It seems like V Shred is actively competing for the worst reputation, alongside Facebook, Kanye West, Smash Mouth, and just the year 2020.
But everyone deserves a second (or tenth) shot at redemption!
When we saw that V Shred’s Move 30 Day At-Home Program was picking up traction on NBC and Business Insider, we thought, hey, maybe this is Vince Sant’s long-awaited redemption arc.
MOVE is V Shred’s 100% equipment-free, 15-minutes-a-day, fat-shredding program — with a diet and training plan included — designed for the home workout buff of any skill level.
… or is it? Find out below!
Table of Contents
- About the Creator – Vince Sant
- What is V Shred’s Move 30 Day At-Home Program?
- Move 30 Day At-Home Program Details & Features
- 8 Neat Benefits of Move 30 Day At-Home Program
- 7 Negatives of Move 30 Day At-Home Program
- Wrapping Up This V Shred’s Move 30 Day At-Home Program Review
About the Creator – Vince Sant
Vince Sant — the owner of quite possibly the fakest real name in history — is a certified personal trainer and the face of two big-name fitness brands: V Shred and SculptNation.
The V Shred user base toppled 900,000 “ordinary” people within three short years, according to Sant’s LinkedIn profile. He also uses every opportunity to hawk his SculptNation products!
But while the Ohio-born hazel-eyed Capricorn (apparently important) lies low, his Instagram profile now has nearly 700,000 followers, and V Shred lists over a dozen programs, like:
- Big Arms
- Ripped In 90 Days: The Exact Blueprint
- Fat Loss Extreme for Him
- V Shred University (VSU)
- Vinsanity Shred: Six Pack Shred
(He also has a thing for sleeveless hoodies and backward caps. Those details are irrelevant to this program, but just a friendly warning for those of us mentally blocking out 2010–15.)
What is V Shred’s Move 30 Day At-Home Program?
Do you go to the movie theater just to watch the trailers? Are “Paid Programming” reruns your favorite binge-a-thons? Do you drown your sorrows by watching ad compilations on YouTube?
If you have the patience to sit still for 30 minutes as Vince Sant explains why you should buy the program you’re literally about to buy, then, boy, do we have the program for you!
V Shred’s Move 30 Day At-Home Program is all about squeezing any loose cash out of your pockets.
(We’ll talk more about that later. But before we do, let’s start with an honest overview.)
Personal trainer Vince Sant designed V Shred’s MOVE program around research published out of the prestigious Duke University in 2019.
He presents it as scientists “unlocking” the 780 fat-burning genes that make humans the “fat” primates. This program will supposedly bust through that barrier in less than an hour a week.
But the researcher behind this groundbreaking study — Devi Swain-Lenz — says otherwise:
“I don’t think that it’s as simple as flipping a switch. If it were, we would have figured this out a long time ago.” (Your move, Sant.)
Anyway, here’s what we do know about V Shred Move:
- 30 days
- Builds lean mass while melting fat
- Workouts lasting 13–20 minutes
- Compatible with any skill level
- Five training days per week
- No repeat workouts
- Self-paced timed exercises
- No equipment needed except a body (preferably your own)
- A customizable meal plan, supplement guide, and 30-day training program combo
Sant suggests you can lose 34 pounds or more with this V Shred program’s ultra-short <20-minute workouts and easy-follow meal plan. But before we write it off as clickbait …
Move 30 Day At-Home Program Details & Features
This V Shred program does the impossible: promises a lot without really promising anything at all. (From the neverending trailer, though, it seems the primary goal here is weight loss.)
Below is everything you need to know about Move 30 Day:
The Glory That Is Buying This Damn Program
Imagine taking a quick trip to the grocery store. But before you can grab the melons, a man pops out to rattle off melon facts for 30 minutes (and you can’t leave until his speech is over).
That’s V Shred Move.
It’s not even the clickbaity title that raises our blood pressure: “Did scientists just uncover the key to unlocking 780 unique fat-burning genes inside your body all at once? Must watch.”
It’s the fact that there’s literally no option to buy the program until you sit through 30 minutes of Vince Sant subtly begging you to buy this program … that you’re already planning to invest in.
But that hand cramp from clenching your credit card in your fist won’t feel relief any time soon. That’s because after giving you permission to buy his program, he also tries to upsell you on:
- Burn PM
- A Custom Diet Plan
- V Shred University
Four different programs, each one requiring you to watch 5–10 minutes of yet another video before you finally key in your credit card information. This has to be the worst-ever sales model.
(Also, the ole “its original price is $197, but dozens of my employees will literally starve if we keep it priced at the low, low price of $47, so please buy it today” dig is a … weird touch.)
