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I got a package from my friend Vince Del Monte about two weeks ago—inside was a bundle of DVDs.  Now, unbeknownst to him, I do not actually own a DVD player, so I could not watch them.

Instead, I just sort of left them on my desk, meaning to watch them when I went home to visit my mom (she has a DVD player; I know this because I bought it for her.)

Of course, I forgot the discs.

Anyway, this morning I get an email from Vince asking my opinion on his stuff.  I had to tell him the deal… and he promptly informed me that I can play DVDs on my laptop.  News to me, since I didn’t even know my laptop had a slot to insert discs.

Vinny was kind enough to send me a digital video which I could watch (more my speed), and that gave me enough information to actually want to watch the DVDs.  Which I will do this weekend.

In any event, I thought you might enjoy the video, since it concerns fat loss.

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Vince does a great job explaining the hows of getting shredded for the bodybuilding stage or a photo shoot; the man always has truly tremendous stuff.

As I said, I’m going to be watching the full DVD set this weekend – I recommend you do the same!

You can pick it up (at a reduced price, of course) by clicking here.

About the Author

John Romaniello is a level 70 orc wizard who spends his days lifting heavy shit and his nights fighting crime. When not doing that, he serves as the Chief Bro King of the Roman Empire and Executive Editor here on RFS. You can read his articles here, and rants on Facebook.

  • We are all hungry for information. If we thought that we had all the answers, we wouldn't be trolling the internet looking for information. If you don't like what one person has to say then move on. There are plenty of experts floating around on the topic of fat loss, however make sure if you decide to give a system a go stick with it for about 6 months before making judgement. I personally like Vince's systems. Just my two cents.

  • Mostafa

    I think it is more to-the-point to say that if you don't like Vince or Roman then don't buy there stuff. I will never judge Vince or Roman or any fitness expert on their way of selling their products…of course they have to be convincing, but no matter how convincing they are, I will always have to take the risk of purchasing something that I'm not sure wll work or not.

    When I purchased my first program, No Nonesense Muscle Building by Vince, it showed amazing results, and I trusted him and whatever he was marketing for, even his fellow trainers…of course I didn't purchase everything he recommended, because this doesn't make sense, but I purchased a program from Joel for dieting, and another from Roman for fatloss exercises, and I'm mixing everything together by improvising and it's working…and now I'm waiting for my DVDs to arrive to push it to another level

    Again, this doesn't mean that I have to buy every single program they have, only the ones I need. And reading more info from reliable sources like those guys is always helpful on the long run.

    I agree with Tan when he said that Vince is a Salesman, but I strongly believe that this is very important for someone to be able to sell his products…there are tons of programs out there to buy and it gets confusing, but the main reasons why I purchased Vince's program are:

    1- I needed a program

    2- He convinced me as a reader and a client that this might actually work

    3- Testimonials

    4- Money Back Guarantee

    Then after realizing that everything he said was true, I trusted his recommendations and I purchased some other programs from people he recommended, such as Joel, Roman, Lee Hayward…and now I'm trusting those guys and following their blogs as well.

    In conclusion, Vince you rock, and thank you for making profit from my own pocket :-)

    Mostafa

  • Charles Mclaughlin

    Hi Roman and Vince,

    I appreciate the information that both of you provide. I understand the argument that Tan has provided. Roman seems to produce less products and it may be for certain reasons. His FPFL product was designed critically to meet the needs of customers who needed to lose fat using superior methods. I have used a variation of this product called Clash of the Titans. It has helped me lose four pounds without losing any muscle size. His blog is more dedicated to readers and he interacts with them quite a bit. Vince has built his business through aggressive marketing techniques and has earned a great deal of credibility within the past four years. Some people might be angry because he has marketed so hard in the past couple years and came out with so many products. He is just trying to reach different markets when he has learned something that could benefit the reader. I personally had to unsubscribe to Vince's emails because I was getting way too much email from him without any responses to some small emails. I think it because he has too many readers. Roman on the other hand as he as stated is more of a write and can communicate with the reader when he has some time available. Overall, It gives the reader a different perception of the seller and this has helped me with my own business. Keep up the good work Roman! I hope that your business blossoms!

  • Evy

    Wow. Plenty of comments. Like Vince, my coach got her professional fitness model cred but she made that a goal before starting her own coaching business. Nothing like learning from someone who has been there, done that.

    I've been seeing a lot of these programs kicking off recently with the summer upon use in the northern climes. All seem to focus on the same things presented in slightly different perspectives. It all boils down to the personality that best resonates with a “student” resulting in the nutritional, rest, and workout decisions that lead to the desired endpoint.

