Let the Music Do the Talking: Interview w/ AT-13 Winner Ibrahiym Gladney

Here’s your latest interview with 4th place winner Ibrahiym Gladney from the 13th Adonis Golden Ratio Transformation Contest.

Ibrahiym Gladney - 4th Place - Front Before/After Photos

Ibrahiym Gladney AT13- 4th Place – Front Before/After Photos

Ibrahiym Gladney AT13- 4th Place - Side Before/After Photos

Ibrahiym Gladney AT13- 4th Place – Side Before/After Photos

Ibrahiym Gladney AT13- 4th Place - Back Before/After Photos

Ibrahiym Gladney AT13- 4th Place – Back Before/After Photos


Ibrahiym’s Transformation Interview:

1- What workout or nutrition routine did you do before Adonis Golden Ratio (AGR) System? What kind of results did you get?

To be honest I followed the crowd as far as workout routines are concerned. I would go to the gym and do three sets of chest, three sets of legs, and maybe a set or two of shoulders or back followed by 45 minutes of cardio. At the time I weighted 240 and I was able to lose 15 pounds and walk around at 225. With the addition of adding squats to my routine I was able to lose another 5 pounds and drop down to 220. Unfortunately I was only able to maintain that weight for about six months before I started slowly packing on weight until I shout back to around 239-240 pounds.

Adonis Origins

Adonis Origins: Ibrahiym’s Adonis Lifestyle Transformation (Left: 240lbs | Right: 180lbs)

2- How did you find out about AGR?

I was sitting in the service area of my Hyundai dealership while checking my email and Kyle Leon recommended that I check out a short presentation and that presentation was the AGR system.

3- What was most appealing to you about AGR?

The fact the AGR focused on a leaner look and muscular symmetry while at the same time gaining strength and losing weight.

4- Were the any concepts or approaches you were skeptical about?

I was skeptical about counting my calories, the workout starting point categories, and the whole program. I had a hard time accepting what was different between bodybuilding.com and the Adonis Golden Ratio System.

5- When did you decide to jump on board full-fledge with AGR?

Lol the minute I saw the video and heard the presentation.

6- When did you first decide to enter an Adonis Transformation (AT) contest?

I believe a year or two after joining the program.  I realized that I was in the best shape of my life but I was lagging in certain muscle groups. So I decided to join the contest to see how far I could push myself physically and mentally.

7- What was your experience going through the AT contest? Challenges that came up? Things you didn’t expect?

The biggest challenge for me was building up my intensity without a workout partner. I often felt that I wasn’t improving my physique because of the non-workout partner limitation. So I often put on my head phones and turned the anger and frustration into a constant challenge and it seems as if I came out on top. I absolutely did not expect to be so tired after my workouts.  They took everything out of me. I also did not expect to see my body transforming in front of my eyes.

8- How did people react to your transformation?

Positives and negatives (if any). A lot of negative comments came my way as far as “you are getting super skinny” (normally by people who were not in shape) “don’t fade away on me”, or even from body builders in my gym calling me “weak” or to “small”. On the other end, I also received some positive comments as far as “you look great” and even some “keep up the good work”.

 9- How do you react to the “Brand New” you? Have you noticed changes in your outlook and attitude in general.

Yes everything changed for me. I started performing poetry. I went out and threw away all of my old clothing and bought new ones. I am a much healthier eater than I was before the AGR System.

Editor’s Note:

Hey Ibrahiym, Wow! What an awesome transformation you have had overall with the AGR system.  It was great to hear about your struggles as well as  your victories while working towards your “Golden Ratio.”  I understand you may have felt like the “Lone Eagle” while on your journey.  It can be tough when you don’t have a training partner.  However, it was more refreshing to learn that your listening to music during your workout channeled your motivation and enabled you to push harder than before. Ibrahiym, congrats again on amazing transformation and keep pushing to inspire others! your brother in Iron,


About Allen Elliott

Allen is the Editor-In Chief of the Adonis Index Blog, bringing you weekly articles on contest prep, transformation testimonials' and much more!

Additionally he is a published Fitness Personality, Certified Personal Trainer, and National Competitor in the NPC Men's Physique Division.

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