Product: MAX Workouts
Goals: Strength Training & Weight Loss
Owner: Shin Ohtake
Rank: 7.5 out of 10 – Legit!
What Is It?
MAX Workouts by Shin Ohtake is a workout program that helps you build lean muscle while burning off fat. A lot of Shin Ohtakes methods come from very high intensity exercises (called HIIT) done in short-bursts. But the program requires that you work out for 30-minutes a day, 5 days a week.
So even if you can’t make it to the gym 5 days a week, then I wouldn’t recommend MAX workouts as your fitness program. The system is very adamant on you making sure you complete these high intensity exercises almost everyday in order to be making real progress.
What Is HIIT?
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training and is what Shin Ohtake lives by. By using HIIT you can essentially burn more calories in less amount of time by working harder in that time frame. This means you can burn more weight when working out for less time instead of more. But in order for any HIIT program to be effective, you would need to work your hardest and at full capacity during that workout period.
The other benefit of using HIIT is that it can actually preserve muscle mass while getting rid of stubborn fat. Whereas with a long steady cardio workout, you would be much more likely to lose muscle mass. Well this is all great news for Shin Ohtake’s MAX Workout program, but one of the biggest problems I found with it that feels to be much more of an emphasis on weight loss then there is on gaining muscle mass. So depending on your goal, MAX Workouts could be for you.
Can MAX Workouts Help You Build That Lean Body?
That is the big question at play here, isn’t it.. First off, I want to say that I don’t believe MAX Workouts is the best fitness program out there by any means, but it also isn’t the worst. If we take a look at the success stories on their homepage, we would see that there truly are some great transformations, but nothing too extraordinary. Most of the individuals seemed to have lost between 10 and 20 pounds using MAX Workouts.
As for the workouts themselves, I believe that no matter how high the intensity is that it should at-least be followed by some low intensity strength straining. With that said, it is only 30 minutes a day making MAX Workouts a very well suited system and program for individuals who don’t have a ton of time to workout.
The 90-Day Workbook
The biggest disadvantage of MAX workouts is its workbook, which is almost impossible to get through. A properly organized workbook should have all the workouts that need to be done in its correct order and not have you flip from this page to that. On the upside, the workbook is detailed containing everything you need to complete your 90-day program. From your own training schedule, strength workouts, exercise tutorials, to interval cardio, you are given everything you need at your disposal.
What I couldn’t understand was why Shin Ohtake would charge you an extra $20 monthly recurring fee to get those workouts in video. I definitely don’t recommend this upsell. If you’re interested in getting MAX Workouts then just look up the different exercises when you need to. Not to mention that the workbook does include the images that show you how to do each workout already.
3 MAX Workout Bonuses
In addition to the 90-day workbook, you also get 3 extra bonuses, which I found to be pretty cool given that the whole program itself only costs $39.95.
Bonus #1 – The Lean Body Diet: How To Eat For Maximum Fat-Loss
This book is really legit and I believe has a lot of quality information inside that you can take away from. The book is really all about eating healthy and avoiding processed foods and gives you recipes you can use throughout the day to help you minimize snacking.
Bonus #2 – 40-Day Body Weight Workout Program
This is another 4-week body weight workout program that doesn’t use any kind of weights, but simply your own body. Definitely a good addition the the 90-day MAX Workout program itself. The book comes with 23 effective bodyweight exercises and 9 max-intensity interval cardio workouts.
Bonus #3 – The Muscle Recovery Guide: Techniques to Speed Recovery, Reduce Soreness, & Prevent Injury
I really can’t emphasize the importance of this one book alone. This book is all about learning how to properly foam roll and preventing any and every kind of injury associated with strength training. I wish had this years ago when I hurt my back from deadlifting too much weight. It comes with 17 step-by-step self-massaging techniques for each part of your body.
Pro’s Of MAX Workouts:
- Comes with a 90-day workout schedule.
- Workouts only take less than 30-minutes a day.
- 120-page downloadable book in PDF format.
- Detailed workout charts.
- Over 40 exercises to help you build your strength
- 90-day money back guarantee.
Con’s Of MAX Workouts:
- Inaccurate/Debatable information – Ex. claims that moderate to long cardio is a waste of time (depends on your goal).
- Claims that getting your heart rate up for just 30 minutes will have you shedding pounds all day.
- Workbook is very unorganized and confusing.
- Program is only designed for 3 months and is primarily tailored to losing weight over getting lean muscle.
I’ve seen a good number of negative reviews online (as well as positive ones), but no workout can be ‘perfect.’ I personally like MAX Workouts for a number of reasons and I like how it comes with a 90-day money back guarantee. The main drawback I found is getting a little too much information overload.. 120-pages just for a 90-day workout period is a bit much.
More importantly, MAX Workouts really emphasizes more on losing weight fast than it does on gaining muscle mass. It is great because following a program that focuses on HIIT will also help to preserve your muscle mass while simultaneously helping you lose weight, but it just doesn’t help as much on the weight training side of things. It’s still an effective method of working out, but if you’re into building lean muscle, than I definitely would say that there are better fitness programs out there.
Had any luck with MAX Workouts by Shin Ohtake? If so, feel free to leave a comment or two down below 🙂