The “Cut” Mentality: Interview with AT-12 Winner Joseph Riggs

Here’s your new interview with one of the winners from the 12th Adonis Golden Ratio Transformation Contest.

Today John talks to Joseph Riggs who placed 10th in our last contest.

Joseph tell us in his interview how he pulled no punches when it came to “cutting fat.”  Making some serious lifestyle changes he was determined to improve himself.   Joseph stumbled upon AGR when he found our “Podcast Content.”

At first, he was a little skeptical but the information shared during the podcast kept him “open-minded”  and curious enough to learn more.

As his journey continued, one of the biggest challenges he faced was abandoning the “Cut Mentality” and applying the rules of (RTD) by increasing his calorie content  for “Muscle-Building.”

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

But first, check out Joseph’s  AT12 Pictures:

Joseph Riggs- AT12 10th Place - Front Before/After Photos

Joseph Riggs- AT12 10th Place – Front Before/After Photos

Joseph Riggs- AT12 10th Place - Side Before/After Photos

Joseph Riggs- AT12 10th Place – Side Before/After Photos


Joseph Riggs- AT12 10th Place - Back Before/After Photos

Joseph Riggs- AT12 10th Place – Back Before/After Photos

Joseph’s Transformation Essay:

I never really lifted weights nor ever had a desire to, just to be honest. I was happy where I was in life. I struggled with blood pressure problems, and other medical issues as well.

But never really equated the problems that I was having with my weight. I am 6’3″ and I weighed 235lbs! Looking back at old pictures of myself, I see a difference from then to now but I can remember that I never thought of myself as being, “overweight”.1

Thankfully, my wife came up with the idea of wanting  to eat “better.” I thought to myself…”So tell me, what exactly is better?” Better in my mind was doing a complete 180 from where I was at in my life. I am one of those people that when I set my mind to something I am going to give it my all.

Not only did I start trying to put my diet in check but I also started running! At first I hated it. I couldn’t get very far but I had my mind made up and I kept it up. The first 35lbs came off relatively easy and quickly!

I was able to lose the weight in about 2 and a half to 3 months! When I got to the 200 pound mark, I stalled out. It didn’t matter how much running I was doing the weight just wasn’t coming off the way it had been. I decided to start working out the last part of 2012.

I did my own thing and the only thing I got out of it was an injury. In February 2013 I bought the Adonis Golden Ratio (AGR) Program. I dove right in and never looked back.

I shadowed AT11 and I thought, what did I have to lose? So I entered AT12 and the results speak for themselves!! AGR is a lifestyle that I have embraced and will always hold on too!

Editor’s Note:

Hey Joseph,

As I listened to your podcast and read your essay, I’m reminded of a quote, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”   Thanks to your wife, who I believe positively challenged you to want to eat better. Which ultimately led you to take it to the next level and improve your overall physique. Very cool your wife is also on board with Venus as well!  It was also very refreshing to hear your feedback on how much the testimonials and experience of other former contestants became your motivation & support system. We look forward to seeing your next round of photos along your Adonis Lifestyle journey!

your brother in Iron,

Allen Elliott | Adonis Golden Ratio Ambassador

Joseph’s Transformation Interview:

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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.

Last but not least, as an Adonis/Venus Index Transformation Coach, he works to provide guided solutions for people who sincerely strive to meet their fitness goals.

Being a fitness model and competitor gives him a lot of valuable insights that nobody else talks about. Among other things, he will teach you how to prepare for a live show or a fitness photoshoot yourself.

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