MI40X 2.0 is based on the cell expansion protocol which will ensure the maximum muscle gains in the shortest period of time possible. In this MI40X review we will focus on the science behind the MI40X Cell Expansion Protocol, the target audience of this muscle building program, the pros and the cons and the crucial difference between the MI40X and MI40 Foundation program.
Rating:MI40 Xtreme 2.0 (5 / 5)
Suitability:This muscle building program is suitable for men and women. Although this muscle building program was designed for the serious bodybuilder and fitness model, it is suitable for anyone that considers a serious body transformation.
Experience level:Although this muscle building program is more focused on the intermediate to advanced bodybuilder, it was also designed with the beginner, that is willing to work hard, in mind. The bodybuilding program comes with beginner, intermediate and advanced workout plans.
User friendly:This is the best laid out bodybuilding program I have ever seen. The muscle building program provides exact information in regards to the exercise selection, exercise order, set length, rest period and food selection. It is even possible to request a customised muscle building meal plan specific to your body fat percentage, body weight and fitness goals from Ben Pakulski. The program comes complete with video instruction on how to perform each exercise correctly and safely.
Effectiveness:MI40 Xtreme 2.0 was birthed from Ben Pakulski’s exhaustive bodybuilding knowledge and the input from the world’s brightest doctors, therapists and performance coaches. As with any muscle building program the results will just be as effective as the amount of effort you are willing to put into the program. According to Ben Pakulski, even if you just apply a tenth of the principles as laid out in the MI40 Xtreme 2.0 muscle building program, you will still see dramatic results.
Format and Structure:MI40 Xtreme 2.0 is a completely downloadable series of digital videos, audio files and e-manuals. For a complete overview of the program, navigate to our MI40X muscle building program blog article.
Pros:Every detail has been meticulously calculated into the program. The exercise selection, exercise order, set length, rest period and food selection have all been calculated into the program.The number 40 in the MI40 CEP Training Program makes reference to the forty individual workouts contained in MI40X 2.0. Each week you rotate through different exercises so you’re not following the same seven day workout six times (40 days). It is essential that when you walk into the gym that you know exactly what it is you have to do to ensure that you do not wonder whether you have trained enough or whether you overtrained. When following the MI40 CEP Training System, you can be assured that you have done the best you could do in the gym to give yourself the best possible chance of reaching your muscle building potential.
Cons:It’s addictive! Forty different workouts in total. The only real downside to the program is that it requires hard work, focus and dedication. As like anything in life you only get out what you put in. The up side to the downside of having to work hard is that even if you apply only a fraction of the principles as laid out in this muscle building program, you will still see dramatic results.
The MI40X muscle building program is based on the Cell Expansion Protocol (CEP) principle. CEP training is scientifically proven to recruit the maximum amount of myosattelite cells. These highly specialised “helper cells” attach to muscles in response to CEP, and donate a nuclei. The more often you do it, the more nuclei you will be able to recruit. Increased number of nuclei in the working muscle means increased recovery and therefore growth. CEP training results in more growth than would have been previously possible due to your genetic limitations. (Excerpt from MI40 Xtreme – CEP The Practical Application)
CEP training is based around intra-set stretching, a brutal 4 minute protocol. The research suggests 200% greater growth.
The MI40X program includes a CEP Application Guide and a CEP Blueprint. The CEP Blueprint explains the four principles on which Cell Expansion Protocol is based where as the CEP Application Guide is more the practical application of these principles. The four principles that CEP is based on is cell swelling, time under tension, intra-set stretching and blood flow restriction.
What is the difference between MI40 Foundation and MI40X?
This is the number one question posed to Ben Pakulski and I will quote his words in answering this question. “If MI40 was high school, this is a PHD in muscle building.” The first original “MI40 Foundation” was based on mastery of the foundational aspects of muscle building like, tension techniques, precision execution via intentions, time under tension and tempo.
Version 2.0 is a whole new beast which builds on your original foundation. MI40 Xtreme 2.0 focus on a brand new protocol that actually increases the number of muscle fibres in each muscle, and massively improves recovery time by increasing the number of nuclei in the cell. Obviously the more muscle fibres you have, the bigger you can get.
