DEF LEPPARD Guitarist Discusses His Inspirational Turnaround In IRON MAN Magazine

December 23, 2010

Phil Collen, lead guitarist and singer for DEF LEPPARD with over 65 million in album sales, lifts weights, kickboxes and lives a bodybuilding and fitness lifestyle. It's all caught in an eye-opening interview in the most respected and longest-running fitness and bodybuilding magazine to date, Iron Man magazine. The legendary photo shoot accompanying the article was caught on video, and can be viewed below.

Phil's inspirational success story will open your eyes to his successful lifestyle turnaround as he reveals how to mix workouts, healthy eating and life on the road in a feature in the January issue of Iron Man magazine.

Enthusiastic about his feature in the first issue of 2011, Phil's interview marks the New Year and gives his fans the opportunity to learn about his workouts and healthy eating. He's been featured in many magazines, but the Iron Man magazine feature is unique because this publication is a pioneer in the fitness/bodybuilding world and shows what people can accomplish with weight training, and healthy eating. Now Phil is a part of the legacy, helping his fans to become more fit and healthy by hitting the weight room. Today, Phil is one of the fittest rockers on the scene.

Phil says he has more energy and feels better now at 52 years old than he did when he was 25. Phil loves Iron Man magazine and what it stands for. This publication truly opened the door to helping average men and women achieve their fitness and bodybuilding goals with weight training.

Iron Man magazine publisher John Balik said: "The magazine is known for providing answers to common questions and ending the confusion of proper workout strategies. It combines decades of tried and true bodybuilding strategies with the latest science on exercise, nutrition and supplementation. It bridges the gap between workout science and real-world application."

Phil shares his passion for fitness and shows how others can also achieve their fitness goals through living a balanced, fit, and healthy lifestyle. He feels people need to know how important resistance training is, and how they can increase their endurance, energy levels and stamina while feeling better than ever before.

Ian Sitren, a highly-regarded writer/photographer in the bodybuilding and fitness industry, interviewed Phil for his editorial feature. He was able to capture Phil's wonderful enthusiasm and limitless energy in his exciting article. He gives plenty of details of Phil's lifestyle departure from drugs and alcohol to becoming a fitness industry role model.

The January 2011 issue of Iron Man magazine is on newsstands now, and is also available at Barnes & Nobles bookstores.

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Collen will set aside his axe and join the highly successful Los Angeles Fitness Expo as a special guest presenter on January 29 and January 30, 2011. Phil will be joined by his longtime trainer, international Muay Thai kick boxing championship trainer Jean Carrillo. Attendees of the Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center will find over 300 exhibits offering the newest in fitness, diets, nutrition, strength and wellness products and services.

As a rock and roll guitarist in an internationally successful rock band, Collen didn't start out as a health and fitness enthusiast. After years of playing hard, partying hard, and leading a self-described "very unhealthy lifestyle," Phil decided to make a change. In his early thirties Collen decided to quit drinking and partying. His live-saving conversion came just before his DEF LEPPARD bandmate and "terror twin" of the party scene, Steve Clark, died of a prescription drug and alcohol overdose in early 1991. Inspired to lead a healthier lifestyle, the sober Collen no longer needed to "recover" each day from the previous night's debauchery, and instead found himself with numerous free hours in his day. Collen began exercising, running to start, and later taking up the martial art of Muay Thai kick boxing.

Collen has trained with Jean Carrillo for six years and together they will be offering a special series of interactive workout classes and demonstrations at the Los Angeles Fitness Expo. Jean brings with him a wealth of experience including his personal service in the French Special Forces, and working with the French Foreign Legion in Africa as an instructeur in close combat. He holds black belts in karate, tae kwon do and kick boxing, as well as being a French and European champion. Holding a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education, on top of his many other awards and accomplishments makes Jean Carrillo the optimal instructor alongside Phil Collen.

As the fathers of young children, both Collen and Carrillo know the importance of teaching our youth about good nutrition and fitness at a young age. They firmly believe it takes educating both parents and school teachers to help children gain the foundation of a healthy lifestyle at a young age and carry it throughout their lives. But, as someone who was himself a late "bloomer" in the exercise field, Collen feels that anyone can achieve a healthy lifestyle, no matter what age they start. Reflecting on his own background in rock, Phil laughs, "At nearly 53 years old, I can tell you, it is possible for everyone to be healthy and fit at any age, it just takes knowledge and dedication."

Collen began training in the martial art of Muay Thai kick boxing with Carrillo six years ago and now both men, vegetarians as well, believe in bringing their positive experience to the masses.

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