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Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Advanced Guide to Building Muscle, Staying Lean, and Getting Strong (The Build Muscle, Get Lean, and Stay Healthy Series Book 4) by [Matthews, Michael]
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If you want to build as much muscle as naturally able to bench press, squat, and deadlift gargantuan amounts of weight...and maintain a ripped, beach-ready physique year round...then you want to read this book.

If you've been lifting weights for any period of time, you've probably wondered...

What does it really take to make the jump from a "good" physique...from being "kinda strong"...from looking "athletic" having an outstanding looking, extraordinarily strong, ripped body that just makes people say "WOW"?

You know...the type of body that makes people wonder if you're on steroids or just a genetic freak.

The type of body that fills you with self-confidence and pride of achievement.

The type of body that most of us guys dreamt of having before we ever touched a weight.

Well, this book was written to show you exactly how to make it through the "intermediate lifter" phase smoothly, with an incredible physique to show for it, and then continue to make gains and enjoy your training as an advanced lifter.

Furthermore, this is not an updated version or rehash of Bigger Leaner Stronger. It's a true sequel--it builds on the principles taught in Bigger Leaner Stronger and takes your knowledge to the next level.

Here's a "sneak peek" of what you'll find inside this book...

  • How to accurately pinpoint the weak points in your physique that, when corrected, dramatically improve your proportions and overall aesthetics.

  • The science of proper training periodization with a program specifically built for intermediate and advanced weightlifters.

  • Whole-body mobility routines that will not only help prevent injury, but improve performance as well.

  • 8 scientifically proven ways to break through weightlifting plateau.

  • Exactly how to get shredded (6 to 7% body fat) without frying your muscles or sanity.

  • How to maintain single-digit body fat percentages year-round with ease...and still make gains in the gym.

  • In-depth guides to various popular dieting styles like intermittent fasting, carb cycling, and Paleo.

  • And more...

  • Simply put, Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger is nearly 300 pages of neatly organized dietary and training lessons, insights, and principles...backed by decades of anecdotal evidence and over 250 scientific studies...and 100% geared toward helping you push your body to its genetic potential in size, performance, and aesthetics.


    With this book you'll also get a free 175-page bonus report from the author called The Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger Challenge. In this bonus report, you'll find product recommendations, a full year's worth of workouts, recipes from the author's cookbooks, and more!

    Buy this book today and learn what most guys will never know about building extraordinary amounts of muscle and tremendous strength while staying lean...and all without superhuman genetics, living in the gym, or using steroids.

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    • Publisher: Oculus Publishers, Inc.; 1 edition (20 August 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00MXE63MA
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    • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,266 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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    By Tim R on 22 September 2015
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    By Hadi on 2 November 2016
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    This book is very informative and deserves 5 stars. It is unlike many books published here to make you buy an expensive course to understand the topic. Go for it
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    5.0 out of 5 stars This book will transform the way you eat and workout. 25 April 2017
    By Dan Mitchell - Published on
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    I've been back in the gym for 3 years now. The 1st year I got strong again, but was frustrated that I wasn’t losing weight. My Dr. suggested a slow carb diet. I got some good results from that, but hit a wall. I hit a wall it in terms of not losing weight, or getting stronger. I was “confusing my muscles”, because I thought that’s what I was supposed to do, but I was stuck in a rut. While I enjoyed cheat days for said diet, I not seeing any significant changes. Someone turned me on to BLS. After reading the book I was a little skeptical because, at 45 - doing heavy always seemed to hurt. I was shocked to see my bench go from sets of 4 @ 265 to sets of 4 @ 295. After three knee surgeries, I was squatting 275. After BLS I’m doing sets of 4 @ 355. I’ve also lost 20+ lbs in 3 months. I'm absolutely amazed at the results; more importantly everyone around me is amazed at the transformation I’ve experienced. There are no short cuts in this book, but it will transform the way you eat and the way you work out. It will truly transform your body, and get you over any plateau you stock on.
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars So far so good 24 May 2017
    By Shane - Published on
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    Bought this because I was stalling with my training. Was going to the gym 5 days a week and not making gains - kinda more exercising than training though I was trying to add weight but not always doing so.

    I care more about the exercise and diet prescriptions of a program rather than the readability of it but I will say that a beginner would be able to understand this and stay intrigued enough to finish the book. It also makes you aware of some other names who are talking about this stuff so I was able to go on YouTube and get some really good instruction videos by people like Scott Herman and Mark Rippetoe and see what else is going on in the community.

    The training: This is my first time training in this rep range so it was a bit of a new world for me. Lifting heavy really makes you focus on form because if you mess up you're gonna have a bad time. I was able to add weights to the bar almost every week as promised. When that started happening I focused even more on my form and training with safeties on the rack for my bench so I could push it without fear. I did the 5 day split because I actually enjoy my time at the gym.

    The Stacked app that Mike came up with is a good complimentary tool to track workouts. I recommend it to anybody actually following a program.

    The diet: Pretty standard variety of calories in/calories out. Less fat prescribed than most sports nutritionists will recommend and I'm not really sure what the implications of that are. It's too early for me to judge. While I did go from 15.8% body fat to 12.8% while I was cutting, I also lost 6.5lbs of fat free mass. But then again I wasn't training because I had a broken thumb. Since starting the bulking program I've gained 17lbs and I'll be checking my body composition next week so will update on how much of that was fat free mass. My guess is that I probably got back to where I was pre-injury and maybe added a bit of fat. No big deal since I'm pretty happy with that recovery time. And to be honest I didn't track the carbs and fat like I did when I was cutting. I realized that to meet the macro/calorie prescription I pretty much just had to eat a lot and that's what I did.