Once Vince Sant finally provides access to MOVE, V Shred redirects you to the workouts tab. Most workouts cap out at about the 20-minute mark, averaging about 15-or-so minutes a day.
Remember, these 20 unique workouts are:
- Time-based rather than rep-focused
- Circuit or interval-style (alternating between “rounds” and brief rest periods)
If we ignore the 90s-era headset strapped to Sant’s face, the videos themselves are modern marvels. (We’re still not over the semi-creepy, outdated backdrops of P90X and Power 90.)
Crisp, high-definition cameras aside, here’s the gist of MOVE’s Workouts section:
This V Shred program generally cycles through this format for four straight weeks:
- Full Body Circuit: 14 minutes
- Upper Body: 16 minutes
- Cardio: 15 minutes
- Lower Body: 16 minutes
- Tabata: 15 minutes
- Rest *
- Rest *
* A rest day may make a surprise appearance mid-week as the workouts become more intense. But no matter where they fall, each week calls for five <20-minute training sessions.
The At-Home Workouts subsection is where you’ll spend 95% of your time on the V Shred Portal. Each day has its own unique video; just tap “start” to begin!
The videos fall into six categories, including the rest:
If you’re migrating from an Athlean-X or Beachbody program, V Shred Move will be completely underwhelming. But for newbies not ready for the gym rat lifestyle, MOVE has some potential:
- Busy-schedule-friendly at just 15-ish minutes per day
- Low-cost (no gym membership or equipment needed)
- Modifiable to your fitness level
- Challenging yet simple
- Not repetitive, maintaining motivation levels
So is this whole thing worth the original price tag of $197?
Although that’s cheaper than training one-on-one with a personal trainer, there are literally thousands of better free or low-cost programs out there that tick those same boxes.
Get Your Supplements
If you’re new to the V Shred community, welcome aboard! Any opportunity Vince Sant has to shove his SculptNation supplements down your throat, he will flat-out pounce on.
But Sant’s approach here is in lockstep with the original program purchase. Before you can buy his Burn, Burn PM, and Test Boost supplements, you need to watch more mandatory videos.
(Unless Sant earns ad revenue for every second/minute visitors remain on his site, we can’t imagine how this is a profitable business model. Just let the people spend their money!)
Sant really latched onto the interval training in the 30-minute-long ordeal that led us here. Will it unlock those precious, 780 fat-burning genes? Probably not. But it can help with fat loss.
V Shred includes 15 unique HIIT options here, including:
- Stationary Bike Sprints
- Treadmill Running
- Uphill Treadmill Running
- Stationary Bike Sprints
- Mountain Climbers to Body Lunges
- 40-Yard Sprints
- Jump Rope
- Switch-Jump Lunges
- Lateral Jumps
- Rainbow Ball-Slams
- High Knees to Double Burpees
- Plate Pushes
There’s also a little bit of variety intertwined into each HIIT session. For example, it could be 10 jumps per leg before a 30-second break. Or sprint for 40 yards before resting for 20 seconds.
But while we understand adding HIIT to MOVE, we can’t help but wonder:
- When does HIIT fall into the 30-day routine? There’s no official schedule, aside from the 30 numbered workouts. Our answer: we have no idea.
- What happens when you click “Complete Workout?” On our end, it simply closed the pop-up. But is V Shred recording this progress for you somewhere? Who knows!
Other than that, the HIIT inclusion earns Sant a gold star. Generally, most of these workouts last about 15 minutes, which is about when your lungs, legs, and heart will likely tap out anyway.
The Nutrition section is Vince Sant’s down-by-two, 30 seconds left attempt at a half-court shot. He misses it by a landslide; the program would’ve been better as a plain-old workout regimen.
Here’s a closer look at what you’ll find in this section:
We’re still under the impression that V Shred’s Move centers on a goal of weight loss. The “Basics” subsection includes three links to follow:
30 Day Diet Plan
The diet plan kicks off with a somewhat-silly point system that’ll clue you in to how many calories your body needs. Then, it’ll assign you points for three things: age, weight, and height.
After totaling up those three numbers, you’ll fall into one of four calorie ranges:
- 1,900-2,099 calories
- 2,100-2,399 calories
- 2,400-2,699 calories
- 2,700-2,900 calories
According to this calorie calculator, any male who’s 20 years old, 6’0”, and 220 pounds should eat 2,400–2,699 calories per day to lose weight or break even.
But when you plug those same numbers into a TDEE calculator, somebody who’s completely sedentary fitting those stats could possibly gain weight with that calorie range!
(We suggest calculating your true TDEE and then subtracting 500!)
