In recent years, Kinobody has gained popularity in the fitness industry with its suite of Hollywood physique-based programs including the Greek God Program.
I decided to review this program and let you know whether it’s truly effective for a novice.
Also, I have a little bit of an origin story regarding Greg O’ Gallagher and his muscle building site that a lot of people probably don’t know.
Did you know that Greg and myself used to be part of an exclusive mastermind group focused on creating authority fitness websites?
Keep reading if you want the whole story.
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What You’re about to Learn
- How the creator of Kinobody, Greg O’ Gallagher, became such a marketing wizard in the fitness industry
- What other authoritative fitness blogs were created from the same mold as Kinobody
- What exactly you get in the Greek God Program when you put your money down
- Whether this program is actually worth your money
- The things I really like about the Greek God Program (and what actually works)
- The things I DON’T like about this program
- My final recommendation to you
Part 1 – What You Probably Don’t Know About Kinobody (But I Do)
So, a lot of what is said about Kinobody and Greg O’ Gallagher stems from this amazement of how it seems he became an overnight success.
Well, I actually witnessed his rise to stardom considering I discovered his site and his brand in the very beginning when it was just being developed.
Since there’s so much controversy about his credentials and his origins, let me open up the book and reveal a little bit about he got started.
Have You Heard of Fitness Black Book by Rusty Moore?
Once upon a time, there was a guy named Rusty Moore who had a very popular fitness website called Fitness Black Book.
If you go there now, you’ll see that he’s migrated over to a new site called Visual Impact Fitness.
When Fitness Black Book was in its prime, Rusty had astronomical traffic numbers coming to his site and a very active audience. I don’t know what the frequency is now.
Rusty Moore Offered the Visual Impact Series of Products
Typically, fitness bloggers and personal trainers get to a point where they develop their own products and Moore was no different.
He eventually developed a suite of programs that he called the Visual Impact series.
These programs included:
He Also Recruited Us (His Customers) to Be Advanced Affiliates
I bought the Visual Impact Muscle Building program and long story, short… it didn’t really work for me.
I found out later that I wasn’t receptive enough to the training protocol and my progress was more sensitive to changes in my diet which wasn’t covered very thoroughly in the program.
However, I was so naive at the time, I wasn’t experienced enough to know that my progress wasn’t very good and that this program wasn’t effective for me.
Part of Rusty’s business model (a very common and effective one) is to recruit customers as super affiliates that would turn around and promote his products for him at a commission rate.
So for all of us that believed in him and his program, we saw this as an opportunity to create a stable side income. Pretty cool huh?
This business model by Rusty actually STARTED these reputable fitness sites that you may or may not have heard of:
This site was all about blunt and funny advice that poked fun at ridiculous gimmicks in the industry. This site was started by Clint Nielsen and has since changed to Reveal the Steel and now offers a premium training and diet program.
It’s actually quite amazing the magnitude that this site grew.
The founder, Kris Gunnars, started the site as KrisKris.com, but later realized that it was kind of corny and transitioned into the powerhouse, Authority Nutrition.
EVERYTHING on this site is based on research so you know it’s good stuff.
This site is more of a superhero-physique source and is run by Keith Lai. He has a very blunt and no-bullshit personality so don’t expect to be coddled if you comment on his posts.
Since the creation of his site, he’s also come out with a premium training and diet course called Superhero Shredding 2.0.
Fitness Black and White
I really like the concept of this site considering everything is in black and white and the founder, Kevin makes really good points about training and diet that builds credibility.
Bloom to Fit
You can find good kettlebell and jump rope challenges here. This site, run by a cool dude named Srdjan, promotes a more “enjoy life while you’re getting fit” approach.
He also puts less emphasis on going to a traditional gym to get a good workout. Just check out his Jump Rope Shred Challenge for yourself.
Ah, here we are; Kinobody by Greg O’ Gallagher. This is where his journey really began.
…and he followed closely in the footsteps of Rusty Moore promoting the idea to focus less on training legs and that basing your site on a sleek Hollywood physique would really bring in the subscribers.
Either way, look at the frickin’ empire he has now.
Tricking Your Metabolism
There’s no link for this one. Do you know why? It’s because it was MY old site and I just let it die.
See, I couldn’t have known all this stuff unless I was part of the affiliate group… and I was.
But, I didn’t have the ambition to keep creating content consistently like everyone else, so eventually my site just fell apart and collected dust. Then, I just took it down because I was taking a hit on the hosting fees.
Now… Noob Gains is my honest attempt at trying it all again. I promised myself that I wouldn’t quit, no matter what.
I’m counting on you to hold me accountable.
So, Does this Make Greg a Scammer, a Slimy Salesman, or a Cheat?
No, what this DOES make him is an excellent online marketer. That’s what the bulk of the skills we learned from Rusty Moore were.
