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Fitness Confidential with Vinnie Tortorich

Hollywood Celebrity Trainer Vinnie Tortorich and his co-hosts nail down the skinny about everything health, diet, and fitness. Get fit. Get inspired. Get entertained.
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Nov 27, 2014

Vinnie is very excited about today’s guest, Sean Stellato, who had a college and pro career in football and four years in Division 1 basketball. Originally from Boston, Sean went to Salem High School in the early 90‘s. He is the author of the book, "No Backing Down” which tells the true and compelling story of Sean’s life. He was told he was too short and too small to play sports and how he discovered that with a good work ethic, no one can ever “outwork” you. It is about doing the right thing and never giving up.

Where It Began

  • In his sophmore year at Salem High School, Sean was a kicker on his team.
  • His team had just lost the championship, and Sean walked into legendary Coach Ken Perron’s office and said to him “If you give me the football and let me be starting quarterback next year, I will lead our team to the Super Bowl  
  • Sean Stellato was 5’6” and 130 lbs soaking wet  
  • Sean got the nod as co-starter and over the next year grew 2” and put on 20 pounds of muscle

What Happened

  • During Sean’s junior year his team was 6 games into the season and undefeated, when the teacher’s strike at his high school, Salem, started...the weekend they were getting ready to play Swampscott HS
  •  Coach Perron knew if he crossed the picket line, he could lose his job.
  • The players had to break into the school to get their equipment...these were kids with personal tragedies and football was their escape
  • The police and news stations showed up...Coach Perron was handed a “Cease and Desist
  • He looked at it and said, “Boy’s, let’s play ball”

Modern Witch Hunt Began

  • The school superintendent went on the local news that night and accused the coach of starting a football cult
  • The team had a police escort into the Swampscott game
  • On national television with 12,000 attendees
  • Salem wins in the final seconds in a dramatic fashion

Life After High School

  • Sean played football for Marist College
  • He played pro-ball for Arena Football for 2 years
  • He knew he wanted to get married and have children and decided to be a sports agent  
  • Today he has his own company, Stellato Enhanced Sports (SES)
Nov 25, 2014

Vinnie and Anna discuss how to survive holiday meals living the NSNG Lifestyle. As Vinnie always tells us, "It’s not what you eat between Christmas and New Year’s, it’s what you eat between New Year’s and Christmas".  We also learn about Vinnie’s version of  “Man on the Street” videos.  So let's get to the meat of the matter...I mean turkey...

Vinnie's Version:  Man on the Street Videos

  • Check it out on or Google “Vinnie Tortorich You Tube”
  • Vinnie interviews people as they exit Starbucks and Jamba Juice
  • He asks them is they are aware of what’s in their drink
  • Are they aware or how many calories or how much sugar

Should You Start NSNG Before the Holidays

  • Go for it! Start today! But start slowly.
  • This is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle
  • Put life into living and enjoy the holidays 

How to Navigate the Holiday Meals

  • Start by cutting down on sugar and carbs...take smaller portions
  • Go to and find recipes
  • If you are cooking, no aware of “mouth hunger” and real hunger
  • Keep something healthy around like a scoop of nut butter

Before the Thanksgiving Meal

  •  Stay away from wine and’re starting with sugar too early
  • If you have to pick before the meal, reach for nuts or cheese
  • Have a cup of coffee and some heavy cream
  • Make your own healthy soda with Soda Stream and add a lemon or lime

During the Meal

  • Don’t feel like you have to load up your plate
  • Be careful with stuffing and potatoes
  • Fill your plate with turkey and salad
  • Take a little bit of everything and just taste the stuff that is going to make you feel like crap
Nov 20, 2014

Today Vinnie is doing a three-way with two other dudes, Mark and RIck, (yeah, that’s right) who are the hosts of the Simply Human Podcast. They talk about health, fitness, sleep and enjoying life. Additionally, Vinnie decides to teach these “30-something” guys how to be real men and decides that will be the title of his next book.

The Simply Human Podcast

The Simply Human Podcast Started about a year ago and Vinnie was first guest Rick and Mark have 4 pillars of health: Eat, Sleep, Move and Enjoy. They also have a segment called “ Humans being Human” which are funny stories about being human.  

First Pillar - Eat

  • It’s easier to focus on eliminating unhealthy foods
  • No sugar, no grains, no processed foods
  • Keep it simple

Second Pillar - Sleep

  • There is a natural process from day to is gradual and tells your body to start slowing down
  • Darkness tells your body to start producing Melatonin
  • Lights on after dark screw up your circadian rhythm and interferes with sleep
  • Body never gets a chance to wind down

Third Pillar - Move

  • Move slowly throughout the day
  • Can’t walk too much
  • Lift heavy things and move body through perfect range of motion
  • Strength training is anti-aging

Fourth Pillar - Enjoy

  • Need to manage stress
  • Stress should be our body’s response to survival ... not traffic jams
  • Stress causes inflammation which can lead to diseas
Nov 18, 2014

It’s Tuesday and that means we have Anna and Vinnie trying to play nice. Today’s guest is Daniel T, who is a registered dietician from Canada and works in a hospital setting.  He has seen the physical and psychological benefits of Paleo and NSNG life styles.  Daniel T contacted Vinnie because he is frustrated and angry...and Vinnie loves angry people.  Check out Daniel's podcast.

