Well I have finished 12 weeks of mct, and are left wondering how to accurately reflect how the program went. So to do this ill start with what I liked, then go through what I didn’t and finally what happened to me over the program.
The major benefit of this program is the time for each workout being so small. Most workouts are 16 minutes long. Despite the short workouts the intensity means you should make some real fitness improvements if you have a medium or low-level of fitness. It works by increasing the difficulty of exercise every 3 weeks and the intensity of the training every week.
The diet is straight forward and works. I lost 3 km’s in the first 6 weeks. Samy peyret really outlines a simple calorie counting based diet that works. It also matches the amount of training you are doing so is a major benefit of the program
What I didn’t like
The training, oh my god was it hard and oh my god was it boring. There was only 3 routines throughout the program that just had different exercises. I found it impossible to get excited about the program at all, I was like working out by punch card. I turned up did the training and then left, not feeling any better or more energised by it. Strangely enough though my metabolic conditioning improved, but i never want to do it again.
It doesn’t include any pull based exercises. This and the increase in weight in my last 5 weeks (see conclusion) has led to my max pull-up dropping to 4 from 12. This is painful to admit because it is really something that I was worried about and did realise in the early week to add in. The lack of motivation meant i didn’t bother doing anything extra after the trainings, and that has led to an imbalance in strength. It includes handstand push ups, which require more training. Ok I have done convict conditioning and other body weight programs and I can do a few HeSPU, but if you haven’t then I don’t think you should be doing them and especially not as a tabata set. It’s just to advance and to much of a strength exercise for me to have as a conditioning workout.
What Really happened to me.
So the facts are sad, I moved back to NZ and we have been living with my parents till we move into our own place, and its christmas 😦 . I actually feel bad giving the program a review as I think it works, I hate it but it does work. Over the first 6 weeks I lost 3 kg over the last 6 weeks I gained 6 kgs, so i’m 3 kgs heavier (Mama’s cooking eh). Now my fitness level is close to the same but my result for pull-ups was bad, this I do think is a short point of the program. I personally wont even look at this program again its just not fun and i don’t ever want to repeat it. It is good if you have little time and space but that’s it. I have to recommend if you are looking for a long term program you find another one, any other one. If you don’t mind the boredom and like high intensity work outs then this is the program for you, but not me 🙂