    L8start

    Six-time Ironman champion and Huichol Indian-trained shaman document their relationship that helped Mark Allen achieve his victories. Mind/ body stuff with a spiritual twist. Nothing special.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Berg

    This book lived up to my expectations; a basic guide to enhance not only physical but mental as well as spiritual fitness. The book's main message is that of shamanism: we are all children to mother earth and father sky. The message of oneness is the same that you'd find in for example tibetan buddhism. In that sense, this book describes nothing new but gives a proper reminder of the importance of going through life with inner peace, even when you find yourself right in the middle of a hardcore This book lived up to my expectations; a basic guide to enhance not only physical but mental as well as spiritual fitness. The book's main message is that of shamanism: we are all children to mother earth and father sky. The message of oneness is the same that you'd find in for example tibetan buddhism. In that sense, this book describes nothing new but gives a proper reminder of the importance of going through life with inner peace, even when you find yourself right in the middle of a hardcore elite race on Hawaii with 1500 other super trained, hypercompetitive participants wanting to outbest you. I'm glad the authors bring up the topic of spiritual practice as it is so painfully ignored in the contemporary world of sports and fitness. You certainly don't have to follow the Huichol mythology as Mark and Brant do, but finding a spritual practice that you believe in and making it a part of your daily life seems crucial to be able to live a successful life, no matter your goals.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    Interesting blend of fitness/diet advice and soul support. There is practical advice and graphics showing how many reps to do and how to figure your BMI, etc. Nothing especially unique in this area. What is unique, however, is the Shaman influence. When you look for the basic message, it echoes what many other advisors advocate: visualize in your mind first, meditate, center yourself, etc. in order to achieve goals. Almost like the carpenter's rule of "measure twice, cut once." Seems a bit more Interesting blend of fitness/diet advice and soul support. There is practical advice and graphics showing how many reps to do and how to figure your BMI, etc. Nothing especially unique in this area. What is unique, however, is the Shaman influence. When you look for the basic message, it echoes what many other advisors advocate: visualize in your mind first, meditate, center yourself, etc. in order to achieve goals. Almost like the carpenter's rule of "measure twice, cut once." Seems a bit more appealing to men because of the author's IronMan competition status. Strong endorsements from holistic leaders Christiane Northrup and Stephen Covey.

  9. 4 out of 5

    jeni brasfield

    Mark Allen is certainly a remarkable and accomplished athlete and his experience is worth listening to. The idea of training your mind along side body is a wonderful reminder that you can only do so much with your body and so much MORE with your mind. Personally, when it comes to running, my mind is my hardest obstacle to overcome NOT the terrain.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Any endurance athlete should read this. Even if you aren't 100% down with the shaman practices, the general ideas in this book about combining physical and spiritual health are right on. Lots of helpful mental tools. Any endurance athlete should read this. Even if you aren't 100% down with the shaman practices, the general ideas in this book about combining physical and spiritual health are right on. Lots of helpful mental tools.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Vance

    Meh. Very vague and a large portion was dull to read. The fitness and nutrition information was nothing new, but may be good for a couch potato just getting movie. I did enjoy the triathlon anecdotes.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This book was ok in theory, but really unhelpful in putting these methods to proper use.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Ackley

    Channel the deer baby, channel the deer!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bud Winn

    Inspirational - good tidbits of lore and practices on how to find inner peace. Good launching point for asking the question "Who am I, and what do I want in life?" Inspirational - good tidbits of lore and practices on how to find inner peace. Good launching point for asking the question "Who am I, and what do I want in life?"

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tom

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  17. 5 out of 5

    EDUARDO MIRANDA MEZA

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Perry

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ejmi

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lara M. Foster

  21. 4 out of 5

    john westwick & jackie westwick

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gerald

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Lessman

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lori

  25. 4 out of 5

    Megan

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ezequiel Sosa

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  28. 5 out of 5

    mr kw singer

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chad Dalrymple

  30. 5 out of 5

    Benoit

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