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The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation Hardcover – August 30, 2018
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Let’s face it: fitness is hard.
Have you ever gotten into the car after a long day at work and headed straight for the couch instead of the gym?
Have you ever been unable to stop hitting the snooze button in the morning?
Have you even felt secretly afraid you just don’t have what it takes to transform your body and health?
Welcome to the club.
Working out and eating right takes time, energy, effort, discipline, dedication, and patience, and life always finds ways to interfere with our intentions and tempt us to stray.
And here’s the ground truth:
It doesn’t ever get easier—we just have to get better.
And this book will help you get better.
It contains practical scientific research, compelling stories, and time-proven tactics for overcoming the mental and emotional blocks that bring you down and spin you around.
Here’s the bottom line:
If you’ve ever wondered why some people always seem motivated, optimistic, and fearless . . .
. . . and if you want to master the psychological “playbook” top performers use to shift their negative thinking and behaviors into peak performance and lasting success . . .
. . . this book is for you.
Scroll up, buy this book today, and get ready to enjoy more energy, enthusiasm, and excellence.
Mike Matthews is the #1 bestselling fitness author in the world, with over 1.5 million books sold, as well as the founder of the #1 brand of all-natural sports supplements, Legion.
His simple and science-based approach to building muscle, losing fat, and getting healthy has helped tens of thousands of people build their best body ever, and his work has been featured in many popular outlets including Esquire, Men’s Health, Elle, Women’s Health, Muscle & Strength, and more, as well as on FOX and ABC.
-- Ben Greenfield, CEO Kion & New York Times bestselling author of Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health & Life
"This is a good, helpful, important book that establishes Mike as the Jordan Peterson of fitness. Any person who wants to train more effectively will benefit from reading it between sets, and will never give a copy to the guys he wants to beat."
-- Mark Rippetoe, author of Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training and Practical Programming for Strength Training
-- Jeff Haden, Inc. Magazine contributing editor and author of The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win
-- Mark Divine, founder of SEALFIT and New York Times bestselling author of The Way of the SEAL, Unbeatable Mind, and 8 Weeks to SEALFIT
"Matthews is a master of the mental side of fitness, so you'll finish this book fired up to get to work--and, more importantly, with the practical tools you need to start your journey successfully."
-- Alex Hutchinson, author of the New York Times bestseller Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance
"Mike has already taught us how to be bigger, leaner and stronger--and it works. Now he teaches how to be BETTER in all areas of life. A concise, indispensable guide to fitness and effectiveness."
-- Strauss Zelnick, "America's fittest CEO" and author of Becoming Ageless: The Four Secrets to Looking and Feeling Younger Than Ever
-- Noah Kagan, co-founder and CEO of Sumo.com and AppSumo.com
"In the charlatan-packed world of the fitness industry, Mike Matthews is a breath of fresh air. This book will inspire you and inform you with quality applicable information that isn't biased.
"If you want to improve your physique and your life do yourself a favor and read The Little Black Book."
-- Sal Di Stefano, co-host of top-ranked fitness and health podcast Mind Pump
"Mike Matthews delivers another gem. The Little Black Book is chock-full of unbiased, evidence-based knowledge that you should not live without. A must-read.."
-- Adam Schafer, co-host of top-ranked fitness and health podcast Mind Pump
-- Mitch Utterback, retired U.S. Army Special Forces soldier
"This book will challenge you, it will make you think, it will force you to go outside your comfort zone. It will help you build much more than motivation, but an inner drive to succeed so you can weather any storm."
-- Marc Perry, CSCS, CPT and founder & CEO of BuiltLean
From the Author
They formulate perfectly reasonable decisions to do perfectly wonderful things based on perfectly accurate observations, and then start the process of self-sabotage: thinking.
I'm pretty busy right now. Maybe this isn't the right time.
I'm probably too young/old/uneducated/uncreative/uncredentialed/pessimistic/etc.
What if this doesn't work? What if I fail? What will people think?
It's not long before those who survive this initial bombardment of weaponized head trash and actually get started have to endure another wave of assault.
This doesn't feel right.
I don't think I'm ready for this.
This isn't very fun.
The ranks are thinned again, leaving fewer people still in the fray. Before long, another barrage is unleashed.
Do I really care about this?
Maybe I'm not good enough after all.
More hopes and dreams are blown into smithereens as the cannons are reloaded, and those still standing wonder when the offensive will relent.
