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Michael Matthews' number one best-selling natural bodybuilding book with more than 400,000 copies sold. If you want to build muscle, lose fat, and look great as quickly as possible without steroids, good genetics, or wasting ridiculous amounts of time in the gym and money on supplements ... regardless of your age ... then you want to listen to this book. Building muscle and burning fat isn't as complicated as the fitness industry wants you to believe. This book is the shortcut.

  • You don't need to: spend hundreds of dollars per month on the worthless supplements that steroid-fueled bodybuilders “swear by".
  • You don't need to: constantly change up your weightlifting exercises to build muscle mass. Muscle building is much simpler than that.
  • You don't need to: spend a couple of hours every day doing tons of weight training sets, supersets, drop sets, etc. In fact, this is a great way to get nowhere.
  • You don't need to: grind out hours of boring cardio to shed ugly belly fat and get a six-pack. You don’t HAVE to do any cardio, actually.
  • You don't need to: obsess over "clean eating" and avoid "unhealthy" foods to get ripped. Flexible dieting is the real “secret” of effective bodybuilding nutrition.

Those are just a few of the harmful lies and myths that keep guys from ever achieving the lean, muscular, strong, and healthy bodies they truly desire. And in this book you're going to learn something most guys will never know ... The exact methods of diet and training that make putting on 10 to 15 pounds of quality lean mass a breeze...and it only takes a few months. Here are just a few of the things you're going to discover in this book: ​   

  • The seven biggest muscle building myths and mistakes that keep guys small, weak, and frustrated.
  • How to build muscle, lose fat, and get healthy eating foods you love and never feeling starved, deprived, or like you're "on a diet".
  • An all-in-one training system that delivers MAXIMUM results for your efforts, helping you build a big, full chest, a wide, tapered back, thick, powerful legs, and bulging arms...spending no more than 3 to 6 hours in the gym every week...doing workouts that energize you, not wipe you out.
  • A no-BS guide to supplements that will teach you what works and what doesn't, and save you hundreds, if not THOUSANDS, of dollars each year.
  • How to master the "inner game of fitness" and develop the self-discipline and willpower it takes to build the body of your dreams (and actually enjoy the process).
  • The 3 simple laws of muscle growth that, when applied, literally force your body to grow bigger and stronger.
  • How to get shredded while still indulging in the "cheat foods" that you love every week like pasta, pizza, and ice cream.
  • And a whole lot more!

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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Back to Basics: Lift Heavy, Eat Well..it will come

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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!

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This book is a God send!

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!

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Very hard to comprehend info by listening

It might be a great book if I'd bought it printed. Listening it is not worth buying - same money, but too much talking.
If it were for a printed book, I could skip all the definitions and other useless things and just focus on the methodical part.

By listening, I didn't get much help - just same things I've been doing already. Better to buy this book in printed form, not audible

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  • Berserk
  • Brookyln, NY, United States
  • 01-23-14

Everything you need to know.

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.

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If your a natural bodybuilder (Must listen!)

I'm an experience natural bodybuilder and the author hits all the basic principles I have researched and believed since my lifting career has started. From lifting, to simple dieting and supplementation. (10 years lifting/bodybuilding)

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No BS approach is the truth.

As someone who spent years studying kinesiology, I share a lot of the same view points touched on in this book by Mr. Matthews. This really is a no BS approach to exercise, supplementation, and dieting. I have been telling my friends these things for years. Great book!

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You need this book

Great book all the information you need to eat right, lift safely, and build strong lean muscle, he also weeds out all the crap to save you time and money.

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My Muscle Bible

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."

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Very practical and informative!!

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!!!!

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Excellent book very informative and life changing!

What did you love best about Bigger Leaner Stronger?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bigger Leaner Stronger?

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.

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  • Music Man
  • 09-28-15

Excellent

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.

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  • Ryan
  • 07-28-15

Fantastic.

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!

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  • Steve
  • 01-09-15

BLS💪

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!

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  • Doug
  • 04-07-16

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

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  • Hans Marius Andreassen
  • 05-05-15

👍🏻

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

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  • Simon M.
  • 02-21-15

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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  • David McClennon
  • 09-06-18

Engaging, clear and precise.

Love this book. he really set me on the path and helped me stay motivated while getting the right gains.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-24-18

Excellent

Making GAINS..... enough said! Don’t fall for the 10-12 every pixie dust supplement possible nonsense, get BLS instead!

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  • Yogi_marc
  • 08-20-18

great book!

great book which has changed my gym routine completely with noticable change in muscle growth.

the only thing which made me cringe was the narrator... It's almost like it's written for "real men" so it needs to be read by a "real man" ... super cheesy

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-18

Great book

Really helped with my training and knowledge ! I recommend it ! He talks about will power and diet helped me

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-18

Hypocritical Cash Grab w/ some good information

while the author did well to convey his scientific knowledge and good workout programming. The bashing of the fitness industry and propping up of his "free" bonus report (not free) left me with a sour taste. Clear Bias throughout.

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  • Sean Reilly
  • 07-08-18

Changed my thinking

I'm 55, out of shape and wanting a change. Listening to this book gave me hope and enough confidence to make a couple of tough changes to my daily life. I have applied many of the concepts and have seen some great changes to my body shape plus the best increases in my strength I have ever witnessed and all in just the first month. I also discovered funnily enough that I wasn't eating enough. The steps are spelt out and I found the process easy to follow. Plus, I have had a couple of questions along the way and had fast replies to my emails.

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  • Zahin
  • 07-04-18

Practical sound advice

Started working out before i finished! coming off 2 years keto so big change which messed me up for a week. But training everyday now. Made gains in 10 days (muscle memory advantage). Never recieved my bonus report though. Book is probably better in paper so its easier to reference.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-29-18

Absolutely Brilliant... as a Hard Copy

This book was great, full of useful information, inspiring words and helpful advice. The only problem is that for a book like this, only about 50% is worth *listening* to - the rest is stuff you need to read, take notes on, and plan out. That’s why I’ll be returning it here on Audible, but DEFINITELY buy a hard copy.

Pros:
- Great narration
- Actionable information
- Advice and info not only limited to diet and exercise
- The author feels like his heart is in the right place
- Science-based (without references, though, at least in the audio version. Will be VERY happy if they are in the hard cover.)

Cons:
- Really a book you need to *read*
- The author sounded like an infomercial at times, which got quite grating, even though the info and points presented were mostly correct.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-18-18

informative

extremely informative. found Mike on his podcasts whilst at work through spotify and then ended up following a link for the free audio copy and listened to the book within a day. can't wait to change my style of working out now I know where I have been going wrong for these past few years.

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  • Alex
  • 02-17-18

Very informative

Great to listen to whilst doing cardio. Full of great information and answers a lot of questions I had regarding fitness, nutrition and recovery.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-05-18

Amazingly Inspiring

I loved the storyline and the fact that the content was simple and absolutely informative.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-23-17

Excellent

Really exciting way to redefine the traditional gym training and nutritional set up. I like how Mike takes the time to ‘prove’ and research his subject matter not giving in to theory and heresay. A refreshing and informative look. I’m really excited to be putting this into practice

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  • Mario
  • 01-24-17

Great foundation for strength training

This was a great book which covered all the basics you need to know to put you on the way to being stronger and leaner.
Nothing over complicated and hard to follow - just common sense training advise packaged in a way that is easy to follow.
Worth the listen for those starting out.

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  • Michael
  • 10-19-16

the best and most imformative fitness book

I love this book, it is incredibly honest and exposes the fitness industry for the capitalist juggernauts they really are. Back to basics with some home truths. I actualy enjoy training now.