Hollywood X Review: Celebrity Workout Program

I’ve had the opportunity to look over the Hollywood X Celebrity Workout by Jason Maxwell and Alain Gonzalez. Let me start this review by telling you a little bit about the authors.

Alain Conzalez was a self-proclaimed “skinny weakling” before he transformed his physique. He has written best-selling books and his articles have been featured in some of the world’s most visited fitness websites. Lastly (but definitely not least), he has been a competitive bodybuilder and powerlifter.

Jason Maxwell has certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and Functional Movement Systems as well as a Master’s level nutrition certification.

Now let’s talk about what you get if you decide to order this program.

Component 1: Hollywood X Main Manual

This manual gives you an overview of the program, including an explanation of its name. The “X” actually symbolizes the look that most guys are after when they think of their favorite celebrity physique. The authors go on to explain the five characteristics of a muscular physique–the five visual cues that make a man look good:

  1. Shoulders–well-developed deltoid muscles are crucial for a wide look.
  2. Traps–thick trapezius muscles make you look powerful, even with your shirt on.
  3. Upper Chest–development here is one of the most important keys to looking good shirtless.
  4. Lats–wide lats are what give you the “v taper” look (wide shoulders and a narrow waist).
  5. Quads–there’s no point in developing your upper body without having muscular legs (unless you plan on never wearing shorts).

The rest of this manual has the general principles for developing this look. The workouts are divided into three separate phases, which I’ll explain later.

This manual also explains other factors that go into building a high quality physique:

Rep Tempo–the proper way to execute each repetition in terms of lifting speed, etc.

“Potentiaion” vs. Fatigue–why training until failure is not the best option for building muscle and strength.

Antagonist Paired Sets–training in a way that opposite muscle groups are worked in the same session (chest and back, for example).

Deloading–the importance of intentionally doing less intense workouts to enhance recovery.

Recovery–Four factors outside the gym that will help you get the most out of your training.

Component 2: Hollywood X Transformation Diet

This manual is a complete guide to nutrition, which is crucial for transforming your physique. The authors will encourage you to use the Transformation Calculator (also included in the program) in order to estimate your daily caloric needs. This manual also has an overview of the basics you’ll need to know in terms of nutrition: macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fats), micronutrients (vitamins/minerals), meal timing, and supplementation.

Be sure to put just as much effort into your nutrition as you do your training if you decide to try this program. You simply won’t get the full benefit if you try to get strong, muscular, and lean without paying attention to your diet.

Component 3-5: The Workout Phases

These manuals will guide you through the actual training, which is divided into three phases:

The first phase is called the Primer phase. You’ll be training with a relatively high amount of volume but low amount of intensity. The idea is to get your muscles ready for the next phase.

The second phase is called the Build Up phase. Like the previous phase, volume will still be fairly high. But you’ll also be steadily increasing the intensity in order to be ready to move onto the next phase.

The third and final phases is called the Transformation phase. By this time you have build some muscle and have laid the foundation to lift with heavier weights. The emphasis in this phase is mechanical tension–this will significantly increase both your strength and your muscle growth.

Component 6: Nutrition Calculator

As I’ve mentioned, this will be used to calculate your daily caloric needs.

Component 7: Hollywood X Exercise Video Library

You’ll have access to online videos that will show you the proper way to do each exercise.

Bonus Content:

These manuals give you the option of training extra days per week. The basic program is based on training three times per week, but these additional manuals are for those who want to train more often (4-6 days a week).

You’ll also get printable workout logs so you can record your training in the gym.

Review:

Some trainees go to the gym with the idea of looking like the next Mr. Olympia. But professional bodybuilders’ physiques are usually not that appealing to the masses. Most guys are more interested in looking like some of the impressive celebrities they’ve seen on the big screen: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Craig, and Hugh Jackman are just a few that come to mind. These physiques are arguably more realistic role models, and quite frankly, what women are most likely to find attractive.

With this in mind, I think the Hollywood X program would be a good investment for the following:

*Trainees who want to build a lean, muscular, and aesthetically appealing body.

*Beginners who have never really followed a systematic training and nutrition program, or guys who are returning to the gym after a prolonged layoff.

*Men who are willing to put serious effort and planning into a 13-week program (both diet and training).

If this sounds like you then I think Hollywood X would be a good investment for you.  JUST CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE PROGRAM OR LEARN MORE.

