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Useful for Newbies,
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This review is from: Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body (The Build Healthy Muscle Series) (Paperback)
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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Initial post: 24 Nov 2013 19:48:22 GMT
Mike Matthews says:
Thanks for the feedback Steve!
That's awesome you're already so well educated in this field, because the LARGE majority of "veterans" don't really know how to eat or train properly (how to get big, lean, and strong, and stay that way).
I think you'll really like the book I'm currently wrapping up, which is the follow-up book to BLS and which will be aimed at advanced weightlifters that have the BLS principles fully down and in use.
Do well and email me anytime if you have any questions or run into any difficulties.
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