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Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body (The Build Healthy Muscle Series) [Paperback]

Michael Matthews
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Book Description

13 Jan 2012

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.

Here's the deal: Getting into awesome shape isn't nearly as complicated as the fitness industry wants you to believe.
  • You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars per month on the worthless supplements that steroid freaks shill in advertisements.
  • You don't need to constantly change up your exercise routines to "confuse" your muscles. I'm pretty sure muscles lack cognitive abilities, but this approach is a good way to just confuse you instead.
  • You don't need to burn through buckets of protein powder every month, stuffing down enough protein each day to feed a third world village.
  • You don't need to toil away in the gym for a couple of hours per day, doing tons of sets, supersets, drop sets, giant sets, etc. (As a matter of fact, this is a great way to stunt gains and get nowhere.)
  • You don't need to grind out hours and hours of boring cardio to shed ugly belly fat and love handles and get a shredded six-pack. (How many flabby treadmillers have you come across over the years?)
  • You don't need to completely abstain from "cheat" foods while getting down to single-digit body fat percentages. If you plan cheat meals correctly, you can actually speed your metabolism up and accelerate fat loss.
In this book you're going to learn something most guys will never know: The exact formula of exercise and eating that makes putting on 10 to 15 pounds of quality lean mass a breeze...and it only takes 8-12 weeks.

This book reveals secrets like...
  • The 6 biggest myths and mistakes of building muscle that stunt 99% of guys' muscle gains. (These BS lies are pushed by all the big magazines and even by many trainers.)
  • How to get a lean, cut physique that you love (and that girls drool over) by spending no more than 5 percent of your time each day.
  • The 4 laws of muscle growth that, when applied, turn your body into an anabolic, muscle-building machine. You'll be shocked at how easy it really is to get big once you know what you're doing...
  • How to develop a lightning-fast metabolism that burns up fat quickly and leaves you feeling full of energy all day long.
  • The carefully-selected exercises that deliver MAXIMUM results for your efforts, helping you build a big, full chest, a wide, tapered back, and bulging biceps.
  • A no-BS guide to supplements that will save you hundreds if not THOUSANDS of dollars each year that you would've wasted on products that are nothing more than bunk science and marketing hype.
  • How to get shredded while still indulging in the "cheat" foods that you love every week like pasta, pizza, and ice cream.
  • And a whole lot more!
The bottom line is you CAN achieve that "Hollywood hunk" body without having your life revolve around it--no long hours in the gym, no starving yourself, no grueling cardio that turns your stomach.


With this book you'll also get a free 75-page bonus report from the author called "The Year One Challenge." In this bonus report, you'll learn exactly how to train, eat, and supplement to make maximum gains in your first year of training.

By applying what you learn in the book and in this report, you can make more progress in one year than most guys make in three, four, or even five (seriously!).

Scroll up, click the "Buy" button now, and begin your journey to a bigger, leaner, and stronger you!

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Product details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (13 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475143389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475143386
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (439 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author


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,



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"After 7 months of following the Bigger Leaner Stronger program, I am fitting easily into 36" jeans and with 35lbs of weight lost. I'm fitter, healthier and with better muscle definition than in my entire life and I am easily stronger than I've been in 20+ years."

-J. Williams (Amazon Verified Purchase)

"I've been on the program 3 weeks now and I've dropped 10 lbs, 2.5% Bodyfat, while still getting stronger each week."

-Tyson G. White (Amazon Verified Purchase)

"I was surprised to see fat literally fall off me (I lost 20lbs of fat in under 2 months) and muscle mass build up faster than I had ever seen it."

-Jeff K (Amazon Verified Purchase)

"After six weeks of successful, satisfying, and motivating workouts, (and seven pounds lean mass gain, plus 20-45 pounds added to my lifts, across the board)."

-"ACM" (Amazon Verified Purchase)

"I've put on about 7 pounds in just 4 weeks without much noticeable gain in fat."

-Chad (Amazon Verified Purchase)


"After following Mike's plan for 2 months now I have lost 13 pounds and am seeing huge gains in muscle definition already."

-"Samwell54" (Amazon Verified Purchase)

"I've already added 2 lbs every week during the past few weeks while increasing my lifts by 5 or 10 lbs every time I lift."

-Mitch (Amazon Verified Purchase)

"I implemented his workout routine the next day and lost 11LBS the first week and I feel strong!"

