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My New Books Are Finally Here (And You’ve Got to Check Out the Gifts & Prizes!)

My New Books Are Finally Here (And You’ve Got to Check Out the Gifts & Prizes!)

I’m really excited to announce that the second editions of Bigger Leaner Stronger and Thinner Leaner Stronger are now available!


Not only are the books available, I’m running an awesome book launch campaign with all kinds of cool bonuses and giveaways





It’s been over two years since I first published Bigger Leaner Stronger and Thinner Leaner Stronger and thanks to support from people like you, they’ve become wildly popular, with over 150,000 copies sold.

Their success has not only resulted in scores and scores of success stories from people applying their teachings, it has also gotten me a ton of great feedback from readers on the books’ strengths and weaknesses and how they could be improved.

Not only that, but as I continued to research, help others get in shape, and write here at Muscle for Life, I compiled my own long list of additions and clarifications that I felt would make these books the best they can possibly be and answer just about any question people might have about building muscle, losing fat, getting strong, and staying healthy.

Well, several months ago I decided it was time to “upgrade” the books and the result is the second editions of both Bigger Leaner Stronger and Thinner Leaner Stronger, and I can’t wait to get these books into everyone’s hands.

The basic principles of the second editions are the same as the first, but the books have been rewritten and re-organized from the ground up to make everything as concise and clear as possible.

These aren’t the same books with a few pages of additional content, relaunched as second editions. They’re complete overhauls, with the things that made the first edition good even better and the things that needed attention completely ironed out.

For example, many readers suggested that the books be organized differently…and they were right. Many people wanted more information on proper meal planning…so I added it. I received many requests for more information on how to build up the willpower and self-discipline required to get into great shape…so I’ve added an entire chapter on this.

When you count it all up, “BLS and TLS 2.0” (as I’ve been calling them) contain nearly 100 pages of additional content, with absolutely no unnecessary filler. Every single page I’ve added was guided by reader feedback and suggestions.

In short, I believe that with the help of all my readers and followers, I’ve created my masterpieces, and I can’t wait to see what you think. And trust me–even if you’ve read the first edition of one of these books, the second edition is going to blow you away.

I truly hope you enjoy the revised and expanded books and please do let me know what you think!


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  • Connor

    Congrats on launching the new book. Just ordered mine.

  • KChristainsen

    Ordered mine over the weekend, pumped to start reading and imply your routines

  • Josh Jones

    FYI: While the cover image has changed, the title and (I think) what’s linked is still the first edition. I wasn’t able to but the Kindle version because I have already purchased the first edition.

    Josh Jones

    • Kevin O’Brien

      Yeah I’m having the same issue. It looks like the iBooks store one is the same.

    • AE

      I’m having the same issue

    • The digitals have been updated for a week but if you bought the 1.0 digital you’ll need to contact Amazon and let them know yours didn’t update. They will then refund your 1.0 purchase, delete it, and then you can get 2.0. LMK if that works.

      • Hi, Mike. Amazon refunded my first BLS kindle purchase, but, when I downloaded BLS again, it was still the old version. I looked at publish dates and the kindle version says the old publish date while the paperback says the new date.

        • Wow WTF. Google how to update kindle content and see if that works.

          • Will do. If I can’t figure it out, I’ll just buy the paperback. I want to support what you’re doing, Mike.

            By the way, I hit my first weight goal Monday. This hardgainer went from 135lbs to 150lbs in 8 months with your program!

            Now, I’m looking to go to 160lbs and then cut down to 150ish.

          • Thanks brother. That gets you into the giveaway too. 🙂

            Wow great job! I’d love to feature you on the site at some point! What do you think?

          • Sounds good to me!

          • Let’s do it! Shoot me an email!

      • Josh Jones

        Got it updated. Thanks, Mike and congrats on the new edition!

  • Tereza007

    Hi Mike, I bought the audio book about 4 days ago. I’m guessing that one hasn’t been updated hey?
    Bummer. I had no idea new stuff was coming out.
    I do love the book so far and already implementinch some changes in my work outs and nutrition.

  • DP07

    For those wondering why their Kindle version hasn’t updated, try going to “Manage Your Content and Devices” when logged into Amazon, then find the original book (by search if necessary) and there should be an option for ‘Update available’? That worked for me anyway! =:¬)

    • Josh Jones

      Thanks, DP07! That worked.

    • Jeremy Hawkins

      Thanks, that worked for me too!

    • Nuts. That didn’t work for me. I even called Amazon and they couldn’t update it either.

      One thing I find strange is the paperback version has a publication date of January 14, 2015, while the Kindle version has a pub date of January 5th, 2014.

      • The Kindle date didn’t change because I was able to update the previous edition/file but I had to create a new ISBN for the paperback.

  • Shaun

    I’m a bit disappointed that I get the new edition for free! I was looking forwards to actually giving you some money for once (in exchange for all the advice and your precious time that you give to us all for free on this website). Looking forward to handing over plenty of cash to make up for it once Legion is available in the UK!

