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The three-times-a-week weightlifting program in Body for Life is deceptively simple. If you've spent any time in the gym, you've 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 program, 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
"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
"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 stepI 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
"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
"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 Rene Scurti, ages 38 and 35Sales Manager and Homemaker; Parker, Colorado
I am applying the principles and recommend this book and its plan to anyone seeking to make a life change in their eating habits and begin an exercise plan. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Alfredo E. Gutierrez
I found his program to be a little too complicated, and I had trouble fully understanding it.Published 8 days ago by Mary
If you can follow Bill's plan you will achieve excellent results.Published 10 days ago by B. K. Thomas
I did this about 8 years ago. I still apply the exercise concepts (progressively harder intervals) to my workouts. Tolerable, not boring, and effective. Read morePublished 14 days ago by K.C.B.