Old School, New Body Review

Introduction:

I have had the opportunity to review an extremely popular program called Old School, New Body by John Rowley and Steve/Becky Holman. This is a system designed for men and women who want to stay in shape or get back in shape.   I’m interested in this program for a couple of reasons:

I’m in my mid-40’s and I’m interested in maintaining a high level of strength and fitness for years to come. I’m always on the lookout for training and diet information designed for more mature trainees.

One of the major health issues we face here in the West is sarcopenia–the decline of strength and muscle that occurs with aging. Some of this is inevitable, but lifestyle choices do worsen/accelerate the problem. I can tell you from personal experience that it is possible to look and feel much younger than your chronological age. I’d like to see more men and women enjoying a healthy, high energy lifestyle in their 40’s and beyond.

With this in mind let me share with you what you will get if you order the Old School, New Body program. Keep in mind that these are all digital products–they are quickly and easily downloaded from the website if you decide to order this program.

Program Components:

Old School, New Body Main Guide: This E-book is your guide to the overall history and philosophy of the program. According to Rowley, he and Steve ran across some of the training journals of the legendary Vince Gironda. Gironda was a trainer to many Hollywood celebrities in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. He was a man that was truly ahead of his time.

These training journals inspired John and Steve to do more research and eventually created the Focus-4 Exercise protocol (F4X). These workouts make it possible to build muscle and burn fat while minimize the wear and tear on joints (something older trainees have to be more conscientious about).   Another beauty of this system is that you don’t have to spend hours in the gym every day. You can, in fact, maintain a high level of fitness by training only three days a week and adjusting your diet. The book gives several examples of success stories–those who have used this system to stay in shape.

Here’s one thing you may find surprising about Old School, New Body: even young people can benefit from these workouts. The authors have seen 19 and 20-year-olds transform their physique with these training techniques.

Needless to say, there’s a lot more I could share about this manual. But hopefully this gives you a pretty decent idea of what the authors hope you can accomplish by applying this system.

Quick Start Workout Guide: This document will guide you through the F4X workouts. It is divided into four different phases. The first is called Lean workouts–these are the beginner level workouts that will help you get started on your fitness journey. The second phases is called Shape workouts, designed for those who are ready for more intensive training. The third phase is called Build. This phase is for those who want to add some muscle after building the foundation from previous phases.

Ultimate Fat Burning Secrets: This E-book includes some additional fat loss tips that you may find helpful. The key to fat loss, of course, is a negative calorie balance. But you’ll learn some extra things from reading through this document.   Here’s one example: those who eat diets higher in protein tend to be more successful at weight loss. Protein helps you to feel full and keeps you from eating other more high calorie foods.

Ultimate Muscle-Building Secrets: Like the previous book, this one includes some additional information to help you build muscle. The authors mention different supplements, for example, that you may want to consider adding to your regimen. One example is taking 400 milligrams of magnesium before you to bed. This mineral is helpful for keeping cramps away and may help you relax and sleep better

Ultimate Sex and Anti-Aging Secrets: This is another E-book/manual with helpful information: supplements, dietary adjustments, etc.

Ultimate Health and Happiness Secrets: This E-book is a little bit different than the others because it includes some tips on the psychological/mental aspects of life in addition to the physical.

MP3 Interviews: you can also download interviews with fitness experts–you’ll hear some of their insights on staying healthy and happy.

Review:

As I mentioned before, I’m interested in diet and training information that can help with both longevity and the quality/vitality of life. I think that Old School, New Body is a good program for those in search of this kind of resource. Let me tell you who I think would most benefit from this program:

Older adults (middle-aged and up) who wish to improve their level of health and vitality. I think this is a great program for those who wish to lose fat, gain muscle, and become more energetic. One of the beauties of this program is you can do so without worrying about trying to lift heavy weights.

Younger trainees who want a break from heavy lifting may also enjoy this program. It would be useful to follow for a few weeks to let your joints recover.

If either of these descriptions sound like you then I think Old School, New Body is definitely worth a try. It is not expensive and available for download as soon as you purchase it. Just CLICK HERE if you’d like to order this program or learn more.  

Mommylicious Review: Flavia Del Monte’s 30 Day Transformation Challenge

Flavia Del Monte has created a new program called Mommylicious, designed especially for mothers. I’ve had a chance to look over her program and hopefully I can help you decide if it is right for you. Before I get into the review I’ll share a little bit about the author/creator.

