What is Adonis Coaching and Who is it for?

As we prepare for another exciting Adonis Transformation Contest year in 2016, I wanted to take a moment to explain how Adonis Coaching differs from Adonis Immersion.


Meet your AGR Coaching Staff!

Meet your AGR Coaching Staff!



Adonis Immersion is comparable to a “do it yourself” home project. You know it will take you a bit longer than a contractor but it will save money and you will learn the basics along the way.  The other benefit is that you have access to Adonis training programming much longer than a 12 week period along with access to all the uncensored podcasts.

Immersion is our flagship product for increasing your results.

Immersion is our flagship product for increasing your results.


Adonis coaching is comparable to hiring a contractor for your home project. You want an expert so it gets done right the first time or maybe you have a special case.  Other reasons may be that you have no background knowledge in fitness or your time is valuable so you want to cut to the chase. A coach will get your background and prescribe a nutrition and training regimen based on your needs.


How Do You Cross A Minefield? Walk Carefully Behind Your Coach!

How Do You Cross A Minefield? Walk Carefully Behind Your Coach!

All the coaches do things a little differently based on their personalities. You can request any one of the coaches and if we have space we will accommodate your request.   We all touch base with clients weekly and take client biweekly progress reports. Based on that, a coach will modify programming for the client.  Clients can email their coach at any time with questions or concerns.

You do not have to have a coach to enter our transformation contest.  Nor do you have the obligation to enter a transformation contest when working with a coach.  That is completely up to your discretion as our coaches are available year-round.

However, most clients have had the greatest success when entering a contest period as it led to increased motivation and extended accountability.


Final Thoughts

If you think Immersion might be right for you, there is more information here – Immersion

If you think coaching might be for you, there is more info here – AGR Coaching

Either way you go, you are investing in your health and priorities which is a win.

Stay tuned for the official announcement of AT-19 to begin next monday.

Click below for contest instructions as well as our 2016 contest schedule:

How to Enter an Adonis Contest

AGR 2016 Contest Schedule



No Training = No Muscle: Coaches’ Corner w/ Jason Haynes

Today’s post is our latest installment of a new series called the “Coaches Corner.”  Our Adonis Transformation Coaches will share their knowledge, experience, and best practices to help ensure your successful transformation.  To continue the series, our topic  comes from none other than Adonis Legend and AGR Pioneer, Jason Haynes.

No Training = No Muscle

No Train No Gain!

No Train No Gain!


Bodybuilding legend Vince Gironda used to advocate that bodybuilding was 80% nutrition and 20% training.

Granted, I am not a bodybuilder nor do I want to be one, but stay with me here.

This belief of “the Iron Guru” naturally leads to reason that without that 20% training you are not going to build any appreciative muscle.

Sorry, but that’s the way it is.  You can eat all the raw fertilized eggs and Rocky Mountain oysters all you want…you can mix the eggs into as much heavy whipping cream as you want (which is what Gironda advocated for muscle gaining diets), but you are still not going to gain any muscle without training.

Fact is that muscle is not going to mystically pop up on your body without putting in time and effort in the gym.

Now here is where the “nutrition only” people will want to skin me alive:  at the same time, guess what?  If you don’t watch your nutrition…if you eat like crap in more amounts than you need, but you still consistently train intensely…you’re going to gain muscle.

Now sure, chances are you’re going to get fat in the process if you don’t monitor your caloric intake…but the basic fact is that we can eat whatever we want in whatever amounts and gain muscle IF WE TRAIN CONSISTENTLY!

Conversely, if you eat 99.9999% perfectly and you don’t train, you’re STILL GOING TO BE SKINNY AND WEAK!  If your goal is to have an outstanding physique, you’re not going to even be remotely close to the physique that you desire if you’re not training consistently and with intensity.

On the contrary, I don’t care how perfect your diet is, without a properly designed training regimen that you follow consistently you will NOT…repeat:  NOT…achieve an outstanding physique.


We at Adonis Golden Ratio Systems do NOT encourage nor endorse “bulking up” (i.e. eating massive amounts of calories which only end up making one fat), but the simple fact is that fat can be dieted away.  The muscle gained stays in a caloric deficit.  Therefore, as I said, if one is training consistently but eating like crap, muscle is still gained.

However, focusing purely on nutrition without proper, consistent training will make you “healthier” (what is the exact definition of that anyway?), but will get you NO WHERE on your journey to a golden physique.  I don’t care if you eat the most healthy (whatever that means) diet of perfectly measured protein, macro-and-micronutrients, and fruits and vegetables,  but if you don’t train you’re still not going to gain one single gram of muscle whatsoever.

REMEMBER: Muscles are torn in the gym, fed in the kitchen and built in bed.

REMEMBER: Muscles are TORN in the gym, FED in the kitchen and BUILT in bed.


Look, I am all for eating healthy, clean, unprocessed, natural foods with no chemicals.  I am still on the fence about GM (genetically modified) foods, although I am definitely more on the “No Way” side of that one.  Yet, when it comes down to it, there are two parts of the equation:  training for muscle mass and nutrition/diet for losing or controlling fat gain.

Takeaway:  without worrying about nutrition, as long as you are training and challenging yourself, you’re still gaining muscle mass.  You may look like crap shirtless…fat, bloated, whatever, but you’re still building up your muscles.

(Side note: strangely enough you don’t have to eat well to lose fat.  Look at the “Convenience Store Diet”/”Twinkie Diet” experiment by Professor Mark Haub of Kansas State University as an example.)

