What Is Body Spartan Genesis?
Written by former WWE wrestler Tyler Reks (aka Gabe Tuft), Body Spartan Genesis is a 12-week body transformation program that promises to help you lose body fat, get shredded, and gain lean muscle mass.
Inside the Genesis program, their website tells us that everything is laid out for you, including Gabe’s workout and nutrition secrets. You’ll find:
- A full workout program, including instructional videos that show you exactly how to perform the exercises
- A nutrition plan (including recipes) written by a master sports nutritionist, which outlines all your macros and calories, as well as foods you can and cannot eat
- A supplements guide that tells you which ones actually work, and which ones don’t
The site also notes that all your Genesis workouts integrate directly with the Gym Genius iPhone app.
Whether you’re a man or a woman and regardless of your fitness level, can the Body Spartan Genesis program help you look better than ever? Or, are there other workout programs that might more closely match your needs? That’s exactly what we’ll outline in this review.
What Does the Body Spartan Genesis Program Involve?
On the Body Spartan website, a five-minute video hosted by Gabe provided a high-level overview of what you’ll find in the Genesis workout program. Here’s what we learned:
The Body Spartan Genesis Member’s Area
After paying, you’ll gain lifetime access to the member’s section, where you’ll find three PDF downloads that promise to provide everything you need to succeed:
- An e-book that contains motivational tips, an explanation of the entire nutrition plan and workout program, recipes, as well as a supplement guide. Gabe tells us this might take you 2-3 hours to read, tops.
- A nutritional worksheet, where you can write down your macros.
- All the workouts in PDF form, so you can download them or print them out.
Regarding this last point, iPhone users can also download the Gym Genius app (Android users can view the workout PDF from their phone but without app access), which will allow you to directly track your reps, sets, and your weight.
Here, Gabe tells us you’ll also find instructional videos of him and Howard Perry going through every single exercise, showing you proper form, proper execution, along with tips on how to maximize your workout, so that you achieve the most muscle growth.
Finally, the FAQ videos are where Gabe delivers everything from how to weigh your food and a sample one-day meal plan, to what the nutrition plan entails.
The Body Spartan Genesis Nutrition Plan
In his video on the Body Spartan website, Gabe informs us that Genesis’s nutrition plan is based around a ketogenic diet, where your body “will burn fat for fuel, instead of carbohydrates.”
To accomplish this, you’ll focus on eating high fat, high protein for most of the week, with zero (or very few) carbs. Then, once per week, you’ll re-feed with carbs, which will stuff your muscles with glycogen and help provide your body with the energy it needs for the remainder of the week.
While Gabe admitted that a ketogenic diet approach isn’t anything new, he noted that Body Spartan has a formula that customizes it based on your goals and your body weight.
The Body Spartan Genesis Workout Plan
Here, Gabe emphasized that Genesis is all about shredding and incinerating body fat, not bulking. While you’ll probably gain lean muscle, he noted that you probably won’t get huge like a bodybuilder, either.
Time-wise, you’ll need to spend at least one hour per day in the gym, six days per week, plus 20 minutes of cardio.
During the 12-week program, there are three workout phases, each lasting four weeks (which is why they call it tri-phase training):
- Phase 1: Strength Training – Low reps. Focused on working type 1 muscle fibers.
- Phase 2: Mass Training – Every set will fall somewhere in the 8-12 rep range. You’ll be introduced to drop sets.
- Phase 3: Endurance Training – During these last four weeks, you’ll focus on high reps (20+ per set) and high intensity, with a one-minute rest between intervals. Gabe tells us this is where you’ll experience the fine-tuning, the shredding, and the muscle striations.
For the cardio portion of the Genesis program, you’ll utilize high-intensity interval training (HIIT—CrossFit is just one example of a common HIIT-based workout) for 20 minutes every morning, with a minimum of four days per week required.
Gabe lets us know that the program includes an entire cardio schedule for beginner, intermediate, and advanced athletes.
What will you pay for all this information?
How Much Does the Body Spartan Genesis Program Cost?
Body Spartan priced their Genesis plan at $69.95 plus $5.25 sales tax, which encompasses three PDFs that can be downloaded as soon as your payment is processed.
The Genesis PDFs could also be downloaded through Amazon for $59.99 at the time of our research.
If purchased directly through Body Spartan, Genesis comes with a 90-day refund policy. However, according to the details of their guarantee:
“… you must submit a request in writing to email@example.com. In the request, you must state the specific reason you are not satisfied with the program and include your results for the first 30 days. You must include the start date of your first workout and the date you stopped following the program.”
You’ll also need to have read the entire program and watched the associated videos in the member section for the first 30 days.
Important note: The Gym Genius iOS app was available for $2.99 at the time of our research, and the company behind it didn’t seem to have any direct relationship with Body Spartan. As a result, it appeared you could feasibly use it with any workout program.
What Are Customers Saying In Their Genesis Workout Program Reviews?
Based on seven reviews on Amazon, the Genesis plan had an average 3.8-star rating. Most seemed to report effective weight loss, that the information was easy to read, and that it provides you with what you need in order to reach your goals. On the other hand, the only complaint stated that the information provided wasn’t worth the price.
