Have you ever gotten fitness advice from someone out of shape?
That’s like asking someone in debt about managing money.
When asking for advice it’s a good idea to seek out those who have accomplished your goal.
That’s what makes Bigger Leaner Stronger different.
Author Michael Matthews has been through the ups and downs of getting in shape.
From a lackluster body to incredible physique he knows what works and what doesn’t when it comes to gaining muscle and losing fat.
In the second edition of his book Bigger Leaner Stronger he lays it all out in step by step form.
This book packs workout, nutrition and mindset advice which can help you achieve your fitness goals.
I give it a 4.5/5
Is Mike Matthews Bigger Leaner Stronger really worth It?
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 author Michael Matthews, who this book is intended for and if it truly delivers.
Lets dive in.
Who is Michael Matthews
Mike started his fitness journey like many of us, reading magazines and forums.
He was unsatisfied with the results he achieved from this advice and set out to find out what works.
He worked with the top strength and bodybuilding coaches, did lots of scientific research and learned exactly what it took to transform his body.
With his newfound knowledge he began training his friends and helping them reach their dream physiques.
Extremely satisfied with the results he helped them reach, they urged Mike to write a book outlining the process.
Bigger Leaner Stronger is that book.
In it Mike describes what it takes to build lean muscle and get rid of nagging fat.
Even more important he dispels many of myths out there holding people back from success.
Who is this book for?
After reading this book I can honestly say this book is for anyone tired of the bs.
There is so much misinformation out there about building muscle it's insane.
If your're like me then you've spent lots of wasted time and effort trying things that'll never work.
Not only are many of these programs unsafe but they can cause you to lose hope of reaching your goals.
I know it did for me.
After trying numerous programs and diets I grew fed up with trying.
I stopped working out thinking it was impossible.
After reading Bigger Leaner Stronger I was motivated to give things another go. And I'm glad I did.
Does it deliver? Here's Our Review
This book is jam packed with science based information.
Any recommendation given by Mike has case studies to back it up.
Not only do you learn what to do but WHY to do it.
Structuring the book this way really gave me added confidence in it.
I knew what I was doing was backed up by science and not just something the author came up with in his basement.
Like I mentioned before there is so much nonsense out there relating to fitness its suffocating.
Reading this book was like taking in a breath of fresh air.
Everything made SENSE.
You'll learn exactly what it takes to put on muscle in a simple practical manner.
Everything he mentions is for NATURAL lifters.
Sure the magazine workouts work for guys on steroids but anything works for them.
The knowledge in this book will help you get to where you wanna get.
That's not to say it'll be easy.
Mike simply gives you tools and information to reach your goals, you still have to put in the hard work.
The layout of this book is pretty straightforward.
The first part is mainly definitions, which make understanding the book much easier.
Then Mike goes into explaining the different myths surrounding muscle building and fat loss.
After that we have the core principles which Mike calls the laws of building muscle and losing fat.
The next section Mike writes about is an inner game chapter. Many people dislike this chapter but I feel it is important when it comes to achieving fitness goals.
Many people don't achieve their goals simply because they don't stay the course. This chapter helps with self control, goal setting and staying on track.
Then we have the most important section in my opinion and that's nutrition and diet.
Here Mike gives us general guidelines on how, what and when to eat for maximum muscle gain or fat loss.
They say one's results come from 80% of what they eat and in my experience its more like 90.
Get this wrong and you most likely won't see results.
These chapters help clarify a sound diet which is important because we're surrounded by so much false information.
Next up we have the training section which I found quite interesting.
Mike is a fan of the lift heavy weights and he cites many studies to back up his claims.
In my personal experience I've found heavy lifting to work well for building muscle, however lifting heavy week after week takes a toll on the body.
I found myself battling several injuries in the course of a few months.
The best thing to do is to experiment. Try lifting heavy two weeks at a time and see how your body reacts.
Finally we have the supplements section.
Mike breaks down all the supplements you'll need and which ones are a complete waste of money.
This section might save you a bunch of money. I know it has for me..
The one thing I think can improve this book is the layout.
At times I found it hard to get to certain parts of the book.
For example when I was ready to calculate my macros it was difficult finding exactly where that info was.
The subheadings didn't help and I had to search several chapters until I finally found it.
The support for this book is awesome. Never in a million years would I have imagined Mike actually responding to one of my emails.. but he actually did.
He answered my questions and I thought it was really cool that he makes time to do that.
Mike's tone throughout the book is pretty friendly. I felt like I was being schooled by a slightly older brother who's been there and done that.
Nevertheless he does go on a few rants from time to time about the supplement and magazine industries.
I really liked the definitions Mike presents in the opening chapters.
This made everything easier to understand and put into action.
Many people don't know what a calorie is or what insulin does and how you can use it to your advantage.
Mike explains all of this in an easy to understand format.
The other thing that stood out to me was Mike's take on supplements.
Safe to say I've spent lots of money on unnecessary supplements in the past.
It was nice reading about what I really needed to build muscle and what has been PROVEN to work by science.
After using Mike's recommended supplements I've experienced more energy and saved lots of money.
Also included in your purchase is a bonus report including a years worth of workouts and Mike's recommended products.
I highly recommend Bigger Leaner Stronger.
This book will arm you with knowledge you need to build muscle fast.
If you follow Mike's guidelines consistently you might be able to accomplish your goals.
I enjoyed it so much I bought the kindle version, audio book and plan on purchasing a hard copy as well.