Bill Phillips Biography
Bill Phillips is the author of several fitness books, including Anabolic Reference Guide, Sports Supplement Review, Body-for-LIFE: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength, Eating for Life: Your Guide to Great Health, Fat Loss and Increased Energy!, and Transformation: A Path from Physical to Spiritual Well-Being.
In April, 1997, Bill Phillips decided to hold a fitness contest to select a national
spokesperson. The 1997 Physique- Transformation Challenge was created to inspire
people to become physically and mentally stronger by focusing on fitness. More than 54,000
people from all walks of life took up his Challenge. By 1998, the contest had grown, and
more than 200,000 people answered the call. With this year's Body of Work Challenge, it's
become even bigger and continues to help people transform.
When the 1997 contest was over, Phillips saw the opportunity to help reach even more
people and decided to produce Body of Work, a documentary movie profiling the
contest and the 10 finalists who symbolized what Phillips was looking for--real-life
heroes who discovered their true potential and inner strength.
An avid supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which helps fulfill the dreams of
children with life-threatening illnesses, Phillips asked that anyone who received the
video and was inspired by it donate $15.00 to the Foundation. As of today, the Body of
Work project has raised over $1.5 million for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. And his
support of the Foundation continues. Phillips is donating all of the money he receives
from the book, Body-for-LIFE, to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado.
As a result of his work with Make-A-Wish, Phillips was recently honored by Newman's Own
and George magazine which named his company, Experimental and Applied Sciences (EAS) as
one of the ten Most Generous Companies in America.
In 1991, Phillips began working with doctors and research scientists to develop
performance nutrition products that could help athletes get better muscle-building and
fat-burning effects from their workouts. In 1992, this prolific writer and master
communicator began his own fitness and physique-development magazine, Muscle Media.
Currently the nation's fastest-growing strength-training magazine, Muscle Media is
distributed on 45,000 newsstands and has a worldwide readership of over 650,000 people.
In 1994, Phillips consolidated his sports nutrition businesses into what is known today
as Experimental and Applied Sciences (EAS) --the world's top performance-nutrition company
and a $165 million business. Unique to EAS is its unparalleled commitment to university
research collaborations aimed at further expanding and refining the science of sports
Phillips' expertise on fitness, physique development and athletic performance is not
only sought out by fitness buffs worldwide, but also by numerous top Hollywood celebrities
who rely on extraordinary physiques to maintain their thriving superstar status, including
Sylvester Stallone. Phillips' expertise has also been sought out by world-class athletes
such as John Elway, Terrell Davis, Karl Malone, Mike Piazza, Shannon Sharpe, and many
Phillips' hard work was rewarded in June, 1997 when, at 32, he became one of the
youngest men to win the coveted Entrepreneur of the Year Award. This award, sponsored by
Ernst & Young, LLC, Sprint, Merrill Lynch, Inc. Magazine, USA Today and NASDAQ
signified just how far Phillips had come. Phillips now stands along side successful
businessmen such as Jerry Jones, Owner, President and General Manager of the Dallas
Cowboys; Stephen Covey, internationally recognized "success coach" and
Co-chairman of the Franklin Covey Company; Herbert Kelleher, Chairman of the Board,
President, and CEO of Southwest Airlines; and Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Computer
Corporation, all of whom have received awards from the Entrepreneur of the Year Institute.
A native of Golden, Colorado, Phillips began lifting weights at the age of 12. In high
school, he became a powerlifting and bodybuilding champion, and a straight-A student. His
interest in building muscle and staying physically strong never waned. He did extensive
research into the subject of human performance. In 1987, he invested $185, the only money
he had, to start a publishing business. His sights set on medical school, he hoped to make
enough money to pay for his college tuition. Within a few years, however, driven by
passion and razor-sharp entrepreneurial instinct, his publishing enterprise made him a
millionaire at the age of 27.
This biography was last updated on 07/20/2011.
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