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:

Having Trouble Getting Motivated or Started On Your Fitness Routine? Here’s How To Get Going.

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The contest winners didn't have all the answers. They still don't. They took steps moving forward and kept going, and they are still moving forward today!

The contest winners didn’t have all the answers. They still don’t. They took steps moving forward and kept going, and they are still moving forward today!


Having trouble getting motivated or started on your fitness routine?

Whether you are just getting started, or getting back into your routine after a break, it’s hard to get started.

It feels overwhelming.

You can read online all day long about all the ways people did it successfully and it seems  overwhelming.  Sometimes it’s a case of fear of failure or just a case of analysis paralysis.


Some days it is a heroic act just to refuse the paralysis of fear and straighten up and step into another day.

Edward Albert


Not enough time?

Not motivated?

The goal is to just fit it in.  Do something.  Walk, pushups, chair squats.

Anything is better than nothing.  A little something is forward motion.

Does not have to be complicated.

John and Brad give you some ideas for getting started in today’s podcast.

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Crystal Clear: Interview with AT11 Winner William Heinrichs

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

Even if the path is a little blurry, keep walking.

You’ll focus in when you know what you want.

The picture of your life will become crystal clear.

Just don’t ever give up!


Today we get to learn from William Heinrichs,  who placed  6th in our last 12-Week Transformation contest.

William’s journey into the Adonis Lifestyle began in his late-thirties when he tipped the scale at 205lbs.  He felt that was a wake-up call as he didn’t have that much muscle to “show” for that amount of weight.  Sadly, his first approach was the traditional “bulk and cut” strategy.  Unfortunately for many, including William himself, his progress was showing little return on investment.  Nevertheless, William was persistent; he continued to search for a program that would help him achieve his goals.  When he finally found the AGR program, suddenly his goals became “crystal clear.”

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

But first, check out William’s  AT11 Pictures:

William Heinrichs- AT11 6th Place - Before Photos

William Heinrichs- AT11 6th Place – Before Photos


William Heinrichs- AT11 6th Place - Transformation Image

William Heinrichs- AT11 6th Place – Transformation Image


William Heinrichs- AT11 6th Place - After Photos

William Heinrichs- AT11 6th Place – After Photos



William’s Transformation Essay:

It wasn’t until my my late thirties when I finally decided to do something about my increasing waistline and lack of energy.  My first attempt left me entangled in the dreaded “bulk and cut” strategy. For someone who was skinny most of his life, weighing as much as 205 lbs without much muscle was just too shocking for me.

I tried for several more years bouncing from program to program with limited success. When I finally found AGR, I was down to almost 190 lbs. The material [AGR System] made sense to me. The podcasts inspired me. Suddenly, my goals  became crystalized! I made the investment in a small home gym, some dumbbells and I was well on my way by the time AT11 began.

For the first 6 weeks of AT11 I kept a detailed record of everything I ate and drank. I had sets/reps/weight records of every single workout. About half-way through the contest it seemed like everything was falling into place. However, I knew that I had a work rotation coming up which would take me out of the country for many weeks.

I was also worried to about losing control of the momentum I had gained. Luckily the place I was going to work at had a decent gym. Unluckily, I would face a huge, all-you-can eat, free buffet at every meal. For the next 5 weeks, I ate by “feel”, kept up with my training and nervously measured my waist every day.

It turns out I’m pretty good at losing weight because I somehow managed to come home 7 pounds lighter than when I left. At 46 years of age, I don’t think I have ever looked better in my life. But this is just a point in time and not the end. Fifty-two inch shoulders are a long way off, so I’ve got some work to do.



That’s very commendable on your part by continuing to pursue you goals despite some setbacks and hardships.  What’s even more impressive, is that you “Held the Line” for over 5 weeks being out of your normal training and nutrition environment.

Temptation seemed to be in your face with every meal but you had momentum, discipline and tenacity  to carry you successfully across the finish line of AT11.  Were happy that your fitness goals were able to finally crystallize with the proper application of the AGR system.

Congrats again on your transformation and  wish you all the best in your pursuit of becoming “Golden.”

your brother in Iron,

Allen Elliott | Adonis Golden Ratio Ambassador

AT9 Starts Today

The 9th Adonis Index contest starts today. This is the final 12-week contest of the year ending on wed Nov 21st. Prize money goes to the top 10 places and there are also cover model spots on some of our products up for grabs.

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

This is your last chance to make a big change in your body in 2012. 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<<

You can submit pictures any time this week starting today and ending friday Aug 31st at midnight.

Are you gonna be the next person to be on the cover of an Adonis Index book?






3 Weeks to go in AT8 12-Week Transformation Contest

There is only 3 weeks to go in the AT8 12 week contest. The past 9 weeks have probably felt like they flew by, and the next 3 are probably going to feel like a grind, and thats normal.

The finish line is in sight.

The finish line is now in sight, and at this point some people feel like they need to try harder to make more happen. Don’t fall for this sort of thinking. Consistency from one day to the next is the key for the contest and that doesn’t change now.

It doesn’t matter how smooth or not so smooth your path to this point has been, all you have to do is stay on plan and make these last 3 weeks your best 3 weeks.

Take some pictures right now and try to recognize things you can address in the next 3 weeks. This would include posing, posture, tanning, lighting (if you’re not booking a full on photoshoot), pumping up vs not pumping up for pictures. This can help you decide where to put some attention over the next few weeks to present your best look.

Final contest submission pictures, measurements, and essay are due by Sunday Aug 12 at midnight EST. You can submit at any time durning the week leading up to Sunday Aug 12th. Final submissions are to be done through the contest dashboard where you submitted your ‘before’ pictures and measurements.

Special not for the 20 week competition.

Those people interested in competing in the 20 week competition can submit pictures for the 12 week competition and continue on for the remaining 8 weeks. You will be eligible for placing in both competitions.

Those of you interested in submitting pictures to be a AI cover model – we will be accepting pictures throughout the year whenever you’re ready. Transformation pictures are also eligible to get a cover.

Next monday we will be back to our regularly scheduled interviews.




Today is the first day you can submit your AT8 Transformation contest pictures. The link to the contest entry form is in the top right corner of your Adonis Lifestyle Community page.

Watch this video tutorial to see how the new contest registration works:



More information about the new categories can be found here:

AT8 Contest Information

The most notable change is the addition of a new 20 week category.

You can submit your ‘before’ pictures any time this week.

The Cover Model pictures can be entered at any point during the contest. The only stipulation is that you must take a newspaper picture during the cover model photoshoot to prove the date of the photoshoot itself. It doesn’t matter how long after the photoshoot you wait to upload the pictures into the software application. As long as you take the newspaper picture at the photoshoot you’re all good.

Let’s make this the best Adonis Index contest yet!

Good luck to all