Body For Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength

Hardcover | June 15, 1999

byBill Phillips

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Mention the name Bill Phillips to any of the people he's helped transform and you will see their faces light up with appreciation and respect. These people include:

  • Hundreds of thousands of men and women who read his magazine for guidance and straightforward information about exercise, nutrition, and living with strength.

  • Elite professional athletes, among them John Elway, Karl Malone, Mike Piazza, and Terrell Davis ?ho have turned to Phillips for clear–cut information to enhance their energy and performance.

  • People once plagued by obesity, alcoholism, and life–threatening ailments who accepted a personal challenge from Bill Phillips and, with his help, have regained control of their bodies and their lives.

    When you begin to apply the information in this book, you will be proving to yourself that astounding changes are within your grasp too. And, you will discover Body–for–LIFE is much more than a book about physical fitness ?t's a gateway to a new and better life, a life of rewarding and fulfilling moments, perhaps more spectacular than you've ever dared to dream before.

    Within 12 weeks, you too are going to know ?ot believe, but know : that the transformation you've created with your body is merely an example of the power you have to transform everything else in your world.

    In language that is vivid and down–to–earth, Bill Phillips guides you, step by step, through the integrated Body–for–LIFE Program, which reveals:

  • How to lose fat and increase your strength by exercising less, not more;

  • How to tap into an endless source of energy by living with the Power MindsetTM;

  • How to create more time for everything meaningful in your life;

  • How to trade hours of aerobics for minutes of weight training ?ith dramatic results;

  • How to make continual progress by using the High–Point TechniqueTM;

  • How to feed your muscles while starving fat with the Nutrition–for–LIFE MethodTM;

  • How thousands of ordinary people have now become extraordinary and how you can, too;

  • How to gain control of your body and life, once and for all.

    The principles of the Body–for–LIFE Program are surprisingly simple but remarkably powerful. So allow yourself to experience the force of the information in this book, allow yourself to take your mind, your body, your life to a higher point than you may have ever dreamed you could. All in as little as 12 weeks.

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Not for the faint of heart, this guide contains the tips and strategies that have made Bill Phillips' clients, such as Sylvester Stallone and Demi Moore, the hardbody wonders they are today! A combination self-help and fitness book, Bill Phillips' Body for Life covers well-being from the inside out. Designed for a 12-week period, this ...

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Mention the name Bill Phillips to any of the people he's helped transform and you will see their faces light up with appreciation and respect. These people include: Hundreds of thousands of men and women who read his magazine for guidance and straightforward information about exercise, nutrition, and living with strength. Elite prof...

