When 32-year-old Melissa had her 2nd child in late 2019, she looked to running to lose her baby weight. But soon after, she started having problems with her knee and had to figure out another way to get her body back.
She needed to stay home with her new baby, plus we were in the middle of covid lockdown at the time, so going to a gym wasn’t an option.
Without a gym or running, Melissa had no clue what to do. Then, as she scrolled Instagram one day, Vince popped up with the answer she’d been looking for!
“It was like he was speaking directly to me. He was saying, do you want to lose weight without all this running? I was like, let me keep watching,” says Melissa.
The technique Vince was referring to is HIIT (high intensity interval training.) Giving up endless hours of running and switching to shorter fast-paced workouts was a concept totally foreign to Melissa, but she was willing to give it a try!
“My knee was in so much pain, my back was in so much pain, and he was saying that we can still be successful without long-distance running. I knew it was meant to be,” she says.
Even though the program seemed to be a perfect fit, like most people, Melissa still had hesitations. She tried other online programs in the past without much success, so she had little hope V Shred would be different.
But despite her doubts, she purchased the Fat Loss Extreme and quickly learned why our programs work!
“It’s the technique he uses that is different. Some of the exercises I struggled with, but what I never did was give up. I remember Vince always said, even if it means that you can give me two reps within the 20 seconds, do it, but don’t just sit and do nothing, don’t stop.”
Melissa says it was like she had a personal trainer pushing her right there in her living room. Much needed, especially with a little one making things more difficult some days.
“When I started V Shred, my daughter was at a point where she was very clingy. So, I would even work out with her in my hands. I made sure I got that workout in, at any cost.”
From March until June, Melissa worked every day to complete the Fat Loss Extreme program. She even made modifications to the program to challenge herself even more!!
“When I finished day one, I didn’t feel like I worked out enough. So each day when I finished, whether it was 17 minutes, or it was 19 minutes, I just replayed from the top and went again.”
In addition to the daily workouts, Melissa focused on cleaning up her diet. She used our macro calculator to determine her calorie needs, but instead of trying to be perfect and follow the meal plan provided, she simply watched portion sizes and made better food choices.
“Here in France, it’s not easy to find everything that he has on the menu. I would use the next closest thing and improvise. If I couldn’t find any substitute at all, I would use my own ideas but make sure that my portion stayed in the calorie intake range and stick to that size meal every single day.”
At the beginning of her journey back in March 2020, Melissa weighed 145. She can’t tell us how much weight she’s lost, because she hasn’t stepped on a scale.
“I don’t do the scale. The only reason why I knew when I started I was 145 pounds is because I needed that to calculate my calorie intake. I didn’t weigh when I finished, and I still don’t know how much I weigh today. I want no part of it. The pictures are enough for me. My flabby arms are gone, and that’s muscle now, and I am so much stronger than I used to be; I was so weak before.”
In addition to feeling stronger and her body looking totally different, Melissa says that her back and knee pain is gone.
“Before V Shred, I couldn’t run without a knee band. Now, I don’t need a knee band anymore.”
During her journey, Melissa also learned the positive impact of community. She joined our private social media groups, and once she saw how she was motivating people on there, she was inspired to create her own fitness Instagram account and even follow in the footsteps of Vince and start a fitness YouTube channel!
“People would always tell me they were inspired by my weight loss.They would say we need you to show us how you do this workout and encouraged me to start my fitness channel. It’s a whole new journey for me. On my family channel we just have a little over 16,000 subscribers. On my fitness channel I’m almost at 1,000 subscribers. People are enjoying the journey with me.”
Complete strangers aren’t the only ones finding motivation through Melissa’s weight-loss journey. Her husband is now following in her footsteps and their 5-year-old son loves to workout alongside them as well.
“Sometimes, you just randomly see my son in the living room doing the workout, and you hear him speaking like Vince. He’s like, come on, five more seconds to go. He’s hilarious.”
Now that she is stronger, leaner, more confident, and pain-free, Melissa is eager to continue using V Shred to see how much more she can improve!
“I’m still using the V Shred program as a guide. I go through whatever the program is for the day, but then I replay it again. If I get to an exercise where it doesn’t target where I want it to target, I improvise and put something else in.”
Her only regret? That she didn’t know about V Shred sooner!
“Check me back, next year this time, I’ll be beyond what I could ever expect me to be. I’m looking forward to that.”
We are looking forward to that too, and are excited to watch Melissa continue to motivate others and push to reach her full potential.