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V-Shred-palooza is finally dying down after spiking to fame in 2019 thanks to a genius marketing campaign that left the world wondering, “What the hell is V Shred and why is it seemingly the only ad showing on YouTube?”
These days, we’re a bit more clear-eyed about the internet’s favorite (still-simmering) dumpster fire, and you can sure as hell bet we brought the marshmallows.
OK, really, though. Incoming roasts aside, we reviewed more than a dozen V Shred programs and supplements since 2021 to create the ultimate V Shred Review.
There’s a lot to unpack here …
About the Cofounder – Vincent Sant
The V in V Shred is actually a nod to V Shred cofounder and the literal face of the platform, Vince Sant — Vinsanity Shred.
Vince Sant is a fitness model and ISSA-certified personal trainer.
He joined forces with the trio of Roger Crandall, Kevin Pearn, and Nick Daniel in 2015. The high school football team reject — cut from the roster for being dangerously twiggy — is now a shredded powerhouse with over a dozen programs and a supplement line (Sculpt Nation).
The original $1,000 V Shred start-up exploded into one of the trendiest fitness platforms ever, pulling in $110 million in revenue in 2019 alone. V Shred’s cult-like online following is now more than 10-million members strong between Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
Yet, V Shred also rubs a lot of legitimate fitness gurus the wrong way, with Greg Doucette, Jeff Cavaliere, and Sean Nal calling Sant out for putting the confusion back in muscle confusion. Obnoxious ads aside, much of Sant’s exercise and diet advice is a bit … overblown.
(Disclaimer: We haven’t fact-checked every sentence out of Vince Sant’s mouth. But we’ve seen countless statements that are either trumped-up facts or misleading.)
Who are V Shred Programs For?
Quite literally everyone and anyone with a pulse (and a credit card). Since 2015, Vince Sant and the V Shred posse have launched more than a dozen fitness programs for men and women looking to build the physique of their dreams — bigger, leaner, stronger, slimmer, faster.
Based on the depth of each program, we’d rate V Shred somewhere between the beginner and intermediate levels. But the super vague training advice, “every other program sucks” language, and reliance on outdated and “feel good” science will most likely resonate with newbies.
Here’s a breakdown linking each fitness goal to the right V Shred programs:
V Shred App
If you don’t want to be that guy lugging his tablet or laptop to the gym and listening to Vince Sant’s nonsense on full volume, there’s a V Shred app on both the App and Play Stores.
As of March 2022, the app has millions of downloads and an average rating of 4.5+ stars.
With this ‘lil nugget on your phone, you can:
- Access every V Shred plan you’ve purchased (“My Stuff”)
- Follow along with V Shred workout videos
- Open and view the 90-Day Diet Plan and PDF resources
- Discover and order other V Shred programs and Sculpt Nation supplements
- Calculate your daily calories and macros based on a balanced diet or carb cycling
Despite the slight lagging (nowhere near dial-up circa ‘02 slow) and occasional crashing, the app is relatively reliable and condenses your entire V Shred “stuff” into one simple app.
V Shred customer support’s responses to the 1–2-star reviews are also a real trip. The “we’re sorry you feel that way” and “we are sorry you did not enjoy the ad that much” clapbacks are all the cringe you need to liven up a lonesome Saturday night.
V Shred Program Reviews
Now, seven-plus years after going mainstream, V Shred has more than a dozen programs, guides, and coaching plans. Here’s a brief look at each of V Shred’s current programs:
V Shred Fat Loss Extreme for Him
V Shred Fat Loss Extreme for Him is V Shred’s supposed secret for men looking to slim down for a more ripped and aesthetic physique. During the next three months, you’ll follow along with either gym (hypertrophy) or home (circuit) workouts to ideally maintain mass while torching fat. Yet, with 45 active minutes per week and occasional HIIT, don’t expect to lose 20–50 pounds.
(To be 100% honest, this was one of the first V Shred programs we reviewed, our judgment was clouded, and we didn’t realize that nearly every other program that followed would be a near-spitting image of the same program and underwhelming sales hype.)