The guide then dives into a menu with more than 50 recipes at your fingers, including:
|Breakfast||Grilled avo and eggs |
Easy banana protein pancakes
|Mid-Morning Snack||Do-it-yourself trail mix |
Cottage cheese and berries
|Lunch||Turkey taco bowl|
Salmon and mushroom skewers
|Mid-Afternoon Snack||Coffee protein shake|
Black bean dip
|Dinner||Quinoa and roasted veggie bowl|
Chicken fajitas salad
Though individually clicking each menu item to learn about the ingredients and instructions is a pain, the dishes do sound healthy and tasty.
Each recipe also includes a breakdown of the calories, macros, and other nutrients to keep under control — like fiber, sugar, and salt.
The guide closes with:
A sample meal plan that doesn’t take into account your macros (which, now that we’re thinking about it, haven’t been mentioned at all) or the calories you calculated earlier A list of food substitutions that’s supposedly color-coordinated, though all bullet points and sections share the same colors (conversions included!) Tips for meal prep (i.e., chicken breast, ground turkey, and brown rice) More supplement ads, because you can never have too many (just ask Beachbody) Frequently asked questions
Sant deserves some credit here: the recipes and food substitution lists are spot-on. But no macro calculators or mention of what your end goal is with this diet? Now, that’s strange.
Get Your Supplements
The “Get Your Supplements” tab is pretty slimy. Clicking this button will open up the official Supplement Guide for Men, which spotlights 16 — yes, 16 — SculptNation products.
Each featured supplement includes several sales-pitchy paragraphs explaining why it’ll change your life forever, along with a 2–5-minute video starring Vince Sant himself.
The guide includes supplements for:
- Weight loss, including fat burners
- Performance enhancers, like turmeric and protein
- Muscle-building, such as HGH boost and creatine
- Pre-workout, like BCAAs
The trend continues from the semi-random meal plan.
There’s absolutely no reference to MOVE or its long-term goals, leaving newbies to their own devices. Not to mention most of the recommended supplements are all hype (like fat burners).
(If weight loss is your goal, we’d recommend protein powder, pre-workout, and BCAAs. This trio will help your body recover post-workout and kick your training sessions up a notch.)
Custom Diet Plan
The Custom Diet Plan comes with a 33% off offer. (For someone who claimed he can’t afford to keep his prices low forever, Vince Sant sure offers plenty of discounts on the V Shred line-up!)
This page, flooded with before-and-after shots, is another V Shred cash grab. Just fill out the questionnaire, and Sant will create a 100% custom one-month diet plan for you within 48 hours.
The inclusion of a shopping list, cooking instructions, and even food substitutions make this $149 service sound like a flat-out steal. Plus, it comes with a completely custom training plan.
But there’s plenty of doubt circling whether these plans really are:
- Custom-tailored just to you
- Actually created by Vince Sant
- Worth the $149
- So highly demanded that there are only 25 spots left
What we do know is that Sant loves to keep the sales pressure on “high” at all times. Also, you just bought MOVE; why would you need a brand new diet and training plan already?
Your Bonus Programs
Vince Sant has dozens of employees that rely on him and the platform’s success for their “livelihood.” (Weird flex, but okay.)
But when you purchase MOVE at an already-discounted 75% off rate, you also get two free bonus V Shred programs:
- Six Pack Shred
- Recipe Guide
Make it make sense. We won’t argue with free stuff (ever), but when Six-Pack Shred has its own diet and training plan, and the Recipe Guide details 47 recipes, which should you follow?
Sample Meal Plans
Vince Sant then includes six sample meal plans, two each of Carb Cycle, Flexible Dieting, and Vegetarian. Each includes a detailed seven-day eating plan that includes:
- The time of day you should eat the meal
- What meal it is (breakfast, lunch, dinner, or one of your three snacks)
- How many calories are in each ingredient
- Which ingredients the meal includes
- The macros and calories for each meal (plus the breakdown of carbs to proteins to fats)
- A portion guide (i.e., ⅓ cup equals about the size of a tennis ball)
- A shopping list for the entire plan
Even including sample week-long eating plans is more than other programs dare to go. But it also assumes you fall into the <2,000 calories per day category and know your macro goals.
Carb Cycle 1 & 2
The Carb Cycle meal plans buy into the carb-cycling fad, which some claim to be the secret to long-term weight loss. (Hint: It’s not.)
On day one, you’ll limit your carbs to about 50g. The plan then calls for about 160g the next day, 300g the following, before dropping back down to 50g and beginning the cycle from square one.