Greg has honed his marketing skills over years and knows how to create automated systems that allow him to collect the desires of his target audience and point them directly to the information that they need to make progress.
I don’t understand why everyone gives him so much shit for that and this is a completely separate point from whether or not Greg’s programs are effective.
Speaking of his program, let’s get on with the review.
Part 2 – Greek God Program Review
At the time of writing this review, there is currently no affiliate program for Kinobody. Use that information however you please. Either way, I’m giving you my honest opinion of the program.
OK, so before I go any further, I need to clear up any bias that might come from my review before you continue reading.
First of all, I own more than one Kinobody workout.
Does this mean that I agree with everything that he says? No.
To be honest, even when I was following his programs years ago, I was still adding my own tweaks and adjustments because there were things I didn’t agree with.
That being said, I’m going to do my best to look past my bias and analyze this program very objectively and lay it out so you know exactly what you’re getting into.
Your Program Foundations
These are the core components of the Greek God program.
Base Everything on Heavy Compound Exercises
Bench press, overhead press, weighted chin-ups, and sumo deadlifts are recommended.
Heavy compounds in a power rack are exactly what you want to use when you begin your strength training journey so it’s a good recommendation.
Say Hello to Reverse Pyramid Training (RPT)
This is essentially doing a very heavy working set first and then increasing volume while lowering the resistance on each following set.
This has become popular in recent years and Greg promotes this method in just about all of his training philosophies.
Use Micro-Loading for Long-Term Progress
The program puts emphasis on adding very small weight increments from one session to the next which I’m very much on board with.
Adding micro plates of only 2.5 lbs instead of 5 lbs lengthens the program’s effective so you don’t have to worry about transitioning into other programs too soon.
Train Three Days Per Week
Training only three days a week is very common for a beginner program too. I talked about this in my Starting Strength review so this shouldn’t be anything ground-breaking.
Alternate Between A and B Workouts
There are two specific workouts (A & B) that you alternate between sessions.
Here’s an example.
|Week 1||Week 2|
This option makes the program more desirable knowing there’s a subtle level of customization to achieve a specific look.
These are the specialization options in the program:
Minimum Effort Growth Acceleration (MEGA Training)
This is essentially adding more volume with less weight at the end of your workout in order to create a visual pump.
It’s a common bodybuilding technique that adds fatigue to the muscles to increase hypertrophy.
Calorie Cycling (Carb Cycling)
I do this in my own diet and this is what Greg recommended as well. Eat more on days that you train and less on days that you don’t.
It’s an interesting setup that allows you to minimize fat gain and create a perpetual reward system that motivates you to continue training.
“What? Gallagher recommends intermittent fasting?”
… said no one ever.
OK, this is a very bad joke, BUT if you’ve watched almost ANY video by Greg, at some point, (it may be right in the title) he mentions the benefits of intermittent fasting.
This is one of the fitness tools he pushes the hardest on a consistent basis.
What Do You Get Inside the Greek God Program?
You Get a 70-Page Ebook + Roadmap
The main Greek God Kinobody PDF that explains the workout is very detailed to the point that you really shouldn’t have any questions if you read the entire thing.
It’s laid out very simply and he uses common language with simple concepts so as not to confuse anybody.
This is a little bit of a departure from Starting Strength where there’s a LOT of technical language used, but that really depends on how you want to approach fitness.
The road map is a set of steps you should follow in executing all variations of the program for the best progression.
It’s also a really good additional marketing tool because it’s a lead-in into his intermediate/advanced program Superhero Bulking.
So, when you’re done becoming a Greek god, you can use your powers to fight crime. *rimshot*
There Are Bonus Materials to Help Your Progress
There’s another set of guides and audio clips that he includes that act as very detailed FAQ materials that build on the main ebook.
Personally, I think they’re definitely worth something considering he probably gets a ton of questions on his programs on a daily basis and he needs SOME way to address as many concerns as he can.
He Explains Both A & B Workouts in Video Form
These are something new that I didn’t expect to be with the package, but they’re actually pretty decent videos to be honest.
He simply goes through each of the main exercises and gives a quick tutorial on how to properly perform each. Kudos to him for doing that.
Kinobody Gear Section
When I clicked this link, it actually went to a blank page and then the whole site stopped working lol.
So, if Greg is reading this, check out this section. As a software engineer this broken link bugs the hell out of me.
You Get Access to the Private Members Forum
He has a private forum that’s FULL of people asking and answering questions.
Now, I’m not a huge fan of forums because it usually turns into a free for all and a lot of people that really have no business sharing their input start trying to yell over each other.
Regardless, the forum is there. It appears to be very active and there are a lot of questions being asked and answered on a daily basis.
What I Like About this Program
Now that I’ve introduced you to everything in the program, let me give you my opinion on the high points.
