- Well put-together
- Excellent information
- Relatively low-cost
- Unsuitable for those looking for an easy solution.
Judging by the fact that you’re reading this review, I can only assume that after coming across the Six Pack Shortcuts Program, you’ve been somewhat convinced by their particularly lengthy “sales” page and now, you’re wondering whether or not you should actually go ahead and purchase the program.
I’m also assuming that like me, it takes more than a well-written sales pitch to successfully convince you to part with $97 (that’s around £65) of your hard-earned cash with absolutely no proof (apart from Mike Chang’s own claims of course) that what you’re about to purchase is going to make the slightest bit of difference to your life and/or physique.
As my regular blog readers will already know, I hate bulls**t, especially when it comes to weight loss/workout scams (of which there are many) so therefore, I actually went ahead and purchased the Six Pack Shortcuts program myself with the aim of writing what I believe to be the first 100% honest, unbiased and truthful Six Pack Shortcuts review on the internet.
An Introduction To Six Pack Shortcuts
For the purpose of this review, I’m going to assume that you’ve already been briefly introduced to the Six Pack Shortcuts program by reading the content and watching the “free” video on the Six Pack Shortcuts website (pictured above) so therefore, my introduction will be a kind-of “alternate” introduction to the program.
Developed by self-proclaimed fitness expert Mike Chang, the Six Pack Shortcuts program is essentially a training program that claims to offer a “proven system for getting in killer shape” by utilising something Mike likes to call the “afterburn effect” (we’ll explore the afterburn effect in more detail further on in the review).
The program is made-up of three parts (two of which are classed as “bonuses” on the Six Pack Shortcuts website); there’s the Afterburn Training Workout Plan, the Zero-Willpower Eating System (bonus #1) and the 24-week Advanced Fitness Coaching System (bonus #2).
Obviously, the main bulk of the program is based around the Afterburn Training Workout Plan but to be entirely honest, the Zero-Willpower Eating System is just as important (if not more important) than the workout plan. If you’ve read any of my other posts on the site, you’ll know just how much importance I place on a proper diet when it comes to training, so it’s nice to see that Mike also recognises the importance of this.
One of the other things I feel I should point out about the Six Pack Shortcuts program is that unlike pretty much every other workout program out there, it’s almost entirely video based. Aside from Six Pack Shortcuts, I’ve only ever come across fitness programs that are presented in an eBook format so it’s a nice change to simply be able to sit back and watch a few videos rather than study a lengthy 200+ page eBook (which honestly, no-one wants to have to do).
The Afterburn Training Workout
As I mentioned above, the Six Pack Shortcuts program is based around Mike Chang’s Afterburn Training Workout routine. When you login to the members area after purchasing the program, you’ll be presented with a pretty simplistic looking members website where you can watch all of the training videos that are included as part of the program (as pictured below).
As you can see from the screen grab, the training program is divided into four different phases, each of which lasts a varying number of weeks (between two and four). In each of the four phases, Mike has created a pre-planned five-day workout routine that incorporates a number of exercises designed around specific goals.
As the program is focussed around the Afterburn Effect, each of the workouts should take you no more than 30 – 45 minutes to complete which means that you’ll be in the gym no more than 3 – 4 hours a week. Obviously, this is great in theory but you’re probably wondering exactly what the Afterburn effect really is and how it can possibly work; so I’ve included a brief explanation below.
What Is The Afterburn Effect?
Although it might sound like a nonsense-term coined solely for marketing purposes, the afterburn effect is actually a well-known concept that recently, has been at the heart of a number of workout routines and fitness programs around the world. It’s also seen its fair share of research and as Mike quite rightly points out, has actually been proven to significantly aid in weight loss.
But what exactly is the Afterburn Effect? Well, in plain English, it’s the idea that by partaking in short intense workout sessions as opposed to long, consistent and often boring low-intensity workouts, you can actually kick-start the body’s metabolism and thus, burn more calories throughout the day without spending any extra time at the gym.
There was actually an official study carried out quite recently in which ten male subjects were used to investigate the impact of the Afterburn effect. For the experiment, they were subjected to just 45 minutes of vigorous exercise, after which, they rested for 24 hours.
It was discovered that for a total of 14 hours after partaking in the exercise, their metabolic rate stayed elevated and that on average, they each burned an extra 190 calories above normal resting level expenditure.
