Author : Michael Matthews
Category : Ab Workouts,Subjects,Exercise & Fitness,Health, Fitness & Dieting
Formats : Spiral-bound,Paperback,Kindle Edition,Audible Audiobook
Languages : English
Pages : 356
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PublishDate : 2015-01-14
ReleaseDate : 2016-09-02
Book Summary & Description
At the risk of being dramatic, this book and its authors online content basically changed my life. By opening my eyes and showing me just how simple (I said simple, not easy) weight loss is if you put in the work and practice some willpower. Using the methods in this book, i was able to lose 109 lbs and as of today have maintained this body for 2 years now. My outlook on life has changed DRASTICALLY over these 2 years and a large part of it is due to this book. At the risk of being dramatic, this book and its authors online content basically changed my life. By opening my eyes and showing me just how simple (I said simple, not easy) weight loss is if you put in the work and practice some willpower. Using the methods in this book, i was able to lose 109 lbs and as of today have maintained this body for 2 years now.
I am a physician, I am 35 and I started working out at the age of 21 and I have been following this books recommendations since August 2017. I started out at 172 lbs with a body fat % of 16, now I am 164 lbs and Fat % of 10 being committed by about 90% ( I take 36 hours shifts once or twice a week and I will need a couple days to recover before I can work out, but my diet however is fairly committed). In my opinion, mainly for those who have no problem committing, like to exercise but never saw results because they did not know what the right things are regarding exercise and nutrition.
If you are a seasoned lifter, know how to bulk and cut and get your body fat % to below 10 , then you probably do not need this book, however, you can use it as a summary of all what you know. The nutrition and the work out programs are all there in the book but they are kinda dispersed and you have to do a little extra homework so you build your own, BUT IT IS ALL THERE IN THE BOOK. The articles that Mike will email you almost weekly or twice weekly are simply great, mostly revisions of sections in the book ( magnified if you will) plus additional stuff. The book serves as a great educational tool that will enable you to filter what is out there, whether products, exercises nutrition or supplements. After reading the book I was a little skeptical because, at 45 – doing heavy always seemed to hurt.
When I fully realized this is how the entire book was going to be, I couldnt NOT read this book in Don Lapres voice. While good for bodybuilding, the author contradicts himself by recommending his method to those with no lifting experience yet emphasising the need to build a solid foundation of strength first. Those who haven’t lifted before would do well to follow Rippetoe’s Starting Strength for 3 months (or until intermediate programming becomes necessary) to learn the lifts and lay down a base layer of muscle first before progressing to a bodybuilding style programme. Some time ago I was looking to get back exercising, so I bought some equipment for a gym at home, tired of spending time and money in gyms, and I needed something for my work outs. But when I continued reading, it all started to make sense, because without the proper vocabulary, you can’t understand what you’re reading.
Although this is not a book about workouts, there are enough included in the additional free report, for a whole year. After reading this book in a day, my life started changing, and it has, for the better, and quickly. Just solid, simple, scientifically based/proved methods for both progressively increasing natural muscle mass/strength and losing fat. –> Some good extra value (other than the book itself) including a full years training program and links to videos online showing how to perform the movements correctly. Since being away from weights for quite some time I was on the hunt for a good exercise book with a sound approach. Although having practiced weight lifting many years ago I wanted to refresh my knowledge and get some of my own theories about building muscle confirmed.
My way of knowing is through his blog, and I really recommend potential buyers to pay him a visit and read a few articles about exercise, diet or philosophy/self development (yep, some nice articles about that as well). Some authors complicate the hell out of matters, but this book is very straight forward. I actually bought Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger as well, since I think it’s a bargain and I’m pretty certain that I’ll need the advanced programs after practicing the current method for some time, concidering my lifting background. i apologize for the oversized review but i wanted to do the book justice and be comprehensive in my coverage, i am sure this will be very usefulthis book is clearly effective and straight forward. . i saw results even in such a short time and now all my friends and taking me for their coach 😀
for someone who has been working out all this time. . . my gains and physical appearance are good but not anything impressive, my muscles were not getting any bigger and i was stuck in a plateau. i found out that i fell victim to many of the fitness myths (even tho i thought my medical knowledge would make me superior, i was wrong) so chances are whoever is reading this believes in many exercise and nutrition myths as well, the beauty of BLS is that it gives whole chapters aimed at debunking those myths and replacing them with proper scientific information. it gives you the knowledge in a beautiful & simple manner in good style and a fluid arrangement of concepts for different goals whether its losing fat or gaining strengths and muscle
i could not put the book away for the first 150 pages, i read them in like 3-4 days. reading this book will not make you lose fat or build muscle,,,it is the precious info you get in here that will achieve this for you if you honestly and truly apply what you learn here and forget the broscience which people keep repeating with no results. the only thing i hear people criticizing about this book is that all this info is available online somewhere or on the author’s website. this is a truly stupid criticism of the book in my opinion because if so then all my medical books on anatomy,physiology, pharmacology etc are useless since i can find all the info in them on the wikipedia and youtube lectures. no of course because the aim of the book is to organize info and make it more accessible and systematic for the reader.
