MI40X Review (Mass Intentions Extreme 2.0): a look at Ben Pakulski’s program featuring the cell expansion protocol (CEP).
The newly upgraded version of Mass Intentions (MI40) came out last month. I’ve had the opportunity to look over this program and I’ll share my review with you. I’ll start with a general overview of what you get if you decide to order this training program:
MI40X Program Components
The Rapid Action Start Plan:
You’ll go to a members page immediately after ordering this program. It takes a little trial-and-error to navigate it, but it’s not hard to figure out. This page starts with an introductory video by Ben in which he explains how to get the most out of this program. I would recommend you watch this intro video in it’s entirety and not try to skip directly to the training.
The Training Phases Summarized
Primer phase: this regimen last for three weeks and it is designed to help your body prepare for the intense workouts to come.
Phase 1-2–high volume: As the name implies, you’ll be doing a lot of sets/reps during these phases. Each body part will be trained twice a week (one workout will be higher weight and the other higher reps).
Phase 3–power/hypertrophy: you will be training with heavier weights during this part of the program for muscle growth.
Phase 4–strength training: workouts for increasing your capacity as far as your one-rep max goes.
Phase 5 –dealoading: this is an “easy” phase which will allow both your central nervous system and your muscles to rest–preparing for the next phase.
Phase 6–overreaching: you’ll go through an intense time of training right after you deload.
Phase 7–hyper recovery phase: This time is not so intense on training and is designed (as the name implies) to help you maximize recovery.
You can download pdf files (workout sheets) to guide you through each of these before-mentioned phases.
The whole program will last for 18 weeks if you do it as prescribed (which is what I recommend).
You also have the option of selecting your level of training experience (beginner, intermediate, or advanced). This means you could repeat the program through progressively difficult levels and maximize your purchase.
Cell Expansion Protocol (C.E.P.)
One of the central concepts to MI40X is Cell Expansion Protocol (C.E.P.). MI40x has ten downloadable videos explaining this in detail (Ben discusses this with a Ph.D.). But I’ll explain the basic idea:
One of the keys to muscle size/growth is the muscle cell’s unique ability to contain/acquire more than one nucleus. Muscle cells basically “borrow” nuclei from satellite cells when exposed to certain stimuli (like lifting weights). This transfer of nuclei is a key component of building muscle. Mass Intentions Extreme 2.0 shows you some specific techniques to make your training even more likely to cause this cellular process to occur.
MI40X includes a complete video library, organized according to body part training. I was really impressed with the quality of the videos. A few years back most programs only had low-res, small videos. This is (thankfully) no longer true: the videos I’ve downloaded have really good resolution, even in full screen mode. Just keep in mind they are big files and may take a little while to download (depending on your internet connection speed).
Here’s a screenshot of the chest workout:
One of the most overlooked aspects of building muscle (and fat loss) is diet. Be sure to follow the MI40x nutrition guides so you’ll have the right fuel for your training and recovery. The more meticulous you are with your meal planning, the better your results will be.
I’ll give you a word of caution here: I’d recommend you just stick with very basic supplements (whey protein, creatine monohydrate, etc.) of brands that you trust. I’m sure Ben’s recommended brands are fine, but don’t stress over supplement brand/budget. Stick to the basic supplements and focus more on training/nutrition.
What I have just reviewed is the basic MI40X package. You will have the option of buying additional products/programs. You don’t have to order them to get what I’ve described above. But they would be worthwhile if you find some of them meet your needs.
I think MI40x is a worthwhile investment for certain types of trainees. Here a few that come to mind:
1. Intermediate or advanced trainees looking to break through plateaus in building size and strength.
2. Trainees who have hypertrophy (size and strength) as their main goal.
3. Those who are willing to invest time and effort to finish 18 weeks of carefully planned training and nutrition.
If this describes you then I think MI40X would be a good investment for you–it is a really nice upgrade of Pakulski’s MI40 of a few years ago. It is not the cheapest program out there, but I think you’ll be satisfied with the amount of content you get for the money. This program lasts 18 weeks, so 11 dollars/week isn’t a bad deal for something that will help you reach your goal. Just CLICK HERE to learn more about MI40X or to order the program.