AGR Body Program (which stands for Adonis Golden Ratio) is a fat burn/muscle gain body system that they claim is for helping regular guys get ripped naturally. AGR touts its program runs 3 different fat burning strategies exclusively for men, without using any powders, pills, or potions. They insist if you sign up for their program today, you will begin to feel a difference tonight…

Who is John Barban?

John Barban claims to be an international best selling weight loss author and body transformation specialist whose “Perfect Body Formula” was featured in Men’s Health magazine. 

However, when we looked up the article (published in 2008) Mr. Barban is listed as the editor not the writer, which includes a link to the Lose Your Spare Tire Program, a 12-week diet and exercise plan written by Adam Campbell and BJ Gaddour, the Editor and Fitness Director of Men’s Health, respectively. 

Mr. Barban is also associated with the Venus Factor, a female version of this diet/exercise plan. Other than that, we could find no information about John Barban, save what is said on the dozens of fake affiliate sites that clog the search engine results preventing unbiased info and reviews from raising to the top.

What is the Adonis Golden Ratio?

The Adonis Golden Ratio (called AGR) is based on a concept mentioned in that Men’s Fitness article about the golden ratio – a dividend of 2 measurements that is approximately 1.618 – that is often seen in nature as well as architecture and works of art like Michelangelo’s David and da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.

The golden ratio in the Parthenon
The golden ratio in the Parthenon

According to AGR (and the Men’s Fitness article) an Archives of Sexual Behavior study showed that women find men with shoulders 1.6 times the size of their waist to be the most attractive. 

This kernel of a concept is used as the basis for the Adonis Golden Ratio Body plan – to shrink your waist and bulk up your shoulders and muscles just the perfect amount (the article says “think Muscle Beach 1940 not WrestleMania 2008).”

Man flexing his bicep
​The “perfect” ratio?

What’s the secret behind AGR?

We’ll cut to the chase so you don’t have to sit through the long video presentation on the AGR website: the main culprit behind men losing their mojo and gaining belly fat as they grow older is low testosterone. 

AGR claims to offer you a “shape specific nutrition plan” that will give you the perfect diet plan to help you burn fat in specific areas, as well as an exercise program to build muscle. They state unlike 80% of other diets in the market, this is tailored specifically for men. 

About Low Testosterone

Testosterone, as you may or may not know, is responsible for the sexual characteristics of both men and women, although men produce far more of it; it is considered by many to be the most important male hormone.   

In the last few years, there have been alarm bells ringing that testosterone levels in men are at their lowest level in history (indeed AGR mentions this fact). And while there is general concern about what is causing this, according to a long article in Men’s Fitness, there is more to aging than just testosterone. 

Here’s what we do know: men naturally lose about 1% of their testosterone level per year after age 30. However, there is a lot of controversy as to what level is too low (we have several different types of testosterone in the body and if they were all combined together, it would fill the bottom of a shot glass).

Can diet and exercise raise testosterone?

Yes and no. According to WebMD, short bursts of exercise can temporarily raise testosterone levels, but you need to make a regular habit of exercising to have any lasting effect. Similarly, vitamin D, zinc, vitamin C, and magnesium have been linked to raising testosterone levels, but its overall effect is still not clearly understood.

Conclusion: Diet and exercise is always the key to optimal health. While testosterone levels may be linked to our energy levels, there are still many unknowns about what happens when we raise them too much. Factors we can directly affect that contribute to our lack of mojo are obesity, stress, poor diet, and lack of sleep.

How much does AGR Body Program cost to try?

AGR offers their program for $37 through ClickBank and includes a 60-day money back guarantee. 

AGR Body is said to include a Nutrition Program and a Training Program with 78 video lessons, 3 different programs (Muscle Gain, Fat Burn, or combo Fat Burn/Muscle Gain) as well as a Nutrition Guide, Supplement Guide (supplements sold separately), Nutrition Calculator, and forums to connect with others.

In spite of the fact that the photo on the website appears to show books and DVDs, the AGR Body program is an online-only service.

AGR Body Program Refund Information

AGR Body Customer Service: (844) 236-6474 (voicemail).

ClickBank Customer Service: (800) 390-6035.

ClickBank processes the transactions for AGR Body and they say they may offer returns or refunds in certain situations, but advise customers to try contacting the merchant (AGR Body in this case) directly.

Bottom Line: is AGR Body Program a scam?

AGR Body Program appears to be a fitness program with at least some research to back up their claims and are abiding by the law in terms of disclosures. Since you may have missed these in your excitement about purchasing AGR Body, we present an excerpt below:

“Individual Results may vary, and testimonials are not claimed to represent typical results… Every guy has unique experiences, exercise habits, eating habits, and applies the information in a different way…The truth: most people never do anything with the products they buy, so most of the time, their typical results are zero. The biggest factor is your ability to follow through…” 

But what we don’t know about AGR Body is what makes it worth $37 and it’s been difficult to find any reliable unbiased reviews. Indeed, many people on the Bodybuilding Forum have remarked that AGR appeared to offer nothing special that couldn’t be found elsewhere for free, and that trolls (shills for AGR Body) constantly praise the program in exchange for a commission.

We did find a comment from a reviewer on a phony news report page claiming to be CNN about the Venus Program that stated:

“I purchased the Venus factor via a special offer and it's the last time I'll ever believe a site like this. The company bombards you with emails from every source, to read the interesting facts they present to you in an email, click on the link and you have to again add your email address, I've got emails from every source telling me interesting facts but not really telling me anything. 

It's a no brainer that you have to eat well and exercise, I was expecting more than just receiving everything online, which doesn't work for me.  I tried to email several times however no reply, will just cut my losses and learn from my mistake.” 

Therefore, we suggest learning from this commenter’s mistake and avoid AGR Body.

Let us know your experience with AGR Body below!