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.
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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.
It contains a lot of valuable information for weightlifters. More importantly it flat-out tells you the truth about all the "professional" body builders out there and all the supplements they front for.
"Why we get fat" is another great book that explains the real science behind weight and muscle gain.
He sympathizes with you throughout the book - "its not your fault, corp A has manipulated you to believe this".
No, because there was plenty you could put into action immediately.
Been lifting for 20 years and this book taught me lessons you wont learn in the gym, or from personal trainers.
Someone who's a Michael Matthews fan would enjoy it.
I will never put nay money into this man pocket ever again, He's good at doing research and writing but thats about it.
I had no problem with the Narrator.
I'm pissed on how he throws so much blame on Supplements, Bodybuilders, and Trainer only to follow up with "This is why you should listen to me, even though he's selling his own supplements, he's building muscle like a bodybuilder, and Says how he trains people.... Something doesn't sound right about that, so how do I know that he's not scamming me... lucky I'm a personal trainer, lucky I gained 40 lbs of muscle not using his system, and lucky I do my research on supplements. So I know what works for me, and I know what works for my clients, I've also met these bodybuilders he may or may not be pointing his finger at and unless they've stated otherwise I don't think their on anything.I like reading fitness books to expand my knowledge.My opinion take every bit of information with a grain of salt, and see what worksBut Matthews... "Thats wrong and I'll tell you why its wrong, then I'll tell you whats right"Honestly it sound like that kid in high school that was betrayed by his best friend, and now his best friend is his eternal enemy.
Again... everyone take information with a grain of salt, things he does say things that make sense but I read this more as marketing then actually helpful.
This should have never been made into an audio book. I've not seen it in print, but it reads like page after page of charts and tables. Format aside, there's nothing new here, wish I had my credit back.
The book did not turn me off to fitness books, but I'll think twice before I get another one.
I am considering buying the print for reference, but loved the audio for first time and repeat listens while commuting.
I don't have a comparison.
I liked the breakdown on nutrition, and the calorie needs to gain muscle, or lose fat.
I really just liked the detailed step by step plans, from food, to lifting and cardio. It was enough info to explain what was needed, but not so long to bore you. No fluff.
I've really enjoyed listening to the podcast and reading his regular blogposts also. I teach social media, blogging and email marketing to the medical industry, and Mike's work ethic really stands out. He responds, and engages well with people who comment on FB, and his blog. His level of commitment to his industry is apparent.
I have yet to start Mike's workout routine, but this book has been very valuable to me. He states numerous facts about nutrition and training that I didn't know prior, while effectively backing them up with immense amounts of research. He also disproves many of the exercise and diet myths that I had heard and even believed with convincing evidence. This is, in my opinion, a great book for laymen like myself who have not done in-depth study into the world of strength training.
As someone who has been to various gyms, a runner, cyclist, adventure racer and Crossfitter who keeps themselves up to date with nutrition science, I found too many things wrong with this. No room for specifics, but I wasted my Audible credit!
"Essential for beginners & experienced lifters"
There are a lot of myths and conflicting information surrounding the fitness industry. This books gives a simple, well researched and comprehensive guide on how to get in shape. It covers everything from mindset and dieting to exercise techniques & supplements. Scientific research is referenced throughout. I have been training for a while and still found this very helpful. I wish I had it when I started out.
The section on "inner game" was especially poignant and can be applied to several areas in your life.
The formulas for calculating daily macros and calorie intake sound a little complicated when you hear them. It would be useful for it to be contained in some sort of supplementary text report.
"Bigger better read!"
Loved this book, I found it an easy read packed full of good scientific fact, no nonsense, helpful advise that really works!
"Good book, tells you everything you need to know"
Tells you everything you need to know about building a great body but convoluted with research.
Loads of tips and advice about how to reach my goals. And how to stay motivated.
Nutrition and training advice.
Made me believe he wrote the book.
Bigger Leaner Stronger a true story
I am currently on the exercise program that comes on the bonus PDF, I have been on it for two weeks and the results are already starting to show.
"Packed with helpful and essential advice"
The message behind the book is to keep things a lot simpler than the magazines and online articles lead us to believe. It all makes sense and the information is put across in an easily digestible manner. I particularly enjoyed the section on supplements, and although I trust the advice, personally I would research more on the subject. There does seem to be sons up selling of his own brand so perhaps it's not all unbiased advice.
"Excellent, Practical Advice"
While I don't agree with every word Michael Matthews says, I think he is right on the money with most things. He does have a more "sales pitch" writing style than UK audiences might be comfortable with, but he still maintains his integrity and honest statement of the facts.
Jeff Justus does a great job narrating the book and adding the right amount of inspiration and determination in his voice.
If you bought the first edition, download it again to get the updated audio and ignore the incorrect publishing information on Audible. The first edition was 5 hours long. The second is 11 hours.
One of the most amazing factual and insightful books I've ever witnessed and has now put me on a collision course with my dream body THANK YOU
I have listened 4 times now picking new bits up each time.
You won't be disappointed.
Give it a try
"Too much information to reference for an audiobook"
Not sure I would.
There is too much complex information to effectively reference in an audio book. This is not a comment or judgement on the content just that you need a kindle or paper version to get the most out of the content.
try something else or get it in text format.
"Basically, a good motivational book. But..."
Inconsistent in places. And very macho, but hey, that's the genre. I'm glad I heard it but didn't like the style.
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