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Big Beyond Belief Paperback – October 20, 1998

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Body Fuel: Calorie-Cycle Your Way to Reduced Body Fat and Greater Muscle Definition by Mark Lauren
"Body Fuel" by Mark Lauren
Best-selling author of You Are Your Own Gym teaches us to keep your metabolism running hot with this unique, easy-to-follow "calorie shifting" diet that fuels weight loss and lean muscle gain. Learn more | See related books

Editorial Reviews


"Friends think I'm using steroids!" -- Lance Mosely, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

"I went a year with no gains, then started this program (without supplements) and went from 207 to 220..." -- Toby Dembowski, Anaheim, CA

"In the last 9 months, I added 100lbs. to my squat, 70 to my bench... gets better with each trip..." -- Eric Litster, Brigham City, UT

About the Author

Leo Costa Jr. is a professional weight trainer, strength developer, and nationally know educator. He's a level one weight lifting coach with the United States Weightlifting Federation, he won the NABBA Mr. USA Heavyweight Division and recently traveled to Europe to compete with 90 top ranking bodybuilders from over 10 countries for the prestigious title of Mr. World. Leo is also a highly sought after personal trainer who coaches football, baseball, and track professionals in addition to many famous athletes and celebrities, including Kevin Costner, the star of WaterWorld, JFK, Dances With Wolves, and others. Men, women, and sports teams throughout California come to Leo when they need to rapidly improve their strength, performance, endurance, or appearance. He always delivers... fast.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Optimum Training Systems (October 20, 1998)
  • ISBN-10: 1931363765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931363761
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,744,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am a woman bodybuilder who is all natural (Still look like a girl). This book is excellent. Those that say it doesn't work didn't follow it exactly, that includes the diet. I also bought the book that outlines the diet he recommends called The Anabolic Diet. Big Beyond Belief outlines a very specific workout. Those that it didn't work for, I would be willing to bet didn't follow it exactly. You learn how to manipulate 8 different ways to get muscles to grow. Most workouts only manipulate 2 or maybe three. I have been working out for 15 years the "old traditional way". I made more progress with my physique in 6 months than the previous 14 1/2 years. With this book I was able to win the NPC Colorado State Championship against many women "juicing" (using steroids). They looked like guys. I had phenominal muscle development for a woman and I couldn't have achieved this without this workout system. I highly recommend this book. I also recommend getting the Anabolic Diet also.
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The best damn easiest book to follow that gets you all the results you need. I was coming out of high school football, and wasn't talented enough to play in the division 1 college i went to, but i did wanna keep lifting. I did the medium frequency weightlifting program which was once a day, 6 days a week. It was absolutely awesome, and honestly, i only stayed on it for a six week phase of the recommended 18 weeks. You MUST, as is stressed in the book, follow the recommendations of the book as closely as possible but you will most definitely get results. In six weeks i went from weighing 220 to weighing 242 with a bodyfat % that went from 22 to 19, which basically means i gained OVER 20 POUNDS OF MUSCLE in six weeks!!! It doesn't take a genius to know that's awesome. Bench press went up from 295 1 rep max to 365, Squat went from 365 4 rep max to 505, and i was curling a 45 and a 25 on each side in standing easy curl bar like if it was nothing. Needless to say i was incredibly impressed. This book is definitely not for unseasoned weightlifters, or atleast not for ones who don't have someone to stress the importance of sticking to the guidelines. Also, my power clean went up from 245 one rep max to 275 and i didn't do a single power clean during the six week phase. The most surprising thing is that each workout took less than an hour to complete with a partner and in some occassions it was under 45 minutes. It may not make sense now, but read the book. Take it with you to the john, and you'll get ass numbness from reading on for too long. It really grabs you. Lots of the stuff is stuff that most people know, but nonetheless it's good to read it all together in a coherent way that translates into MORE MUSCLE, more muscle, and more muscle. The book is called big beyond belief, but it's also awesome for Strength gains. I've never done any drugs...just protein powders and i had awesome results.
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By A Customer on January 20, 2003
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This book is certainly worth the price. I would recommend it specifically for the seasoned, natural bodybuilder who has reached a training plateau. I purchased the book in 1995 and I still use it today for one simple reason....I continue to get good results! It's been said that the volume is far too great for most people to handle without buckets of steroids. I disagree because when using this program, you only work-out for about 45 minutes as opposed to the hours many spend in the gym, furthermore, you only do one exercise per body-part for 3-5 sets so you never tear your muscles down too far. Also, I like the fact that during each week, you train for endurance(12-15 reps), strength(10-12 reps), and power(5-8 reps). I've been using this program for about 8 years now (including some periods of lay-off) and I've increased my bodyweight from 165lbs to 210lbs in that time. Also my biceps have increased from 14.5 in. to 17 and 1/4 in. My bench has gone from struggling with 225lbs to a full set of 10 reps with 315lbs. This book lays out a clear blue-print on how to work out, all the way down to the rest intervals. What really got me hooked was the fact that I was able to make gains in size and strength immediately, even though I don't work out with a partner. I can't say enough about this book. Do yourself a favor, get it!
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This book is the best that I have found on the subject of getting big and strong. I was in the Army as an infantry soldier and after just a couple of months doing one of the "ramps" I gained approx 15 pounds even with the requisite Army aerobic workout every morning. I was huge -- people in the gym and in my Company accused me of taking steroids I was getting so big so fast. I had previously done several other college football weightlifting workouts with little success -- this is certainly the best -- and it covers a bunch of other related stuff, too. Lastly, workouts only last 45 minutes -- the book explains why -- I haven't lifted in a few years and have since lost this book to a friend, but I have no problems shelling out 49 bucks for this. It's definitely worth at least that. I know that in a few months, I will be a monster again. I don't typically write reviews for books but this one is so good, I had to.
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I have completed this program three times now. It is one of the most grueling and rewarding schedules I have tried in my five years of lifting weights. It offers different levels of workouts for all of us who are at different levels of body building. Leo Costa Jr. deserves much praise for this unique approach to building muscle and strength. Anyone who feels they have reached a sticking point will benefit from this program. Complete this program (following all of the guidelines in the book) and you too will be a believer! And to the guy who wrote in saying it was impossible to workout so much, why didn't you try one of the easier programs? I agree, not everyone can workout twice a day all week. My schedule simply won't allow it. Maybe the once-a-day four day workout would better fit your level. There is no need for steriods (as you suggested were necessary). How about work ethic and an all-out desire to build lean well-earned muscle? It doesn't sound like you really tried the program. I never said it was easy, but that is the total opposite of what body building is about. This program is intense. And intensity is what builds muscle.
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