Flexible Dieting 1 & 2
Flexible Dieting is Vince Sant’s version of “If It Fits Your Macros,” which is a controversial diet plan that suggests you can eat literally anything as long as it doesn’t ruin your macro goals.
What’s odd is that the MOVE plan doesn’t mention macros at all. <2000 calories, 175g of protein, <70g of fat, and 180g of carbs per day may benefit some folks, but not everyone.
Vegetarian 1 & 2
While these two plans aren’t any better than the previous four, it’s worth noting that — despite following vegetarian guidelines — there’s no lack of protein (110–150g on most days).
The good news is that V Shred has a support group full of 250,000-ish members! The bad news is that you have to venture into the Boomer-infested Facebook to find your people.
The private V Shred Facebook group features a “Live” each week where a trainer answers user questions. But with 40+ new posts a day, this place will be a menace for your newsfeed.
8 Neat Benefits of Move 30 Day At-Home Program
- MOVE follows the principles of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Although it’s no magic pill to weight loss, or “magic bullet,” as a 2019 meta-analysis dubs it, researchers believe it can reduce absolute fat mass by 28.5% more than steady-state cardio.
- Calisthenics — or bodyweight exercises — can and do improve health and fitness. Research from 2018 proved that push-ups were just as effective for enhancing muscle thickness and maximum bench press as traditional bench training.
- Vigorous bodyweight exercises can also help you burn an estimated 140–240 calories per 15-minute workout, as seen in MOVE. This program can help you shred 700–1,200 calories via diet alone or 0.2–0.34 pounds of fat with five weekly workouts.
- The six included sample meal plans are a decent start if the 30 Day Diet Plan recommends <2,000 calories per day. The included shopping list and portion control sections are the icing on the cake (which theoretically could fit your macros).
- The diet plan features 50+ unique recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. V Shred Move also comes with a “bonus” — the V Shred Recipe Guide, highlighting another 47 chef-prepared recipes.
- The quality of videos is 1000% better than old-school Beachbody programs. It’s also a step-up from Six Pack Shred, which was shot on-site in a back room at a Retro Fitness. The countdown clock and exercise line-up make following along with Sant simple.
- Buying the program — or any V Shred program, for that matter — gives you access to the official Facebook group. While it does get a little crowded ‘round those parts, it’s nice to have such a large support system and the wind at your back.
- He’s right about a few things. This program is equipment-free (unless you factor in the HIIT options), modifiable to all skill levels, takes <20 minutes per day. It also doesn’t require a gym membership, and all workouts are unique.
7 Negatives of Move 30 Day At-Home Program
- Vince Sant is kind enough to provide you with 30+ minutes to change your mind about buying MOVE. Requiring users to watch a video before they can pay you is the oddest business model ever, and the three recommended supplements follow suit!
- He hypes the program up as the key to “unlocking” the 780 fat-burning genes. But the scientist behind that research revealed that they still haven’t discovered a way to “flip that switch,” let alone with less than an hour of training per week with a flimsy diet.
- The nutritional edge of things is a mess. There’s no mention of how many macros you need in your diet plan. The calorie recommendations follow a silly point system instead of a scientific calculation — like your TDEE. Oh yeah, and none of the included meal plans or diet plans mention MOVE directly (it’s all generic).
- Like in the brand’s other programs, including V Shred’s Clean Bulk, the constant mention of supplements and SculptNation is ridiculous, especially knowing that Sant is a co-founder.
- Sant doesn’t include any type of schedule for this routine. Each workout is self-explanatory (they’re all numbered), but when does HIIT fit into the picture? The HIIT section seems more like an afterthought.
- Sant needs to dial down the sales pressure by about three notches. He’s constantly spouting nonsense to the tune of “we’re raising the price tomorrow, so act now or else” or “my employees depend on sales for their livelihood, so please don’t ruin their lives.”
- With <60 minutes of training per week and basically no guidance on the dietary end, suggesting that you can lose 34 pounds on this program is ludicrous. We’d say about a pound or two per week (with a caloric deficit!) would be more realistic.
Wrapping Up This V Shred’s Move 30 Day At-Home Program Review
What can we say about V Shred’s Move 30 Day At-Home Program other than it falls short of expectations yet still somehow is exactly as expected?
The workouts themselves are a great launchpad for newbies hoping to get in shape without leaving the house, spending money on equipment, or skipping out on other life responsibilities.
But that’s about where the program’s benefits end.
The nutritional guidance is a total clusterf- (sorry) mess, the lack of schedule is confusing, the constant sales pitches are annoying, and this program is not the secret to the fat-burning genes.
We’ll give this one a 5/10 (but even that’s being lenient).