    I'm happy with where I am and the coach I'm working with now. I've discovered that online solo is okay but face to face and working along with others on the same program is a better approach for me.

    Just a note for quick note for Tracy: doesn't matter so much what the charts say as what your body is telling you. I've got over a decade on you and it is indeed possible to be in non-flabby great shape. Other women in my classes constantly comment that they want the definition I have in my arms and shoulders. It's not all that difficult decision-wise: good nutritional choices and work hard at your workouts, keep 'em varied and fun, and get enough rest and drink plenty of water.

  • tracy

    My problem may sound crazy and I am not sure who could give me the best advice but here goes. I am a 42 year old female 5'1″ and 100lbs.. I know you're wondering what the problem is… the problem is even at my height and weight I do not like my body. I am small but out of shape. I have tried P90X, Insanity and no matter what I do I am still the same size and weight. I believe I am consuming to many calories but everything I've done says I should consume around 1500-1800 calories. I think that is just way to much for me. I would like to lose about 10 lbs of fat and add more muscle. I am not toned. My children say I am flabby. Can you tell me what I should do to rid some body fat and be tight and toned at my age?

  • Vince

    Thanks Tan.

    I believe what you were trying to say is that you do not like hype?

    I HATE hype too and many skeptics struggle to accept my 149 to 190 transformation but the facts remain – I did that 100% drug free at the Guelph YMCA while living at my parents home and I didn't even know what steroids were when I first started weights.

    I have no interest in convincing skeptics of the facts.

    First, it helps to know that hype is simply a slang form of the word “hyperbole.”

    Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary defines hyperbole this way:

    “Exaggeration for effect, not to be taken literally. Example: This story is as old as time.”

    Hype is then defined as: “Deception; especially, loud, exaggerated promotion or publicity.”

    Here’s my definition of hype:

    “Promise without Proof”

    By my definition, it’s perfectly okay to be enthusiastic in advertising or any persuasive medium — so long as there is

    proof to back up the claims.

    Without proof, claims are just hype.

    But with proof, a claim is justified. It becomes a legitimate promise a potential customer can expect to receive should he

    or she buy the product or service being advertised.

    Everything I've EVER released online since May of 2006 has been backed up by myself and by client users with pictures and testimonials and videos.

    Again, I have ZERO interest in trying to change your mind (or anyone else's mind) because it sounds like you have your own beliefs about what's possible and what's not possible and I hope they serve you well.

    Keep focusing on what's possible instead of what's NOT possible and you'll get your best body ever. Keep at it bud.

    Vince

  • GymPixie

    Like the other comments here – this is nothing new to the experienced lifter.

    For better results you should check out Adonis Index for the guys and Venus Index for the ladies.

    Tons of great info and actual testimonials from people who have done the programs not just results from the “seller”.

  • Rozin

    @KT – I disagree on both points. In regards to Vince's third point (too many chefs in the kitchen), I think you're wrong. Yes, they recommend interval training but similarly I know hundreds of coaches who won't recommend it and have got equally as shredded. When someone tries to follow too many different camps all at once then they end up in failure. This is the same as having too many chefs in the kitchen. You will never, ever come up with the recipes. Chefs have some of the biggest egos in the business. That's why you have one head (executive) chef and not two or three or four. Similarly, some coaches will agree on some aspects (just like some chefs will) but there's always a point where they disagree somewhere. Regardless, the point was not to try and absorb all this information from so many different camps.

    In regards to the second point (keeping track): A lot of people HAVE to weigh and track their food or they won't lose anything. How else can you reach sub-10% unless you know you're actually consuming LESS calories than you're burning? It's the cardinal rule of all fat loss. You must consume less than you take in. (Yes, I know there is recomposition but that can be awfully slow.) Congratulations that you didn't track anything. I know someone who is 6″0, weights 130lbs, has 10″ biceps but has a six pack. What does that mean? He never tracks a single thing. There are plenty of people who are lucky enough to never track but we're talking to the overweight crowd. If you don't lose weight one week then you won't know why unless you tracked. Tracking removes all doubt.

    The entire video speaks truthfully and are all rules that just lay down the law. It's simple and nothing more. People overcomplicate things and I don't feel like he was trying to sell me his DVD.

    Vince, great video.

  • Tan

    Hey Rocky and Vince

    Rocky first,

    First off, to be clear, I never said that I hated Vince. Like I said I have nothing against him.

