Doctor Undergoes “A Golden Transformation” Procedure: Interview with AT-12 Winner Harold Shim

Here’s your new interview with one of the winners from the 12th Adonis Golden Ratio Transformation Contest.

Today John talks to Harold Shim who placed 4th  in our last 12-Week Transformation contest.

Harold, who is an actual  Doctor by  profession stumbled upon AGR systems after first following the principles of “intermittent fasting” from Brad Pilon’s Eat Stop Eat.  Discouraged by the temporary, unsustainable results from “Fad Diets” Harold was enjoying the success of his new dieting regiment when he realized in order to achieve his goal of becoming “lean & shredded” he would need a workout to compliment this new approach.

He openly admits at first he was skeptical, but quickly noticed the AGR systems were the only program he found where the emphasis was building a balanced body as opposed to just strength training.

Taking advice and tips from previous contest winners he decided to enter AT12 on a whim.  However, he booked a photo shoot early on to help keep him accountable.

Following in the footsteps of previous contest winners, Harold underwent a “Golden Transformation” procedure of his very own!

Scroll down to read more of  Harold’s transformation journey in his own words.

But first, check out Harold’s  AT12 Pictures:

Harold Shim - 4th Place - Front Before/After Photos

Harold Shim – AT12 4th Place – Front Before/After Photos



Harold Shim – AT 12 Transformation Image

“Just because you know how to bang nails, doesn’t mean you know how to build a house… Having found the AGR program I’ve come to recognize that this system masters the process of constructing your physique to properly transform into it’s Ideal/Golden Measurements.”

– Harold Shim, AT12 Contest Winner


Harold Shim - AT12 4th Place - Front Before/After Photos

Harold Shim – AT12 4th Place – Side Before/After Photos



Harold Shim - AT12 4th Place - Front Before/After Photos

Harold Shim – AT12 4th Place – Back Before/After Photos

The Golden Way: Gaining Muscle in a Deficit

Harold has held the banner high for the AGR approach of transformation possibilities  within a 12 week period!  Harold is our second documented contestant to have gained muscle while in a  weight loss deficit.  He Lost 14.5 pounds of fat while simultaneously gaining 9 pounds of muscle!

As verified by the DEXA Scan:

Harold Lost More Than 9% Bodyfat during his 12 week transformation!

Harold Lost More Than 9% Bodyfat during his 12 week transformation!


DEXA Scan indicating Absolute Loss Measurements!

DEXA Scan indicating  Harold’s Absolute Loss/Gain Measurements
He Lost 14.5 pounds of fat while simultaneously gaining 9 pounds of muscle.

Harold’s Transformation Essay:

Funny how many of us were “athletes” at one time in our lives and think to ourselves that changing our bodies should be something that we can easily do ourselves. After all we’ve all lifted weights and we could follow anyone of a million diets.  On the contrary, it’s no less stupid than thinking I can build a house because I know how to cut wood and bang nails!  Ummm NO!

What drew me to the AGR Systems was two-fold.  First off, I finally decided that if I didn’t try to get the body I wanted now, I likely never would and second, at age 50 I would be losing muscle mass very quickly if  I didn’t do something to slow it down. I first started by stumbling across ESE which gave me that … “duh of course stupid!” moment. From there I looked for a comprehensive weight training program and through the ESE links I found Adonis.

As recommended I did my initial Dexa Scan which put me at 17% body fat.  After following the basics of ESE and the Adonis program to the “T”, my Dexa on Nov 27,13 showed that I dropped 7kg of fat and put on 4kg of lean muscle giving me a body fat now of 8.1%

I started trying to mess with success towards the end by looking for ways to speed the last bit of fat loss.  Fortunately, I returned to the AGR principles recognizing that the last leg of the journey will take some more patience and trust.  The goals I set out for myself only 12 weeks back are unchanged and really should be unchanged.  Get in the best shape of my life, make the changes easy and most of all make it sustainable.  Thanks Guys!


Editor’s Note:


What an amazing transformation you’ve had! Better yet, your results were documented by the Dexa.  I really enjoyed listening to your interview and have a great deal of respect for you not only as a contestant, but as a Doctor in a very demanding profession.  Thank you for  your willingness to listen and apply the success principles of the contest winners who have gone before you.  Your  transformation raises the banner high for the “Golden Army.”

My biggest take-away was a phrase or quote you mentioned during your interview, “Just because you know how to bang nails, doesn’t mean you know how to build a house.”  That’s a “Golden” nugget if I ever heard one!

