I had a conversation with a young man who left a comment on my Six Pack Shortcuts Review that I wanted to highlight today just in case anyone else was wondering the same thing.
Here’s how the conversation unfolded…
Nicholas: Hello John, I found this review very interesting and helpful but what I have to ask is I’m 14 years old 5’6 105 pounds and i was wondering if this program would be of any use to me. Thanks for taking the time to read this and i cant wait to here your response! Sincerely, Nicholas
John: Hi Nicholas, Thanks for your question. Since you’ve still got some growing to do, I’d wouldn’t recommend using the Six Pack Shortcuts program. There are better options out there for someone in your shoes.
Now, I’m not a youth training expert, but assuming your parents/doctor/coaches/etc. clear you, I’d probably steer you towards bodyweight training and calisthenics rather than weightlifting (at least, for strength training).
You could look into these programs, which are all great options, IMO:
TACGYM (Tactical Gymnastics)
If you have any further questions, just let me know – happy to help.
Nicholas: Hi John, Hey its me again what i am wondering is i am looking towards this TacGym and i was wondering if you it would give me good results? Nicholas
John: It depends on what kind of results you’re looking for. TACGYM is a great program, as are the other two I recommended. I know I linked to another website for more info on those three programs, but http://www.physicalliving.com is another one of my sites. So, I’m not sure if you realized that I actually wrote that (very positive) review of the TACGYM program. It’s a great product by fitness coach, Scott Sonnon, and I bet you’d enjoy it, especially if you’re interested in getting fit by learning some cool acrobatic moves.
Nicholas: Hi John, sorry to keep asking you stuff but do you think that if i eat healthy and do the six pack shortcuts workouts online it would give me a six pack I have one but its not completely visible unless i flex so do you think i could get the results just from his Youtube channel?
John: I’d say it’s highly unlikely. Getting lean is very difficult even with a great program, and picking and choosing a bunch of different workouts – and piecing them together randomly – probably won’t work. That’s just my two cents from what I’ve seen over my life and career. If you want to achieve a difficult goal like getting ripped, you’re going to need a great program that includes diet and training, among other things.
Nicholas: Hey John, I’m sorry for asking so many questions but i just got a response from the six pack shortcuts program as i emailed them and they said to take his youtube video workout and put them together for a 45 minute or so workout. Thanks again Nicholas
John: You can certainly try that, Nicholas. Let me know if you have any further questions – happy to help.
hey mike, will sixpack shortcuts help me build my chest, arms, and shoulders? i’m 21 and have always been skinny. please help! thanks, jorge
The short answer is, yes, the program will help to build the muscles of your chest, arms, and shoulders – and the rest of your body, too. It’s a body transformation program for both muscle building and fat loss, with the ultimate goal of helping you get six pack abs.
That said, the workout program probably won’t be enough in-and-of-itself to help you with hypertrophy (i.e. muscle gain), especially if you’ve “always been skinny.” Building muscle (beyond short-term newbie gains) is arguably the most challenging body composition goal to achieve – even harder than getting six pack abs. So, using a program like SPS to build muscle will require some extra focus. Namely, you’ll need to start eating a lot more than you have been. And if this is uncharted territory for you, then you might want to use some kind of a resource to help with that, too. Eating for mass can be much harder than it sounds!
Six Pack Shortcuts does come with the Zero Willpower Eating System (i.e. 13 diet/food/nutrition-related videos), but this is really just an introduction to nutrition to help support you in your quest to achieve six pack abs. And it’s not a muscle building protocol. So, your nutritional needs will be a little different.
I know that Mike Chang also offers the Monster Mass program for guys mostly interested in hypertrophy, but I haven’t reviewed that program myself. So, it could be dud.
So, what should you do?
Well, you’ve got some options…
a) Get the SPS program and tweak your diet to help you build muscle (e.g. eat a slight calorie surplus, increase protein, eat lots of carbs after training, etc.)
b) Get the Monster Mass program to focus on the muscle building BEFORE trying to get six pack abs (two very different goals).
c) Try something else
Now, if you go with the Six Pack Shortcuts program, which might be a good choice since it interests you, and you’re much more likely to stick with something that you’re interested in, then I’d also recommend picking up a copy of Tom Venuto’s best-selling book, Burn The Fat Feed The Muscle (highly recommended!). That’ll help you get the diet considerations in place better than any other book out there.
And if you love it like Bob did (see the comment he left on my Six Pack Shortcuts REVIEW below), then I’d also highly recommend getting Tom’s 7-day Burn The Fat Body Transformation Program, too. The 7-day program is like a quick-start guide that’ll simplify the process for you and help you start getting great results immediately.
So, I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.
In the video below, you’ll see Mike Chang, who is a popular Youtube fitness celebrity and the creator of the Six Pack Shortcuts program, take you through a 150-rep home workout for your chest and back – using just a backpack and a towel.
Video Title: Chest & Back Home Workout – 150 Rep Challenge
Description (summarized): The biggest downside to working out at home is that you may not have all the equipment you need. So today, I’m going to show you how you can do a COMPLETE chest and back workout using only a backpack and a towel. And I know you got both these thing lying around so go grab your backpack and a towel and follow along with me today.
1) Weighted Push Ups
2) Lying Down Towel Rows
– Now, how we’re going to do this is we’ll start with 10 Weighted Push Ups then do 10 Lying Towel Rows and do those back-to-back 5 times. (that will be 100 reps btw!)
– Then, we’ll knock out 50 Burpees when we’re done. You’ll be tired at this point, but keep going until you get 50.
Here’s the workout…
Weighted pushups w/ backpack – 10 reps
Lying towel rows w/ backpack – 10 reps
Then complete 50 burpees in as few sets as possible (no backpack).
I wouldn’t call that a “COMPLETE chest and back workout.” More like a, “I’ve got no time and no equipment and I need to do something – anything – to work my musclez – workout.” And just between you and me, I think that anyone who relies on a workout like this to keep them in shape probably isn’t in shape. But I digress.
Now, it’s true that if you’re in a pinch, it’s better to do something than nothing. Obviously, doing this would be better than sitting on your butt all day eating potato chips and ice cream.
Pushups are a great exercise, weighted or otherwise. And they should be a staple in most fitness programs. Lying towel rows is a new one for me. It’s kinda wacky, but I tried it. It’s like a combination between a weighted superman (from the backpack), an isometric hold (with the towel), and a vertical pulling movement. It’ll be as tough as you make it, but I have a feeling that it’ll be really tough for people with poor shoulder mobility since you’ll be in a pretty deep range of motion.
It’ll tire you out, for sure, but it won’t be the best back exercise for the long term. And it’s not something I’d use regularly. Maybe as an assistance exercise at the end of your normal workout for bringing up a weak point. But then again, I’d probably use something different. And besides, if you’re able, I’d recommend that you do some pull-ups or rows instead (or variations of them).
Burpees are great if you do them properly.
Note: Here are 5 beginner-level burpee exercises.
So, in my opinion, it’s not the best workout Mike Chang has ever shared. But it will get your heart rate up and burn some calories, among other things. And surprisingly, this is one of the more popular videos that Mike has shared. I guess a big chunk of his subscribers are interested in home workouts.
Now, if you like Mike’s Youtube videos, then you’ll probably love the Six Pack Shortcuts program, which is much more comprehensive and balanced than this workout. And just between you and me, if you’re messing around with workouts like this, then you need a program. So, if you’d like more information on it, you can check out my complete Six Pack Shortcuts Review.