- Yes, HIIT can burn fat efficiently
- Bodyweight exercises to maintain muscles and shred fat
- Extreme fat loss isn’t exactly safe
- No macronutrient focus
- Really, really salesy (will be a trend as you keep reading)
V Shred Fat Loss Extreme for Her
V Shred’s Fat Loss Extreme for Her is the women’s version of the classic Fat Loss Extreme for Him. Like all V Shred programs, this one is an anti-traditional program — follow this 12-week routine to drop 2–4 pounds per week without munching on cardboard or wasting away on the treadmill. This circuit-heavy program emphasizes bodyweight training (though the gym workouts are weirdly hypertrophic) to maybe lose some weight, though nowhere close to Sant’s goal.
- Tons of training variety
- Very far from extreme (in a good way)
- Dozens of HIIT alternatives
- Weight loss is likely
- Hardly lives up to its promises
- Fifty pounds of weight loss in three months? Is he nuts?
- Lots of recycled content
- Two really (really) different routines
Ripped in 90 Days: The Exact Blueprint
Ripped in 90 Days: The Exact Blueprint isn’t mincing words — follow this diet and exercise plan for 90 days, with 45-minute fast-paced workouts to burn fat and maximize muscle mass. This classic V Shred bro split flips the switch toward aesthetic gains, from ab-shredding workouts to the occasional HIIT-incinerator (again, sort of). The cardio and training push is the golden ticket to a ripped physique, though V Shred’s approach and oddly put-together program ruin that.
(Yep, this is another one where things seemed OK, but we eventually realized it was the same program labeled something new again and again and again and again.)
- Very beginner-friendly with video tutorials
- Twice a week is generally preferred for hypertrophy
- Two workout schedules (basically)
- Anyone wants to talk about carbs, fats, or proteins?
- Three straight days of core work is overkill
- Good luck coordinating the weekly meal plan to fit your calories
Toned in 90 Days
Toned in 90 Days is one of V Shred’s few exclusive programs for women disappointed in their “saggy butts” and love handles but even more, repulsed by modern programs. Over the next 90 days, Sant feeds into our insecurities by saying you can lose 17+ pounds in 90 days and burn body fat forever (and around the clock). But the “clean” diet and two very different workout programs — one home and one gym — make us doubt this program altogether.
- Comes with a handful of other “free” perks
- Two very distinct workout schedules
- A calorie deficit is extremely likely (to some extent)
- Two very distinct workout schedules (that somehow have the same goal)
- Blatantly inaccurate fat-burning promises
- Waste of a Supplement Guide
- Carb-cycling isn’t the end-all-be-all
90 Day Clean Bulk
90 Day Clean Bulk is allegedly a breakthrough program for those trapped in hard-gainer purgatory. V Shred shames other similar programs for being laughably bad while insisting you’ll gain 5–21 pounds of pure lean mass in the next three months (hmm…). Although it’s another V Shred letdown, Clean Bulk does deliver two unique workout schedules — a four-day “Legacy” bro split and a PPL routine — with a HIIT twist to shred body fat.
(This is about where we “woke up” and noticed that V Shred programs were becoming extremely repetitive and making ridiculous promises to already disappointed users.)
- Includes 50+ “clean” meals in the guide
- Two workouts for the price of one (technically)
- Will likely build some strength and size
- Really, building 17+ pounds of lean mass in three months?
- Nothing matches up
- Tons of failure training (with no reason as to why)
Move: 30 Day At-Home Program
The Move: 30 Day At-Home Program revolves around 2019 research out of the prestigious Duke University, uncovering the idea that humans have 780 fat-burning genes. Sant swears this program will activate those genes in a matter of a week with five <20-minute weekly training sessions. Yes, it will build strength and burn fat with its calisthenics-only approach, but implying 34 pounds of weight loss in a month with Tabata and circuit training is flat-out absurd.
