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In-depth look at how to build lean muscle and lose fat - with practical help showing the diet and exercises to achieve this
on 29 March 2016
Having completed the Body Coach programme at the end of 2015 I was looking around for inspiration for a training regime for the new year. Having stumbled across a Facebook group for followers of the Thinner Leaner Stronger (TLS) programme I was inspired to buy this book.
What it contains is lots of information about the science of exercise, of diet, of willpower, and how Michael Matthews recommends you combine these to build lean muscle and burn fat.
Each chapter is very in-depth, but it has a summary at the end so is good to flick back to if you need to remember the key points. He includes how to calculate your 'macros' (which are the amount of protein, carbs and fat you should eat every day) based on your body weight, fat percentage and how much you work out. He includes the workouts, which is mainly based on lifting weights in 8 week cycles, so it changes every couple of months and gets progressively harder. When you've finished you can apply for an e-book which is a day by day programme of the workouts. He also recommends HIIT cardio workouts too, which are explained in the book.
For Body Coach graduates it's the ideal next step. What I would say to everyone though is to give yourself a few weeks before you aim to start. Firstly, there's a lot of information to take in, so it's worth reading it properly rather than trying to skim. Secondly, unless you're used to counting macros then it takes a while and practise to work out the right meals which give you the correct grams of each macronutrient. (I would recommend the MyFitnessPal app to help with that!) And finally, whether you work out in the gym or at home you need to allow time to ensure you know what you're doing with the workouts - to make sure your form is correct and the weights are right for you. You basically need to have the right weights to do 8-10 reps only.
So in summary I would recommend this as a bible for losing fat and building lean muscle - if you're prepared to put the hard work in too!