Trading the VIX requires some real conviction and medicine to keep you calm.
While in trading past performance does not predict futures results, this chart pretty much nails the outcomes of trading the VIX
On a more serious note, VIX can be fairly hard to access for traders to participate in. You can take out some risk of trading VIX by doing so in the Funded Trader environment.
Programs that allow VIX traders:
The spreads are not the tightest but can eliminate a lot of risk by only being able to lose program fee paid while taking advantage of the updside