If you want to be muscular, lean, and strong as quickly as possible without steroids, good genetics, or wasting ridiculous amounts of time in the gym and money on supplements... then you want to listen to this book.
Here's the deal: Getting into awesome shape isn't nearly as complicated as the fitness industry wants you to believe. You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars per month on worthless supplements.
You don't need to constantly change up your exercise routines to "confuse" your muscles.
You don't need to burn through buckets of protein powder every month.
You don't need to toil away in the gym for a couple of hours per day, doing tons of sets.
You don't need to grind out hours and hours of boring cardio to get a shredded six-pack.
You don't need to completely abstain from "cheat" foods while getting down to single-digit body fat percentages.
In this book you're going to learn something most guys will never know: the exact formula that makes putting on 10 to 15 pounds of quality lean mass a breeze… and it only takes 8-12 weeks.
This book reveals secrets like...
Special Bonus: "The Year One Challenge". In this bonus report, you'll learn exactly how to train, eat, and supplement to make maximum gains in your first year of training.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
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Hi, I'm an alumi of NYU and I'm also huge into MMA. I love books I read a lot and review the stand outs. I'll give you guys the goods.
This is an outstanding book. I'm an experienced lifter and I thought I really understood how to create the body I wanted. However, this book really taught me a lot that I didn't know. It caused me to change my entire program and I've had amazing success. I think that this book will save anyone years of fruitless struggle and help you get the body you want. This book offers all the info your ever going to need to reach your goals. This book is amazing and I think people should really pick it up and follow the program to see for yourself.
Over the course of four years I've spent thousands of dollars on sports nutritionists and personal trainers to learn exactly what's laid out in this book...the exception being that I wasn't told "why" just "do". That statement will become crystal clear upon completing this book for anyone that's ever hired someone to create a diet plan or workout routine. If you're like me though, you'll want to know the "why" and this book fills in the gaps. Michael explains the science behind the numbers and uses clinic studies to back up the principles he describes in an easy to understand format.
Whatever you spent/spend on this book isn't half what it's worth...period.
This was my first book of Mike's that I bought, and it's truly paid for itself multiple times over and over. I'll get to that in a moment.
If you're looking for a no-nonsense, motivating, inspiring book to help you quickly achieve your fitness goals, you've found it. I purchased the Audible version because I like to listen to books as I'm driving and/or mowing the lawn. I like to keep fit and healthy, and I'm always looking to pack on more muscle. One day before mowing the lawn, I searched for a new book to listen to while I was working outside. I'm glad I stumbled across this one.
As far as this book actually saving me money, his chapter on supplements is worth the cover price alone. If you're like me, you fell victim to supplement scams for years. Trying every hot new product, even though most of it wasn't backed up by any true science at all. Worst, these "new" prodcuts cost a fortune. Mike cuts through all the b.s. and lays it out straight. What works, what doesn't. What you need, what to skip. So I'm done wasting money on unproven products. Thanks so much Mike. This truly is my "Muscle Bible."
It was so excellent that I had to purchase a physical hard copy to take extensive notes and have ease of access with specific details. The information on food and supplements is possibly more vital than the workouts themselves. I struggle with my food cravings and tend to overeat often. After this read, it's been an excellent change!
I found this book when looking up how to build muscle while burning fat at the same time. Believe it or not there is very limited information let alone technique written about it as the mantra is that it is impossible to do. Mike Matthews lays it all out in laymen's terms what needs to be done by bringing it back to basics. This book, along with Arnold's "Total Recall," was the push I needed to get myself back in the weight room after almost 15 years. I'm 37 now and was tired of watching all of my peers complete marathons, Tough Mudders and the like while I slaved away at my job and atrophied to old man levels,watching my BFP rise and rise and feeling older by the day. While I've only been on the program for 3 months I've dropped 3% body fat and lost about 7 pounds, nothing drastic but a good start. I am still finding the right balance of macros (I'm hypothyroid) to see what works best for me. But my strength literally exploded almost immediately and I am now back to lifting what I was way back when, even more-so with legs. Muscle memory is REAL! One point that MM does not really go into is the sheer sense of accomplishment you feel when you are able to add on weight week after week. Granted, this will taper off but if there's anything that will keep you pumped that is it. I've been using the app Strong to track my lifts which has been a huge help and am just now getting into carb cycling to see if that may help with my carb intolerance. Great book with common sense ideas. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
I loved how Mike gets down to the nitty gritty details of each topic, He leaves no space to be confused if a question arises he automatically goes into explaining the fundamentals.
