Finally…A Non-Bodybuilding Approach to Getting in Great Shape!

Important Message: Although this site has received 25+ million visitors, I am starting from scratch and abandoning it. This site is dated and old school looking, terrible to read on mobile, etc.

It’s like a Ford Pinto compared to my new site…which is like a Ferrari.

I’ve moved my About Me page over there as well.

Click here to see my About page and new site.

Thanks for reading all these years!



356 thoughts on “Finally…A Non-Bodybuilding Approach to Getting in Great Shape!”

  1. Hey There!

    My name is Carsten and I’m a pretty new blogger in the Health and Fitness Niche!
    I just wanted to drop by and say Hi to you All!

    If you want to have a look at my site you can find me at

    I hope you have a great Day!


  2. Rusty-
    I didnt know if you had any tips for college students. Everyone wants to be the hottest gal on campus…. hottest not sluttiest.. for dieting if you could throw out some foods that are healthy and relatively cheap? Its hard to eat healthy in college when you have a small budget and the $1 tostino pizza is calling your name. Also workouts that you dont have to do two times a day since we are studying our asses off. Also it would be interesting to know which alcohols gave you the most bang for their calorie intake.. in other words.. what booze can get you messed up without piling on the calories.. and maybe an article to get in shape for spring break.. dont know if you read this anymore but it would be great if you responded!

  3. Hey Rusty,

    Love your common sense man! I will be a frequent reader for sure. I noticed in your “minimalist workout” you are pictured in a boat…. I am guessing that is Lake Powell!! I grew up in Page, AZ and live in Missouri now, but was wondering if you are from Page or near there? Pretty cool stuff.

  4. Rusty,
    It’s nice to see someone who values my philosophy on fitness. I call myself a longevity trainer. I focus more on technique, preventing injury to major joints (ones that are more prone to injury) and maintaining good health in all aspects of fitness way late into life. Thank you for your motivation.
    Happy training!

  5. Dear Rusty,

    I have bulky thick legs and they grow very qiuck ” I wasnt sure which book i need to buy as you have covered this subject in visaul impact for women , { very common in women to want slimmer legs}
    But Iam a male will visaul impact cardio cover this topic? please advise which book i need , that is my only concern {legs too bulky} my email add .
    Your articles make good sense and are realistic,
    Kind regards Mr Shah

  6. Hey Rusty.
    I was thinking of combining your shake and salad nutrition plan with Nick Nilsson’s Dirty Little Secrets For Burning Fat and Building Muscle FAST! I’ll let you know how that works out for me. I’ll keep a journal on too. Again Thanks for the motivation…. very much needed at the moment lol

  7. Hi Rusty – thanks for the excellent products! My question is, can I follow both the Visual Impact Muscle Building program and the Visual Impact Cardio program at the same time, or should I do one first (and if so, which one)? I’m 5’10 and about 190 lbs and I want to try to lean out but build/define and not sure which program makes most sense to tackle first or how to combine. Thanks very much!

  8. Hi Rusty,

    I saw that your site accepts guest posts from other people/visitors of your site from time to time. I have some experience in writing articles related to health and fitness niche. I have both interest and knowledge for writing articles in this niche.

    I would be interested in writing a guest post for you on a topic related to health market. Let me know if you would be interested in the article.

    Awaiting your favorable response.

    Rebecca White

  9. Hi Rusty,

    I enjoyed reading your book and I just started phase I. I would want to gain more muscles mass and I also want to cut my body fat down. I weight 234 and I want to get to a solid 200lbs. Based on the book I am suppose to intake about 3300 calories a day. Should I adjust my calorie intake so I could reduce my body fat?

  10. Hi Rusty,

    I understand that you won’t really be able to reply to this, but it’s just a comment and more for others to read.

    I am currently 19 years old and I’ve been an elite athlete for more than 10 years, developing from a very young age. I had the chance to excel at a high level in figure skating, track and tennis (timeline when like skating and tennis, skating track and tennis, 100% time on tennis). One thing I’ve been struggling with was the way my body was composed. I got my strong and fast growing muscles from my mother (and a little from my father), and a petite frame/bones from my father. I didn’t know what was what. I’d consider my body a blessing and a curse. I could run fast, jump high, and push hard, but I never liked the way I looked despite feeling strong. On top of that, my muscles would oftentimes overpower my frame, giving me all sorts of back and knee injuries. I hated running (unless it was a competitive sprint).

