Bill Phillips had been publishing body-building magazines and marketing nutritional supplements for years when he had a weird revelation at a trade show: many of the most loyal and enthusiastic readers he had were totally out of shape. From that uncomfortable realisation came his popular Physique Transformation Contest (top prize that first year: Phillips's own Lamborghini), now world famous, and this book. The three-times-a-week weightlifting program in Body for Life
is deceptively simple. If you have spent any time in the gym, you have already done all the exercises. But Phillips includes a couple of high-intensity sets at the end of each exercise that should compound the training effect on each muscle group. Same goes for the cardiovascular exercise he recommends: just 20 minutes, three times a week. But those 20 minutes are spent jacking the intensity up and down, accomplishing more in less time.
Phillips arranges all this into a 12-week programme, along with nutritional and motivational tips. Be warned that the nutritional advice gets a little spacey. For example, he puts "carbohydrates" and "vegetables" into separate categories, and recommends three daily doses of a nutritional supplement called Myoplex, which his company manufactures. (Fortunately, he gives tips on how to make each dose taste different, such as by adding drops of peppermint extract.) Despite this strangeness, Body for Life still motivates because so many others have achieved astounding results in similar 12-week windows, and the pictures and testimonials are here as evidence. --Lou Schuler
From the Back Cover
'Change Your Mind – Change Your Body – Change Your Life'
Imagine, just 12 weeks from now, having the lean, healthy body you've always wanted and not having to turn your life upside down to get it.
Imagine having the energy to be at your peak from dawn to dusk, having the confidence to do all the things you've been putting off, having the certainty to make the right decision at the right time, and knowing that you really do have the power to change – not just your body but anything in this world you set your mind to. If this sounds unlikely, or even impossible, it's time you were introduced to Bill Phillips and his 'Body-for-LIFE' Programme – its time you join those who have experienced breakthroughs with the help of his expert advice.
"While gaining energy and rebuilding my body were significant rewards, I realized those changes were just the beginning. My eyes are now open to the possibilities of change in all areas of my life. Now I can see a better and brighter future for myself and my family.
Hank Johnson, age 39
NASA Space Shuttle Engineer; Cape Canaveral, Florida.
"When I first read about Bill's Programme, I felt a sense of hope I hadn't felt before. I was inspired to take the first crucial step – I decided to change. Within weeks I began to feel better, look better, and people started to notice. After 12 weeks, I lost 30 pounds, three inches off my waist, four inches off my hips, and dropped three sizes. My life couldn't be better. I'm not settling for mediocrity ever again."
Christy Hammons, age 24
Accountant; Lexington, Kentucky
"It dawned on me that I had neglected my body and fitness for years…I was sceptical at first – but I bought the book and read the whole thing in under two days, I just could not put it down. I found it so realistic and simple and above all motivating. I know that when I complete the 12 week course, I'll have the kind of body you see in the magazines but more importantly, I'll feel good and strong mentally. Get this book – you won't regret it. Thanks Bill."
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Brain Saunders, age 28