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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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.
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.
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."
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!
Easy to understand. Really enjoying the program.
Easy to understand. Really enjoying the program.
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 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!
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