Summary

Overall Rating: 3/5

Plum Rating:  A yellow plum that was sitting on a table for 2 hours, sour skin, sweet flesh, just okay.

Duration I used this product: 6 months

Pros:

  • Covers a large breadth of subjects
  • Good price
  • Metric driven: you can easily track your progress and update your routine accordingly
  • Rather short: 3 workouts of an hour or less a week
  • Gets you good results.

Cons:

  • Needs a gym
  • You will need to do some googling for missing stuff
  • No cardio exercises.
  • The only leg exercise is pistol squats. While very good, I don’t think it is something many people can do at their fitness level.
  • The coaches demeanor is a bit off-putting for me. It is all about that bulk and how “girls” will like you better if this and that.

Link: https://kinobody.com

Details

What is it?

A fitness program with information on nutrition. Pretty short and comes with suggested metrics that you can use to track your progress.

Everything in Kinobody can be found online for free, but:

  • You need to know about the how and whats and dos and don’ts of the muscles.
  • There is no one you can hold legally accountable for misinformation.
  • It will take a lot of time

My experience

I kept a journal of my reps and weights as well as my body metrics. At first, I could do zero pull-ups or pistol squats. I would do negative pull-ups and for pistol squats, I would use the lat machine by grabbing onto it so it would decrease the weight on my leg a little. Worked great. By the end, I could do 5 pull-ups and one pistol squat.

As for nutrition, and I have always sucked at this, I started by not caring much about it. Then I started using BCAA and upped my protein intake, that was good, but I got really good results when I coupled it with some whey protein. Unfortunately, they started to make me feel sick so I had to stop using them. But while it lasted it had good results. I did use this app called Lose It for tracking macronutrients but again, it required too much patience which I do not have for this matter.

For cardio, I did many things, including running, T25 and the elliptical, twice a week.

The reason I stopped was that by succeeding in hard bodyweight exercises made me want to try that for a while. Moreover, I had moved and I no longer have access to a gym close by.

Results

The first chart is a progression of three of my workouts. The score is basically the product of the weights I used in pounds times the reps, summed over all the sets. There is no point in comparing the exercises against each other in figure 1. The point I am illustrating here is simply the progression of each of the workouts

Figure 1: Workouts progressions over six months

The next chart shows my weight against waist measurements.  The point here is that, in general, my weight should go up as I gain muscle mass, and my waist should go down as I lose fat. If I am losing both then I am losing muscle mass and if I am gaining both I am gaining fat. Of course, this is not always true, but generally, it is a valid premise. The numbers are normalized so we can actually see the differences, i.e the numbers on the vertical axis don’t mean much. The point here is to see how the two numbers move relative to each other.

Figure 2: Weight vs waist fluctuations

The trend is overall downwards with bouts of the ideal waist going down and weight going up but I did not do a great job of keeping it up.

Conclusion

My overall experience with Kinobody was positive. Nothing groundbreaking though.