  • Daniel

    Hey Michael,
    Just wanted to say congrats on the re-release of BLS. I was delighted to see that my issue was automatically updated to the second edition, though I would have been prepared to pay for it again.

    Fwiw, I did purchase BBLS, Muscle Myths (iirc I got Muscle Myths first and then went on to get BLS), and the Shredded Chef as well to support your excellent work.

  • Hi Michael,
    First of all thank you for the three books.No one gives three books just for signing up.
    Secondly you are so rippped.Really excited to read those books.

  • Sarah

    I bought the old version for my husband and me just last week and already highlighted and made notes so I can’t refund it to get the new one… bummer…

    Is the new version very very different..?

    I love your book by the way.. new or old..

    My approach in life is: Identify problem –> Ask questions –> Get Answers –> Implement –> problem solved!

    But I always got stuck in the “get answers” dept. with working out. Nobody gave me straightforward answers that made any sense. Thanks for all the honest, no BS answers Michael! I look forward to implementing them 😀

    • Thanks Sarah! 2.0 has quite a bit of new content, yes. You WON’T be disappointed if you read again.

      I know what you mean. It’s pretty damn hard to get good answers in this space…

  • Carl Weitzel

    Hey Mike,

    Just bought the Kindle edition of the second edition! (I originally bought a paperback of BLS) Cant wait to dive through all the new stuff.

    I just wanted to say, thanks for all that you do!

  • Michael

    Hey Mike- I bought the new book after reading some of the info/articles on your website….I can’t put it down. It makes more sense than anything I’ve read, studied or tried in my past 15 years of working out. I’m now in my mid 30’s and I was stuck in a bit of a rut bouncing form workout to workout….which has caused me to pack on some(too much) unnecessary fat. After reading your book I’m excited about working out again not just because this is another workout to jump to but its a manageable lifestyle change that has obvious proven results. I also bought my wife about thinner, leaner, stronger and she is completely on board also. I am having some issues with the bonus report though. I can open it but none of the links to your product recommendations work in safari or iBooks, wondering if you have any suggestions? I’m really looking to find out which egg protein brand you are using and the fat caliper recommendation.


    • Thanks Mike! I really appreciate that!

      Ah yeah you can find all my supp recos here:


      Hope this helps! Talk soon!

      Oh and I’d love to feature you in a before and after success story if you’re interested! It’s a simple matter of taking/digging up before pictures, reaching your goal, and then taking after pictures and sending them over to me. What do you think?

      • Michael

        Thanks for the link Mike. Sure will….even though I don’t want to look at the before pics haha!

        • Haha you won’t care in a few months when you’ve left them far behind. 🙂

  • Matthew Smith

    Hey Mike:

    I bought the Kindle version 1.0. However, I had my Kindle automatic updates off. I just turned it on but it hasn’t updated. Do you know how long it it takes to recognize the updates or know what to do to update it on my Kindle HDX? Thanks

    • Thanks! Hmm google how to update kindle content and you should find out what you have to do.

  • LifeForMuscle

    hahaha… your introduction to the bigger leaner stronger looks like six pack shortcuts AD XD . though your not six pack shortcuts and your not a scam cause your program worked for me on helping to build muscle!

    looking forward for your future plans on muscleforlife.com

    thanks mike for everything!

  • Kathleen Treat

    I tried to get the second edition on my kindle and am unable to. I googled update kindle content and no help. Is anyone else having this problem?? I loved the first edition want to read the second one!

    • Thanks! If you google how to update kindle content you’ll see how to update.

      • Bill

        Tried to update my ebook version to the 2nd edition also. When I delivered the book to my Kindle, it delivered the 1st edition. Went through several attempts and no luck. I called Amazon and reported the problem. They said they would investigate the issue. I would check with them to make sure the problem is resolved. They provided a refund for the new purchase.

      • Bill

        Tried to update my ebook version to the 2nd edition also. When I delivered the book to my Kindle, it delivered the 1st edition. Went through several attempts and no luck. I called Amazon and reported the problem. They said they would investigate the issue. I would check with them to make sure the problem is resolved. They provided a refund for the new purchase.

        • Lol Amazon’s “resolution” was to take the book off sale while they “investigated” it to find out that yes, it’s the 2nd edition. Not sure why some people can update and some can’t.

          • Carlos Santos

            I was having the same problem. Even tried to delete and repurchase the book but I would get the first edition over and over again. I then contacted Amazon support. The first person to which I spoke to sent the book to my devices several times, but it did not solve the problem. He then transferred me to a second line of support, which sent the book with some additional “trick”, and I got the second edition right away.

          • Thanks for letting me know Carlos. I’ll pass that along when necessary.

