I’m not a “spring chicken” anymore. There, I said it. My eyesight’s not what it used to be, and I find I keep the volume on the TV set at a higher level now. That’s part of getting older, right? Certain things don’t work quite as well, while others stop working altogether. It’s inevitable. It’s a part of life. It happens.
But what’s really bothered me more than any other age “deficiency” is my physical fitness and health.
Once upon a time, I was in pretty good physical shape. I had a decent-looking body and could get away with not wearing a shirt outside. But as I’ve edged closer towards the “Big 5-0”, I’ve come to the realization that my body isn’t what it used to be, and it’s slowly getting worse and worse. Love handles have sprouted up, seemingly out of nowhere, and my jeans size keeps miraculously increasing.
A little over two months ago, I reached my boiling point. I was up to the heaviest I’ve ever weighed (223 lbs.), and I finally hit rock bottom. My half-hearted attempts at cutting back on calories and walking a little each day wasn’t cutting it anymore. For the first time, I got serious about getting in better shape – really serious about it. Naturally, I started looking for solutions online, and I came across Old School New Body.
I bought it, put it to use, and have seen some really noticeable differences. But while researching Old School New Body I came across some very sketchy reviews about the product. So, I figured I’d “break away from the norm” and share with you what I think about the program – including the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. (What can I say? I’ve always been a fan of Mr. Eastwood.)
What Is Old School New Body?
Old School New Body is essentially a fitness/workout program created specifically for the “more experienced” adults – particularly those aged 35 and above. Steve and Becky Holman created the program as a modified workout system to help the aging population get into shape without sacrificing safety and time.
The core fitness and workout component of Old School New Body is the F4X system (Focus 4 Exercise). It consists of three separate phases that each contains a core set of workouts that take 90 minutes or less to complete. Each phase focuses on a particular fitness aspect (more on this in just a second).
The general idea of the F4X system is that you start on one phase and progress through each additional phase. That being said, not all phases have to be used. Once you’ve reached your desired fitness goals, you can use the Maintain phase to keep what you’ve acquired. I can’t comment too much on this at the moment, as I’ve yet to have a need for the Maintain phase.
Here are the three phases:
The Lean Phase. The Lean Phase is the first phase of the F4X System, and it’s designed to help you lose fat while you increase your current fitness level (in other words, while you get back into shape). After two months, this is the level I am still currently on – which is a testament to the long-term effectiveness of the F4X System (my current results are in the Final Verdict section of this review).
The Shape Phase. The Shape Phase is the second phase of the F4X System. It’s designed specifically to help you start building more lean muscle while simultaneously losing fat.
The Build Phase. The Build Phase is the third, and final, phase of the F4X System, and it most likely won’t be for everyone. This phase was designed to maximize your bulk. I’m not even sure if I’ll ever utilize this phase. Looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger from back in the day is not my personal goal.
Each phase has its own set of meal plans and nutrition advice that work in conjunction with the workouts to speed up results. I can personally vouch for the effectiveness of the nutritional advice and meal plans given for the Lean Phase. And I’ve skimmed through the info for the Shape and Build phases, and it appears to be both beneficial and informative.
In addition to the main eBook, there are several bonuses that are offered with your purchase of Old School, New Body. I’ve covered these in detail in the What Does Old School New Body Offer? section.
Who Are Steve and Becky Holman?
Call me skeptical, but I believe you can never solely trust a sales page to give you the scoop on the person(s) selling the product. Of course they’re going to make themselves sound as good as possible. They’re trying to sell their product. So, I did my own research and tried to find out as much as possible about the Holmans. Here’s what I found.
Steve is Editor-in-Chief of IRON MAN Magazine, and he’s held that position for over 25 years. He’s been lifting weights for over 35 years (started when he was 15, and has been lifting ever since). He’s authored over 20 different books on fitness, nutrition, and weight training, in addition to writing hundreds of articles for IRON MAN Magazine and various other sources.
There are photos of him all over the Internet, and in each one he appears to be in tip-top shape. I also found a few interviews he did for other fitness websites and online magazines (some dated as far back as the early 2000s). All this information basically gave me the confidence that Steve is knowledgeable when it comes to weight training and fitness, practices what he preaches, and is respected in his field.
It was a tad difficult to find the same amount of information for Becky. I assume that’s because she’s not the editor-in-chief of one of the top weight training magazines in the country.
She’s been involved in weight training and fitness for over 20 years, off and on. Her biggest transformation occurred when she got back into weight training after taking a hiatus to raise her kids. She basically got fed up with how she looked and felt and decided to do something about (not unlike myself). You can see her pictures on the sales page (and in the Old School New Body eBook, along with her story).
Becky is now a regular contributor to IRON MAN Magazine, writing mainly about living a healthy lifestyle and nutrition. There’s a YouTube channel under her name as well, but I’m almost 100% confident that’s a different “Becky Holman.”
What Does Old School New Body Offer?
So now we approach the “meat” of this review. I’ve decided to list each component of the Old School New Body system separately, and comment on each accordingly. It should make reading it a bit easier.