4-will i be able to put together all the info i read online into a whole exercise and nutrition plan in order to apply it?you will be bombarded by so many contradicting claims and waste your time aimlessly from website to website while getting nowhere, at least thats what happened with me. thats why reading a simple book was better for me. I have read about fitness and nutrition before, but usually the information was scattered, incomplete, lacked references or lacked proper actionable goals. I will also quantify it as ‘amazing’ as it has had an effect on me and I’ve been actively now for one week doing the recommended five day a week program and following as many of the guidelines as possible.
You won’t get anywhere with just diet and nutrition, so the other core part of the book focuses on exercise routines. Before this I was doing variations of Starting Strength (by variations I mean skipping workouts or doing whatever I wanted to do that day instead of what the program called for) and while it’s very good, I will try out this program for a cycle of 12 weeks on a bulk and possibly update the review back then with the results. The book does not focus on how to do the exercises or form (which is fair as it might make it too long), so I highly recommend that you supplement this with a good technique book such as Rippetoe’s Starting Strength (SS).
Who this book is for: mid-beginner to mid-intermediate lifters who want to learn more about the holistic approach (nutrition + motivation + lifestyle + supplements + exercises + rest) instead of just exercise technique (for which I recommend the SS book). In fact, I recommend that before you start doing the exercises here you also read SS to get exercise technique down. You probably don’t need to be caring too much about shoulder specific workouts or ab circuits as at that point your goal is to put on as much muscle as quickly as possible and the big lift focus in SS might be a better starting point. In summary, if you are serious and decided to pull yourself together and follow a fitness program, read this book and do what it says.
Mike did a great job of explaining basic principles of building muscle and losing fat. I’ve decided to follow the training program laid out in the book to the last rep. I’ve tried Intermittent Fasting a couple of months before learning about this book and I fell in love with it immediately!And while the way you eat is something you can, and probably should, experiment with and try to find something that will work the best for you specifically, working out is a totally different beast. After reading BLS you’ll be ready to hit the weights and shed the fat in no time!I think it’s a great book for most people who don’t know too much about fitness, nutrition or supplements but for anyone who’s spent time working out or knows about basic nutrition, it may not be worth a read.
With tons of ‘advice’ on how to build a body, get six packs, loose fats and loose weight out there in the internet, it’s quite a challenge to select ‘what fits for me’. However, this is the book that will serve as a brilliant guide to get into an excellent shape. This book is divided into Nutrition, Type of workouts, How to do each workouts, Workout routines, Supplements and bonus features. Bigger Leaner Stronger is a no-nonsense book with common sense advice. The author doesn’t ask us what food to eat and what not to, instead he informs us what our body needs and make a choice of foods based on that information. When you realize that you need protein to help muscle recovery and you need to ear X grams throughout the day, you will be mentally at ease to select the kind of foods that you like to eat that has quality protein.
The book also goes deep into breaking a lot of ‘myths’ of getting into shape. Building the body (I don’t mean body building) you want, whether it’s learn, muscular, curvaceous, etc. Almost all articles, books are written keeping young, athletic people in mind. These kids have high quality metabolism, quick muscle recovering and amazing result with a short span of time. When you are 30+ and non-physically active for few years, your metabolism rates have dropped, muscle recovery is more, fat accumulated is more and it takes time to get into shape. The moment I read that your body need time to adapt to new routine and food, I knew this book was for me and all those who want to get into shape. It also means that you have accumulated ‘bad fat’ in your body and your body will take time to remove them once you start working.
