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Clint’s current workout: Visual Impact Completed!

By January 3, 2011 39 Comments

As you may have read previously, I’m currently the test dummy for Rusty Moore’s Visual Impact program.

I don’t adhere to fads nor gimmicks (how’d you guess that?) so i was skeptical at first, but then I got to know Rusty and his style of teaching over at fitnessblackbook.com.

As I leafed through the program, I came to realise that the guy just might know what he’s talking about.

Clint Nielsen Visual Impact

After 6 months of Visual Impact – 24th December, 2010

Game, set and match

So it’s all over. What started out as a 6 month trial, is finally at an end. Looking back on it all, I’ve learnt a lot about what I can handle in terms of training intensity and duration. I’ve also learnt that I probably prefer cheat-days a little more than I should.

Am I please with the results of Visual Impact?

Absolutely. I’m pretty lean (especially considering December is a terrible time to be completing any kind of body transformation).

The one caveat, which I discuss in the video above, is that I used two other dietary tricks to maintain low body fat levels whilst holding onto my muscle.

At the end of 6 months of Visual Impact

The tricks I used and will continue to use

Eat-Stop-Eat – I used this strategy once per week EVERY week whilst on Visual Impact.
Lean Gains – This is basically a shorter fasting strategy which I used in conjuction with Eat-Stop-Eat at least once per week.

How did i prevent muscle loss during Visual Impact?

By using BCAA’s before, during and after training.

This is VERY important when using a fasting regimen particularly when weight-training at the same time.

The body is hunting for nutrients at this point and will go looking for them in muscle mass if you don’t give them a BCAA spike. More on fasted training can be viewed here, whilst the powered form of BCAA’s I choose to use can be found here (no i’m not being paid to promote this product).

The last few days of my Europe holiday back in June, 2010. Looking a tad soft around the mid section

What I would change next time I used Visual Impact

I would be a lot more strict with my diet. I fell off the cart many a time with meals that were too heavy especially at night. Instead of eating a standard bowl of food for example, I found myself opting for a larger quantity. This was a big, fat, naughty no-no.

What’s next?

I’m going to keep cycling this program for a while longer to get back to a relatively good body fat level. As I write this, I’ve spent a week drinking and eating WAY too much. I feel soft and sluggish as I haven’t been to the gym for a little while. However, tomorrow is a new day, and I’m looking forward to getting back into my routine and feeling ‘good about myself’ once again.

Further reading on Visual Impact and intermittent fasting

To read more about Rusty’s program, i suggest you go to his page on Visual Impact here. If you’d like to read more about the program from my own perspective, I have a detailed page on it here. I suggest you also checkout Eat-Stop-Eat and leangains.com to get amongst Intermittent Fasting.

You’ll be glad you did ;)

Clint Nielsen

Author Clint Nielsen

Clint is a dad and husband trying to stay in shape. He's also a highly opinionated fitness enthusiast and author of Reveal The Steel. Follow him on: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Google+

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