This week I received an email from Matt, who’s an avid reader of ‘The Crude’.
“Hey Clint, I need some advice. I am in week 4 of Visual Impact. It is going well. Now, I have just started a personal consultation with Martin Berkhan. He has constructed a nutrition AND training program for me. I start a 1 week consultation on Monday. Do you think I should abandon Visual Impact and just get involved with the heavy, reverse pyramid strength training that Martin recommends? The reason I am asking is due to the fact that you have been through Visual Impact fully but recently, seem to have been converted to the Lean Gains way. Your advice would be very much appreciated.
The thing you need to keep in mind with Visual Impact, is that it focuses on training protocols aimed at getting you the lean, hollywood look.
Lean gains, on the other hand, is a lifestyle approach which focuses on the diet side of the equation concentrating on intermittent fasting and how it aids in significantly awesome fat-loss.
To answer the question, yes I would abandon Visual Impact for now and concentrate on the reverse pyramid strength training that Martin suggests.
Don’t get me wrong…
I’m not saying that you will waste your time by continuing down the Visual Impact path, more that you can always try it afterwards for something different once Martin has had his way with you.
Not only that, but if you’re getting personally trained by the man himself, it would be kind of a slap in the face to be doing something else and not giving him your full, undivided attention.
What I’m currently doing…
As an example, I’m currently using Martin’s approach to fat-loss, but am cycling Phases 1 and 2 of Visual Impact at the same time. When I get back from the USA in June, I’ll probably switch it up and focus on a different program altogether and probably return to Visual Impact at the end of the year.
Visual Impact = training regimen.
Lean Gains = eating regimen.
They can work nicely together, but if you’re being personally trained, it might be best to follow the trainer’s ‘tailored’ advice. (You can always do your own thing in regards to exercises and program later).
Remember, there is no ‘magic formula’ for a program that will work forever.
The body is surprisingly clever and adapts to anything you throw at it over a long period of time. You gotta keep that f*cker guessing!
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