It’s once again time for a review for you guys! This time Ben Pakulski’s Mi40X that got into my crosshair. This electronic workout program has been out on the market for a while carrying name Mi40 before and currently Mi40X.
I didn’t found any review online that would say something negative on this program so I guess that makes me the first one.
I sincerely hope that you’ll read this review first before purchasing Ben’s program.
I have to say that after reading through all the materials, I’m not impressed. Infact the video presentation of the product already made me cringe due to gimmicky marketing and really absurd promises of muscle growth & fat loss.
So it’s fair to say that I do not like this program. Especially when it’s the most expensive one out of all the programs I’ve done reviews on this site.
Now let’s get into it and figure out if the program is worth of your money or not!
Who Is Ben Pakulski
The creator of Mi40X is Ben Pakulski. The guy looks like the incredible Hulk but without the green skin and purple shorts. He is frigging massive and ripped as hell.
Ben has been in the bodybuilding game for a long time and he is an IFBB Pro bodybuilder with wins from Mr. Canada and several other good positions from different bodybuilding shows.
Ben has been helping people to get in shape for a while since he’s been a personal trainer for many years.
And he also claimed that he invented the cutting edge training technique called C.E.P. (more on this later) which is the best kept secret of the bodybuilding industry.
What Is The Mi40X Workout Program?
The Mi40X program is a complete workout program consisting of information on diet, weight training and recovery all with the emphasize on building muscle & losing fat.
The name of the program comes from Mass Intelligence, the number 40 refers to 40 days that is the length of “one cycle” of the program, length of sets which is 4 minutes and rest intervals betweens sets and the X stands for Extreme. The total length of the program is 18 weeks from start to finish.
The actual content of the program is as follows:
- 7-Day Primer & Detox – Going through the mindset you should have before starting the program etc.
- C.E.P. Blueprint – Revealing the application & logic how to execute the training methods of Ben
- Exercise Database – Instructions on how to perform the exercises used in the program
- Nutrition Guide – How & what to eat to build muscle
- Supplement Guide – What supplements to take, how much and when
- Workout Programs – 3 different weight training regimens for beginners, intermediates & advanced
- Calorie Intake Calculators – Figuring out your calorie maintenance & adjusting it
- Training Videos – How to execute Ben’s “cutting edge” unique training methods
- The Science Of C.E.P. – Going into detail about research that supports Ben’s methods
So there is decent amount of content in the whole program, but I’m sorry to say that it’s really not the best way to about training if you’re a natural non-enhanced lifter.
The whole training philosophy of Ben is really ineffective. The stretching of the muscles, time under tension stuff with super sets, complicated workout regimens with weird splits such as back & triceps, exercise order also complicated.
All these factors are just a marketing hype and gimmicks to sell his product to you. It’s the classic scheme of BS marketing. Throw in a guy that has gotten big by using really heavy doses of steroids telling you these crazy secrets that he is invented that will yield as much as muscle as you want in a short period of time.
Let me tell you, there is no damn secret of building muscle! It’s done through months and years of hard training with right diet, effective weight training regimen and adequate recovery.
All these training techniques that Ben praises are diverting you from making the real gains you could make. By using Ben’s techniques you’re just taking your concentration from the facts that you really should be doing when training.
You should do compound exercises such as squats, deadlifts, bench presses, pull-ups, rows, overhead presses with heavy weight and with proper technique and aim for progressive overload over time, adding more reps or more weight to the bar. That along with good diet and rest is “THE SECRET” that will build you the most amount muscle humanly possible.
What Is C.E.P. Training Method?
C.E.P. stands for Cell Expansion Protocol which is the process of cells making use of satellite cells by absorbing their nuclei.
This is a function of our human body to repair broken down muscle tissue after exercise which will make the muscles bigger and Ben to his own words has hacked this and created the Cell Expansion Protocol Training method which the whole book is about.
He states the one study he conducted in a university of Toronto and shows that the results used by his training methods were 200% more effective than “traditional” training methods, whatever “traditional” meant in the study.
So the problem here is that in science, you NEVER EVER can take just one or two studies and form a conclusive opinion based on them.
