V Shred Review: Does It Work?

By Lydia Noyes
HighYa Staff
Updated on: Jun 22, 2020

Medically Reviewed by Anthony Dugarte, M.D., C.S.C.S

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For those looking to get in better shape, the V Shred series of fitness programs claim to help you lose weight, tone up, and follow a healthier diet without taking up too much of your time.

The plan focuses on delivering results in the minimum amount of workout time necessary and uses the support of a blog and online community to keep you on track.

The V Shred program was founded by Vince Sant, a fitness author, celebrity trainer, and YouTube workout personality. His workout system is based around the idea of “minimum effective” workouts, and the plan promises to get you in shape without resorting to extreme willpower or going hungry from a restrictive diet.

The brand’s website offers a range of workout and nutrition programs, tailored toward your gender and personal goals. They claim that these personalized plans will help you achieve results faster than with standard fitness programs.

V Shred’s fitness plans are designed with three goals in mind:

  1. Offer fun, challenging, and fast workouts that can be completed at home or in the gym.
  2. Provide simple nutrition plans that don’t feel like a diet.
  3. Recommended supplements must contain premium ingredients at the correct dosage for optimal results.

In this analysis, we take a detailed look at how the program works to help you decide if it is the right option for you.

Pros
  • Comprehensive fitness plans for a variety of health goals
  • Most plans include dietary information
  • Generous refund policy
  • Programs offered as both one-time purchases and subscription deals
Cons
  • Lots of user complaints that the plan is too simple and not unique
  • You are pressured to purchase additional products

Personalized Plan

V Shred’s signature service is that they offer you a comprehensive plan based on your health and fitness goals. When you first navigate to the V Shred website, you will be asked a series of intro questions about your sex, weight, height, physical build, activity level, and fitness goals.

From there, the site directs you to a 20-30 minute video from founder Vince Sant that touches on the ways one of V Shred’s fitness programs will help you meet your stated fitness goals.

When I completed this survey, the website directed me to what they calculated as my daily macro needs. While these will vary based on your personal health perimeters, the site suggested I consumed close to 2,300 calories each day, broken down by macronutrients to 53% carbohydrates, 22% protein, and 25% fat.

Next, V Shred offers you the opportunity to purchase a fitness program package that the site selects for you based on your answers. The courses you are offered will vary, but mine included the following:

  • Mobile Workouts: All V Shred programs provide mobile versions of home and gym-based workouts that come with exercise descriptions, how-to videos, and set and rep guidelines.

  • Beginner Diet Guide: This plan teaches the basics of dieting and nutrition and provides guidance for customization.

  • Advanced Diet Guide: Building off the first eating plan, this secondary diet guide teaches you how to create your own diet plan and how to tweak it when your goals change.

  • The 10 Commandments of Fitness: This guide offers core principles for fitness for getting the most out of your workouts.

  • Workout Log: This 90-day exercise journal provides you with an exact training plan, including types of exercise, numbers of reps and sets, and the amount of rest needed.

  • HIIT Guide: You’ll receive a detailed cardio plan for short workout sessions designed to trigger the EPOC (Excess Post Exercises Oxygen Consumption) Effect, which is designed to help you keep burning calories after your workout.

  • Outro: This short pamphlet is designed to provide the motivation necessary to keep you committed through the full 90 days.

My suggested plan also came with the following bonus programs:

  • Six Pack Shred: This guide of Vince Sant’s core workouts comes with beginner, intermediate, and advanced exercise routines.

  • The Booty Builder: This systematic workout focuses on four areas of the butt to produce toning and definition.

  • Recipe Guide: This recipe guide was co-created by a celebrity chef in Los Angeles and highlights tasty and healthy recipes that help facilitate weight loss.

  • Supplement Guide: The videos within this guide offer education about beneficial supplements so you can stop spending money on products that won’t work.

This total package is offered for a one-time payment of $57, which we found is the standard price for all personalized V Shred packages based on your quiz results.

