Max Workouts Review: Does This Program Really Work?
I finished the 16th week of the Max Workouts routine and figured now is as good a time as any to review it for you folks. First and foremost, you can consider this a fat loss product. Max Workouts can definitely help you build muscle, but it’s not really geared toward building Phil Heath, Jay Cutler, or (gasp) Marcus Ruhl kind of muscle! My Max Workouts review goes into the juicy details where others don’t dare to go. Be sure to read through the entire article for the facts about this program.
One of the things that inspired me to purchase this program was because; it doesn’t promise that you’ll get “six pack abs in 30 days”. Even for men and women that are already reasonably lean, 30 days isn’t very long to get ripped – and not very safe either!
Most of us aren’t stupid either, so when you see ridiculous claims, you know the author is just trying to take your money and run.
Many readers prefer Old School New Body due to lower price and more flexible workouts so be sure to check it out.
The 90-Day Ultimate Fitness Program?
Touted as “The 90-Day Ultimate Fitness Program”, the Max Workouts eBook cover promises that anyone can achieve some pretty awesome goals, if they follow the workout routine and complimentary add-on manual: “New Lean Body Diet”.
Anyhow, enough of the fluffy introductory stuff: I’m going to break this product down for you as efficiently as possible, telling you a bit about the what makes it unique, and the core principles that went into the making of this all-encompassing workout routine and lifestyle guide.
What Makes Max Workouts Different From Other Fat Loss Programs?
If you haven’t heard about Shin Ohtake and the methodologies he’s outlined in Max workouts, I can assure you that I’ve reviewed the entire thing, including fact-checking the details he’s feeding us: The routines really can work. However, before you run off to by this program, read through the rest of this article because, I have laid it out for you so that you can find out first hand if this program is right for you.
Let’s look at some of the highlights from Max Workouts.
The Afterburn Effect:
Shin is spot on about the positive benefit the Afterburn Effect has on speeding-up your metabolism to help burn more fat for a longer time. The premise of the program claims to make use of the afterburn effect in each workout and that is what is “supposed” to set the program apart from others.
The truth is, that the Afterburn Effect also known as EPOC is not unique to Max Workouts. EPOC is more commonly known as Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. Without getting into the science behind it; high intensity exercises have the ability to burn more calories during a workout and will continue to burn calories at a higher rate for some period of time after the workout has ended.
The point is that all high intensity workout programs give you the benefit of the afterburn – It’s not unique to this program alone.
Shin explains the Afterburn Effect in this short video here:
Diet Guide (New Lean Body Diet)
This is free add-on that’s being offered with the product currently. I’m not sure how long they’re going to offer it at no extra charge. This is one of the best deals that the folks at Max Workouts have offered since its release, and the results of a clean diet are well known to most of us already.
Ohtake goes into detail about how sugar keeps you fat, how many of the foods found in a western diet are jam-packed with sugar (even though they’re marketed as “healthy”), how to battle inflammation in the cells of your body (which keep us fat by curbing our body’s post-workout recovery), how to curb your cravings for the bad stuff we all love to eat, and much more.
While, the addition of a nutritional guide is a nice feature of any fitness program, I find that all too many just fall short. The reality is, that this book feels and reads more like filler material to help round-out the workout into a full program.
Don’t get me wrong, the information is useful if you can find the time to read through the droning science behind everything. What I like to see in a diet program is something that is clear, easy to follow, and easy to stick with. Most people will find the vast array of data tables contained in this guide to be of little real value.
I had to force my way through reading the book, only to toss it aside and just stick with my Paleo plan, which is far easier to follow and easily more effective. You just can’t go wrong with a Paleo diet and with so many options available to you in the nutrition space, the Lean Body Diet just does not cut it. Free or not, you will have to look elsewhere for your nutritional needs.
Does Max Workouts have a guarantee?
Yeah, of course. When you buy Max Workouts, you get 90 days to return it. No questions asked.
Pros and Cons of Max Workouts
I have outlined what I like least and most about the program, to help you get a better idea if Max Workouts is something you should add to your fitness regime.
- Price. The roughly $40 price tag places the program in the lower cost range in comparison to other similar products.
- Clear exercise instruction pictures. Shin demonstrates the exercises in clear form. This is helpful for anyone who is just learning.
- Fitness approach. The exercises and routines outlined in the program are effective and will help most people lose weight and build lean muscle if they follow along
- Minimal equipment requirements. Even though you will benefit most from using free weights, all you really need is a set of dumbells to complete the main course.
- Timing. The exercise sessions are efficient and last only 30 minutes each.
- The workouts work equally well for men and women.
- The program is sold as a complete package. The lack luster diet guidelines from the Lean Body Diet book fall short making this more of a workout series than a total solution.
- While the exercise demonstration pictures are clear, you have to pay an upgrade fee to get video demonstrations. This is a recurring $19.99 fee mind you. Most other programs available in the $40 and above range typically have video demonstrations without the hassle of recurring fees.
- The workouts are flat out boring. It’s not that they aren’t effective, the routines are just dull and no fun to do. I am not saying that they aren’t challenge; they just feel like a grind. I had to force myself through the program and I won’t be doing another round. There are too many other offerings available that challenge you, but are fun to do as well.
- This program also has no staying power. What I mean is that when you are done. You are done. Unless however, you join the Max Workouts Club for $19.99 per month where you will gain access to forums and new workout videos. Don’t get excited though, because the forums are like a ghost town. Even though customer support is quick to respond, there are not enough active users to make posting in the forums worth your 20 bucks per month.
- The program is based on the Tabata method, HIIT, and the afterburn effect. The truth is, that NONE of these items are specific to Max Workouts. These are methods that are used in a multitude of programs such as Focus T25 and Old School New Body. Both are wildly different from Max Workouts and, and each other for that matter, but they deliver results based on the same principles.
- The main course contains all of the workout routines, the intro, and instructional pictures. However, it is brutally unorganized. There are no cheat sheets and you will spend time flipping back and forth between pages or scrolling up and down to figure out what to do next. Some clean, printable workouts, would be a great feature. Sadly, they don’t exist.
What’s The Bottom Line?
On the surface, this program seems to be a steal for around 40 bucks. However, the disorganized material, the woefully inadequate diet guide, and the need to force your way through the dull workouts, just make it too tedious and boring for the long term. The recurring monthly fee for the optional Max Workouts club is just too high for the lack of value it brings to the table.
Overall my Max Workouts reviews scores about 2.5 out of 5 stars. I believe you can find better workouts in this space for less cash. For example, Old School New Body works great for men and women at about half the price.