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Publisher's Summary

A new fitness book for men and women over forty from bestselling author and trainer Michael Matthews.

Is this a workout book that can make you look and feel like you’re twenty again in thirty days flat?

No.

Is it a fitness book full of diet and exercise “hacks” and “shortcuts” for gaining lean muscle and melting belly fat faster than a sneeze in a cyclone?

Absolutely not.

But is it an exercise book (and nutrition book) that’ll guide you on how to eat and exercise to lose pounds of fat and gain eye-catching amounts of muscle definition and strength?

Yes.

And faster than you probably think possible, no matter your age or abilities.

Because here’s the deal:

Muscle building and fat loss after forty aren’t nearly as complicated as you’ve been led to believe.

-You don’t need to: Obsess over “clean eating” and avoiding “bad” or “unhealthy” foods like sugar, meat, and bread. Some foods are just more nutritious than and should be eaten more frequently than others. That’s it.

-You don’t need to: Spend a couple of hours in the gym every day grinding through punishing strength training workouts. Sweating buckets, getting really sore, training until bone-tired…all wholly overrated for gaining lean muscle and strength.

-You don’t need to: Slog away on the treadmill. In fact, you don’t need to do any cardio exercise at all to shed ugly belly, hip, and thigh fat and even build your best body ever.

Those are just a few of myths that keep people over forty from ever achieving the lean, toned, and strong body they truly desire.

And Muscle for Life will teach you something that most of those men and women will never know:

How to transform your body while eating all the foods you like and doing just a few challenging (but not grueling) strength training workouts per week. Oh, and cardio exercise? Completely optional.

Here are just a few of the things you’ll discover inside this fitness book for men and women over forty:

-The biggest fitness myths and mistakes that keep people weak, overweight, and confused. For example, “calories are all that matters,” “carbs and sugars make you fat and unhealthy,” and “strength training makes women bulky.”

-The primary driver of muscle growth that forces your muscles to get fitter and stronger. And no, it has nothing to do with “muscle confusion,” “functional training,” or any other pseudoscientific fitness nonsense.

-How to create meal plans for losing fat and building muscle with all the foods you love so you never feel starved, deprived, or like you’re “on a diet” (and especially a “bodybuilding diet”).

-Twelve months of paint-by-numbers resistance training workouts for adding lean muscle definition to all of the right places on your body…in only 3-to-5 hours of strength training per week.

And that’s not all, either…

-360 peer-reviewed scientific studies support the Muscle for Life system of eating, exercising, and recovering for losing fat and gaining muscle and strength.

So, here’s the bottom line:

You can get a fit, lean, and strong body no matter your age or circumstances, and you can do it without following a bland diet and without living in the gym doing exhausting workouts you hate. And this book helps show you how.

Get your copy now, and start your journey to a fitter, leaner, and stronger you…for life!

©2022 Waterbury Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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More of the same.

Lots of good info but really nothing new. Same information as his previous books but much more basic level. Great for less experienced people but if you’ve read his other books (which are packed with very useful information) you won’t get much out of this one.

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Waste of money

If you have already read any other book by Mike Matthews, listen to his podcast, or read any of his emails, don’t waste your money on this book. He basically put a new cover on it and is selling people the same stuff he’s already sold in the past. However, if you have never been exposed to Mike Mathews, this is an excellent book.

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Fantastic

Drives homes the idea that simple is better, and consistency wins the day. I highly recommend this book.

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Not worth the listen

Arrogant and repetitive. Glad he didn’t narrate the whole book. That was a plus. Seems really familiar to the Body for Life book I read 20 years ago.

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Awesome book but I miss Mike.

This was a great recap for anyone who’s read/listen to BLS or TLS. My only problem is although the narrator is probably a really nice person (lol) and has a great voice, I love listening to Mike Matthews read his own books.

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Loved it

Phenomenal book. I found it very informational and beneficial to my fitness journey. Thank you!

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great read for beginners

I would highly recommend this book to anyone starting a fitness Journey. Also has good information for long-term Fitness folk as a refresher. Narration is awesome I like hearing from the author howerver his delivery is a bit wooden. all in all a great book.

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The perfect length

The author does a nice job covering nutrition, weight management, strength training, and supplements in one reasonable length book. So many books add volume via fluff, but this one is perfect to keep the pace of information high. Some sections are too complicated for the audio format - examples are supplement criteria and weight training plans. author includes a pdf with this info, but I enjoyed the approach enough that I'll be buying the full book to use as a reference.

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Great read!

Loved the read! For sure take the time and read this book! You won’t regret it!

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Great book for start your fitness journey

I really love Matthews style of making complex subjects more easy to understand for the general public. Trustworthy advice back by science and years of experience. Give it a try, listen to his podcast and visit his website at legionathetics.com You'll never regret the time invested in yourself.

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  • 01-16-22

Basic at best, same old at worst

The book is very basic in most respects and might be a good place to start if the reader is new to the subject. It is riddled with the same old dogma of eat less move more. We now know in a hormonal system the laws of thermodynamics are not absolutely applicable or appropriate.

The book is refreshing if you've read a number of books on this and similar subjects. It's not full of clichéd quotes and there isn't endless self promotion from the author. There doesn't seem to be a hidden agenda of selling either. I haven't visited any of the social media sites though!

There really is nothing new in relation to resistance training particularly in relation to training past the age of 40. I'm personally not a great fan of the need to continually eat throughout the day to grow muscle. Omega 3 supplementation is great but has little effect unless omega 6 consumption is controlled, the ratio of omega consumption appears to be key!

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  • 02-17-22

Good - but you may not need it

Mike Matthews has done the fitness industry a great service by demystifying weight training, debunking many myths about physiology, nutrition and supplements, and bringing a science-based approach to gaining muscle. His analysis of peer-reviewed research papers is second to none so don't be put off by reviewers suggesting he's relying on outdated data or they know better. It's highly unlikely.

However, anyone who has read anything from Mike Matthews before need not invest in this latest book as it's a back to basics rehash of his existing materials for complete beginners. For them, it's likely to be an invaluable introduction to training but otherwise, I'd suggest rereading Bigger Leaner Stronger etc. And despite what the cover says there is little here that is specifically targeting the older trainer.

Finally, I'd add that with all the references to the accompanying PDF or website bonus material, exercise routines and complex formulae involved, the material doesn't really lend itself to an audio format despite the best efforts of the narrators.

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  • Konrad Kaminski
  • 01-25-22

feels like copy paste of previous book

Feels like copy paste of previous book. Sad.
I waited for more new stuff. Disappointed.

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  • 02-14-22

fantastic guide to be healthy

narration was good. love the pdf its very helpful. great self help guide, lots of myths busted.