Bill Phillips is the founder and editor in chief ofMuscle Media(tm) magazine and the creator of EAS (Experimental and Applied Sciences). Michael D'Orso is the coauthor ofWalking With the Wind: A Memoir of the MovementandWinning With Integrity: How to Get What You Want Without Selling Your Soul.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 7.38 × 0.78 inPublished:June 15, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from For the serious only. No complainers please I am using this book and the workbook to do my workouts. It's not easy and has required a whole life over haul. I've had to rework my lifestyle in order to make this book work for me. I'm allocating the proper time to do the workouts, and have seen results in as little as two weeks. The main thing is to take the time to learn about the program and it's workings. I'm serious about weight loss, and this book is a good structure to use.
Date published: 2008-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Works This book and program are both great. I used it back a few years ago and went from a 42 inch waist to 34 in 13 weeks from 29% body fat to 13%. It is not easy and requires much discipline. But this book gives you the tools you need to make it happen. It also requires a lifestyle change for you, you drift off from the program it is easy to slide backwards from the progress you have made. This book will help you change your mindset. You will examine patters, give yourself rewards and see the changes take place. Phillips states: "It's Very Important to understand the difference between dreams and goals. Dreams are things we wish for--things you enjoy thinking about but don't really know when they'll happen. Goals, on the other hand, are specific things you have decided you need to accomplish within a clearly defined period of time." p.27 This book will help you make that leap from dreams to goals and from goals to results. One of the greatest strengths of the book is the section that outlines the exercises for each body part. No only do they include pictures of the different exercises and movements, they also have a tip box of the most common errors, and how to avoid them. The book is also peppered with testimonies of people who have done the program with their before and after pictures. Phillips states: “Your body is the epicenter of your universe. You go nowhere without it. It is truly the temple of your mind and your soul” p.2 this program will help you find a level of health that you may have given up on. One of the former champions of the challenge says: “Beyond information, I was being taught a frame of mind, which inspired me more than all the preachers, teachers, doctors, and counselors who had tried to get through to me before.” p.9 in reflection on this program and his recovery from a bullet wound from his youth. This book will help you change the patterns in your life, “Remember that everything you do in the real world is merely an external manifestation of what has already happened in your mind.” p. 29 This book has a balanced approach, you balance exercise with nutrition. You balance carbs with protein in each meal, and you balance cardio with strength training. Page 83 has an Eating-for-Life Authorized food guide, it lists the Proteins, Carbohydrates and Vegetables that are recommended and list’s them in the order if quality for this program. There is a world of difference between knowing what to do and actually doing it. This book will definitely give you the knowledge and challenge you to put it into practice. “Remember that everything you do in the real world is merely an external manifestation of what has already happened in your mind.” p.29
Date published: 2006-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Body for Life This book is not a miracle diet book. It teaches you the importance of having a balanced diet and that the only way to lose weight, and keep it off, is by doing physical activity. Well worth the money for someone who is tired of being out of shape and obese.
Date published: 2004-06-03
Date published: 2002-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this book if you want to improve your life Quite simply, this book contains the secret to gain control of your eating, exercising, body, mental attitude and life. Inspiring!
Date published: 2002-10-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great Money Maker I read the book,thought it was easy to understand,and realized what a GREAT money MAKER, Bill Phillips has. He gets people hooked on the program,so he can sell his book,tapes etc..then gets you hooked on using the EAS supplments,for which he is part owner..WOW Bill,you must be rolling in the dough,from all the poor people looking for yet another miracle diet.
Date published: 2002-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good complimentary reference This book is a good one to complement the book Slow Burn . This book deals with weighlifting and supplementary diet. The book Slow Burn deals with Cardio, therefore both books is a must for your library.
Date published: 2002-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Motivational Body For Life is an incredible book. The way the author seems to be speaking directly to you creates a personal feeling. This book motivates you to get out and get in shape, eat healthy and have a positive outlook on life. He gives you all the tools in easy to read terms to allow you to better yourself. It feels as though there is a personal trainer with you all the time.
Date published: 2001-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring I found this book to be one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. It can encourage anybody that is not happy with the way they look to do something about it. It will teach you to eat the foods that will help you change your lifestyle and the way you look at food. To read all of the inspirational stories of the couples that went through this program will really change your prospective of life and the way you live it. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wishes to change their lives for the better.
Date published: 2001-05-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Too General As an exercise physiologist, I have to say the following: 1. the book's exercise recommendations are too extreme. 2. Too much focus on supplementation. 3. Exercise/nutrition regimen too risky (i.e fat burning stacks prior to exercise, may cause heart attacks, fainting and more. I have personally seen it.) 4. Lacks individuality. If you want an individualised program, I recommend the Intrafitt Brand of Exercise and Nutrition Technology.(
Date published: 2001-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The "Bible" for getting in shape! If you've ever tried to get in shape, but just lacked the knowledge or desire to do so, this is the book to get you on track. No muscle hype or unattainable promises. Quite simply a balanced, well written approach to getting in the best shape of your life!
Date published: 2001-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The fitness beginner's best bet This book is great for mental and physical challenge for people of all fitness levels. From beginner's to advanced fitness fanatics, this book will help you get motivated and encourage you to begin a fitness routine. From real life challenging stories to a nutrition and fitness program, this book will get you started. In 12 weeks you can see your body and mind transform. My life has never been the same since I read the book. Buy it, use it and you'll love it
Date published: 2001-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The "Everymans" guide to a better you This book is NOT a diet book. It is not a book on how to become a gym addict. Bill Phillips speaks from the heart to his reader in plain, everyday language. Not only is my interest in changing my lifestyle peaked, but I feel motivated to do so. There is nothing about this book that is confusing or misleading - thorough without getting over-technical. An excellent guide to changing your life!