Anyway, back on topic, about it:  how many fat, bloated guys do you see in the gym?  Now, taking “gear” (steroids) out of the equation because they just “change the rules of the game,” how many fat but strong guys with appreciative muscle mass (but with no “cuts”) do you see in the gym?  They have muscle because they train for it.  They have strength because they train for it. But they look like crap because they are paying no attention to calories in vs. calories expended.

However, if these same guys paid attention to just nutrition but didn’t go to the gym…at best they would just be skinny…or worse:  skinny-fat…or just plain old fat.

Look, people say “well nutrition is 80% of the overall bodybuilding equation.”   Yes, I’ll agree with that.  But, that is:  if you want to be a bodybuilder.    And being a bodybuilder, by basic definition, means that you “build your body,” and that is done through using weights.

(Side note again:  are you truly wanting to be a “bodybuilder?”  Do you want to be on stage all oiled up and flexing?  If not, then you might want to consider what you are doing NOW to get to your goals instead of using the methods for those who are not after the same goals as you.)

Fact is:  Take away the work out…take away exercise…you can have the most perfect dialed in diet down to the .0001% of everything being perfect and correct…and you are STILL going to look like skinny, fat,  or skinny- fat.

Build muscle at the gym.  Lose or control fat gain through nutrition.  Period.

End of story.

If you’re looking for something to help you get that golden physique, then check out the AGR systems, which has helped hundreds of men of different ages and sizes to achieve outstanding results…numerous of them jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring.

Finally, if you need some extra accountability or any extra help with your transformation, sign up for our premier coaching system.  Each of our coaches (including myself) underwent their own personal transformations and have maintained their physiques for years.  Frankly, even professional athletes have a coach to tell them what to do.  Even the best of the best professional athletes don’t need to do it for themselves, and neither do you.

As always I welcome your comments via the AGR community forum.

Train hard.  Train smart.



ADONIS ORIGINS: Jason Haynes | Circa 2009-2010

ADONIS ORIGINS: Jason Haynes | Circa 2009-2010

Jason Haynes is one of the oldest members of the AGR community and has been around since he participated in the first and second AGR Transformation Competitions, of which he placed second and first, respectively.  Having found a system that he is confident in and that works, he has faithfully stuck by it ever since.  Now in his 40’s, Jason enjoys living the life of maintaining his physique easily and with little effort, thanks to the AGR system and tools provided.  He is also a coach in the Adonis Premiere Coaching program and desires to help anyone to achieve their fitness goals.

ADONIS LEGEND: Jason Haynes: May 2014

ADONIS LEGEND: Jason Haynes: May 2014


AT10 Starts Today

The 10th Adonis Index contest starts today. You can enter your before pictures and stats starting today up until midnight this Friday, January 25th .

Previous Adonis Winners!

The previous contest winners just keep setting the bar higher and higher and our last contest was no exception.

If you’re ready, then it’s time to enter and make it happen for real.

Go to this link to a watch a quick video on how to enter and get started this week.

>>Watch How to Enter Contest<<

Are you gonna be the next guy to be featured as an Adonis Index cover model?

It’s time to go for the Gold!  The Golden Ratio, that is.


Did Adonis Save Me From Public Humiliation?

Brad Pilon half Naked

Me around my 31st birthday

Tuesday was my first time on National TV. Hopefully it won’t be my last.

It was fast and furious. My 5 minutes of fame felt like lasted it 30 seconds.

I was on a show that was notorious for absolutely destroying “fad diets”. They used all the classic techniques: having an expert panel that ignored scientific consensus, cherry picked research, and used classic vague definitions of the ‘right’ way to eat.

The two authors who went on before me were absolutely DESTROYED on live television. When they came back to the green room they were pale, sweating and visibly upset.

To use a cliché – The doctor and the dietitian on the expert panel ate these people for breakfast.

But my time in the spotlight was a little different.

Sure the expert panel was combative, but if you watch the tape you will notice something – they were definitely easy on me, much easier than the other diets. Not only that, but someone who studies human behavior might even say that their body language suggested that they actually liked me.

For the most part the show was a success. A small win for the Eat Stop Eat lifestyle. And a win that I owe a large thanks to the Adonis Index for helping to make it happen.

Don’t get me wrong; I was prepared and confident. And the fact that Eat Stop Eat is not a fad and is supported by some amazingly consistent research helped a lot. But, it was the first impressions that saved me.

Put simply, I was taken seriously, and well, they liked me.

From the moment I walked into the green room I knew that it was going to turn out all right. I don’t mean for this to sound arrogant, cocky or pretentious, but from the first moment I scanned the room, I knew I was getting the right kind of attention.

I can only imagine what would have happened if I didn’t train to improve my AI.

Would they have taken me seriously if, while in the green room, they saw 20 inch arms?


Coming from the world of sports supplements, I can tell you that even bodybuilding companies don’t take bodybuilders seriously.

Would they have believed my theories if I was 30 pounds heavier? Probably not. Even if this extra weight was mostly muscle it would not have mattered. To the untrained eye, heavy is heavy – And nobody wants diet advice from someone who is overweight.

If I had been skinny, then the argument that fasting causes muscle loss would not have gone so well for me. I would have looked like just another pencil-necked-geek-know-it-all.

The bottom line was that from the moment I walked on set, I had a good rapport with the people involved. Even after my 5 minutes of fame, I was laughing and joking with the dietitian and medical doctor back stage (as well as the women who ran the behind the scenes part of the show).

Your physical appearance sells your story. No matter how ‘unfair’ that sounds, it is the truth.