Essentially, the Afterburn Effect helps you burn more calories throughout the day, even when you’re not in the gym or working out, thus helping you to quickly shed fat and reveal your abs. So in theory, it has been proven to work.
What Are The Four Six Pack Shortcuts Phases?
Mike has actually been pretty clever in the way he’s chosen to organise the workout routine as he’s actually focussed on a slightly different goal in each of the four phases. Obviously, I don’t want to give too much away as that would be unfair to Mike (after all, I imagine he’s spent countless hours putting this program together) but here’s a brief overview of each of the four phases:
Phase One (Weeks 1 – 4): The first four weeks of the program are all about accelerating your metabolism using Mike’s high intensity exercises and workout routines. By following the initial stage of the program, you’ll be able to maximise the number of calories your body burns each day which will not only help you to lose weight, but also increase muscle mass.
Phase Two (Weeks 4 – 8): The next four weeks are focussed on really getting down to it and building some high quality muscle. Again, without wanting to give too much away, phase two is a little more diverse than phase one and will help you to significantly increase your strength as well as your physical appearance.
Phase Three (Weeks 9 – 10): At this point, you should have been following the intense Six Pack Shortcuts workout routine for around two months which, for a lot of people, is where they “hit a brick wall” and stop seeing results. To prevent this from happening, Mike really steps things up a notch in phase three and focuses on shocking your body with compound exercises and heavy weights.
Phase Four (Weeks 10 – 12): The final phase of the program is the most diverse and is primarily aimed at ensuring that you maintain muscle mass and also, get rid of any remaining flab from your waistline.
It seems to me that the main idea behind these four Six Pack Shortcuts phases is diversity, which is key for any workout routine. A lot of people don’t realise it but performing the exact same workout week-after-week is never going to get you anywhere as your body constantly needs to be shocked in order to switch-on the growth hormone. Remember, building muscle is a defence mechanism for the body so if you don’t give your body any reason to grow muscle (i.e. by shocking it into doing so), it’s not going to bother and you’ll stay the same size.
What’s The Verdict?
In theory, the Six Pack Shortcuts workout routine should lead to the intended/desired results for the majority of people, so long as you follow the workout routine exactly as it’s laid out.
If you start missing days or using weights that are far too light, you’re not going to see the results you might expect but to be honest, this will be the case no matter what workout routine you’re following. It’s important that you push yourself at all times.
Personally, I think that the fact the program has the word “shortcut” in the title is misleading. Sure, I understand that it’s key for marketing purposes but if you’re considering buying the program, you need to understand that in terms of training hard, there really is no shortcut. The only “shortcut” is that a well put-together workout routine has been created for you already as part of the Six Pack Shortcuts program and therefore, you don’t have to research this yourself.
The Zero-Willpower Eating System
In nearly all of the Six Pack Shortcuts reviews I read prior to writing this one (most of which were totally biased), the Zero-Willpower Eating System was hardly mentioned at all and to be honest, I think is absolutely crazy. As any nutritionist/fitness expert will be quick to tell you, the right diet is just as important as your workout routine when it comes to achieving any success at all in the gym.
Personally, I think that the Zero-Willpower Eating System is where the real genius lies in the Six Pack Shortcuts program. In fact (and I guarantee this is true), I actually use the Zero-Willpower Eating System myself as it saves so much time, it’s unreal. I don’t know why I never thought of doing it myself!
How Does The Zero-Willpower Eating System Work?
Again, I don’t want to give too much away as Mike really deserves for people to buy the Six Pack Shortcuts program for the eating system alone, but basically, it’s all about preparation.
In the Zero-Willpower Eating System (which is also presented in the video format by the way), Mike shows you how to prepare a whole week’s worth of healthy nutritious meals in just a couple of hours. The idea is that by preparing your entire week’s worth of meals all in one go, you’ll be able to save time throughout the week as it will simply be a case of reheating the meals that you’ve already prepared.
Of course, preparing absolutely every meal you’re ever going to eat in advance isn’t always possible. People eat out with friends and whatnot all the time and counting calories is no fun at all (believe me, I’ve tried it).
Luckily, Mike actually combats this problem by outlining five simple rules (which I won’t divulge) which you can use to quickly figure out whether a certain meal is healthy or not. He also outlines a rule he calls the “80/20″ rule which basically outlines a general rule of thumb stating that you should eat 80% healthy food and 20% just about whatever you like (so you don’t have to cut out the McDonald’s altogether!).
