Look closely at this photo…

Bill Phillips presenting medal to me

Bill Phillips presenting medal to me

I am smiling as bright as sunshine itself.

You can’t imagine how joyful I felt when Body-for-Life fitness legend Bill Phillips presented me with a medal and a certificate for completing his 12-week transformation challenge.

It was my third time to complete his challenge in the last twelve months, and my third medal, but the first one presented to me in public by Bill himself.

I was as giddy as a star struck teenager meeting a super hero.

And I have met super heroes, like the Hulk Lou Ferrigno…

Meeting Lou Ferrigno in my gym one year ago (and 50 pounds heavier)

Meeting Lou Ferrigno in my gym one year ago (and me 50 pounds heavier)

And Superman Dean Cain…

Meeting Dean Cain (and I was 50 pounds heavier)

Meeting Dean Cain (and I was 50 pounds heavier)

But look at me now…

I'm a champion!

I'm a champion!

If you’ve been following this blog, you know I have been on a physical transformation journey for one year now. It started when I attended Bill’s Transformation Camp in February 2013.

I have stayed true to Bill’s teachings. I eat right, workout intensely five days a week, follow his principles for self awareness, spirituality, generosity, forgiveness, supporting others in their quest, and more.

The results speak for themselves. I’ve released at least 50 pounds of extra weight, added at least 15 pounds of muscle, and feel like a young Hercules.

A lot of people are supporting me, too, as you can see from this art that was given to me:

Hercules Joe

Hercules Joe

Bill’s latest weekend camp is called LIFE. It stands for Learning + Inspiration + Fitness + Energy. I just returned from the very first one at his center in Denver.

I loved it.

It’s a refined and more on target version of his Transformation Camp. The eating advice is the same, the workouts are changed a little, the new stories are moving and inspiring, and the daily worksheets (now in full color) are more specific; more like a game you can play to win every day.

I'm very proud of this accomplishment

I'm very proud of this accomplishment

One big change is Bill wants us to begin with a life vision.

From there, create a year goal, a six month goal, and then a 12 week goal.

That assignment alone helped me feel inspired and fired up to keep moving forward.

It’s no longer about twelve weeks; it’s about life.

I strongly recommend Bill’s work. It isn’t about weight loss per se as it is about living with integrity and wellness.

I regard Bill as a hero in my life; a source of transformation and inspiration from way back in 2004 when I entered and completed five back-to-back Body-For-Life challenges (and received an honorable mention for one of them).

Bill is a genius at sorting through all the conflicting data about health and fitness, and boiling it down to what actually works across the board for all of us.

He’s not a jock so much as a spiritual teacher in the gym.

He’s the Socrates of fitness.

The Buddha of health.

The Aurelius of spiritual-physical balance.

I love the man and his work.

His latest book, Transformation, should be read by all of us. (He’s working on a new book, which I am excited to read.)

Gorilla Biceps

Comparing biceps with the legend (Bill, not me)

The people who attend his weekend events are from all ages and all walks of life. Each has a story and a struggle, and each is ready to transform under Bill’s guidance.

Every time I attend one of his events — and I’ve been to four now — I am always moved by the people, their life paths, and their commitment to positive change.

Previous posts about Bill Philips and my Transformation progress:

March 1 2013 http://blog.mrfire.com/transformation-on-demand/

May 16 2013 http://blog.mrfire.com/transformation-update/

October 22, 2013 http://blog.mrfire.com/transformation-part-three/

I fully endorse Bill Phillips. I am not an affiliate for anything he offers (he doesn’t know I’m writing this) but I fully recommend all of it.

I’m told his May event is sold out. He just announced a June camp for June 6, 7, 8. If I were you, I’d go. For more details, see  http://www.transformation.com/ or send an email to [email protected]

Meanwhile, follow your dreams with passion, commitment, and the fire of inspiration.

This post isn’t about me (okay, yes it is) so much as it is a reminder that you can achieve your dreams, too.

Anything is possible.

Expect Miracles.

Ao Akua,


PS – Lucky you. You can watch me workout with Bill Phillips in this quick video filmed by his wife Maria. I’m on my last set of reps, lifting 100 pounds (two 50 pound dumbbells) like a gorilla ready for his feeding. Enjoy!

PPS –  I wrote the song “Believe” on my latest album in part due to Bill and his beautiful wife Maria (who released 60 pounds) believing in me. Hear a sample by clicking right here.

My new album is everywhere!

My new album is everywhere!


  1. John-Reply
    May 1, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Simply great and very ENCOURAGING!

  2. May 1, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Joe is 100% correct, as I was @ LIFE camp this weekend! I am still marveling about the event on so many levels. The inspiration, the people, the openness, the trust, the guidance. All of it! It was one powerful, incrediable weekend. Bill & Maria are beautiful people & it comes from the heart!
    It is about a LIFE plan for overall health, well-being & energy!
    The smile on Hercules Joe when he received his medal-GRAND!
    Have a Glourious Day! Thanks for sharing Joe!

    • May 1, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Thank you, Leah. And thank your daughter again for the Hercules Joe art. Expect Miracles.

  3. Joseph Sugarman-Reply
    May 1, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Good job Joe. I’m really proud of you…….Joe

    • May 1, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Thanks, Joe. It means a lot coming from you, a man I admire so much.

  4. May 1, 2014 at 11:04 am

    What an awesome story !! Congrats on ur weightloss success !!!

    Love and Blessings


  5. Jacek Malak-Reply
    May 1, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Oh, this is marvellous, Joe 🙂 You have done a great job. I am very proud of you 🙂 Sending my love and peace, Jacek 🙂

  6. Julie Kelsea-Reply
    May 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Dear Joe,
    You’ve been such an inspiration to me over the years. How wonderful it is to see you looking so well and fit! It makes my heart so happy for you. Congratulations!!!

  7. Barbara Dowling-Reply
    May 1, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I agree with Julie…you have been an inspiration in my life also. What a great example of fitness and motivation for us! I just received your new album Reflection and I just love it! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Love you! (Love all your products and services too–especially Miracles Coaching with Dr Janeen Detrick!) Again, Congratulations on your success Joe!

    • May 2, 2014 at 6:19 am

      Wow! Thank you so much, Barbara! And I am delighted that you love my new album! You made my day! 🙂

  8. Eileen-Reply
    May 2, 2014 at 8:27 pm


    Nothing more than AMAZING. You are truly an inspiration into making vision reality. Whether through words, lyrics, podcasts, or other channels, your reach to “us” is unforgettable and “UNSTOPPABLE”

  9. Damian-Reply
    May 3, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Joe recently I started reading “The Miracles Manual The Secret Coaching Sessions”, it just blows me away the concept you describe here.(what if up and benestrophe especially).
    I have two questions:
    1) When will volume 2 be released?
    2)Is this the book you rated in an earlier message a few years ago on your website from 1-10 as 20?

    Thank you.

  10. Damian-Reply
    May 3, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Thank you very much Joe.

    You just made my week:)

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