Being the author of a popular health and fitness blog I get asked quite often to review various fitness programs. Most of the time they are way too time consuming, boring or down right wrong. Occasionally I come across a fitness program like Visual Impact Cardio <— Link to Website that strikes a cord with me.
Recently I was given the opportunity to review a new program called Visual Impact Cardio. When I initially received the program, I was pleased to see the creator was a person with similar beliefs to mine in relation to health and fitness.
The creator, Rusty Moore is a fitness and nutrition expert, who runs a high traffic blog called Fitness Black Book (link) that focuses on achieving the lean, Hollywood look. His Visual Impact Muscle Building for men and Visual Impact for Women are my two recommended training programs for men and women.
I was so impressed with the Visual Impact Cardio program that I decided to interview Rusty to try and get a bit of an insight into how Visual Impact Cardio can help people like you and I get in AND stay in shape.
Niko: Rusty, welcome to No Excuse Fitness, for those that have not visited your site Fitness Black Book, or have not heard of you, can you give us a quick run-down on who you are and how you got involved in the fitness industry?
Rusty:I’ve been training non-stop in a gym environment since the late 80′s. Like a lot of young guys, I wanted to add muscle look ripped, etc.
After 13 years of lifting I had a lot of muscle, but didn’t like the fact that I couldn’t fit well into a suit or dress clothes. I had a tough time fitting into jeans.
After watching Fight Club in 1999, I decided I liked the idea of been lean and angular like Brad Pitt. Having excess muscle began to feel a little “cheesy”. Cool and hip guys like James Bond are lean and ripped, but can still fit well into a tailored suit, flat front pants, etc. Big guys look a little goofy in nice clothes. Can you imagine if Daniel Craig put on 40 pounds of muscle for the next James Bond? He would look like a tool.
I spent the following 3-4 years losing muscle on purpose. I wanted to stay strong, but reduce the volume of my muscles. There was pretty much ZERO information on how to accomplish this. After I completed my transformation and dropped close to 30 pounds of muscle, I learned how to lift for increasing muscle density without getting overly muscular.
In 2007, I decided to document how this is accomplished on my blog, Fitness Black Book. I was criticized by the body building forums, because they couldn’t wrap their head around the idea of not getting as big as possible.
…but a lot of people felt the same as me…my blog took off and within 2 years was getting serious amounts of visitors each day. Fast forward a couple of years and I’ve developed detail premium programs that take the info in my blog to the next level.
Niko: You have just released a new program called Visual Impact Cardio, tell us what inspired you to develop this product? My reason for asking is your other programs Visual Impact Muscle Building for men & Visual Impact for Women, already contain good advice in relation to cardio.
Rusty: One of the reasons I decided to create the cardio program was that some people already have resistance training routines they love…they just have a tough time getting lean. Although my men’s and women’s programs have excellent cardio programs that work well…I wanted to create a course for people who want to dig deep into cardio and fat loss.
This course has specific routines, but I wanted to empower people with enough knowledge to create their own cardio programs.
Niko: Did you have a specific target audience in mind when you were developing Visual Impact Cardio?
Rusty: The target audience for Visual Impact Cardio is forward thinking people. Those who want results even if they are bucking the current trends. Most of the customers of my products like to be on the cutting edge of fitness…and not wait until Dr Oz talks about a method 10 years after we have been successfully using it.
People who will appreciate Visual Impact Cardio the most, are those who are at a fat loss sticking point and are having trouble losing those last 10-15 pounds.
Niko: In Visual Impact Cardio you talk about “Mastering the Skill of Losing Body Fat.” Is there really a skill to losing body fat? Surely if people just train their asses off, they will see results, won’t they?
Rusty: If it was just about training hard, there would be a lot more fit people in gyms around the globe. The goal with the program is to help people fully master the skill of losing body fat.
I like to compare it to a “master chef” vs a “recipe follower”. When it comes to cooking, I’m a recipe follower. I can make great dishes if there is a recipe to follow.
A master chef is different. You can give the chef 10 ingredients and he can create an amazing dish with his understanding of cooking. He doesn’t need a recipe. He has mastered the skill of cooking.
Losing fat is similar. I have fat loss recipes to follow, but I’m more interested in teaching people the core skills to lose fat for life.
