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Muscle for Life

The Foods You Like, the Workouts You Love, and the Body You Want . . . At Any Age


A life-changing and accessible guidebook on the fundamentals of building muscle, losing fat, and staying healthy at any age and any ability from the million-copy bestselling fitness guru and founder of Legion Athletics.

Forget drastic and dangerous diets or unrealistic workout routines.

Health and exercise expert Mike Matthews’s Muscle for Life will be your new go-to fitness bible, providing you with the science-backed tools to achieve and maintain your best body. Based on the latest research, Mike offers a realistic starting point and doable goals no matter where you are in your fitness journey.

The principles in Muscle for Life are tried and true. Featuring in-depth guidelines for workouts at every skill level, plus an easy-to-follow meal planning guide, Matthews offers encouragement no matter what your challenges are and answers any questions you may have. Whether you want to lower your cholesterol levels, reduce your risk of heart disease, eliminate aches and pains, or simply burn fat and build muscle, Mike’s advice at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels offers actionable takeaways for everyone and every body type.

Mike Matthews is an author, podcast host, trainer, and the cofounder and CEO of Legion Athletics, a sports nutrition company that he started in 2014. He lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife, their two children, and one long-haired Chihuahua named Caramba.

“Mike Matthews is one of the most informed, intelligent and experienced fitness gurus on the face of the planet, bar none.”
—Ben Greenfield, New York Times bestselling author of Boundless

 “You don't just read Muscle for Life—you do it, and you get the body you’ve always wanted. A must-read for anyone at any age who wants to lose fat, build muscle, and get strong . . . for life.”
—Mark Divine, New York Times bestselling author of The Way of the SEAL, Unbeatable Mind, and 8 Weeks to SEALFIT

“Muscle for Life is meticulously researched, clearly written, and utterly practical. Matthews has created something special here.”
 —Strauss Zelnick, author of Becoming Ageless

“Read this book, implement its teachings, and you’ll never look back. With your health and fitness fully under your control, your body, and then likely your life, will never be the same.”
—Dr. Spencer Nadolsky, author of The Fat Loss Prescription

"Muscle for Life is a breath of fresh air. Instead of passing fads and overhyped biohacks, Matthews gives us what we need: the time-tested principles and practices that have been shown to work."
—Alex Hutchinson, author of the New York Times best seller Endure