A Personal Father’s Day Message from Bill Phillips

A Personal Father’s Day Message

From: Bill Phillips
June 15, 2014

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 9 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).

His name was also Bill Phillips—his 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. Make no mistake; a great deal of 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.

It’s Hard to Eat Right in the Wrong Kitchen

It’s Hard to Eat Right in the Wrong Kitchen

There’s no place like home for getting healthy; that is, if it’s organized and filled with things that nourish your well-being. But far too often, the place where we live is part of the problem. When it’s a cluttered mess, with a kitchen filled with sugary, processed, high calorie foods, it interferes with our efforts to eat healthy.

That’s why one of the first things I do when I begin working with someone new is meet them at their home to do what I call a ‘Healthy Spaces Makeover.’ I start in the kitchen by opening up the cabinets and refrigerator and I take a photo of each. Then I get out a hefty trash bag and I go to work. Out goes the half-eaten box of sugary cereal, the leftover potato chips, cookies, Pop Tarts, sodas, ice cream and such. Everything that’s packed with empty calories and practically devoid of essential nutrients must go.

Then, it’s off to the grocery store to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables, brown rice, oatmeal, lean sources of protein like salmon, chicken, eggs, protein powder, light yogurt and low-fat cottage cheese, as well as plenty of pure water.

Transform Your Kitchen from Fat to Fit

Then it’s back to the kitchen where we put these new items in the cabinets and refrigerator. Then I take another photo and I paste it, as well as the photo taken before, on a sheet of paper. The before and after comparison is often very dramatic — like the difference between night and day. In just a matter of a few short hours, we change the kitchen from a health hazard to a vibrant source of nutritional energy. I tape the sheet of paper with both photos on a cabinet near the refrigerator so the person has a crystal-clear example of how I need that kitchen to look from this point forward. I suggest that you do this action step too — especially if you want to achieve your goals and be a winner in the Transformation Challenge! =)

Remember, it is hard to eat right in the wrong kitchen — it is much easier to do the right thing in the right environment. So, give your kitchen a Healthy Spaces Makeover this weekend — in doing so, you will be setting the table for your success!

Kitchen Makeover

Change Your Body for LIFE with Bill Phillips CAMP

Incredible Before to After

Jenifer Lyon and Chris Perry (pictured above) are Transformation Camp Alumni who are changing their bodies and lives while inspiring others to get healthy too!

Good News: Back by popular demand, 2 ‘Encore’ Transformation Camps!

After recently receiving a petition signed by over 200 alumni who wanted me to consider keeping our fitness Camps going, I was inspired to re-structure my work schedule enough to make time for a 3-day Camp in April and another in May. These are the only two events planned at this time and they will sell out soon.

New Camp Dates:

April 25, 26, 27
May 16, 17, 18

This new Camp takes what we have been doing to the next level! We are calling it LIFE CAMP because it is not just about having a healthy body… it is about building a healthy LIFE! We have all new work shops and tools to help participants succeed!

We’ve received so many emails and calls from people asking us to bring back Transformation Camp. We aren’t bringing it back though… we’re bringing it forward. LIFE CAMP advances and evolves my 25 years of scientific research and practical experience in the field of health, fitness, weight loss, and personal transformation. The letters in the word ‘LIFE’ each represent points of emphasis in the new CAMP curriculum: Learning + Inspiration + Fitness + Energy!

LIFE CAMP brings together people from all walks of life who not only want to improve their health and get their body in great shape but who also want to support and encourage others to achieve their personal transformation goals as well. Working together as a Team is one of the most powerful aspects of this whole process.

I know from personal experience that over-coming unhealthy habits, making real and lasting changes in the way the body and mind work is not easy; in fact, it’s a path that’s going to bring up numerous challenges and sometimes we will get frustrated and even think of quitting. Please, please don’t give up, don’t give in, don’t quit! Setbacks are a part of the process of success when it comes to transforming your body and life. This special LIFE CAMP is an opportunity to get back on track and re-energized. It’s a place to talk through what you’re struggling with and overcome it with the positive support of experts in this process.

Bill Phillips LIFE CAMP, like our previous Transformation retreats, is held over a 3-day period here at our Center in Golden, Colorado. Our events appeal to good-spirited people from all walks of life and from all parts of the world who have one thing in common… and that is, they have humbly and courageously made the decision to change their life for the better.

What’s new and improved with LIFE CAMP? It’s focused on a new ‘curriculum’ — improving our health and happiness is still the bottom line, but during this event I introduce improved techniques and tools to help you get the results you want in the short term while also improving sustainability and long-term success.

Also new at LIFE CAMP is a fascinating workshop and discussion led by medical doctors who’ve transformed their own health with my exercise, nutrition, and mindset program. These physicians will make crystal clear what we each need to do to improve our health and lower our risk of heart disease, depression, diabetes, even some forms of cancer. The empowering knowledge you gain from this one workshop itself could change (or maybe even save) your life!

