A Personal Father’s Day Message from Bill Phillips

From: Bill Phillips
June 18, 2017

I’m writing to wish all the Dads out there a Happy and Healthy Father’s Day and I also have a personal message to share with everyone who cares about and loves their family.

Unfortunately my Dad passed away 12 years ago—he was just over 60 and had so many more years of life ahead of him. My Dad was my business partner and my best friend. When I started the company MET-Rx, then EAS, Muscle Media, and Body-for-LIFE, my Dad was in my office every day telling jokes and giving me key insight, legal and business advice (he was a lawyer and had his MBA in his early 20’s even though he had three kids by the time he was just out of high school).

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His name was also Bill Phillips and right before his death I thanked him and held his hand and told him it was an honor to carry his name.

My Dad’s friends called him “BP” and I called him Dad. He never got too caught up in work and never really stressed out about it. To him being successful just meant he had enough money to pay the bills and enough time to relax and go fly fishing or go hiking often in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

On Father’s Day, I don’t have a Dad to buy a gift for or take a card to. I don’t have a Dad to go to the ball game with anymore. It is instead a day I miss my Dad more than ever.

I realize each year that so much of my good luck and the success I enjoyed in my previous companies was because of my Dad. He taught me how to work hard, work smart, how to push myself to reach meaningful goals… he taught me how to find the best rivers and streams to fly fish and how to appreciate and enjoy nature. He tried to help keep me humble and grounded during my most successful years at EAS but those lessons took me a little longer to learn and probably didn’t set in until after he was gone.

My Dad was a great man who lived a simple, smart, unassuming life. I miss him very much, especially today. Yet I am very grateful for all the years we had and I know the best thing I can do to honor him is to move forward and live a good, productive, and balanced life.

Knowing what it’s like to lose my Dad unexpectedly, and long before his time, gives me extra passion and determination to help other Fathers transform their health so their family doesn’t have to go through the pain and grief that comes with losing a loved one to a preventable disease. It’s sad but true: more than 3,000 Dads have already died this weekend from heart disease alone. Most of those deaths were preventable by a few basic lifestyle changes.

For over thirty years I’ve been teaching men and women from all walks of life how to incorporate an intelligent and practical exercise, nutrition, and fitness program into their way of living. It’s not a diet, a fad, a silly gimmick like so much of what is out there on TV commercials and internet marketing schemes today. My method is based on a bedrock of scientific truth, medical research, and thousands of hours of real-word experience and application.

The most up to date version of the program I teach at my Transformation Fitness and Research Center in Golden, Colorado is called “Health for LIFE” (it’s also the name of a new book I’m working on… think of it as Body-for-LIFE 3.0). It has already helped countless numbers of people lose the unhealthy bodyfat (from 25 lbs up to 150 lbs.) while gaining energy and muscle strength. But it’s not just the outward appearance that dramatically changes in our clients and students… the main benefit of the Health for LIFE plan is that you will very likely live longer — you’ll enjoy greater quality and quantity of life! Physicians even follow my program to reduce their own risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer which are lifestyle related.

Now of course, none of us have a guarantee that we will live through our 80’s and even longer. In my Father’s case, he contracted an incurable and rare form of lung disease (which went undetected and dormant for decades) from environmental toxin (not too dissimilar from asbestos) that he was exposed to working in a factory as a teenager. The important thing to realize is that even though there are no absolute guarantees in life, far too many Fathers are dying of illnesses that could be prevented with exercise and healthy eating. Please, if you have loved ones that depend on you, don’t wait until it’s too late to change your body and life.

The best time to get well is before you get sick and that is the message I’ve dedicated my life to sharing. If you’re overweight, have unhealthy habits, if you’ve been procrastinating and putting off your efforts to get back on track with your health and fitness, please don’t wait any longer! Set a goal to lose 25 to 35 lbs. this summer while strengthening your muscles, improving your heart health, and cutting your risk of dying of a preventable illness in half.

A half hour of exercise 5 days a week – a combination of strength training and aerobics – will produce excellent results if you stick with it. And the key to eating right, as I explained in my book Body-for-LIFE, is to eat a balance of quality protein foods, healthy carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables. Eat smaller meals more frequently and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Take your vitamins, Creatine, Omega-3’s and a quality protein supplement to help you get better health improvements faster.

Connect with others who are making healthy changes in their lives and most of all, please realize that other people need you and love you and your family is counting on you to be there. You have to take care of yourself – it’s one of the most important things you can do for others (it’s not selfish but rather self-less!). If you’re a parent, you have a tremendous responsibility to live a healthy lifestyle. We want you around for many, many years… far into the future! It does take some work to be healthy but the rewards are more than worth it.

