Archive for April, 2015

As always I am offering the kind of no-BS review that you don’t see a lot of. Most “reviews” are simply marketing scams… even the ones that say “scam” or “don’t buy this before…” etc. All sneaky ways to lure people in. 

Anyone who has read my blog knows I have had a series of bad experiences with Vince Del Monte that have gotten to the point of legal proceedings. So the safe money would be on betting that I’m going to steer you away from it.

Well, I’m actually going to give Vinny the same treatment I give everyone who releases a fitness product: give him the benefit of the doubt and a fair review.

What it is: there are several “seasons” of Live Large TV which have a bunch of episodes within, so if you sign up for the first time you get access to the back catalogue, which will be quite a lot of content. The content itself includes such things as Vince in the gym teaching a new routine or movement that he learned from one of his associates, questions answered about food and supplements etc, lecture-style videos that cover everything from mental programming to steroids, and then other little “filler” videos like his father talking about random “motivational” things.

So the bottom line is that if you respect Vince and want to hear second-hand information and ideas he has come across, this is actually a good purchase. Especially if you just sign on temporarily to access the full content then cancel for a while.

However if Vince’s face or voice or hair or jewelry bother you, or you simply have no respect for him (whether it was lost or simply not yet earned) you will be wasting your money because everything he says will be tainted.

If that is the latter is case but you still want access to these ideas, a good starting point would be looking into Charles Poliquin’s books and blogs as this is where a lot of Vince’s “knowledge” has come from. He also tends to read a lot of marketing and self-help books of which there are a zillion, but look into Brian Tracy to begin with and you’ll be off to a good start.

Vince Del Monte archive

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Vince Del Monte

Super Hero Physique
superhero_physique by Shawn Buffington

SOA – a new Animated webseries



I wrote an article before called The Key to Success, and this is taking a slightly different approach to the subject.

Previously I mentioned that success is a matter of upward progress that can only come with hard work. But I think there is a step that is a necessary prerequisite… It is the process of defining exactly what success means to you.

This is probably nothing new to anyone used to setting goals whether they be fitness, business or other. But making a conscious target and heading for it knowing what means success is the best way to actually get there in my experience.

I think it is critical for a few reasons. One has to do with the law of attraction, and making your subconscious work for you. Additionally defining success seems to have the effect of making your desired outcome a priority that is a moment by moment focus of your daily life. 

If success means six-pack abs then you will be much less likely to eat crap. If success means meeting a deadline you are less likely to procrastinate doing the grunt work needed to complete the task.

Another one of my recent posts was all about remaining true to your task and dedicated; knowing where you want to be is crucial to keeping this dedication, especially when things get tough… And things ALWAYS get tough. Fulfilling success means breaking through the tough times and it begins with having the destination firmly planted in your mind.

This is actually a fairly common marketing strategy used by some of the world’s top businessmen. They have pre-determined what it means to have success in their venture and have their mind fixated on getting there. Unfortunately many people who use this technique tend to keep it close to the vest because the world of marketing is shrouded in secrecy due to the fact that the most “ambitious” marketers don’t want you to know how they are manipulating you — but that’s another subject. 

I actually believe that society as a whole would be well served by everyone taking this idea and putting it into action. Distractions would be fewer and productivity would be greater.


SuperHero Physique
superhero_physique by Shawn Buffington

S.O.A. – a hilarious new web series

If you’ve come for a REAL review of Todd Lamb’s SpecForce that isn’t one of those BS sponsored links – the ones that only tell you what the program creator wants you to hear… you’ve come to the right place.

As you probably know from my other program reviews, I don’t give good reviews where they are not earned; so let’s get down to it…

The idea of the program is that you are attempting to naturally utilize hormones to your bodybuilding advantage. This is nothing new to anyone who has read into the subject of bodybuilding. The program also heavily incorporates bodyweight exercises, which are also nothing new and appear in such programs as Convict Conditioning or even P-90x

Quite frankly I don’t understand the thought process as the majority of people who want to get big and strong have no problem going to the gym anyway for a number of reasons.

The other thing I find curious about the marketing of this was the whole “Man up and buy the program” model they attempt to use here. I’m not sure if the marketing team is trying to insult our intelligence or belittle us into wanting to buy it, but either way I think they’re taking the military aspect a little bit too far.

So those gripes really just have me scratching my head about who would pick this up in the first place, but if you are here you are probably considering it, so now I’ll go onto the program specifics. 

 The price tag is not too bad at $37 ($50 CAD), and thankfully there aren’t any of those annoying optional “add-ons” so that is a big thumbs up!

While the program is fairly well put together, I honestly don’t see myself using it. The mobile app is perhaps the most useful component (to me at least). As usual in these programs the “bonus” items are pretty much useless.

I’m sure if you were to follow the program to the letter you would have good results, so I can’t fault it in that regard, however I didn’t really care for Todd Lamb as a trainer and don’t find this program to be anything revolutionary.

So despite it’s attempt at slick marketing I can’t recommend the program.


SuperHero Physique
superhero_physique by Shawn Buffington

S.O.A. – a hilarious new web series

I’m a big believer in working smart AND hard… but the “hard part of training can be done by anyone. It’s far more important to do things the smart or “optimal” way.

It’s not really a difficult thing, it just requires a little forethought…

These are the things I typically think of:

  • What do I want to accomplish (ie. am I training for a specific sport, strength, hypertrophy etc)
  • What are the optimal movements and rep-rance to accomplish this
  • What is an ideal training split to achieve this goal over the long-term
  • Boom, done.

    Personally I typically train for hypertrophy, so that means using a combination of compound and isolation movements in the 8-12 rep range to complete failure.

    A similar model can be used for eating 🙂

    PS – training “smart” does not give you permission to talk like a know-it-all, pompous dickweed.


    SuperHero Physique
    superhero_physique by Shawn Buffington

    S.O.A. – a hilarious new web series