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Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength [Hardcover]

Bill Phillips , Michael D'Orso
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)

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15 Jun 1999

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The fitness no. 1 bestseller now in paperback

Body for Life is a twelve week programme that promises to Change Your Mind, Change Your Body, Change Your Life. Bill Phillips’ exercise and nutrition plan has been proven to produce dramatic results for tens of thousands of people, whatever their state of fitness. The programme comprises weight training, aerobic exercise, a careful diet and in addition it addresses the reader’s own personal goals and encourages personal transformation mentally not just physically. The tone of the author is that of a personal trainer and motivation coach in book form.

The Body for Life Programme reveals:
•how to lose fat and increase your strength by exercising less, not more
•how to tap into an endless source of energy with his ‘Power Mindset’
•how to trade hours of aerobics for minutes of weight training – with dramatic results
•how to feed your muscles and starve your fat with his eating plan
•how resistance training can significantly increase your metabolic rate allowing you to burn fat and change the shape of your body

The principles behind the programme are simple yet powerful and they can work for you in as little as 12 weeks, transforming not only your body, but the way you live your life.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (15 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060193395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060193393
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 389,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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."
Brain Saunders, age 28
Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
My gym workouts seemed to be going nowhere, so I invested in this book to try and structure my approach and speed up my progress.

One of the reasons I chose this book above others was the complimentary reviews here on Amazon. But, may I point out that while some of the reviews award five stars and rave about the book, it's not until you get to the end of the review that the author suddenly admits that he or she is 'about to embark on his [Bill's] plan'. Or, 'I know that when I complete the 12 week course, I'll have the kind of body you see in all the mags or on Baywatch'. Until you've actually tried sticking to the program, you'll never know how hard it is, however motivated you may feel at the offset.
So, in short, from someone who has tried to follow the plan all the way through - i.e. me, I can honestly say that the book is highly inspirational and motivational, but I found the strict diet regime very hard to follow.
The book's focus revolves around the belief that you can 'Change your mind - Change your body - Change your life'. I.e. empowering yourself to change your body will have a knock-on effect and could change your life. It is easy to understand and very clearly written, and I felt motivated and inspired after reading it.
Having applied Bill's 'intensity' method to my workouts, my workout times became more effective and shorter, and after just a couple of weeks my personal levels increased significantly. I actually felt like I'd done a harder workout after just twenty minutes than when I'd previously spent over an hour in the gym.
However, I failed because I found it impossible to stick to the diet. For example, I do not class a mixture of non-fat yogurt and cottage cheese as an evening meal.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
The best thing about this book is the way it is packaged as a 12 week course. This gives you a challenge and a goal. It makes you think about what you want, how you are going to get it and what has gone wrong before. The motivational stories may make UK readers cringe a little but I'm sure they will also have a positive effect too.
The main weakness is that you could (if you could be bothered to work it out for yourself) get the same results without the quirky diet regimen. If you have been a couch potato for a while like me and piled on a few pounds then of course suddenly doing 3 sets of aerobic and 3 intense sets of weight-training a week is going to make a big difference over 3 months. It is doubtful whether you really need to be eating 6 meals of carbohydrate and protein to achieve excellent results and I suspect, given that most of the world operates on 3 meals a day, that being the odd one out will be difficult for a lot of people. Each meal is one "portion" of protein, one or carbohydrate & as much low-carb veg as you like. This could typically be a skinless chicken breast & a baked potato which amounts to c.300 calories, add to this a tablespoon of flavoring, be that salad dressing or sauce etc and some vegetables that adds up to c.2000 cals a day which for a flabby guy doing a load of exercise is sensible. I've found that eating these 6 meals a day is a fair bit MORE calories than I'd normally eat but given the huge increase in exercise I'm sure it won't do any harm. Also, I've always eaten a balanced diet and I'm sure that the advice on nutrition will be much more useful to others who eat crisps and Coke all day.
Most of the diet advice is fairly sound.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 weeks that have changed my life 9 Jan 2006
Format:Hardcover
I have read some of the other reviews on here and felt it only fare I share mine. I bought this book after hearing about it form a collegue. I read it and felt empowered and after a few weeks decided to give it a go. I was sceptical about the photos and even more sceptical about the plugs for eas products. Anyway I followed the book to the letter. It lays it out in such a way that it easy to eat correctly and train right. I started off at 14st 2 pounds with 26% body fat. I followed the regime stricklty and am now 12st 5 pounds with 8.5% body fat. I nolonger suffer with indegestion and have taught my mind and body to eat correctly. This book has changed my life and I would and in fact do recommend it to everyone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I have read all the reviews given here on this book, and I feel very sorry for the people who couldn't gain benefit from it. It's clear from reading some of the reviews that some people didn't understand the entire programme, which may be why they didn't feel it worked for them. For example, the 'eat anything' day is a whole day, not one meal - I had mine from 1pm on Saturday to 1pm on Sunday because that suited my lifestyle and it made the deprivation of the other days seem more manageable.

My sister recommmended this book to me after losing three and a half stone with it (which she has kept off, btw) and we agree that the programme is by no means easy, but then why would it be?? If we do end up looking like one of those 'before' photos in the book, it isn't likely to be easy to change our dreadful eating habits and general lazy lifestyle, but it's the only way to lose weight and re-invent oneself physically.

I had to set my alarm for 6am to get to the gym before work, but by golly, it has been worth it. I have been on Bill's plan for six weeks, and I could see a change in my shape and my fitness level within one week of starting it. I did buy some of his protein bars to use as snacks when I was caught out on the road with work, and they made a very convenient way of taking in some protein in a perfectly balanced form.

I bought them online and in boxes which made them roughly the same price each as a regular bar of chocolate from the petrol station but without all the unwanted characteristics. I'm not a lover of protein shakes but they are a great recovery meal after training, and I'm lucky that I love fish so a can of mackerel fillets in tomato sauce does me fine as elevenses. Granted, my breath smells like my cat's at the moment, but who cares?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars body for life
Finished this years ago, got the tee shirt,never felt better. Now at 77 years bought the book again, go to gym, feel great for it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alan Short
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
The book was a bit dated, but that is to be expected. I had previously brought the body for life - women edition, which i found more user friendly. Liked the case studies.
Published 2 months ago by Ms Christine Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Body for life
If you stick to the training and eat as it tell you this really does work, honestly its not to hard to follow.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Kenneth Milne
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but effective
Very well written book, one of the most straight forward jargon free guides. Still hold alot of details to help with diet and advice on how to adjust your training for your needs. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Megan
3.0 out of 5 stars A good start and a classic, but outdated
A simplified bodybuilding lifestyle bible, Body For Life is a fantastic tool for motivating the sedentary and out-of-shape. Read more
Published 13 months ago by tbonewalker
2.0 out of 5 stars not in good shape
I received the book which was stated good shape, but it was in poor conditions, a lot of writing inside, and folded pages.
Published 13 months ago by Matias Grau Canet
4.0 out of 5 stars good for beginers.
This is a good book if your new to fitness and nutrition,it tells you all the foods you should eat a gives you a good training regimen.
Published 16 months ago by robert
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay plan and not too hard to follow
Okay, to be clear I've been on this program for 3 weeks to date, and I have lost weight (2kgs) through the combination of the low fat high protein dieting, plus regular weights and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by D. Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Life centric
This is a really good book if you want to regain control of your life, body and mind. I've been at it for six weeks and life, work and family balance is meaningful. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Bbaggers
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Book I've Read And Followed
I don't write many reviews. I read ten thousand for every one I write ! This book has shortcomings as has been pointed out, but the best feature of it is that it's structured. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mr. S. C. Smith
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