Bigger Leaner Stronger Review

Overall Rating:

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    Good for beginners
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    Science based advice, there’s a reference source for every topic
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    Available in print, kindle and audible
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    Author responds to emails
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    1 year of workouts included
  • Not many high quality images
  • Weight training program too intense

Is Mike Matthew's Bigger Leaner Stronger really worth It?

Being a skinny weakling sucks.

Guys disrespect you, girls disrespect you and kids laugh at you.

It's horrible.

Skinny guys are at the bottom of the food chain.

How would I know?

I've been there.

Guys would talk trash to me regularly because I was physically vulnerable.

I felt like a true loser.

And girls think you're a joke. Why shouldn't they? They can beat you up.

It's terrible when girls are stronger than you.

They have no reason to breed with you 🙁

So what can a guy do about being a skinny joke?

Change it, that's what!

Hit the gym, train hard and eat right.

But its harder than it sounds.

Not only are exercise and nutrition pretty complex.

It takes hard work, dedication, and TIME to grow muscle.

If your a sucker who quits fast. LEAVE NOW

There's nothing I can do to help you.

However, if you're determined but missing the knowledge it takes to succeed, I can help.

Which brings us to the point of this post.

Since the second edition of Bigger Leaner Stronger launched in 2014 many people have read this book, myself included.

In this review I'd like to talk about the usefulness of the content. 


Is bigger, leaner, stronger (BLS) worth it?

Is the book any good?

Not really.

Let me explain.

I think BLS is good for the total beginner.

It breaks things down in an easy to understand manner.

Heck, the book starts off with definitions.

A nice touch to be honest.

But the problem i have with BLS is the training section.

It's ONLY a strength workout.

Sure building strength is cool but we want to get bigger, correct?

For that I don't believe BLS is a good program.

Skinny guys need to focus on a more diverse program that includes some hypertrophy training as well.

Hypertrophy just means training for muscles growth.

You won't look bigger by just training for strength.

Not to mention how physically demanding strength workouts are.

sure doing them for a month or two in a program is beneficial.

but when all you do is train like Superman you'll be injured more than Derrick Rose.

I didn't just read the book I followed the program perfectly.

My knees would hurt, and I sprained my back.

I learned some good things though like setting goals and basic exercises.

But the BLS training program is very limited. 

You barely switch up the exercises. And it didn't help me reach my goals. 

Therefore, I can't really recommend Bigger, Leaner, Stronger.

So, if BLS isn't a good program for skinny guys looking to get jacked what is?

I recommend checking out The M.A.X Muscle Plan by Brad Schoenfeld.

This book is amazing when it comes to learning about how to build muscle. 

A beautiful systematic approach that gives you everything you need to know about training.

It breaks down the key ingredients to building size AND strength. 

Confusing concepts like periodization are explained in detail. 

You'll learn exactly what to do and how to do it to build muscle.

BUT, there's a problem.

The M.A.X Muscle Plan is seriously lacking when it comes to nutrition advice.

Besides telling you to eat a lot the book doesn't offer a detailed plan. 

That's where my second recommendation, Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle by Tom Venuto comes in.

This book is great for learning nutrition.

Combined with
The M.A.X Muscle Plan you'll have the building blocks for starting your journey on the right foot.

That's all there is to it.

Once you learn how to train and how to eat for maximum muscle gain you'll be well on your way to muscle city.

You'll be respected and admired among your peers.

And the girls will surely notice 😉

That is, if you're willing to put in the work and not be a lazy bastard.

Bottom Line

I didn't find Bigger, Leaner Stronger to be that helpful.

The program isn't the best for putting on muscle and there are better options out there. 

Instead, I recommend reading The M.A.X Muscle Plan and Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle in that order. 

Read the books, set up your plan and get on the road to muscle city today.