We also found one Reddit thread where the author inquired about other members’ thoughts regarding the program. Overall, there wasn’t much provided, but the main concern expressed was that all the heavy lifting might be too intense for a beginner, possibly leading to burnout, or—in a worst-case scenario—injury.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that none of these responders claimed to have had used the Body Spartan Genesis program and we’re only reporting on the facts, and not insinuating that you’ll necessarily experience the same.
Who is Tyler Reks (aka Gabe Tuft)?
According to his bio on the Body Spartan website, Gabe Tuft has been lifting weights and training since he was 14 years old.
Gabe is perhaps best known for his role as Tyler Reks, a personality he embodied when wrestling with the WWE from 2008 to 2012. A few of his many signature moves included the big boot, diving crossbody, forearm club, and powerslam.
In 2014, Gabe returned to the ring in a one-off independent circuit match with Curt Hawkins, although this was his last.
In 2007, Gabe also founded a personal training center called Xclusiv Fitness, located in San Clemente, CA. Today, Gabe also works as a founding partner in Local Marketing 2.0, an Internet marketing company.
Our Final Thoughts About the Body Spartan’s Genesis Program
It’s important to point out that we didn’t download the Genesis PDFs or implement any of the information they contain. Our goal was to approach this like any other consumer—learning everything we could about the program from the Body Spartan website, cross-examine their claims using authoritative sites like Mayo Clinic and Livestrong, and check feedback on sites like Amazon and Reddit before handing over credit card details.
When it comes down to it, you probably know that after spending just a few seconds searching online, you can find perhaps hundreds of different muscle building programs that promise to deliver many of the same results as Body Spartan’s Genesis.
A quick sampling at the time of our research included:
- Ketogains Novice Strength Training Program
- Kris Gethin’s 12-Week Muscle-Building Trainer
- Lee Labrada’s 12-Week Lean Body Trainer
- The Ultimate 8-Week HIIT For Fat-Burning Program
Along with these (and other) free options, you’ll also find in-depth, ketogenic-focused guides and meal plans on popular sites like Bodybuilding.com, MuscleAndFitness.com, and MuscleAndStrength.com.
While certainly not identical, you can see that many of these programs also utilize many of the same tools as Genesis, such as high-intensity interval training (The Ultimate 8-Week HIIT For Fat-Burning Program), a ketogenic approach to diet (Ketogains Novice Strength Training Program), and strength training (Kris Gethin's 12-Week Muscle-Building Trainer) to increase muscle size and strength.
Given this, what distinguishes Body Spartan Genesis from these other programs? Why is it more deserving of your money?
After writing about dozens upon dozens of fitness and weight loss programs over the years here at HighYa and finding that key information is often lacking in many instances, we think it’s immensely useful that Gabe took the time to create a five-minute video to outline many of Genesis’s core details.
And after watching the video, it seems like Gabe is passionate about providing Genesis members with all the information they need to get lean and shredded over the course of three months, and in a simple, straightforward manner.
Gabe specifically notes that his Genesis program will take 100% dedication in order to achieve success, though, so don’t think that it will be a walk in the park.
Finally, websites like Livestrong.com indicate that the strict requirements associated with ketogenic diets can make them difficult to adhere to (such as at social functions and restaurants). You’ll also want to make sure you’re limiting saturated fat intake.
Mayo Clinic also references potential side effects of low carb diets like headache, bad breath, weakness, fatigue, and constipation and diarrhea.
Having said this, with your full commitment to and closely following the workout and nutrition plan, we don’t see why the well-rounded information found in Body Spartan Genesis wouldn’t help you reach your goals.
And if it doesn’t, the company seems to stand behind it with a 90-day refund policy, so you might not be out much more than your time for giving it a try.
5 out 7 people found this review helpful
I signed up for a trial, had zero communication from Body Spartan, then noticed charges on my credit card. I've contacted Body Spartan several times, but no one knows how to answer the phone. I've left messages but received no return calls. Scam! I canceled my credit card to stop the charges. A 1-star rating is entirely too much. Buyer beware!
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
1 out 1 people found this review helpful
One the best workout programs I've used
I started this last year and am currently on my 3rd or 4th go around with this. I believe because of the three phases that this program provides that it does not go stagnant. I've seen tremendous results quicker than I have with other workouts. It is easy to follow as well. I was skeptical but tried it anyway, and it has worked for me.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
3 out 4 people found this review helpful
Body Spartan is Good
The funny thing is the workouts themselves are not groundbreaking, but the amount of reps and combinations are more unique and thought out compared to the free programs I have used in the past.
And honestly, it's working really well. I am starting to see the muscle building promised in the program. I say it took about three weeks for that to start as you're just trying to get used to the program.
As far as the nutrition guidelines, the program comes with a very detailed breakdown of caloric intake, foods to avoid and maximize, meal plans and an awesome section about supplements and what he has used down to almost the dosage.
What gave it more credence was his immediate dismissal of steroids. Overall as I am on the sixth week, I love and my friends and family have all started noticing the difference. I would recommend it to anyone.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend