The Golden One: Interview with AT11 Winner Daniel Carbonel

Here’s your new interview with one of the winners from the 11th Adonis Golden Ratio Transformation Contest.

Today John talks to Daniel Carbonel,  who placed  7th in our last 12-Week Transformation contest.

During the interview, Daniel admits that the AGR program was the first workout program he’d ever followed till the end.  What surprised him the most how although it was less restrictive, in terms of nutrition and meal timing, he was able to see results almost immediately!  Also in the interview, Daniel describes his transformation experience by comparing it to the popular movie, “The Matrix.”

In this analogy he felt as if he was “Neo”, being shown “The Way” and he felt John Barban was “Morpheus.”  Nevertheless Daniel drew on this “movie analogy” inspiration during the AT11 Contest and his results proved to be quite note-worthy.  If  Neo is considered to be “The One” then Daniel is “The Golden One.”

Scroll down to read more of Daniel’s aka “The Golden One’s”  transformation journey in his own words.

But first, check out Daniel’s  AT11 Pictures:

Daniel Carbonel -  AT11 7th Place - Before Photos

Daniel Carbonel – AT11 7th Place – Before Photos


Daniel Carbonel- AT11 7th Place - Transformation Image

“The Golden One”
Daniel Carbonel- AT11 7th Place – Transformation Image
If Neo is considered to be “The One” then Daniel is “The Golden One.”


Daniel Carbonel- AT11 7th Place - After Photos

“The Golden One”
Daniel Carbonel- AT11 7th Place – After Photos



Daniel’s Transformation Essay:

My name is Daniel Carbonel, I’m  34 and  during the contest period of AT11 I felt as if I was in “cruise control.” The peace of mind of the Adonis Golden Ratio system truly relaxed me and gave me comfort I was following a sound plan.  I first began using the AGR  program in January 2013.  To my surprise, I saw notable changes the very first week!  I remember my wife  saying to me, “ I’ve never seen your arms look like that.” I’ve worked out on and off for the last 13 years, but never for a period longer than three months. Now I feel like I’m unstoppable. This is a new way of life for me.  I follow the “Adonis Lifestyle, The Reverse Taper Diet and Eat Stop Eat.”

AT11 contest was an incredible motivator to push myself to the max. More than I ever have before. At the same time, it proved to be such a simple yet life altering change.
Having access to The Adonis Community and listening to the awesome podcasts were phenomenal tools and resources to be able to tap into.

I’ve learned that I don’t have to eat 5-6 times a day, that I don’t have to get crazy about my protein intake and that If I don’t eat in a few hours I won’t loose muscle. I also see a different person in the mirror staring back at me… A better version of myself. I’m now more confident and powerful not only in body but also mind. It is something that I definitely can get used to being. I am in the best shape of my life and I owe it all to you guys!



That’s cool you’re a fan of The Matrix, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire movie trilogy myself.  It was also interesting that in your interview you made the reference  of taking the “Red Pill” versus the “Blue Pill.”  It sounded like for you the transformation was more of a mental battle, which you had already conquered, the physical results were just waiting to catch up.

We look forward to hearing more from you in the Adonis community.

Congrats again to you Daniel aka “The Golden One” for making that mental shift into “Cruise Control” and successfully completing  the 12-week transformation path of contest AT11.

your brother in Iron,

Allen Elliott | Adonis Golden Ratio Ambassador

Daniel’s Transformation Interview:

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