About Bodybuilding Secrets.Com
A Personal Welcome Message from Tom Venuto
Who this website is for
This website was created BY a bodybuilder, FOR bodybuilders and for other physique athletes, including fitness, figure or even "transformation challenge" competitors. This site was also created for fans of bodybuilding and anyone else who shares a passion for pumping iron and building muscle.
However, this website is definitely not for everyone: If you have ever used the words "toning" or "body sculpting" to describe the type of training you do, then this site might not be for you. If you have ever said, "I don't want to get too big," This site is probably not for you. If you've ever looked at a ripped 18 or 19 inch arm and said, "Ewww, those veins are gross," this site is most likely not for you. If you do your shoulder presses standing one legged on top of a Bosu ball... this site is most emphatically not for you. And—if you have ever used a thighmaster or "Sweated to the Oldies" with Richard Simmons—then you have absolutely landed on the wrong web page (in fact, you being here is kind of like accidentally ending up at a Rob Zombie/Marilyn Manson concert when you were expecting a Vivaldi violin concerto).
Although Bodybuilding Secrets is not an "anti–steroid" site, I am a lifetime natural bodybuilder and a strong advocate of the 100% drug–free approach. So, if you are looking for information about steroids or other physique or performance–enhancing drugs, then you have also come to the wrong place.
Natural bodybuilding is a passion of mine. I've been doing it since I was 14 years old. God willing, I will be doing it until I'm 114... or maybe even longer! If you're passionate about weight training and natural bodybuilding too, then you are going to LOVE this unique BLOG WEBSITE, and I invite you to join me for an amazing journey. I'm not kidding when I tell you there is NOTHING like this site anywhere else on the web.
What is a blog anyway?
The centerpiece of Bodybuilding Secrets.Com is "THE BLOG." Blogging has been all the rage the last couple of years, but in case you're not familiar with blogging yet, a blog is short for "web log." Essentially, a blog is an online diary or journal with some neat technological enhancements. Each blog post will appear in the order of most recent first, and old posts will be saved in the archives. Another cool feature of this blog is that you can leave comments after any one of my blog posts. This allows the site to become interactive and will give it a great community feel.
The blog is also set up to easily post photographs, so my training partner and I will be bringing the camera into the gym with us and posting training and progress photos. The site can even be set up to take audio and video in the blog entries, so you might even be hearing from me or seeing me in action in the gym!
Site updates & what you'll find inside this site
I'd like to promise that I'll write an entry in the blog every single day, as many bloggers do, but I know from experience how challenging it is just to publish a once a week newsletter for an extended period of time. That's why I'm not going to promise exactly how often I will blog. It might be three times a week; it might be three times a day! Most likely, it will probably be almost every day. One thing I can promise is that it will be updated often during the three months leading up to my next major competition.
My blog entries will detail my daily training programs right down to the last set and rep. I will reveal my exact nutritional program and post updates each time I make changes to my food, calorie, protein, carb or fat intake. I'll write down how much cardio I am doing, what type, for how long and at what intensity level. I'll also write about my mental toughness training strategies and how I get motivated and stay motivated despite a grueling training schedule and strict diet.
In addition to the blog entries, I may occasionally post bodybuilding articles, interviews with other bodybuilders, announcements of upcoming events and reviews of other bodybuilding websites, products, services or resources you might be interested in.
Why I created this site, and why I'm giving away free access
Some people have asked me why I created this site in the first place, and why I'm giving away the content in this site for free. This type of information—especially the advice on contest preparation, which is so often kept secret—is extremely valuable. Many people have suggested that I should make this an exclusive paid membership site. Maybe I'll do that eventually, and I will be offering some bodybuilding courses and videos for sale in the not too distant future. However, for now, there is a very good reason why I'm openly sharing almost all of my secrets on this website for free...
You see, this blog—which is essentially my personal training journal posted on the web—makes me "accountable." If I make a promise and commitment to my trainer, to my training partner and to a few friends that I'm going to compete on a certain date, that creates some serious accountability and motivation for me. But what if I announce my goals and intentions to a few thousand, or a few tens of thousands of people? How much more focused and motivated do you think I'll be to train my butt off every day? Truth is, this is going to give me some MASSIVE motivational "leverage!" So... this blog is as much for me as it is for you.
And now for the obligatory warning disclaimer
Remember that MTV show called "Jackass?" It was a show with a bunch of immature misfits who dreamt up hair–brained stunts and gross–out gags that put their personal safety (and dignity) in great danger. Then of course, there's "Fear Factor," where you dangle precariously from helicopters, get yourself in car wrecks and eat all kinds of creepy crawlers and other nasty stuff that was never intended for human consumption. What both of these shows have in common is that they opened with a big, bold disclaimer that basically said, "These are really dangerous stunts and they are being performed by professionals under controlled circumstances... DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!"
Well, this is my "Jackass" meets "Fear Factor" warning disclaimer: I am a professional... DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!! Any information I write in my blog about training, dieting or anything else is NOT intended as personal advice. Squatting until I collapse onto the floor like a blob of jelly... and then running sprints up stadium steps may be my idea of a fun challenge, but I wouldn't recommend it to my clients (well, most of them anyway, heh heh).
What you will be reading in my blog is a diary of serious, HARD CORE bodybuilding and dieting designed to reach a level of body fat so low that bums on the street corner walk up and beg to feed ME! This is X–TREME training, to say the least. Unless you're a healthy, experienced competitive bodybuilder, then some of the training and nutritional methods I use may be inappropriate or even dangerous for you (for information about healthy lifestyle eating and "sane" workouts for "normal" people, check out the review pages and the links to my other websites elsewhere on this site).
Bottom line: The information in this website is for informational and entertainment purposes only. If you choose to copy or emulate anything I do in my own training and diet programs, do so at your own risk. And of course, always check with your doctor before beginning any exercise or nutrition program.
One final note... for the "bad guys"
Absolutely every word on this website is copyrighted. Please don't even think about copying, reproducing, selling and or stealing even a single sentence from any of the blogs, articles or text from any Bodybuilding Secrets.Com web pages in any form whatsoever. Anyone who rips off anything from this site will, unfortunately, be getting a very disturbing letter and phone call from our lawyers. Thanks for understanding.
—Let the contest countdown begin!