    Second If you think my response was bitchy that's fine but I rather you conduct yourself like Roman and Vince. Messages like theirs are the proper way to get through to someone.

    Third I have no doubt that Vince's program work. The same applies to Roman and all of their associates. But let me get this straight, there's nothing new under the sun in terms of weight training.The same stuff that worked during the Arnold era will work today. Now the question is do you want to package it and pretend like you have a secret that no one has ever discovered before and rake in some dough or are you gonna give the advice for free like everyone else? I have no hate for the guys who decided to sell it, because personally, I'm not the one being duped. So basically when you're buying someone's program you're not paying for some ultra secret muscle building technique. You're basically paying for a workout program that they created. So if you like the guy's style of training and exercise selection be my guest. Nothing wrong with that.

    Okay Vince I hope you disregard the top part of my message it wasn't directed to you.

    Now Vince,

    I want to thank your for the calm, respectful message. I know my first message made it seems like I thought salesmen were the devil but I want to clear it up. Yes you're right salesman are not bad. But when you make unsubstantiated claims to make sells then we have a problem. Yes while it may seem like you're simply hyping up you're new program, and I know you don't intend to harm others but the truth is people don't like it when they're lied to. And it's hurtful to your “loyal followers” when they learn that the person that they idol is a crock of bullshit.

    Oh and if you were to sell me a program, I would rather you pitch me a sell like this:

    1.Here's my product (insert product name)

    2. Here is the features of my product (what it does or can do)

    3. And here is what you can realistically expect the results to be (results may vary)

    Yes it goes against the standard protocol for your sales page but people prefer it (well I prefer it) because it's short, it's simple and it displays honesty.

    The only reason why I am ashamed of marketing today is because it's not truthful. That is salesman today are making sells by manipulating people's emotions instead of being honest. You tell them that you can help them accomplish their deepest desires (insert body transformation goal here) then you cash in on it.

    It would be better if you tell them that while your program is not gonna take them there it will help them get started or give them a sense of guidance. Not to mention vince you have a habit of stating claims that are highly impossible like for example:

    stating that you can blow past your genetic potential, but in one of your live large episode you, yourself stated that you are reaching your “ceiling”

    stating that you can gain 41 pounds of muscle withing 6 months, you can't even do that even if you were on steroids. The only way to get even remotely close to that is if you were a full newbie who started working out and take steroids on the side.

    also your “how I gained 6.2 pounds of muscle in 48 hours” again not possible.

    so in short honesty comes along way and I rather have honest people tell me what I can realistically expect and not daily news lies (referring to newsletters)

    and if you're wondering what I think about your Staged shredded status I think that it's not bad because you obviously have proof that you got ripped but that's about it.

    Sorry if I came off as a prick,

    Tan

  • Vince

    Hey Rocky. Your words made my day and I'm sure Roman's too.

    I wouldn't have met John if it wasn't for Joel and Joel wouldn't have met me if it wasn't for Craig and I wouldn't have met Craig if it wasn't for… the Internet… LOL

    We all get connected for a reason and higher purpose!

    Keep at it hard bro!

    Vince

  • rocky

    Why is everyone always hatin on Vince? He's the man. I personally follow Roman because of Vince. He introduced me to him and ive been grateful ever sense.

    He comes off as a salesman, but everytime i see a product from Vince or Roman I buy it. Not because im gonna jump at it right away and i might never use the program but i LEARN something new and ill prolly be able to help somebody else out down the road by teaching them something i learned from reading it or experimenting with it, So it's worth it.

    These guys dont feed bullshit like 99% of the other guys and ill continue to buy there products because i ALWAYS learn something new reading them. And most of the time the price isnt even anything to cry about. Why complain?

    I have the utmost respect for them. And pardon my language but dont bitch about them doing there job. It's ridiculous.

    Thanks for making the DVD's Vince and i think it's awesome how you dont go off on these guys for saying that crap cause i know i prolly would. i havent bought them yet because im saving so i have the money for the coaching with Roman but i hopefully will eventually.

    Thanks for the post Roman =)

  • Vince

    Hi John, Tan & Friends,

    Most people don't know my philosophies towards coaching and marketing and I wouldn't mind sharing a few to share a understanding of where we're coming from:

    1. To me, marketing is not evil. Salesman are not evil. Endorsing yourself is not evil. I've never held these beliefs so I've never had trouble promoting my name, products or brand and I'm not ashamed to do it aggressively because I really believe in my message and solutions.

