A New Look at Bill Phillips’ Upper Body Workout

At my fitness center in Golden, Colorado we have numerous exercise machines, and even though we have been open for years, they’re all virtually brand new. That’s because they’re hardly ever used. We have dozens of dumbbells and they’ve each been lifted over 10,000 times. Free weight dumbbells are a very smart choice, especially for those of us over 40 who need to be careful not to put unnecessary stress on tendons and ligaments during the workout. Dumbbells give us the leeway to find the right groove, where the muscles work hard and the connective tissue isn’t damaged in the process of getting stronger. Dumbbells also work more stabilizer muscles than machines, and you can find them at virtually any fitness center – even while traveling. My home gym is a workout bench and dumbbells.

Once you learn the basic free-weight exercises for the major muscles of the upper and lower body, you can use these for life. The whole idea that muscles need a novel stimulus to adapt has been misinterpreted over the years to think that muscles need completely different exercise. It doesn’t need variety as much as they need intensity. The adaptations are caused by overload. If you have a habit of working out in a comfort zone, you can go from one workout to the next; one set of exercises to the next and still not create any novel stimulus. The important thing is to learn how to workout hard and push yourself out of your comfort zone. In Body-for-LIFE I called this the High Point Training Technique — in a nutshell it means pushing yourself during the workout — giving it your very best effort and then reaching down deep inside and giving it even more.

Following my recommended workout will make your muscles get stronger, help you burn fat faster because your metabolism goes up (for as much as 30 to 40 hours after your workout), improve your cardio-pulmonary health, help your heart get stronger, and even give your brain more energy!

The keys to tapping into all these benefits and more is to do weight lifting in intense intervals where we work hard for a couple minutes then rest two minutes, then work, rest, work, rest, and work, rest again. We want to get our heart rate up to 90% to 95% of our estimated cardiac maximum (220 minus our age: for me that means I am aiming for about 160 heart beats per minutes at the end of my work sets–then I rest for a couple minutes until my pulse comes down to about 120).

On my 5-25 Upper Body Workout I do the 5 exercises shown in this blog. I do 10 reps of each set. I do one set right after the other, with no rest. After I complete 10 repetitions of all 5 exercises, I wait a couple minutes (this is just enough time for a training partner to go through their 5 sets if you’re working out with somebody) and then I repeat all 5 exercises for a total of 5 times.

With this ‘5-25 Intense Interval Strength Training’ workout I can stick with the same weight for all 5 sets (as opposed to ‘pyramiding’ or increasing weight for each set as we did with Body-for-LIFE). The way 5-25 is designed we reach ‘progressive resistance overload’ (needed for positive muscle adaptations) through fatiguing the muscles more with each set. By your 5th set of 10 reps for each muscle group your muscles will be thoroughly cooked, and that is good!

Upper Body Workout

1. Incline Dumbbell Bench Press — 10 Reps
2. Iron-Cross Raise — 10 Reps
3. Dumbbell Rowing — 10 Reps
4. Standing Dumbbell Curls — 10 Reps
5. Dumbbell Triceps Extension — 10 Reps

+ This upper body workout can be done with alternate exercises for each muscle group. For example: barbell bench press, followed by dumbbell shoulder press, then wide grip lat pull downs, preacher bicep curls, triceps push downs. At my Transformation Center I like to teach people how to do the whole routine with just dumbbells and a bench as many of them workout at home after leaving my Transformation Camp. For those who workout at a commercial gym, they can choose different exercises as shown above. Some people like to change the exercises up every 4 to 6 weeks and that can help them stay mentally stimulated by the workouts and perhaps offer some physiological benefit as well. I stick with the same exercises shown in this blog month after month, and I continue to get excellent results. I keep my workouts very simple — the key for me is hitting a high level of intensity during the lifts.

+ People who have been successful with my 12-week programs over the years are those who take the time to think through and plan their workouts ahead of time. Below is an example exercise worksheet that I give people at my fitness center — it allows them to plan and record information about their workouts. They make notes before and after each workout. When their records show that they can consistently complete 10 reps of a certain weight with good form, I recommend they increase the weight approximately 5 lbs. for their next workout. Make a note of anything you can think of which you can do better for your next workout, and you’ll be constantly improving.

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Incline Dumbbell Bench Press

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Starting Position: Sit on the edge of an incline bench. Pick up a dumbbell with each hand, place them on your thighs, and then one at a time position them at the base of your shoulders. Lean back, get firmly situated on the bench and you’re ready to go.

The Exercise: Press the weights up to a point over your upper chest and hold them there for a count of one. Then, inhale deeply as you lower the weights to the starting position. Hold the weights in the bottom position for a quick count of one, and then exhale as you drive them back up. Lock your elbows in the top position.

