Hi, I’m Slyvon.
(You can call me Sly. Or Von.)
I help busy men & women simplify their fitness and life.
I’m a minimalist and am a big advocate of the concept “less is more”.
Especially in fitness.
There’s way too much information bombarding us every day, and it’s confusing the crap out of all of us.
I don’t like it. I’m sure you don’t either.
You might have seen some of my work over at BodyBuilding.com, STACK, Yahoo Sports, The Personal Trainer Development Center, and Fitocracy. This site right here, though, is where you’ll find most of my writing.
My book, No Nonsense Fat Loss: A Practical Guide to Simplifying Your Fitness for the Real World, is my other baby. So make sure to check that out later.
Outside of fitness, I’m a nomad, foodie, online business consultant, and a self-proclaimed lifehacker (if you ever want to learn how to fly anywhere in the world for $0, shoot me a message ’cause I can show you how).
My unconventional no-BS approach to fitness.
I take a different approach to fitness than most people in the #fitfam world (or whatever hashtags they use nowadays).
First, I don’t believe that you should have to give up any of your favorite foods or live in the gym just so you can start feeling better about yourself.
There’s a much better approach to achieving your goals than starving yourself and working out every day of the week.
I also don’t force any training methodologies down anyone’s throats.
I strongly believe that the best training regimen is the one that you actually look forward to doing. You should NEVER have to do anything you don’t like.
Most of my clients, for example, hate running on a treadmill. Cool, no problem. I hate it too. Because here’s a little secret: ALL training programs work, whether it’s bodyweight training, Crossfit, powerlifting, or the common bodybuilding workout split.
Find something that you’ll enjoy doing and can stick to for a very long time.
Lastly, I’m a big advocate of efficiency.
More specifically, the 80/20 Rule:
80% of the results come from 20% of the actions
To put it simply, there are only a small number things you need to focus on in order to get your desired outcomes. This applies to many things in life.
Even though the ratio is 80/20, in many cases the ratio can be a lot higher.
In fitness, for example, 90/10 may be closer to reality. The problem is that most people are focused on doing all the wrong things at the wrong times.
By putting your efforts on the things that actually matter, it gets ridiculously easy to make fitness a part of your life, instead of being consumed by it.
This site isn’t for everyone.
I’ll tell you straight up that I’m no fitness “guru”.
I won’t pretend that I have all the answers to everything.
That said, what I do have is experience.
I know what works in the real world and what doesn’t. Note the key phrase “in the real world”. That’s because I’ve tried just about everything to get to where I am now. Literally everything. And let me tell you something: 90% of the fitness “advice” out there are full of crap.
Eat every 2 hours to “speed up metabolism”? Put butter in your coffee to burn fat? Don’t eat past 8PM ’cause everything you eat after that time magically turns to fat?
Umm ya, no.
If you’re looking for a way to get in amazing shape while being able to live a life (you know, like juggling a full-time job and spending time with your family) then you’ve come to the right place.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for the technicalities of a high bar squat vs. a low bar squat, or the science of muscle protein synthesis, then this might not be the right place for you.
I also swear sometimes…
…so if you get offended very easily, then you might want to stay away.
Here’s what to do next.
Here at VBF, we’re all about simplifying your fitness and life so you can become the best version of yourself without worrying about all the things that don’t matter.
If you’re new here, make sure to sign up for my Simplify Your Fitness email course. In this 5-day course, I’ll show you how you can simplify your fitness so you can start shedding fat and building muscle in the next 30 days.
After you sign up for the course, make sure to join our free community on Facebook.
Every Tuesday, I post my Tuesday Tip of the Day. You might find some of them useful.
Then on Wednesdays Wins, we talk about the things we accomplished (big or small) from the past week.
On Foodie Fridays, we… well, we post the last food pic we took on our phones lol.
Then on Sundays, I share my Weekly Recommended Readings. It’s a small list of articles I think you’ll enjoy written by some of the best coaches in the world.
We also do other things.
Like post memes and stuff. And talk about whatever.
Basically, this fitness community is something I created that’s filled with people just like you who wanna get in amazing shape, but don’t take fitness TOO seriously.
So, if you like the sound of that…
Click here, hit “Join”, and we’ll approve your request as soon as we can.
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Wanna send me a quick message? Click here to contact me.
Until next time, and thank you for reading.
P.S. Got time to kill right now?
Here are some of the most popular articles on this site to get you started.
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- Nutrition Made Simple: The Most Important Things You Need to Know About Nutrition
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- 10 Ab-Training Mistakes You Need to Stop Making (Featured On BodyBuilding.com)
- 16 Things I Wish I Knew When I First Started Working Out
- 7 Simple (But Effective) Workout Tips That Actually Work
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- What to Do When You Have Little Time to Work Out
- For the Skinny Guys: 5 Simple Rules to Build Muscle
- Chin-ups First, Bicep Curls Later
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