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The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation

Narrated by: Michael Matthews
Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fitness is hard. It doesn't ever get easier, either. We just have to get better.

This book will help you get better.

The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation is fitness expert Mike Matthews' personal, practical blueprint for radical transformation, inside and outside the gym. It contains practical scientific research, compelling stories, and time-proven tactics that will help you discover and tap into the inner strength you need to take control of your body and life.

Here's a sneak peek of what you'll find inside:

  • The easiest way to instantly increase your willpower and self-control in any situation, no matter how you feel in the moment
  • Three science-based psychological “tricks” you can use to stay strong during moments of temptation
  • A simple 10-minute technique for beating procrastination that will skyrocket your productivity
  • How to inoculate yourself against "Great Western Disease" of “I'll be happy when...” and find immediate joy and satisfaction right where you are
  • The “What, When, Where, If, Then” method of planning that can make you up to 240 percent more likely to follow through on your intentions

The bottom line is this: The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation is a backpack companion for everybody who wants to be better than they are now.

Armed with the information you'll learn inside, you're going to start living life with more energy, enthusiasm, and nerve. You're going to develop a new paradigm for interacting with yourself and your environment. And if you really take these lessons to heart, you might just enter a new, transformative period of your life and discover that you're capable of far more than you ever thought possible.

Listen to this book today, and by the end of it, you will never again wonder what it takes to get and stay motivated to build the body and life of your dreams.

©2018 Michael Matthews (P)2018 Michael Matthews

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Surprising

I was genuinely impressed by this book. I am not in a good place physically after having been in good shape in the past, but I had all but resigned myself to just desiring and failing forever. I am currently 45kgs overweight and have a multitude of physical and mental conditions, but after listening to this something woke up. I'm exercising (and have bought Mike's other book "Bigger, Leaner, Stronger") and eating healthier, and have actually heard wisdoms herein which I've either not registered prior or remembered having done so (I like to read and know everything [despite knowing this is not possible, but the endeavour is character-building], so when I hear something I haven't heard, it is genuinely delightful). Finally, Mike's breadth of knowledge for both the content discussed and the context set through historical, philosophical and socio-political content was fantastic - I actually came away from reading/listening to this book feeling more confident in the way forward and more knowledgeable across areas which I hadn't expected to be covered in this book.

One of my most valued purchases for what it is intending to achieve and the unexpected benefits derived from the breadth of content. Thank you for writing it - you have had a large hand in waking me up and returning me from the brink of permanent despondency. I will ensure I tell people and do my part to contribute to your "1 million people helped" goal.

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Bitesized ways to be better

I liked this book for its simplistic approach to motivation , a great place to start and build good systems to succeed. Something for everyone to help achieve a better you.

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  • DD
  • 05-06-2019

DULL FULL OF QUOTES

Urgh, I’m not a fan, have never picked up any of his “many books” before. Halfway through & if I get another story about how successful he is & has built a multimillion dollar publishing empire....or another historical quote. Dull dull. Nothing motivational in this book. Don’t bother buying. I don’t care about some Emperor from the Ding dynast....who opens EVERY chapter with a bs quote. This is writing-by-numbers. Does not connect with listener. Is actually boring & I don’t care how rich you are, hearing about your success isn’t why I bought this book.

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Not just for workout motivation!

Loved this book. I stopped and started listening at the beginning as I was travelling and thought this would only apply to workout motivation. However, the more I listened the more I realised this approach applies to your whole life. Looking forward to implementing the techniques both for my workouts and life in general. A massive thanks to Michael Matthews. I will be re-listening and telling my friends.

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Feeling more motivated to get into the work

This book was easy to get through and very motivational. Packed with truth bombs that will snap you out of "waiting for the right time to start" and into the reality that the best time is now. I appreciated the candid message of the author. It was to the point and free of fluff. There are also a tonne of great book recommendations and resources scattered through each chapter so for those wanting to explore any particular topic further - this will give you some great people to keep learning from.

The big takeaway I got was to get out my head where all the excuses and blocks arise and just get on with doing the work with humility - at the level I am at, with the time and energy I have TODAY.

A great book for perfectionism-prone and those who know their excuses are causing self-sabotage!

I would read this again and will recommend. Thanks Michael for sharing your work with the world!

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  • FOOTSCRAY, VIC
  • 10-03-2019

Just what I was looking for

When I was looking for my first audiobook on the topic of motivation I didn't think I'd find this gem. it's full of good tips that are applicable to life in general and kept me interested the whole way as it was an easy listen. would like to buy a hard copy of the book now as a reference and possibly gift to others

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A repeat read

Great philosophy for life in general, not just for exercise enthusiasts.

I especially enjoyed the "letter to Garcia" based chapter.

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Loved it

Really wonderful, motivating book. Wish he didn’t include Jordan Peterson though. Regardless, it’s the eating and fitness advice I needed!

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Life-changing

An excellent manifestation on how to live a life that you can be proud of. To the point, timeless information and something you will continue to revisit. A brilliant, condensed package that shows you how to improve all facets of your life. Cudos to you Mr. Matthews!