Individual Programs

If you choose to opt-out of V Shred’s initial quiz, you can go directly to the brand’s online store and purchase programs ala carte. The options included the following:

  • Custom Diet and Training Plan ($149)
  • Fat Loss Extreme ($47)
  • Ripped in 90 Days ($47)
  • Clean Bulk Program ($87)
  • Six-Pack Shred ($19.99)
  • Recipe Guide ($14.95)
  • Big Arms Program ($19.99)
  • The Booty Builder ($34.95)

V Shred University

V Shred offered a subscription service known as V Shred University. This plan gives you access to a new workout and diet plan each month, as well as access to hundreds of exercises, nutrition and supplement tutorials, and a members-only community for sharing goals and motivation.

You also can take part in weekly Q&A sessions and Live Coaching Calls to get personalized feedback on your progress.

V University costs $1 for your first month and $15.99 every month after. The program’s terms and conditions state that you can cancel at any time.

The Evidence for V Shred’s Effectiveness

While the V Shred program promises to help you lose weight and tone up more quickly than competing fitness brands, we couldn’t find any research from the company that supports these claims.

There is some literature that technically offers support for V Shred’s more comprehensive and personalized options, however.

For example, a recent review of 27 studies that examined the factors that contribute to weight loss success found that programs that monitor personal attendance, offer support, and emphasize diet modifications increase the chance that participants will stick to the program.

Most people who are successful in weight loss have professional guidance.

In terms of the most beneficial kinds of exercise, there is a decent amount of research available for HIIT (high-intensity interval training), which is the form of exercise that the program most relies on.

HIIT combines short, intense exercise circuits with recovery-oriented rests in between them.

A study in the Journal of Obesity suggests that interval training shows promising results for eliminating the abdominal fat of participants.

That’s good news, as abdominal obesity is associated with increased risk for chronic inflammation, elevated cholesterol levels, insulin resistance, and heart disease.

Still, more research is needed to iron out the details regarding the best type of exercise for individual goals and associated medical conditions.

Analysis of Customer Reviews

Seventeen customers have left reviews for the company here on HighYa, and they average 2.3-stars. Just 24% of users say they would recommend the program to their friends. The situation is different on Trustpilot, where V Shred earns 4-stars after more than 750 reviews.

Common Compliments:

  • Well thought out eating plan
  • Users successfully lost weight and kept it off with the diet and fitness plan
  • Company is flexible with returns
  • V Shred community is very supportive

Common Complaints:

  • The program didn’t deliver what it offered
  • App and meal plan not worth the price
  • Supplement products seemed scammy to some users
  • Many didn’t appreciate the constant pressure to upgrade their membership
  • Some people felt they were overcharged for what they thought they were purchasing
  • Getting in touch with customer service to cancel your account can be tricky

Return Policy

The company’s FAQ page states that the program comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, meaning those that use the program for 30 days and are left unsatisfied by it can request a refund through email.

The Bottom Line

While the V Shred nutrition and exercise regimen promises to help you lose weight and tone up with minimal effort each day, the company doesn’t provide much proof that its program fulfills all the promises it makes about it.

We can point to scientific studies that show HIIT workouts are a viable way to lose weight, but the evidence is less clear about whether this method is more effective than other fitness strategies.

Likewise, customer reviews show a variance in opinion about this health program.

The V Shred program wins points from us for approaching health from both a fitness and nutrition angle, and for offering different plan options depending on your current health and future goals.

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Customer Reviews

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  • 19 Customer Reviews
  • 26% Recommend This Brand
2.4 out of 5
5 star: 21% 4 star: 10% 3 star: 5% 2 star: 10% 1 star: 52%

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  • V Shred works for me

    • By Elisa S.,
    • Sacramento, CA,
    • Sep 1, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 3–6 months
    Overall Experience:

    My overall experience has been great. I signed up for Fat Loss Extreme and a customized nutrition plan and I lost 20lbs. They are not asking me to write this review. This is truly coming from me and I am currently participating in the program. In fact, since it was so effective for me I went on to purchase tone in 90 days. And a 4th-month meal plan. I have had a good experience with my personal trainer. He gets back to you as soon as he can. It’s always prompt. I feel the price is reasonable for the knowledge and education I get from the trainer and the website. Also, Vince's videos. The pressure to purchase doesn’t bother me. You can always opt-out of the emails or just ignore them if you're not interested. It has worked for me vs other diets I have tried on my own. I don’t have the discipline and V Shred helped me get disciplined, and I’m confident on the program.

