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.

No Nonsense Muscle Building 2.0 Review

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Vince Delmonte’s new, updated bodybuilding program has arrived. It’s called No Nonsense Muscle Building 2.0: Gene Expression Training to Increase Testosterone, Leanness, and Mass.

Before I go into further details I’d like to start this review by sharing some of the most common mistakes made by trainees who are trying to build muscle (for those who may be new to my blog). I think this will help understand why Vince Delmonte’s program can be extremely helpful to some people:

Muscle Building Mistakes

Mistake #1: Trying to imitate the routines of professional bodybuilders.

It’s not uncommon for guys to naively copy a program they’ve read in a bodybuilding magazine and think it will give them results. This is not advisable for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, the vast majority of bodybuilders use anabolic steroids. These powerful drugs enhance their ability to train and recover–trying to imitate their workouts is likely to result in overtraining. But there’s something else to consider: professional bodybuilders tend to be genetically gifted (even without the drugs). What works for them just may not work for you.

Mistake #2: Spending too much money on supplements.

The bodybuilding supplement industry has been around for decades. They’ve been making pills, powders, and potions that will supposedly help you build muscle, lose fat, and increase athletic performance. The industry has produced a few helpful supplements, like creatine monohydrate, whey protein, fish oil, etc. But there’s a lot of junk out there that’s a complete waste of money. Unfortunately, many naive consumers fall for slick advertising with no scientific backing.

Mistake #3: Inadequate nutrition

A lot of guys put work in the gym but don’t put any real effort into planning their meals/nutrition. You can make some gains without eating well, but why not get the most out of the effort you put into training? Learn to eat properly and you’ll be able to reach your natural genetic potential in terms of building muscle and losing fat.

The mistakes are some of the reasons that beginners get frustrated with their results in the gym. You can avoid these errors by following a well-designed plan for transforming your body. With this in mind, let me explain what you’ll get if you decide to invest in No Nonsense Muscle Building 2.0.

No Nonsense Muscle Building 2.0: Program

Components

Gene Expression Training: Muscle Fiber Switch Trick Guide

This book introduces some of the overall training philosophy behind this program.  I’ll give you a little summary:

Human skeletal muscle is composed of two basic fiber types: slow twitch (type 1) and fast twitch (type 2).  Type 1 fibers are associated with endurance while type 2 are associated with strength and speed.  We are born with a certain percentage of each–it is genetically predetermined.  We can’t change our genetics, but we can adjust our training to be more customized to our muscle fiber composition (by manipulating the rep range, etc.).  Delmonte explains this in more detail in the manual.

Quick-Start Guide

This simply guides you on what you’ll need to get started. You can check it out before you dive into the other components.

Training Guide and 18-Week Training Program with Printable Workout Sheets

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These guides will show you exactly what workouts you should do for over four months. The beginning phase emphasizes building muscle mass. The second phase switches over to strength, and the final phase helps you to lower your body fat to finish off the process.  The progression here makes sense: generally speaking, bigger muscles will have more strength potential.  You can work on getting lean after you’ve built some size and strength.

The program will introduce you to effective training techniques that will make working out both interesting, challenging and efficient (more muscle in less time).

Here’s what’s really interesting about the training component of No Nonsense Muscle Building 2.0: There are three separate training guides you can follow according to your specific muscle fiber composition. This helps you get the best results according to your specific training needs.

Nutrition Guide

As I’ve mentioned before, you’ll never get the results you desire without proper nutrition. This book will show you how to plan your meals in order to achieve optimal results. You can customize the meals for your own specific needs/goals (fat loss, building muscle, etc).  Study this thoroughly–it can make or break you as far as your gains go.

Supplement Guide

As the name implies, this component is about supplements. The information is good, but I’d advise you to simply stick to the basics (creatine monohydrate, whey protein, a multivitamin, and fish oil). As long as you stick to these basics and reputable brands you’ll be fine–there’s no need to buy the specific brands mentioned in this guide.

Muscle Mechanics: The Ultimate Exercise Execution Guide to Maximum Growth, Tension, and Longevity.

This is something that Vince spent over a year researching and writing. There’s some really valuable information about lifting technique that you may not find anywhere else (not without spending a great deal of time studying).

Secrets of Success

This is more of a general work about succeeding both inside and outside of the gym. I think this would be especially helpful for younger readers–you’ll learn how to achieve your goals and be more successful in life. This is a nice addition to the program.

Additional Products (“Upsells”)

These are some additional components you can buy with this program. They are optional: you do not have to order them to get the basic muscle-building program. But you may choose to spend a little more if you think some of these will help you reach your goals.  As I’ve said before, solid training information is always a wise investment:

1. The Ultimate Nutrition Bundle: Additional guides to help you with your diet. There are two options available–the more expensive one includes cooking videos.

2. The Genetic Maximizer Jumbo Bundle: This is the most expensive upgrade, but it includes a lot of useful content.

3. Supplement Offer: To be honest, I’m not sure I’d spend any extra money on supplements or anything related to them. Like I said, it’s best to stick to the basics.

Program Review

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Vince Delmonte’s Transformation

It’s been over ten years since Vince Delmonte introduced No Nonsense Muscle Building: Skinny Guy Secrets to Insane Muscle Gain. His success has brought more than his fair share of haters, but my interactions with him have been very positive. He’s help thousands of guys build muscle through well-designed training programs.

No Nonsense Muscle Building 2.0 is a fantastic upgrade that reflects the years he has put into being a student of nutrition and training. I really wish programs like this had been available when I started working out decades ago. I would have much rather invested in this kind of knowledge instead of blowing so much money on supplements and wasting time on trial-and-error methods.

Here are the types of people that I think would find this program beneficial:

*Beginners–guys who are just starting and want to learn how to build their foundation of size and strength. I think this is an excellent resource for learning how to build your first 20-25 lb. of muscle.

*Intermediate trainees–guys who have spent some time in the gym but have never followed a program specifically designed for those who are genetically typical and natural (not using steroids).

*Those who are eager to learn. Based on my observation, a lot of guys start working out with very little idea of what they are doing in terms of exercise selection, number of reps, proper form, etc. It is unfortunate because this can lead to a lot of wasted effort.

*Returning trainees–those who have been out of the gym for a few months/years and need to start over. You may find that you have better results by following this program instead of whatever you were doing before.

If this sounds like you then I think you would benefit from No Nonsense Muscle Building 2.0.

Just CLICK HERE if you’d like to order this program at a special discount (limited time offer).

Alternative Program: If you are a more advanced/experienced trainee I’d recommend Ben Pakulski’s MI40X.  This program has been one of my best sellers for those looking for an advanced bodybuilding approach.