For many people, it never does, but that doesn't necessarily stop them. Abraham Lincoln suffered from spells of severe depression throughout his entire adult life. For many years, John D. Rockefeller fretted endlessly about his company and didn't get a single night of solid sleep. "All the fortune that I have made has not served to compensate for the anxiety of that period," he later said. George Eliot, whose opus Middlemarch has been called the greatest novel in the English language, was so self-conscious of her writing that she used a male pseudonym and dreaded every submission to her publisher.
I wish I could say that we will have it better--that we won't have to weather our own storms--but it's simply not true. We will have to jump into the trenches like everyone else if we want to get anywhere, and the farther we want to go, the deeper we will have to venture into the labyrinth. That doesn't mean we have to become a casualty, though.
If we can do just one brutally simple thing well, then no amount of psychological and emotional trauma can put us down. If we can truly embrace this one little thing, then we can even learn to tune out the treacherous voices in our heads and inoculate ourselves against their poison.
This little thing is action. By staying in motion, the roots of doubt and despair can't take hold and ensnare us. By doing things, we can't be stopped by thinking things.
That doesn't mean we shouldn't plan, deliberate, and reflect, of course. We must be able to assess reality and deal with it as it is, not as we wish it were. It means that we shouldn't feed the trolls that live in the shadowy recesses of our minds.
That's why this book is going to ask you to do more than just read and think. Although it has "motivation" in its title, it's meant to do more than make you feel something, because that's never enough. As the old Chinese proverb goes, "Tell me, I'll forget; show me, I'll remember; involve me, I'll understand."
As you'll see, every chapter is going to end with a "Do This Now" section that is going to have you put what you just learned through its paces. This way, you can quickly see what will help you and what won't.
All you need to do these exercises is some paper (or a notebook) and a pen. You can also find them, along with chapter summaries, in the free bonus material available at workoutmotivationbook.com/bonus.
If I've done my job well and you follow my instructions, then you will be closer to the person you want to be and the life you want to live by the time you finish this book. How much closer will depend on many things, not the least of which will be how much action you're willing to take.
So let's begin, shall we?
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Hardcover : 235 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1938895355
- ISBN-13 : 978-1938895357
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
- Publisher : Oculus Publishers; 1st Edition (August 30, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #41,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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His flagship text, self-published through his publishing company, Oculus, Bigger, Leaner, Stronger has been the foundation I use to live my greatest life in my greatest body. I have a long way to go, but Mike has been there every step of the way for me. (I have actually ripped up my BLS and given out various pages and chapters to friends and trainers). As he has become a better writer, this foundational text has become denser and more effective with each new edition.
Mike’s Muscle for Life podcast; blog, and videos contain some of the best-researched, most informative articles I have discovered during my health journey. His straightforward, practical, science-based approach has informed my own decisions as well as led me to make better choices and plans for myself.
I use many of Mike’s supplements from his Legion Athletics brand. They are expensive but the best and most effective I have ever used. Clean, pure and supervised by his scientific board and clinical team, Legion Athletics is Mike’s market response to the charlatans and chicanery riven through the supplement industry. I can’t say enough good things about every product I have purchased…my bank account groans but at least my gut doesn’t.
After following Mike for three years, this is what I know: He used to live in Florida but now lives in Virginia; his Dad is a ‘successful’ entrepreneur; he didn’t go to college; he decided to grow muscles because ‘girls seemed to like muscles’; he’s married to a German ‘unicorn of a wife’; he has two children; he’s learning German; he has an infrared sauna; he recently purchased a car; he has a disdain for government intervention, and he does not like the health & fitness industry due to its rampant deception and narcissism.
After three years of thrice-weekly exposure, one would think that we would get to know and love Mike Matthews. But the truth is EVERYTHING I know is listed above. That’s it. All of this leads to Mike Matthews’ fatal flaw: he is not vulnerable and therefore creates no intimacy with his audience and hence doesn’t create connection with us in any meaningful way. Mike loves to use quotes and (well-researched) historical anecdotes to illustrate many of his points, but he NEVER CONNECTS TO US ON A FOUNDATIONAL AND EMOTIONAL LEVEL. He doesn’t share anything of himself and leaves no blood on the floor for us to examine.
I desperately wish the people around Mike would tell him to read Brene Brown or to watch Simon Sinek so Mike could finish the job and make us FEEL SOMETHING. Mike doesn’t understand that the personal is political. He doesn’t understand that what people really want is the STORY behind the man, the B-roll if you will. You show that and the products will sell themselves. Mike is really good at giving us the WHAT and the HOW but he has never created a WHY. Mike’s stated goal is to help millions of people…if he is going to do that then he must make himself vulnerable so that we can connect.
