MI40X Review Update: CEP Training, Nutrition, Supplements

I’ve had the opportunity to get a sneak preview of MI40X and see more of what you get.  I’ll start by explaining what you see the moment you order and get access:

Program Components:

Rapid Start Action Plan:

Ben's Introduction
Ben’s Introduction

You’ll be guided to a download page immediately once you order this program. There you will see an introductory video in which Ben Pakulski gives you a brief explanation/overview to guide you through this program.  He recommends following a specific sequence instead of jumping into the most advanced aspects of the training immediately.  Ben knows his stuff, so I’d highly recommend you follow his advice here.

Here’s where I would normally try to describe every video and PDF file you get if you order.  But there are so many individual components that I believe it would be a little overwhelming to do this.  You get a lot of content when you order MI40X, so I think it is better to give you a summary/review in three parts: training, nutrition, and supplements.  I’ll spend most of my time on the first part.

TRAINING:

You are advised to start with the three-week primer phase (included in the program).  This regimen is designed to get your body ready for the intensive training to come.

Phase 1&2 are high volume approaches to working out.  You’ll be training each body part twice a week: one session will be using higher weight; the other will be emphasizing higher repetitions.

Phase 3 consists of a power and hypertrophy workouts with heavier weights (higher % of your one-rep max).

Phase 4 consists of strength training.

Phase 5 is dealoading–workouts designed to give your muscles and central nervous system a chance to rest and recover

Phase 6 is overreaching--a carefully planned “over-training” phase since you have just finished deloading.

Phase 7 is a hyper recovery phase.  There’s not much training involved with this phase (as the name might imply).

The entire program is 18 weeks, so it’s a pretty good deal for your money (especially if you compare what it would cost to hire a personal trainer).

You’ll have the option of downloading different printable workout sheets to guide you through these according your level of experience.  There’s one for “natural” (beginner), “graduate” (intermediate), and “pro” (advanced).

Science of C.E.P. Video
Science of C.E.P. Video

C.E.P. is a concept you probably aren’t familiar with, so I’ll spend a little more time explaining this.  C.E.P stands for Cell Expansion Protocol.  Here’s the idea: muscle cells are unique in that they have more than one nuclei (most of our cells only have a single nucleus).  The number of nuclei in your muscle cells is directly related to your ability to recover from training and build size/strength.  Certain types of stress/tension are able to cause satellite cells to “donate” additional nuclei to muscle cells.  Ben shows you how to take advantage of this in MI40X.  There are four principles/techniques explained. You’ll use these throughout your training.  There are 10 videos explaining the science behind this, and there is a 118 page guide to explain the training methods.

There’s also a downloadable video library to guide you through the other aspects of the training.  It is organized according to body parts.  This still shot below is of the chest training video:

Chest Training
Chest Training

I’ve always been impressed with Ben’s videos.  The instruction he gives is second to none, and there’s something about watching a video that is more motivating (and educational) than just reading a guide.

 NUTRITION:

Needless to say, you have to eat properly if you want to get big, strong and lean.  MI40X includes several nutrition guides to help you do this.  One unique aspect of this program is that the guides are customized to both your goals and to the specific phase of training you are doing.

SUPPLEMENTS:

MI40X comes with a complete supplement guide.  Here’s my advice: don’t sweat it if you don’t have a lot of money to spend on supplements or don’t want to buy the specific brands Ben recommends.  Stick to basics (protein powder, creatine monohydrate, a multi-vitamin, and maybe branch-chain amino acids) and use reputable brands you’ve had good experiences with.  The brands Ben recommends will be fine, but nutrition and training are much more important than supplements.

REVIEW:

Is MI40X (Mass Intentions Extreme 2.0) right for you?  I think you need to ask yourself three questions:

1. Are you willing to prepare?  You need to be willing to invest some time downloading and looking over the materials, investing in good food, etc.

2. Are you willing to train hard?  These workouts will be effective, but they won’t be easy.

3. Are you willing to follow through?  You’ll need to be willing to follow the instructions methodically, not skipping from one thing to the next and trusting the process.   Remember this: a great deal of research went into designing this program.

