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Summary of my “Old School New Body” Review by Steve Holman
What I Liked
- Sound, actionable advice that even beginners can use
- Lots of great, effective and interesting workouts included
- The program is applicable for people of a wide age range (20-60 years)
- Tons of awesome (and actually helpful!) bonuses
What I Didn’t Like
- Most exercises and workouts can not be done without equipment, you’ll most likely have to visit a gym
- No videos to demonstrate the exercises (you’ll have to look this up on YouTube)
- Some of the claims they make aren’t backed up by references to scientific evidence
Conclusion: While there are some improvements that can be made, this is still a good program that will help its readers lose weight and build an athletic body. The additional bonuses are okay, the interviews are great, and the program and the diet advice are pretty decent too. I’m not convinced by the anti-aging angle, and perhaps the program might be a little on the light side for an experienced lifter. For a more detailed review, read the full post below. Visit the official site!
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Old School New Body Review – The Backstory
Can you build a body like these by using the Old School New Body workout routines and F4X?
If there is one thing that you can say about the “Old School New Body” program it’s that it has a damn good hook. The first chapter of the eBook goes into detail about how the program was discovered, an elderly coach (Vince Gironda) who used to frequent the authors’ office dies and his widow asks the company to take care of some of his stuff (I’d be very interested to know why she would want this, or why they would allow this but let’s ignore this for now).
Whilst going through the old furniture and boxes, the author discovers a pile of old documents. He starts to read them and all of a sudden realises that they are pure gold. I mean, the screenplay writes itself right? You can just see a young Sylvester Stallone following this program (obviously created by Burgess Meredith) and using it to win the Mr Olympia and putting an end to communism simultaneously.
But in all seriousness, it’s a pretty compelling story and might even be true! Certainly the idea that using low weights and high reps rather than vice-versa was used by some of the bodybuilders of the past. But is it true that high rep workouts are a thing of the past? Not really.
This program has been created by Steve Holman (editor-in-chief of Iron Man Magazine) and his wife Becky. There is also a contribution from John Rowley, author of “The Power of Positive Fitness”. The program is split into three levels:
…and is aimed at the over 35s (although they maintain that anyone at any age can benefit from it).
What makes this program different from a lot of others is the emphasis they place on looking younger. They constantly talk about the effects of free-radicals on aging and claim that their program is designed to remove the risk of free-radicals completely. Through this they say that you can look younger at 50 then you did at 40. Visit the official site!
What’s included in Old School New Body?
Old School New Body Video Tour & Review
The first thing that you get when you purchase the Old School New Body program is the eBook, which contains 100 pages. This eBook has everything you need, the exercise program, diet, supplement information, and lots of FAQs – which can be really helpful. If you’re a complete beginner then this eBook is going to be really useful.
More experienced lifters may find that the information is a little basic, but luckily the workouts and diet advice are near the beginning so you can read them and ignore the rest. You also get a supplementary guide called the “F4X Quick Start Workout Guide” which goes straight into the workout.
No Old School New Body review would be complete without talking a bit more about the F4X method.
The F4X method is quite interesting, there are 4 sets, the first set you pick a weight that you could perform 15 reps on, but instead only perform 10. Rest for 30-40 seconds and then perform 10 more, have another 30-40 second rest before completing your third set of 10 reps. On the fourth set you perform as many reps as possible. If you manage to hit 10 reps on the final set then you can increase the weight next time.
The program is designed so that complete beginners can ease themselves in with just 2 sets of 10 reps, slowly building this up over the coming weeks. The exercises are almost all gym-based, which isn’t a problem but it would be nice to see some alternatives to each exercise. For example, not all gyms contain a lying hamstring curl, but it features heavily in the program.
The exercises are described using sketches and written instructions, sadly there are no videos though. Even some colour photographs might have been a step up, as the sketches are a little impersonal.
The program also comes with some bonus materials. A special report on fat burning, one on muscle building, one on sex and anti-aging, and another on improving health and happiness. These are pretty decent although it would have been nice if they had gone into more details about how to apply these tips to your program. The bonus reports feel more like a list of fun facts that you would get in Men’s Health.
There are also 5 guest interviews, the first one with Tom Venuto is really good! Almost worth the admission fee alone. He’s a great storyteller and he has also lead a great life, this interview would be useful to both personal trainers and to regular people just looking for a bit of fitness inspiration.
What I Liked
What’s great about the program?
The main thing that I like about this program is that it is focused on training men/women in their late 30s and goes all the way up to people in the 60s and 70s. Most training programs seem geared towards people in their early twenties, but they’re the least in need of the info. The writing is excellent and Steve, Becky, and John all come across as eager to help.
The workouts are pretty interesting and will definitely work, though I don’t think that they are anything ground-breaking. Nor do I believe that lifting heavy weights is dangerous, which is something that the program claims.
Another great upside are the audio interviews, great content and each one is around the 40-60 minute mark. You’ll learn more from these alone than you would in most programs! Visit the official site!
What I Did Not Like
In a fair Old School New Body review, I also have to mention what’s not so great about the program.
For all its good points there are a lot of improvements that could be made. Firstly as I mentioned before there really could have been some better diagrams of the exercises, or ideally an explanatory video. Considering the fact that they have put so much effort into tailoring this for complete beginners, a short description and a couple of 2D sketches aren’t exactly going to fill someone with confidence.
Another downside is the slightly misleading bonus, when you enter the download page they mention an extra free eBook that deals with arthritic pain. Awesome right? Well, it’s not an eBook it’s a regular book and you have to pay an additional $5.95 for “shipping”. If they wanted to give the owner a free book out of the goodness of their own hearts then why not make it an eBook too? Why make it a paperback that you have to ship over at additional cost to the subscriber.
They also claim that drinking water can help you lose fat, but I would have liked to see more proof of this (and some other claims) presented within the product.
Old School New Body Review Conclusion
While there are some improvements that can be made, this is still a good program that will help its readers lose weight. The additional bonuses are okay, the interviews are great, and the program and the diet advice are pretty decent too. I’m not convinced by the anti-aging angle, and perhaps the program might be a little on the light side for an experienced lifter. But if you are brand new to fitness, want to lose a little weight, improve your fitness, and build some strength then this is the program for you.