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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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."
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 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!
I would recommend this book to anyone desirous of improving any aspect of life. Pick it up, read it, reread it, and put what you've learned into action. It's that simple. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will buy and read his others.
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 have been weight lifting for 6 six and done a lot of the thing Matt describes which have led to periods of stagnation. Matt's emphasis on progressive overloading best describes the way I have achieved what I have. However the whole package of knowledge with practical methods to achieve growth in strength is a great confirmation of my intuitions and knowledge that I've gained to achieve strength. I recommend this no nonsense straight talking approach to serious seekers after strength and power!!! Good on you Matt!!!!
I've listened to three so far, and this was the only fitness-related one. So it's in the top three, and the top of its category.
There's one "character" -- Mike, the fitness expert who explains how to exercise and eat in order to optimize one's physique, health, and physical performance. He explains it all very clearly and logically, with lots of scientific support from a multitude of research studies conducted by medical schools, athletic trainers, and nutritionists. I know a lot about fitness, but still learned quite a bit from him, especially in the area of nutrition. I also found his writing fairly inspiring, in the sense that it motivated me to get back into serious training as soon as I get home from my holiday trip.
Again, there was only the one "character" -- it's an instructional text. Mr. Justus did a good job with the reading -- his voice and delivery fit the material to the point that I tend to think Mike the author sounds like Jeff Justus, and will probably be disoriented if I ever meet Mike and find that he sounds different.
I don't think a film of an instructional text would work. The best tag line is right there on the cover of the book, because that says exactly what it is.
It's a shame I can't come back and edit this in a few months, because the real test of this book is what sort of progress I make in my health and fitness in the coming months.
I bought both -- I like to have print version as a quick visual reference guide.
I am a big fan of Mike Matthews and have new found motivation to start getting Bigger, Leaner, Stronger :) This book inspired me to get his other books as well. I also purchased the print version (of BLS) to have as a visual reference guide. Just also want to commend Mike for his excellent customer service. I have been CrossFitting for a few years now on and off. Although Mike isn't a fan of CrossFit -- he was very helpful and flexible to help me create a program that included both the BLS program and CrossFit. I really appreciate his genuine desire to help his readers/listeners succeed in their own personal BLS journey! Mahalo Mike!
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!
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.
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.
"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.
"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
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
"Very interesting read"
Although I didn't agree with everything this was 100% an informative and interesting read. will probably listen to again
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