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Sound Mind, Sound Body Hardcover – 24 Jul 2002

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Press (24 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579544509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579544508
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 536,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I work out when I want to get toned for a job like a Victoria's Secret fashion show or the "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit issue. I take care of myself, but if I went to the gym on my own, I'd probably end up doing a little bit on the bicycle and calling it a day...but with David, I know I'll get some real results because he'll kick my butt into shape!"--Heidi Klum, supermodel "With David Kirsch, I have been working out religiously...and with great fervor, too! I can honestly say I have never felt better about my body, its strength, and its flexibility. The energy I have now is stupendous. People tell me I look fabulous...I know I feel fabulous...and it just takes commitment and dedication and a workout with David to turn things around. Happy exercising."--Ivana Trump "Let's just say you haven't seen the inside of a gym in, oh, 4 years...and that your main source of nutrition is movie-theater popcorn and licorice. And you finally decide this has to change. (Yes, I'm talking about myself.) David Kirsch, the ultimate transformer, can pull you out of this mess. His exercise program is tough, no doubt about it, but it's also fun...David does it. David is Goliath."--Linda Wells, editor-in-chief, "Allure" magazine

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David Kirsch is the founder and owner of the Madison Square Club, celebrated for state-of-the-art, custom-designed fitness training and nutritional counseling. David has brought his sense of balance to and spread his philosophy in the serene environment he has created. Combining all of his diverse training, love for physical fitness, good health, and passion and knowledge for fine food, he set out on his path to become a personal fitness trainer and nutritional counselor. In addition to the Madison Square Club, David's many ventures include One of a Kind Food, a premier nutritious gourmet-food delivery service; the MS2 Spa Collection, a full line of natural, aromatherapeutic body and skin care products; and exclusive worldwide fitness excursions. David lives in New York City with his two golden retrievers, Oakley and Houston, and his two cats, Lucy and Rickey.

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Dec. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for those who want a book that tells them what to do and how to get there bluntly. This book gives you all the tools you need to loose weight (nutrition/diet info) as well as specific excercises to sculpt muscles. Its a glosssy really professional looking book with some great pictures of models that you can aspire to. The workout pics also include 'how NOT to' do a specific movement as well as the correct way to do it. The workouts he shows you in the book can be done at home or at a gym.
This book also gives you specific workout/prescription movements to solve and sculpt your muscles according to the your body shape (which is really useful). I think Matt Roberts just released a similar book but I prefer this one.
There is not a line extra in this book which is excessive. David gets right to the juicy details and key info without the reader having to waste time trying to figure it all out. There is also little science and 'beefing' up in this book which frankly alot of fitness & diet books out there are filled with. All that extra info is nice to know but at the end of the day we all want the 'bottom line' don't we?
And don't be fooled by the celebrity endorsements, the author tells it like it is. His message is short and clear: Frankly if we all want to loose weight and shape up then we must be committed to starting a program and then sticking to it. There is no easy way out!
This is an 'all in one' solution book it gives you the diet, the physical and the mental prescription. You will not be disspointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on 25 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
Yes, I recommend this book for all of those who want to learn how to execute the movements correctly. I have also bought the DVD, which makes the whole thing a great combination. The exercises are not extremely difficult, apart from 1 or 2 maybe, or at least they are known to those who follow a gym program, but now you learn how to do them correctly. Buy also the DVD and you will have your personal trainer at home!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christine on 18 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is well worth owning. Very well written. It is the best book of this type I have read in years!! Really happy with it!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
This book has changed my life! 12 Feb. 2002
By Meribeth - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Thank you David - you have changed my life! Forget the excuse that you are over 45 and it's too late to change your body! I have been following David's plan for one month, and have dropped 4% body fat, and no longer watch the scale to follow my weight loss. My clothes tell the truth! David's sincerity and desire to change your attitude about exercise and eating is apparent in every chapter. And the recipes are delicious and easy! Chapter 5 is the key - and much of it has nothing to do with weight loss! I really believe that much of my success is due to grasping the importance of sound thinking - usually missing in fitness books. What are my goals, what kind of inner strength do I possess, what is my passion?? You told me "I know you're going to succeed," and you were right!!! THANK YOU!!!
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Great program 11 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have to say the other reviewers are correct about this plan and its amazing results. One thing I noticed in other reviews is that they really don't mention how hard you have to work at this program. Of course changing your body in a healthy way SHOULD take a lot of hard work. The virtual elimination of refined carbs is very difficult for a lot of people's lifestyles and eating habits. I decided to work on that BEFORE starting the program and ended up losing 15 lbs. and considerable body fat with my regular workout routine. Three weeks into the program I was already at a point I never thought my body would achieve. Before reading this book, I was in a constant cycle of overtraining and then nursing injuries. This program taught me to moderate and to strengthen my weak areas. This program really works if YOU are willing to work.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
This book has changed my life... 25 Jan. 2002
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I only finished this book yesterday so I am just starting my 6-week program, but what I love about this book is David's sincere approach to helping people change, not only their bodies, but their lives. David's book has inspired me to stop making excuses for why I eat the way I do or why I skip my workouts and be honest with myself about my lifestyle. He makes me want to live a healthy, positive, inspiring life like his. But if you really just want to get in shape, this book gives you EVERY detail you need to do so. He even breaks down the workouts for 5 different body types so it's not difficult to understand. I have purchased several different diet and/or exercise books over the years and now I can throw them all away. David's book is my new bible.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Great Book! 29 Jan. 2002
By "laylisay" - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is quality and informative. He offers sound, easy to follow advice. No gimmicks- it's spelled out for you in everyday terms ("reader friendly"). It's has detailed info on how to follow the plan, what to do/not do, fitness plans that are right for your body type, nutrition, etc.
My only complaint is that he doesn't write about any strength training exercises using weight machines at the gym. He just shows at-home exercises (which are also great and detailed). But some people like using machines sometimes.
I've read a lot of fitness/nutrition books and it's the same stuff, too complicated, or not interesting. But this is different. If you follow the plan, you'll see results!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
absolutely the best book out there for beginners! 1 Nov. 2002
By janiegirl - Published on
Format: Hardcover
David's program is unique because he gives you all the tools, information and motivation you need to design your own workout. No set number of reps, no set in stone program. He gives great suggestions for making exercise enjoyable and they work! This book is about getting your best body and it delivers! He is a gentle motivator and emphasizes the spiritual aspect which is the key to the programs success. This is the first program I have followed that I have loved. Did I mention the absolutely delicious recipes? I've never eaten this well before or felt so good.
I have been a follower of pilates, the Zone and Ann Louise Gittleman but they all lacked something for me. This combines the mental stimulation of pilates with the punch of a real workout. It is sensible, delicious eating that isn't as restrictive as Ann Louises programs yet you get the same results ( I did). And it's real- he says when you are in a bind, a Big Mac or spaghetti bolognese is the best option when you are on the go and don't have a lot to choose from and I love him for saying that! After reading that, I knew this was a plan that I could live with.
This, like any lifestyle change, takes commitment but if you are a beginner- this is the best place to start.
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