    Needless to say, my athletic career needed to end. I am now in college and trying to figure out my life, physically and professionally. I finally stumbled upon your free video for Visual Impact for Women after years and years of figuring out how to detrain my muscles, reduce its size and get to a slender figure. At first, I was really skeptical. Having done a lot of my own research and seen many of those sorts of videos/webpages, one could say I’ve become pretty jaded about any fitness solution/diet solution. I don’t know what about your video made me change my mind that night. Maybe it was the sort of “raw” quality of your voiceover, how it didn’t sound like you were a paid voice actor; I don’t know, but I decided to give it a chance.

    And boy was I glad I did. As an athlete (I don’t like saying ex-athlete 😛 Once an athlete, always an athlete. If not physically at least mentally), I don’t always take ANYONE’s fitness/nutrition advise. I’m pretty stuck on what I know, what I’ve looked up myself and what has worked for me. So when I read your ebook, it fell in line with everything I wanted and everything I could do for myself. I’ve been able to lose 10 lbs. this summer since starting your program. I’ve got less fat and my legs are finally looking more slender.

    Thank you so much. I love your program and I love that you send emails too. Although you aren’t technically “there for me”, it does feel like you are, and finally someone who answered my call to lose muscle mass (even couldn’t help me; apparently there are people there who want to lose mass too!).

    As a college student, the price at first seemed like a huge investment, but now that I look back not even half a year ago, it was money more than well spent.


  11. I just wanted to tell you that you have a wonderful blog, you give great tips, advice, and write rather well. Keep up the great work!

  12. Hi Rusty,
    I was wondering if you knew where I can find any articles by Pavel Tsatsouline specifically about strength endurance – both with weights and for track and field. Would he say that avoiding failure when training for an event like 400m, for example, would see more improvement than training to fatigue? That’d be pretty against the grain!

  13. Hi Rusty! Great blog – I just came across your writings, and wanted to share something I’ve started that you may dig, and that needs help from people like you and your followers. We’re striking a blow against the onslaught of childhood obesity, with animation! We’d love the support of all our like-minded allies out there. Check out ‘Coach Thayer Bear Show’ here!

    Every penny counts, and we thank you in advance for your time [:)]

  14. Hey Rusty I have been following a strong low carb diet and using calisthenics to build my muscle (this is largely due to me being incarcerated in a Juvinal prison and yes I can access the internet.) I follow your blog religiously and it has help me quite a bit. I like to tweak many of your workouts to see the effects I can get. my favorite is the 3 rep, rest 10 I use this workout with explosive pushups the most. I have notices a Significant strength increase with moderate muscle growth. I like that. Your blog is a insperation and I’m glad I found it, also I would like to see if I could talk to you about devoloping a 100% calisthenics based workout that I can use. I have a dip bar and pull up bar I can use. Thanks, Dominick Garner

  15. Hey Rusty!

    Just wanted to say hello and that I stumbled across your blog a few days ago. I’ve been overweight most of my life and I had lost 60lbs in a few months a couple years ago so I know it’s possible! I gained it back during my pregnancy (truth be told I gained it right AFTER our son was born) and it’s been a struggle ever since. I moved to the UK to be with my husband who is big on fitness and has even made an English Channel attempt (and will be making another go at it in the next year)

    We’ve both decided (more so myself) to take some of your advice taken from this blog! I’m even starting a blog myself for my own record.

    My goal is to lose 95lbs…. I’m currently 255. I might go for more once I’ve reached my goal, but for now I’m aiming for those 95! Today was my first day of … a very light (healthy) breakfast … and then a dinner in the evening (again very healthy and well balanced) No more snacking! (that’s where it gets me!) I’ve already been going to the gym for the last few months, but it’s time I change my diet as well as my routine for actual results.

    Just wanted to say thank you and that I really love your blog and have been doing a lot of reading on it over the last few days!

  16. It is not easy to convince people that bodybuilding is not the only way to shed the fats on their bodies, but I think your blog posts and photos do a great job of doing so through detailed explanations and providing evidence. Thanks!

  17. Hi Rusty,
    Hopefully you can answer a question for me. I’m nearing the end of Phase I of Visual Impact Muscle Building. But now I have to travel for work for 6 weeks and will have little to no access to gym equipment. I won’t be able to continue resistance training properly and get into Phase II. When I return home and get back into my normal routine, shall I re-start Phase I again? Or is it ok to just do Phase I for a few more weeks then start Phase II?
    Thanks a bunch.

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