About Abs After 40
Mark Mcilyar tells us that his Abs After 40 three-phase workout system can provide all the training and nutritional information needed to help men over 40 “get in the best shape of their life.” How does it do this?
The Abs Over 40 programs claims to work over three phases (we’ll talk more about these in a moment):
- Phase 1: Fat Loss Jumpstart – Here, you’ll use the program’s specific training techniques to help get rid of belly fat.
- Phase 2: Male Hormone Optimization – This is where Abs After 40’s compound movements will help optimize testosterone.
- Phase 3: Full-Auto Fat Burning Mode – With your belly fat gone and your hormones optimized, the program’s A40 ab exercises will target outer and core muscles alike and help you maintain your results.
Using Abs After 40’s short videos that can be watched anywhere with WIFI or a standard internet connection, Mark claims you’ll use “strategically planned” compound movements to burn off stubborn belly fat, shrink inches from your waist, revitalize your body, and keep your body lean year round with minimal maintenance.
Whether you just reached 40 or are 20 (or more!) years down the road, can you really expect the information in Mark’s Abs After 40 program to deliver results? Or, will you waste your money and be in the exact same position a year from now? Let’s take a look at what we learned during our research.
What Happens to a Man’s Body After the Age of 40?
Although a lot of men view the big 4-0 as the beginning of a downward spiral, Dr. Vonda Wright, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Pittsburgh, tells Esquire:
“It's a myth that 40 is a doomsday birthday. Your muscle mass does not decrease if you consistently work out at a high level. We decrease in athletic prowess because we stop training hard. If we feel weaker, we are failing our bodies — our bodies are not failing us. I think the median age of male runners in this country is 43. They're the ones out there doing personal bests in triathlons.”
What does happen around the age of 40 is that the physical effects of decreased testosterone, which begins falling once you hit 30, become increasingly noticeable. This includes decreased sex drive (and even erectile dysfunction), mood swings, low energy, reduced confidence, and generally feeling like “less of a man.”
Added to this is the fact that men over 40 start feeling side effects from punishing their body for so many years, resulting in increased muscle soreness and joint pain.
What does the Abs After 40 program provide to counteract this testosterone loss? Can you expect it to deliver results?
How Does the Abs After 40 System Work? Is It Effective?
Mark tells us that the Abs After 40 program gives you his exact workout journal and hormone rejuvenation exercise plan, both of which are can help you burn “the most amount of belly fat.” This occurs over three different phases:
Phase 1: The Fat-Loss Jumpstart
This 30-day segment helps you avoid the vicious too much belly fat à decreased testosterone à even more belly fat cycle that men after 40 can get stuck on. You’ll focus on losing as much fat as you can, as quickly as possible, without starving yourself, doing extreme workouts, or putting yourself in harm’s way.
Mark even claims that this segment can be used by anyone, even if you’ve never dieted or exercised before.
Phase 2: Total Hormone Rejuvenation
Now that you’ve lost weight, phase two will focus on optimizing your testosterone levels by increasing your workout intensity and adding compound resistance exercises, which simply involve more than one muscle group (in contrast to isolation exercises). By activating as many muscle fibers as possible, this might then release the maximum amount of testosterone into your bloodstream.
Mark also claims that these compound movements are designed to be low-impact, so you should be able to complete them, even if you have joint issues.
Phase 3: Maintenance
With less weight and a flatter stomach, now you’ll focus on maintaining your results through as-fast-as-possible workouts that are easy to fit in your busy schedule.
You’ll also learn how to maintain your diet in light of family and social events, as well as how to prepare a week’s worth of food in under an hour.
While these certainly seem useful, the problem is that they’re not necessarily unique. Sure, the company claims, “the Abs After 40 program is different from all other exercise and nutrition programs because it is specifically structured to support the production and health of the male hormone system.” However, a quick online search for “testosterone workouts” will provide thousands of results and dozens of programs that claim to deliver the exact same benefits.
On top of this, based on what we’re told in the Abs After 40 video (e.g. belly fat is made of a unique type of fat known as visceral fat; you need to eat foods like whole eggs, coconut oil, avocados, fatty fish to maximize testosterone), this isn’t any more information than what you’d learn in 5 minutes elsewhere online—for free.
For these reasons, it’s unclear exactly how well you can expect Abs After 40 to work. We’ll come back around to this thought shortly, but let’s first take a look at what you’ll pay for the fitness program.
How Much Does the Abs After 40 System Cost?
The Abs After 40 program will cost you $97, which gives you immediate access, along with three bonuses:
- 14-day trial for the Abs After 40 Nutritional System – Weekly videos that show you how to prepare tasty foods that can help you achieve 6-pack abs. After the trial, you’ll be charged $67/month for the next 6 months.
- How To Deal With Common Injuries & Gym Problems e-book – Stretching and recovery techniques that can help you deal with soreness and “old man pains.”
- DVD set + instant online access – Just pay for shipping and you’ll get all the Abs After 40 videos on DVD. Note: This option wasn’t available when we attempted to check out.