What Daniel is Angry About

  • He has researched and seen the benefits of eating Paleo/NSNG 
  • It has been 11 years since he earned a Masters in Nutrition...They are still teaching calories-in/calories out and fats are bad
  • Daniel is frustrated because he has to fight hospitals and gets no support

What Does He See at the Hospital

  • They have morbidly obese people reduce their fat intake and count calories
  • When Daniel started slowly introducing a more Paleo-like diet, he began to see changes
  • His patients saw great results and the hospital didn’t want to hear about it

Doctors Go With Government Programs

  • That is what is being financially supported
  • Don’t stop and ask “How is what we are doing helping patients, especially long-term patients?”
  • Hospitals choose not to face the facts
  • This applies to mental health as well

Standards in Nutrition are all the Same

  • All government funded
  • Institutions don’t want to lose funding so are scared to change
  • It took Daniel almost 4 years to get salmon on the menu
Nov 13, 2014

In today’s episode, Vinnie and Dean answer listener questions about fitness for runners, fitness over 40, Serena and Wendy, Vinnie’s shoulder  surgery and Vinnie kinda flipping out when a listener, known as Jess, says that Vinnie got cancer because he eats meat!  Worth the price of admission...

Dean the Kayaker Asks How is Fitness Different After 40

  • Muscle builds up at the same rate at 40 as it does at 20
  • Need more down time and need to start easy
  • Body adapts...24 - 48 hours between workouts is good

Courtney Asks What Exercises Are Good for Running

  • Runner’s upper body not used
  • Planks help build core, overhead press, rowing and/or lat pulls
  • Ham strings are important and need to be worked
  • Quads also need to be worked

Serena and Wendy Want to Know Why Vinnie Doesn’t Fix His Shoulder

  • Vinnie is concerned that the surgery needs a lot of downtime for recovery and he doesn’t have that kind of time to spare
  • Vinnie is always in pain...Football ripped his shoulder to bits
  • Very little range of motion in shoulder
  • Surgery can only be done once since there is very little bone to work with

A Caller Named Jess

  • Apparently, Jess believes Vinnie got cancer because he eats meat!
  • And Vinnie, in Vinnie’s unique way, lets Jess know he is wrong
  • Vinnie “gently” explains to Jess that cancer can strike anyone and while diet can does not exclusively cause or cure disease
Nov 11, 2014
Vinnie and Anna are huge fans of Mark Sisson...ultra-athlete, author of “The Primal Blueprint” and host of his newsletter, “Mark’s Daily Apple”. They discuss vegan and paleo diets, gut health, eliminating certain foods for overall health and being responsible for our own well-being. And apparently, Vinnie was upset with Mark’s staff and there had to be some damage control.  Do they kiss and make up? Let’s sit back, grab some tea and listen in...
Vinnie and Mark Make Up
  • Backstory: Vinnie went on Mark’s show to talk about his new vitamin “Pure Vitamin Club"
  • Mark wasn’t there to interview him, so another staff member interviewed Vinnie and didn’t let him talk about his vitamins.  Apparently, it is a policy on Mark’s show not to advertise other products similar to their own
  • So Vinnie wasn’t very happy and “discussed” the incident with Anna on the show
  • But Mark called and apologized, they made up, cleared the air and are moving on
Vegans and Paleo Diet
  • People are attached to their belief system whether it’s vegan or paleo
  • Vegans and vegetarians can do paleo diet
  • It has more to do with what you eliminate (ie: sugar, grains) than what your source of protein is
  • Eliminating sugars, grains and industrial seed oils is good for anyone’s health
Overall Health and Gut Health
  • The goal for gut health is a balance of good and bad bacteria
  • Everyone is different...for some people, some fiber may feed the good bacteria
  • Have to decide what you want to achieve...experiment with how foods affect you and keep a detailed record
  • There’s no quick’s a work in progress
Antibiotics and Health
  • They are overprescribed and destroy not only the bad bacteria but the good as well
  • Recovering from an illness has a lot to do with the strength of immune system
  • Ask your doctor if you have a bacterial infection.  Antibiotics will not cure a virus and may delay your recovery as the antibiotics destroy all your bacteria as well
  • While on antibiotics, take massive amounts of probiotics
Nov 4, 2014

Another action-packed, fun-filled podcast with Vinnie and Anna.  Today’s special guest is billionaire Don Coddington.  They discuss NSNG lifestyle, Joan Lunden and her journey through breast cancer, the benefits of chronic cardio and listen in as Anna attempts one correctly executed girl push up...

Vinnie Doesn’t Get to Discuss his Pure Vitamin Club Supplements

  • Vinnie goes on Mark Sisson’s show.  He and Don both love Mark.
  • Vinnie was told it was fine to discuss his Pure Vitamin Club vitamins.
  • But Pure Vitamin Club was cut from the podcast...tune in to see what happened...

NSNG Lifestyle

  • When starting NSNG, it takes a few days to get off sugar...what can you do to make it easier?
  • Get all temptations out of the house...clean the cupboards
  • Keep good, healthy nut butter and nuts...they have carbs, but they won’t give you and insulin spike
  • Cheese also has carbs but again no insulin spike and has fat.  Add a pear or an apple

Joan Lunden

  • Diagnosed with Stage II Breast Cancer
  • 12 weeks of chemo and then another round of 12 weeks
  • Switched to a sugar-free/low calorie ketogenic diet - specifically eliminating wheat and dairy
  • Vinnie asked specifically about diet after he had Leukemia and was told emphatically to eliminate sugar

Chronic Cardio

  • Good at right intensity...Zone 2...which is 180 minus your age
  • Makes you feel good, sustainable and good for your heart
  • Dr. Doug McGuff talks about it in his book, “Body by Science”
  • Long, slow cardio work tends to make you leaner


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