Bill Phillips Interview

Just finished up an interview with Bill Phillips about his new book, “Transformation”. It’s incredible, and I was really lucky to get a connection to Bill from a friend.

Here’s the link to listen to the replay for free:

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We cover everything from his current workouts and diet to his top motivation tips!

And I guarantee you’ve never heard a Bill Phillips interview like this before. Download it today and use it for transformation inspiration.

What question would you have asked Bill if you were on the phone with him?

Let me know in the comments section below what question would you have asked him…

Here are the 10 questions I asked Bill on the call…

1) Your book’s subtitle is “the mindset you need, the body you want, the life you deserve”…let’s start with the Motivation mindset and the power of the positive mindset. Tell us why that is so important that you listed it first.

2) In the success stories profiled in the book, there always seems to be a “turning point”. Based on your research and experience, what insights do you have on these…what is it that tends to cause someone to decide to change and make their transformation? Do they just wake up and have a “moment”? Is the turning point more psychological than physical?

3) Your story with your friend Marty shows it is never too late to change, but still some folks might be skeptical…what advice can you give them? And what’s your advice to those who might be thinking, “those folks can do it, but I can’t”?

4) Once someone has decided to change, what advice can you give them on getting started, overcoming unhealthy habits, and putting new habits into place? How many things can people change at once and still have a good chance to succeed?

5) Tell us more about your goal to take America from worst to first?

6) Tell us about the Transformation.com community – and the role of online social support in changing the health and fitness level of America (not to mention the world).  Does Transformation.com also inspire offline transformation communities?

7) Tell us about the Transformation.com community – and the role of online social support in changing the health and fitness level of America (not to mention the world). Does Transformation.com also inspire offline transformation communities?

8] I see you are starting to run marathons. How have your fitness and nutrition views changed in the past 10 years since Body For Life?

9) Later in your book you discuss a really cool topic…that of finding happiness…Tell us why you included that and one cool action step that listeners can take to bring more happiness into their own lives?

10) And finally, congratulations on your success with the new book and the website, Transformation.com. What is next for Bill Phillips?

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That’s it. Listen to the interview to hear Bill’s replies…

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Enjoy!

And make sure to post the question you would have asked Bill…just enter that below in the comments area.

To your success,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training

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  • mike

    your questions great Craig, I typed one in comments, then read and your question #8 was mine

  • Michelle

    The Body for life program is what got me started on my fitness and wellness journey!!!
    Great program even for a beginner, I let go of 80lbs and NOW I’m inspiring others to do the same as a personal trainer, and thanks to TT I run fun hardworking, classes! Looking forward to reading the new book!

  • QUESTION: Bill, do you think that your early use of large amounts of steroids will (or have) had any effects on your health or longevity or do you think your overall healthy lifestyle since that time could or will compensate for any earlier indiscretions?

    • Really Mark? That’s the best you can do for relevance? Wow… and love the emphasis on “large amounts.” Says who? Or for effect…

      Get the book, it’s a total open book on everything he’s done well and wrong in his life and lessons. So find it…

      Overall, there’s plenty of study and science out there on short term and long term steroid use… research that is going to be much more relevant than Bill’s answer to a loaded question.

      And what do you consider “Large amounts?” Funny to think that 20 – 30 years ago, even the doses that Arnold would take in a month wouldn’t get a pro today through the morning…

      Hope you find the answers to your search for steroid wisdom. Lord knows there’s better resources. Try T-nation… it’s all drug all the time.

      To Your Full Strength,
      Shawn

      • Hi Shaun,

        I just returned from holiday and have just seen the response to my question and some of the comments on Supplement Genius.com and I just want to set the record straight…

        First off, yes, I suppose “large amounts” is relative and I have no first-hand knowledge of his use but I suppose I meant as compared to a recreational user who wants to put an inch on his biceps?

        Regardless, let me say that I have the highest respect for Bill Phillips. Not only did I read every edition of the first several years of his magazine, MuscleMedia 2000 but I believe it to be the best mag the industry has produced! I think a close relative of his was in the mag too – he had pretty damn sharp abs if I recall!

