The Max Workouts program is a 90-day fitness plan created by world-renowned trainer, Shin Ohtake. It is designed for fat burning and creating a lean, fit, athletic body using short and intense workouts. There is also a nutrition aspect that explains how to eat for maximum fat loss.
Who is Shin Ohtake?
Shin is a former competitive athlete who was trained by some of the top strength and conditioning coaches in the world. He has since moved on to fitness training, using the fat loss knowledge he picked up to help people get lean in the most efficient way possible, without long cardio sessions or restrictive calorie-counting diets.
The Basis of the Program
Max Workouts focuses on short and intense workouts as a strategy to achieve maximum fat loss without spending a lot of time in a gym. There isn’t actually a requirement to have a gym membership at all – everything in the program can be done from home.
The key to the program really is the intensity at which you train – intensity continues to referenced throughout. Without delving too deeply into the science of Shin’s workout sessions, they are designed to put your body in a state where it is able to burn calories at an increased rate long after you’ve finished training; up to 24 hours later in many cases. Again, this is achieved by working out for only a short time, but at high intensity levels with minimal rest periods.
There are two different types of workouts that make up the 90-day program, which we’ll explain in much greater detail later on in this review. You’ll be alternative through them as you progress through the course:
1. Circuit Training Workouts using free-weights and body weight
Exercises are performed back-to-back in a circuit, with rest periods only allowed after each circuit is complete.
2. Cardio: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
These sessions involve continually switching between low and high intensity ‘intervals’ between 30 and 60 seconds in length – you can choose to either run or cycle, on a static machine or outdoors.
What’s Included with the Max Workouts Program?
There are three different versions of the program – one basic (which really contains everything you need to get results) and two more advanced versions with some extra content.
Here’s what’s included in the basic version:
The Primary Max Workouts Guide
This starts off with an explanation of why the program works and the scientific principles it is based on. The explanation isn’t too long, but gives you a good idea and an understanding of why the program is designed in the way it is – it makes logical sense and gave us confidence that the workouts would be effective.
The next thing the guide does is tell you everything you need in order to follow the workout schedule and track results week by week. Each of the 90 days are detailed, so you’ll know exactly what to do during each workout. The instructions are very thorough and tell you which exercises to do, the correct order, numbers of reps and even the amount of rest you should be taking at each point in the workout. Just follow the instructions and you’ll be right on track.
In this guide you’ll also find high quality photographs demonstrating each of the exercises featured in the program (over 40 in total), along with detailed explanations of how to perform them correctly for the best results. If there any you’ve never seen before, you shouldn’t have any problem learning them quickly by following the guidelines. It is also worth noting that in the online membership area of the program (Max Workouts Club) you can also find videos for each exercise – these make things even clearer. A free 30 day trial of the online member program is included with all purchases.
The Lean Body Diet (included as a bonus)
Obviously any workout, fat loss of fitness plan needs to have a nutritional element to be effective. The Lean Body Diet is a 90-day nutrition plan that basically tells you in easy to understand language how you should be eating for maximum fat loss. It shouldn’t really be called a ‘diet’ as there is not need for strict calorie counting or weird rule-following – it is definitely more of a healthy eating and fat loss guide.
The basis of the plan is to eat ‘real’ foods and avoid processed junk, which hinders both weight loss and overall health. There are no groundbreaking revelations in the nutrition guide, but the information is solid and will definitely get you the results you’re looking for if you follow it during the 90-day workout schedule. Ideally you’ll continue to follow it after completing the program too. The guide includes detailed food lists, meals and some scientific explanation as to why the recommendations are being made. Overall it is very effective and following this plan alongside the workouts will certainly increase your results, and quite considerably in our opinion.
Muscle Recovery Guide (included as a bonus)
This separate guide addresses an important part of any workout program: ensuring your body is able to fully recover after a session as quickly as possible, and with minimal soreness. This is a short and simple guide – the information it provides accurate and will tell you what you need to recover effectively. This minimizes the chance of injuries and ensures you’re able to complete the program without feeling too tired, or like you’ve ‘over-trained’.
The 4-Week Bodyweight Workout Program (included as a bonus)
This separate workout guide is designed to leave you with options when you’re traveling for business, on holiday or in any other situation that leaves you unable to follow the regular workout schedule. The idea is that these quick and simple workouts can be completed literally anywhere and with zero equipment.