Last but not least, I just want to say to my Dad: Thank You, I Love You, I miss you and I know that someday (not real soon, but someday) I’ll see you again.

Very Sincerely,

Bill Phillips

P.S. And by the way, if your Father is still here be sure to contact him right away and let him know how much he is loved and appreciated today. Don’t let the important things go unsaid. You never know for sure if you’ll get a second chance.

The New Bill Phillips Challenge Winner Is…

We just finished going through all the before and after pictures and stories from our 2015 Challenge. WOW! I want to congratulate everyone who started and finished — there are so many great transformations and inspiring stories from this round. Some of you have continued to build on your previous success and momentum and others have done a complete turn around and gotten back on track. I encourage everyone who participated in the 2015 Challenge to keep going strong and continue what you have started. I say it often, and it’s completely true, everybody wins in this game because the ultimate prize is having control of your body and getting your health back! Congratulations! Your change makes a difference and inspires others to improve their lives too!

Our Contest Winner…

I’m happy and excited to congratulate Steve Dobbs for winning the 2015 Bill Phillips Challenge! Steve rebuilt his body and renewed his health at age 51. He lost more than 27 lbs. of bodyfat and gained at least a solid 8 lbs. of muscle in just 12 weeks. He started with his before picture on September 28 and took his after photo and measurements 12 weeks later on December 20, 2015. Steve followed my Back to FIT Program on Bodybuilding.com/BillPhillips and put his heart and soul into each workout. Like myself, Steve had been in top shape before but adversity and life got in the way and he found himself looking and feeling old and tired. It’s incredible to see how much younger and stronger he became in just 12 weeks. Now Steve has set new goals and continues to improve, which is great because he just won an all expenses paid dream vacation for two to Maui where he can have fun in the sun and be proud of his renewed body for life. Way to go Steve Dobbs — you worked hard and you earned this victory! Now you are inspiring others to get fit too ~Bill Phillips

(You can read Steve’s own words below his photos as he describes his experience.)

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Steve Dobbs 12 Week Bill Phillips Challenge Success Story

Life is always full of challenges, which can also present opportunities. Over the past 3 years I’ve had my share of both! In 2013, I left a successful job in Oklahoma to move across states to be closer to family. I joined a small company but after only 9 months the company did not survive and I found myself without a job. I started a consulting business which meant very long work hours and unhealthy eating habits. I also told myself that “I had no time to exercise.” After nearly a year of this routine I found myself out of shape with an embarrassing “Baby Buddha Belly.”

After deciding I needed to get back into shape, I looked up an old friend – Bill Phillips. I’d never met Bill but he has been part of my life for the past 16 years. You see, I had successfully completed a Body-for-LIFE challenge in 1999. I was the 4-Week Sprint Champion and finished in the top 10 in my category. When I looked up Bill the first thing I found was news about his knee surgeries and his subsequent transformation. After reading Bill’s story, I realized that I was in a very similar situation. I immediately knew I could do this AGAIN….even at the age of 51. I once again eagerly accepted Bill’s challenge to get back into shape.

I cut out Bill’s own before and after pictures and envisioned myself making a change like that. I visualized it and focused my mind. Bill said, “If you’ve done it before, you can do it again.” It was time to take my BEFORE pictures. I was so embarrassed that I didn’t want anyone to take my picture, so I went out and bought a tripod and remote. These before pictures were even more embarrassing than I thought they would be, however they did provide a lot of motivation.

I studied Bill’s Back to FIT program online. I knew that Bill had a life time of fitness and nutrition experience and all I needed to do was to “follow the directions.” I was amazed at my final transformation and for the first time I was ready to show people my BEFORE pictures….only because it was next to my AFTER pictures.

After looking at my pictures of my first transformation at age 35 that were side by side to this transformation, my daughter gave me the best compliment by saying, “Dad, you look better than you did 16 years ago.”

At age 51, I’m now healthier, inside and out. I have a nutrition and exercise program that I can follow for the rest of my LIFE. I’m getting married to a wonderful woman in six months and I’m ready for what new opportunities await me.

For anyone who might read this and be in a similar situation that I was –that even Bill Phillips was in — my heartfelt advice is don’t let age stop you from getting in the best shape of your life!

Enter The All NEW Bill Phillips Challenge Now!

Bill Phillips Challenge

Are YOU up for a Challenge to Change Your body and health for life?

In the spirit of the original Body-for-LIFE contests, we are putting together a NEW Challenge and it starts NOW!