At LIFE CAMP, I will workout with you and show you the exact exercise program that will help you burn off unhealthy bodyfat while strengthening your muscles. This workout only takes 25 minutes a day and it has been scientifically proven to not only burn fat faster than ordinary exercise, it also lowers your risk of cancer and improves your heart health so much it is the recommended workout at the Mayo Clinic’s cardiac care department. I want to make you an exercise expert while you’re here so you can be your own personal trainer.

At LIFE CAMP I’ll also teach you precisely what you need to eat to lose the excess weight once and for all. We must nourish ourselves back to good health–we do not ‘diet’ or starve the body to get results. Diets don’t work; I will teach you a much better way and show you exactly how to put my plan to work in your own life.

Living longer and living stronger — optimizing the quantity and quality of your life — is what this Camp is all about. Much of what you will learn at LIFE CAMP is what I have learned over the past 2 years of teaching 37 Transformation Camps here at my Center in Colorado. I’ve studied people who’ve had breakthrough results as well as those who’ve struggled, and I have identified, very specifically, what works and what doesn’t. This applies to getting breakthrough 12-week results, and also to sustaining and even building upon those improvements.

At LIFE CAMP you’ll learn how to focus your mindset in a way that empowers your confidence and improves your results. I work with you to set challenging yet achievable goals and I give you a plan of action that will help you succeed. My teachings are straight-forward, scientifically-sound and presented in an easy going, friendly and fun style. I will give you the information and motivation you need to put that knowledge in action so you enjoy the fastest results possible!

Your investment in the 3-day LIFE Camp, where you will work with me personally, is $1,495. This includes the workshops, workouts, nutrition planning, and all your healthy meals during the 3-day event, as well as 12 full weeks of ongoing support to help you stay on track and achieve breakthrough results. I’ll also take you out to a healthy dinner at one of my favorite restaurants on Friday and Saturday evening. We will have fun and also work hard all weekend. We have a special group rate at a newly remodeled and very nice Sheraton Hotel (just $99 per night). Transportation from the hotel to our center each day is provided for free.

Please don’t put off making the decision to get healthy. I promise if you allow me to help, you will get results! My intention is to help make this the best investment in yourself that you’ve ever made. Let me know you can be here in Colorado for LIFE CAMP on April 25, 26, 27 or May 16, 17, 18. No other Camps are scheduled at this time. Please get back to me at your earliest convenience to confirm that you want to sign up before we’re sold out again.

Please include your phone number in your email to me so we can contact you and answer any questions and help book your reservation. Also, tell me a little bit about the results you’d like to achieve — what changes would you like to make?

Send your email to: BillPhillipsFitness@aol.com

Making the decision to attend Camp could change your entire life. I’m looking forward to seeing you in person, getting to know you, and I am very excited about helping you transform your body for life!

Sincerely,

Bill Phillips

P.S. Proceeds from each of these two upcoming Bill Phillips LIFE CAMPS support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I had the privilege of granting my first wish in 1994 and now, 595 wishes later, doing my part to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation is something I am committed to and believe in with all my heart. Thank you in advance for supporting our mission and goal for this year which is to grant a 600th child’s wish!

Transformation Camp Series Finishes With Success!

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Bill Phillips Transformation Camp Successfully Finishes its 2-Year Run of Sold Out Events~

We have just this weekend’s Super 3-Day Camp to enjoy and then our two year project wraps up. With 37 Sold Out Camps and over 1,100 participants all total, the Transformation Camp Project went above and beyond my highest expectations for it! What an incredible experience it has been meeting and getting to know so many wonderful people, from all walks of life, who literally came from all corners of our world, with one thing in common: the desire to be healthier and to improve.

I never imagined this project would be so fun and enjoyable! It was also an honor and pleasure to be your teacher for the time you spent here. We shared a lot of laughter and some tears; good food and great workouts; we talked face to face about the challenges life brings our way; the mistakes we’ve made; and we helped each other find strength inside of us that many didn’t even know was there. In our speaking circles, I saw so much courage, I heard so much truth, I felt so much real, authentic, heart centered emotion. I was deeply touched and inspired by the strength and resiliency of the human spirit of our camp participants. And, I was stunned, over and over again, by the magnitude of the changes I saw camp participants make in the weeks after they went home and put their new knowledge into action. The power we each have to transform our lives in beyond measure.

I said two years ago when I started the camp series that it would be life changing. I know that intention has come to pass because it has absolutely changed mine… much more than I could have ever hoped for.  I am healthier, happier, more aware, and maybe even a little wiser than I was before. Camp has been a blessing. I have a beautiful and bright wife, Maria, and we have an exciting and inspiring life and future thanks to Transformation Camp. I have connected, in meaningful ways, with people from all over the world who have helped me learn so much about life and living.

