As the title implies, this book is the sequel to my bestselling book Bigger Leaner Stronger. If you’ve landed on this page, chances are you’ve heard of it or even read it.
Now, you may be wondering why this new book and a new program even exist. Is Bigger Leaner Stronger not so great after all? Did I just need an excuse to publish another book?
Well, while I do have a wife with expensive tastes and little boy who is quickly growing our grocery bills, I have other reasons for writing this book and for evolving the Bigger Leaner Stronger program.
The primary purpose for this book and its program is to help you smoothly move through the toughest phase for most guys in their quest to get fit.
And that’s the phase after your newbie gains are fully exhausted, where progress slows down noticeably, and where the little things related to training and diet start making a much bigger difference than they used to.
In short, this is the phase that determines whether you make it from “good” to “great” in terms of size, aesthetic appeal, and strength.
You see, once you’ve gained your first 20 to 25 pounds of muscle, you face a new set of challenges that newbies don’t have to deal with, such as…
- Dietary deficiencies and mistakes affect you a lot more than they used to
- Slower progress can become quite discouraging and lead you to waste time
with all kinds of strange programs and diets
- It’s much easier to hit frustrating strength plateaus that prevent muscle
growth, and it can be much harder to break through them
- The weak points in your physique become more and more noticeable,
especially as you compare your body to others’
- If you have form or mobility weaknesses, it’s easier to get hurt as you lift
heavier and heavier weights, and recovery time means no gains
If you’re dealing with any of the above, I totally understand. I’ve been there. This is the phase where many guys either lose
motivation and even quit, or turn to steroids and put their long-term health at risk.
Making it through this phase isn’t the whole journey, either. Even if you figure out how to successfully navigate that minefield and achieve the type of body you’ve always wanted, you face yet another set of hurdles.
The name of the game then becomes staying lean (under 10% body fat) while also slowly building muscle and
strength--something easier said than done when you’re natural.
Trust me, even if you look great, it’s not fun to be stuck in a rut in the gym, just going through the daily motions, never seeing
improvements in your physique or in your lifts. Many guys lose motivation at this point, get lazy, and slide backward over time.
Well, I wrote Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger to ensure you 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.