The game is the same… take your before photo, follow one of our proven programs of exercise, healthy nutrition, and community support, then take an after pic and write a short story about your experience to share with us and others. Everyone who finishes wins the incredible ‘prize’ of renewed health and a better body! The top transformation wins an all-expenses paid, dream vacation for 2 to Maui!

Everyone who enters will be invited to participate in our private online community group where you can tap into the positive energy of the whole team… supporting and encouraging others and offering friendly accountability within the group are ways you can help others succeed and make a difference!

Are you interested in being involved in this new challenge? There is no entry fee and no purchase is required and I will provide specific instructions that show you the exercises, the nutrition and meal plans, and mindset work. If you are in, let me know by clicking the link below to sign up now, for FREE!

Get In The Best Shape of Your Life. Sign Up Here: www.BillPhillipsChallenge.com

2015 Bill Phillips Fitness Challenge

Bill Phillips Transformation Challenge 2015

I’m challenging YOU to stop procrastinating and start rebuilding your body and life!

I’m challenging you to get your health and fitness back on track!

If you’re at the point where you look in the mirror and honestly don’t like the body you see; if you’ve been in great shape before and would love to look and feel like that again; if deep down inside you’re anxious and concerned about the direction your health is going; if you’re sick and tired of feeling sick and tired…AND, if you’re ready to confront the situation head on, than this challenge is for you!

I’m putting up $10,000 in Cash as an incentive for those who give it their all!

Sign up for FREE to my new 2015 Challenge by clicking the link here:

http://www.transformation.com

Let’s take ACTION and make 2015 the healthiest year ever!

~Bill Phillips

Christen Manak is our Newest $5,000 Challenge Winner!!

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Christen Manak is our Newest $5,000 Challenge Winner!!

Christen Manak is the women’s category $5,000 winner of our Transformation Challenge Contest, which started at the beginning of this year. We selected her because not only did she make great progress during the time of her 12 week Challenge; but also because of the incredible perseverance, patience and determination she has shown over the past 3 years. Christen has successfully completed challenge after challenge — moving forward each time towards the direction of her long term health and fitness goals.

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Christen has been a positive and active member of the Transformation Challenge support groups and has been a humble hard worker — leading by example.

Christen Manak’s story has now come full circle in a beautiful and healthy way. She started this journey at 214 lbs and set her sights on getting back to a healthy weight after becoming a Mom. Now, 65 pounds lighter (149 lbs) with a lifetime filled with healthy habits around eating and exercise, Christen and her supportive, loving, husband are now blessed again with another baby on the way.

Congratulations Christen Manak for truly Transforming your Health for LIFE and inspiring others to do the same!

Sincerely,
Bill and Maria Phillips

+++ Christen shares part of her story in her own words below:
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From Christen Manak: I started my first challenge three years ago. I had just finished a difficult pregnancy and because of bed rest and lack of healthy nutritional choices I had gained sixty five pounds! Over the past three years I’ve had some life setbacks with a broken leg/ankle and long distance move, but I’ve kept returning to a healthy lifestyle and it feels great!

At the conclusion of this challenge, my husband wisked me away for a romantic tenth anniversary cruise to Bermuda! It was so amazing to get dressed each day and see the pride and joy in my husbands eyes as he looked at me. Even at my heaviest he always made me feel loved and told me how beautiful I was to him. As he looked at me on that cruise and again whispered how beautiful I was to him, I could finally believe it! I knew it to be true!

But…I guess being so beautiful and fit has it’s consequences! About a week after our return home, we discovered someone else jumped on board through our romantic getaway! I am so excited to welcome this new little baby into our lives and I’m also looking forward to continuing to live healthy and not fall into my previous unhealthy pregnancy patterns. Body-for-Life has been put on hold for Body-WITH-Life, but the knowledge and habits I’ve formed don’t need to change! ~Christen Manak

+++ Bill Phillips Invites YOU to join his newest Health-for-LIFE Transformation Challenge. Get in the best shape of your life and WIN $5,000! Sign up for FREE at http://www.Transformation.com

 

Who else wants to Win $5,000 and build Your Best Body?

Back on Track 2014

There’s Still Time to Enter my 2014 Back-on-Track Challenge!

Transform your Body, Renew Your Life! $10,000 in Rewards! ($5,000 to each of two winners!)

It’s FREE to sign up and no purchase of anything is required. This is a healthy and fun challenge, like my original Body-for-LIFE contests that have helped thousands of people make an incredible change from before to after! Now it’s YOUR turn!!

Read all about it and sign up today! Give yourself another chance to get your health and fitness Back-on-Track!

Are you in? If so, click the link below and let’s get started now!

CLICK HERE NOW to learn more and sign up for FREE!