    I'll talk more about my gains later but should preface by saying that I broke my thumb playing hockey half way through Phase 1 so I had to wear a cast for 6 weeks and was completely off of training for 2 months.

    My baseline stats were as follows:

    January 4, 2017
    36 years old
    150lbs fat free mass
    15.8% body fat
    Squat: 215lbs
    Deadlift: 145lbs
    Bench: 155lbs
    Overhead Press: 85lbs

    January 25th: Broke thumb
    I started doing the cutting diet as I wouldn't be able to do anything at the gym so thought I would try to shred some fat.

    March 13th: Re-baseline stats
    Still male
    143.4lbs fat free mass
    12.8% body fat

    March 20: Resume training, start bulking diet

    April 12-24: Took a vacation to Seoul and Osaka. Still hit the weights but maybe half tilt because the gyms were pretty weak. Definitely did not follow any meal plan. Pretty much just whatever ate was in front of my face.

    May 24: Just finished the 2nd strength week of Phase 1. Had a lot of elbow pain in my final workouts - I think from tendinitis - so I'm very thankful that it's deload week.

    Squat: 235lbs (but with better form and breaking parallel)
    Deadlift: 335lbs
    Bench: 180lbs
    Overhead Press: 110lbs

    Overall I'm pretty happy with the gains. I will update once I get the results from my body composition test and after each phase.

    ***Edit June 7***
    Checked body fat percentage. 16.6% measured by a BodPod. So it went up a bunch as expected. I'll probably do another two months of bulking before I cut back down to 11-12%
    Had a session with a lifting coach. Lack of shoulder mobility was putting pressure on my elbows while squatting which made pretty much every other lift pretty tough. Also had tightness and mobility issues with my chest and rear delts and have to work on my thoracic extension as I'm a bit hunched. I've found that putting more time (20ish minutes) in to warmup and stretching chest and wrists/forearms between sets helps a lot.
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is an awesome, easy read 30 May 2017
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    This is an awesome, easy read, especially for the person interested in a no-BS approach to food, fitness, and supplements. Being an analytical person, I especially appreciated all the proof included through studies observed around the world. I've had four personal trainers, worked out in a Cross-Fit gym for 2 1/2 years, and I'm also an ex-collegiate athlete - but still found this book extremely valuable; probably the best I've ever read (with Four Hour Body being a close second). You won't be sold a pill here and even as someone who feels relatively savvy when it comes to the topic, I learned a LOT and I'm excited to put it to work! Definitely worth the read (I listened to the audiobook and bought the kindle version as well).
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Fitness Messiah 22 August 2016
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    I'm giving this four stars instead of five because I only bought the book two days ago, and don't have enough information to judge the effectiveness of his technique. However, the book itself is definitely worth four stars.

    Fitness books tend to fall into a certain mindset, which generally sounds something like this:

    "Everything you think you know about fitness is wrong! Now listen, I'm going to set you straight, because somehow I know all this stuff that everyone else is wrong about. If you follow my plan, you'll do more than you ever have done before, and on top of that, you'll look like an underwear model and feel like you just won the lottery. "

    Well, Mr. Matthews does engage in some of this kind of talk. I think it's just part of being a fitness person. What sets him apart from other fitness people is that he backs up his assertions with a large number of scientific studies, which he encourages his readers to look into. Because he backs up his assertions with clinical data, the plan becomes less about him and his grand ideas, and more about the data itself. This removes some of the celebrity trainer cult mentality that I've experienced with other programs. Mr. Matthews appears to walk the walk rather than merely toot his own horn. I found that refreshing.

    What I found especially helpful and interesting was the section on the mental aspect of fitness. Mr. Matthews breaks down the various ways that people sabotage their own progress, and then gives helpful advice on how to overcome self-defeating thoughts. He describes willpower in more than just choosing to refrain from destructive behavior. He addresses the other aspects of willpower as well. While refraining from bad things, one must also decide to spend one's time doing constructive things, and be willing to give up immediate gratification in order to achieve long-term goals. I found this section of the book the most impactful. The mental obstacles he describes apply to every aspect of life, and the strategies he lays out would probably be just as useful outside of the gym. For this section alone, the book is worth the money.

    Mr. Matthews also does an excellent job explaining the importance of nutrition. His nutrition plan is highly detailed, flexible, and appears to be backed by solid science. Just following the meal plan would likely result in increased health, even if the person never picked up any weight.

    The workout plans are simple, direct, and achievable as long as the person has access to the proper equipment. Here again, Mr. Matthews sets himself apart from the Fitness-Messiah stereotype. Nothing in this section is earth-shattering or particularly cutting-edge. His philosophy is that doing the right exercises for the right amount of time with the proper nutrition will result in more muscle, better health, and greater confidence.

    Anyone who has access to weights and wants to use them to build a healthier, stronger body would benefit from reading this book.
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The book is a MASTERPIECE EYE OPENER. 14 June 2017
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    Incredible BOOK! A MUST read.

    He doesn't break down only the science that goes behind building muscle, losing fat, gaining, or maintaining BUT he dives into depths that helps you understand the fitness world, the supplement world, the physical and emotional parts of being fit, etc. Its great to cause its not that he is a master in the subject but he studied the masters. He refereances articles, test studies, case studies done by professionals, high class universities, and so on and so on. The book is a masterpiece. An eye opener. Perfect for beginners and even helpful for those already a few years in. It made me change the way I looked at my fitness and it will soon show on my body.

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