- HIIT and calisthenics can both be aesthetic
- Six calorie-deficit meal plans available
- Completely equipment-free training
- Forces you to watch a half-hour ad before buying (literally “must watch”)
- A lot to figure out for yourself
- Promises to shed 34 pounds with an hour of training per week
Vinsanity Shred Big Arms Program
Vinsanity Shred Big Arms is an arm specialization routine meant to put Lou Ferrigno and Arnold Schwarzenegger out of business (maybe). Stuffed inside this six-week upper-arm routine are a seemingly random blend of cheated reps, partial reps, supersets, and heavy and light days that’ll trick your plateauing biceps and triceps into growth with twice-a-week “Big Arms” training. Although the science is razor-thin, a fresh arm program will likely stretch that measuring tape.
- Enough variety to bust through plateaus
- Video tutorials for newbies
- Level with mass-maximizing goals
- Not a single mention of diet
- Almost completely disregards the forearms
- Doesn’t mention any upper arm anatomy whatsoever
The Booty Builder
The “Booty Builder” is V Shred’s ladies-only guide to building the (natural) Kim K of butts with a glute-focused training routine. This comprehensive build-a-booty manual explains how to “perfect” a round, firm, Instagram-worthy butt, from reducing cellulite with skin-tightening creams to using HIIT to burn excess fat. The three Booty Builder workouts — including two circuits and one resistance routine — are a muscle-building touch to an otherwise semi-creepy program.
- Exercises will maximize glute activation
- Overviews several fixes to lame booties
- Includes five workouts
- Really insensitive to say cellulite doesn’t “look good”
- Lotta butt pics
- No mention of calories or macronutrients
- Leans into the women’s weight training myths
- Too many ads
Vinsanity Shred Recipe Guide
The Vinsanity Shred Recipe Guide is the rare “hit” in the V Shred line-up, stuffing more than 40 health-conscious recipes into this digital guide.
From healthy baked fish sticks to baked crispy, each recipe includes clear instructions, ingredients, macronutrients, and calorie counts to make these “dump” recipes as painless as possible. If you want LA-chef-created recipes without spending hours a day in the kitchen, this to-the-point recipe book is a clear winner.
- Ingredients are low-fat dairy, vegetables, fresh meats, and whole grains
- Moderately priced nutritious recipe book
- Almost meal-prep-compatible
- Includes 47 recipes between breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
- Many recipes look tasty as heck
- Need to piece together recipes to meet your goals
- Created by an unknown, unnamed celebrity chef
- Not the last recipe guide you’ll ever need
V Shred Six-Pack Shred Program
What’s the truth behind a six-pack that 1) “they” (the fitness industry) don’t want you to know and 2) normally requires a $500/hour trainer? Well, V Shred says he’s got your back with his Six-Pack Shred ab-training program.
This 12-week program promises to give you a defined six-pack with cutting-edge training methods and without any sketchy PEDs.
The program makes a LOT of promises (including some pretty big ones):
- Defined, cut abs
- A lean waist without love handles
- Back pain = gone (Um, really?)
- A more aesthetic, lean look
Yes, there’s a diet portion, but it’s constantly contradicting the program. The included resources look like they were an afterthought, and the training is so simplistic it’s hard to believe cofounder, Sant actually follows this advice to get abs.
- Training methods appear to create abdominal muscle hypertrophy
- Covers different experience levels
- A shopping list is nice for beginners
- Included exercises work the entire midsection
- Constantly bombarded with ads for supplements at every turn
- The diet information is contradictory
- Not worth the purchase price
- The use of progressive overload in the training is gray and murky
Vinsanity Shred Supplement Guide
Vinsanity Shred’s Supplement Guide is quite literally a long-winded nod to its brother company — the Sculpt Nation supplement line. While it doesn’t cost a dime (for now…), this “guide” essentially outlines why every single V Shred supplement plus a few stacks will change your life with as little effort as possible. The videos of Sant gassing these capsules and powders without any scientific evidence or proof they work is classic V Shred.
