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Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body (The Build Healthy Muscle Series) Paperback – 13 Jan 2012

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (13 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475143389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475143386
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (603 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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,



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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By james stokes on 22 Aug. 2012
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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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Stevie on 23 Nov. 2013
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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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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By G. Moffat on 10 Dec. 2012
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 May 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iain S on 26 Sept. 2015
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What makes this book different from so many others is the sheer detail it goes into (particularly on the diet side of things). It's a lot of reading, but I find that very necessary in order to understand the WHY of what I'm doing. I'd previously relied on books such as 'sports nutrition', and 'strength training' by Anita Bean, and although good concise books, they simply don't make you appreciate the importance of precision in diet planning, nor provide friendly motivational words (perhaps a bit cheesy, but makes for a pleasanter read than other more sterile books).

The authors seems to have taken an objective look at all the diet and weight training studies, and presented what is probably the nearest thing to the current consensus we'll get on the optimum diet and training routines. There are no fad diets advised in this book, I could see nothing diet-related that contradicted advice you would get from the NHS patientline website - which is policed by doctors, and is not trying to sell anything.

I had a look at some of the 1 star reviews before buying, and after reading the book can say that they fall in two categories:
1. People saying they knew all the stuff in this book already, and that it's for 'beginners' - well, for a start this book doesn't claim not to be for beginners (there is sequel for more advanced lifters anyway), and also, if you've been getting your diet wrong for years, you still are 'a beginner'.
2. Proponents of low-carb diets, unhappy that it doesn't endorse their preferred diet.
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