Date published: 2001-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! If you're looking to change your body and life, this is the book that will help you do it! It's not a typical diet book that promises miracles and doesn't deliver, it is a lifestyle change that improves your whole life. If you've been searching, stop here and get this book. You won't be disapointed!
Date published: 2001-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent Bill Phillips created a masterpiece in writing this book. He not only capture your attention, he motivates, inpires and explains everything to you. I have dedicated to creating a new me in 12 weeks, with Bills' help at the 6 week point I have lost 29 lbs of fat, my body fat was 25.5% and it is now at 17.3% and I still have 6 weeks to go. Great book Bill!
Date published: 2000-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Really Works! Bought the book, did my twelve weeks, lost 25 pounds and 4 inches around the waist, and I'm feeling GREAT. If you are truly serious about getting both in shape mentally and physically give this book and Bill's advice a shot. Also get a copy of Bill Phillip's "Body of Work". If that doesn't inspire you, nothing will.
Date published: 2000-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding! I have just completed the 12 week transformation and not only improved my physique but have so much more confidence! I always struggled with the myth of "more is better" when it came to exercise. Bill teaches you to do high intensity, very efficient workouts that take very little time. Highly recommended reading!!
Date published: 2000-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy This Book and Feel GREAT!! I'm into my 2nd week on Bill's program and feeling absolutely FANTASTIC! Read the book and just DO IT! I've lost 3 pounds already, feel stronger, my close are looser, eat more often. IT'S GOT ALL THE RIGHT STUFF! Go for it!
Date published: 2000-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Body For Life - forever! As a former fitness drop-out, I would recommend this book to everyone! I've just completed the 12 week program outlined in the book, and have never felt or looked better. The fitness and nutrition plans are easy to follow. The program is logical and common-sense. And don't worry about having to go to a gym to do this! I completed the program at home, in my basement, with a couple of benches and free-weights. Anyone can do this and everyone should. The results are definitely worth it.
Date published: 2000-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from K.I.S.S. for a healthier you After being on this program for 4 weeks, my book has made its' rounds .... it has everyone talking about how simple it really is to look good and feel good about yourself ... Totally motivating, and inspirational
Date published: 2000-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BODY FOR LIFE - FOR EVERYONE! My husband and I are on week 2 of the challenge using the excellent, user-friendly structure outlined in Bill Phillip's book. This is not just for those used to pumping iron. It's great for novices too! The only thing limiting YOU! Check this one'll see.
Date published: 2000-02-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must for those serious about getting in shape The program proposed by Bill Philips is incredible. My husband and I have been doing it for three weeks now, and the results are already visible. We were both in pretty good shape before we began, and the program just boosted our energy and motivation levels. You will find in the book everything you need to start : training routines (with examples of exercises you can do), nutrition guidelines, and logs to record your daily activity (training and eating -- also available at This is an easy-to-follow fitness program, with no calories counting and a healthy way of living. Be ready to work hard, though!
Date published: 2000-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just the facts. Bill Phillips tells you exactly what it's all about. He makes you realize that there is no "easy way" to get results. It takes hard work and determination, something most of us just can't possibly give. Anyone looking to make an incredible change in their life (while working incredibly hard) should pick up this book ASAP. The only limiting factor will be your lack of determination...good luck, and work hard!!!!
Date published: 2000-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from body for life As a certified personal trainer, I have read countless "how to" books on getting in shape. This by far was the greatest one of them all. Bill Phillips not only makes you want to get in shape, but he makes you want to change your life. This book inspires not only a physical change but a mental, spiritual and psychlogical one as well. If you lack motivation, inspiration or knowledge, look no further. This book will awaken many people to the benefits of physical fitness and health. The bottom line is I feel bad for anyone who does not read this book because they will be the ones losing out. Make a change in your life and accept the Mr. Phillips' challenge. It is the smartest thing you will ever do...for yourself.
Date published: 1999-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You MUST get this book!!! 3 weeks ago, I purchased an issue of MuscleMedia. In it was an inspiring article on the book 'Body for Life'. Before buying it I decided to check it out on the Body for Life website. I then went to my local "Muscle Shop" to get their opinion. Lo' and behold...there's a picture of Bill Phillips on the wall posing with the owner of the shop. We had a great conversation about the book and about Myoplex (the supplement that Bill recommends). I knew I had to try the program. I'm now on the 14th day of the 85day program, and numerous co-workers are asking me what i'm doing to look so good? I've already got 2 others trying the program as well. I don't have alot of pounds to shed as i've always been a healthy eater and a fairly active person.(But I could certainly stand to lose a good 15 lbs. of fat and gain some muscle. Anyway,I work an 80hr/week job and was certain I couldn't find the time to get fit. But I just did it! And now I find that I have more time in the day,(even though i'm also going to the gym now), because my energy level has soared. And the compliments that i'm getting are motivational in themselves. I'm only got 70 days left on the program, but I look forward to each and every one of them. Christine Turmaine
Date published: 1999-10-15

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From Our Editors

Not for the faint of heart, this guide contains the tips and strategies that have made Bill Phillips' clients, such as Sylvester Stallone and Demi Moore, the hardbody wonders they are today! A combination self-help and fitness book, Bill Phillips' Body for Life covers well-being from the inside out. Designed for a 12-week period, this method involves mental preparation and motivation, setting goals and being committed to them and a strenuous physical program. Combine this power with a great, healthy mental attitude and you have the tools for a robust and energetic life.

Editorial Reviews

"After completing the 12-week program, I not only achieved my physical goals, I rediscovered passion in my life. This became the primary driving force behind my success. I've become the person I've always wanted to be." (Russell Simpson, M.D., age 47 Physician; Huntsville, Alabama)

Employee Review

This is an easy to understand plan for good nutrition and proper exercise. A person who knows nothing about exercise can easily follow the workouts and achieve good results. The plan allows for one cheat day each week, so you never feel deprived. I have found no other book that compares to this one if you want to successfully lose weight. I began the program last summer and over about seven months I lost fifty pounds -- and gained about 10 pounds of muscle. I highly recommend the book to anyone, regardless of your age or fitness level.