VSL1 Enhanced Edition Contents
Hi everyone. firstly I would like to thank all the fans, readers, and friends that I have met while doing the Vince's Secret Locker book series. As most of you know, it was a labor of love project which consisted of almost a decade of research and hard work. Over the years, Vince's Secret Locker has and continues to have a great reputation around the globe. I just received a nice email from Tom, a FB member asking if the VSL1 Enhanced book has images or if it is a text-only book. So, I thought this would be an appropriate time to answer this as not too long ago I received an email from another FB member which I will shortly address.
Vince's Secret Locker books were created to appeal to a vast audience, not just those that prefer training information. If the books were done solely with training info., it would take away all the complexity and creativity that the books have to offer. I have customers who are after history, then there are those who love the pictures which bring a book to life. Then you have those who want a little bit of everything. So with that in mind, the books consist of a variety of aspects which is what makes the series so unique, which has been one of the reasons people love the books. If some of you are new to Vince's Secret Locker, you can find reviews on the internet, Youtube, forums, my website, etc. I've listed dozens of reviews, too many to even post. If you like history, there's plenty, and for those that like photos, well there are several hundred, many of which were exclusively presented for the first time. There are also interviews, artwork, and memorabilia consisting of letters, and items from the gym. There is even a small section regarding Vince's High School (pgs.41-45 with 6 images from 1937) whereby I had to hire people to patiently search for this lost and never seen material. I cannot tell you how many emails I got from fans thanking me for doing this research. Being a book collector myself, over the years I heard people ask how cool it would be to have all or see the various books and booklets Vince made. I can assure you, even the biggest fan did not see some of the booklets as many were made in limited quantity. Plain and simply, rare. So with the collector in mind, I decided to add a Collector's Gallery (pgs. 424-473) which was a great reference tool being I classified the content from booklet to booklet with a graph for the hardcore Vince. Many of the booklets are available through NSP, so check them out.
Let's continue with VSL1 Enhanced as this was the focal point of today's discussion. So let's get into the next matter. not so long ago I got a message from a potential customer inquiring if the book has all Vince's courses. She said, "she was buying it for her hubby in Australia". My response was "no, it does not include his courses but it does include training information (122pages-some books barely make that)among historical information as well as many rare images just for starters." So she ordered. Fast forward a few weeks after the book arrived and then I open my inbox from a guy called David van der Linden. He decided to send me some ignorant comments. For the most part, I just brushed it off as he was obviously a rare breed. When he sent me the message, I took a look at his Facebook, and immediately saw the immaturity I was dealing with. He had recently posted a picture mocking the Mona Lisa with swirled eyes. So it was at that time I didn't even respond as that told the story. Anyone who doesn't appreciate classic art especially by ridiculing it is as childish as you can get. So I just ignored the matter.
Then today, a fan of Vince's Secret Locker brought to my attention a comment on FB, lo and behold it was the same guy once again. Previously he stated, " the artwork makes him cringe, and that outside of having an index, it is just a scrapbook with no training information." Since he went so far as to post this to Facebook and left misleading and false information, it must be addressed. Most haters on the internet are simply ignorant of other people's success.
"One mustn't criticize other people on grounds when she can't stand perpendicular herself" - Mark Twain
Vince's Secret Locker Enhanced Edition is 600 pages and the layout was completely changed to give a more mystical appearance which customers really enjoyed. The Appreciation list consists of an amazing 130 people who in some way helped contribute.
So let's start with the artwork, In Volume 1 Enhanced Edition there were 17 artists from 12 different countries. There are approx. 41 beautiful images. Granted, not every image can appeal to everyone and it is impossible to make everyone happy. I'm proud of my work, and fans across the world also appreciate all the hard work and effort. You guys/gals are the best. :)
For reference, the artwork can be seen on the following pages, many are full pages. 28,29,34,45,61,64,87,127,150,158,163,164,168,172-173,224, 292, 293,379,385,389,393(2x), 408 (2x),412,423,442,471,475,493,494,516,561,565,567,569,571,572,574-575, 592-593, inside cover.
Are there images? Yes, an incredible 301 images from 24 photographers, with the majority of them being enhanced. You may have seen some of these images online, but not in this quality/size as many were made from negatives rather than the tiny, poor-quality images found online. Many of the images were passed to me in negative format by the photographer himself. Also worth noting, 76 of these beautiful photographs were NEVER SEEN BEFORE images, some of which were also high-definition full-page shots.
Reference purposes, these exclusive images can be seen on pages: 27, 32-33,35,37,49,58,72-73,79,81,82,84-85,86,91(2x),93,95,97,99,117,122,128-129(4x),130-131(3x),139,149,161,165,166,169(2x),170-171(3x),172-173(3x),174,183,193,197,202-203,204,213,227,228- 229, 232,234,237,242,261,262-263, 264-265(2x),266,269,319,338,339,341,360,405,416,420,499,523(2x), 545,,580-581,588,590-591(2x),599.
As mentioned above a small section with rare pictures from Vince's High School as well as the Collector's Gallery. There is also a small section that lists some of Vince's Memorabilia, nicknames, pictures, and awards of his achievements categorized in a yearly format, as well as a partial Hollywood acting career chart. Moving along, you can also find a chart with Vince's measurements and weight statistics. Then there is a Newsletter section that covers everything from training to diet, to Gossip. (pgs 479-494. We also have 7 personal letters from Dr. Ameduri : Pages: 160,231,233,235,245,343,and 562-563. I also included a section called Memory Lane consisting of several hundred names of people who knew Vince many of whom are legendary. (pgs.585-588)
We are not done yet. Interviews, interviews, and interviews, plenty of these historic facts. You will find 30 interviews, some of which I conducted directly with the legendary Lou Ferrigno, Frank Zane, Dave Draper, as well as Franco Columbu. The list of interviews goes on consisting of in no particular order, Rick Wayne, John Hanson, Anibal Lopez, Joe Weider, Gene Mozee, Dennis Tinerino, Don Ross, Ian Duckett, Jerry Brainum, Dick Tyler, Bill Howard, Clifford Ameduri, LA Times, TC Luoma, Denie, Steve Holman, Larry Scott, Steve Davis, Ron Kosloff, George Eiferman, and the list goes on. There are also brief comments from others who knew him like John Balik, David Gentle, Ms. LeBlance, and Mr. Hise among several others.
136 Interview pages
Interview reference pags: 47-58, 60,66-69,87-89,123-125,150-153,164,167,-168,174,194-196,200,206,242,248-251,253-259,283-286,288,290,296-298,308-311,318,322-325,339,340,342,354-357,409-421,501-503,510-513,517-538,554-557,559,566,568,573,577,582-583.
Training pages: 122 pages
Training pgs: 36, 71-82,107-113,133-147, 179-191,208-211,214,216-223,271-282,312-316,329-335,350-351,369-370, 548-552 . (94 pages) plus (28 pages) of Q&A 377-404
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