    Pros and Cons:

    • The diet plan
    • The HIIT workouts
    • The flexibility of the program
    • The app
    • Would like to see them in person at times, like a gym type setting

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    • Sep 2, 2020

      Company Response from V Shred

      We're so glad to be part of your journey, Elisa. You're crushing it! :) Combining the nutrition and the exercise will go a long way in helping with losing weight. 20lbs, that's awesome! Keep it up and feel free to reach out to us anytime if you need assistance. We can't wait to see more of your journey and help you achieve your goals!

      ~ The V Shred Team


  • Run, don't walk

    • By Teresa L.,
    • Atlanta, GA,
    • Aug 17, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    It's a scam and a lie. NOTHING he says in the initial video is what happens. You sign up, get some lame phony pretending they are a coach by sending you an email. I actually got one email in the 3rd week congratulating me for my progress who had no idea what my progress was, if any. And on top of it, I ordered nearly $400 worth of product and over 3 weeks later, I haven't received it, haven't gotten any assistance except to say wait for over a month and then if I don't get it, then get back to them.

    And worse, every single day, they bombard you with emails about buying more product and overload you with a firehose of information. Nothing simple about it like he said. Just a license to print money. Terrible. I'm having to call my bank to make a claim against them.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Sep 2, 2020

      Company Response from V Shred

      Hi Teresa,

      Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for bringing this to our attention. Our records show that one of our team members already assisted you with your concern and a refund for your purchased supplements has already been processed as per your request. If you need further assistance, please feel free to reach out to us anytime.

      ~ The V Shred Team


  • Updated review

    Good customer service

    • By Marybeth F.,
    • Cleveland, OH,
    • Apr 8, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    Good customer service, they have refunded my money. I wouldn't recommend the program as it’s not what is originally advertised.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Previous review
    • Feb 26, 2020

    Bait and switch

    I respectfully watched the entire convincing promo video where he discussed my body type, and metabolism confusion with diet. Also, how he repeatedly said stop buying supplements...blah blah...I’m 10 seconds post getting a receipt for my payment and now I’m being told nothing about how to confuse my metabolism. Nor have I been given any food recipe combinations to help with this. Just suggestions and meal plans and "mouth-watering" recipes I could google. I’m not even impressed with the layout of the app. If I want to have any detailed suggestions of this diet that is to confuse my metabolism I need to purchase a $225 personalized meal plan. I can join my rec center for a year or do Weight Watchers instead of this bull crap. I’ve been fooled.

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  • V Shred app

    • By Maarten H.,
    • Netherlands,
    • Apr 6, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    V Shred beet for a little money a sport and eating plan.

    I can say that the sports plan works well. And it helps people stay on track. The exercises correspond to other sports programs.

    The eating program is healthy and delicious. Sure you have comparable diets. This works fine, you are not hungry during the day. It is nonsense that people say that it does not work.

    The Sculptnation.com supplements I am less at peace with. This is because I cannot find out what is in it and whether it works. They are also expensive. I know some supplements and can also get them at bodylab.nl in my country for less.

    Here I noticed a revenue model, you take a cheap sports plan and then you pay a lot of supplements.

    Conclusion: I wouldn't spend your money on these supplements.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Updated review

    Not for me but good customer service

    • By Kari D.,
    • Atlanta, GA,
    • Jan 27, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I previously gave V Shred a one-star review because I did not like the way customers are constantly being marketed new products and upgrades in service. However, after that review appeared online, the company contacted me and fully refunded my money. That's why I have upgraded the review.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Previous review
    • Nov 15, 2019

    DO NOT FALL FOR THIS!