        I also believe that Bill Phillips is arguably the single biggest reason why we have such a large and growing sports supplement industry (an industry that has provided most of my income for almost 20 years)!

        However, his steroid use is common knowledge to anyone in our industry but I was not aware he had discussed it widely before. I asked the question out of genuine curiosity as to how he would respond because the fact is that he is a man who first made his name by distributing steroid information which, in the absence of any other decent source at the time, was very helpful to guys who were going to “use” anyhow. I’ve worked with several bodybuilders (including pros) who considered Bill’s book The Anabolic Reference Guide and magazine info “The Bibles”.

        So my question concerns the contrast between his presumed former belief that steroids aren’t particularily harmful with his presumed current belief that they are.

        I’m fairly neutral on the whole steroid issue and would not seek to villify users. Over here in the UK, steroids are legal to possess and use just not to sell (I actually work as an expert advisor to the courts and police over here on steroid matters among other things). I know lots of guys who want better results faster and as long as they know the potential health consequences, it’s their choice to use – they’re big boys (often literally).

        Bill is now an excellent and tireless advocate for fit living – and I can’t think of too many things that are more important nowadays for our increasingly unfit world. So my hat’s off to him and sorry if there was a small element of sensationalism in my question, I suppose I was trying to be a little controversial.

        Anyhow, I thought his response showed class, intellegence and humility – virtues that are in all too short supply these days.

        Sincerely

        Mark Gilbert B.Sc. (Nutrition)
        http://www.MuscleDiet.net
        http://musclediet.net/blog/

      • Mark,

        Thank you for your thoughtful reply.

        I appreciate it. Hope you enjoyed a nice holiday.

        First, know that had I known the comment was from you, I’d have had some better context on it’s intention. All I had was “Mark” to go on.

        Also, I appreciate your recognition of the most inflammatory element on my part. Yeah, that part bothered me a bit.

        And yes, Bill, as he will do, responded in an intelligent, open manner. Nice. Much in contrast to the “big bro” heavy I so quickly jumped to. Hey, but that’s just me some times… I’ve been fending off some biased folks for a long time. I’m sure you get it.

        I appreciate the work you’re doing. There’s a lot of need for better information and a more open dialogue about the various approaches to building muscle.

        Personally, I support, within reason, individual freedom and the right to live your life your way. And I respect that an incredible amount of hard work and dedication goes into building a physique–however one goes about it.

        Where I get more disturbed is when steroid-using body builders are used to promote supplements–largely because the message and influence it has on youth. It’s wrong on so many levels I dare not even go there.

        Well, that, as Forest Gump says, “is all I got to say about that.”

        Once again, thanks for your response. Any long standing reader of Muscle Media is a friend of mine.

        See ya around…

        To Your Life @ Full Strength,

        Shawn Phillips

        Strength for LIFE
        ABSolution
        Full Strength Nutrition

        http://www.facebook.com/the.Shawn.Phillips

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  • Robert Johnson

    I agree that the best place to start a “health transformation” is with the medical profession. Something as simple as a yearly Percent Fat analysis instead of just a weight determination, can be a real eye opener (and very inexpensive if you use the electrical stimulation method). I just completed the “Extreme Fat Loss Program” which encouraged regular fat determination in addition to weight. I was shocked to find a 43% fat content at the start. Even after the program, which I was physically unprepared for, I still am at 33% (with a 5% increase in muscle). I still have more work to do, but I might have started sooner if my yearly physical included an honest assessment of my body fat level rather than letting it increase to such a very unhealthy levels.

  • Bill Phillips

    First and foremost I want to say Thank You to Craig Ballantyne for allowing me to participate in this interview. I support what Craig is teaching and appreciate his contributions to the health renewal of America.

    I would also like to answer Mark Gilbert’s brief question (above) about steroid use and long-term health. From my experience and research, the sooner we recognize a behavior is an unhealthy mistake, the better.