Tip 1: Don’t set your bench at too steep of an incline, or you’ll work your shoulders more than your chest. The incline should be about a 35 to 45 degree angle.

 Iron Cross Side Raise

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Starting Position: Stand upright, with your feet about shoulder width apart and your arms at your sides. Hold a dumbbell in each hand, your palms facing your hips.

The Exercise: Keeping your arms straight, lift the weights out and up to the sides until they are about level with your chin, and hold them there for a count of one. From this position, lower them slowly back to your sides. It’s important to keep your palms turned downward as you lift the dumbbells so your shoulders, rather than your biceps, do the work.

Tip 1: Don’t lean back and “swing” the weights up. Lift them straight out to your sides until they are almost directly out from your shoulders. In the top position it looks almost like a gymnast doing an iron cross on the rings.

Tip 2: Don’t lean your torso forward and bring the dumbbells down in front of your body. Instead let the weights down at your sides.

Dumbbell Rowing

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Starting Position: With a dumbbell in each hand and your feet shoulder width apart, bend forward at the waist so your upper body is parallel with the floor. Let your arms hang straight down, palms facing each other. This is a great exercise for the latissimus dorsi muscles of the back as well as the rhomboid, trapezius, and rear deltoid. All the muscles in the legs have to work on this one as well.

The Exercise: Pull the dumbbells up, concentrating on getting the elbows as high as they can go. After you’ve rowed the dumbbells up as far as you can, slowly lower them to the starting position.

Tip 1: Resist the temptation to lift your torso up as you raise the dumbbells — try to keep your back flat and your torso parallel to the ground.

Standing Dumbbell Curls

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Starting Position: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, and your arms extended down at your sides. Hold the dumbbells with your palms facing forward, keep your chin up, chest out, and shoulders back.

The Exercise: Take a deep breath, then curl the weights up towards the shoulders in an  arc. Exhale as you lift the weights (on exertion). During the curl, keep your upper arms and torso still — there will be some movement but avoid swinging the weights up (a very common mistake). Let your biceps do the work. Then, lower the dumbbells slowly to the starting point.

Tip 1: Don’t lean back or forward as you lower the weights. This reduces the amount of work the biceps are getting.

Dumbbell Triceps Extensions

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Starting Point: Stand with your feet shoulder with apart and your knees slightly bent. Grasp one end of a dumbbell with both hands (palms up), and raise it above your head.

The Exercise: Bend your arms and slowly lower the dumbbell behind your head. Keep your elbows relatively close to your head and pointed straight up throughout the exercise to keep the focus on your triceps. Lower the weight until you feel a stretch in your triceps, hold for a count of one, then press the weight back up, following an arc so you don’t bonk the back of your head. Keep lifting until your arms are locked out and the dumbbell is again directly over your head.

Tip 1: Don’t hold the dumbbell like a sandwich. Place your palms so they face the inside end plate of the dumbbell, with your index fingers and thumbs touching.

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Notice: I’ll give detailed instruction on how to do the lower body workout this week here on my blog at http://www.BillPhillipsNews.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:

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

~Bill Phillips

New Study shows Vitamin D cuts risk of premature death in half

New Study shows Vitamin D cuts risk of premature death in half

A new research study is now reporting that low levels of Vitamin D in the blood could mean twice the risk of premature death compared with those who have high levels of Vitamin D.

The study involved data from 32 studies published between 1966 and 2013, reflecting a total of 566,583 participants from 14 countries, and was led by Cedric Garland, DrPH, from the Department of Family and Preventative Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Garland states that two-thirds of the U.S. population suffers from low Vitamin D levels.

“Three years ago, the institute of Medicine concluded that have a too-low blood level of Vitamin D was hazardous,”  Garland said in a press statement. “This study supports that conclusion, but goes one step further. This new finding is based on the association of low Vitamin D with risk of premature death from all causes, not just done diseases.”

Study co-author Heath Hofflich, DO, of the UC San Diego School of Medicine, states that 4,000 International Units of Vitamin D per day is appropriate and safe. The researchers advise everyone to get their Vitamin D levels checked each year and also confer with their doctor regarding Vitamin D dosage requirements.

Vitamin D has shown to be effective on everything from lowering cancer risk, improving heart health, resolving depression, aiding fat loss, and improving health lifespan.

+++(Two servings of Bill Phillips’ STRONGEVITY Rx fitness and longevity supplement provides 4,000 IU of the highest quality, biologically active, cholecalciferol [Vitamin D3].)

Proof Positive You can Transform Your Body & Life Over 40!

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Over the last few years I have worked with hundreds of men and women in their 40’s and 50’s who have come to my Transformation Camp and then gone on to get in the best shape of their life. In these incredible before and after photos you see the transformation of Koz Khosravani who came to 2 of my Transformation Camps and completely reshaped his body, rejuvenated his energy and mind, and added years to his life. If you’re in your 40’s and 50’s like Koz and myself, don’t give up — remember that you absolutely, positively, can transform your fitness and change your life! ~Bill

Working Out Works at Any Age!