So Ben has done exactly this, he is basing his opinions and secret around this one very small study that doesn’t really mean anything in the big picture.
What happened to all the other studies that show that you’ll recruit all of your target muscle fibers while training with 70-80% of your one rep max and going one or two repetitions short of failure?
This is a classic gimmick.
Don’t get me wrong, you will experience muscle growth with this program since you’re actually lifting weights. But the way it’s done is slow and ineffective if you’re a beginner to intermediate lifter.
Here is a C.E.P. training example:
What I like In The Program
Eventhough I don’t recommend this product there still were some positive points in it that I found valuable:
- I like the fact that Ben taps into the mindset you must have if you want to really grow your muscles
- The presentation of Ben is entertaining and fun to watch
- Dietary advice is on point
But that’s about it, now let’s get to the other part…
What I Don’t Like
Overcomplicating training by weird techniques instead of focusing on moving heavy weight with high intensity & concentration
- Exercise orders doesn’t make sense, why pre-exhaust your muscles before heavy compounds
- Training splits do not make sense, why train your back and triceps on the same day
- The training methods seems to be geared for advance & enhanced lifters
- Not an effective program for beginner and intermediate natural lifters
- Making way big of a deal of a one study he himself conducted and not taking into consideration of hundreds of other studies
- Making really absurd claims that you can gain as much muscle as you want with his methods
- Boasting about that he has found a best kept secret of bodybuilding industry even when there is no secret to building muscle, only hard work and dedication over a long period of time
- Why all the other guys that are even bigger than Ben do not use his methods? Because they’re full of marketing and BS
- Why all the natural lifters do not use Bens methods? Because they’re full of marketing and BS
- Misleading marketing
I mean if this type of training is so superior that he makes it to be, why I’ve never in my life met a natural trainer that does this kind of stuff? Why everyone who is big and strong praises totally different stuff than Ben?
The first version of this program came out several years ago, so if it really was as effective as it’s made to be, I’d bet my life that EVERYONE, including me would be using it now.
The way of muscle building is still the same as it was during early years of bodybuilding, they haven’t changed!
I mean certainly there is some truth to his methods since you can and will introduce new kind of stimulus to your muscles with Bens techniques but it’s just another tool in your box, It’s not the absolute core of your programs, It’s the kind of thing you can implement from time to time when you’re really advanced lifter.
Ideal Candidate For The Program
I tried to think that who would relly benefit from this program and the only guys could really see this worth of their money are steroids using really advanced bodybuilders.
If you’re beginner or intermediate lifter, DO NOT spend your money to this product. It’s completely counterproductive to your muscle building efforts!
When it all comes down to it, Ben Pakulskis Mi40X program is not for you if you’re a beginner or intermediate lifter.
If you’re advanced lifter you might get another little trick to gain new training stimulus.
The bottom line is that the whole program is way over complicated & over hyped. It has taken one little training technique and made that to being a big secret that will explode your muscles into insane growth. And this is only a huge marketing gimmick and a pile of rubbish.
As a beginner lifter you do not have to pay attention to this kind of special techniques that Ben promotes in the program, instead you have to make simple routines that will get you whole body stronger and muscular by putting the emphasize on the very basics of weight training, not these over complicated special techniques.
After 5 years of consistent training you might find these kind of special bodybuilding tricks useful what Ben teaches!
To be honest I’ve reviewed quite many programs now and this is the worst of them all to date.
But anyway if you feel that Mi40X is the way to go, by all means go for it!
Superior Choice To Mi40X Is The Body Transformation Blueprint
This program is my #1 recommendation of all the programs currently on the internet.
The author Sean Nalewanyj is a life long NATURAL bodybuilder / strength trainer and his program got everything you’ll ever need when the goal is to put the most amount of muscle NATURALLY without steroids! No matter how genetically ungifted you think you are.
This truly is the “bodybuilding bible” on the market right now.
Sean has a no BS approach to building muscle and he gives you all the information that you’ll ever need and nothing that you don’t.
The program has EVERYTHING you need to know about proper diet, weight training, recovery, supplementation, etc.
And on top of that it’s cheaper than Bens program.