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Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body

Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body

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by Michael Matthews

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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 read this book.


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 read this book.

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Oculus Publishers
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I'm Mike and I believe that every person can achieve the body of his or her dreams, and I work hard to give everyone that chance by providing workable, proven advice grounded in science, not a desire to sell phony magazines, workout products, or supplements.

Through my work, I've helped thousands of people achieve their health and fitness goals, and I share everything I know in my books.

So if you're looking to get in shape and look great, then I think I can help you. I hope you enjoy my books and I'd love to hear from you at my site, muscleforlife.com.



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Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
AdamMort More than 1 year ago
I'd been working out religiously five days per week for about 2 years before I started Michael's program. During that time, I'd made fairly good progress for the first 6 months, but then after that I "plateau'd." I wouldn't really gain or lose after that point. I tried changing my workouts, taking every supplement under the sun (except steroids), and special diets. 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.
Marcusa More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book. It contains the answers to most people's questions about bodybuilding, fitness and health. It deconstructs all myths regarding weight lifting and cardio activities and comes with effective ways for you to achieve your goals. The author also explains the science facts that support the info, and that's great for credibility. You don't have to believe him. All facts are there. But probably the most valuable thing of this work is establishing in a totally clear way what you must and mustn't do to achieve 100% of your goals. So if you can't handle the lifestyle changing, you'd better re considerate your expectations. The only inconvenience is that it could be shorter. The first pages are a little repetitive. If you really want to build a great body (fast) and live healthier, this book shows you shortest path.
KynnAZ More than 1 year ago
I've been into working out for quite some time now and have read many books, worked with many trainers, and tried many routines. This book is one of the best I've read on getting in shape--period. Whether you're brand new or a veteran of health & fitness, you'll be glad you read this book. It strips away all the BS and hype and teaches you the time-proven, scientific principles of getting bigger, leaner, and stronger--and FAST. Like the author says, no matter how bad you might think your genetics are or how much trouble you've had trying to get the body you want, you CAN look and feel great and it DOESN'T have to consume your life--you don't have to spend hours in the gym each day or swear off "cheat" foods. Buy this book and do what it says. You won't be disappointed.
DarthDual More than 1 year ago
The author covers literally everything you need to know to get into great shape. Everything is explained clearly, precisely, and logically. I found myself nodding throughout the entire book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best workout book of all time. He uses the same type of philosophy my dad raised me by, "Keep It Simple, Stupid"
jaimemc08 More than 1 year ago
I think this is an amazing book. I bought it because i was tired of going to the gym for hours and not getting the results. This book is great because it tells you everythingyou need to know. I've been following the book for about to months now and the results are amazing. I recommend this book over eveything. Even better than insanity and P90x
Anonymous 11 months ago
My name is Caleb and I'm a certified personal trainer and nutritionist and I never write reviews on books...even the ones I liked... That being said, because of Mike's personal request for a review and the exceptional job he did with this book I chose to write this review. This book is outstanding. There is a wealth of practical , easy-to-digest knowledge that is put at your finger tips! The book debunks numerous well developed fitness myths, teaches meal planning, teaches proper workouts and workout programming, gives crash courses on anatomy and physiology , and much much more. Mike does a particularly wonderful job of explaining the WHY'S of everything and backs up everything he says with countless worldwide clinical and peer reviewed studies. This book shows that Mike truly cares about people and is willing to give all who read this book the tools to get the body(s) they desire. I look forward to reading more books by you Mike ! - Caleb
DK_David 11 months ago
I have been working out on changing my lifestyle for almost 2 months now. I have modeled most of my diet and 5 day lifting split using what Mike provided on many of his blogs and YouTube videos. I decided to pickup the book to be able to easily access all of the information and was pleasantly surprised at how much more additional info he had all outlined in the book including the program itself. Needless to say I feel this is the most complete and science backed books available today, and is a steal at about $15. I got it here since it was cheaper than Amazon and was shipped to my door for free by Barnes and Noble. A must have for any newbie to weight lifting or someone who wants a program not only backed by "bro science" or "vitamin S".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend Bigger Leaner Stronger. I feel like it addresses alot of the confusion that exists in the health and fitness world. Michael is very thorough in covering many topics and citing studies as well. There are several great insights that I've gained from reading the book. I've been working out for years, and I think he highlighted some of the mistakes I've made. I think this book will really help anyone dial in their nutrition, design an effective exercise program and make progress. I think this book is a must for anyone new to training, and also incredibly useful to people like myself who have been training for years but struggling for results. Dave
sugarblimp More than 1 year ago
Well thought out and researched guide to getting bigger and stronger. I've worked out for years but after reading this book I realized that I've been overtraining and undereating. Mr. Matthews explains how to eat more while minimizing fat gain and how to lose weight and minimize muscle loss. The workouts are shorter and more effective than my old ones Additionally, he has a wealth of free content on his website and you tube podcasts that reinforce and expand on topics from the book. I even emailed him to get some additional information and promptly received a personal reply. I recommend this book to anyone that is tired of working out and not getting the results they want.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was the type of person who was never able to gain weight no matter how much I worked out. I did all the right exercises but never saw much results. I was doing research and Mike Mathews book caught my eye. After reading it cover to cover I was so impressed I tallked to all my family about it. I also got his cook book. I have been following it for about a month now and have gained 5 lbs of muscle and have seen gains in the weight i can lift consistantly each week. If it turned out that integrity was Mike's middle name I wouldn't be surprised. On his website where he sells some suppliments, he lists out the research that shows the product to be helpful as well as a link for you to read that article yourself. I can't believe how cheap this life changing book is!
