Thursday, January 11, 2007

Day 64 Pics: Mentor Series - When Tom Venuto Speaks You Listen!

12 Week Fat Loss Challenge

Start: November 8, 2006
Finish: January 31, 2007

Day 64 of 84

Status: Round 7: Phase 1: Day 4


Great news! My local gym was open! If you have followed my journey over the last few days you would know the challenges I have had in actually getting into my gym here in Osaka. Due to a combination of scheduling and public holidays I haven't been able to crack a decent workout for the last few days.

Well, I am happy to report that today I finally got in not one, but two workouts. My morning session was "Fat Loss Circuit Training" Part 1, while my evening session was HIIT cardio and abs (following David Grisaffi's "Six-Pack In Six Weeks").

The progress I have made on HIIT cardio in the last few days has astounded me. When I was Hong Kong 5 days ago I blogged about how difficult it was to finish my pre-determined HIIT cycle. Well, today I kicked it back up a notch and grinded out an impressive "win."

Now I would like to take a moment and talk about my fat burning mentor, Tom Venuto.

Tom is the pre-eminent fat loss authority on the entire internet. His eBook "Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle" is the best-selling fitness book of all time on the Net. What's more is that Tom is a great bloke as well.

For a guy as prolific as Tom (he also runs the Internet's No.1 fat loss support community and maintains two blogs) he is also very generous with his time.

I can personally vouch for Tom as one the "good guys."

If you have read any of Tom's material you will also know that he has had a massive influence on me. For proof of this go to my "Day 41" blog entry and read what I have to say about the magazine publishing/supplement scam. That blog entry was inspired by Tom's bonus eBook in his "Burn The Fat" downlaodable package.

Tom is also a guy who walks the talk. He is not some random dude pumping out software generated articles and posting them all over the Net. Just take one look at Tom's physique and you'll have all the proof you need that this guy knows his stuff.

One more thing...Tom's blog at was the spark for me to create my blog.

The way Tom held himself accountable to his large number of readers by publishing regular pictures of his pre-contest preparation was pure genius.

As you can see from the journey I have taken over the last 64 days one spark of an idea can lead to massive results in a short period of time. Tom Venuto changed my life.

Here's the point. Find yourself a mentor and follow exactly what he/she says. You may not hit a homerun the first time around but don't let that discourage you from continuing your bodybuilding education.

While I have spotlighted my Top 3 fitness mentors in the links section my bodybuilding library consists of at least 40 books at last count. If I had given up when the first 3 books didn't work for me I wouldn't be here right now writing to you.

If I have any credibility with you please hear me on this. If rapid-fire fat loss is your goal then drop everything and buy Tom Venuto's ebook right now. It will be the best 40 bucks you have ever spent. Tom Venuto will dramatically shortcut your learning curve so hopefully you won't have to endure the years of misery I went through before I found Tom.

Here is the direct link: Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle (Link opens up new window).

Important Disclosure: This link will give me a commission if you decide to buy. However, if you do purchase through this link I will be happy to answer any question you may have about how to implement Tom's advice (after you have read his book).

Within 24 hours of your purchase you will receive an email from me. This will come from my private email address that I check multiple times daily.

I will give you a detailed answer to any question you may have as you progress through your physique transformation journey.

When you do ask me a question you will recieve an answer from me within 24 hours no matter where in the world I may be.

Disclaimer: I know Tom's book back to front as I have printed it out and constantly refer to it when designing/adjusting my nutrition plan. However, neither Tom or I can guarantee you results if you decide to buy. The results you get will be directly proportional to the effort you put in.

Now, if you are still not convinced as to the potential power of BFFM for you, I am republishing (with permission) an article Tom wrote that will whet your apetitie. Look for it below my Day 64 pictures for January 11, 2007.

Peace, AJ

Eat Clean,
Shred Hard,
Think Big!

Building A Better Body One Brick At A Time
By Tom Venuto, NSCA-CPT, CSCS

The quest to develop a stunningly fit, lean and attractive body is a long, slow journey. It's not something you achieve overnight by popping a few pills or strapping an electric gizmo to your belly.