- Corporate shills love this guide
- Supplements always discounted
- Still claims this trash pile is worth $149
- Doesn’t reference any studies
- Inaccurate or overtly misleading supplement descriptions
- Not worth a single penny
V Shred University
V Shred University is a monthly subscription service designed to “set the record” straight in the fitness community. After completing a short quiz, the platform will match you with a new diet and training plan each month matched to your goal (i.e., cutting, bulking). But the original $1/month price tag does shoot up to $19.99, and the blog posts and weekly “Couch Talk” Q&A sessions haven’t been “new” since at least 2016 and 2017 (don’t expect new, cutting-edge updates).
- Could’ve been a killer platform if it had taken off
- Enough training variety to keep things spicy for a month or two
- Hasn’t been updated since ‘16–’17
- Not exactly tailored to you or your goals
- Better off with a whole-ass gym membership
- Repetitive as hell
Custom Diet and Training Plan for Him
V Shred’s almost-cool Custom Diet and Training Plan for Him is the internet equivalent of hiring a personal trainer without actually hiring them. The platform will pair you with a V Shred coach who will create a custom-built and slightly repetitive workout and nutrition plan to match your goals after reviewing your questionnaire responses. Warning: if you fail to check in with your coach weekly, prepare to be ghosted (really).
- The concept could’ve been a game-changer
- Accountability factor
- Meal plan suitable for stats and goal provided
- Our trainer ghosted us (LMFAO)
- Monthly diet plans are super repetitive
- Nothing really screams “custom”
- Weirdly hidden on the module
- Super vague with little clarification
Gold Coaching opens the door to everything V Shred for a totally-not-extreme $150 per month. This monthly subscription service gives you exclusive access to a V Shred coach, who you can contact 24/7 and who’ll also create a new custom diet and training plan for you each month. Although the regular custom plan was a bust, splurging on the Gold Coaching plan also means unlimited access to every V Shred program ever.
- Could be a steal for V Shred die-hards
- If it’s like having a personal trainer, score!
- Who is paying $150 per month for this s–?
- The last coach ghosted us (which, again, LOL)
- Other V Shred programs fall flat
V Shred Supplement Reviews (Sculpt Nation)
Vince Sant seized on his surging V Shred following and launched his own supplement line — Sculpt Nation — shortly thereafter. Here’s a look at V Shred’s most popular supplements:
Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies
Apple cider vinegar is one of the hottest superfoods to this day, with these candy-flavored Sculpt Nation gummies being the preferred alternative for a quick pick-me-up. With just two chewable per day, you can flood your body with free-radical-fighting antioxidants, and food is known for its weight loss benefits (when paired with diet and exercise). It’s no miracle supplement, but research does link it to boosted energy and immune health.
- Supposedly tastes like candy!
- Modest dieting and exercise alongside ACV increases weight loss in 12 weeks (study)
- High-ish in antioxidants
- A superfood trend that just won’t die
- “Healthy snack” — it’s two whole gummies per day
- Actual apple cider vinegar is more affordable
Sculpt Nation’s BCAAs is a recovery formula featuring the core three BCAAs (leucine, isoleucine, and valine) plus a vague “mineral complex.” Each scoop of fruit-punch-flavored BCAAs shines the spotlight on muscle recovery. Not only do branched-chain amino acids bump up muscle protein synthesis, but the reduced soreness between muscle-draining workouts could also shorten the rest time needed between each pump for slightly faster gains.
- Scientifically proven to reduce muscle soreness post-workout
- Another fruit punch-flavored one
- Could boost muscle protein synthesis by over 20% (research)
- Like everything in Sculpt Nation, it swears it’s “fast”
- Whey protein has these three BCAAs, too
Burn Evolved is Sculpt Nation’s (allegedly) revolutionary fat-burning supplement designed to calm unhinged appetites and boost metabolism through its slight thermogenic effect. A mix of ingredients known to accelerate fat-burning like apple cider vinegar and yohimbine, Burn Evolved could hold the key to widening your caloric deficit and finally getting shredded. Although, fat chance your dream physique will happen overnight or “lightning fast.”
