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.
How far am I into the program
I’m 5.5 months into a 6 month program and at the end of Visual Impact Phase 3.
What I’ve learned in this Phase
I’m a LOT more energetic. I can sprint for longer during my HIIT sessions and due to the rep counts being in the 4 rep range, I have a lot of extra energy to spare at the end.
What I’ve gained
My strength gains have hit a bit of a wall at the END of this phase which is ok as I’m in a caloric deficit right now and shedding a few layers of tummy fat. You wouldn’t expect to gain any strength/size at this time, but it’s all about ‘maintenance’. I don’t appear to have lost any muscle!
What I’ve lost
I’ve been eating at just below maintenance level of calories on MOST days of the week (except for sundays where I’ll normally pig out on anything that comes my way). I’m also intermittently fasting every wednesday. This has become quite easy to do these days and I would HIGHLY recommend it as a must-have fat burning tool. More on Eat-Stop-Eat can be found here, whilst a great myth busting article on fasting (no you won’t lose your muscle) can be found here.
Results have been a lot more visible in this stage. When I first wake up and flex my abodominals, all six of the little blighters are there (something I haven’t been able to see for a long, long time). I’m not sure how long this will last, as the Christmas period is almost upon us and I do enjoy a drink or two!
I’m off to Port Douglas for a mini-break, then I’ll probably take a week off training to reset. The ‘bonus’ phase of the program where you shrink-wrap all of your hard-earned muscle is what I’ll be completing next. After that is all said and done, I’ll sheepishly attempt to post some more pictures.