Review of: Adonis Golden Ratio
Specific guidelines for workouts and nutrition based on your goal.
Ease of Use
Easy to use nutrition calculator, workout templates, and meal plans. Workouts may be difficult for complete begginers
AGR will emphasize the appearance of your upper body. There is less focus on lower body development.
Responsive support team through email and forums
A one-time fee of $37...no monthly recurring fees
What I Liked
- A very specific shape to strive for
- Absolutely zero guesswork
- Extremely detailed instructional videos
- Active community
What I Didn't Like
- Not enough focus on lower body
- No deadlifts
- Some up-sells upon checkout
Adonis Golden Ratio is a twelve week workout and nutrition program which is marketed as “The Perfect Body Formula”. The goal of the program is to get you closer to the classic V-shaped physique with broad shoulders and a narrow waist. Like most workout programs out there AGR claims to provide you with “breakthrough tricks” that will result in a “dramatic transformation”. The truth is that there are no shortcuts to getting in shape. It takes hard work and discipline.
This does not mean, however, that AGR is a scam. The creators only make these claims because it’s what people want to hear. That’s what sells.
Given my rating, I believe that AGR delivers on its price tag.
Adonis Golden Ratio System – A Comprehensive Review
In my Adonis Golden Ratio Review, I go over the details of everything included with purchase and whether it’s worth the $37.
Review Updated: May 22, 2016
Who is Adonis Golden Ratio Intended For?
AGR offers three different workout, nutrition, and supplementation plans.
Each is geared towards a particular goal of either fat loss, muscle gain, or fat loss with simultaneous muscle gain.
AGR is being marketed to everyone at every level, but the workout plans may be intense for the completely newbie.
After purchase you get access to:
- Theory of Ideal Proportions (eBook by John Barban)
- Nutrition Software
- Training Program
- Meal Plans
- Access to the Community
I am going to provide an overview of each of these individually.
Theory of Ideal Proportions
Barban talks about the prevalence of steroids in the fitness industry and how magazines are selling you on a physique that is unattainable without them. Some of his claims are exaggerated, but basically he explains how he shifted his focus from gaining size to developing the perfect body proportions.
He explains that humans have been hardwired to look for particular physical traits in potential mates and that his program is developed to get you the body that females find most attractive.
To get you the ideal shoulder circumference to waist ratio.
Barban writes about the ancient Greek sculptors and how they were renown for their depiction of the perfect male body. He explains how he implemented this knowledge into his workout program.
Every chapter is followed by a success story complete with pictures and an interview.
The 128 page eBook is basically an overview of what the program is based on. You can skim through the book to gain a better understanding of what the golden ratio actually is.
Nutrition Software – Adonis Golden Ratio Calculator
You start the program by entering your body dimensions into the nutrition software which then outputs a list of weekly targets.
The software is good because it takes into account your waist measurement.
Waist measurement is a good indicator of body fat percentage.
I wouldn’t, however, follow the recommendations from the nutrition calculator blindly.
Two people can have similar measurements but a different body composition and metabolism. Measurements alone are not 100% accurate in determining how many calories you should be consuming.
That being said:
The Nutrition Software does provide you with some solid reference points to get started.
As you move through the program you will gain an understanding of how your body responds.
The key will be to keep track of everything as you move along. See what works and see what doesn’t.
Don’t be afraid to experiment by altering the recommendations from the software.
Training Program – Adonis Golden Ratio System
There are three plans for three different goals:
- muscle gain
- fat loss
- combined muscle gain and fat loss.
You enter your height, waist, and weight measurements into a software that is meant to determine your main goal.
This software is very general and you’d do better to determine your own goal.
The fat loss plan is with the primary goal of losing weight while the muscle gain plan is with the primary goal of gaining weight.
Most people will fall somewhere in between.
The combined muscle gain and fat loss plan is the best option unless you are on either end of the extreme (overweight or extremely skinny).
Within each plan are workout, nutrition, and supplementation programs.
The workout programs are simple to follow and laid out on a day to day basis.
This is not to say that they will be easy.
The workouts include pyramid sets, super sets, and circuit training. They will be hard and you will have to push yourself.
I recommend that the completely newbie get some gym experience under his belt before starting this program.
The “muscle gain” and “combined muscle gain and fat loss” workout routines are similar in exercises but vary in intensity.
The fat loss workout routine is different in that it focuses a lot on circuit training; one exercise after the other with minimal rest and high reps.
Barban excludes deadlifts.
He says that they increase your waist and “make you look less attractive”.
It is possible to develop a visually aesthetic physique without deadlifts.
Incorporating deadlifts into your routine will work to promote overall body strength and mass.