- Ingredients may suppress appetite or speed up metabolism
- Energy imbalances equal weight loss, namely fat loss (study)
- Thermogenic effects are possible
- “Lightning-fast” and “unlock your body’s hidden” blah blah
- Likely very overhyped
Sculpt Nation’s Burn PM supplement trots in on its high horse, with the brand labeling it a 24/7 fat-melter that either prevents fat entirely or ignites it as you sleep. This double-capsule thermogenic — packed with fad ingredients like raspberry ketones and green coffee bean extract — won’t torch fat without diet and exercise. Yet, the 5.4mg of melatonin could lull you into a deeper sleep to recalibrate the hunger hormones and increase calorie-shred.
- Potential to regulate sleep schedule with melatonin (sort of)
- Restful sleep balances hunger hormones to control appetite
- Fat burners can slightly rev metabolism
- “Melt fat 24/7 specifically while you sleep”
- The link between raspberry ketones and fat loss is really shaky (research in mice)
- “Zap the fat once it enters your bloodstream”
Creatine is among the most well-respected and most-reliable science-backed supplements on the planet. Sculpt Nation’s 5g, fruit-flavored Creatine packs all the benefits of the most trusted form (monohydrate) into every shake — from 1RM boosts and muscle fullness to less fatigue and strength. The easy-mix formula and bang-up fruit-punch-flavor give this version an edge, though the high price tag and “creatine complex” language are definite turn-offs.
- Hundreds of studies link creatine to improved performance, recovery, and physiques
- Practically pure creatine monohydrate
- Great fruit punch flavor
- Blends well in water
- Abnormally high cost per serving
- Nothing out of the ordinary
Enzymes are the face of Sculpt Nation’s digestive supplement line, marketed as the supplement’s supplement — “hacking” your gut for better supplement absorption. Sculpt Nation stuffs gut-healthy enzymes like lipase and protease into every two-capsule serving to better break down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins and “supercharge” your other supplements. The results won’t be as lightning-fast or “fairy-dust-y” as suggested, but at least you get 45 servings per tub.
- Enzymes can break down lactose, fats, proteins, and carbs
- 45 servings per container
- “Near-instant hack” and “nutritional fairy dust” (really?)
- Not really effective or necessary for those with healthy guts
- Promises rapid results
Greens aren’t a Sculpt Nation exclusive idea, but it is a recent trend known for shoving the benefits of veggies like kale and fruits like acai into a nutrient-rich formula. This supplement is an all-around health booster with 33% of your daily vitamin C and antioxidant-loaded blends. Mix this strawberry or peach-flavored powder into a morning smoothie for a (slight) detox and mild micronutrient surge, with benefits ranging from loosened joints to balanced gut health.
- Includes “superfoods” like kale and acai
- Increasing urine alkalinity can slightly boost toxin release (review)
- Easy way to eat veggies (sort of)
- Three flavors are available
- Extremely low in vitamin and mineral benefits
- Better off with an actual multivitamin to fill nutritional gaps
HGH Boost is yet another Sculpt Nation supplement pouncing on a common scapegoat for slow gains in men — low HGH levels. These all-natural capsules are a blend of vitamin B6, a handful of amino acids, and colostrum to trick your pituitary gland into producing more human growth hormone. This constant, daily rush of HGH would theoretically repair muscles quicker and add inches instead of centimeters (except for the fact HGH boosters are a flawed science).
- Higher HGH levels would increase muscle size and burn fat
- Some ingredients work within reason
- Won’t change every aspect of your life as suggested
- HGH-boosters hardly ever work
NeurOctane is Sculpt Nation’s take on nootropics and brain health supplements. Squeezed into each two-capsule serving is a blend of trendy ingredients like bacopa monnieri and noopept. Theorized to clear brain fog, perfect neuron firing, and release feel-good chemicals like serotonin without the caffeine crash, NeuroOctane sounds like it can rewire the human brain (if it weren’t mostly sales hype).
- Starts a lifestyle overhaul with your brain
- The brain is just as important as the body
- Initial studies suggest EnXtra can boost mental alertness
- Many ingredients have mild brain-boosting effects
- “Laser-like focus” and “literally helping you build a bulletproof brain”
- It Shames caffeine but adds 50mg
- Will make you more money (what?)