The Old School New Body eBook
This is the “main attraction” of the product. It’s what outlines the F4X System in its entirety and explains all of its core concepts. In this eBook, you get an in-depth look at the three phases (Lean, Shape, and Build), the meal and nutrition plan, and the workouts.
This eBook is essentially what you’re paying for. It’s the one book you MUST read in order to get the most out of the F4X Method. I’ve referred to this guide countless times since I’ve incorporated this system, and I’m sure I’ll refer to it several more times in the future.
The guide is laid out nicely and is overall a quick and easy read (even at 100+ pages). The different phases are all covered in good detail and the plans are easy to follow. However, I wish the instructions of the exercises for the workouts were more detailed. There are certain exercises that warrant precise instructions, especially for novices. The good thing is that you can easily find detailed videos and instructions online for every exercise listed in the guide.
The F4X Quick Start Workout Guide
If I remember correctly, on the sales page this guide is coined as an alternative for those who wish to dive right in to the workouts without having to read the actual guide. I personally don’t think it should be used that way. That’s not to take anything away from the Quick Start guide. It really does have the “nuts and bolts” of the workouts for each phase, but it doesn’t get in-depth, like the main eBook.
I would recommend you read through the Old School New Body eBook at least once before using the Quick Start guide. There really is a ton of useful information in the main eBook. Then, you can utilize the Quick Start guide as a sort-of reference guide for the workouts.
The “Ultimate” Series of Special Reports
This series of reports is basically a collection of “tips and tricks” for different health-related niches. The guides included are:
• Ultimate Fat-Burning Secrets
• Ultimate Muscle-Building Secrets
• Ultimate Sex and Anti-Aging Secrets
• Ultimate Health and Happiness Secrets
I looked through each of the guides once, and honestly haven’t looked through them since. They do have a nice selection of tips for each niche, but I’ve always been a voracious reader and purveyor of information. In other words, I do a lot of browsing on the Internet. So, I’ve heard about 90% of the tips from other places.
That being said, if you haven’t previously shared an interest in certain niches listed above, then the chances are good that you’ll stumble across some interesting (and beneficial) pieces of information. If nothing more, I was reminded of a couple of things while skimming through these reports.
Fitness Expert Audio Interviews
Admittedly, besides the actual eBook and F4X System, this was the only other product I was interested in. Thankfully, it did not disappoint. Here are the interviews included in the package:
• Tom Venuto
• Kristi Frank
• Bill Phillips
• Jennifer Nicole Lee
• Shawn Phillips
I was especially excited about the Tom Venuto and Bill Phillips interviews. I’ve previously heard of each of these gentlemen and knew they were very well respected in the weight training/fitness community. Both interviews proved to be very informative and motivating, and include several helpful “best practices” for improving your overall health.
However, the interview that surprised me most was Jennifer Nicole Lee’s. I honestly didn’t know what to expect with this interview. I had never heard of her before, and only knew that she was on The Apprentice. But the interview proved to be very entertaining. Jennifer obviously knows a great deal about fitness and has an infectious attitude. I walked away feeling better about my overall self and my body after listening to her talk. This one is especially great for women.
Shawn and Kristi weren’t bad, but they weren’t the best either. If I were to listen to any of the interviews again, it would be Tony’s and Jennifer’s. All in all, the interviews are a great addition to the Old School New Body package.
Old School New Body Pros
• Short and effective workouts. By far, the workout system is the best part of Old School New Body, and rightfully so. It’s the major component of the entire product! I can state with confidence that the workouts will truly take you 90 minutes or less to complete. And I can also confidently state that you will see results from your effort (more on this in the conclusion). The workouts (and the main eBook) alone are worth the price of admission.
• Not too intense (less fear of injury). Let’s face the facts and admit that we’re not as young as we used to be (nor invincible, as we once thought). With age comes the increased risk of injury. Just ask my knees and my back. The workouts included in the F4X system are not overly intense and don’t produce as much strain as other workouts and exercises. To state it simply, I’m not as concerned about injuring myself with this system.
• The Audio Interviews. While they’re not necessary for the F4X program, the interviews add a nice touch to the overall package. They’re informative, entertaining, and replay-able (most, at least). To be honest, the interviews alone could have been the only bonus and I still would have been very pleased.
The Final Verdict
At the beginning of this review I told you that my heaviest weight was 223 lbs. That was approximately two months ago. Today, as I write this review, I am currently sitting at 201 lbs. and I look and feel great. While I don’t give Old School New Body all of the credit (my sheer determination and motivation played a huge role), it was the program that got me back on track to feeling like I’m 30 again.
While the program’s not without its flaws, overall I sincerely couldn’t be happier with the final product that Steve and Becky put together, and I would most certainly pay the $20 it cost over-and-over again for the results it has given me thus far. My journey’s not over yet, and hopefully won’t be for a long time, but Old School New Body has made it all the more enjoyable.
To sum it up, Old School New Body is not some generic workout system with a shiny new label. It’s a real workout and fitness system made by real fitness experts for real old people. If you’re looking for something that works, you might have just found it. And if it doesn’t work, there’s always the 60-day money back guarantee.
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