I started MaxWorkouts after I saw on Facebook the great results that one of my friends has had after doing it for 3 months.
I have been pudgy all my life. As a kid I was kind of fat and lost some of that during teenage years. However, I never lost the “spare tire” around my waist. I don’t ever remember not having love handles and being able to see my abdominal muscles.
I took this challenge this year as my New Year resolution. And it worked!
I was totally sedentary all my life until 36 years old. When I was 36 I started running. My motivation for doing so was the realization that if I don’t do something I will die young. I had the cholesterol at the limit to being on the red and my blood pressure the same. I progressed at running until I was able to run 10Km. I settled on running a few times a week 3Km in the morning and the occasional 5Km race a couple of times a year.
When I started MAX Workouts I did not want to give up the cardio so I continued to do 30 min (6 warm-up+20 cardio + 4 cool-off) in the morning and the 30 minutes (10 warm-up + 20 workout) MAX Workout in the evening. In the cardio days I did cardio in the morning and 30 minutes core (10 warm-up + 20 core) in the evening. I did not do any core in the days with weights.
I think MAX Workouts contains several very solid principles that make you successful in losing weight, getting stronger and living healthier.
First is the short and high intensity training that make you lose fat after the exercise is done. You can really feel your muscles in a different state long time after you finish the workout. I wake up every morning and I can feel my love handles are smaller than the night before, which means I burn fat while I sleep. Isn’t that great?
Second is the whole body exercise. I think this is very important to keep you out of troubles and not getting injured. I read in many places on the web that this is the way to go and that single muscle workouts are only for bodybuilders or athletes that know exactly what they are doing. I had zero injuries during the 12 weeks of the program, so I did not miss one single workout.
The third and the most important principle is eating right. Here is where I found the most value out of MAX Workouts. I am an engineer so I need numbers to relate to things. I found Shin’s “Lean body diet” excellent. He is very good at summarizing a lot of information in very simple terms and adding the numbers that I found so useful. Now I know my lean body mass, how many proteins I have to eat and most important of all to stay below 150g of effective carbs, ideally below 100g. I have dropped all the refined carbs from my diet and I feel excellent. I did know that bread is not so good for you but I did not know how bad bread is for you! And I loved bread and sweets! No wonder since they are such powerful drugs.
I quit smoking 22 years ago and in 2013 I quit sugar and wheat!
I could see the effects of diet and exercise on my health almost immediately. When I started MAX Workouts I had the blood pressure 140/80 and pulse 80-85 in resting state. When I checked again 3 weeks later, my blood pressure has dropped to 115/55 and the pulse dropped to 60.
I lost 7.8Kg (17.2lbs), 36cm (14.2") around my body and 12% of body fat. This is the first time in my adult life when my weight goes below 84Kg. I always went between 84Kg and 103Kg in the last 25 years.
I will definitely continue with MAX Workouts and recommend it to all my friends that ask me how I managed to lose all that weight.
This was the best $40 I ever spent. However, the program comes with hidden costs. I had to throw away all my clothes. I dropped from L to M on the tops and from 36 to 30 on the pants.
Thanks Shin! Your program is great!
Here are my MaxWorkouts results so far:
Before (1/7/2013) After (4/1/2013)
Waist 102 cm/40" 85 cm/33.5"
Hip 102 cm/40" 94 cm/37"
Chest 106 cm/41.7" 99 cm/39"
Thigh 58 cm/22.8" 57 cm/22.4"
Arm 33 cm/13" 30 cm/11.8"
Weight 84.8 Kg/187 lbs 77 Kg/169.7 lbs
BodyFat% 27.1% 15.2%
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