    I completely agree with previous reviews. The initial intro video with Vince is very convincing (ha..."Con-Vincing"...I just might have found the inside joke). HOWEVER, the $57 offer I bought really contained nothing extraordinary. There was a lot of talk in the video about how to confuse your metabolism by having days on and off carbs...but I couldn't find that in the meal planning initially presented. It was basically an old fashioned calorie counting diet. And all along the way there are repeated "buy now" offers for other products. It makes it difficult to follow along...and very easy to accidentally click a purchase that you don't want. And since they already have your credit card number, you can get auto-charged! I am not going to risk going to the other areas on the site that I think I bought. I am getting off the website now, never coming back and I am hoping that I only get charged the initial $57 I already wasted.

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  • V Shred works

    • By Christi B.,
    • Dallas, TX,
    • Jul 27, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I have had great success with V Shred. When I started this program I was 55, my hormones were completely out of wack AND nothing I was trying was helping me lose the extra weight I was carrying. I wanted to tone AND lose 15 pounds. I chose to purchase the personal 4-week diet plan AND 90-day workout plan. I lost 7 pounds in the first month and the rest during the next 2 months. The diet plan was very simple, quick and easy, which is perfect for my eating style. I have been able to substitute foods when needed and stay on track with my busy lifestyle. I really eat more than I did before and I am never hungry. I have also toned my arms, abs, butt, and legs with the 90-day workouts. I basically do 30-minute workouts 4 times a week. I look better than I did 20 years ago. I am so happy with my body changes and will continue with the workouts and diet. This program worked so much better than anything I had ever tried and I am so happy with the results.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Updated review

    Update

    • By Denise J.,
    • Pennsylvania,
    • Jul 11, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    6/28/19 - I have added a star to my rating. It means the product was "Not what I was hoping for,'' which is correct. But in the end, the company took a flexible position because it was clear they do not even sell a product that was suitable for me. I would have paid for the keto diet, but it was not available as a stand-alone item. They issued a full refund the same week, which was back in April. They need to improve their website, if they want to avoid reviews like mine.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Previous review
    • Mar 30, 2019

    Did NOT sign up for V Shred!

    As soon as I clicked on a product, I realized I had made a mistake. The program I purchased in February was $67.00 for the body toning and diet plan. The other workouts listed would not have been my choice. But I found I could not go back to that page with all the pictures and description. So I checked out, with the assumption I could make an exchange later.

    AT NO TIME did I click on other options or even READ a description of V SHRED.

    On March 2, I emailed was having trouble logging in. I did not know the name of the program. Here is her answer:

    Desee G. (V Shred)

    Mar 2, 11:17 PST

    Hi Denise,

    Thank you for reaching out. I'd be happy to assist with your concern.

    Upon checking, you purchased the Toned in 90 Days Bundle, this includes the Toned in 90 Days program, the Booty Builder, the Six-Pack Shred, the Recipe Guide and Supplement Guide.

    (NO MENTION OF V SHRED UNIV.)

    Once you have logged in, click the My Stuff area in the upper right navigation area of our site and you will be able to see your purchased program(s). We highly recommend you to use the Google Chrome browser.

    I hope this helps! If there's anything else that I can help you with, please let me know.

    Best,

    Desee G.

    V Shred Customer Support Team

    (NO MENTION OF V SHRED UNIVERSITY OR $9.99.)

    I replied as below:

    Denise Johnson

    Mar 2, 11:58 PST

    Hi Desee,

    Thanks. That helps. But here is my situation. I thought I had made a mistake in ordering but I couldn't seem to go back to change it. I am a 66. I don't have a good history in exercise but I was never overweight until my late 50's. I had foot surgery that has affected my balance for now. I am more sedentary than active. I work in an office and read a lot at home. In January I started on a KETO diet and have lost 12 pounds. I know I do not have core strength, which is my main concern. I do have some osteoporosis. That means I need core strength and balance.

    The toning program sounds right for me...but I did not want the Booty program . Is it possible to exchange it for another?

    Thanks.

    Also. Please confirm that this was a one-time purchase. We've been burned before..

    TWO hours later, a reply:

    Desee G. (V Shred)

    Mar 2, 13:27 PST

    Hi Denise,

    Thanks for getting back to me!

