What I Learned From My Workout with Vince Del Monte
It’s cold here in New York – a fact made all the more obvious since I just got back from yet another travel excursion. This time, I was in Tampa: a town known for beautiful weather and (evidently) some incredible gyms.
While I was there, I got to spend time brainstorming with some of the best and brightest in fitness: Craig Ballantyne, Isabel De Los Rios, Scott Colby, Rob Poulos, Joel Marion, and that rapscallion Vince Del Monte.
It’s not often one has the opportunity to train with someone like Vince. Del Monte and I have some similar ideas on certain training methods, and some that are radically different. Getting to train together was a great opportunity for the both of us; and the only thing faster and more intense than the workout itself was the exchange of ideas.
As I’ve mentioned before, my training is generally pretty intense and this session was no exception. Given that I was working out with a muscle gaining expert, it made sense that we’d do a more traditional body-part split workout, rather than the full body dynamic training that I normally do.
So, off the bat, there were three factors increasing the intensity of my workout, and I wanted to share some tips with you.
This was probably one of the most productive training sessions I’ve had in a long time, and that is saying a lot.
So, of course, I vomited.
And it was a good one.
I know what you’re thinking—and yes, we took video. I’m going to share it with you, of course.
The workouts, that is.
Here I am leading pretty boy Vince through a mechanical advantage drop set for chest. (I was a little delirious at this point, so I screwed up some math.)
Here we have Vince putting me through the paces of a traditional drop set on the seated row (with slight cambered grip).
My point is this: from time to time it’s a great idea to make change for the sake of change, if only for a day, to up the ante and get a workout that’s completely outside the realm of what’s normal for you.
Whether it’s changing gears in your workout regime, or trying out a new gym for the day, changes in stuff like this can lead to tremendous changes in your physique.
In a semi-related note, if you don’t have a trainer or strength coach, get one—even if it’s just for the occasional re-assessment or augmentation of a pre-existing program. If you have one, ditch him/her every once in a while to train with a friend who is intent on showing you up.
Using the above tips and a little ingenuity, I urge you to make the effort to incorporate some small changes to increase the efficacy and the intensity of your training.
Of course, intensity is a really nebulous kind of concept: much like love, you just kinda know it when you stumble upon it.
Speaking of love, did you see the way Del Monte was looking at me in those videos? That guy is totally into me. A bromance begins.
And if you’re feeling a little love for Vince himself, you’re not alone. The guy put on 41 pounds of muscle using some of the training tips above—click here to find out how he did it!