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MI40x Final thoughts

Posted: August 10, 2014 in fitness, MI40x, Program Reviews
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As promised I’ve done the entire MI40x program and will now offer some final thoughts and suggestions.

The first thing to consider is whether the program delivers all it promises. The basic components include a six week training program, videos on execution as well as lecture-style information on the science behind the training. There are also “bonus” items advertised, which include a video series on exercise fundamentals and a coaching call.

It is the promised “bonuses” that are the main weak point in this program. The coaching call was done but the quality was so poor that it was taken down and never re-recorded. The exercise fundamentals was kind of interesting, but has since appeared on Ben’s YouTube channel which anyone can freely access anyway.

There are said to be 3 different programs based on your training level, however the three programs are virtually identical. The only difference I noticed was the number of sets changed slightly. This is fine, as long as you are not expecting three vastly different training programs.

When you look at the cost of the program it is quite high. It is selling for about $100 for a 6 week program. Compare that to something like Superhero Physique which is selling for about a tenth of the cost and includes 3 completely different 6-week muscle building programs as well as 2 cutting programs and half a dozen muscle specialization programs and the price begins to look even less appealing.

But if cost isn’t an issue the question has to be the effectiveness of the program because let’s face it; flashy new techniques are meaningless if they don’t translate into real-world results.

MI40x is attempts to periodize several types if training within a six week span. It is similar to some undulated periodization routines I’ve tried in that way. It was an interesting concept to me, but having gone through it I don’t think it really gave my body time to progress. One of the strengths of the original MI40 was that it was purely intended as a hypertrophy program, where this one almost tries too hard to be a little of everything.

For those who have bought and done the program I welcome your experiences and feedback. For those who have not bought it, unfortunately I can’t give it the same glowing review I gave the original MI40. Instead I will recommend a couple other suggestions…

1. Instead do MI40 but using weighted stretching or even occlusion training.

2. Try John Meadows’ mountain dog training which you can find online for free and uses many of the same principals.

3. Try one of the many programs in Superhero Physique.

4. I’ve put together a couple of programs that are likely to get you equal or better results. You can download the beta versions here:
Www.buff-n-toned.com/products.htm

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Mi40x Honest Program Review
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Top 10 Bodybuilding lessons I’ve learned from Ben Pakulski
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MI40-x week 4 log

Posted: July 11, 2014 in fitness, MI40x, Program Reviews


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MI40-x logs: week 1; week 2; week 3



This was a fairly enjoyable training week. The goal is “strength/high threshold training”.
the actual split is changed once again, but it’s a little unconventional. It begins with a three-day split of: chest & side delts, back & hamstrings, quads. After these three work outs it has two final days or “finishers” as I often call them which kind of demolish your muscles…

Perhaps my favourite workout of the week was the “compound day” where you do the “big three” in wavelike loading pattern. the arm & delt day had a ton of drop sets including doing drops on all sets of dumbbell laterals – a trick I believe Toney Freeman is known for.

Last day of the week is arms and delts which has a ton of drop sets.

The fairly low volume in this week is likely in preparation for the next week which appears to include a massive amount of volume (including 2/day).

To date my impressions of the program are a little mixed. There is a lot of chest and quad work, but not a lot of rear delt or trap work, which is something I would do differently if I were designing the program as those are real “man-making” body parts in my mind.

We’ll see how I feel at the end of the next week (if I can walk).

Week 5 Log



Related:
Mi40x Honest Program Review
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SuperHero Physique
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MI40-x logs: week 1; week 2



Week 3 is a new split using reciprocal inhibition, and geared more towards “power”. That said, reps don’t go below 6 and there are a lot of extremely slow negatives.

(Each week in this program is structured slightly differently, so it will be interesting to see if this is effective or if it changes too frequently to progress.)

Day 1 was brutal. I don’t think I’ve ever left a chest/back day before about to puke.

The first Arms & shoulders day of the week was fairly moderate in terms of intensity.

