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 nutrition.
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 more.
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.
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