At the end when it came to a full workout plans for the first two months and the 1 year bonus report i jumped out of my seat. With the info he gives you on diet and training he completes it with an actual workout plan, from which workout to how many reps its fantastic.
Yes, there's a lot of misinformation in the fitness community. This book breaks down the right approach in a scientific, yet easily readable, format. The author doesn't BS around, it's very straightforward and isn't sugar-coated...brass-tacks. Also, it's hard not to like Mike, he's charismatic and conversational.
This book was extremely effective in its delivery. High quality advice for anyone looking to embark on a weight lifting program and looking to assist it with sound nutrition and lifestyle choices. A+, a must buy!
Easy to understand. Really enjoying the program.
Easy to understand. Really enjoying the program.
"I wish I had read (heard) this 10 years ago."
Well researched no nonsense advice. Serves new and experienced folks that want to get BLS
I thought I knew a lot about training for size but this book blew me away. Very detailed yet very simple to understand on both training and exercise. Excellent book for new starters through to advanced.
I now own 6 of his books over various formats (Kindle, Audible and Paperback). I own the first edition of BLS on paperback but wanted to get the updated version after seeing what he had to say on YouTube about the changes between them. I was pretty lucky because I forgot I had a few credits on here, which saved me picking it up next week. I haven't finished it yet (have about 8 hours left) but already it'll be worth picking it up on Kindle so I can read it too. I like that it emphasises psychological pitfalls and how to either overcome or avoid them entirely. I can't wait to get more into the nutrition as it was great in the 1st edition but I could always learn more 😄 I absolutely recommend Mike Matthews, his books, his YouTube podcasts, his website (muscleforlife) and his scientifically backed supplements (Legion Supplements). Check him out and you won't regret it!
"amazing book. recomend to anyone"
amazing book and highly recomend to anyone interested in health n fitness changed my life.
"Really changed things for me..."
Concise, honest & direct.
Strong use of researched & evidence based trials to support his recommendations
No - some of the chapters on diet, routine & supplements are filled with information - I had to listen to these chapters several times over to check I was doing everything correctly.
I've been doing it only a month (5 times a week plus HIIT x3 times a week) & already seeing good results - I plan on completing the year and then re-revaluating my progress. I'm fairly new to body building so it was a perfect introduction for me. I'm very grateful I found this book. I feel more confident in the gym & just focus on my gains. Don't worry what other dudes are doing - just focus on your progress & your relationship with your health/body - this book is a good guide for that; no doubt about it. I think most PT's are scam artists, I've learned more from this book than any trainer I've ever had.
If you are ever going to read a book about training, read this one. My only problem with it is that I bought the audiobook, and now I want to buy the hard cover as well. Thanks
"Very interesting read"
Although I didn't agree with everything this was 100% an informative and interesting read. will probably listen to again
This book gives you all the tools to complete the job. a great common sense approach that debunks all the fitness magazine lines and those apocryphal 'gym guy' pearls of wisdom. Follow and you will get exactly as is states on the cover; Bigger, Leaner Stronger!
"A great book but half complete via Audio Book"
I will review this book again in 3 months to see if I have any advanced gains or not based on the theory in this book.
I would recommend not getting the audio book, you will have no choice but to buy the hard copy too as all the illustrations, plans and steps are refered to throughout the book but obviously are only in the actual book. The audio book tries to fill in the gaps but its not good enough.
All in all, its a great book for learning about nutrition, anatomy and exercises.
Some of it goes into to much detail I think and other areas it lacks. But all in all I have been training for 10 years and this book, if correct in its thesis would mean I have been training wrong. So I plan on changing everything to suit this book and give it a good go.
"No nonsense fitness book"
The voice of the narrator is great. The information given in the book is clear, concise and most importantly evidence based. I'm a 40 year old gym newbie looking to bulk up and get lean, I found the book very useful, particularly on what exercises are most effective and reps. I recommend this book
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