What is Body-for-LIFE?

Welcome and congratulations!

The fact that you're at this website and are reading these words means you've taken the first step. You have embarked on the trip to transformation. In 12 weeks, a mere three months, your body will be different—it will be stronger, leaner, more energetic and healthier. But that's not all. Mentally, you will be more focused and confident. You'll have learned what it takes to make incredible changes not just to your body, but in all areas of your life.

Maybe you came to this website because of the incredible "before" and "after" photos, or maybe you're unhappy with the way you look. Maybe a friend shared his or her transformation with you. Maybe you want to take control of your life. Maybe you want to prove you're up to the challenge. Maybe you bought the original Body-for-LIFE book, like over four million other people did, and something always prevented you from starting the program. Maybe this time, you're ready to complete the full 12 weeks.

Whatever your motivation, we're here to help. "We" are the hundreds of Champions who have won the Body-for-LIFE Challenge since 1999. We are also the thousands of Challengers who have completed the Body-for-LIFE program and won the best prize of all—a strong, healthy body. And, we discovered that we're Champions.

Once, we were you. We were sluggish. We were tired. We were stuck. We were ashamed of what we'd become, embarrassed by how we looked, worried about how we felt. We wanted more from ourselves and more out of life.

All of us at some point—the decisive moment—made the same decision you made when you came upon this website: It's time for change. It's time for a new me.

This website is about your body. Building on the tried-and-true principles outlined in the Body-for-LIFE books.

At BodyforLife.com, you'll learn about and from over 10 years of Champions and successful Challengers. They will be your guides, your coaches, your trainers, your motivators and cheerleaders. They will be with you every step of the way, and we will share all our knowledge, wisdom and secrets. They will tell you what works for them. What helped them finish their 12-week Challenges and what allows them to continue to live this lifestyle, even years after their first 12-week Challenges. They will show you how they did it, how they made it, and how you can, too.

At Body-for-LIFE, our overarching goal is simple: to enable you to unlock your true potential and become the person you've always wanted to be. In the end, of course, it's not just about your body. It's also about your mind and soul.

No one knows this better than Bill Phillips, the original driving force behind Body-for-LIFE. Phillips wrote the first book, Body-for-LIFE: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength. When it was published in 1999, it became a phenomenon. It climbed the New York Times bestseller list and stayed there for seven years. More then four million copies were sold, and it was translated into 20 languages. In 2003, USA Today listed it as one of the top all-time fitness books. The bible of the Body-for-LIFE movement, it remains the spark that created the foundation of the enthusiastic Body-for-LIFE Community.

A big reason for the book's success was the Body-for-LIFE Challenge—and those amazing before-and-after photos that demonstrate beyond doubt that the program works. Since 1999, millions of people have bettered themselves through Body-for-LIFE, and hundreds of Challengers have been crowned Champions.

So thanks to Bill Phillips' vision (Phillips is no longer involved with Body-for-LIFE. He sold his interest in EAS and BFL), along with the stewardship of Abbott, you're in good hands. The thriving Body-for-LIFE Community, the keeper of the flame is a Community of millions that spans the globe and continues to thrive and proliferate, selflessly helping others better themselves through Body-for-LIFE. The core principles of Body-for-LIFE—weight training and aerobic exercise performed with intensity, in concert with balanced nutrition and several small meals a day—together form a practical promise of success. They remain core principles precisely because they work, and the latest research proves it. What sets Body-for-LIFE apart is that it's not just about your body. It's also about your mind and soul, and about using your body, mind and soul to transform your life and the lives of those around you. Body-for-LIFE is so called for a reason. Stick with it and you'll add more years to your life. Better yet, you'll add more life to your years—and be able to give more life to others.

Both Champions and Challengers know you can achieve the body of your dreams. And once you do, the sense of accomplishment, mastery and confidence will energize every part of your being, every realm of who you are. Body-for-LIFE will change not only the way you look but also the way you feel, think and act. It will build not only muscle but also character.

In 12 short weeks, no matter who or what you are today, by applying yourself with consistency and intensity, you'll be superior in every way. We guarantee it. Now turn the page and continue the journey. You're on your way, Champion.

Science Shows Body-for-LIFE Works

In 2006, the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism published the first clinical proof that the Body-for-LIFE program not only works, but works wonders.

The study involved 63 men and women, ranging in age from 26 to 60. All were overweight or obese. They were divided into three groups:

The first group followed the Body-for-LIFE regimen (high-intensity weight training and aerobic exercise six days a week and a balanced protein/carbohydrate diet supplemented by EAS' Myoplex).

The second group followed doctor-recommended American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines (moderate-intensity aerobic exercise four to six days a week for 30 to 60 minutes, and a higher-carb diet).

The third group, the "controls," followed the typical inactive American lifestyle of minimal activity (less than 30 minutes of physical activity twice a week).

Result: After 12 weeks, the Body-for-LIFE-ers ruled.

  • They were stronger.
  • They were lighter.
  • They had more muscle and less fat.
  • They had less artery-clogging gunk in their blood—both their total cholesterol and LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, dropped.
  • They lost approximately twice as much body and belly fat.
  • Their systolic blood pressure dropped.

Some other impressive Body-for-LIFE stats from the first group on average:

  • Upper body strength—up by 21 percent.
  • Lower body strength—up by 37 percent.
  • Belly fat—down by 26 percent.
  • Body fat—down by 21 percent.
  • Body fat weight—down by 12 pounds.
  • Proportion of total body fat—down by 16 percent.
  • Abdomen to hip ratio (a key measurement in determining your risk for heart disease and more)—down by five percent.
  • Body Mass Index (a measure of body composition)—down by as much as six percent.
  • Body weight—down by 11 pounds or six percent.
  • All these figures were statistically higher than that of the AHA group or the control group.

Bottom line: The 12-week Body-for-LIFE program is "more effective [than either of the two other treatments]," the study's authors wrote, "in enhancing body composition and lowering cardiovascular risk in obese individuals."

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