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truth is in the name

Should be called the great little black book. I listen to it while riding, I listen to it in the morning. every time I play it back, i understand something new. would highly recommend this book as well as BLS as they will go hand in hand with each other.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-10-2018

Great little book

I have always loved Mike Matthews, ever since I found him online. I've been listening and reading him for a couple years now, and I am 40 lbs lighter and quite a bit stronger thanks to him.

This book is a great primer on how to improve the most important areas of your life. If you are not into fitness, you should still buy this book. I've already have tons of practical steps that I am putting into action because of this book, and NONE of the big ones has anything to do with fitness.

Fitness is important, and this book will give you some tools and help motivate you to get in shape... along with motivating you to transform yourself into person you've always wanted to be in every other area of life.

The only critique I would give this book is that somebody else should have narrated it. Mike Matthews does a fine job speaking. I listen to his podcasts all the time. But as an AVID audiobook listener, I generally expect a little bit more of a "performance" from the narrator. This felt like a 5 hour long podcast. Not bad, but not great either.

... it's generally a bad idea for author's to narrate their own books anyway.

But that is NOT a reason to pass up on this book. The tools in here are too valuable, and Mike still was his usual charming self.

Get this book. If there is anything in your life that you might like to improve, you need this book.

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  • Mike
  • 03-09-2018

Diamond in the rough

Before we start the review, I think you should know my background. I’ve run several dietary supplement companies and am currently writing a book on nutrition. My entire career is nutrition/fitness, and I walk the walk. The book was read while biking 2-hours through a thunderstorm after doing a brutal Starting Strength Squat workout and jogging 3-miles.

Oh, and this insane behavior is normal. I’m out here biking 2-3 hours every day. It’s another average Monday on day 56 of a cut that’s stripped 23 pounds (and counting) off my frame.

All that biking means a lot of time in the saddle. This is spent, you guessed it, with audiobooks. ~400 of them as of this writing.

I know this sounds like I’m bragging, and perhaps I am. But it’s all a build up so you actually listen to what I have to say.

Now here’s the thing. I don’t read nutrition books on audible any more. I’ve been through all the bestsellers and they’re basically all garbage. Sure, they’re written well. But the information is pseudo-science or just plain wrong.

There are however, a mere handful of them that I would recommend. Among those, Michael Matthews Bigger Leaner Stronger currently stands at my #1 pick.

That said, his new book is more of the same. Outstanding writing that cuts to the heart of the matter.

Most of the world is sitting on their couch pushing dopamine buttons with a combination of fast food, reality TV, and FaceBook feeds.

I’ve seen the results of that life and it’s hell on earth. As Zig Ziglar says, you don’t pay the price for success, you enjoy the benefits of success. You pay the price for failure.

Been paying that price yourself? Sick of living a life you know isn’t your best life?

Read this.

We all have something to work on. Personally I have more issues than the next 10-people. I struggle with this just as much as you do. We all need a little pick me up now and then.

I will warn you though. This book is not for weenies. Excuses are unwelcome at this party.

Mike pulls no punches. If you’re looking for some feel good crash diet nonsense, this isn’t your book. If you’re afraid of hard work, this isn’t your book.

But if you’re looking to change your life, start here.

Then get off your ass and do the damn work already.

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  • Cindi Campbell
  • 18-11-2018

This Was the Book I’d Been Looking For!

I was lacking to drive to continue on my fitness life. It’s been 30 years of working out...and I was going backwards. I wanted a book that spoke to me...that asked me how to ask myself the hard questions. This was it!

I loved the audio version so much that I also bought the Kindle version so I could walk the talk and make notes.

I’m excited now. I feel like I will let myself down if I don’t get off my ass. This prompted me to get up and do 2 workouts yesterday.

I love your words and I will be buying more! Thank you so much for relighting that spark.

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  • Patrick V.
  • 30-09-2018

Thank you for your work! You changed my life for the better!

This book is really great!!
I live in Brazil sorry for my english...
I have read a lot of books of self improvement and motivation but this one touch me a lot.
The way Mike explain and transmit the message is very practical and doable.
Very well readed with great examples of real people stories.
Some parts of the book are so great that blow out old concepts. Really loved the chapter about complaint.
Right after i readed Will Bowen book and watched a speech of him in you tube that is changing my way of living towards be more grateful with more responsability for my live.
I think in this life we grow finding great people that already get where we want to be and are willing to share te knowledge. Mike os one of this great person. Keep the good work.
As Admiral William MacRaven saied in his speech if we change the lives of just 10 persons in this life time we will effectively change the word in 2 generations. You are doing your part wonderfully.

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  • Reyhan E.
  • 11-09-2018

Overhyped

I was recommended this book by a friend and picked up the audible copy.

The only real good thing about this book was the strategies listed. Matthews starts the book off by boasting about his strategies and techniques, but by the end of it you’re wondering, “that’s all he has to say?” He uses celebrities and famous athletes as examples, but fails to truly mention the people he’s worked with and the changes he made with real people other than 1-2 examples. He mentions over and over how he’s “changed lives” but leaves out actual examples.