    Having used steroids in my early 20’s I have firsthand experience of their effects. Yes, they help build big muscles. And no, they are not good for our health. Of course, at age 45 I can look back 25 years and see the error in my thinking back then. And with that realization comes both regret and remorse for the poor decision I made.

    It has taken a while to forgive myself for this error in judgement and with this forgiveness comes an appreciation for the lessons I’ve learned. I see my health as a true gift today and I try to live in a way that is aligned with that. Exercise, eating right, helping others, nurturing positive thoughts and emotions… these are all proven effective ways to make our lives better. By teaching and practicing these ways of living, I feel I am honoring the gift of health I have been given.

    Whether it is getting off of steroids, or cigarettes, or alcohol, or even addictive foods, it’s never too late to make that change. The body and mind are remarkably resilient and when we change our ways from destructive and bitter to healthy and loving we can be healed and renewed. Our lives can become better than they ever were before because of the adversity we have faced, not in spite of it.

    Of course, we all will learn what we need to learn the way we need to learn it; yet when asked about steroid use today, I simply say it is not worth it. Not just because of the health risks but because of the legal penalties. It’s just not worth it. There are better ways to build confidence and self-worth. There are better ways to define yourself and better paths to take for enjoying a good life. That being said, I recognize, respect and accept that each person has the right to choose what he or she will do with their body and life.

    Thanks again for your question Mark.

    And thank you very much Craig for the opportunity. Keep up the good work!

    Sincerely,

    Bill Phillips

    • Bill,

      Great, open, classy response. Much better than my “gonna kick ya ass!,” response but hey.

      Yeah, now I can just say, “what he said.” again…

      Talk later…

      Now to digest the interview. Love the questions.

      Shawn

    • Hi Bill,

      I just sent this in response to your brother Shawn and I hope you’ll read it…

      Hi Shaun,

      I just returned from holiday and have just seen the response to my question and some of the comments on Supplement Genius.com and I just want to set the record straight…

      Let me say that I have the highest respect for Bill Phillips. Not only did I read every edition of the first several years of his magazine, MuscleMedia 2000 but I believe it to be the best mag the industry has produced! I think a close relative of his was in the mag too – he had pretty damn sharp abs if I recall!

      I also believe that Bill Phillips is arguably the single biggest reason why we have such a large and growing sports supplement industry (an industry that has provided most of my income for almost 20 years)!

      However, his steroid use is common knowledge to anyone in our industry but I was not aware he had discussed it widely before. I asked the question out of genuine curiosity as to how he would respond because the fact is that he is a man who first made his name by distributing steroid information which, in the absence of any other decent source at the time, was very helpful to guys who were going to “use” anyhow. I’ve worked with several bodybuilders (including pros) who considered Bill’s book The Anabolic Reference Guide and magazine info “The Bibles”.

      So my question concerns the contrast between his presumed former belief that steroids aren’t particularily harmful with his presumed current belief that they are.

      I’m fairly neutral on the whole steroid issue and would not seek to villify users. Over here in the UK, steroids are legal to possess and use just not to sell (I actually work as an expert advisor to the courts and police over here on steroid matters among other things). I know lots of guys who want better results faster and as long as they know the potential health consequences, it’s their choice to use – they’re big boys (often literally).

      Bill is now an excellent and tireless advocate for fit living – and I can’t think of too many things that are more important nowadays for our increasingly unfit world. So my hat’s off to him and sorry if there was a small element of sensationalism in my question, I suppose I was trying to be a little controversial.

      Anyhow, I thought his response showed class, intellegence and humility – virtues that are in all too short supply these days.

      Sincerely

      Mark Gilbert B.Sc. (Nutrition)
      http://www.MuscleDiet.net
      http://musclediet.net/blog/

  • Jesse Duncan

    I enjoyed the interview! Thanks Craig and Bill!

  • Joel Marion

    Just finished listening to the interview and I really enjoyed it. Bill – been good friends w/ your bro Shawn for a while, and it’s clear that the Phillip’s family has done an amazing job in developing two young men who have been able to make a tremendous impact on so many people, myself being a big one.

    Appreciate all you’ve done – your book completely changed my life and career. I would never be doing what I do today without you and Body for Life, and for that, I’m forever grateful.

