“State of the Adonis Union” Inaugural Address by Allen Elliott

“The State of The Adonis Union is getting stronger.  And we’ve come too far to turn back to the couch.” – Allen Elliott, Adonis Lifestyle Ambassador

My Adonis Lifestyle Journey began when I made the Watch List in Contest AT3. I received tremendous support from members of the AI/VI community to pursue my fitness endeavors. After winning the AT7 Open Level 2 Contest Category I'm inspired to support and motivate others to begin their own Adonis Lifestyle Journey.

Hello, my name is Allen Elliott and I’d like to share my “Adonis Lifestyle” Story with you. While stumbling upon the Adonis Index website over three years ago, I could’ve never imagined the incredible amount of success and personal satisfaction this system has provided for myself and my fitness endeavors. As an ex-athlete, I’d hear the horror stories’ of guys who started off in great shape only to be de-railed later in life & never recovering.  Now that training for performance was no longer a goal or requirement, I was desperately looking for direction.  I found the Adonis Index Systems  to be straightforward and applicable to anyone desiring to improve their overall “Look” as opposed to specific performance training.

After completing the First Week of Workouts, I took the plunge and never looked back.  Training exclusively with Adonis Index Systems, I have competed and placed with top honors in Natural Bodybuilding/ Men’s Physique Fitness Competitions, graced the runway in several prominent fashion shows, and have published work as a fitness model. Following the Adonis Lifestyle has given me unstoppable confidence to pursue my fitness goals with a relentless tenacity.

Allen Elliott | Fitness Model Comp Card || Credits: N3K Photo Studios | Bertron Anderson Photography | Michael Martin Photography

When John contacted me and asked if I would like to become a guest blogger on the site, I was deeply honored and graciously accepted his offer. My Goal while giving back to the Adonis Index Community is to: Supply, Train, and Build.

Supply–As a guest blogger, I will post helpful tips for contest preparation, provide insight on making the transition from an AI Contest to a “Live Show”, and share updates from my Journey in the World of Fitness Modeling.

Train–I’ll also be active in the AI forums to chat with members about training styles, body-part specialization within the AI system, and any other topics that may arise that I can help with.

Build–Preparing for the road ahead, John and myself are masterminding to bring you the next Adonis Index workout.  This advanced workout will show you how I prepare for Fitness Competitions and Model Photo-Shoots, Adonis Index Style.

As we carry forward the plans and programs to better help you achieve your fitness goals I’d like to remind you to enjoy your fitness journey, the results are worth the effort. Stay Tuned! The best is yet to come.

Allen Elliott

Health, Fitness, BMI, and AI…Are They Connected?

Health and Fitness are poorly defined terms and can only really make sense when you apply your own personal definition. With that said there are general definitions that most people will accept as having at least something to do with both health and fitness.

Health seems to have something to do with reducing risk of premature death and disease, namely having favorable blood markers for disease such as total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, HDL/LDL ratio, Triglycerides, glucose, insulin, blood pressure and heart rate.

Beyond that, reduced stress and how you feel in general are probably the most important indicators of health.

Fitness on the other hand seems to refer to movement and capacity to be active.

So far there isn’t one measurement that indicates health AND fitness, until now.

I think the Adonis Index ratio might the one measurement that indicates both health and fitness.

In recent years height to waist ratio has gained favor over BMI as a better indicator of health and disease risk for lifestyle disorders such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes.

But height to waist ratio doesn’t say much about fitness. I think the addition of the shoulder measurement and thus the Adonis Index ratio is a more complete measurement of both health and fitness.

Having and healthy and fit body is synonymous with having a body that other people will admire.

In todays podcast we discuss:

1. What health means and how we measure it

2. What fitness means and how we measure it

3. What the look of a healthy body is

4. BMI vs Height to Waist Ratio vs Adonis Index Ratio as markers of health and fitness

5. A personal health perspective vs a global health perspective

6. What to do when you’ve made a big time change in your health and fitness


p.s. Here is the awesome thread in the forum that we talk about in the podcast (there are multiple pages, click through to the 2nd or 3rd page for the cool before and after’s).

p.p.s. (Brad edit) Something’s up with the comments, I’ll get them fixed today hopefully)

Your Definition of Healthy

The word “health” doesn’t mean anything until you give it a definition. Your definition has to suit you and fit into your lifestyle.

The diet, fitness and food industry try to sell their wares using ‘health’ as a claim. And if you don’t have your working definition in place you could end up wasting a lot of time money and effort working towards someone else’s definition of ‘health’.

Your workout and eating habits will only make sense once you’ve developed your own working definition of health.

In this podcast we come up with a workable definition of health that seems to simplify the whole process of exercise and diet that also incorporates genetic fitness and physical attraction and the AI and VI ratios.


Diet, Workout, Health? What Defines You?

There are many ways you can be defined, some of them you can’t control like your height, age, race, where you were born. But there are many other things that you CAN control, like your career, education, how you conduct yourself in your relationships and your body shape.

When it comes to influencing the look of your body things like your workout and your eating pattern are simply tools and not a definition of who you are, but the health diet/fitness industry try to convince you to define yourself in these terms.

With a closer look you will realize that terms like “health” “nutrition” and “fitness” have no meaning without the specific meaning you give to them. Each one is a personal definition that you alone should make.

In this podcast we’ll discuss:

1. The definition of Health

2. The definition of Fitness

3. What defines you

4. How the ‘health and fitness’ industry uses ambiguity to sell you things you don’t understand

As long as you allow someone else to define each of these terms for you, you’ll always be susceptible to another new diet or fitness marketing fad.

Define yourself.


The Simplicity Of Fat Loss

Are you wasting your time thinking about losing weight?

Of all the things in your life that you could be spending mental energy on, burning fat should not be one of them.

Your family, your friends, self improvement, relaxing, avoiding stress, making money, meeting women, how badly you got beat by some punk kid while playing Madden ’09 on-line…all of these things deserve more of your time than fat loss.

Here’s a straight-up cold, hard fact –

Since the day you were born, your body has known EXACTLY how to burn body fat.

Unless you have some ultra-rare metabolic disease, your body is already AMAZING at burning body fat…you just have to give it the opportunity.

It does not matter how many books on fat loss you read, how many articles you review or how may experts you question, this will not change how well your body burns fat.

If you give it the opportunity, it will do exactly what it is built to do.

So do yourself a favor, eat a little less than you need to, then step back and watch your body do its job.

You have better things to do with your time, than to read about how to do things you are already an expert at doing.

Fat loss can be incredibly simple, if you let it be.