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Strength for Life: The Fitness Plan for the Rest of Your Life Hardcover – April 29, 2008

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Advance praise for Strength for Life

“Strength training is unsurpassed in its ability to create superbly sculpted muscles and increase balance, strength, and stamina while ridding the body of unwanted fat. Shawn Phillips has developed an outstanding holistic program that will help you to reach these goals quickly–regardless of age or current fitness level. His unique mind-body approach keeps you constantly motivated, enabling you to achieve true strength for life.”
–Nicholas Perricone, M.D., F.A.C.N., author of The Perricone Weight-Loss Diet

“This is the first book to take you through a 12-week transformation and beyond. It’s like finally hearing the rest of the story. In week 13 and afterward, you set yourself for a lifetime of strength and fitness.”
–Lynn Lingenfelter, 1997 Body-for-LIFE co-grand champion

“Strength for Life is truly fantastic! This is a book and a message that every single person can identify with and be inspired by.”
–Larry North, founder, Larry North Fitness Clubs

“Do you want to be in control of your life? If you do, the answers are in the pages of Strength for Life. This book illustrates the difference between exercise and training. Now my mind is right and my body is ready, and so far each session has been more productive. It reminded me of why we seek to be fit, and seek the ultimate goal of our lives.”
–G. Porter Freeman, 1997 Body-for-LIFE co-grand champion

“Strength for Life is a superb handbook on physical transformation, leading to a complete life transformation, a novel and tremendously effective technique. Highly recommended!”
–Ken Wilber, author of The Integral Vision

“Shawn Phillips is the epitome of form following function. There is no need to suffer through exercise when you hack away the inessentials and focus on what really matters: Strength.”
–Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek

About the Author

Shawn Phillips is CEO of Phillips Performance Nutrition, maker of the world’s premium total-nutrition shakes. He lives with his wife, son, and daughter in Golden, Colorado.

www.shawn-phillips.com

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345498461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345498465
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Fitness Philosopher

"Your body is strong and vital not because you train; rather you train to celebrate your strength and vitality, says The Philosopher of Fit, Shawn Phillips.

A deep thinker with knack for making the complex simple, Shawn's rebelled against the terror of mediocrity since he was a child. Revered for his lean, balanced physique and perfect six-pack abs, Shawn has amassed a lifetime of experience as he enters his third decade as one of the most respected names in the health and fitness world.

Author of the best-selling books, ABSolution and Strength for Life, as well as thousands of articles on health, fitness, nutrition, mindset, motivation, and more, Shawn brings unique perspective and depth to the questions most fear to ask.

Integrating body, mind and soul, Shawn's "Zen of Strength" practice features the techniques of Focus Intensity Training (FIT), which blends the intensity of martial arts, the mindfulness of yoga with the muscle of strength training.

Alongside his brother, Bill, Shawn was instrumental in the explosive success of EAS and the Body-for-LIFE movement. He pioneered the computerized strength system, Powerbuilding, launched an online supplement knowledge base, http://nutros.com and is the founder of the "lifestyle nutrition" company, Full Strength Nutrition; helping men live freer, clearer and stronger in the prime of life.

One of the most photographed physiques of a generation, best known for his symmetry and signature abs, Shawn is better known by family, friends and associates for his radical insight, inspiring vision, relentless humor and a passion for helping people live great lives.
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Goonan on May 1, 2008
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This book by Shawn Phillips is destined to be a bestselling book. While it builds on some of the ideas in Body for Life, which I believe is the best selling fitness book of all time, it is unique in many ways with a more integral approach to fitness, strength development and life as a whole.

Interestingly, Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength was written by Shawn's brother. The major difference that I see is focusing on multiple dimensions that make up fitness including the development of aerobic capacity in a systematic, time effective manner with a lack of fluff.

This book is easy to read, but it has everything you need to know to get stronger. It is written with an encouraging tone and obviously the author practices what he preaches based on the cover photo and other photos I've seen in his other titles. If you liked Body for Life, you will love this book because it goes even further. I suspect Shawn built on what his brother learned along the way with his book as well as his own deep experience.

There are other good reviews that detail the contents of this book, but if you are looking for a fast track and well-rounded program, this may really be for you. I've tried out the workouts and advice here and was very impressed. I must say some of the workout advice may not be appropriate for a beginner, but the program is progressive and you can always start with less and work up to more.

I used to be a Teaching Fellow in physiology and I also did biological research for a living. While I don't believe in a one size fits all approach, this is certainly a good guideline for both men and women.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Vid Axel on May 28, 2008
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I recently finished my first reading of Shawn Phillips' new book, Strength for Life: The Fitness Plan for the Rest of Your Life (SFL). I'm already reading it again. Even though I've read dozens of books about fitness, this one now stands as my favorite.

For me, like nothing else I've found, SFL unifies consciousness with body, presence with fitness and vision with efficacious action. With SFL, transforming both nutrition and training into deeply enriching, enduring and even meditative practices strikes me as thoroughly achievable.

Yet with what authority can I make such claims?

Many of us benefited immensely from the author's brother's (that is, Bill Phillips') 1999 mega-bestseller. That bestseller was Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength (BFL). Using that system, I personally completed multiple, 12 week transformations. I clarified and achieved goals. I burned fat and grew muscle. My physical strength skyrocketed. Many felt astonished when they saw me in person and when they viewed my before and after photos. Frequently others, even strangers, stopped me for advice.

With time, I also learned and put into practice other fitness strategies. (These others included a 12 week transformation using Shawn Phillips' earlier, BFL-similar, 2002 book, ABSolution: The Practical Solution for Building Your Best Abs.) In the process, I learned volumes about the impact of training and nutrition on my mind and body.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By KBM on May 23, 2008
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I received this book a couple of weeks ago and am very pleased with the entire book and completely recommend it.

This book is excellent for those who really don't know much about fitness and nutrition, but it's also good for those who know quite a bit, but need something new to tweak their routines.

And, that's why I purchased the book. Every so often, I feel a workout slump. I change my workout routines every month or so, as recommended and usually work out with weights 3 times per week and do HIIT cardio 3 times per week. I understand how to eat properly and do so consistently (unless I make a conscious choice to eat something less healthy). However, even so, I find that I often dread training. Truly. And, I might waste a couple of hours just putting off my training, because I dread it so much. Consequently, I need a book like this to get me on track. And, this one absolutely does. As a matter of fact, this entire week of training has been entirely different and I'm actually looking forward to tomorrow! And, believe it or not, I enjoyed my High Intensity Interval Training (Cardio) today for the first time in at least 6 months.

Shawn Phillips is an excellent writer. His tone is engaging, conversational, and accessible. After the entertaining introduction, he talks about getting to a meditative state when working out. It's really not difficult, either, but may take some practice for some. I find that working out in my gym at home is much more productive for me than working out at the Y, for instance, and have been doing this for some time for this very reason. It's so important to focus on the muscles you're working out and tune everything else out.
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