And even the leg days weren’t bad as I normally come away with cramping but did not for these workouts.

Overall this week felt a little less challenging than the first two weeks but that could be by design.

Week 4 log



Related:
Mi40x Honest Program Review
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SuperHero Physique
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MI40-x week 1 log

Week 2 was very similar in structure to week 1 in terms of the split and the volume. One of the key differences was that NOSx was utilized a little more frequently and even at the beginning of some workouts which made the rest of the training very challenging.

A lot of the challenge of this week was battling mental fatigue more than muscular failure, which in my opinion is character building if nothing else.

I also got through more of the educational videos this week, which were fairly informative as far as the theory behind the program.

A couple of glitches have been worked out in terms of the diet calculators, but one issue was the coaching call. The audio was cutting out so badly on it that it had to be taken down. That was back on June 16 and so far it has not been re-recorded or even rescheduled as far as I know.

The support team is really good about getting back to any questions I’ve asked so far, but they haven’t been emails to let us know when there are updates to the site etc.

Week 3 is where it starts getting really intense…

Related:
Mi40x Honest Program Review
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SuperHero Physique
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Week 1 of the MI40-x training protocol is done. I’m doing the “graduate” program, which is what I think most people will start with.

Starting point. Okay, I started this program out a little bit fatter than I want to be due to having been doing gaining programs throughout the “off-season”. It is now summer so I’m actually going to be using a slight caloric deficit for this program. If it is as good as advertised I should be able to put on mass as well as trimming some fat.

First impressions: ouch!

To be honest I was very skeptical at first. I have previously done John Meadows’ Mountain Dog training which includes some weighted stretching but this takes it to a whole new level creating a massive pump. Does that translate to lasting muscle mass? Obviously it is too early to tell.

Day 1 commentary:

Training my chest, biceps and front delts made for a pretty long workout. It didn’t include any of the “new” techniques, probably to ease you into the program, but it was still a touch workout to get through. I stuck in a set of the NOSx chest press at the end just to try it out and it was pretty painful.

I did the optional 10-minute calf routine as well.

Day 2 commentary:
Today was back, rear delts and triceps. Again no “extreme” movements but still a lot of volume.

Day 3 Commentary:
Legs… oh boy. Ben is the king of wheels these days and he knows how to make your legs hurt. Today’s workout is tough from the very first movement. I took lots of BCAAs and electrolytes during the workout and thank goodness for that.

Actually my calves are still throbbing from when I did the calf routine on day 1, which made this an extra tough routine to get through.

Day 4 commentary:
Yesterday was an off day, so today was the second chest & biceps day of this week. It was challenging but in a different way from the fisrt chest/biceps workout of the week in that it started off with NOSx early in the routine and had some extremely slow eccentrics. But I did look massively pumped after.

Day 5 & 6 commentary: These will have to be carried over into week 2 since I was only able to do 4 workouts this week.

Related:
MI40-x week 2 log
MI40-x week 3 log
MI40-x week 4 log
MI40-x week 5 log
MI40-x week 6 log

Mi40x Honest Program Review
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SuperHero Physique
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Off the top, this is not an affiliate review. How do you know? There are no links to the program within my review!! This is an honest, no-BS review of Ben Pakulski’s MI40x (also called MI40xtreme and MI40x 2.0).

BACKGROUND

I actually contacted Ben attempting to get an early copy of the program to review. Unfortunately he ignored my request which may have been in part due to the fact that I don’t really like his scam artist pal Vince Del Monte. So since I had to go out and buy the program I’ll have to be an extra tough critic, hehehe…

Something has to be said for Ben Pakulski’s current track record. When he first came onto the scene he was very much about educating people on proper training techniques while pursuing his own career as a pro bodybuilder. He seems to have fallen away from that a little bit, leaning towards becoming a marketing machine like his pal Vince. This has been made evident by such things as his hypertrophy max program.