Sculpt Nation’s Pre-Workout supplement packs an unexpected jolt of energy into its fruit-flavored, easy-mix powder. Stuffed with 300mg of caffeine, the three core BCAAs, beta-alanine, and a few other rogue amino acids, Pre-Workout amplifies mental focus while resisting physical fatigue mid-workout. Longer training sessions and more reps mean a greater pump and potentially faster aesthetic results.
- Beta-alanine boosts performance in exercise lasting 1–4 minutes (research)
- Caffeine could offer a weight-loss edge
- Blend of decently studied and proven amino acids
- 300mg of caffeine yet “no rash & ZERO jitters”
- Feeds into the still-fuzzy nootropics craze
- “Make a triple-espresso feel like a sleeping pill”
Post-Workout combines what seems like every other Sculpt Nation ingredient into a 30-day tub of single-scoop powder — an ordinary blend of creatine, L-carnitine, and a handful of root extracts. Sant selected this supplement to speed up the clock on post-workout recovery and refuel the body with the amino acids the muscles need to repair muscle tears and return to full strength. Without it, those cannonball delts and tree quads may shrink (OK, that’s a bit extreme).
- L-carnitine L-tartrate can boost recovery time (study)
- Creatine is the king of all supplements
- Only one flavor — fruit punch
- Implies muscles will breakdown without this tub
- Other forms of creatine aren’t nearly as effective
Sculpt Nation’s Probiotics attack full-body health from another angle — healthy digestion. Loaded with wildly named good bacteria to balance your microbiome and enable nutrient absorption, probiotics will shut down the bad bacteria. This supplement requires a single capsule per day and may just tweak other areas of your health, such as your immune system and plateauing weight loss.
- Can actually improve gut health and balance bacteria (as seen here)
- May also give mental health a kickstart (study)**
- Overviews of benefits of each added ingredient
- Not the only probiotic product to exist
- Really, it won’t change your life
** Probiotics will not and should not replace legitimate medical treatment if you have anxiety, depression, or other mental health conditions.
Chocolate and vanilla whey protein powders by Sculpt Nation are the answer to post-workout recovery for V Shred die-hards. Each tub contains 30 scoops packed with 25g of protein, specifically the 90% whey protein isolate applauded for its wicked-fast absorption and superior recovery. The low-carb, low-fat blend (1–2g of each) is the ideal and surprisingly tasty low-calorie choice whether you’re on a cut, lean bulk, or maintenance diet.
- 90% isolate plus resistance training equals more muscle mass (study)
- Doesn’t include GMOs
- Mixes decently well in a shaker bottle
- Pretty solid chocolaty flavor
- The cost per serving is too damn high
- For 25g per scoop, nonetheless
Test Boost Max
Test Boost Max is the all-natural way to increase testosterone levels without losing your natty status (if only it worked as described). The three-capsule supplement combines nearly a dozen hard-to-pronounce extracts and roots that allegedly have ties to testosterone production — like ashwagandha and American ginseng root. With higher T levels, the body naturally adapts better to exercise with fuller muscles and less fat mass.
- Some of the ingredients can slightly boost testosterone
- Testosterone can increase size and strength
- Claims it’s the fastest, easiest way to increase T levels
- T-boosters hardly (if ever) work and only do so minimally
- A study referencing Tribulus Terrestris proves it’s garbage
Turmeric Black is Sculpt Nation’s semi-badass version of the ancient Indian spice — turmeric. A proprietary blend of turmeric root powder, turmeric root extract, and a few other ingredients, this two-capsule-a-day supplement is supposedly the modern fountain of youth. Sant swears it’ll solve just about every ailment under the sun, from stiff joints and stubborn belly fat to poor digestion and slow post-workout recovery.
