Who is Ben Pakulski?
According to Mi40x review, Ben Pakulski is a professional bodybuilder. The International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness or IFBB certified him to work in this position after graduating from the University of Western Ontario in biomechanics and kinesiology with honours.
He competed with top global bodybuilders and won various awards including Mr. Canada in 2008, 12th rank in the Olympiad 2012 and in 2013 2nd position in the Arnold Classic.
Though Ben is incredibly educated but his views about the steroids taken by the professional bodybuilder can really surprise you. The methods used by Ben in Mi40x were tested by the people not using drugs for enhancing their performance. According to Ben most of them do not use drugs that enhance their performance. In fact the basic effect of muscle building supplements remain the same even if they include steroids or not. Though these steroids can promote their faster recovery by increasing testosterone but these increased hormones in the long run can be harmful for them due to its side effects.
What is Mi40x program?
Mi40x is workout program that can be used to gain muscle mass by every skinny guy or bodybuilder at any level. They can use it for three types of workout splits: Natural for beginners, Graduate for Intermediate and Pro of Advanced level bodybuilders. But to start with any of these muscle building programs one should testify them to lift appropriate amount of weight. Lifting weight more than your capacity can be harmful for you but still you can customize it to lift heavier weights occasionally.
Products included in this program
This workout program includes workout sheets, CEP practical application guide, the CEP training blueprint, CEP training video library, supplementation guide, diet calculators and nutrition guide, 7 day primer phase, 7 day detox diet, FAQ guide, the exercise execution guide and videos of total training program.
The Mi40x Training Program offers a number of bonuses like others including Hardcore Abs Training, The Essentials of Exercise, The Science of CEP with Dr. Wilson and Xtreme Suspension Revolution.
A detailed information about the products of this program is provided in this review to help you in using them as per your needs.
Workout Sheets: The three types of workout splits mentioned earlier can help in improving the intensity of the training program on the basis of experience. They have divided these splits into 6 phased spread into 5 weeks. Ben has implemented all the techniques provided in this program including Intra-Set Stretching, Isometric Holds, CS-6 Sets, Strip Sets and Partials.
The real essence of Mi40x program exists in the workout sheets. The total day-to-day program is divided into 40 workouts to make it easily adaptable for the bodybuilders.
CEP Practical Application Guide: It includes the process behind the Cell Expansion Protocol or CEP training. Ben explained that the nuclei of the muscle cell help in protein synthesis required for the growth of muscles. Your recovery and muscle growth can be faster if you have more nuclei per muscle cell. He explained after research about it online that a special cell donates its nuclei by attaching to the muscle cells during extreme muscular stressing workouts. The process of recovery known as Satellite Cell Recruitment becomes faster with the increase of nuclei in the muscle cell.
The CEP Training Blueprint: According to Ben the results provided in Cell Expansion Protocol or CEP are based on researches and experiences of long time. The CEP is based on four main principles:
- Swelling of the cell
- Under Tension time
- Stretching intra-set
- Restriction of blood flow
He studied all these principles in detail to know about their effect on hypertrophy. The CEP Training Blueprint looks deep into the science of building muscle and its inclusion in the Mi40x training program.
The CEP Training Video Library: The video of the tutorials featuring Ben are collected in this library. In these videos he demonstrates the proper ways of doing number of intra starching workout sets. He also guides about maximising the effectiveness of these workouts. Certain unusual exercises are also included in Mi40x training program to make it more effective.
Diet Calculators and Nutrition Guide: The main focus of nutrition guide is on carbohydrate intake and variation of nutrients. According to Ben you should change your pre and post workout meals according to the goal of your workout. Your nutrient intake should be different when training for hypertrophy than for strength. The intake of carbohydrate is connected with your insulin sensitivity and the variation in the nutrients.
The level of insulin sensitivity can be high for the active people with naturally low body fat so they can consume more carbohydrates to maintain their weight. Ben further guides about your eating plan during 5 week program. He advices about the methods to assess your body fat to follow his advice in this respect.
This nutrition guide should be used along with diet calculators provided with this program. He provided 4 different diet calculators based on gender and body fat:
- Male with 12% or less body fat can eat high carb diet whereas low carb diet is suitable for over 12% fat.
- Female can eat high carb diet if their body fat is 20% or less but if their body fat is more than 20% then low carb diet is suitable for them.
- According to workouts these calculators are divided into 7 phases.
- The calculator recommends about the carbs, protein and fat in each meal as your weight enters the fat percentage
Though the reason of including women in the diet calculators is not clear but still Mi40x has provided different diet plans for both of them as their goal of workouts can be different.
7 Day Primer Phase: In order to increase the intensity of Mi40x program Ben has included 7 Day Primer Phase to prepare the body of the bodybuilders of all levels. He has given tips to align your body and brain to enjoy maximum effectiveness of this workout program.
7 Day Detox Diet: This diet program should be used along with 7 Day Primer Phase to increase its effectiveness. The purpose of detox diet is to prepare your digestive system to use the nutrients to be consumed in the next week completely.
Benefits of detox diet may include
- Increase in protein synthesis
- Optimising the cell function by removing toxins
- Improving digestion
- Improving level of energy
The 10 essential things included by Ben in 7 Day Detox Diet:
- Green Vegetables
- Filtered Water
- Limes and Lemons
- Green Tea
- Wheat Grass
- Nuts and Seeds
- Raw Vegetables
- Omega 3s
Through this guide you can get the answers of the questions commonly asked about this workout program like:
- The supplements taken by the tight budget bodybuilders
- Effects of early morning training
- Effects of late night training
- Effects of training on roadside
- Methods to make tasty food
- Methods to know about the food for proper recovery
Exercise Execution Guide
Ben elaborates correct workout techniques through this guide. He divided them in 8 sections:
He further divided these sections according to the movement of each body part. For instance he divided Chest section into flyes, dips and pressing movements. The tips provided by him help in getting the best results through proper contraction of the body part from each movement.
Total Training Videos
Like Exercise Execution Guide Ben Pakulski has included all the videos of the total training program in this section. Through these videos he demonstrated each and every exercise suggested in this workout program to train his clients.
Hardcore Abs Training: In this eBook he explained the fundamentals of the best training for abs by teaching his clients how to keep their abs engaged, maintained, and squeezed to develop their shredded mid-section.
The Essentials of Exercise: Ben explained six training principles through this collection of six videos you should keep in mind while working out at the gym.
The Science of CEP with Dr. Wilson: Dr. Wilson and Ben Pakulski discussed about the development of the Cell Expansion Protocol and its effectiveness in this collection of videos.
Xtreme Suspension Revolution: This collection of six tutorial videos focuses on core training exercises including side plank crunches, oblique crunches, supine jack knife crunches, stability ball training and supine reverse crunches.
Pros vs. Cons of CEP Training Program of the Mi40x
- Explains exercise and nutrition process gradually
- Workout plans according to the experience level
- Stability problems controlled with different techniques
- Detailed instructions through videos
- Claims made in the sales video are very exaggerated
- No detailed recipes for meal plans
- Over-generalized Diet Calculators
- Unclear distinction in workout plans for women and men
You might have understood by now that the training programs discussed in Mi40x can be effective in putting on quality mass in a legitimate manner. In fact the claims made on its sales page are very vague. It claims to provide the secret of gaining muscles within 4 minutes used by the athletes and actors for gaining pounds of muscles each week. It also claims to double your muscles in half the time and the tricks for increase the recovery of your body. Most of these claims are untrue and misleading.
Thus, while using Mi40x workout program you should understand all of its features along with pros and cons so that you can feel satisfied with its results.