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Summary

How to build muscle and burn fat … without morphing into a big, bulky bodybuilder.

Have you failed to get in great shape after weeks and months of going to the gym?

Do you lack confidence in the gym, feel too weak, or feel self-conscious about the current shape of your body?

Are you put off lifting weights because you don’t want to end up with the bulky, overgrown bodybuilder look?

No need to worry. This book is all about strength training NOT bodybuilding - and yes there is a difference.

It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting strength training, or have been hitting the gym for a while and are frustrated at not seeing any results. This is the essential guide on how to build muscle, burn fat, and develop a lean, athletic, awesome body … instead of becoming a super-inflated bodybuilder.

I’m Marc McLean, author of the Strength Training 101 book series, and I help people like you become leaner, stronger, more confident versions of themselves. It all begins with lifting weights, pushing yourself hard, and developing a rock solid body and mind.

I have almost two decades worth of experience in weight training and, as an Online personal trainer, I’ve helped numerous men and women push their limits and achieve what they never thought was possible.

©2017 Marc McLean (P)2018 Marc McLean

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Inspiration and perspiration

Marc is so relatable that this book is ideal for beginners looking to get in shape, fit (or fitter) and for seasoned gym goers who may not know that some of their daily routines could be simplified with just a few key steps. There's a full workout and nutrition guide with principles anyone can follow. Highly recommended.

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Yaaaaawn

7 chapters in and still not a word about training other than the proverbial motivational speak. Returning.

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Great book

Superb to listen to in the gym, provides the motivation and belief to hit personal bests.

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Great content

This is the 5th book by Marc that I've listened too, and again it's a brilliant listen, as always Marc is honest and gives real life examples and encouragement and as always I've learnt something, can't praise Marc's style enough. Would highly recommend this book

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  • Zoe
  • 29-04-18

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Some tips for people who goes to the gym who want to learn some new tips, tricks, and workout plans to keep their workouts varied

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  • Robert H.
  • 29-06-18

Regarding this work

The writer presents his argument well, and the narrator does a likewise good job in bringing life into the audio book adaptation.

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  • Amyrisssa
  • 28-05-18

life changing

Really glad I found this. 5 weeks in and still loving it. when I first finished the book I couldn't find the pictures of the work out forms so I emailed Marc and he got back to me super fast (like within 48 hours) this is one cool dude 👍

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  • The Lovely Rod
  • 29-08-18

Useful, practical and motivating

In contrast to the relatively recent fad of bulking up too much, online personal trainer Marc McLean offers sound advice on how to build a natural-looking body through strength training – one that’s lean and athletic instead of a bulky body-builder’s physique.

Narrator Evan Schmitt is ideal for this audiobook. It’s a manual for the ordinary man or woman and so he sounds like an ordinary person – not some deep-voiced, grunting army sergeant or yelling gym instructor. His voice is clear, inviting and calming, which is precisely what is needed for anyone beginning their fitness journey.

McLean’s book covers a large range of topics which are suitable for both beginners and those with experience. He discusses overcoming fear, focus, preparation and goal setting, and the benefits of keeping a training journal to schedule workouts and keep track of progress. Like many books of this ilk, there’s the mandatory spiel on motivation and diet, and the need to ditch bad habits by finding the right mindset.

McLean goes into great detail about his four key rules to effective strength training, along with information on progressive overload and training frequency. He doesn’t skimp on the basics either, such as warming up, safety first and using proper technique.

Strength Training Not Bodybuilding is a useful, practical and motivating guide to building body and mind.

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  • Tristan Tice
  • 10-07-18

I think I would rather read this one

I am not new to the gym and weighlifting scene, but I found it quite hard to follow the descriptions when the narrator told how to perform exercises. I think pictures in a book with text would be fine, but a video would be better. There is included a website to access some additional materials from the author, which is awesome. I enjoyed the book overall, but I would have rather read it instead of listened to it.

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  • Paulo Cesar Villalobos Alvarado
  • 27-04-18

Great insight!

Very easy to listen to. Great tips for begginers and even weight lifters with some time under their belt. I have been doing HIIT for 6 months now, but this book has me thinking hard on going back to the gym to train the right way...and build some muscle for good.

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  • Dorothea M. Mohan
  • 26-04-18

Great common sense approach to creating a healthy lifestyle!!

If you are looking for a book to help get you on the right track to a healthy lifestyle then you’ve found it! This book will walk you through creating a mindset, goal setting, and a plan that can be followed by anyone! I, like I believe most people, do not want to look like those bodybuilders that grace the cover of those muscle magazines(nothing wrong with that if that’s your thing) but nor do I have the time to try to get there. I just want to live a healthy lifestyle that can be maintained the rest of my life, and feel comfortable enough to take my shirt off at the pool or beach. Marc’s approach is something that can be incorporated into anyone’s busy and hectic lifestyle and it works perfectly for both men and women as my wife has been following his guidelines the last 5 weeks and she has not felt better in recent years. Get the book and follow the guidelines and you won’t regret it!