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- Publisher: On Target Publications (December 4, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 4, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006HXPR66
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Mass Made Simple Kindle Edition
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Here are the basics:
bench, one arm press, work your rhomboids, work your whole body in a complex then squat. Nothing fancy. Toward the end certainly not easy. You end up doing 50 rep squat sets, depending on your bodyweight, at what may be MORE than your bodyweight.
I put my ego aside and followed this program to a T (including the pb&j sandwiches suggested as "bulk food") and reaped the benefits.
I started off at 185lbs at just under 13% bodyfat as measured by a bodbod. At the end of the program I was 205lb at right at 14%bf. That is a HUGE lean mass gain. The 50 rep squat sets sucked. Bad. But they worked and felt great when I was done knowing that the other people in the gym had their jaws on the floor watching me do them. My bench also went up. With the addition of complexes my overall flexibility also got better.
I would suggest you follow the program as written. Don't do "extra" stuff. You will be kidding yourself. If you don't have to sit, lay down when you are not at the gym. No joke. Eating and sleeping will be a priority on the program for it to benefit as intended.
One drawback.. I needed new pants. The waist on my jeans got a little looser but the legs and backside got skinny jean tight. My wife liked that though. :)
This is Simple, not easy. Great program.
2nd part is the workouts, 2-3 times a week. Eat big, rest big, get big. If you do this book, eat pretty decent and I would suggest creatine, you will get stronger and bigger. I promise, his will test u mentally and physically but it will all be worth if after 6 weeks of hell.
The book does a good job at a cursory level telling you what lifts to do and what to eat. However, I was disappointed at depth he goes into what too eat and the lifting schedule. Granted the lifting schedule was easy to follow and he spells out exactly what to do in his book. If you are new to compound movements or olympic lifts this might not be the book for you, i.e. cleans or complexes. If you are new to lifting, the weight might be hard for you since he bases lifting weight vs body weight which is not always the same case for some people. On the nutrition side he has you start adding a night time protein shake, a pre and post workout protein shake, and creatine. All of these are done on a week by week basis to see how they affect you. The only other nutrition advice he gives you is to "eat like an adult" and "peanut butter and jelly sandwiches". Again, nice generalities but nothing that tells you really what to eat specifically. He gives his paradigms like eat more protein, fiber, fish oil etc... For a book that is not comprehensive enough for beginners but too vague for seasoned lifters, I would say it would be great for someone who just got "out on their own" in the gym and looking for something else.
"MMS: A journey into bulking" feels like Dan is sitting with you at a bar or the gym just talking to you about what a good bulk program is like.
With all that being said it was a good book/program and it did not seem to be a waste of $20. It was a fun program that I saw some results in on the bar and on my body. Could you find a similar program like 5/3/1, Bill Starr's or Texas method online for free with nutrition tips, yeah.
The book adds some good tools for the toolbox. Just only 4 stars due to depth. Get it though you will enjoy.
By contrast, "Mass Made Simple" is direct and simple. You do the same full body workout every three days, only increasing loads I especially like the complexes, as they're good for coordination and agility (both good for rugby, which is what we're actually training for). The book also comes with an easy-to-use training log.