You’re here because you’ve probably had your interest piqued by the fitness program called “Old School New Body” (or, probably more appropriately, the F4X training system) specifically designed for people over 35 years of age. F4X stands for “Focus for Exercise” that doesn’t actually make a ton of semantic sense, because personally, I’d call it “Focus ON Exercise,” but then the acronym would be FOX (which probably wouldn’t be too bad when you think of it). But anyway, that’s off topic.
First of all, we’re glad that there is finally something that targets people who aren’t really feeling like dancing to loud hip-hop music or trying to keep up to some 20-something year old whose knees still bend without any pain.
This is not to say that the F4X system designed by Steve Holman (who used to be the editor of Iron Man magazine), Becky Holman (whose experience and personal transformation will inspire and motivate you), and John Rowley (a fitness expert who has overcome his own obstacles after a bad car accident) is “easy” or something that you can do while sitting in your recliner and moving your feet on a small bicycle pedal type of exerciser while you watch TV (although, even THAT would be better than not moving at all).
The program is based around resistance and weight training, but not in the sense that you’re going to be doing the workout of a body builder. Rather, the idea behind the protocol is to do a specific exercise until you can’t continue – a concept called “Minimum Effective Dose” or “MED” which simply refers to “how little do I have to DO to produce the results I’m looking for.”
The use of weights and resistance is critical to the system because the creators explain that working out with weights helps to release the growth hormone that helps us build muscle while burning fat more effectively.
As is the case in many programs like this, there are different phases. In this case, there are 3 phases (F4X LEAN, F4X SHAPE, and F4X BUILD), and it’s primarily the 1st phase (F4X LEAN) that most people are interested in, I think, because it’s there that you’ll be doing most of the fat burning and building better muscle tone. In this phase, you work out at a fairly high intensity for about a half an hour, 3 times a week.
This is not a new idea in the exercise industry. But, what sets the Old School New Body product apart, and what might be appealing to those of us who are no longer 20 years old is a chapter in the eBook called “Joint Rejuvenation: Pain-Free Sanity” which focuses on ways to alleviate joint pain (knees, back, and shoulders) through modifying diet and exercise.
Now, speaking of diet, the concepts that the authors cover in the eBook are really nothing that you didn’t already know: eat less refines carbs and more fresh veggies. Eat lean protein (they pretty much echo a number of other trainers’ recommendations of 25% – 30% grams of lean protein per meal, and eating 6 meals per day. As I said, this is stuff you have likely heard before, and there is nothing “wow worthy” here.
There is one more aspect to the program that I feel will appeal to the more mature crowd, and that is how to do their workouts at home without going to a gym. Speaking from personal experience, the idea of going to a gym and sweating and grunting in front of others is enough to make me crawl under the covers with a box of chocolates to comfort me. I hate looking so vulnerable and frumpy in front of others, so the authors’ “All-Dumbbell Workout Instant At-Home, New-Body Solution” where you buy yourself some basic equipment – bench and dumbbells that they recommend – would work best for me. Plus, of course, it’s cheaper than a gym membership.
So, the things that I like most in this particular offer are the ideas about how weights and resistance can help release growth hormone and help burn fat and build muscle, working to reduce joint pain, working out smarter and taking less time to do so (they explain that we can do this in about 90 minutes per week, which works for me), and adapting the workout for home use.
The biggest thing I feel that the program lacks is that there isn’t anything really new or in-depth when it comes to their discussion about nutrition. But, that’s not enough to deter someone like me since what I’m really looking for is a doable workout that I can fit into my schedule and still be effective. This program does deliver that, and so for that reason I feel it’s something I can recommend.
Old School New Body is an affordable $20 (at the time this article was published in December 2015) and it comes with a 60-day money back guarantee. This makes Old School New Body’s F4X training system a comfortable and safe purchase, and certainly worth a try if you’re looking for a way to get back into shape.