Last Updated on May 21, 2023 by Michael Brockbank
Here we go. So, those of you who know me understand that I have a strong, well…dislike…of V Shred. And I was having a bit of a hard time lately coming up with the inspiration to do better. However, I think I feel the fire burning in me once again.
Maybe it has a bit to do with this diet bet I’m in with Sam, or perhaps I just want that “summer bod.” Nonetheless, V Shred has been inspirational to make up my mind for the future of myself, this blog, and the YouTube channel.
How is V Shred Being Inspirational?
I stumbled across a video from Simon Miller today, someone I watch quite often, actually. And just like Simon, I’ve been triggered.
And there is a moment in the video when I completely resonate with Simon. Let’s see if you can guess where?
Anyway, I think I’ll tackle each of the major points from this video one-by-one so you can get an idea about how V Shred is inspiring me to accomplish some goals.
Part 1: Stop Doing Steady-State Cardio
Apparently, V Shred believes that steady-state cardio is bad and that if you want to burn body fat, you should stop doing it. After losing 80 pounds myself, I have to say that this is utter nonsense.
His claim is that it’s not good for you. And obviously, he doesn’t cite any information or studies to demonstrate his point.
In reality, I do both steady-state and forms of HIIT workouts.
What is steady-state cardio in V Shred’s eyes? Well, it’s when you prolong an activity to remain in a constant state of burning calories. For example, running for 15 minutes would be considered steady-state cardio.
Why Isn’t Steady-State Cardio Good for You According to V Shred?
First off, Vince claims that steady-state cardio isn’t good because it can take up to 45 minutes to get in a good session. In reality, I can hit peak cardio in less than 5 minutes depending on the activity.
But let’s not gloss over the fact that he thinks it takes 45 minutes to get in a good workout. Even if it were true, which it isn’t if you put any kind of effort into an activity, he’s playing on the need for instant gratification.
This is how most fitness influencers make their money, to be honest. The more they make you think you can achieve instant results with their programs or products, the more money they make.
In addition to the 45-minute point, he claims you’re only going to burn 300 calories. When I’m playing the Xbox or using the Bodyblade, I burn 300 calories in half that timeframe.
So, one of two things is happening here. Either, a) V Shred is a moron and has not clue what he’s talking about, or b) he’s purposely lying in order to sell his product.
But what of a third option? Perhaps he’s both.
Horrible Exercise with Little to No Gain
Next, our antagonist pushes the idea that any steady-state cardio exercise is “horrible.” Now, there is a bit of truth behind this as not everyone is going to view the same activity as fun.
However, most people who maintain their physique enjoy the exercises they perform. Some people love running, others get into throwing themselves in front of the Xbox for 30 minutes.
It’s all a matter of perspective and what you find engaging.
This is why I push for gamifying fitness. There are all kinds of ways you can make exercise fun. Hell, just joining a city sports league, bowling team, or Topgolf tournament can increase your cardio for the day.
Technically, anything that can elevate your heart rate is considered cardio activity. The main difference whether you lose weight or not is what you eat in addition to those activities.
In fact, there are several reasons for doing steady-state cardio that go beyond just losing fat.
5 Minutes of HIIT Alternative
After making his argument against steady-state cardio, V Shred brings up doing a 5-minute blast of HIIT every day. His suggestion is 20 seconds of max intensity, then a 20-second cooldown in intervals over the span of five minutes.
According to V Shred, you can burn more calories in five minutes than you can by doing steady-state cardio for 45. Having done this myself, I know that he’s full of shit.
Now, you can burn quite a few calories over the span of five minutes. However, it’s nothing compared to what I burn playing Virtual Smash for 30…not even close.
And comparing a 5-minute HIIT vs a 45-minute Xbox tennis session, well, all I can say is that apparently, he’s never really tracked it before.
Part 2: Personalized Exercise Plans
In Simon’s video, he goes over the second part of V Shred’s asinine existence by pointing out how the “fitness influencer” completely contradicts himself when talking about personalized exercise plans.
Because V Shred is often vague and contradictory, it can create confusion as to what you need to lose weight. Personally, I think that’s the goal. The more confused a person is and desperate for clear information, the more likely he or she will buy Vince’s products.
As Simon brings up, a lot of information you want and need for specific fitness goals is available on Google. And you don’t need to take a quiz to identify what kind of workout routine you need to achieve your goals.
Anyway, with V Shred’s quiz, you’ll get three “free” tips on how to reach your goals and a “hidden surprise” at the end…a discount code to buy his products.
But it’s the way he says, “hidden surprise at the end.” V Shred makes it sound like it’s something amazing, like a vacation to Hawaii, or perhaps free home fitness gear.
If I ever get popular enough to box in the Creator Clash on YouTube, I’d actually pay money to get V Shred in the ring.
Now, the Inspirational Part
So, how is this moron inspiring me to do better? Well, he easily triggers me by attacking the very things that have helped me lose 80 pounds. That, and I truly hate when people use scare tactics and target the insecurities of others to simply sell a product.
Everyone is unique, and you can’t quantify fitness through a simple questionnaire and offer three whole tips to help a person lose weight or get fit. We all have underlying mental and physical issues that will greatly affect the end result.
But I do have to thank people like this for fueling my fire. It’s much like Will Smith’s inability to lose 20 pounds in 20 weeks…though, I think he’s just a broken man in a terrible relationship.
Anyway, People like V Shred just make me want to do my own thing so I can prove them wrong. Especially when they start talking bad about things that I know for a fact do, indeed, work.
Not only from a personal perspective, but V Shred goes against a ton of scientific evidence.
So, I’m going to make it my goal to show people they don’t need to follow the idiotic ramblings of some Tik Toker to effectively lose weight and get fit. They don’t need to buy diet plans, invest in supplements, or perform specific exercises to achieve personalized results.
In reality, all you need is Google. And perhaps this website, but that’s a shameless promotion on my part. Besides, everything I cover is based on personal experience and scientific evidence.
I can also assure you that I’m not going to blow sunshine and rainbows up your ass in order to sell a product.
Taking a Breath…
I don’t know what it is about V Shred that makes me want to slap him upside the head with a dead tuna. Perhaps it’s his cocky attitude or the fact that he often spews blatant misinformation.
Since there are no regulations for much of the fitness industry, you can get away with an awful lot to make a buck.
I guess a lot of it has to do with my overall nature. I am the type of person who will go to great lengths to help anyone without asking for anything in return. It’s why I built most of my websites, actually.
But when some shlub starts spouting crap to unsuspecting people to sell a product, well, it more than ruffles my feathers. In case you’re wondering, I get the same way when it comes to writing and blogging as well.
In any case, we’ll see what happens in 12 weeks after I prove this dipshit wrong. Now, I’m going to go relax with a cup of coffee and listen to the birds chirp before I say something unkind.
Everyone Is Different
The main takeaway from pretty much anything I write is that everyone is different. We all have unique needs and wants, and no magical pill or questionnaire is going to help you achieve those results.
Examine your life, how you eat, what your personal goals are, and come up with your own plan of action. What works for one person may not work for you, and that’s OK.
But for the love of Pete, treat information from V Shred with a grain of salt. Inuendos, half-truths, and bald-faced lies don’t necessarily make you an expert.
It just makes you a douchebag.