1. Dave - Not Your Average Fitness Tips
    May 8, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

    Vin Diesel is definitely in great shape. Even if his exact workout routine was out there, it’s hard to say anyone else would get exactly the same results. However, with a lot of the recommendations you outlined, I think most people could build a very good body. Taking it to the next level like a celebrity is always challenging since average people don’t have the time or resources (money, trainers, dieticians) helping them take it across the finish line.


    • Kevin - Fitness B&W
      May 9, 2011 @ 7:42 am

      I definitely agree — I think if we all had hours and hours to devote to working out (and having our perfectly balanced meals handed to us) it would be a lot more feasible goal to build a physique like Vin Diesel’s.

      I do think though that by focusing on what will make the biggest impact (diet and effective workouts) that we can all acheive very good results.


  2. The Underwear Body
    June 19, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

    I think Vin Diesel is a much better role model than the bulked up bodybuilder’s in the magazines. He’s obviously a guy with a larger frame but he carries the larger look quite well. Personally I think he’d look better with slightly leaner with little more muscle definition, but then we all do I suppose!

    I like the idea that you don’t have to use his exact routine if you want results like his. It’s about having your role models but still using the best way for YOU to get their results (though I spent an awful lot of time looking for Brad Pitt’s fight club routine back in the day).



    • Kevin
      May 4, 2012 @ 8:28 am

      I agree … just a bit more lean and toned and he would have a killer build … still does though for a bigger guy.


  3. zach
    April 26, 2012 @ 12:34 am

    Hi, I have a question, on the Vin Diesel workout. When you are doing, 8 sets, and 5 reps, what should your weight be? Start at the max 6 reps, and then go down 80%, do I keep going down 80%, every time?


    • Kevin
      May 4, 2012 @ 8:35 am

      Sorry I wasn’t very clear on this, I updated the article.

      Pick a weight that you can do 6-8 reps but don’t do more than 5. Keep the same weight throughout the exercise. So for incline dumbbell flys your reps might look like this for each set: 5, 5, 5, 5, 4, 4, 3, 3 reps.

      You want to stop just short of failure for each set … always having another rep left in ya.


  4. Izzy
    May 30, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    Love the workout man. I have a quick question and would be very grateful if you could answer it for me. You say that for skinny guys who wish to gain mass they should use phase 1 of visual impact. However I read on forums(bb.com) that beginners should stick to the big 3 and that they won’t make gains on sarcoplasmic training (like phase 1). Is there any truth to that. I ask as I am a skinny beginner who really wants to pack on size,but in a strategic and fast way which phase 1 offers. However I don’t want to waste time on a routine that wont even work for me 🙁


    • Kevin
      June 1, 2012 @ 7:29 am

      The more “beginner” you are, the easier it will be to pack on size and make strength gains. I really don’t see how it would hurt or be a waste of your time to do phase 1 in Visual Impact.

      As far as the big 3 go … if you make your biggest gains in your shoulders and chest then you’re going to look bigger (and possibly better) than if you made those gains to your thighs and butt.


      • Izzy
        June 1, 2012 @ 8:31 am

        Thanks for the reply. I agree with you actually. I went on a website and some guy was claiming that you need a big strength base before embarking on phase 1(165lb bench,250lb squat, 275lb deadlift- all 5×5). He said that begionners should follow starting strength and work up to this. However I agree with you as your body doesnt know how much your lifting. As long as the weights(as small as they may be lol) produce enough cumulative fatigue them I’m guessing you should still make sarcoplasmic gains?


      • tyler
        August 14, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

        yes i have a question as well. i work out almost everyday and i want to put on muscle but i also want to cut the rest of the stomach fat i have. I want to know if this will also help you cut the fat in the core or will it just pack it on over the belly, and do you have any exericses that could get the core smaller alot faster because i have been trying alot of things and nothing is working


  5. Taylor
    August 11, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

    Hey I was just curious as to how many rest days to take on this routine? In between each session? Please get back to me.



  6. Jon
    July 30, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

    How many diamond push-ups? Thanks.


  7. MistaEA
    December 5, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    Hey, the workout looks great, definitely gonna try it out! But i was wondering how the shoulder work would look like? since its not listed. Thanks!!


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