Q n A June 14th, 2013

challenge workouts


Question: For your Challenge Fat Loss workouts, is it okay to take a 30-60 second break between sets? Or do you have to go straight through? Thanks, Maria

Answer: Maria, If you need to take a break, by all means do. If that means pausing the Challenge Fat Loss video, then do so and then get back into it. I highly recommend using a timer though and pushing yourself. Each week, try to lower the rest time, so if you start with a 60 rest time, after a few workouts, challenge yourself with a 50 second rest time and slowly lower your additional rest. Make sense? Adding more rest is a viable way to tackle these workouts. Take the modifications on difficult exercises (like pull ups etc) at first as well and you’ll fully benefit from the program. Good luck!


Question: Should I continue to exercise if my knees hurt as I workout? I am 60 and way to over weight at 200 pounds and must lose weight, but walking does not do it. As a teen and early my 40’s I  weighed about 160 pounds but having five sons has been hard on my body. I have cut back on my amount of eating. Thanks much for your excellent exercise program.  Joy

 Answer:  Good question Joy. If your knees bother you when you exercise, you need to avoid the exercises that bother them. First up – no impact. Take all the jumping out of the program. Do step jacks, full body extensions, march in place etc, do not do any jumping until you drop some weight. Second – cut back on the depth of squats and lunges. 1/4 squats are fine for now.

Focus on the movement, upper body moves, core moves, getting your heart rate up. Modify movements as much as you need to be able to keep moving, but try to keep your workout form. I’m proud of you for taking this challenge on. Remember that your return to a healthier weight is a marathon, not a sprint. Make small healthy choices each day. Don’t train through joint pain as this will be detrimental in the long run. Keep me posted. All the best.


 Question: What separates Old School New Body from other anti-aging programs? old school new body

Answer from Steve: I think what separates it is the moderate-weight, high-fatigue approach and the brevity of the workouts. Both of those factors are important to minimize stress hormones, like cortisol, that can actually increase aging. That’s why we warn people that working out too much or too long can actually speed up the aging process. Excess stress hormone release and free radicals are not good for you. Our programs are designed to eliminate those problems and get your growth hormone surging naturally. GH is the anti-aging hormone that does everything from burn fat to enhance muscles to strengthen joints to smooth out skin to bolster the immune system. You can see why it’s the powerful engine that drives the anti-aging bullet train.

Answer from Becky: Way back years ago we used to train with heavy weights. I hated it and dreaded almost every workout; that dread creates stress that can age you, just as the heavy weights can. Now I look forward to hitting the weights. The OSNB program is challenging but not hard on the joints. It feels fantastic–during and after.


Question: How do I get my hands on your ‘Anti-Aging Workout’ bonus?

Answer: Grab Steve and Becky’s ‘Old School New Body‘ this week. You’ll find it’s full of anti-aging, short, research based workouts geared for the 35+ crowd. It’s also on sale this week. Then send your receipt to ruckuspub@gmail.com and I’ll send these short fun workouts your way.



Question: How’s the pup doing? (Okay, I asked that myself so I could tell you ;))

Hannah and Sev june 2013

Answer: ‘Sev’ (named when we got him and means ‘black’ in Armenian) is adjusting to life with us. He’s very smart. He didn’t know any commands when we picked him up. Now he can sit, stay and walk on a leash. I’m accustomed to heeling my dogs on my left, but since Sev is blind in his right eye, he tends to want to heel on the right. He must have some herding breed in him because he’s never out front, he’s always bringing up the rear as if he’s counting heads. He’s pretty calm and low key, except when it comes to getting in his kennel and he transform into a slippery fish. We lost the first kennel battle and left him for an hour in the laundry room. This was my mistake as this was an unfamiliar area and frightening for him. He knocked things over and chewed up some rubber flooring by the door (clearly looking for an escape). It cost about $8 and 10 minutes to repair the damage, he didn’t chew or scratch up anything else. It was within the first 24 hours and I HAD to go teach boot camp and had no choice when the kennel battle was lost. I hate to be defeated by a canine, but given the circumstance and time constraint it was what it was. We’ve since moved the kennel into the dining room (classy!), I feed him in there, throw treats in and keep the door open so he can explore it. I gently stuff him in there and sit beside him working on my laptop for about 30 minutes at a time while he learns that it’s a safe place. Then he comes out to play. He didn’t even know how to play at first, but I play ‘chase’ around the house and I got him a tug toy and he’s getting more playful as he gets more secure. My daughter seems to think I’m softening up to this dog, but I maintain that I still don’t like dogs, especially one eyed pirate dogs 😉

As you can see, kennel training is still a work in progress :/  Sev kennel trouble