Look forward to hearing more updates from you along your journey with the Adonis Lifestyle. Congrats again Harold!


your brother in Iron,

Allen Elliott | Adonis Golden Ratio Ambassador


Harold’s Transformation Interview:

To listen to Harold’s transformation podcast interview click below:

“The People’s Choice” & “An Ambassador’s Request”

I will kick-off this post by asking a series questions:

  • What is choice ?
  • What is consequence?
  • Is consequence the result of choice?

These are all important questions to ponder on, especially with the latter question being rhetorical in nature. Let’s return to them later.   I struggled greatly  with choosing a title for this post because I am presenting a three-fold message. It is one-part “announcement,” one-part “confirmation,” and one-part “request.”

To bring the newer members of the Adonis Golden Ratio community up to speed, this blog post is also the latest installment in the  Golden Eye for the Adonis Guy series.  In which several topics are discussed regarding my experiences, observations and “lessons learned” from fitness/fashion shows and my association with the fitness modeling industry.

The Golden insight  I’m privileged to  share with you comes from the results of applying the “Adonis Golden Ratio”  workouts & philosophy to my personal goals/endeavors.


“The Announcement”

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been chosen as a finalist to compete in the 2013 FIT USA Fitness model
competition.  Out of the 600+ contest entries, the top 10 male and  top 10 female competitors were selected to  compete in a “Live” competition on June 8th at the Century Link Arena in Boise, Idaho.   The opportunity to compete in a “National-Level” Competition such as this was a great honor to me as I was the only Military member for the male division.

Here’s a pic announcing my selection as a FIT USA Finalist:


Top 10 Finalist: 2013 FIT USA Fitness Model Competition

ALLEN ELLIOTT | Top 10 Finalist: 2013 FIT USA Fitness Model Competition


“The Confirmation”

Having trained exclusively with the Adonis Golden Ratio system for more than three years, I’m extremely confident that AGR can serve as a road map to achieve your fitness goals and so much more.

My confirmation in this belief originates back to the very origins of my  fitness journey.

Growing up I played sports with a particular interest in wrestling. I found wrestling to be challenging both physically and mentally. A unique requirement of the sport was that of weight management; in order to compete, I had to make weight before each match. This taught me valuable life-long lessons of both discipline and accountability. 

Discipline was needed to properly prepare for a match and I learned what it meant to be accountable because my coaches’ and teammates depended on me to make the weigh-in.

Now serving as a military officer, I subscribe to the Air Force Core Values which are: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in all we do. I’m grateful for the lessons learned from wrestling and the military because I’ve been able to apply those same skill sets toward my fitness model endeavors.

The ability to view my “Physique as a Business” was first presented to me by  the AGR system.  Upon this discovery I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to compete in  Men’s Physique Fitness Competitions, graced the runway in several prominent fashion shows, and have published work as a fitness model.  This success adds further confirmation to the fact that, “The Sky is the Limit” when it comes to applying the AGR system.

Nevertheless, I’m very proud to serve as an Electrical Engineer in the Air Force and as an Ambassador to the AGR system, also known as The Golden Army.”


The Adonis Index is truly the GOLDEN Standard

AIG is the GOLDEN Standard for Commercial Fitness

“The Request”

At the beginning of the post I posed a series of questions:

  • What is choice ?
  • What is consequence?
  • Is consequence the result of choice?

I believe the answers to these questions can be answered by the quote below:

“We are free to choose our paths, but we can’t choose the consequences that come with them.” – Sean Covey

As ” The Golden Army” continues to grow by leaps and bounds I’d like to encourage the members, especially the newer one’s participating in the Adonis Transformation Contest (AT11)  to remember that consistency and effort are the little things that when done on a regular basis make for the greatest transformation in a relatively short amount of time.

But don’t just take my word for it!

I highly encourage you to listen, study, and  learn from other successful members of AGR Community.
Here are some great links to help get you started:

10 Most Useful Lessons from Our Successful Adonis Contest Winners: Part I

In conclusion, my final request is if  my “Adonis Lifestyle” story or posts have inspired you to pursue your own fitness goals,  I’d be delighted to have your vote for the People’s Choice Award of my upcoming competition 2013 FIT USA Fitness Model Competition.

To VOTE, simply visit:

Thanks in advance for your support!


Your Brother in Iron,

Allen Elliott | Adonis Golden Ratio Ambassador