1. Ryan
    June 28, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    I just finished phase III of Rusty’s Visual Impact program. I leaned out a ton and was very happy with my look (still have some ab work) but I always receive the small and skinny comments lately. I just started the bonus phase and while I still plan on getting lean through diet and cardio I’m hoping that by now lifting for hypertrophy again with creatine that I will lean out more without getting smaller and if not get a ton bigger end up actually looking bigger as a result.


    • Kevin
      June 28, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

      Hey Ryan,
      Yeah, I think to a degree it’s inevitable when it comes to getting truly lean but the bonus phase will certainly help.

      You should be in a great place to start adding some size now that you’re more lean and toned, good job!


      • Ryan
        June 29, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

        (The Ryan Below is a different Ryan :)” just wanted to toss that out there it doesn’t look like I’m posting and replying like crazy. Kevin how do you think I should go about my cardio while adding back mass through hypertrophy and creatine? Should I do just as much as I was in Phase 3? I was doing anywhere between 15 mins of HIIT and 15 mins of LIT or 20/20 mins.


        • Kevin
          August 2, 2012 @ 7:26 am

          Wassup you crazy commenter 😉

          Go back to your exact workout that you used in phase 1 … but keep the diet
          low calorie like phase 3.


  2. Ryan
    June 29, 2012 @ 1:20 am


    Great info again. I’ve been reading your blog for awhile as one of my goals for 2012 was to become a stud. (see http://www.ryaneggenberger.com/become-a-stud-update). The info here is great.

    I like this post because it keeps the end goal in perspective (the “where am I going) so that all you have to do is work backwards (the “how am I going to get there”). These are great principles that you’ve applied to working out.

    Keep up the good work and keep it coming! It’s great stuff.


    • Kevin
      August 2, 2012 @ 7:27 am

      Hi Ryan,
      Thanks for the compliment man! I will certainly do my best to keep the site going.


  3. Dave - Not Your Averagefitnesstips
    July 3, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    Great article and certainly resonates with me. Like you, I’ve gotten similar comments on both sides. I find that the biggest detriment to getting lean and losing fat is that my neck and face get really skinny. It gives me the appearance of being really small in clothes. Now I’ve focused on maintaining a higher weight with a lot more muscle mass…unfortunately some extra fat as well but I’m hoping to trim that down gradually over time. Nice touch with the specific areas to focus on within each body part.


    • Kevin
      August 2, 2012 @ 7:29 am

      Thanks Dave. I’ve also noticed that getting smaller (fitting) clothes makes a big difference too. Not just your shirts but also pants. Funny thing, but it does work.

      Also, just staying lean for a longer period of time works. Everybody (including yourself) is used to seeing at a heavier weight. Just stay lean and eventually that will look “normal.”


  4. Siddharta1979
    July 15, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    Great article; what exercises do you suggest to accomplish it?


    • Kevin
      August 2, 2012 @ 7:40 am

      If you checkout the muscle groups above, I’ve linked to articles with good exercises to follow. Hope that helps!


      • Siddharta1979
        August 2, 2012 @ 7:44 am

        Damn! Hadn’t seen that… thanks a lot!


  5. Patrick
    August 19, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    Now that I realize those “skinny comments” are all originated from my skinny face alone, I feel pretty frustrated. I follow Visual Impact toward the end of phase 2 and get my body fat level to around 11%, and already see having a very skinny face.
    Just focusing on several parts can only fix the frame and create a “larger” look. The main issue – the skinny face – is still there.
    Can we find a way to strategically add water and fat to our face and fix this once and for all ?


    • Richard
      January 16, 2013 @ 11:55 pm

      I find if I cut my hair short on the sides my face/head looks a lot skinnier. I try to not cut my hair shorter than 3/4 in on the sides. This makes my head look wider and a lot better. 😀


  6. Steve
    January 17, 2013 @ 7:02 am

    Thanks Kevin… this is a very informative post, and a problem I’ve been struggling on myself recently. Any idea on timeframe of how long it takes to actually build up those muscle groups? Because you could be leaning out way before these muscles even start to develop since muscle grows much slower than fat is burned.


  7. zee
    December 28, 2015 @ 4:03 am

    great info. I workout shoulders,traps, calves only once a week. I think i should focus more on that instead of focusing on the overall body. I will hit them thrice a week from now on.


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