    Thanks a TON!

    Joel

    • Yo Joel,

      Great to see you! Congrats on marriage man!

      Wish I were there… alas here, turning another year! Ha…

      We need to chat… you and I. But besides the point, thanks for popping in!

      Talk soon…

      To Your Strength,
      Shawn

  • Marty Goldman

    I can listen to Bill speak forever!! Such a good wise speaker!! All I can say how grateful I am that Bill came into my life at a time I needed it the most!! I can’t say where I would of gone at the death of my son if I did not have a program and the support I received personally from Bill and the wonderful Transformation community he created!! For that I am grateful and yes it works from the inside out!! I never would of dreamed I would be as healthy and fit and happy as I am now. We not only do it for ourselves but when we do we become an inspiration for others! I challenge each and every one to find a program as Bill says that works for you and stick with it!! It is all so worth it because we are!! Thanks Graig for posting this interview and Bill for your wisdom and heart!!

    Marty Goldman

    • Thanks Marty! And congrats on your transformation!

      Craig

  • Wendy Russo

    Thank you Craig for providing an awesome interview with an amazing guy. I also have experienced transformation first hand, and it has taken me and what I have to offer others to an entirely new level. With Bills information and all I have learned from you, Joel and “Roman” in the past year, I feel like I have the tools to help so many people change not just their body- but their entire being. I know it works, I see living proof daily. Thanks again and enjoy Transformation.

    • Thank you Wendy for your powerful feedback!

  • Craig, great job on this interview.

    Bill — We were supposed to meet in Calgary last October, but you had to cancel your speaking gig at the last minute. I love what you’re doing here with Transformation and I’d love to support you in any way I can.

    And similar to what Joel said, I have to thank you for helping to change my life… I followed everything you were doing WAY back in the day of Muscle Media and the BFL transformation contests (which I competed in one of them back in the 90’s). But you were definitely one of my biggest influences for getting into the fitness industry, which changed my life.

    So THANK YOU!

    Mike Geary

  • Mary Craig

    What a wonderful interview Craig and I always enjoy hearing from Bill Phillips. I found Transformation.com last June and it has literally changed my life, body, mind and spirit. Not only am I in the best physical shape of my life at age 38 (down over 22% bodyfat) and running my first full marathon this October, but I am living the life I was intended to live through the new way that I look at life, obstacles, and WINS. I am active with my family because I no longer have any back pain, I have energy for days, and actually enjoy exercising and eating great. Most of all I love giving back to the community for all they have done to inspire me and thus continue to inspire me each day! The Law of Reciprication is amazing.

    Come visit me at Transformation.com/seattlered. I would love to share more about my journey with you and encourage you along your journey in any way I can!

    Mary

  • Elizabeth

    Craig, thank you for this interview. I’m new to the Transformation site and working through the book also. Wow, Bill can articulates his message so well. What a great interview!

    • Thank you Elizabeth! I agree, Bill really gives a powerful message.

  • Jillian Tindall (jillianmay)

    Craig, I appreciate so much this interview with Bill! I’m with Marty, I could listen to Bill indefinitely and I always learn a lot and laugh (love his style of humor)! I particularly love your questions pertaining to inspiring offline communities. The phrase “be the change” certainly addresses this so well; by getting healthier, yes, each and every one of us are inspiring and encouraging our friends, relatives, the checker at the store who is asking what we are doing, and the rest of the people we know who are not online. We have such a beautiful vision, to change our nation from worst to first, health-wise and in our well-being. Thank you for being a part of our vision Craig, and it would be really cool to see you in Denver in October.

    • Thanks for the feedback Jillian. Looking forward to hearing about more Transformation community success stories.