If you answered “yes” to these three questions I think you’d find MIX40 to be a worthwhile investment.  I have reviewed dozens of workout programs, and this is one of the most impressive I’ve ever seen (both in quality and quantity of what you get).  It isn’t cheap, but remember this:  the program is 18 weeks.  That’s about 11 dollars a week (for the basic package)–about the same price as a couple of trips to a fast food restaurant or a movie.  Chances are you’re already spending that kind of money on stuff that doesn’t help your physique.

I think this program would be especially helpful for guys who have been lifting weights for a while and are ready to take things to the next level in terms of building size and strength. Just CLICK HERE if you’d like to order or learn more.  Please use my links if this review has helped you.

 UPDATE:  You can now buy this program for 97$ (normally 197$) while offer lasts.  Just CLICK HERE to learn more about this special price (note: you can skip the corny intro sales video by finding the “buy program” tab at the bottom of the page).

MI40X Review (Part 1)

A look at MI40X (Mass Intentions 2.0)

MI40xBench

Years ago most of the workout programs you could buy online were strictly designed for beginners–those guys who were looking to put on their first fifteen or twenty pounds of muscle. I was wondering when something would come out for more intermediate or even advanced trainees. That’s why I’m glad MI40 came along: guys who have been training for a while can use this program to break through some of their plateaus as far as building size and strength.

Mass Intentions Extreme 2.0 will take things to the next level.  Ben has been experimenting with ways to make a great program even better.

Ben Pakulski is a master of training for bodybuilding and I think you’ll find his coaching to be very helpful.  He advocates subtle changes in the way you would do exercises in order to make them much more effective.  While training legs, for example, you are told to do some specific things with your foot positioning to help you focus more on the muscles you are trying to target.  While doing something for the upper body, like curls, you’ll be coached on some different ways to adjust your grip.  It’s not something you would even notice if you watched him train but it can make a big difference as far as hypertrophy goes.

As the name of this program implies, the number 40 is very important.  Ben Pakulski believes that most sets should last for about 40 seconds.  He says this is the ideal amount of time under tension for hypertrophy (muscle growth).  Tension is a very important concept in Ben’s overall training philosophy–he argues it is more important that just trying to mindlessly add more weight (which can be a recipe for injury).

Here are some of the things you’ll get if you decide to order this program:

Training Manual: This downloadable e-book could be described as the “why” of MI40.  Ben explains in detail his training principles and why you should follow them.  He’ll go into a lot more detail about the “40” in MI40.

Videos: One thing that really stands out about this program is the high quality training videos.  I think there is nothing quite as motivational as a well-produced video.  You’ll be able to see all the techniques in action instead of just having to read them.

Nutrition Manual: Anyone who wants to gain muscle and strength has to make adjustments in what they eat.  This guide will show you how to do that.  Be sure to follow it so you can recover from your workout sessions.

Workout Sheets:  These are sheets you can print out so you’ll have a journal to keep track of every workout.

Optional Buys:  There are some additional products you can buy if you choose to order this program.  You do not have to purchase them but if you want to invest in additional training/nutrition information you can.

Cell Expansion Protocol:  One of the key concepts in this program is C.E.P: Cell Expansion Protocol.  These are some techniques designed to increase the number of nuclei in muscle cells.  I’ve explained it in a little more detail in this post.

Review:

Who is this program for?  I’ll begin by explaining who it is not for.  This training is difficult, so it is not for those who aren’t willing to invest the time and energy required to prepare and train.  You’ll need to be willing to read over the materials, plan your meals, and be prepared to train hard.

But dedicated trainees would definitely benefit.  I think MI40X 2.0 could help you break through plateaus in size and strength that you’ve experienced in your training.  This would be a great investment if you are looking for solid training information and want to make new gains in the weight room. Just CLICK HERE if you are interested in ordering this program or learning more.

UPDATE–SPECIAL DISCOUNT:  I been able to get a sneak preview of this program since writing this post.  Click here to see my updated review of MI40X with a special coupon code