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I’m Mike, certified personal trainer and bestselling author of Bigger Leaner Stronger, Thinner Leaner Stronger, and Muscle for Life, and my simple and science-based approaches to eating and exercising have helped tens of thousands of people build their best body ever. Will you be next?

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Over the last two decades, I’ve examined much of the important scientific literature, tried scores of workout programs, diets, and supplements, and worked with thousands of men and women of all ages and abilities, and while I don’t know everything, I do know what works and what doesn’t.

Like most people, I was clueless when I started lifting weights nearly twenty years ago. I picked up some bodybuilding magazines and started working out a couple of hours per day and spending hundreds of dollars on supplements per month.

I carried on that way for over seven years, jumping from diet to diet, workout program to workout program, and supplement to supplement. Despite my considerable efforts, I had only gained about twenty-five pounds of muscle and novice-level strength, and I still didn’t know how to get and stay lean or break through my training plateaus and build the body I really wanted.

I then started working with personal trainers, but it was just more of the same:

  • Training programs that revolved around “sophisticated” (and mostly useless) training techniques like supersets, functional training, and “muscle confusion”
  • Various brands of “clean eating” that didn’t make a difference
  • Exotic-sounding pills, powders, and potions that merely lightened my wallet and brightened my pee

After giving many months and paychecks to trainers, not much had changed. I still looked the same and still had no idea what to do to get bigger, leaner, and stronger. I enjoyed working out too much to quit, but I wasn’t happy with my physique and didn’t know what was holding me back.

I finally decided to get “serious” about my fitness and learn the true physiology of muscle growth and fat loss. I tossed the magazines out, ditched the Internet forums, and stopped paying attention to locker room chatter, and started studying the work of leading strength and bodybuilding coaches, consulting veteran natural bodybuilders, and reviewing scientific research.

Before long, I began to realize that getting into outstanding shape is much simpler than many fitness experts would have you believe. It has little to do with a lot of the stuff we see on TV and social media, and read in websites, books, and magazines.

When I finally escaped all of the misinformation and changed what I was doing in the kitchen and gym according to what I was learning, the results were almost too good to believe. I started gaining muscle again. I started gaining strength again. I got a six-pack for the first time. I was getting jacked by spending less time in the gym, doing less cardio, and eating more freely. It felt like I had found the cheat codes to the fitness game.

Then, friends and family noticed how my body was changing and started asking for advice. I shared what I was doing and helped them shed fat they thought they’d never lose, gain strength and muscle definition they never thought they’d have, and experience levels of self-confidence they’d only dreamed about.

Some of these people started urging me to write a book about my methods. I liked the idea. “What if I’d had such a book early on?” I thought. It would’ve saved me untold time, money, and frustration, and I would’ve reached my fitness goals much faster. So, I wrote that book—Bigger Leaner Stronger—and self-published it in January 2012.

It sold maybe twenty copies in the first month, but within a couple of months, it was selling twenty copies per day and generating just as many positive emails and reviews from readers. I made notes on how to improve the book based on suggestions and feedback, and I saw the opportunity to write more books on the science of getting healthy and fit.

Fast forward to today, and I’ve written multiple fitness books that together have sold over 1.5 million copies, including one for women called Thinner Leaner Stronger, one for men and women over 40 years old called Muscle for Life, and a cookbook called The Shredded Chef.

What’s more, dozens of people write to me every day and share how my work is helping them get fit, lean, and strong faster than they ever thought possible. And that never gets old.

So, that’s me, and if you want my help building your best body ever, here are five ways I can assist whenever you’re ready:

  1. Want personalized help? Check out my custom meal plan and VIP one-on-one coaching services.
  2. Want to be your own coach? Read one of my bestselling fitness books for men and women.
  3. Want an easy boost? Add a couple of my all-natural sports supplements to your regimen, like a protein powder, pre-workout, or fat burner. And if you’re not sure which supplements are right for you, take my quiz and find out.
  4. Want free workout and meal plans? Download my science-based diet and training templates for men and women.
  5. Want a free workout app? Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced weightlifter, Stacked can help you plan, track, and review your training.

And if none of that tickles your neurons, you might like all the practical, evidence-based teachings over at my blog, podcast, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Many companies use shipping and handling fees to increase their profit margins, but here at Legion, we hate profits, so our shipping is free!

Okay, so we do dig on profits, but we also go in for happy customers, and free shipping works like gangbusters. So, if you’re outside the USA, your order ships free when it’s over $199.

Why the restriction on international orders? Unfortunately, shipping abroad is very expensive, and if we didn’t require a minimum order size, we’d lose a lot of money. But! We're also hustling to improve our international logistics and will be passing our savings along to our international customers.

Also, if you don’t absolutely love our stuff for whatever reason, we don’t request you deliver it to a PO box in the Gobi Desert by carrier pigeon.

We just . . . wait for it . . . give you your money back. No returns. No forms. No nonsense. Holy moo cows.

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