If you ever thought that bodyweight workouts were generally easy and not challenging then we’d encourage you to give some of these a go! We felt this supplement a great little addition to the overall program, and will no doubt come in handy when we’re short on time or in a far-away land.
The Max Workouts Schedule – What Does It Look Like?
OK, so now you know what’s actually included with the program, here’s what you can expect on a weekly basis when you begin the MaxWorkouts.com course:
3 X per week (Mon, Weds & Fri) = Circuit training sessions
2 X per week (Tues & Thurs) = High Intensity Interval Cardio
Circuit Training – What Is It?
The circuit workouts are made up of a whole range of compound exercises designed to work your whole body. These are performed using both your own bodyweight and also basic fitness equipment such as dumbbells and barbells. Each exercise is also presented alongside an alternative in case you can’t perform one of them for any reason.
The circuits are designed so you will perform 4-6 exercises continuously – when you’ve done this then you will have completed one single circuit. There aren’t any rest periods in-between the actual exercises themselves; you only rest for a brief period (usually 30-60 seconds) after completing a whole circuit. You then repeat your circuit 4-6 times until the whole workout is finished.
This process usually takes less than 20 minutes, so your workouts are going to be short in length, but quite intense and very challenging. Naturally, things get more intense and more difficult as you move through the weeks and your fitness levels increase, which they certainly will.
Each session also has optional warm-up sections at the beginning and extra abdominal work at the end, should you want to complete those. They aren’t compulsory though, and not necessary to get results. We did the extra parts an average of once for every three sessions.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Cardio – What Is It?
Twice per week you’ll be taking part in cardio sessions. This isn’t the kind of ’slow burn’ lengthy cardio you’re used to on the treadmill or static bike though – this is a lot harder, and a lot more fun!
HIIT workouts are basically structured so that you’re constantly changing the pace and intensity of whatever cardio activity you happen to be doing. In the Max Workouts program either running or cycling is recommended.
Here is how it works:
Let’s take running as example – you could either be inside on a treadmill or outside in your local park. After a quick warm up you’ll jog at a low pace/intensity (around 30% of your maximum) for a 30 second interval, then immediately increase to a much higher pace/intensity (around 80-90% of your maximum) for another 30 second interval. You’ll then switch back to a low pace again, and repeat.
This pattern continues to repeat over and over, without rest, for anywhere between 10 to 20 minutes – low intensity for short period followed by high intensity for a short period.
The interval timeframes will vary depending on which stage of the program you’re at. But in general they will get harder as you progress. Eventually the low intensity intervals will get shorter and the high intensity intervals will get longer.
Doing cardio this way instead of the traditional ‘long and steady’ method you see most people using at the gym will allow you to achieve much better fat loss results, and in a much shorter time-frame.
The Verdict: Does Max Workouts Actually Work?
In our experience, the answer to this question is a definite yes. After completing the 90-day schedule we certainly saw considerable fat loss – that was without strictly following the rules in the nutrition section. Our fitness levels were definitely higher too. More to the point though, the program is based on actual proven principles though; things that are established and common in all effective workout programs. The program is very similar in style to many others which we know perform extremely well, and have tested previously.
Max Workouts doesn’t contain anything ground-breaking, but it doesn’t need to. It simply provides effective, easy to follow workouts that will deliver great results if you stick with the program. The principles the program is based on are correct, and that’s really the most important thing in fitness. It can be easy to forget this though and get distracted by the latest and greatest ‘celebrity diets’ instead – never a good strategy for long term results
What is also reassuring is that the program has over 97,000 previous customers and more verified success stories than you could ever ask for on the actual website. As an extra safety net all purchases are protected by a 60-day money back guarantee, in case you weren’t happy after buying for whatever reason.
Positives & Negatives For Us
The main positive takeaways are:
- Based on proven principles we knew worked before we even began
- Only minimal time requirements. Workouts complete in 20-30 minutes
- Very easy to follow; definitely step-by-step in nature
- Options many different fitness levels, from newbies to fitness fanatics
- Nutrition side, which is super important, is well covered
- No nonsense, no shortcuts and no crazy claims; just great fat loss training
The main negative takeaways are:
- There could be a little more detail provided on the scientific principles
- Main PDF ebook could be organized better, it can be a little confusing
- You need to log in to the online member area to view workout videos
- The program is not easy, it will require effort to get to the end. Sorry!
Overall this is a definite buy for anyone looking to shed fat quickly and get a toned, athletic physique (man or woman).