-"LoeJawson" (Amazon Verified Purchase)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am amazed 7 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I am 44 and now on my third week at the gym following the programme. I am amazed how my body and mind have responded and only wish I knew about this twenty years ago. I have enjoyed the book and understanding what I need to do and why.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight to the point no bull - Awesome. 10 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Mikes book is excellent and can confirm the information within the pages work!

I followed the books information and guidance and began a weight loss routine (cutting) and dropped 82lbs in 12 months going from 252lbs to 170lbs.

I then proceeded to follow the weight gain\lean mass over a 3 month period (bulking), increased my muscle mass by 10lbs!

Not bad for a 48 year old man.

I regularly go back to the book and reread chapters to refresh my mind and seem to pick up some other useful information.

The programme works and the information provided is to the point and there is no "bull".

Highly recommended and Mike will even take time out to answer your emails directly.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book 22 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Keeping it brief this book is AMAZING never mind the 1 star review, yes for people that are gym savvy we know that compound exercises are better than isolation etc but the way this book is laid out really makes you want to train hard and eat well. This book has been a BIG help
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful for Newbies 23 Nov 2013
By Stevie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I must have had a rush of blood to buy this book because when it arrived I very quickly realised it told me little I didn’t know already. The book is aimed at newbies, or those who perhaps have trained without any real guidance/goals and are looking for a firm plan to pursue. What I would say is that if I were to turn back the clock and start from scratch a book like this would have been very useful. Matthews’ training philosophy differs slightly from the standard muscle mag guidance in that he advocates lower rep/heavier weight training. Diet guidance is fairly standard in that he advocates the traditional bodybuilding format of high carb/protein, low fat macro split. He offers simple formulas for calculating intake for both cut and bulk phases. He doesn’t try to peddle supplements, which is a good sign. He also recommends HIIT cardio throughout, although doesn’t spend much time on actual programmes. Like many books, it fails to properly demonstrate how exercises are properly performed. Squat, deadlift and benching are complex movements and if you don’t have a training partner/spotter to keep you right it’s easy to get into bad habits. Matthews has a nice, engaging writing style and it’s not full of bluster and dubious claims. Useful text.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a workout book 22 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a perennial workout magpie. I love finding the latest things, giving them a go for two weeks, getting sick and then giving up. The most recent workout plans I have tried (aside from simply going out for a run or a bike ride) are Mark Verstegen's Core Performance plan (Essentials, Standard and Endurance) and Todd Durkin's IMPACT! plan (similar to a p90x/Insanity-type workout). While they all have their merits (Durkin's in particular will kick your backside), they all have problems - mainly due to the equipment needed to perform some of the exercises and the time needed to do a workout (I think an IMPACT! workout, on average, was taking me around 90 minutes).

Now, as I was browsing Amazon for a few intersting things, I happened acros Mike Matthews' The Shredded Chef for pennies and decided to buy it. Based on the information in that book, and on Mike's website, I thought I'd give this one a try. Now, the Kndle version has its flaws and the book itself could perhaps be laid out a little more efficiently - it suffers, as most workout books do, from containing about 60 pages on what this book will do for you before it tells you how to do it - the information given in it is honest, straightforward, well researched (whether or not you agree with that research is up to you) and well explained.

The workouts are similarly straightforward and easy to follow (BLS is very very simple - lift progressively heavy weights using effective compound exercises, check your diet and don't go mad on the cardio). If you work out at home then you may need to make a few adjustments (there are some alternatives in the book and there are a plethora of muscle forums with ideas for you to try).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Training Program I've Ever Done 26 Jan 2014
Bigger Leaner Stronger is well researched, well written, and well worth a read. Moreover, if you email the author with any questions you might have (I had one to do with a postural issue I have, but found answers to the more general ones answered within the pages) Mike will not only get back to you, but do so quickly, kindly, and personally. I was shocked at the depth and intelligence of his reply - particularly as I've paid for a lot less before.

The main thing however is that this program just works. Plain and simple, I've added kgs of muscle to my lanky frame, and 2 inches to my arms in just over a month! If you're serious about gaining muscle, and willing to make the commitment to training properly for a few months, then make the best investment you'll ever do in the gym right now and start the transformation today.
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I'll be honest, when I first read this book, I liked what I saw but I thought I could never put it into practice because I exercise at home and would need too much equipment. Read more
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