There are literally hours of in-depth videos included in the Six Pack Shortcut’s program where Mike (and his friend) show you exactly how to cook all of the foods recommended as part of the Zero-Willpower Eating System, all of which are viewable through the Six Pack Shortcuts member site.
I should also point out that this food is in no way boring food either. We’re talking chicken, steaks, eggs and even “healthy” chips. So long as you’ve got a microwave and cooker/hob, you’ll be able to prepare all of this food in 2 – 3 hours maximum (including the washing up) and it’ll last you an entire week.
Truthfully, the whole eating system is a genius idea and it’s easy to see where the “Zero-Willpower” title came from. I personally find it a lot easier to resist eating unhealthy snacks and junk food by using the system as to prepare a “proper” meal for myself, all I have to do is to take it out of the freezer and put it in the microwave for a couple of minutes.
What’s The Verdict?
In my personal opinion, the Zero-Willpower Eating System is the smartest and most valuable part of the Six Pack Shortcuts Program. It’s an easy way to make sure that you are actually getting enough protein in your diet and the best bit of all is that you don’t have to count calories (or any of that other boring stuff).
Apart from the fact that you’ll probably have to buy yourself a serious amount of Tupperware containers and that you might also run out of freezer space for such a vast amount of food, it’s a genius system and these videos alone are worth the $97 cost for the Six Pack Shortcuts program.
What Else Is Included In The Six Pack Shortcuts Program?
The Afterburn Workout and the Zero-Willpower Eating System are the two main parts of the Six Pack Shortcuts program in my opinion but Mike does include a few other bonuses that add to the value of the program too. Here’s a bit more information on them:
24-Week Advanced Fitness Coaching
One other part of the Six Pack Shortcuts program that Mike includes as a “bonus” is something called the 24-Week Advanced Fitness Coaching program. Essentially, this is where Mike will give you access to a new video every week showing advanced muscle building and fat loss tips.
When you purchase the Six Pack Shortcuts program, Mike will let you try this out for 30-days free of charge so essentially, you’re going to be able to view four of these advanced videos for free during the trial. You also get unlimited 1-on-1 coaching from Mike and his team included in this trial which means that if you have any questions at all, you can email them directly and they’ll respond accordingly.
To be honest, I wouldn’t like to say if their responses are any good or not as personally, I didn’t have any queries so I didn’t get chance to try it. However, considering that it’s free for 30-days, it’s a nice addition to the program and truthfully, the Six Pack Shortcuts program has gotten so popular that I imagine Mike has a team in place to answer these questions.
Strangely, this is only briefly mentioned on the Six Pack Shortcuts website which I find a bit strange as for me, I felt it was a big part of the program.
The Exercise Vault can be accessed through the members site and once again, is presented in a video format. Essentially, this is a library of every exercise that’s used in the Afterburn Training Program and for each exercise, Mike and his friend show you how to perform it correctly. This is extremely useful for ensuring that you don’t get any nasty injuries from performing the exercises incorrectly which surprisingly, a vast amount of gym users do.
There’s actually a good few hours of videos included in the Exercise Vault and considering the fact that there’s four different phases to the Six Pack Shortcuts program, it’s good to have a demonstration of each exercise that is used.
Conclusion; Is Six Pack Shortcuts A Scam?
To be honest, when I first started looking into the Six Pack Shortcuts program, I was expecting it to be a scam but having looked deeper into the program, I truly believe that by following the program properly, almost everyone should be able to get a six pack within the 12-week period.
It’s a fantastically well put-together program and as I mentioned earlier in the review, it’s worth the $97 price tag for the eating system alone as it’s absolutely genius in my opinion; in fact, I still use it to this day.
However, it’s important to remember that there never will be a shortcut to getting a six pack and although the Six Pack Shortcuts program is essentially marketed as a one, it still requires hard work. Your results will be directly proportionate to the level of effort you put into it but if you follow the Six Pack Shortcuts program as it’s laid out, I’d almost guarantee that you’ll get those six pack abs.
Considering the fact that hiring a personal trainer could, in some cases, easily cost $97 just for an hour, I truly believe that the Six Pack Shortcuts program is easily worth the $97 price and the fact that you can try it risk free for 60 days means that if you aren’t entirely happy, it won’t cost you a penny to try it.
So, if you’re prepared to put the work in and follow the program properly, click the link below to purchase the Six Pack Shortcuts Program and start your six pack abs journey!