This appears to have made him search for new gimmicky techniques to sell a product. This particular product has been in the making for a couple of years as he has tested it out with clients, and has been pushed back several times. I’m unable to say if it took so long to release because the tests were less than optimal or if he was continually tweaking it; but I haven’t seen any genuine testimonials from these test subjects to suggest unnatural gains obtained naturally. The “before and after” pictures included with the marketing were underwhelming… and most of them came from his other programs and weren’t test subjects for MI40x.

MI40x is being marketed both as a followup to MI40 and as a training method to help you overcome genetic limitations.

It’s a very sexy concept because people who have not had as much success as they would like in their training often love to blame their genetics for this even if it is not the case. Ben himself even states that some of the factors people consider to be genetic limitations in reality are not actually pre-determined factors.

So how does he go about overcoming these perceived limitations?

If you’ve seen any of the sales pitch on the program you have probably heard him refer to what he is calling C.E.P. In MI40 he coined the term NOS referring to drop sets. In MI40x he has added a new dimension to NOS, calling it NOS-x. That is just one component of C.E.P. so it is a little convoluted.

Basically the program utilizes training and diet methods that are fairly basic and designed to optimize hormones and hypertrophy. These elements appear in MI40, Superhero Physique among other training systems.

Some of the other techniques discussed in his program are actually things that I’ve written about in these blogs:
Occlusion Training: My newest muscle growth weapon
3 advanced muscle-building techniques

The material is entertaining and easy to read with a very slick presentation. The execution videos are in-depth and answer most questions you could conceive in terms of the movements.

So the real question: would I recommend this program?

For me it comes down to a question of the cost for the value.

Cost: $97 USD *-he tries to sell you on “add-ons”

Value:
Let’s begin with the components included:

  1. 7-day detox & primer (these are recycled from MI40)
  2. CEP application & blueprint – teaching the logic and execution of the training protocol
  3. Exercise execution – this document is similar in style to MI40 but updated
  4. Nutrition guide – pretty brief guide that outlines dietary concepts
  5. Supplement guie – fairly in-depth list of what supplements to take and when
  6. Workout sheets – There are actually 3 programs depending on your training level
  7. Diet calculators – put in your weight and fat percent and it calculated how much to eat for each meal
  8. Training videos – there are CEP specific videos as well as general execution videos. I have not gone through them all yet, but traditionally Ben has delivered very good videos.
  9. The science of CEP – discussion of the theory behind the training
  10. Bonus material – coaching call (not yet released), hardcore abs (how to perform ab movements), xtreme suspension (I have not seen this yet, but expect it is to do with suspension bands)

That is a lot no? Mind you when I really evaluate the value here’s what I like to consider:

  1. Is it educational? It has a lot of content, but whether it is valid or not will depend on real world results
  2. Is it entertaining? Definintely
  3. Could I spend the same amount of money elsewhere and get equal or better results? Again, hard to say at this stage

Pros:
There are three programs included depending on your ability level.

A lot of “cutting edge” material.

Cons:
There is a lot of material spread across several documents and videos. It actually makes it a little bit difficult to navigate through. It would almost be more ideal to have a single document that you could read from start to finish, or at least numbered documents.

When you but the program there are “add-ons”, which is always upsetting to me. You buy a program expecting the best and then you’re told you can improve upon it by paying more. In this case a lot more ($197 per month for one and $47 for another).

CONCLUSION

Here is what I’m going to do for you, my readers… I am going to run the program and post my results as well as offering regular updates. I will approach it as a believer because in order for it to have any chance of success I believe that is mandatory.

If the results are sub-optimal, part of the program’s promotion is that there is a hassle free money back guarantee, so if needs be I will take him up on that.

I will not exaggerate my results one way or the other because there is no incentive for me to do so. What you will have is an honest testimonial of whether or not to spend your hard-earned cash on this training protocol.

UPDATE:
MI40-x week 1 log
MI40-x week 2 log
MI40-x week 3 log
MI40-x week 4 log
MI40-x week 5 log
MI40-x week 6 log
MI40-x final thoughts

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