    • Jillian Tindall

      Craig, I regret that I can no longer stand behind what I had written on August 21, 2010 and do not now support Transformation ventures. Rather than spoil anyone else’s experience, I would simply state that events occurring after that date have lead me to a rude awakening. and in good conscience, I must redact what I had posted. I certainly wish you continued success in your endeavors, however, and wish everyone the best. Thank you, Jillian Tindall

      • Jillian Tindall

        That was a pretty crabby thing to write, wasn’t it? I am redating my redaction. LOL! I had a very rude awakening, but it was from an accident I had ( a bad one) in Oct. 2010. Can any one say “pity party.” I still wish everyone the best though, including me!!

  • This a GREAT interview! Such a perfect synopsis of the program and a quick touch-base on the reasons/science behind it all. I count myself so very fortunate to have found Bill Phillips’ programs and to have embraced them. Not only have they completed changed my life for the better, they have flat out SAVED my life. Transformation is life-changing! And if I can do it, anyone can do it! We are NOT meant to “time-clock” our way through life. Life is precious and we are meant to experience it by being truly ALIVE! Transformation does this.

    Much light and much love – Bill

  • First off Craig I want to say thank you for all the great info you provide. Second to that thank you for the great Interview with Bill Phillip.s

    Bill & Shawn I just wanted to thank you guys for the impact you have had on me and my life. MM2K was the first thing that ever “hooked” me, I still have all my copies and I am damn proud of that. It was something that really was great.

    Bill good luck with everything in the future, your seeing the “big picture” and I wish more people could realize that working out and fitness can go far beyond “building more muscle”.

    All the best to you guys and thanks again Craig.

    Your newfie boy

    Rob
    http://www.RobKingFitness.com

  • Carol Wilson

    This radio interview was very uplifting and informative Craig. Your questions were on target. Obviously you understand how to break down Bill’s mulch-faceted approach to health and fitness.

    What struck me in this interview is that Bill said you can change at any age. This is so true. I’m one of those overweight older people. At age 57 my health and endurance have both gradually improved. This year have run in three 5K races. T-shirt has dropped from XL to size medium. My muscles are getting stronger and shapelier as a result of the strength training program. Am enjoying the pattern of fitness and nutrition activities each week. In addition, the mental obstacle that Bill has us focus on has been very healing.

    Being a part of the 18-week Challenge is a really wonderful experience. Everyone needs to read Bill Phillips new book, Transformation and connect with one of the many support groups located at Transformation.com.

    All 50 year olds . . go check out my Blog. It describes my journey during on my second 18-week challenge. My user ID is CwTally. Get involved and you will find this program is fun and fulfilling! Gooo 50 Somethings!

    • Congrats Carol, keep up the great work and continue to be a role model to others. Great work!

  • What a FANTASTIC interview!

    You asked some great questions Craig, and I thought Bill spoke so clearly and win a ton of wisdom. I am going to send this on to a number of people, because I think that spark of inspiration you guys discussed is right there in the interview, and this discussion alone may be a trigger to inspire some people to take action.

    I’ve been a member of transformation.com for the last 2 years, and I can attest to the power of a supportive community. I’ve followed health and fitness programs like BodyForLife on and off for about 7 years. But it is only now that I understand my reasons, am working on my mind as well as my body, am part of a positive community like transformation.com, and am looking to help others, that all aspects of my life have taken off. I have a sustained level of health and fitness that I never imagined possible previously.

    Bill, I believe in your vision 100% and will play my part in helping this transformation happen. And Craig, I read your story, and I’m really inspired by your journey and what you are doing to help people.

    Listening to you two amazing guys talking has really got me excited!!!

    Cheers from Australia,
    Paul.

  • Awesome Interview!

    I was an avid reader of “Muscle Media 2000” back in the early 90’s (was a reader from when they first launched, long before EAS was formed, etc.). Learned so much valuable info from Bill and Shawn it is too hard to count.

    Shawn was talking about HIIT years before it became mainstream, I think their magazine was the first to talk about the benefits of Creatine, etc.

    Can’t thank these guys enough.

    I think I consumed enough Myoplex back then to pay for at least a few of their car payments. Didn’t Bill drive a purple Lambourgini at some point?

    -Rusty

  • Christina Chapan

    This is a fantastic book. I am so glad that you took the time to interview Bill. I also love your videos on Youtube. Keep up the good work!