THANK YOU so much to each person who traveled to Transformation Center and who gave me the special opportunity to share my knowledge and some of my over-flowing passion and enthusiasm for fitness with you! And thank you to all the volunteers, the workers, and to all our guest speakers for helping me so much — your efforts made a real and positive difference in the lives of many, including mine. For this, I am forever grateful and wish you the best of health always as your journey through life moves forward and continues to unfold.

I am diving into my next projects now; one of which is writing a book about what I learned and realized through my time at Transformation Center. The stories I have selected to share in the book will inspire you, teach you, uplift you, make you smile, and most of all… help you discover and believe in your own incredible power and ability to make stunning changes in your body and life!

I am also expanding our Right Nutraceuticals line of products and I am going to finally finish the new version of my website at Transformation.com which is all about how others have transformed their bodies and how YOU can do it too! I will keep you posted on these new and exciting endeavors which I hope will be as rewarding, inspiring, and fun as my two years at Transformation Camp!

Sincerely,
Bill Phillips

NOTE: I repeat, at this time we have no further Camps planned and there is not a spot left available to anyone. I apologize to all the people who wanted to experience Transformation Camp but were unable to get in due to high demand and low availability of positions. We have an invitation only alumni camp party this summer but that is it.

An Embarrassing Confession I Wish I Didn’t Have to Make

Bill Phillips Before to After

This is an Embarrassing Story to Tell, But if it Helps Someone Else get Back on Track with their Health, it will be Worth it to me. So here goes

Okay… let’s see. There are two photos of me posted along with my words. The photo on the right is me today, age 49. On the Left is ME in pretty bad condition, 2 years ago. In the summer of 2011 I had brutal accident which required emergency surgery and which put me in the hospital, then a wheelchair, then in a hospital bed at home for months. Just like everybody else, with inactivity and too much comfort food (ice cream is an incredible pain killer), I lost so much of my muscle and I gained fat… and I aged fast. I was so embarrassed and just literally in tears (inactivity and depression go hand in hand). But I knew what to do to pull out of the tailspin. Two years ago this month (in the Autumn of 2011 at age 47), I decided to completely change and rebuild my body and life.

I developed an new, inspiring vision for my future and transformed it into steps and stages… monthly, weekly, and daily goals were set and met. I created a new, positive environment and got support from true friends. Of course I had to completely change my eating and work hard in the weight room to rebuild my strength. I put my heart and soul into it and applied the key knowledge I have learned over the years… I put it to work very enthusiastically in my own life. I will tell the complete story and give my exact workout and nutrition and supplement program in an upcoming blog on my site BillPhillipsNews.com — watch for the whole story a week from today.

For now I can tell you this: I am more grateful for a healthy and strong body now than I EVER was before! I am grateful to be pain free and alive. My life has changed even more than my body since the devastating accident I had back in 2011. I wouldn’t go back and change any of it if I could because it has all been an edifying, humbling (although very embarrassing) and transformative experience. I have a new life today… a beautiful and smart and incredible wife now and a new fitness business which allows me to put my passion for fitness to work everyday!

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I tell my students and clients today what I learned painfully and personally… we all respond the same way to inactivity and over eating… I am just like you. And you are just like me in that when you start working out and eating right and you follow a smart plan, your body will reward you with incredible changes and renewed health!

I’ve been there… I know what it is like to be stuck in a body that is in pain and not doing what you want it to. It nearly broke my spirit and I nearly threw in the towel and blamed it all on aging and being over the hill. But I snapped out of it one day and said ‘F+#@ This! I am not settling for this! I AM GOING TO GET MY BODY AND LIFE BACK ON TRACK!’ And that is what I did and what I am doing… I will continue to get leaner and stronger and healthier each month… I will never have a final ‘After photo’… I will have a lot of Progress Photos which show the steady results of hard and humble work aimed at helping me improve my body and mind more each day. And finally, let me tell you this…

Don’t be surprised if what feels like your greatest adversity today becomes your biggest blessing two years from now… that is what happened for me and I thank God each day for helping me wake up to LIFE again!!

(If you want my help rebuilding your own body for life, come work with me personally at my fitness center in Colorado… we have an incredible 3-day Transformation Camp each month where I share what I know and help you get motivated to transform like I have done myself. Camp is the best investment you will ever make in your health. If you might want my help, email me at Bill@Transformation.com and we’ll send you details.)

Momentum is the Energy You Need!

Success Tip from Bill Phillips

Keep the momentum going and the energy flowing!

Let’s talk a little basic physics — getting an object at rest to begin moving requires far more energy than it does to keep it moving. Think of a rocket: 90% of the energy is spent on the initial thrust — on getting the blasted thing into the air. The remaining 10% is all that’s needed to keep it going. In a way, the same applies to transforming our bodies — it’s the act of getting started that is, by far, the most challenging stage of the process.

If you are moving ahead right now and have that advantage of MOMENTUM, please keep it going! You are in a position to make an extraordinary transformation. But, if you were to stop now, you would lose all that momentum and you would have to start all over again. I don’t want you to have to go through that, and I know you don’t either. So please, hang in there! Keep the momentum going and the energy flowing!