    Marketing is a fascinating and valuable part of any business that is not taught in school so I've become a student of marketing to reach more people. If I sucked at marketing I would not have over 1000,000 customers and changed lives. When you “get over” the fact that marketing, sales and promotion is not evil (as long as it's not ego driven), you'll ultimately make the world a better place.

    2. Remember, I was an athlete first. Coach second. Marketer third. I'm no marketing expert because I still have a lot more to learn and I continue to invest more knowledge into marketing so that I can reach more people and help more people.

    Zig Ziglar, American personal development coach and sales teacher is credited with saying:

    “You will always get what you want if you help enough other people to help other people get what they want.”

    This theme is common amongst our circle of coaches and fitness publishers like John, Joel Marion, Craig Ballantyne, myself and many others. We were ALL coaches and athletes first and then marketers last and by not being afraid to market our products, we ultimately help MORE people and that's all we care about. I personally do not care if I'm labeled a salesman because I don't view salesman negatively.

    3. Tod Barnhart, in his book, 'The Five Rituals of Wealth', identifies one of the key five wealth rituals,

    “If you love what you do, the money will follow.”

    I believe this is one of the reasons John, Joel, Craig and I are able to promote different fitness and diet programs week after week and year after year while still having a loyal and committed following.

    Sure, we scare off a few people who can't handle the frequency of our pitches, but I believe the majority of our readers know we really LOVE WHAT WE DO and are PASSIONATE and IN LOVE with training and coaching and are truly stand by our recommendations and clients.

    Our readers and clients come first and because they know we are on their team, they give us permission to pitch.

    And if the stuff we pitched was crap, we would all have gone “out of business” years and years ago, right?

    4. Another belief of mine is,

    “Put ALL you have into the creation of your programs and your service, you will be rewarded in proportion.”

    Here's another famous quote:

    “When work is done in a spirit of love, the objects produced retain the beauty of their intrinsic nature, while being enhanced by the skill and loving attention of the artisan. When goods are produced solely or principally for profit, this consciousness too is indelibly stamped on them.” – Boldt, L.G. 1999

    I took FIVE MONTHS to put those DVDs together and every time I release a new program it's something I'm EXTREMELY PASSIONATE about. Who else documents there ENTIRE transformation on video?! haha I'm always trying to over deliver and prove, “Not everything is free on the Internet… Good stuff is free… GREAT stuff comes with a price.” Go figure!

    Do I get cashed in and make some nice money? Absolutely! And I don't feel guilty one single bit because I know how powerful and life changing the info in the DVDs is for my users when implemented.

    5. And lastly – I get it. I don't dig non stop pitches either and it can be over done. I'll admit that I've been guilty of promoting too often and that is a struggle we face every day and I'm very sensitive of it.

    Heck, my Mom and Dad are the first to tell me. “Vince, what are you promoting this time?!” I appreciate these open forums and blogs so I can hear how our readers feel because without you, we would not be here!

    I personally subscribe to a number of business newsletters and some guys promote so often that I MYSELF unsubscribe. I can't take it. I try to model the guys who balance content. And when it comes to product offers, I have a personal criteria for what I promote and what I don't promote and I have some high standards.

    Believe it or not, but John and I get offered, almost 365 days a year, an opportunity to promote something different from other fitness people. If I said, “Yes” to everyone I could endorse 365 DIFFERENT programs and diets a year but usually you guys only hear about 10-20 a year. It might seem like we pitch a lot but when you look at it from our end, we pitch about 5% of the year. 95% of the year is 100% free content. Don't forget that.

    I hope that shares our perspective and that when a recommendation makes it through the radar, it's most likely something worth paying attention too.

    Thanks for listening. John and I are ULTIMATELY on your side or else we wouldn't be doing this.

    John, thanks for posting my vid and I trust it was helpful for many!

    Keep at it,

    Vince

  • Balthasar Fischer

    Hi Roman

    I read all your stuff and l love your clips on you tube. I learn allot from you an all your friends like Vince, Arnel, Josh, Joel etc. I respect all of you and i think that everybody needs to make money, so Why Not whit something you really like? If i had that chance here in switzerland To do something like that and if i was i pro like you(im just a beginner) i would have Done to! I Trust in you so i buy today the DVD Set from Vince and am shure It is worth. Sorry my Bad english. Big hug Balthasar

  • Terry Foytek

    I agree with Xena.

  • Hey Tan,

    Thanks for posting; I do appreciate the perspective.

    You mentioned that there are two “sides” to this. Well, I have to take it a step further and say that there are multiple sides to every business, every blog, and every person.