All Abs After 40 purchases come with a 60-day money back guarantee, which you can request by calling customer service at 800-655-8576. In fact, the company claims they’ll even “go over your fitness goals and customize the program to fit your individual needs,” if necessary.
While there’s little indication of what you’ll actually learn for $100 of your hard-earned money, are customers pleased with the Abs After 40 system?
Are There Any Online Abs After 40 Reviews?
In a word: no. Why? The HighYa team focuses on reviewing popular products soon after they’re released, so there wasn’t enough time for user feedback to accumulate at the time of our research.
However, the Abs After 40 program is brought to you by Mike Chang, a popular fitness professional and online personality who also created the 6 Pack Shortcuts program, along with supplements like Afterburn Fuel and Six Pack Sleep.
Overall, while you’ll find plenty of glowing testimonials on his website, it seems like Mike and his programs/supplements have mixed online reputations, with many reviews stating that his systems aren’t anything new (and that you can find much of the same information elsewhere for free) and that his supplements are high priced but provide little in return for the money.
Granted, we’re definitely not saying this is what you can expect with Abs After 40, but reputation is an important factor in any buying decision. Before wrapping everything up, let’s talk about the personality behind the Abs After 40 program.
Who Is Mark Mcilyar?
According to his LinkedIn profile, Mark Mcilyar is currently a spokesperson for Sixpack Shortcuts, although it doesn’t appear he has any professional training in fitness or nutrition, or any work-related experience in the industry. Instead, with previous roles in consulting and sales, it appears Mark’s expertise is better suited toward business than fitness.
Nonetheless, Mark apparently has a great body, so he must be doing something correctly, right? Does this mean you should purchase Abs After 40?
Will Abs After 40 Help You “Look & Feel Better Than In Your 20s”?
Is it technically possible that Abs After 40 could make you feel 20 or 30 years younger? Sure. Do we think it’s likely?
Even if you didn’t consider the vague program description, high price, and mixed reputation we already discussed, here’s what the company says in their disclaimer:
“The results of such education are intangible, and not measured in fat loss, muscle gain, abdominal definition, or other positive results of any kind. And even when consumers implement our product in full, more often than not they do not report increases in fat loss, muscle gain, abdominal definition, or other positive results of any kind. Reports of specific fat loss, muscle gain, abdominal definition, or any positive results of any kind should therefore be understood as the exception rather than the rule. Consumers who use our products can generally expect not to see any increase in fat loss, muscle gain, abdominal definition, or positive results of any kind. It is entirely possible you will gain fat, lose muscle, lose abdominal definition, and experience other negative outcomes as a result of the advice contained in our products.”
Combining all of this, it’s ultimately your decision whether or not the Abs After 40 program is worth the money. At the very least though, based on the company’s own admission, you might want to set your expectations pretty low.
25 out 26 people found this review helpful
The programs are inconsistent. What Mark Mcilyar shows in the workouts is different from what app shows when you start doing them. And the app is cumbersome to use.
This is nothing but a scam to sell supplements. As you sign up, there are offers to purchase additional supplements everywhere, and during the first workout, the same. My inbox has been bombarded with emails, even after I unsubscribed from ALL emails. I have been asking for an ingredient list for their supplements but they do not send me one.
Today I received a call from a "coach", first saying that he was going to help me achieve my goals, then saying that he was going to send me 2 months worth of supplements. Note: not asking if I wanted to buy them, just telling me that he was going to send them to me. I again asked for an ingredient list, he said he does not have one. And once I said I was not going to purchase the supplements until I had that information, the offer to help me achieve my goals was retracted. Apparently, it only comes with the supplements.
This is the only site on the internet that I found a real review. Do not trust any reviews on any sites that include a link to the program. When you sign up, one of the many emails you receive indicates that if you post a link on your site or social media pages, you get a commission from any sales they make from that link.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
80 out 82 people found this review helpful
Scam, run away!
I signed up for Abs After 40 and from the moment I started the process, there were endless attempts to sell me additional products.
I wanted to simply sign up, try it for a month and see how I liked it.
However, even during the sign-up, EVERT PAGE is pushing you to buy another product. Entire pages of supplements are pushed at you and you have to search for a way to get past the page without buying the product.
I was EXTREMELY CAREFUL not to buy anything other than the basic program. However, somehow, they managed to slip something by me, saying I agreed to a 14 Day Free Trial of an additional program, that after the trial would start auto billing me for more money every month.
After declining no less than 5 additional offers for products during the checkout, I finally paid and was ready to get started.
The website design is awful. It is very clear that helping you to reach your goal is NOT the goal. Selling you supplements and other "programs" is the main goal. It's all about the cash. Before I could even complete the introduction video, they were calling me on the phone trying to sell me even more crap including "couching".
You could easily spend a $1000 if you're not very careful. JUST ONCE it would be nice to have a program that is about helping the customer. I mean for the love of god, give a person a day or two to try your product before you start trying to sell them something else.
Just a passing fad, that will rip off enough fools to make this George Bush looking muscle person a fortune and help absolutely nobody.
This company is awful.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend