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Publisher's Summary

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...

  • The six biggest myths of building muscle that stunt 99% of guys' muscle gains.
  • How to get a lean, cut physique by spending no more than five percent of your time each day.
  • The four laws of muscle growth that, when applied, turn your body into an anabolic, muscle-building machine.
  • How to develop a lightning-fast metabolism.
  • The carefully selected exercises that deliver maximum results for your efforts.
  • A no-BS guide to supplements.
  • How to get shredded while still indulging in "cheat" foods.
  • And a whole lot more!

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.

©2012 Oculus Publishers (P)2013 Oculus Publishers

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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!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

19 of 23 people found this review helpful

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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."

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

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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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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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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Nothing but good things!

Would you consider the audio edition of Bigger Leaner Stronger to be better than the print version?

I bought both -- I like to have print version as a quick visual reference guide.

Any additional comments?

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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Well written, full of detail, excellent!

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

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.

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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!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Dileep
  • 09-30-17

He explained Basic science in good way.

Basic science and information about training are excellent. I feel not sufficient Information about deep medical science of muscle bulk.
Thank you for guiding.

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  • R A.
  • 09-20-17

Out of date science.

This book is spot on with a great many aspects asides the dietary advice. I think a third edition with corrected dietary advice is much needed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-19-17

Getting into shape simple and effectively.

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

Good book for someone starting out in the gym. It strips away a lot of bull and gets down to the fundamentals.

Any additional comments?

My only criticism would be that the book claims to be a new and revolutionary approach. It is not. Fundamentals of bodybuilding.. yes... revolutionary... no.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-17

Allows anyone to get the body they desire

This book holds the tools in its inventory to help anyone build the body they want and the workout that it gives is flexible for everyone and focuses on building strength and size.

I recommend this to anyone as this really gives you an outlook on how to sculpt the body of your dreams with hard work.

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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.

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  • Ryan
  • 10-10-16

AWESOME!!

Great book, starting it now :) cant wait to get in shape more than i am

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  • Scott
  • 06-17-16

Outstanding!!!!

This is the BEST book I've ever come across to deliver the results everyone craves, but very few are able to achieve.
If you want to be muscular, fit and healthy and make it stick, this is the only way. Mike has everything covered. Just follow the program like he says and you will see results. Thank you Mike!! You're a legend.

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  • Brad
  • 01-02-16

excellent

An inspirational read to the end, starting day 1 today - will post again in 12 months

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  • Aarron Johnson
  • 12-09-15

Just what I was looking for

This book has it all and that's what I was looking for. I wanted something to teach me and tie it all together food, workout and timing. Looking forward to seeing the results.

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  • Joshua
  • 10-30-15

unreal. changed my whole approach. <br />10 out of 10

Always loved training heavy. All the statements are backed and proven.

Definitely recommended... i have also bought the hard copies as well. 👍

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  • mitch
  • 02-25-14

Priceless workout guide for guys

This book really cuts through the enormous amount of noise in the fitness world. Dispelling myths and teaching true principles of weight gain, weight loss and in general teaching you some useful biological science. Probably more geared towards a body builder, but it's not going to do anything but benefit the health-inclined male. Personally, I did get bigger, leaner and stronger after listening to the book. Only cut down stars because it was pretty ruthless to revisit. It's very entertaining the first time though, the voice actor was above average.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful