Strength for Life

The Fitness Plan for the Rest of Your Life
by Shawn Phillips | Ballantine Books © 2008 · 274 pages

Shawn Phillips is all about empowering us to create physical and mental "Strength for Life." In this Note we'll learn the difference between transformation and change, the incredible benefits of consistent training and the importance of focusing our minds along with all kinds of other Big Ideas on how to get our strength on.

“Your body, the only one you will ever have, is the foundation of your life. And it’s either an anchor limiting your freedom and potential or a source of radiant energy, vitality and joy, elevating your life and the lives of those around you. It’s your choice… will yours be a source of strength, from which you will impact the world, or an obstacle, preventing you from your dreams and desires? … As my friend, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway is fond of saying,’If you’re going to bother setting a goal, aim high!’ … My advice to you, aim high; aim for strength.”

That pretty much sums up the theme of Shawn’s great book, Strength for Life. Aim high. Aim for strength.

Shawn’s a good friend and hands down one of the “strongest” and most energetic guys I know. He’s also an incredible blend of philosopher and spiritual body builder—bringing meditation into the gym while enhancing—not compromising—the intensity of his training.

This is definitely the most powerful book on transforming your strength—the true vitality and power with which you show up in the world—that I’ve ever read. If you’re tired of simply pushing weights around mindlessly, would like to bring mindfulness to your time at the gym and are interested in transforming your life from the inside out to create more strength than ever before, Amazon the book right now and get it on.

For now, let’s take a quick peak at some of my favorite ‘Big Ideas’ from the book—everything from creating a “base camp” to get yourself ready for transformation (which, as we’ll learn, is different than mere “change”) to working out your gratitude muscle (what “fitness” book have you read lately that talks about that?). His “HIIT” and “FIT” training principles are revolutionary and, if you follow his suggestions, it’s literally impossible not to transform.

Let’s jump in. And, of course, remember: Aim high. Aim for strength.

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Shawn Phillips

Shape your BODY. Sharpen your MIND. Energize your LIFE.