Examples of this systemic flaw:
Every few months Mike will interview someone going through his MFL training program for his podcast. For the last few years, every single person he has interviewed has had some type of athletic background or been in fitness in other ways. Mike doesn’t get that most people who read him and follow him are overweight and unhealthy and are trying to change their bodies and their lives. For the vast majority of us, it’s neither useful nor interesting to hear how a guy went from 14% body fat to 8% body fat. Why doesn’t he get that the real CONNECTION is to the vulnerable and the dispossessed - not the already ripped.
Mike was interviewed on another podcast and actually stated, “Do I know what it’s like to fall off your diet during a cut? No.” He went on to say that he does ‘understand it’ because he’s helped thousands of people deal with that issue. How can a person connect with you, EMPATHIZE WITH YOU and ultimately, HELP YOU if they have not experienced these setbacks and failures themselves?
Even in the video promotion for this book we see images of Mike running (alone) up marble stairs (a la Rocky); we see him sitting at his desk researching, and (for a very few seconds) we see him in his backyard with one of his kids. What we don’t see is him with anyone else - HELPING anyone else. This video is emblematic of this fatal flaw. WHERE IS THE CONNECTION?
All of this leads up to my review of this book: it is NOT motivational because Mike doesn’t connect with us…the little people who want to be big. His writing and grammar are excellent and everything is researched to within an inch of it’s life but make no mistake, there is no soul in this book. Please stick to Bigger, Leaner, Stronger or his cookbook or his other products. Definitely check out Legion Athletics’ supplements, they are fabulous. But DO NOT BUY this book because it will not motivate you. It will make you feel like you are sitting in philosophy class and thinking about what you are going to order for lunch from the food truck outside.
I preordered this book and part of the marketing push was that you could win a trip to Washington D.C. to meet Mike and his team. I prayed I would not win because if I had, I would have no choice but to tell him my opinion on these matters. I truly and deeply want Mike Matthews to succeed. I want his message to spread far and wide but he must learn to access emotions and be vulnerable and to connect. No one’s life is that perfect and seamless, it’s just not human and it is certainly not motivating.
I have recently lost all motivation in many avenues of my life. I had been going over ways I can try and get motivated again and it just so happened that this book showed up on amazon.
I read the reviews and took a chance and bought it. I finished it within two days. Some of things he wrote I am guilty of doing (making excuses, finding ways to not do stuff, etc.). I almost wanted to crawl into a hole because I felt like I had been caught red-handed! I kept reading though because his writing was compelling, honest, and a very clear reflection of the things I have done to prevent myself from achieving things I have always visualized but never worked towards.
Yes, it does make me a little emotional because aside from wanting to have a healthy body, and wanting to feel happy at what I see, it has also pushed me even more to seek help for my depression. The help is already in the works but reading this is helping me see a little clearer and is positive reinforcement for me mentally and emotionally.
This is probably too deep for a book review but I don't care. He asked to review his book after reading it and this is my honest opinion. Now I just need to figure out if I should get Bigger, Leaner, Stronger, or the 1 Year Challenge. I am not sure which I should do first.
Thank you Michael Matthews.
So when I say that Mike BLEW me away with this book, you can rest assured that my endorsement actually carries some weight.
Unlike many of the so-called "Gurus" and "Experts" Mike doesn't fill his book with pseudoscientific b.s. or hide behind his (admittedly impressive) credentials so that he can profit by feeding you regurgitated platitudes and vannila life advice.
This book is chocked to the brim with the latest scientific evidence and research for getting the most out of yourself in the gym and in life.
Mike is a masterful wordsmith who manages to beautifully weave together some of the more important concepts and ideas that you need to know to change your life in a way that is approachable, digestible, and immediately actionable.
He's like the Breville Juicer Elite of the fitness world... The man knows how to take an important topic and squeeze everything out of it until you're left with only the purest and most nutritious parts.
If you're struggling to get motivated, stay disciplined, and generally get your sh... stuff together, read this book.
DO IT NAUW!
In this book Mike explains that if you can change your body, you can change your life. Because the tools you learn in the kitchen and the gym are transferrable to many, many other areas of success.
So sit down and give this book the time it deserves. Highlight everything that is interesting, take copious notes, and really study it. I promise you won't be disappointed.
Top reviews from other countries
I loved the actionable "Do This Now" sections after each chapter, as when reading similar books, I struggle to put the knowledge into practice, so this was extremely helpful.
I used a lot of the information in this book in my day to day routine (outside of the gym) and will be my little bible for years to come.
Finally, if you're not aware of the author (Mike), I could not recommend his site enough!
This has definitely reinvigorated my mentally to my work outs and can't wait to get back in the gym.
A must read for all interested in creating the best environment and mental support frame work to achieve their Goals.