Bill Phillips at 50!!

Bill Phillips at 50!!

Took this quick pic with my cell phone camera yesterday — the day I officially became 50 years old. Honestly, I feel as good as I did at age 30 and even better than I did at age 40. I actually gained muscle this decade — I’m 195 lbs and 9% bodyfat. I had some ups and downs in my 40’s and a period of time where I got completely out of shape. But, I got back on track, started lifting weights, eating healthy meals, drinking my protein nutrition shakes and taking my vitamins and my body has just become healthier. I’m married to a beautiful woman, Maria, who makes every day feel special. Her and I work together helping other people get fit, lose weight and feel younger and more alive. If you are over 40, and not happy with the body you have, take it from me… You can get stronger and healthier as you go up in age. Fitness and a positive mindset can help us all enjoy a greater quantity and quality of life! ~Bill Phillips

Build Muscle and Lose Fat Faster with this NEW Natural Growth Hormone (GH) Supplement!

GH10X

NEW GH10x: Scientific-Research Based Supplement and Workout for Building Muscle and Burning Fat

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Produced by the pituitary gland, growth hormone supports health in a variety of ways and plays a key role in lipolysis (fat burning) and the anabolic process of muscle building. Unfortunately, research shows that as we age, growth hormone levels diminish. For those of us 40 and over, this can be one of the factors that lead to weight gain, reduced energy, and muscle loss.

Prescription growth hormone (GH) medicine has been touted by some anti-aging experts as a kind of fountain of youth. Celebrities and world champion athletes have paid over $20,000 per year to receive GH injections. What many of them don’t know is that there is a much safer, natural, economical way to boost GH and receive the anti-aging as well as fitness benefits.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that taking safe dosages of key amino acids (building blocks of protein) can significantly increase growth hormone levels. Additional research shows that a specific method of exercise training adds to the supplement effects – producing a huge boost in natural growth hormone secretion. When it comes to GH the body is its own best pharmacy. With specific nutritional supplementation and exercise, we have a safe, practical way to enjoy the benefits of increased growth hormone without any of the side effects of prescription GH medicines.

GH10x is an all-new, scientifically designed, nutraceutical – a natural supplement with safe, medicinal like effects. I highly recommend this supplement for people over 40 who have already made a commitment to eating healthy and exercising intensely (GH10x will not work for people who do not exercise).

Use 2 servings of GH10x per day while also following a High Intensity Interval Training program, such as the Bill Phillips 5-25 Method. This combination of GH10x plus HIIT will increase your natural growth hormone levels by up to 10 times, allowing you to lose more bodyfat, build more muscle, increase energy and prolong healthy lifespan.

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P.S. GH10x can be used along with a Right Light Protein Shake and a serving of the cellular energy supplement STRONGEVITY Rx for the ultimate post-workout super-nutrition shake! This is what I do after every hard workout and it’s what I recommend for you too! ~Bill Phillips

NEW – Natural Growth Hormone Supplement, GH10x

GH10X

NEW GH10x: Scientific-Research Based Supplement + Workout for Building Muscle, Burning Fat

Produced by the pituitary gland, growth hormone supports health in a variety of ways and plays a key role in lipolysis (fat burning) and the anabolic process of muscle building. Unfortunately, research shows that as we age, growth hormone levels diminish. For those of us 40 and over, this can be one of the factors that lead to weight gain, reduced energy, and muscle loss.

Prescription growth hormone (GH) medicine has been touted by some anti-aging experts as a kind of fountain of youth. Celebrities and world champion athletes have paid over $20,000 per year to receive GH injections. What many of them don’t know is that there is a much safer, natural, economical way to boost GH and receive the anti-aging as well as fitness benefits.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that taking safe dosages of key amino acids (building blocks of protein) can significantly increase growth hormone levels. Additional research shows that a specific method of exercise training adds to the supplement effects – producing a huge boost in natural growth hormone secretion. When it comes to GH the body is its own best pharmacy. With specific nutritional supplementation and exercise, we have a safe, practical way to enjoy the benefits of increased growth hormone without any of the side effects of prescription GH medicines.

GH10x is an all-new, scientifically designed, nutraceutical – a natural supplement with safe, medicinal like effects. I highly recommend this supplement for people over 40 who have already made a commitment to eating healthy and exercising intensely (GH10x will not work for people who do not exercise).

Use 2 servings of GH10x per day and follow the recommended workout and you will increase your natural growth hormone levels by up to 10 times, allowing you to lose more bodyfat, build more muscle, increase energy and prolong healthy lifespan.

GH10x will be available in our online store beginning in September 2014!