Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength

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NB: UK/EIRE RIGHTS ONLY The fitness no. 1 bestseller 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.

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Bill Phillips had been publishing bodybuilding 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 realization 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'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

About the Author:

Bill Phillips is the founder and editor in chief of Muscle Media magazine and founded the Body for Life Programme.

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