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.

2 Week Diet Review (Brian Flatt)

Brian Flatt has made quite a name for himself in the fitness industry by teaching people how to rapidly lose weight. His latest program is called the 2 Week Diet, and claims to help you lose as much as 8-16 pounds within two weeks. Is this possible and should you attempt it? I’ll try to help you answer that question regarding what is right for you. But let me first start this review by summarizing some of the program components:

2 Week Diet Program Components

Launch Handbook

This book is the basic introduction to how this diet works, but it also gives you a pretty good overview of weight loss in general. Flatt explains, for example, that many diets fail because they simply don’t deliver results quickly enough and people lose interest/motivation (that’s part of the rationale for a more rapid approach). He also shares the role that calories, macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, etc.), hormones, and several other factors play in gaining or losing weight. Someone who is new to diet or nutrition would be able to get a very solid introduction to the basics by reading this book. But the author goes into a lot more detail about how and why this specific approach is so effective even with limited time.

One note: Flatt promotes some supplements in this program at times provides links to specific brands. I’m sure the ones he recommends are fine, but I would advise you to shop around and see if there are better deals out there.   The most important “supplements” he mentions are yohimbine, caffeine, and nicotine (nicotine in particular may surprise you, but read the book and you’ll see why he listed it as an option), and all three are easy to purchase online.

Diet Handbook

The 2 Week Diet is broken down into three phases. The first phase involves lowering your carbohydrate intake to switch your body into “fat burning” mode (using fat instead of glucose for fuel). The second phase is an intermittent fast to ramp up your fat loss, and the third phase is a low calorie and low carbohydrate phase designed to get the most out of the metabolic environment you’ve created with the previous phases.   It isn’t that complicated and it is all spelled out in the book in terms that most will be able to understand/follow.

Activity Handbook

This book is an exercise guide you can use while following this diet. The exercise component is primarily consists of short, intense full-body workouts that you can complete with very basic equipment in only 20-30 minutes. A gym membership would be ideal here, but even if you have some dumbbells and barbells (free weights) you should be able to complete the routines. There’s a limit to how much training you can do when calories/carbohydrates are limited and this program was designed with that in mind.

Motivation Handbook

This book has some practical suggestions for keeping motivated to stay on the diet. This is important because losing momentum/motivation is probably the #1 reason people don’t get the results they want when attempting to follow a diet program. I think you’d find some of his suggestions there to be helpful.

2 Week Diet: Review

Rapid weight loss strategies are a bit controversial in the fitness industry. These approaches, often called “crash diets,” get kind of a bad rap because we’ve all been told that slow weight loss is better. But considering the current obesity epidemic, I’m inclined to say that any kind of weight loss (provided that it is done safely) is a good thing. There are also advantages to losing weight quickly that I have discussed before on this blog:

Time: There can be situations in which a “slow and steady” approach to losing weight just does not fit an individual’s schedule. Someone may want to drop a few pounds quickly to fit into an outfit for a social event. Competitive athletes may need to make weight for an event. There can be several reasons why one would consider trying to lose weight quickly.

Motivation: As I mentioned, one of the main reasons people give up on diets is they just get tired of counting calories without seeing significant changes on the scale. “Crash diets” can help with this because the dieter learns that he/she can achieve results within a relatively short period of time.

Focus: Some people start making lifestyle changes with too many different (even opposing) goals in mind. I’ve lost count of the number of guys to tell me they want to lose fat and build muscle.   New trainees can often gain muscle and lose fat at the same time, but focusing all your energy and effort into a singular goal (fat loss in this case) will produce quicker results.

Momentum: Rapidly losing weight can be kind of a “jump start” for those who want to see long-term changes in their bodies. Starting off by dropping a few pounds quickly may give you some much-needed motivation for transitioning into a more long-term lifestyle change.

There’s obviously a limit to the amount of weight/fat you can lose in just two weeks. But Flatt has put together some proven strategies for losing fat as quickly as possible (reducing calories/carbohydrates, intermittent fasting, etc). I think the 2 Week Diet is a worthwhile (and cost effective) investment for those who want to focus on losing as much weight as possible within a limited time frame.

You can CLICK HERE to order the 2 Week Diet or to learn more.

Alternative Program: Do you have an extra week?  Brian Flatt’s 3 Week Diet is also an excellent diet plan that will give you fast results.  An extra week would mean even more fat loss.

Remember to check with your doctor before trying any diet and/or exercise plan.

Note: This program I have reviewed has no connection with “Dr. Oz.”  I think he has something out with a similar name but it has nothing to do with Brian Flatt’s products.