Niko: Within Visual Impact Cardio you do talk about diet, without detailing a specific nutritional plan. I personally have been following my recommended nutrition plan in conjunction with the program to great affect. Do you have any advice for the readers about your preferred nutrition plan when completing Visual Impact Cardio?
Rusty: I do like the idea of staying in a glycogen depleted state Mon-Fri. This is when you will also do the right type of strategic cardio. Then on the weekend, loosening up a bit and allowing more calories. It just makes the diet easier to follow and keeps the hormone levels from plummeting, etc.
Lactate Threshold Cardio can speed up the process to get into a depleted state and puts you in a fat burning mode for a longer period of time than is typical for this type of diet. In fact, knowing when to push the lactate levels in cardio in relation to how “carbed-up” you are…is what will help you get lean without hitting sticking points.
Niko: While completing Visual Impact Cardio I have also been incorporating you free Abs Blueprint workout, which just took 1st place in “The 50 Best Free Health & Fitness Courses on the Web”… will Visual Impact Cardio help you get abs, or do abs require a combination of cardio and good nutrition?
Rusty: Nutrition plays an extremely important role in seeing your abs. Cardio and nutrition will help you get lean to reveal the abs you have. Abs Blueprint has what I believe to be the best exercises to develop that abs to look dense and defined. It is free, so people should pick it up and give it a read.
Niko: When you were researching for and testing Visual Impact Cardio, did you come across any information that surprised you?
Rusty: Yes! In fact, this one piece of info I came across is a game changer in my opinion. There is a recent paper that examined dozens of studies that measured EPOC (how many calories are burned after an intense exercise session). What they found is that calories burned after exercise are MUCH less than many people in the fitness community have suggested.
Depending upon intensity levels, you will only burn up to 15% of the total calories burned during the actual intense exercise session. So a super intense TABATA interval session that burns 300 calories, will have a total EPOC of 45 calories. Some people do these super intense intervals 3 times per week…expecting the “afterburn effect” to get them lean.
The calories burned after training are so insignificant, that I wouldn’t even bother to consider that as part of your fat loss program. Instead, focus on the amount of calories burned during exercise if you want to get lean.
What is the fastest rate you can burn calories over a prolonged period of time? Right under Lactate Threshold level. My entire cardio course is based on pushing the limits of lactate threshold and increasing lactate threshold, without over training.
Niko: You put a lot of time and effort into Visual Impact Cardio. Give us your thoughts on the completed product?
Rusty: It is one of those things that will eventually become mainstream in about 5 years. I am pumped at how it turned out. I think it will be an eye opener for anyone who buys it.
Niko: Rusty, thanks a lot for your time. Is there any last thoughts that you would like to share with my readers?
Rusty: The trend these days is to recommend shorter and shorter workouts. Since society is more computer focused and less active than ever, I think that is bad advice. We need more exercise, not less.
Even if you don’t pick up my cardio program, I would recommend to spend a bit more time each week doing cardio. There is a time element to fat loss. If you are stuck, see if you can fit in 60-90 minutes more cardio each week.
Niko: Sound advice, thanks so much for the interview Rusty.
Rusty: My pleasure Niko. Thanks for the interview.
There you have it folks, a great interview from a person that not only talks the talk but also walks the walk.
In my opinion Visual Impact Cardio is a complete and comprehensive program that when combined with my recommended nutrition program will not only help you lose body fat, but is guaranteed to take you fitness to a whole new level.
If you would like to hear some more from Rusty and the Visual Impact Cardio program <— Click Here.
I am pleased to announce the winner of the “How could this program help change your life?” competition is Paul Toohey. Paul’s answer struck a cord with me, as the situation he finds himself in is similar to where I found myself about 5 years ago. Congratulations Paul, I hope Visual Impact Cardio provides you with the knowledge and inspiration to change your life before your 40th birthday.
For all of the other entrants thanks for taking the time to enter, the decisions to pick a winner was extremely difficult due to the quality of all of your answers, all of which were worthy of winning. Whilst you didn’t win the program I strongly encourage you to grab a copy of to help you on your weight loss journey, simply follow this link to grab yourself a copy of Visual Impact Cardio.