Interview With Vince Delmonte
Q. Can you give us some background about yourself?
A. I grew up as a competitive long distance runner and triathlete. Not the best genes for bodybuilding! I found my identity through high school and University in my endurance sport success.
Once I went to University I started living with some really buff and ripped room mates who all had smoking hot girlfriends so that started to rub on me and I started getting jealous of some of the superficial benefits that go along with having a muscular and ripped body!
I was also nick named “Skinny Vinny” but it wasn't so bad when I was running. Thankfully I was so focused on my running that I managed my insecurities of being the smallest guy.
As superficial as this sounds, the thing I hated the most was that I could never fit into a the clothes I wanted. I could never wear a tight fitting shirt without screaming “scrawny.”
Q. What got you started with bodybuilding?
A. Once University was over I had to make my way into the real world and find a career. That's when I decided to enter the fitness industry and become a personal trainer.
The only problem? I still looked like a lean, running machine. It was time to look the part of a personal trainer.
The driving motivation was that I always had this fascination with 'how big could I get.' I was always curious about what kind of physique I could build if I transferred all the same efforts I put into my running world into a “muscle building lifestyle.”
If I could be a successful endurance athlete, could I still be a successful bodybuilder with the same efforts?
Q. What is it about bodybuilding that you love so much?
A.Too be honest, I'm not a huge fan of lifting weights. It does not give me a "high" or sense of satisfaction like my endurance days.
I guess I like two things:
1. The pride and respect that comes with having a solid physique.
2. The experimentation with different training programs.
Q. What adversities have you had to overcome?
A. 10 years of long distance running and triathlon training does not make your genetics 'better' for building muscle!
I personally hate eating every 3 or 4 hours. I'm Italian and would prefer to just eat 2 huge meals a day. Changing my nutrition was a huge challenge.
Also, curiosity with supplements. I lost a lot of focus and wasted a lot of time putting too much on supplements I read about in the magazines that did very little if anything for my overall gains.
Q. What are your favorite and least favorite exercises?
A. I don't like any exercises... meaning that I train VERY hard. I make every exercise hurt so much, how can you like any of them?
If I had to pick a favorite... I like deadlifts because they are not only physically challenging but mentally.
I don't care for arm exercises. They are too boring.
Q. What has been your favorite bodybuilding moment so far?
A. Most likely gaining 41 lbs in my first six months of training. Basically I had a new body. It's like getting a new car. You want to show it off and drive it everywhere!
Q. What are your tips for the beginner, intermediate and advanced bodybuilders?
A. For a beginner - find ONE program and stick to it for at least 12 weeks and learn as much as you can from it.
For an intermediate - Cycle your reps and sets more frequently.
For an advanced bodybuilder - Focus on getting stronger by 5% every 1-2 weeks.
Q. Where do you stand on the use of steroids and supplements?
A. I've never used steroid but I won't lie - I'm curious to know what kind of gains I could get but I'm too afraid of the side effects and for what? I'm happy with my physique as it is and I do not want to attract too much attention to myself by getting huge.
As for supplements - I use a multi, greens product and fish oils all year round. Creatine and protein powder as well. You won't find anything else in my cub boards.
Q. What are your future goals?
A. I'm more interested in training for performance now instead of pure physique. I don't have any specific training goals for myself except to film a few more DVD's for my website which will require me to stay in "camera ready" shape.
I'm creating a "six pack' DVD so that will require me to dial down and get in "contest shape" because I would like to film a lot of it without my shirt on.
Q. What is the toughest part about bodybuilding for you?
A. I just find weight training kind've boring unless I'm doing hard core fat loss circuits. So I'm constantly lifting with new training partners and experimenting with different programs. As long as I'm getting results - I'm happy and stay motivated.
I like to socialize a lot too so controlling my alcohol intake is my biggest challenge.
Q. Give us a review of your No Nonsense Muscle Building program?
A. Currently, NNMB is ranked the number one muscle building course on the entire Internet (as per Clickbank.com) and I'm considered the worlds' top "skinny guy" expert.
I help skinny guys build muscle and gain weight quickly without drugs, supplements and training less than before. My course includes everything from a 216 page book, DVD, multiple 29 week programs, 84 day meal plans, exercise data base, supplement reviews, forum, and email support. Literally, everything you need to get muscular, ripped and super strong.
You can find it at Vince Delmonte's No Nonsense Muscle Building.
Q. Is there anything else you would like to say?
A. Yes - a quick message to guys training drug free.
Would you take money advice from a guy who inherited a fortune? So why take muscle building advice from a guy who inherited great genetics?
Would you take money advice from someone cheating on his taxes? So why take muscle building advice from someone who is taking drugs?
Skinny guys need to focus on a few basic principles:
-- Getting stronger from week to week
-- Proper lifting technique
-- Progressive overload, not progressive fatigue aka “body part training”
-- Less volume per muscle group
-- More frequency on their muscle groups
-- Variety of compound movements
-- Living a lifestyle to maximize testosterone levels
-- Eating in a “surplus” with clean calories
-- Being truly committed to their goals with a “Whatever it takes...” attitude
Those are the most important ones that I can offer and if you truly want me to help you out, check out Vince Delmonte's No Nonsense Muscle Building I look forward to working with you.
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