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Celebrity trainer encourages transformations

January is the time of year when many of us think about making changes to our current lifestyle, maybe adding a fitness routine, eating more vegetables, or joining a gym. This book approaches this idea with the notion that to have lasting change, you need to look at your whole well-being not only your fitness or eating habits.

Celebrity trainer Alex Penix sees a connection in faith and fitness. He contends, and many of his famous clients can vouch for him, that when you combine fitness with life-changing habits and biblical support, you are more likely to see long-term changes in all areas of your life.

Olympian Gabby Douglas, singer Shawn Mendes, actress Roma Downey and performer Derek Hough are among celebrities who praise his program.

Through a six-week program including seven Sundays, Penix hopes that you will be transformed on the inside as well as the outside. Penix tackles what he considers to be myths and things we tell ourselves that we can’t do or the stumbling blocks to success that we have likely experienced before.

Putting God at the center of your new routine will help everything else fall into place, Penix says. Each week focuses on a theme within the “6 Pillars of Purpose.” Each week has a theme, and each day is different to avoid boredom with the program. Sundays are a day of rest, recovery and reflection.

The first week is mostly introspective and a slow introduction to exercise, getting adequate sleep and watching for triggers related to your eating. By the third Sunday, your nutrition is more specific as well as the exercise. Each day’s reading is five to seven pages and offers a prayer, Bible verses and suggestions related to personal goals, nutrition and exercise.

People who thrive with a step-by-step format will appreciate this program. If you have a goal of connecting with your faith or reading the Bible more, this might help achieve that as well. Because everything’s based on a day-to-day plan, you might want to read ahead each week so you are prepared with ingredients needed for meals and set aside time for exercise.

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Penix homes in on emotional issues that might be holding you back. He talks about forgiveness, holding onto possessions, finding balance, and sharing your time and talents. He targets a whole body and mind transformation by the time you complete the seven Sundays.

I appreciated that the exercises offer a “forgiving option” and an “aspiring option.” For those of us who might need to start slowly, we can make some exercises easier until we get into the program or feel more comfortable trying out the “aspiring option.” No photos are offered to show how to do the exercises, but Penix gives clear explanations and, thankfully, most of the exercises should be familiar to everyone.

The daily layout and plans couldn’t be in a simpler format, but, as with any program, planning is needed — for your mind and the kitchen. I suggest read the book all the way through so you know what to expect (which could be done in a few hours) and then starting with Day 1 and going to the store for supplies you will need. Exercises are mostly done with body weight; only dumbbells are needed if you want to choose the “aspiring options.” It’s a manageable plan for those of us who don’t want to create a home gym.

This is a promising program for people who are looking to change more than their eating habits or exercise. If you are looking for greater life fulfillment, getting better sleep, becoming a well-rounded person, or enhancing your faith, this program might be for you. Even though it is a six-week course, you can continue with plan as long as you’d like.

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