    Which means you're correct: Vince IS more of a salesman than me. And that's fine. Personally I rank myself a writer first, a coach second, and a marketer in a distant third.

    Vince may place different emphasis on each of those things. I am not sure of the order, but I do know that he markets, sells, and pitches more than I do. (Resultantly, he makes more money than I do!)

    It's not really my place to judge how Vince runs his business–and, more to the point, since he helps thousands upon thousands of guys ever year, I'd say he's doing something right.

    I understand that you don't dig the pitch–and that's fine. But, as you said yourself, we all have to make a living.

    Ultimately, this DVD series may not be for everyone (but hey, what is?), but I will say that I have tons of faith in Vince's stuff in general, and I'm proud to be able to consult with him on various programs that I write.

    Plus, this saved me the trouble of writing a blog post–and, additionally, number of people picked up the DVD, so evidently this video was of some value to my readers =)

    Seriously, though, thank you for the post. I really DO need to know where the opinions of the readership lay. It's probably hard to put it out there, and I value your honesty and appreciate you being vocal.

    R

  • lol, I had to figure out who “Jimmy” was. My bad!

    On it.

    Regarding the misspelling, I would have to assign blame to the video editor/graphics guy rather than Vince.

  • Jimmy

    Haha, at least I got a laugh out it. He's propagating the meathead stereotype by misspelling deficit, “caloric defecit”.

    Roman, please answer your email.

  • Vince

    Thanks Roman for posting that video.

    I trust it was helpful for the majority of your athletes and I know you have some really educated people on your blog so it might be common knowledge to a few.

    If anyone has any questions for me personally, I'll check back later today!

    Vince

  • Tan

    Hey Roman, to be honest, I don't think this is worthy enough to be a post on your blog. Don't get me wrong I have nothing against vince but he's more of a salesman than you are and sometime (actually most of the time) when you constantly trying to pitch a sale it gets annoying.

    Think of it this way, there are two ends to this, on one side you have the honest, helpful fitness guy with real advice. On the other end you have a push deceptive salesman with overhyped and overpriced products.

    Now my point is I actually enjoy your blog because it gives genuine advice and it's not all about fitness. That's the main reason your blog actually seems like a real blog and not a blog that is use to advertise your business. Occasionally you'll try to sell your product but we all have to make money somehow right? Plus I actually have faith in your stuff so I don't mind.

    But man you must owe this guy one serious solid if you're advertising this. Other than that I hope you enjoy watching those 8 dvds it (sounds like a drag to me) but tell if they make you more shredded.

    P.S. I heard watching them on hi def doubles the fat loss. JK, jk I know that it's not the dvds but the advice in the dvds that is suppose to help, but I have a feeling that most of it is general advice and motivational stuff

  • K T

    With all due respect, I think Mr DelMonte is just trying to use this vid to lure people into buying his latest fitness program by throwing out useless pseudo-tips. Regarding his third 'tip' on having too many chefs in the kitchen, for example, in my experience I found that many of them happened to cook the same recipe. Nothing like what he said. (All of them agreed that INTERVAL TRAINING is a great way to get shredded, for example, and that sit-ups won't get you a 6-pack.) As for the second tip, I didn't keep any written records of my progress and yet I was able to get a reasonably good 6-pack.

    Unhelpful vid. Sorry.

  • martin

    so what!!! ! went from 215 to 167lbs in 90 days lost to much muscle mass

    looked weak. im 190lbs now my contest weight for natural bodybuilding shows is 180 just won first grand masters 50-59yrs

  • xena

    shoot!! the lbs and kilos thing always gets me..cause I mean 44lbs instead of 22lbs elas! :(

  • wacca

    great vid… cuts all the bullshlt out. straight talking. There should be more of this.

  • xena

    Hi Roman what's up baby! :)

    This seems like a great finisher program when you are not overweight and not so good for a person who needs to shed 22lbs with beginner/intermediate levelness to working out…am I right? please enlighten me. Thank you! :)

  • chris

    This is actually verging on the best thing Vince has ever released for intermediate/advanced level trainers. I'd love to buy it, shame I'm a student and broke. Guess I'll just have to half my Bodyfat% on my own… :( sorry Vince. But I will do it, so it's cool.

  • Max

    True! True! You Gotta Keep Hungry, & Not Just For Food ;)

    You Gotta Want To Achieve Your Goals!

    You Gotta Stay Focused!

    You Gotta Give it Everything, & Then Sum!!!

    Never Quit! Never Surrender!

    Go Hard or Go Home!