- Could bump fat loss if you’re overweight (proof and more proof)
- Does link to reduced joint pain (as seen in this study)
- Reduces full-body inflammation
- Calls it the “wonder supplement” of our time
- “Bullet-proof joints” and “blazing-fast fat loss”
How Do You Cancel V Shred? (And Get Your Money Back)
Vince Sant slaps a 30-day (or even a lifetime) money-back guarantee on just about every V Shred or Sculpt Nation-branded product in the line-up. But how do you actually cancel V Shred and get your money back?
How to Cancel V Shred
To cancel a monthly V Shred Subscription, like V Shred University, follow these steps:
- Log into your V Shred account.
- Click Edit Profile on the main page.
- Go to Purchases.
- Hit Subscriptions.
- Click Cancel.
If you aren’t subscribed to any V Shred monthly services but still want a refund on a regular program purchase, email the customer support team at [email protected] within 30 days. V Shred does not offer refunds on custom diet and training plans.
How to Cancel Your Sculpt Nation AutoRefill
To cancel a supplement AutoRefill from Sculpt Nation:
- Log into your Sculpt Nation account.
- Head to the Subscriptions tab.
- Click View next to the supplement.
- Select Cancel.
- Confirm the cancellation.
Alternatively, you can email the customer support department at [email protected] to request a cancellation or a refund for a one-time order.
Sculpt Nation customers are eligible for refunds — if they try the supplement for 30 straight days and aren’t completely happy. However, you can cancel AutoRefills at any time, assuming they haven’t already shipped your upcoming refill.
Does V Shred “Work”?
V Shred products work in the same way Shake Weights strengthen the upper arms, carb cycling spurs fat loss, and dumbbell pullovers target the chest and lats.
Technically, yes, but there are literally dozens of other alternatives worth trying first.
Our main gripe with V Shred is that it undercuts virtually every other training out there, claiming they don’t work or require hours in the gym or an uber-restrictive diet (that is partially true). But then it fails to deliver on most of the marketing-heavy promises it makes.
If you buy into the calories in, calories out (CICO) theory, with a handful of studies backing the idea that a caloric deficit matters more than any macro split, the V Shred 90-Day Diet Plan can yield weight loss.
Yet, pretending that macros essentially don’t exist is V Shred flaw #1. If your physique goal is to get ripped or clean bulk, your body needs a more strategic macronutrient approach to build or maintain muscle, feel energized, and achieve a stable hormone balance.
V Shred is also so worried about ousting its competitors that it seemingly forgets to live up to its own promises. Much of what Sant promises on the sales page is sales garbage, like:
- Not needing supplements, yet suggesting 13+ worth considering (from his own supplement brand, nonetheless) with minimal scientific evidence proving the why
- Burning an insane amount of calories for 48 straight with thrice-weekly HIIT, yet ignoring research revealing that the calorie-burn plateaus after 14 hours and shreds only a few more calories per hour than baseline levels
- Swearing he has the exact diet and macro formula to build the perfect physique, yet linking in the same-old 90-Day Diet Plan with no mention of macros, carb cycling, or TDEE until you complete the entire 90-day program
- Suggesting you’ll lose 30–50 pounds in 90 days or build 17+ pounds of muscle in three months, yet charging you double-digits for totally “meh” programs that you could find for free literally anywhere else
- Overpricing the supposedly “free” add-ons you’ll get if you buy now, yet smacking ridiculous $49–$149 price tags on the ad-heavy Supplement Guide or a corny psych-up guide (i.e., Clean Bulk’s “Training Your Mind” essentially says, “c’mon, bro”)
- Offering two completely different programs between the gym and home workouts, varying between bodyweight circuits and regular resistance training, yet insisting you’re still progressing toward the same exact goal
- Implying that everything in V Shred programs is what personal trainers or other fitness experts don’t want you to know, yet not delivering anything out-of-the-ordinary that could put the other pros out of business
To put it bluntly, no. While V Shred programs and supplements will build some muscle and shred some fat, it’s nowhere close to the miracles Vince Sant paints it as.
If you force somebody to read 5,000+ words of marketing material or charge them for a program that’s eternally on sale, promising it’ll change their lives, it better live up to that and then some.
V Shred does not work — at least not as described — for most users. *mic drop*
Rating: 6.0 out of 10