Flavia’s husband Vince Del Monte is known for his muscle building programs. But she has become very successful in her own right due her programs for women. She developed Mommylicious after having her second child. She needed to adjust her workouts and nutrition in a way that would help her get back into “pre-baby” shape.

Now let me tell you what you get if you decide to order this plan. I’m not going to describe every single thing that’s included, but I’ll hopefully give you a really good idea of what this program is like. Keep in mind that this is a purely digital (online and downloadable) product:

Mommylicious Program Components

30 Day Challenge Home Page: When you order this program you’ll be given access to the material and you should start with this introductory page.   She explains how to navigate the website, how to get started, and some of the crucial steps you need to take to begin your own transformation.   You’ll do a few preparatory things then start the program on a Sunday.

Program Guide: this 10-page document (PDF file) explains Flavia’s overall philosophy in terms of training and nutrition.   It will give you an overview of what you’ll be doing for the next four weeks.

Sunday Rituals: This is a guided mediation PDF and MP3 file. She suggests you do this before your first workout.

Yoga Stretch: You can access both a pdf and video of the Mommylicious yoga program. You can either watch it online or download it. Stretching and flexibility becomes increasingly important as we age, so I’m glad she included this.

HIIT Workout: You’ll be doing high intensity interval training for your cardio. You can increase the number of circuits you do as your level of conditioning improves.

Weekly Plans

Each week you’ll get a link with a complete blueprint to follow. The links/page include the following:

Meal Plans: One of the keys to body transformation is planning and preparing your diet. Be sure that you don’t neglect this aspect of the program because it is crucial to your success. The nice thing here is that every meal is individually created with no repetition. You shouldn’t feel “cheated” if you follow this eating plan–Flavia is good at putting together tasty, nutritious meals.

Shopping List: Another helpful document you can download is a shopping list. This will help you plan out your shopping on the weekend. You can then use the ingredients to make the before-mentioned meals.

Weekly Workouts: You’ll receive a printable workout sheet and videos that guide you through the weekly routines: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. These are all body weight workouts, so you will not really need any barbells or dumbbells. All you need is a little space, a chair, and maybe a yoga mat.

Here’s a summary of the program components:

  • 12 body weight workouts: all different from each other, all advancing in difficulty from workout to workout.
  • 1 Yoga video.
  • 1 HIIT (cardio) video that can be repeated each week with advancing difficulty.
  • 4 Spiritual rituals (mediation with audio, practicing gratitude, being present challenge, and bettering self-esteem)
  • 30-Day Meal Plan with recipes (every one of them is different).
  • Nutrition guide + Printable workouts + Success tracker
  • Private Facebook group membership .

Additional Products (“Upsells”):

There are a couple of additional products you can buy with this program. These are not included in the basic package but you may decide to upgrade and buy them.

Nutrition Bundle: This is a content-packed addition that includes the Flavicious Cooking Cookbook, 20 video cooking lessons, Batch Cooking Secrets video, Get Juiced: 101 Fat Burning Juice Recipes, How to Cook 15 Meals in 50 Minutes, and The 3 Step Skinny Solution.

Booty Booster: As the name implies these workouts are designed to help you develop a firm, well-shaped rear end. It includes both a pdf guide and videos. This is another great addition that can help with a common “problem area” with women.

REVIEW:

Most women find it challenging to get back into shape after having children. There can be several reasons for this:

Energy: Being a mother is a 24/7 job requiring a great deal of energy. Mothers often feel like all their strength is used up and have nothing left to invest in their own health and well-being.

Time constraints: Taking care of children is time consuming and moms often have trouble finding time to train or to effectively plan meals.

Physical changes: Pregnancy takes a toll on the human body in and of itself. But it also limits a woman’s ability to train–women who have children have probably had to lower their exercise intensity for several weeks.

I think Flavia has designed a program that is well-suited to meet these before-mentioned challenges. The nutrition guide should help busy moms in both their shopping and meal preparation.  The workouts are time-efficient and don’t require you spend hours on a treadmill or in the gym. Body weight training is a great solution for mothers who need to begin rebuilding their strength. Interval training burns calories and improves cardiovascular conditioning in less time than traditional cardio (treadmill, etc.).   And the yoga/flexibility components are a nice touch.

With all this in mind, I think Mommylicious is an excellent program for mothers who need a starting place to get back into shape after having children.  It’s also very reasonably priced.  Just CLICK HERE if you’d like to order this program or learn more.