Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength

Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength

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by Bill Phillips, Michael D'orso
     
 

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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

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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 maybe even impossible, it's time you were introduced to Bill Phillips and his Body-for-LIFE Program—it's time you join those who have experienced breakthroughs with the help of his expert advice. 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—who 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 Phillips and, with his help, have now regained control of their bodies and lives.

The principles of the Body-for-LIFE Program are surprisingly simple but remarkably powerful. Allow yourself to experience the force of the information on this audio—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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Body for Life details a 12-week program designed to get readers in shape, fast, using targeted weight training. Bill Phillips is one of bodybuilding's best-known gurus, and in this tremendously successful book he adapts traditional bodybuilding techniques to help ordinary people break through their fitness barriers. The legendary trainer provides a surefire strategy for developing the motivation and energy to rebuild your body and your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061467691
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Edition description:
Abridged
Pages:
2
Sales rank:
652,185
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.40(d)

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The Breakthrough

When you gain control of your body
you will gain control of your LIFE.

A couple of years ago, I attended a fitness convention in Atlanta. It's one of only a few industry trade shows I attend, and therefore, it's one of the only times I come face-to-face with a large number of my readers at once. During the course of that weekend, hundreds of men and women who introduced themselves as avid followers of my magazine came up to shake my hand and chat. What struck me most about the entire experience--what absolutely floored me--was how strikingly out of shape many of these people were.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed meeting all these folks, many of whom had been reading my work for years. I even recognized a lot of their names. That weekend I think I met about 600 of my students. Maybe 80 of them looked fit and strong, but the others, who had been receiving the same information on exercise and nutrition, looked like . . . well, like they never had the opportunity to learn about how to get in top shape before.
On the flight home, I agonized over what I experienced that weekend. I knew then and there that in order to become a better teacher, I had to create a solution that would help these people not just get the facts but apply them. I knew I could help these people. I knew it was my responsibility.
Anyone who knows me at all or is familiar with me through my writing understands I firmly believe that a strong, healthy mind resides in a strong, healthy body. That, my friends, is a fact. When I see men and women who are out of shape, I see lives not fully lived. I see lost potential. I see people who need someone to help them realize they can look and feel better. That's what I see.
You simply cannot escape this reality: Your body is the epicenter of your universe. You go nowhere without it. It is truly the temple of your mind and your soul. If it is sagging, softening, and aging rapidly, other aspects of your life will soon follow suit.
I just don't believe that anyone in this world sets out on a journey to become fat and unhealthy, just as no one decides to become lonely or poor. What happens is, somewhere along the line, slowly and gradually, without even being aware of it, we give up. We give up our values and our dreams one at a time. When people let go of their bodies, it is, quite simply, the beginning of the end.
The night I got home from that trip, I couldn't stop thinking about it. What could I do to help these people apply their knowledge? I asked myself that question over and over again. I couldn't sleep. Then, finally, at about 1:15 in the morning, it hit me: They need a challenge. A competition. An incentive and the ultimate trophy--my blood-red Lamborghini Diablo.
I recalled how dreaming about someday owning that car helped me back when I was struggling to build my business--it helped me stay focused on my future and lifted my desire when I needed it most. I thought maybe it could do the same for the people I wanted to help--that it could be their driving force too. So, the next day, I put that Lamborghini up as the "Grand Prize" in the most unique self-improvement contest ever.
No one had ever tried issuing a challenge like this before, but something told me I had to do it, even though some people (including my dad, who's also my business advisor) let me know they thought the idea was crazy.
But I experienced something like the voice that whispered to Ray Kinsella in the baseball movie Field of Dreams: My instincts told me if I built it, they would come.
And did they ever...
More than 54,000 people from all walks of life signed up. Cops, cooks, and corporate CEO. Parents and grandparents (more than a few great--grandparents). Men and women who had never lifted a weight in their lives and a few seasoned gym rats who had been trying to build better bodies for years. The entries cascaded in, each individual accepting my challenge.
There were 10 categories, so young and old, men and women alike could till compete and have a chance to win. They were required to take 'before and after' photos and write an essay describing their experience and the impact it had on their lives overall. A team of judges, including myself, worked day and night scoring each competitor based on how much they improved their physiques, combined with how well they expressed the experience through their essays.
There - in those essays - was where my expectations and imagination essays were blown away. I hoped that giving people an incentive and challenging them to apply the knowledge I offered them would help them improve their bodies. And it did.
But that's not all. These people were getting physically fit, and they were getting their lives back in shape. It was, and still is, one of the most enlightening experiences of my life. Accepting this challenge rekindled the flame of desire for tens of thousands, and it broke down walls that were keeping people from moving forward in all areas of their lives.
Many of the men and women who accepted my challenge reported that this Program literally saved their lives. Their risk of heart disease (the number-one killer in America today) was drastically lowered, as well as the risk of being afflicted with other illnesses. such as diabetes, cancer, and osteoporosis.
Beyond even that, the psychological and emotional changes reported by these men and women were (and are) stunning. They described off-the-chart leaps in self-confidence, self-respect, and empowerment. They discovered that taking control of their bodies broke down barriers all around them. People were more attracted to them. They got better jobs.

