I’ll admit it. I’m no longer a “spring chicken”. Yeap, I just owned up to getting older. I never thought I’ll be the kind of person to read with spectacles but here we are. Even as I type this out, I am fully donned in my goggles and its not for aesthetics. My hearing has taken a turn for the worst. Can you imagine that the volume of my telly has to be tuned to a higher decibel for me to hear whats being said? Well that’s the beauty of life I guess. We outgrow certain things and certain things outgrow us. It happens.
But what’s really irked about getting older is my physical fitness and health or lack thereof.
Not so many moons ago, I was in tip top shape. I had a decent-looking figure. However as the big 5-0 has edged closer, I’ve been forced to accept that my body is far from what it used to be. What was once a six pack is now sprouting love handles. What’s worse my jeans size has moved up three sizes.
I reached my breaking point a little over four months ago. I had just hit 220 lbs which is the heaviest I’ve ever been. Suffice it to say this was rock bottom. My half-assed attempts at calorie counting and morning walks wasn’t doing much for me. It was time to get serious so I went to the one place I was sure I would get a solution. I sleuthed around on the inter webs and came across a fitness program that seemed to be right for me.
I purchased Old School New Body and put it to use. Boy! Has there been a world of difference! Here’s my honest review.
What Is Old School New Body?
This fitness program is essentially for the “wiser folks” who have garnered a fair amount of life experience if you get my drift. It has been specifically tailored for those aged above 35. Old School New Body was created by Becky and Steve Holman with hopes of getting the aging population into shape without having to sacrifice time and safety.
Its core feature is the Focus 4 Exercise or more lovingly dubbed the F4X system. It comprises of three distinct phases each fitted with a 90 minute or less set of exercises. All the three phases focus on a particular aspect. (We will delve deeper into this in a second).
The working premise is that you begin with one phase and slowly advance on to the next. However you need not go through all the three phases. After attaining your fitness goal you may opt for the Maintain phase.
What are the three phases:
Phase 1: The Lean Phase
This is the first phase in the F4X system. It has been designed to aid in fat loss while boosting your current level of fitness. Simply put, the lean phase is supposed to whip you back in shape. I was on this level for about three months and I must say I did see noteworthy results. I’ll spill the tea on my final verdict section.
Phase 2: The Shape Phase
The second phase is meant to assist you in lean muscle building. What’s more its also geared towards loss of fat. Isn’t that cool. I’m currently on this phase and its been such an experience!
Phase 3: The Build Phase
This third phase may not be everyone cup of tea. It is particularly for those looking to bulk up. I doubt I’ll ever get to utilize this phase. Not that I have anything against it. It is just that looking like The Rock is not my personal goal.
All the above phases have a special meal plan that will help you achieve the set goal. They are also accompanied by nutrition advice as well as a specific set of workouts. I can vouch for the shape and lean phase seeing as I have a first hand account. I have also skimmed through the last phase, and what I’ve read seems to hold up.
The program has also thrown in a few more embellishments other than the eBook. I’ve reviewed them below.
Who Are The Authors?
I bet I’m not the only one who’s wary of sales pages. You can never fully depend on them to give you an accurate account of the person(s) selling the product. It is no brainier that they are going to cast them in the best light possible. For this reason, I opted to do my own research about the Holmans' and this is what I unearthed.
He has been the chief editor at Iron Man Magazine for the last 3 decades. If you’re not acutely familiar with the publication, well its basically a magazine that dabbles in all aspects of physical fitness. This alone gives him credibility to author an eBook about fitness in my books. To that end, he has over twenty fitness and nutrition books under his belt.
What of his physical shape you ask? Does he preach water and drink wine? Not at all! The man in top shape at least from the photos I’ve seen on the internet. Keep in mind some date as far back as the late 90’s. What else would you expect from a guy who’s been lifting weights from his tender teen years.
Finding information about Becky Holman was a tad difficult. Well, I’m guessing because she is not the editor in chief of a leading weight training magazine like the husband. That said, she has been in the weight training game for around two decades on and off. Her biggest accolade is perhaps when she got back to the trade after a long hiatus nurturing her kids.
You can read her full story on the Old School New Body website where she talks of the brave decision she made to get into shape late into her prime years. Just like I did. She now has a column in Iron Magazine where she writes about Healthy Living.
What Does it offer?
We’re now approaching the “meat” of the fitness program. Here’s a comprehensive list on what’s offered by Old School New Body.
The Old School New Body eBook is its best asset if you ask me. It has a detailed outline of the focus 4 exercise system and its corresponding concepts. You will ultimately get a better understanding of the three phases, the exercises, workout plans as well as meal plans. It only answers “what should I do?” but also “why should I do this?”
I can guarantee that you will get the biggest bang for your buck with this eBook. Its the one item I will say its a MUST read if you want the most out of the program. If you have to take away just one thing from this review, I strongly suggest this eBook be it.
The guide is an easy read that has been nicely illustrated. All the different phases have been made easy to follow even for the first timers. The exercises that require precise instructions have been given their due respect which is a game changer.
The F4X Quick Start Workout Guide
The quick start guide is basically an alternative to the eBook. It has been designed for those who would rather jump right into business and workout. I wouldn’t recommend you go this route but to each their own. However don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I'm detracting from the guide. It really does include the nuts and bolt of each exercise but it’s not as detailed as the eBook.
I would suggest that you go through the eBook for familiarity first then use the guide as some sort reference.
The “Ultimate” Series of Special Reports
This is a collection of “tips and tricks” geared towards various health related niches. These are the guides offered:
- Ultimate Fat-Burning Secrets
- Ultimate Muscle-Building Secrets
- Ultimate Sex and Anti-Aging Secrets
- Ultimate Health and Happiness Secrets
I skimmed through each of the above as I had read most of it before. Well this may be because I’m a vivid reader and a purveyor of all types of information. Simply put, I’m well acquainted with the internet. I guess that’s why it seemed redundant to me.
That said, if you’re unfamiliar with the above topics, they will be quite beneficial to you.
Fitness Expert Audio Interviews
This was my second best items of the whole program. To my surprise, it had some pretty informative interviews. These are the interviews included:
- Tom Venuto
- Kristi Frank
- Bill Phillips
- Jennifer Nicole Lee
- Shawn Phillips
I loved the Bill Philips, Tom Venuto and Jennifer Lee interviews most. They were not only informative but also very motivational. They were just the wake up call I needed to get my lazy behind in shape. In all honesty, all the interviews made me walk away felling better than I was before.
Old School New Body Pros
- Short and effective workouts.
- Not too intense (less fear of injury).
- Motivational and entertaining audio Interviews.
At the start of this review I confessed that I weighed 220lbs four months ago. As I write this review I’m down to 196 lbs. Not only do I feel great I look hella awesome. It’s like I’m 20 again. My journey is still in tow-seeing I’m just starting the shape phase - and yet the results have far outdone my expectations.
In conclusion, this is no run of the mill program with a shiny new name. It’s a real fitness program made by true experts for real people who are aging. And if it doesn't do what it promises there’s a 60-day money back guarantee!
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