The “MI40” Workout – What does that even mean?
If some of the points I make in this review shock you, it is because unlike 90% of the other reviews you find online, I have 100% purchased and used the MI40 program myself.
The Term “Mass Intention” refers to the technique of intentional muscle control when lifting (think slow deliberate movement), to build …”Mass”.
The Number 40 refers to;
- Number of days in the workout
- Number of exercises you will learn
- Number of minutes in the workouts
…as well as a heap more. Its Explained on the MI40 Website
This was enough for me to pay the $77 and try the workout, I figured that if the program didn’t work for me I would just get my money back with the 60day money back guarantee.
MI40 Workout – What is it?
Mass Intention 40 or MI40 for short is a 40day resistance training package by IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Ben Pakulski. The program contains training and nutritional manuals and demonstration videos (8 hours) of how to perform each exercise used in the workout.
MI40 is an intensive workout program primarily targeted at people with some previous training experience who want to take their physique to professional fitness model, or pro bodybuilder level. This program is a super intense 5 days per week program that is not for the faint hearted or completely untrained individual.
What do I get when you buy the MI40 Workout Program?
The program contains training and nutritional manuals and demonstration videos (8 hours) of how to perform each exercise used in the workout.
I won’t go any more in-depth than that because it covered on the MI40 Workout Website. All the information they provide about what you receive is 100% accurate.
MI40 Workout – So how does it make build more muscle?
Each workout within the MI40 program is a weight training session containing 6 to 9 exercises. Each session should take approximately 40 minutes to complete. Most exercises contain 4 sets of 8 reps, with the last set of each exercise being a “NOS” set.
Neurological Overload Sets (NOS for short) are designed to give you the maximum overload on the muscle possible.
More Overload, More muscle growth.
Here is an example with Day 2 of the program, Chest and Bicep Day.
The workout begins with the Flat Barbell Press with inwards intention. How to perform the barbell press with “inwards intentions” is demonstrated by Ben in the instructional video package.
The first 3 sets are performed as straight sets of 8 reps, at a 4010 pace. This 4010 Truth means 4 seconds on the decline, zero pause at the bottom, one second on the lift, zero pause at the top.
This muscle control on the 4 second decline is what is refered to the “Intentions” in mass intentions 40 and a is key to getting your muscles working hard in the first 3 sets before the final set that is a NOS set.
In the NOS set, you perform as many reps as possible while maintaining your controlled “intentional” decline of the weight. Once you can’t lift the weight anymore, you drop the weight by around 20% and attempt to push out another 6 to 8 reps.
You continue this sequence with all exercises through the workout with the exception of the Pushup supersets, where you simply do 3 sets to failure. The days you workout follow a common sequence; three days on, one day off, two days on, one day off. The areas worked within each workout will be constantly changing throughout the program, with no two weeks the same.
This muscle control on the 4 second decline is key to getting the muscles working hard in the first 3 sets before the final set that is a NOS set. This controlling of the weight in the decline is known in the program as moving it with “intention”.
In the NOS set, you perform as many reps as possible while maintaining your controlled “intentional” decline. Once you can’t perform any more reps, aka momentary muscle failure (MMF), you drop the weight by around 20% and attempt to push out another 6 to 8 reps.
You continue this sequence with all exercises through the workout with the exception of the Pushup supersets, where you simply do 3 sets to failure (MMF) The days you workout follow a common sequence; three days on, one day off, two days on, one day off. The areas worked within each workout will be constantly changing throughout the program, with no two weeks the same.
If you’re like me and have spent 2-3 days per week doing a more simplified straight sets program, expect good muscle gains.
Enough With the Science, what did you think of the workout Troy.
The techniques and the intensity that the MI40 Workout Program is built around really gave me a wakeup call to how I had been training in the past.
When you watch the video on the Mi40 website where the guy is pushing himself to the Max, that’s what this program is all about.
Along with the workout material, you get all the nutritional information that you can continue to use year after year no matter what workout you are performing. I really helped me recover from the extra hard workouts
MI40 Workout Routines Possible Negative Aspects
MI40 is not for the faint hearted. It is a very intensive training regime. If you are severely out of shape, this program is not for you. If you don’t really take your training all that seriously and like to just socialize at the gym, this program is not for you. It is effective, but needs commitment.
You probably won’t make it through the 40day workout if you are not prepared to put in the time it deserves. This is a minimum 8 hours a week when you factor in the extra nutrition and cardio. I you can’t find the time, you’re not committed enough, don’t waste your money!
If your goals are to lean up and increase you cardio, a resistance training program such as this is not the most effective way to reach your goal. You need to look at circuit style training.
In addition to the program, it is highly recommended that you change your diet to improve recovery. This added cost of supplements and healthy food, although can be done on a budget, is going to be an ongoing cost if you intend to keep training at such an intense level. Keep this added cost in mind before making a purchase of this or any other fitness program.
MI40 Workout – Positives of the Program
If (like me) you have been working hard to gain muscle/ burn fat, but have been falling short of you goals, the MI40 workout will get on track. And fast.
The Writer of the program, Ben Pakulski is a full time athlete with an honours degree in kinesiology (the scientific study of human movement) and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is an authority on the subject.
The Instructional Video – 8hours worth of instruction from a true pro bodybuilder. These videos show you every single movement you need to know to preform every exercise in this program correctly, no prior experience required.
Without sounding like a cheesy sales guy, you will be amazed at how you look in 40days time. No hype, this program is very intense but it does work very well.
The Bottom Line – How the Workout Program Stacks Up (I know because I used it).
In the beginning I though, this program sounds simple, you just watch the videos and do the special workouts for six weeks and you get a great body.
It is much more complicated than that because it is difficult to stick to any fitness program let alone one that is as intense as the MI40 Workout.
You have to want this bad enough! That is the Key.
If you are a strong willed person that won’t give up and stick with it for 40 days, you will see some seriously amazing results. The before and after photos on the MI40 Website will show you what is possible.
If you’re a person that has a lot of gym time under your belt, Muscle but not as much to show for it as you would like or if you make up your workout as you go, a bit of this a bit of that then this is the program for you, period!
But Remember, the quality of the results you get is dependent of how much you put in whilst doing these workouts. If you fail, it was not the workout, it was you!
Ben Pakulski is an expert in getting fitness models and bodybuilders into great shape, all that knowledge has gone into the workout.
This Program is exactly what you would expect from such an expert trainer.