Which reminds me, did you know that by the time the FTC finally blew the whistle on the electronic ab belt scam, the makers of those "ab zappers" had swindled over $100 million dollars from unsuspecting consumers? Fortunately, some of those companies had to pay it back, and then some! The FTC charged three companies - Fast Abs, Ab Tronic and Ab Energizer - with false advertising and deceptive warranty practices for these "ABSurd" products.

But I digress… back to what I was saying about the journey to a better body...

Last week I looked out my window, and where there was once nothing but a dirt-filled empty lot, there stood a sprawling six story brick condo complex. If someone looked at this massive completed structure for the first time, they might not be impressed. However, since I observed the entire construction process unfold from my living room window, I was impressed - amazed even - at what goes into erecting this kind of structure.

I remember watching the crew humming around diligently every day like busy bees, laying one brick after another. From one day to the next, it didn't seem like much changed. But slowly, over a period of a year and a half, I watched the building gradually morph into the finished product.

When you look at someone with an incredible body as a finished product, you often tend to dismiss the long, arduous journey and hard work it took to build that body. Unless you were side by side with that person in the gym (and in the kitchen), observing the work involved, it's easy to attribute such a chiseled physique to genetics or give credit to a supplement (they just took product XYZ and voila - overnight abs). What you don't see or appreciate are all the months and years of sweat and hard work.

Getting in shape is a lot like a construction project. First, there must be a picture in the mind. Then the vision goes onto paper as a blueprint. It takes months just to lay the foundation. More months of work will follow. On a daily basis, it doesn't seem like much is happening. You look in the mirror and appear, for the most part, the same as you did yesterday. But sure enough, the small improvements are slowly accumulating like compounding interest in the bank. One day, you look in the mirror and "suddenly," your blueprint has become reality.

The body of a fitness pro or bodybuilding champion is no more likely to be built overnight than a high rise is to be built overnight. It's not physically possible. Accepting the idea that any type of pill, powder, drug, supplement or machine of any kind will make it happen sooner is pure folly. You can't force it.

Growth and development of any kind always requires a gestation period. For a baby, it's nine months. For corn, I believe it's about three months. If you were an expectant mother, would you want to hurry the process? Could any new development in nutrition or medical science speed up this wonderful miracle even one iota? If you were a farmer, would you try to harvest your crop before it was ripe? Would you dig up your seeds to see if anything was growing down there?

The answers are obvious. If only we would adopt the same patient, nurturing "mother's" or "farmer's mindset" towards getting in shape, then no one would waste their money on "fast abs" or "exercise in a bottle" or any such silliness ever again. We would understand that one must sow first, then reap the harvest, but that you can't sow and reap in the same season.

If you ever get frustrated with your rate of progress (and who doesn't), just remember; success is always guaranteed to the persistent. Nothing in the world can stop someone who knows what they want and is willing to continue paying the price until they get it. It just takes time.

Become the architect and builder of your own dream body. You WILL build the body you want eventually if you're patient enough and you refuse to quit. And set your goals HIGH! Create a fantastic blueprint. Michelangelo said, “The greatest danger is not that we set our goals too high and miss them, the greatest danger is that we set our goals too low and we reach them.”

Envision a castle - a veritable Taj Mahal of a body! There's nothing wrong with building castles in the sky, as long as you patiently work at putting the foundations underneath them. There are very few unrealistic goals; only goals with unrealistic deadlines. So keep laying those "bricks" - every day - one at a time - and sure enough, eventually, you'll build yourself a palace.

About the Author:

Tom Venuto is a lifetime natural bodybuilder, an NSCA-certified personal trainer (CPT), certified strength & conditioning specialist (CSCS), and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, "Burn the Fat, Feed The Muscle.” Tom has written more than 200 articles and has been featured in print magazines such as IRONMAN, Australian IRONMAN, Natural Bodybuilding, Muscular Development, Exercise for Men and Men’s Exercise, as well as on hundreds of websites worldwide. For information on Tom's Fat Loss program, visit:


Diane said...

Sent you a comment earlier not sure if you got it, but thanks for sharing - I'm so inspired that I've decided to implement your 12 day challenge into my own fitness goals. I usually have a cheat day once per week - thanks again.Will kep you posted.

Adam Waters said...

That's great Diane, I feel privaleged. Keep me posted on your progress.
Cheers, Adam