Where as MI40 Foundation taught you the basics of precision exercise execution, MI40X takes it to a whole new level with way more detailed execution tips and tricks to take you to the next level.
MI40X contains a manual called the “7 Day Detox Diet” that teaches you how to detox harmful estrogens that are wreaking havoc on your ability to build muscle. Furthermore MI40X provides you with a full 18 weeks of programming that allows for a built in progression for muscle building enthusiasts from Newbie to Professional. Included you will find a 6-phase fully periodised 40 day program to address hypertrophy, power and strength. This program will push your limits and maximise growth.
If you are sitting on the fence because of worries that MI40 Xtreme 2.0 is simply a rehash of MI40 Foundation, then I can assure you that this is definitely not the case. MI40 Xtreme 2.0 is brand new and seriously cutting edge and not information you will find floating around in cyberspace, because frankly no one else is teaching this cutting edge muscle building information.
As one of the top bodybuilders in the world, Ben Pakulski has a reputation to uphold and therefore will ensure to put out top notch quality information and products. MI40X is the best laid out muscle building program we have ever seen. The workout plans are very specific, the manuals very clearly written and video instruction available on how to perform each exercise safely and correctly. In addition to the muscle building nutritional guide you also have the option to have Ben Pakulski customise specific meal plans for you which is specific to your body fat percentage, body weight and fitness goals. MI40X comes with a no questions asked money back guarantee, which means that Ben Pakulski guarantees that you will see results with the MI40 Xtreme 2.0 muscle building program.
Time consuming to learn new concepts
The biggest drawback of the program is that you have quite a bit of information to go through and principles to understand (e.g how to apply the CEP protocol) before you start with the program. However in life nothing comes from nothing and you cannot expect a different result if you keep on doing the same thing you did yesterday.
Time consuming to customise meal plans
It will take you quite some time to customise your meal plans for the MI40X muscle building program, unless you take the shortcut and ask Ben Pakulski to customise meal plans for you. Even if you take the shortcut and ask Ben to customise the meal plans for you, it will still be very time consuming to prepare the meals and to stick to the bodybuilding diet.
Bodybuilding meal plans are expensive
You did not for one moment think that you are going to pack on slabs of lean muscle without eating like a bodybuilder or fitness model, right? If you do not have the necessary building blocks in the form of nutrition to build your dream body, then all that time you spend in the gym will pretty much be in vain. The MI40X meal plans are expensive to follow, and to be honest, not everyone is able to afford to eat the way Ben recommends.
We personally recommend that you simply do the best you can. If you cannot afford to eat as recommended, then you simply can’t. Try your best to stick as closely as you can to the meal plans, as much as your finances will allow. This is however not a drawback specific to MI40X, but will be the case with any bodybuilding diet you choose to follow.
Hard work and dedication
The MI40 CEP Training Program is not for the faint hearted and is a very intense muscle building program that requires hard work and dedication. Although the muscle building program comes with a beginner, intermediate and advanced workout plan, one should not be deceived by the beginner workout plans. Even the beginner workout plans are quite challenging. I am sure however that you realised from the start that building your dream body will require hard work and dedication and therefore this should not come as a surprise. Even if in the beginning you are not able to cope with the beginner workout plan, that is no problem. Simply try to follow the program as closely as you possibly can and as you progress you will soon be able to follow the MI40X workout program exactly as intended.
Does MI40 Xtreme 2.0 deserve a (5 / 5) rating?
This will always be subjective to a personal opinion. We could have easily reasoned that due to the muscle building program being more complex in the sense of having to understand how to apply the CEP principles, that the muscle building program is not as user friendly as it could be and therefore do not deserve a 5 star rating. However, as everything in the program is laid out plainly and logically and comes complete with video instruction and also based on the effectiveness of the program, we decided that a 5 star rating in our opinion is indeed justifiable. Further to this, the no questions money back guarantee also played a role in justifying a 5 star rating for MI40 Xtreme 2.0.
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