Strong to Save

Your GenX Imperative to Die Harder and Later

Non-Fiction - Health - Fitness
286 Pages
Reviewed on 06/24/2024
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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite

Strong to Save by David Emerson Frost is aimed at helping Generation X go from "decent" to "great" and add quality years to their lifespan. Focusing on strength, Frost works with readers to help them establish fitness, sleep routines, and clean diets that will "downgrade" their ages by a decade. Readers learn ways to achieve beyond the level of their inactive peers who are of the same sex and age. The author focuses on five resistance movements, discusses stored energy and where it is located, and assists you in timing eating to make you "lighter and stronger" or "heavier and stronger." Frost suggests exercise schedules, recovery periods, and beneficial exercises. He notes the advantages of regular sex, certain supplements or additions to your diet, and other important advice, like abstaining from smoking, to improve your chances of a long life.

David Emerson Frost has a no-nonsense approach to helping readers gain muscle and live longer. He is a fitness trainer, rowing coach, and professional trainer, and his suggestions are not only understandable but easy to work up to with perseverance. As an adaptive coach and trainer, Frost modifies workouts to help individuals who have been diagnosed with diseases like cancer and multiple sclerosis. The book made me feel like I had the advice of a seasoned trainer at my disposal. I do a lot of cardiovascular workouts and a little strength training, but Frost's examples inspired me to work toward more defined goals in strength. The text is conversational, with nods to past songs and real and mythological heroes, and each section will motivate readers in some way. Strong to Save will benefit readers who are ready to increase their longevity through strength training, diet, and a good sleep schedule.

K.C. Finn

Strong to Save: Your GenX Imperative to Die Harder and Later is a work of non-fiction in the health, fitness, advice, and guidance genres. Penned by author David Emerson Frost, this engaging read is a science-backed fitness primer aimed at Generation X, emphasizing the importance of physical strength and vitality in extending lifespan. Through practical advice and sweat-based workouts, Frost advocates for making the most of one's later years, achieving optimal health and longevity through cornerstone strength training and lifestyle changes. With a focus on movement as medicine and embracing a holistic approach to fitness, Frost guides readers toward becoming Xercists who defy aging norms and celebrate vitality through Sexercise and functional exercises.

Author David Emerson Frost offers a confident and impactful wake-up call to proactive aging with a unique approach to fitness and longevity for Generation X which is both practical and empowering. His emphasis on physical strength as a cornerstone of vitality challenges the notion of aging as a passive process. The points are built upon in an accessible way that develops ideas gradually so that readers of all backgrounds can follow the advice easily. Frost's insights into the role of movement in counteracting inflammation and disease provide a refreshing perspective on health maintenance with the ideas organized well for readers to implement practically in their daily lives. The integration of functional exercises and Flex Alerts adds a dynamic element to the book, making it accessible and actionable for readers seeking to optimize their second-half vitality. Overall, Strong to Save is a compelling guide that inspires GenXers to take charge of their health and embrace a life of strength, resilience, and vitality, and I would certainly recommend it.

Pikasho Deka

Gen Xers must remain vigilant and constantly work on themselves to avoid the illnesses and other health conditions that come with age. Staying fit is no longer a luxury but a necessity to navigate the hyper-competitive world we live in today. David Emerson Frost is an NFPT-certified master fitness trainer with a decorated career background in the US Navy and business. With Strong to Save, Frost offers a comprehensive guide to fitness for Gen Xers to help them ease into the latter stages of life in the prime of their health. In this book, you will learn about the three levels of strength and fitness, including the four types of human strength, the three categories of strength-building, the three muscle tissue types, muscle movement, various planes of body motion, and much more.

If you're a Gen Xer, Strong to Save is your go-to handbook for fitness. David Emerson Frost draws from Western mythology and science-backed knowledge and uses real-world anecdotes to deliver an all-in-one fitness guide to help readers find their optimal health in mid-life. Work hard to die harder and later. That is the motto of the book. With in-depth explanations, the author shows the different muscle groups and their movement and gives clear-cut instructions on the reps and sets of exercises that work upon those muscle groups, such as push-ups, crunches, squats, etc. The strength-building exercises work on endurance and toning, hypertrophy, and power. All in all, this is just the book you need to begin your transformative fitness journey. Although primarily targeted toward Gen Xers, readers of almost any adult age group will find this book massively beneficial for their health. Highly recommended.

Ruffina Oserio

Strong to Save: Your GenX Imperative to Die Harder and Later by David Emerson Frost is an informative fitness primer that doesn't just promise physical prowess but also provides a roadmap for extending the quality and quantity of life. Drawing from his experience as a champion competitor, rowing coach, and fitness trainer, Frost presents a science-backed approach to achieving peak physical condition well into middle age and beyond. The book discusses the importance of physical strength as the cornerstone of a healthy life. Frost introduces the concept of "down aging," whereby individuals can maintain functional strength equivalent to someone ten years younger, leading to a longer and healthier lifespan. By investing in their "physical bank" through strength training, readers are encouraged to defy the norms of aging and emerge as exemplars of vitality.

Throughout the book, the author champions incremental improvements in strength and fitness, underlining the significance of consistency, adaptation, and proper nutrition. He provides practical guidance on balanced workouts incorporating four types of human strength: Dynamic, Endured, Explosive, and Peak (DEEP). From Ruth Bader Ginsburg's workout routine to J. J. Watt's explosive box jumps, Frost illustrates how different types of strength contribute to overall fitness and longevity. Strong to Save examines the physiological effects of stress on the body, offering strategies to mitigate its impact through mindfulness, exercise, and adequate sleep. The book also challenges conventional health measures, advocating waist-to-hip ratios (WHR) over Body Mass Index (BMI) as a more accurate indicator of cardiovascular risk. A particularly enlightening aspect of the book is its exploration of fitness age and longevity, drawing on research from the Norwegian University's Cardiac Exercise Research Group (CERG). David Emerson Frost underscores the importance of regular physical activity, proper nutrition, and lifestyle modifications in offsetting age-related decline and promoting cellular renewal. This book is nothing short of revolutionary.

Zahid Sheikh

Strong to Save: Your GenX Imperative to Die Harder and Later by David Emerson Frost is an engaging book for Generation X who are interested in improving their physical well-being and preventing potential issues that may occur in middle age. The author is a master fitness trainer and a rowing coach who offers the reader realistic strategies supported by the science of strength training, nutrition, and exercise. With the help of the health span concept, the book revolves around increasing the number of years people are healthy by including exercise, a proper diet, and the means to cope with mental stress. By giving real-life and work experience examples and how-to’s, the book motivates the reader to continue living a healthy, quality long life. The book uses Flex Alerts and functional exercises to keep readers focused, informed, and ready to commit to achieving a healthy body.

David Emerson Frost’s writing is lively and authoritative, and his background in fitness and health comes across clearly. The author provides many important details while presenting the facts in simple language, which will be understandable for any reader regardless of their fitness level. Frost’s approach employs motivational language and real-life instances to help the reader imagine himself benefiting from applying the methods described. The use of success stories and real-life narratives provides an element of reality, and reality bites in achieving the objective of improving health. I highly recommend Strong to Save for readers who are concerned about the enhancement of their physical and mental health.