What People are saying about this

Russell Simpson
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)
John Elway
I admire Bill Phillips because he believes so much in what he's doing, and he's helped so many people, including me. The time I've spent with Bill over the last couple years has been tremendous for me. I feel better mentally and physically. I believe the more his message gets out, the better off everybody's going to be.
— (John Elway, Two-Time NFL World Champion)
Fred and Renee Scurti
When we discovered Bill Phillips, we realized we had been confronted with a simple decision, 'Change our lives or dig our own grave with a fork and knife.' After a few weeks on the program, our bodies were changing, but more than that, our relationship, our lives were changing.
— (Fred and Renee Scurti, ages 38 and 35, Sales Manager and Homemaker; Parker, Colorado)
Christy Hammons
When I first read about Bill's program, 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 felt better, I looked better, and people started to notice. After 12 weeks, I lost 30 pounds, 3 inches off my waist, 4 inches off my hips, and dropped 3 sizes. My life couldn't be better. I'm not settling for mediocrity ever again.
— (Christy Hammons, Age 24 Accountant; Lexington, Kentucky)
Hank Johnson
While going through Bill Phillips' program, the physical changes I experienced were just the 'tip of the iceberg' for the changes in my mind-set. It empowered me and opened my eyes to the possibilities of change in all areas of my life.
— (Hank Johnson, Age 39 NASA Space Shuttle Engineer; Cape Canaveral, Florida)

Meet the Author

Michael D’Orso is the author of the New York Times bestseller Like Judgment Day: The Ruin and Redemption of a Town Called Rosewood and has collaborated on many notable titles, including Walking with the Wind, with Senator John Lewis. He lives in Norfolk, Virginia.

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

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Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I completed the 12 week challenge and I have to say that the results are amazing!!! I took my before photos and compare them to my after photos and the results are astonishing. I have muscle definition and have lost body fat in places that I thought only liposuction would have worked. I also have two small children and if it has worked for me, it can work for anyone. If you are serious about changing your overall shape, gain strength and overall physical appeal, this is the program for you. I get complimented every day about my results from people who haven't seen me in 6 months to passerbys. I also feel much younger and stronger and can fit into clothes from high school. This really works. I kid you not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband and I both read this book and IT WORKS. My husband went from a beer gut to a sixpack. I dropped 2 sizes! I have told all my friends and family about this book. I have even told people at the gym. I loved this book and if you are serious about getting in shape you will too! My husband was an out of shape but athlatic and I was just overweight never been in shape in my life. So you can do it too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a physician but before this book I was just as clueless as the guy next door as to the real principles of nutrition and exercise. Like other people who have written reviews here I have also tried other 'fads' but for the first time I can finally say I have found something that works and definitely shows results fast. I have only been into the program as of now for two weeks and already, my wife who is my most honest critic and friend has even started to notice changes. Two people at work even gave me unsolicited compliments. Just buy it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fair audio book. I think as someone seeking to maximize myself more this book has more generalities than I expected. Not earth shattering stuff but better suited for a beginner.