After listening to the audiobook through and through several times and really letting it marinate, Matthews is no different than anyone else in the fitness industry. He mentions studies and “science backed” claims but fails to truly give the studies justice and mention the true essence of the data.
He cherry picks points and strategies that “work” and say “do this!”

If you need a casual listen, this book is good- but if you’re truly looking for an impactful book there are way better options available.

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  • Ashley Loiseau
  • 16-10-2018

You MUST Get This!

I may not have as much experience in listening to motivational books and podcasts as some on here have, but I have invested hundreds of dollars in programs that told me it would change my life and how I approach fitness. How I wish this book was out before I fell for that trap. Michael doesn't just cover it, he dives into it. He really talks about the things that we all struggle with whether your're intermediate or advanced in your fitness journey. I could not put the book down, it ignited something in me that I have never felt before. I wanted to give it 30 days before I made a review to talk about my results since, but I could not wait. I have shared this book everyone who even mentioned that they wanted to lose weight. I am not going to lie, I really had to look deep inside of me to see if I could even live up to what the book explained to me. I am quitter. That is a characteristic that I am trying to break through my fitness and the book touches upon how the journey is SO much more than losing weight, it is a way to become a stronger person mentally. Just stop reading my review and get this book. I have the audible, I have it on kindle and I have a physical copy so it can be with me at all times. I have listened to it twice in less than a week and I am ready to dive into it again. My eyes are open and I am finally getting it. I hope I can come back in 3 months time to tell just how much this book has changed my life. Please do not wait any longer, get it!

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  • Jordan
  • 06-09-2018

Mike Matthews has done it again!!!

This is by far the best book I have read to get my motivation going. Mike Matthews continues to impress with his writing and this may be, in my opinion, his best book yet. he is very engaging, motivating and no BS. I have been working out for many years now and will every now and then go through a slump of motivation. After reading this, I know what it takes to overcome those slumps not just in my workouts but in my life. Mike says some of the most encouraging words I have ever heard. I highly recommend reading this book and telling your friends and family about this so they can to better their lives. Great job Mike. I plan on reading this again and again.

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  • Nans
  • 04-09-2018

No Nonsense, straight up and to the point(s)!

In this book, Matthews gives it to you as it is. No fluff, while still being able to weave in depth useful psychology, that can be used in almost any aspect of your life. A definite must read. 👍

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  • rana
  • 08-09-2018

Brilliant

I had a great time listening to this book. Done in two days. I am struggling with finishing my doctoral dissertation end of this year. Many of the doubts and the second thoughts I am experiencing are featured in this book. In many parts I had a feeling that Mathews is speaking directly to me. It actually helps a lot when we realize that we are not struggling alone and there is a way to end the suffering and do the work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-2019

Needed A Lot of Motivation

And this book did the trick! I got back into my exercise routine, working out again at least 4x/week and feel great and motivated again. The writing is great, factual and has a ton of bonus material that I’ll be digging into. Great book!

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  • Rachel Wams
  • 04-09-2018

Old news

I’ve read all Mike’s books and love them, this one however I found quite dissapointing as I didn’t hear anything new. It’s all old research presented with a new cover. Sorry I can’t be more positive...

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  • Rob Moore
  • 10-02-2019

I was looking for more actual motivation!

I was expecting more ideas and techniques to help you dig in and push past the dull days in the gym, the days when to just don't want to be there, when you need a army sergeant major shouting at you. Goal setting and writing stuff down is a good overall strategy but sometimes you need a shake and none of your friends actually get the whole gym thing anyway

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  • Sonay
  • 31-08-2018

Excellent

Mikes latest book is definitely on par with the rest of his masterpieces. I thourghly enjoyed listening to it, so much so that I I will definitely be listening to it again very soon.
His enthusiasm for fitness and positivity shine through in this book and it is extremely motivating, I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended

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  • Brendan
  • 25-01-2019

not motivating at all.

Voice is monotone.
doesn't motivate me at all and the voice actually turns me off listening to it.
want a refund

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-2019

Amazing book

I got the book thinking it was actually going to tell me how to get my dream body lol but then realised it was about motivation. I sure did benefit and listened to it all in one sitting.
Thanks Micheal, I hope you’re reading this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-06-2019

Insightful and Inspirational

The perfect platform to help you understand you.

This book provides the building blocks for anyone wanting to understand how to be a better version of themselves, not just in a fitness sense but for anyone wanting to improve their personal or work life.

The book provides a mixture of in depth concepts but also plenty of snippets of research to push you towards grabbing more information for yourself.

Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-05-2019

This is gold

Simple, straightforward and practical. There is not a single boring/not interesting chapter. Definetely one of my favourites

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-2019

Brilliant! Expected no less

An absolute pleasure to listen to, has me fired up to make the most of my potential. Michael Matthews has the most wonderful way of presenting highly practical information that really works.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-04-2019

You know this stuff

The book is motivating with lots of references to support the ideas laid out.
For those who listen to or read motivational books, downloads etc. you know a lot of this stuff but this book brings it all together- in one place.
Lots of Light bulb and Ah-ha moments.
A must read / listen to book

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  • Adam Willmott
  • 18-03-2019

Accessible and informative

So many gold nuggets, I will be mining this book for many years to come.