    Most of our programs are a one-time purchase and you will have access to them indefinitely once you log in to your account. They don't expire, so you can start using them whenever you're ready.

    (MY PURCHASE WAS FOR 90 DAYS, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS THE REASON FOR THE DISCOUNT -TO TRY IT OUT.)

    V Shred University (VSU) is our only monthly subscription program that renews each month.

    (SHE STILL DOES NOT SAY THAT I PURCHASED VSU!)

    Upon checking your account, I have seen that you have purchased the Toned in 90 Days at a great discount and this includes the Booty Builder. I'm afraid that we cannot change that to another. However, we recommend starting with your 90-day plan (Toned in 90 Days). You will follow this workout and the meal plan as laid out. Focus on just this plan for now, as it will have everything you need. Later on, when you get more comfortable, you can explore our other plans.

    (NO MENTION OF THE MONTHLY $9.95.)

    Two weeks later I found this on my credit card statement:

    Travel/Entertainment

    Mar 20 V SHRED UNIVERSITY 888-874-7331 NV $ 9.95

    There was no answer to that phone number.

    I wrote an email saying that I want to cancel the program altogether, because I have not yet logged in (and no longer care to do so) and that I want a refund for $67.00 plus the $9.99 because of their exploitive and deceptive practices.

    I warned them that I would contact the State Attorney General's office in Nevada or wherever they are incorporated if they do not comply. That is a simple phone call to make. An assistant will take your information and pass it on. If enough of us make the effort, this company will hear from the State Attorney General' s office. There truly is strength in numbers.

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  • Very happy with program

    • By Tracy W.,
    • Middletown, CT,
    • May 11, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I just purchased V Shred the 90-day program on March 29th. So far, I am enjoying the fitness routines and the meal plans, I have lost 2 pounds. I have the stomach pouch and never could get rid of it no matter how hard I tried. I want to thank you, Vince, for introducing your fitness program to me.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Avoid this like the plague

    • By Jim A.,
    • California,
    • Apr 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    Anyone seeking a fitness and meal plan should avoid this program at all cost! It is merely an automated email system designed to sell supplements. There is nothing "custom" about this program. I paid for a meal plan and a custom work out plan and received neither. I did, however, lose $129.00 for the first month and made the mistake of clicking on the V Shred University and saw another $10.00 removed from my account yesterday. I couldn't figure out how to find my custom plans, so I stuck to my former gym routine. It was easy to find lots of expensive supplements with the multiple sales-focused emails (I did not buy any of the highly priced supplements).

    After the first few days of trying to find my "custom" plan I gave up searching and chalked it up to another cleaver online scam. Be very cautious of this program. I found more helpful advice for free on YouTube.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • DO NOT BUY

    • By Becc H.,
    • Ontario, Canada,
    • Mar 24, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I purchased the 90-day program after doing the body quiz, I was told everything was going to be $67. Except I was charged $169.98. I immediately freaked out because 1) that’s a huge difference, and 2) I now thought I was being scammed or something.

    I messaged the company...no response back. I tried calling them three times and couldn’t get through, it just went to an automated voice that said to send an email or go to help section online. So I last resorted to messaging the owner Vinc on Instagram...didn’t think he would really respond but he did, and I’m actually in shock at how rude and unprofessional he is as a businessman. He accused me of clicking a personalized meal plan button, which I didn’t press or didn’t press on purpose clearly, or I wouldn’t have been so alarmed at my charges. All he had to do is tell me it must have been a mistake and let me know that I’ll get a refund, instead, he actually argued with me that I’m wrong and he’s right, not to mention the checkout page is confusing as heck. He was SO unbelievably rude, condescending, and arrogant. He claims he cares about people and their fitness goals, but from the response I got from him, it really doesn’t seem like he cares one bit. DO NOT BUY V Shred!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • WARNING: Scammers at work

    • By Dana W.,
    • Texas,
    • Mar 22, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I paid $57 and then saw what I really wanted cost an additional $67. I purchased the meal plan and saw it was all ridiculous, not what the video implies. Within minutes I was attempting to get a refund, but after going in circles with them, they refused. Don’t waste your money!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


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