AM215 More than 1 year ago
Great book, very precise and straight forward.  Whether you're looking to cut, bulk, or maintain the author explains exactly what you need to do as far as training and diet. I have been following the program now for about four weeks and have progressed on a weekly basis pretty much exactly as the book describes. I have also reached out to Mike via email and he has responded as promised. I would certainly recommend this book for any natural weight lifter looking for great results relatively quickly. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been lifting for a while now on and off for about 4 years. I came across this book while browsing online for articles related to fitness and diet. I wanted to give it shot because of its high demand. The book: 1. Very concise and short. No need to spend lots of hours reading this book. Mike will guide you through it in a very timely manner and with good information backed with scientific proof. 2. You might think that you need answers. Well every page you turn, Mike will answer one of your questions. I was a little skeptical about his training philosophy, but at the end of the day it does work. 3. You might be a little skeptical on counting calories and sticking to a diet, but after you read this book your mind will expand how it actually works. If you want results you need to change up your game and give it a try. 4. If you were to be a beginner to weight lifting this is the right book for you. It will break down important steps and parts of this sport and it will guide you to get results from the first try. You don't need to go around looking for other insights and wasting your time listening to people that clearly are on steroids. If you want natural results read this book and move on to the next book, educate yourself and expand your knowledge It doesn't hurt to learn! Finally I want to give thanks to Mike. You can contact him about his book and he will answer any questions you might have. 6.99 for this eBook and it was worth every cent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to be quite overweight and over the years I've tried several different ways to lose weight and work out to build muscle. I ended up going on a calorie deficiency and boosted my activity level and lost the pounds. During this time I was always tired and felt like I barely had enough energy to make it through the day. I had read tons of info all over the internet and decided to start eating normal calories again with lean food, cutting out all the junk. I just recently came across the book Bigger Leaner Stronger this year, and I wish i had read it years ago so i could have been doing everything properly from the start! I am now strictly following the workout routines in the book and now on my third week I have noticed quite significant strength gains. I am very happy and feel more knowledgable about my body's health and how it functions. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about bettering their lifestyle and getting in shape. Read "Bigger Leaner Stronger" and get the results you want by doing your bulking/building or cutting/sliming right the first time.  Dont waste your time spending hours in the gym working out wrong..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, very informative for training, nutrition, and supplements. The author is very responsive to email inquiries; great customer service.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, I'm definitely glad I bought it.  I enjoy the fact that Mike gets straight to the point.  The bottom line is that if you want to make progress, you're going to have to work hard.  However, that doesn't mean hours in the gym.  Most of the workouts he recommends are an hour or less.  The only drawback I see in his style, is that it's some pretty heavy lifting, so it may be difficult to do without a training partner.  I think his information is spot on though!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read and full of good info
JamesPond More than 1 year ago
I picked up 'Bigger, Leaner, Stronger' on Barnes & Noble after coming across Mike Matthew's website. The fitness industry has made working out so complicated that many people wanting to get fit often get lost trying to find what works and what doesn't. BLS unscrews all of the ridiculous myths of working out and gets back to basics. Strong conventional wisdom with an honest approach to working out, as well as,  some great tips for getting to your goals. If you are new to lifting or like me have been at it for some time, there is wisdom to be found in Mike Matthews stripped down method. The book also simplifies diet and supplements, making this a great starter book, as well as, a 'get back on track' book for the seasoned lifter. I highly recommend 'Bigger, Leaner, Stronger' and have personally benefitted from his approach.James Pond
lrmall01 More than 1 year ago
I purchased book after hearing the author on the Road to Ripped podcast.  Bigger, Leaner, Stronger is full of great material and doesn't waste any time with useless fluff.  If you consider all the material in the book, as well as what he provides in the bonus report, it is well worth the cost.  Out of all the fitness books I have read over the years, this one really laid everything out clearly without any confusion.  It has already shed so much light on what I have been doing wrong and I look forward to what the next year will bring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book based on a friend’s recommendation. After reading it, I have recommended it to my friends and do to anyone who wants to see change in their body. The book is very easy to understand and tells you everything you need to know about exercising. This book is for a great range of people from beginners to advance weight lifters. The best part is that Mike Matthews give you all the tools you need to get the body you want. He also lists his e-mail address in the end of the book for any questions you might have. I was unsure if I would email him, if he would reply. About a week after I bought the book he e-mail me and I replied with a question which he answered. He responds within 24 hours, which is really cool. I am 4 weeks into his year program and I am already seeing change in my body and strength. If you are thinking about buying this book, stop thinking and just get it. It is worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simplest and most effective plan ive seen Im currently using it in the middle east and am seeing visible results in two weeks I dont feel like im overtraining Its a really nice pace and clearly working Just follow the instructions and you wont be dissapointed He gurantees it and I do too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first bought this on audiobook and then bought the ebook for reference. Mike Matthews provides a great overview of nutrition and weigh lifting basics for getting big and lean. I've been working on his plan for 6 weeks and seeing great results already. Very happy with the purchase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the better books on diet and fitness In have ever read. The book is def geared toward a male audience particularly in there 20s-40s working out primarily for aesthetic physique. As a 20+ yr fitness enthusiast it's as solid as it gets.