I read through it multiple times because after each time I read through I got the feeling that I didn’t absorb anything of value. First, this book promises big on the rep range, the best way to make gains and achieving proper hypertrophy. It will, however, result in “strength gains” which means that you can lift heavier weights. The first half of this book covers nutrition, especially as it relates to committed working out and weightlifting and is very much worth reading. I learned a bunch of worthwhile stuff, so I was glad I got the book for that alone. Given his experience (not to mention his physique) his program of lifting very heavy weights with few reps probably has great merit. Excellent book for anyone looking to understand health and nutrition in order to make an improvement in their life.
The book breaks down all the need to know information that a person trying to get in shape would need to know. Starting from the 6 big myths and mistakes of building muscle, the four laws of muscle growth, the “no-BS guide to supplements. . . “, and etc. The book also shows the reader the proper technique to doing the work outs that build muscles in the shortest amount of time. I also like how the author was very accurate in what he was saying i would randomly look up a fact from the book and everything would check out perfectly. This book was extremely beneficial to me because over the summer i wanted to get bigger and this book showed me the correct and quick way of doing it. I also like how this book provided pictures on how to do work out correctly, It included angles of the body , the amount of space you need, and were to place the bars if you’re using one.
I thought this was a great book and i would recommend it to people who are active in sports and people who just want to get stronger. i am also looking forward to reading another one of Michael Matthews books on muscle building. I felt that the author deserved a positive review for his work so I figured I’d write my first book review. I plan to start the “Bigger Leaner Stronger” diet plan and workout plan this coming up Monday. I will take photos every week so I can support the author that this book does indeed work (if it does). Excited to start this challenging journey 😀 I would definitely recommend this book to anyone new to health, fitness, or nutrition. The book “Bigger,Leaner,Stronger” is an informational book that focuses on how to build your body the way that you want it to.
If I had to recommend this book to somebody,I would recommend this to a person who doesn’t have confidence and a person who wants to make a change not only to their body but their life as well. I came across Mark’s stuff a while ago, via his podcast, so I had been working out with the method in the book for a while before I read it. I work out for less time than ever before, I’m making way bigger gains than ever before and it stays around longer if life gets in the way and I have to take a little time off. I wanted to get the book as it puts all the info in one place and fills out a few of the gaps I had from Mike’s other stuff. I can’t speak to anyone who knows there stuff backwards and forwards (although the book is explicitly written for a beginner, so the reviews which slate it for being basic are a missing the point!)
Mike discusses training plans, but they are only for body builders and people with goals related to body image. But because this book is so well-rounded in the topics above, I think it’s a great read for athletes and would’ve liked to see a few sections devoted to improved athletic (sport) performance (neuromuscular technique and activation training for example). However, I understand Mike is probably not the expert in that area, but links to quality resources (with his usual well-backed studies) would’ve been a great addition to the book, making it even more useful for athletes. It was especially interesting to see a bunch of supplements introduced and suggested at the end of the book where the book actually starts with calling the whole supplement industry a bunch of BS.
For me the selling point of the book was the fact that the book was calling supplement a BS as a whole but at the end of the book I ended up finding that every supplement I use is necessary. So, it’s been useless buy for me but hopefully if you are new into the muscle building stuff the book will be very helpful to you. I’ve read a lot of similar books/guides in the past and this book is by far one of the best I’ve read on the subject (if not the best). If you want to know more or see all of the scientific research behind it (as well as all of the interesting ‘smaller’ points), then I’d highly recommend just reading the book. I’ve broken down the main topics into three categories that really summarize the main ideas behind the book.
You could eat nothing but olive oil and candy bars all day and still lose weight as long you expend more energy than you put in (there’s a famous study where this was actually done. . . and it worked). In fact, if you’re trying to lose weight I’d recommend a diet that has a lot of low-glycemic, carb-heavy food to keep your willpower levels high. During that period of training and ensuing soreness your muscles/CNS will break down and rebuild themselves, but stronger so that next time that heavy weight won’t feel as heavy. Next time you workout, you’ll lift that same weight plus a little more. Your body won’t keep getting stronger for ‘next time’ if ‘next time’ doesn’t regularly come. All you have to do is use compound lifts, lift heavy weight, and follow Progressive Overload.
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