1. It’s All Inclusive
I really didn’t expect there to be so much included with the program considering the ebook, bonus materials, videos, and the forum access.
Because of all that, it really feels like you’re getting your money’s worth and then some. That makes me feel good and it should make you feel good too.
2. The Program is Very Detailed
Gallagher does a good job of trying to address every nuance and variation of what he offers in the training and diet sections of the program.
It’s a difficult challenge, but I think there’s enough there that almost all points (or 95%) are covered so you’re never left feeling confused or abandoned at any point.
3. There Are a Lot of FAQ Guides to Help with Questions
The bonus materials are nice for a beginner. One of them is actually a previously recorded live Q&A session where he answered questions submitted.
Some of those questions you can tell are VERY beginner-oriented, but hey, he answered them and he probably made some guy very happy.
4. The Program Works (I Used it At One Point)
So, this is where some of my bias comes in. I’ve used a variation of both the Greek God workout and the Warrior Shredding program at some point in my lifting career.
Both of them actually did what Kinobody claimed they would which is allowed me to gain strength while losing body fat.
The Greek God program was slower because the only “fat loss” option is to go on a recomposition diet, but the option is still there.
What I Don’t Like about This Program
1. Lack of Direct Lower Back Development
The heavy compound lifts that Greg chooses to support this program do not include barbell squats or traditional deadlifts.
I’m not sure he says it in the program itself, but I’ve read elsewhere that he avoids traditional deadlifts and squats because of the excessive leg mass they build.
Well, I don’t completely agree with that because excessive leg mass is on a case by case basis. He knows as well as I do that when you’re in the fitness business, everyone’s progress is a slave to their genetics.
One guy might build colossal legs from only a few squat sessions while another may still have twigs for years.
Plus, the majority of bodybuilders who boast strong emphasis on their legs that Greg tries to stray away from are on some form of steroid anyway so using their physiques as examples is irrelevant.
That being said, traditional deadlifts and squats are very good at building your lower back and through the exercise selection he suggest, the lower back is being neglected.
It’s a gamble whether that’s going to bite you in the ass some day, but there’s also an argument to be said that additional abdominal work is also very good for your lower back too.
So, what I’m saying is, “It may not be a deal breaker, but I don’t like it.”
2. I’m Hesitant to Suggest Reverse Pyramid Training for Complete Noobs
I WILL say that RPT is an effective way to train, but I don’t think it’s a beginner training protocol.
From my own experience, working and discussing compound movements and weight lifting with guys who are completely new…
…they have have a very difficult time understanding concepts like “one rep before failure,” “maximum effort,” and “form breakdown.”
I mean, hell, there are so many videos making fun of guys who are lifting too much weight simply because they’re not experienced enough to realize their form is atrocious and what they’re doing is going to lead to massive injury.
Now, while I don’t explicitly say that novices can’t handle this type of training protocol, I will say that instructing someone to output maximum effort on their first working set when they may have never performed a compound exercise before could exacerbate the issue.
However, my assumption that the Greek God program is targeting complete beginners might be wrong.
On Gallagher’s sales page, the copy is asking the reader questions in a way that suggest they’ve worked out before and have made a number of common muscle building mistakes in the past.
Now, if that’s true for the reader, then they’re not a fresh, green, “never-touched-a-weight-before” novice and my point sort of doesn’t apply anymore.
My point is… if you’re going to try this program, you can’t give a half-assed effort and expect to become epic.
You really have to listen to your body, pay attention to your form, and truly put out a max effort right from the get-go.
If you’ve never touched a barbell before, I might still recommend something like Starting Strength for a couple months before attempting a program like this.
3. I’m Not Big on Excessive Specialization Options for Novices
I think one misleading this about novices in weight training is they should pick a program and tweak it to meet their goals.
Yes, this all sounds well and good, but in reality… a novice needs to work on everything.
Everything is weak. Everything is small. Everything needs more attention.
Yes, if you want to focus on one body part, I think it’s perfectly fine to ADD one or two exercises that target that specific part and perform them after your normal training.
For example, if I wanted bigger biceps, I’d just add curls and some other thing at the end of each workout.
I wouldn’t necessarily swap out my seated shoulder press for more chin-ups though.
Here’s My Final Recommendation for You
Like I’ve mentioned already, I’m biased about this program because I’ve actually used it in the past and it worked very well.
Granted, I had already tried different programs in the past and eventually tailored it (outside of Greg’s recommendations) to meet my personal strength goals.
I’m confident that you can probably make some really great progress on it and actually see visual changes in your body in only a few months.
However, you really do have to be conscious of how hard you’re pushing yourself on those first heavy sets and don’t let your form break down just so you can add 2.5 lbs to the bar for next session.
So, there you go. If you’re interested, check out the Greek God Program by Kinobody.
To your gains noob,