I usually do 4 sets of deadlifts once a week at the end of a back workout.
The nutrition programs start out by providing an overview of basic nutrition principles.
A concept that really made sense to me, and that I hadn’t heard of before, is reverse tapering.
The logic behind reverse tapering is:
The lower your body fat, the less your body will prefer to use fat for fuel, and the harder it will be to lose additional body fat.
To overcomes this dilemma the solution proposed is to gradually increase calories as your body fat drops until you get to a point of optimal maintenance. That’s the basic premise behind reverse tapering, but Barban goes into further detail explaining why this works.
The program provides detailed guidelines on how to design your diet to follow Reverse Tapering principles.
The nutrition program is included to provide you with the information to help you develop an understanding of what “healthy eating” actually entails.
The specifics of what you will be eating are included in the Meal Plans section.
The nutrition program is meant to work in conjunction with the nutrition calculator.
The supplementation programs recommend some products that, in my mind, are “questionable”.
If you are a beginner, I would recommend staying away from the test boosters and fat burners.
I have laid out a list of supplements that I use based on my goals.
Some of them are included in the AGR supplementation program and some aren’t.
- Whey Protein
- Fish Oil
- Whey Protein
- Fish Oil
- Omega 6
- Acetyl L-Carnitine
- Green Tea Extract
- Branched Chain Amino Acids (to preserve muscle)
There is no need to complicate your supplementation plan.
Your major focus should be on nutrition.
Supplementation can enhance your efforts and get you to where you want faster, but do not make it your primary focus.
There are a total of 9 meal plans.
Each one provides you with the guidelines of what to eat each day for the full 84 days.
Each day is divided into 6 meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and 3 snacks.
That is 504 meal ideas for each meal plan!
The guidelines are broken down into meal proportions, item proportions, and preparation suggestions.
There is also a grocery list at the end of each week with a list of all the ingredients you will need to prepare the meals as listed.
The meal plans are AWESOME for anyone looking to leave the guesswork out of the nutrition side of things.
Keeping track of macros can be a fleeting process, and it is also difficult to come up with meal ideas everyday.
With everything laid out, it makes the whole process a lot smoother.
The community aspect of the product separates AGR from other fitness programs.
The forums are fairly active with over 10,000 threads and over 44, 000 members.
As part of a community, you are in touch with a bunch of people who are on the same path as you.
The forums are a good place to keep track of your progress. Sharing your goals with others will hold you more accountable to actually following through.
Another cool aspect of the community is the Adonis Index Contest.
There are 3 contests a year with a prize of $500 each.
You submit a “before” picture and enter all your current measurements. You have 12-20 weeks to prepare for your “after” picture.
Entering a contest is a great way to get and stay motivated.
Most products you buy online offer some type of “bonuses”
With the purchase of AGR you get access to:
- The Adonis Arms and Abs Assault
- 7 days out by Kyle Leon
The Adonis Arms and Abs Assault is a 4 week program that has workouts twice a week for a total of 8 workouts.
That is 4 weeks of specialized arm and ab training, i.e. the glory muscles.
Apparently 94% of men don’t maximize their potential for these two body parts.
7 days out is an eBook intended to give the training and nutritional guidelines for the last 7 days before a photoshoot. It is designed for people who have gone through the Adonis Golden Ratio program and looking to lose that last bit of weight.
Pros vs. Cons
- Step-by-step process for both exercise and nutrition
- Different plans for different goals
- Weekly updated nutrition plan
- Active Community
- No deadlifts (apparently they increase waist size?!)
- Not enough focus on lower body
- Bad publicity and complaints about Kyle Leon (marketing mind behind this product)
- After you pay, some additional up-sells
- Exaggerated claims in the sales video
Final Rating: A
The problems I have with the program are:
- A lack of deadlifts
- Questionable supplementation program
- Generalized nutrition software
- Exaggerated claims in the sales video
My rating is based on the value of materials you get access to for the $37 price tag.
The meal plans alone provided me with a value greater than $37.
If you are not satisfied with your purchase, there is always the 60 day money back guarantee*.
*Over the years, I have refunded many products on ClickBank. It is a very straightforward process.
Adonis Golden Ratio At a Glance
Name: Adonis Golden Ratio
Price: $37 one time payment
Creators: John Barban and Kyle Leon
Overall Rank: 88/100
Guarantee: Full Reimbursement within 60 days of purchase
Long story short: If you are willing to put the work in, want to develop the ideal body proportions, and you can afford it, the Adonis Golden Ratio system is a great set of guidelines to help you achieve your goal.
I tried to be as detailed as possible with my Adonis Golden Ratio Review, but leave any questions in the comments section if you require further clarification about the product.