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Mike Matthews: Thinner (or Bigger), Leaner, Stronger

February 2, 2020

Mike Matthews believes that EVERYONE can have the body they want.  We could have talked FOREVER on all the things, but I know that I fell IN LOVE with the TRUTH in his book: Thinner, Leaner, Stronger this past summer. My guy friends love his book, Bigger Leaner Stronger, BTW.

He writes, "My mission is to give everyone that opportunity by providing time-proven, evidence-based advice on how to build muscle, lose fat, and get and stay healthy.

I’ve been training for more than a decade now. In that time, I’ve read thousands of pages of scientific literature and tried just about every type of workout program, diet regimen, and supplement you can imagine. At this point, I can confidently say that while I don’t know everything, I know what works and what doesn’t.

Like most people who get into weightlifting, I had no clue what I was doing when I started out. I turned to fitness magazines for help, which told me to spend a couple of hours in the gym every day and hundreds of dollars on pills and powders every month. This went on for years, and I jumped from diet to diet, workout program to workout program, and supplement to supplement, only to make mediocre progress and eventually get stuck in a rut.

I then turned to personal trainers for guidance, but they had me do more of the same. After spending many thousands of dollars with them, I still hadn’t gained any more muscle or strength to speak of, and I still had no idea what to do with my diet and training to reach my goals. I liked working out too much to quit, but I wasn’t happy with my body and didn’t know what I was doing wrong.

I didn’t look bad by any means, but that’s not exactly what you’d expect from 1500-plus hours of working out with no extended breaks.

I finally decided that something had to change, and I knew that I needed to start with learning the actual physiology of muscle growth and fat loss. So I threw the magazines away, fired the trainers, got off the internet forums, and searched out the work of top strength and bodybuilding coaches, talked to scores of natural bodybuilders, and started reading scientific papers.

Several months later, a clear picture was beginning to emerge.

The real science of getting into incredible shape is very simple—much simpler than the fitness industry wants us to believe. It flies in the face of a lot of the stuff we see on TV, Instagram, and YouTube and read in books, articles, and magazines.

For example:

  • You don’t need supplements to build a great physique.
  • You don’t need to constantly change up your workout routine to “confuse” your muscles.
  • You don’t need to “eat clean” to get and stay lean.
  • You don’t need to stop eating carbs and sugars to lose weight.
  • You don’t need to eat small meals every few hours to “boost your metabolism.”
  • You don’t need to grind out hours and hours of boring cardio every week to get a ripped core.

You don’t need to be in the gym hours per day and sacrifice your relationships with your friends and loved ones.

As a result of what I had learned, I completely changed my approach to eating and exercising, and my body responded in ways I couldn’t believe. My strength skyrocketed. My muscles started growing again. My energy levels went through the roof. And here’s the kicker: I was spending less time in the gym, doing less cardio, and eating foods I actually liked."

The Books:

For women: Thinner, Leaner, Stronger 
For men: 
Bigger Leaner Stronger  

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