  • ChrisP

    As I mentioned in my email, I’m happy to support and buy books
    after all the info you’ve given away for free. I’ve started reading the
    second edition, and I definitely agree it is worth buying the new


  • Seth

    Hi Mike,

    Referencing the 8-10 rep sets (working, not warm up) in BLS 2.0, do you treat these sets the same as the 4-6 rep sets? Meaning, find a weight you can do at least 8 reps but no more than 10 reps, then once you can get 10 reps in, go up in weight?

    As always, thanks for your assistance.


  • Franco Swart

    Hi Mike, sorry dude, I know you’re busy but I can’t find any reference in these forums on how to update my BLS edition. I bought it as an app from the Apple store. I’m now in phase two of the one year plan and still reference your book regularly, I’d love to check out the improvements. Has the app also been upgraded?

    • If you google how to update your iBook content you should be good to go. No not yet but the app is being worked on.

  • Didn’t realize that my ebook would get a free update. Cool.

  • JR


    I just started the program. It works very well so far.

    I’m not sure if I got everything right, though. Could you correct me if I got something wrong?

    Optional sets – in 3-day split A, week 1 (as an example):
    – day 1: 15 sets, none of them optional
    – day 2: 17 sets, only 2 of them optional (the shrugs)
    – day 3: 18 sets, 3 of them optional

    – 2-1-2 (or 2-1-1) timing applies to most but not all exercises
    – for example: for deadlifts it’s rather something like 2-0-1 (when just tipping the floor)
    – for some of the “explosive” exercises it can be less than a second

    There is no warm-up for abs and calves.

    Thanks a lot!

    • Yep, you got it all down!

      LMK if you end up having any questions!

      • JR

        I actually got another one 🙂

        I’m in the first weeks of 3-day split A. I do all the exercises (including the optional ones) but don’t train the calves. I want to focus on the abs instead (at least for the first 8 weeks).

        I’m wondering what the best day for additional ab sets is. I do abs on day 1 and HIIT cardio on day 1 and 2 (for about 25 minutes, directly after lifting – I can’t split it at the moment).

        I was thinking to do additional ab sets on day 3. I alternate between legs and shoulders, so I don’t spend too much time in the gym. But it’s 18 sets and a lot of ‘muscle mass’ on that day, and I don’t want to overtrain.

        So the options are basically:
        – abs on day 1 and 3
        – abs on day 1 and 2
        – abs only on day 1

        Many thanks!

        • No worries!

          I understand wanting to focus on abs. Just don’t let the legs fall behind!

          There are already a lot of set being done on day 3, but that’s probably the best day to do the additional ab sets.

          Just make sure you’re listening to your body for any signs of over-training. That should work though.

  • Zaggen

    Hey i just bought BLS, its looking pretty good so far. I was wondering if there is a substantial difference between BLS and TLS, im sure you wont omit the theoretical sections from BLS in the TLS so i’m guessing those are the same, i was thinking on buying TLS for my gf so i’ve read the amazon sample and pretty much seem the same book. I think is ok to have a book focused on guys and other for girls but if they are about the same, let me know, so i can instead pick other of your books.

    • Thanks for picking up my book! Glad you’re enjoying it. 🙂

      The key differences in the book are in the training focus and the rep ranges. I recommend she reads TLS.

      • Zaggen

        Thanks for the clarification, i’ll do that. As a side note the link on the bonus report is broken on the kindle version of the book, how do i get it?, i’ve e-mail you about that but not sure if you checked that already.

        • YW!

          Doh! Sorry about that. If I haven’t gotten back to you yet, I will! I answer all emails. I just run a few days out due to the sheer volume.

          • Zaggen

            Yah i understand, i contacted services support and got a response with the proper link, so now i got it, thanks 🙂

          • Oh okay great! Glad you were taken care of. Welcome! 🙂

  • Lyz

    I’m into chapter 10 of TLS, I like that you’re getting into the motivation and willpower side. Too early to comment on the program itself, but… did you just Ctrl+c Ctrl+v Bigger Leaner Stronger? Constant reference to testosterone levels, talking about “getting bigger” as the reader’s goal, referencing “looking at naked pictures of women” in the dopamine section and even calling the reader a guy.

    Again, can’t critique the program, but these seem like super obvious oversights to have made it to a second edition!

    • Thanks Lyz!

      Doh, that’s silly. I started with BLS as the “base” because, well, the fundamentals are the same, but that needs to be fixed.

      Where it really changes is the training section. The TLS program is very different than BLS. There are also some “female-only” things in TLS that you don’t find in BLS.

  • Nadim Abdalla

    hey Mike,
    you just proved to me how down to earth you are and thats amazing, you actually replayed to my question on REFEED days. thank you so much.. unlike others they think they onto of the world. anyways… if you don’t mind i have a question

    am getting ready for a competition , everything is coming in as planned except my quads, and am reading your book. bigger leaner stronger and am at the chapter where we talk about training and what not… you say to have a shredded look there is no need for high reps, keep doing the heavy and with a deficit everything will come in… am i just stressing too much about my quads, or what would you recommend?

    thank you

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