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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 10 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Oculus Publishers
- Audible.com Release Date: March 14, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BUA0S10
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Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body Audible – Unabridged
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Michael Matthew's gives a nice brief history about why you can't go by what the major muscle magazines advise and why not to follow the Mr. O pro's. The book is backed by plenty of studies proving many of Michael's points and backing his knowledge of bodybuilding and fitness.
I started following only a few of the principles he outlined in this book 3 weeks ago and I have already lost 4 pounds and my strength has gone up every week by at least 10 pounds an exercise consistently. This week I decided to adopt the entire weight regiment outlined in the book and I can't wait to see what kind of positive changes ensue. Excellent no nonsense information about building the body you want!!!!
Update, I am in my 5th week of doing the weight routines and eating methods and I have lost 11 pounds to date and my strength has sky rocketed. This book cuts through all the confusion of workout programs out there and gives you what works to build a great physique. If your like most people who don't want to hear the hype and just want to get to a sensible workout and nutrition program that works then this book is for you.
Some of the sections that explain exercise and terminology might be a bit basic for people who have experience with exercise but they are great reference sections. Great material and the workout routine is producing great results for me and I am working out in my basement with just free weights. I would probably be doing even better if I went to a gym!
I work as a business consultant and university professor, which means I usually don't have time to hit the gym. My past few years have been fueled by pizza, McDonald's and all kinds of junk and/or unhealthy food. On top of that, I spent the last 6 years doing absolutely no physical exercises whatsoever. Then I hit 30, and decided to change this.
I went back to the gym and started spending 2 hours a day there. It was gruesome, boring and ultimately unsustainable, as I usually don't have 2 hours to spend.
So I scoured the internet looking for different ideas on how to train. I read a bunch of studies, a few blogs and books by fitness "gurus", and accidentally stumbled upon Mike Matthews' blog, Muscle for Life.
After reading a few of his articles, I decided to try his book, Bigger Leaner Stronger. At first glance, it seemed too good to be true, like he was trying to be the next fitness "guru" out there, providing simplistic guidelines to something that's usually presented as a much more complex endeavor. As a scientist, I noticed that his ideas were well researched and were supported by scientific literature... Still, it couldn't be that "easy".
But my 2 hour training routines were so boring that I decided to try Mike's plan. I have been following it almost to the letter. Except for cardio, which I don't have time to do and hate doing, and for the fact that I usually cheat on my diet more than I should, I have been following BLS for the past 3 months.
And I have to confess that it changed my life. I am visibly bigger, leaner and stronger. I have good genetics, meaning I don't put on a lot of fat even when I eat a lot.Read more ›
More to the results of reading the book and heeding what it has to say thought, I have been cutting for about 5-6 weeks now. I have tailored my 4 day split to what the book recommends along with tailoring my eating habits and I have lost about 13lbs so far, started around 184lbs and now at, depending on the day, 171-173lbs. I went from a 35 in waist now down to a 31 ½ in waist. I have gone up in weight in almost of my lifts and lastly my girly says that she noticed a huge difference in the first 2 weeks and I am just getting more solid now. Almost everybody can see the difference, and I was not a overweight guy then.
I have read a few other books in the past on lifting and all that jazz but this is hands down the best on I have read. It covers basically everything you need to get started or modify your current routine.
If you want to bulk, cut, or maintain, get this book. It’s not even a though of why, its why not.
Then I started doing Michael's program. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was gaining muscle again. Not any ridiculous overnight changes, but I was steadily gaining real lean muscle. Within a few months of sticking to the program I was actually happy with my muscle mass and the way I looked for the first time ever.
I'm a "tough gainer," meaning I naturally put on muscle slowly and I'm also much more prone to gaining fat. But this program definitely works for me. I gave it to five or six of my friends who work out as well, and every single one of them started gaining muscle MUCH faster they were previously. I was actually pretty shocked by that, because from I've seen over the years, different programs work for different people and everyone is unique. I'd never seen one program that works the best for everybody, but that is exactly what happened with this program. I guess it's because this isn't so much a "program" as it is just the basics of how gaining muscle and losing fat works. I know people who used the information in this book to get real big and also people who used it to get lean and cut, down to about 6% body fat.
I'm still using this program, trying to achieve my ultimate goal, and now I'm comfortable knowing that I will--as long as I stick with the program. Good luck making your goals, too. I think this book will help you do it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the fact that almost everything he says is backed up by studies. This guy knows what he's talking about. Highly recommended!Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Parts of this book are pretty good:
Good read on nutrition
Good read on workout programs
With that said, theres unnecessary crap in it:
1/4 the... Read more
Good Info, a lot of things seem a little redundant, but exercise and food plans are sound.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Smart, researched advice on strength and muscle training. There's no goofy BS to increase the marketing appeal of the ideas -- no bogus analogies (e.g. Read morePublished 2 days ago by dhoby-ghaut
Excellent book. Getting healthy involves alot of different aspects. I have always struggled with the nutrition aspect of weight loss. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very informative, written in a clear and entertaining manner. Helped me alot, especially with nutrition. Lots of studies to back everything up. I like it. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
I just completed this book and absolutely loved it! I just purchased "Shredded Chef" and will be getting the year one challenge, this book is extremely informative,... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Andrew Boyd
No BS material on building strength and lean mass naturally!! Both novices and advanced lifters can benefit from this book! Read morePublished 4 days ago by James R. Monk
A comprehensive book that discusses nutrition, motivation, and exercise techniques and philosophies. A little too wordy with too many study references for my taste. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer