Thursday, May 17, 2012

MP45 Workout Program Review

My name is Pete Racanelli. I've tried many workout and diet programs before and none of them have worked for me the way I wanted them to. I even read Arnold Schwarzenegger's Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding. While there was a lot of good information in that book, some of it was just overwhelming and even contradictory. I tried out MP45 after a recommendation from a friend and I was more than pleased with the results. The MP45 program actually broke down everything very easily and I was able to follow the 45 day plan without one issue. It was super easy to follow. I went from around 14% body fat to 8% body fat in 45 days and my strength increased so much. Because this was the only program I saw such drastic results of, I thought it was only appropriate that I create this blog to spread the word about MP45. Karma is important in your life and you should give back to those who help you. Here's my transformation picture if you don't believe me.

I want to go more in-depth on the MP45 program and why I think it's one of the most effective programs when it comes to burning fat and building lean muscle. If you're interested in learning more about the program, you can check it out here

The MP45 workout and diet program is based upon two principles: 1) High Intensity Stimulation Training, and 2) eating small meals every 2-3 hours. It was developed by Jaret Grossman, co-founder of, a major health and fitness online publication.

Here is my MP45 workout program review...

High Intensity Stimulation Training (H.I.S.T.)
To better understand the principle of High Intensity Stimulation Training (also known as H.I.S.T.), you need to understand how the concept originated. First, H.I.S.T. uses the principles of Mike Mentzer's High Intensity Training (the H.I.T. in H.I.S.T.). For people that do not know, Mike Mentzer was one of the most successful bodybuilders of all time. He won numerous bodybuilding competitions, most notably the 1978 IFBB Mr. Universe contest. He became the first bodybuilder to ever receive a perfect 300 score from the judges. Mentzer was the one who introduced fellow bodybuilder Dorian Yates to high-intensity training, which helped him win six Mr. Olympia titles in a row in the mid 1990s. The Mr. Olympia title is the most prestigious title in pro bodybuilding.

Mentzer used training theories and practices by exercise pioneer Arthur Jones and attempted to expand on them, and even perfect them. He spent years crafting the perfect program to help someone achieve his full genetic potential within the shortest and fastest amount of time. Mentzer deemed that weight training had to be brief, infrequent, and intense to achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time. He would do fewer than five working sets each workout session and focus mainly on compound movements. It's about going to complete failure for one set doing predominantly compound based exercises. Compound exercises work (such as squats, deadlifts, or bench press) work more than one muscle group and have been known to put on more muscle mass than isolation exercises. However, Mentzer did some isolation exercises later in his career because he recognized their benefits for defining and toning the muscle.

 Now that you understand the H.I.T. in H.I.S.T., let's get to the final ingredient…the "S" in H.I.S.T. The "S" stands for "Stimulation", stimulating your entire body through proper weightlifting exercises AND cardio exercise. Mike Mentzer neglected two important factors when it came to training properly. First, he didn't focus enough on proper cardio training. Of course doing a weightlifting set to absolute failure will work on your conditioning. However, that won't condition you like an elite athlete to sprint back and forth on the athletic field. Your heart is a muscle and you must directly train it by doing interval sprints and other forms of cardiovascular exercises. Research has confirmed that doing interval sprints can burn up to 9X more fat than steady-paced card. Therefore, doing both weight training and actual cardio training will give you the best combination when it comes to building muscle, burning fat, and getting into shape. 

The second thing Mentzer neglected was that he didn't base his philosophy on the all-natural body. Mentzer subjects often were known to use performance enhancing drugs so they were able to grow their bodies at astounding rates and recover quicker, in addition to responding to essentially any time of stress placed on the muscle. You need more than just high intensity training to build your body. You really just can't do a few sets to absolute failure and expect to grow. You need a variety of exercises and more time in the gym to build up your body and develop the proper conditioning like an elite athlete.

Therefore. H.I.S.T. incorporates a combination of Mike Mentzer's training and the training of elite athletes into the utlimate muscle building and cardiovascular program.

With the MP45 Program, you get over 180+ pages of training science with a full 45 day plan detailing every exercise, set and rep you should do.

Nutritional Regimen
Now, let's discuss the nutritional regimen. With the nutritional portion, you get over 120+ pages of nutritional science and another full 45 day nutritional plan that bestows upon you exactly what and when you should eat for every single day so your body becomes the machine that it is certainly capable of to build muscle mass, shred body fat, and thwart off the fat for good. 

There is a major difference between the two terms "nutrition" and "diet" when it comes to a health and fitness program. Diet is generally used as a short-term phrase, while nutrition is a long-term commitment. Short term diets do not work. While you may lose a few quick pounds off of a diet, you will find yourself deviating from it and putting the weight back on. Thus you will create the improper hormonal balance required to shed body fat and keep the body fat off for an extended period of time. People think diets work due to this major misconception out there that the only way to lose weight is to severely cut calories. Hence, this is why these liquid diets and no-carb diets are so rampant. However, not only are these sacrifices so harmful to your health, but they are so inconsistent with the goals you are trying to achieve. 

Constantly restricting your calorie intake can actually slow your metabolism and slow down weight loss. It will create the improper hormonal balance where you will decrease your testosterone levels and increase your cortisol levels. Testosterone is a beneficial hormone that aids in building muscle and burning fat. This is needed in your body. However, increased cortisol isn't needed. Cortisol is a stress-induced negative hormone that eats away at precious muscle tissue and puts on unwanted body fat. Therefore, you need to eat every 2-3 hours to prevent your body from decreasing testosterone and increasing cortisol. 

In addition, once you stop the diet or weight-loss program, you may have serious problems keeping the weight off now that your body's basal metabolic rate, or rate at which it burns calories throughout the course of a day, has lowered. You rehydrate yourself to optimal levels and return to "real" food. In fact, most people have this problem and they don t understand why their efforts are simply not working.

The Program Creator
Jaret Grossman is a 3x All-American collegiate wrestler, certified personal trainer, and motivational speaker. He has helped numerous people achieve their goals in the gym and decided to expand his principles and philosophies into a downloadable online program that is readily available to everyone.

During his beginning years of training, he tried and experimented with every program out there until he developed his own philosophy that allowed him to make strength gains nearly every single week. Jaret currently weighs 202 pounds, and is completely all-natural. He has never touched any sort of performance enhancing drug or anabolic hormone in his life. He also does not take creatine or testosterone boosters that many other fitness enthusiasts use. He is all about longevity and living a super healthy lifestyle through proper training and nutritional habits. He has discovered a new way of training and nutrition that does not consume too much of his time and allows him to have 6% body fat all year round. Since Jaret was a premiere athlete, he needed to be lean AND strong, something that's very hard to achieve. The principles of MP45 got him there. Through his MP45 training, Jaret now has a max squat of 490 pounds, a bench press of 320 pounds, and a deadlift of 570 pounds. He has performed incredible feats such as squatting 325 pounds for 21 reps and 148 pounds for 104 reps, all while being able to run a 5:10 minute mile and do over 250 consecutive push-ups and 40 pull-ups without a break.

This is a video that proves how damn strong he is. 104 reps of 148 pound squats? You gotta be kidding me!