Off Season Challenge

December 2 - February 23

Get strong, improve your body composition & build healthy habits

Wrap up party on 2/29. Book your final DEXA scan by 2/23 at this link and use ”VQ Off Season Challenge” when scheduling.

Team Leaderboard

As of Monday 8 am, 2/17

Team Points (Based on Weekly Team Ranking)



  • Congratulations! You've made it to the last week of the OSC. I know you've all been working on your strength for the last 11 weeks, so you'll be ready for this one! Your final challenge, should you choose to accept it, is LUNGES!

  • This week:

  • You are to do 8 of each 6 types of lunges, per leg, each day to earn your points, OR if you prefer, to just do one type of lunge, then do 48 per leg per day. Click on this link, for instructions on doing the various types of lunges (Stationary, Side, Walking, Reverse, Twist and Curtsy).Feel free to spread these throughout the day, to spice up a mid-day slump, or knock 'em all out at once.

The Teams

Noda's Nirvana's (Captain: Dave Noda)

  • Ken Carl
  • Tim Duffy
  • Jon Hageman
  • Mike Leon
  • Lesley Macedon
  • Jonathan Markowitz
  • Ruth Meade
  • Barbara Miller
  • Matt Parr
  • Tom Ross
  • Samantha Starsick
  • Rick Sudekum
  • Larry Thuet
  • Mark Zaar
  • Gina Zaar

The Warriors (Captain: Ron Dorneker)

  • Bruno Bertocci
  • Carol Cook
  • Ted Cornell
  • Glenn Crane
  • Rick Davis
  • Larry Jones
  • Sarah Jones
  • Meg Naulty
  • Mary O'Broin
  • Scott Ruiz
  • Mitur Sakoda
  • Pam Staton
  • Carol Steele
  • Tina Umanskiy
  • Robbie Ventura

Ride the Storm (Captain: Terry Gross)

  • Roberta Auslander
  • Jane Irwin
  • Robert Lee
  • Audrey Lessinger
  • John Nichols
  • Carole Ortiz
  • Ken Ortiz
  • Bryan Proctor
  • Emily Qualich
  • Mike Rechtin
  • Bryan Segal
  • Lori Ventura
  • Rory Welch

In the Zone (Captain: Kate Amaral)

  • Gil Bathgate
  • Lana Burl
  • Anna Clausen
  • Parris Devine
  • Bill Duke
  • James Egan
  • Jackie Greenberg
  • Janet Katz
  • Howard Kreiner
  • Suzie LaBelle
  • Tony Lakier
  • Estelle Lakier
  • Jen Mandel
  • Karen Whitson

Blue Zone (Captain: Janine Newman)

  • Inga Andrews
  • Jamie Bagelman
  • Meghan Brooks
  • Michael Brooks
  • Peggy Burroughs
  • Sam Cole
  • Paul Kretekos
  • Murray Lessinger
  • Kimberly Lilly
  • Amanda Ray
  • Michael Ray
  • Larry Wright
  • Alan Zablocki

Weekly Reflections

The Warriors

"I remember thinking back in November when I signed up for this that I wished I could just skip forward to February when I was going to be more in shape and fitter! Now that it’s February I have indeed hit my weight goal and find myself 10+ lbs lighter and my fitness and strength is much improved. The best part though is that it has been an enjoyable process and I’m actually a bit sad we are nearing the end of it! I really enjoy reading all your posts and I entirely agree with Ricky about the exercise circle. It’s so inspiring to be surrounded by such healthy, thoughtful, motivated, interesting people! Thank you!"

In The Zone

"OSC/VQ is amazing 😮. A team of people who encourage us to indulge and encourage and even celebrate 🎉 the good stuff in life while they cajole us to avoid the bad but attractive stuff... And endure the unavoidable.

OSC has hit the center."

Team Blue Zone

"Happy Valentines Day to all my blue zone pals! So nice to have spent the winter doldrums months sharing thoughts, challenges, great recipes and great workouts with you all. It makes winter way more tolerable! And it’s so nice to know that we all have one thing in common: we each have busy (too busy!) lives but we strive to make time to be fit and healthy! It is a continuing challenge, but I respect you all for sticking with it. It’s clear that healthy habits are as important to us as many of the other parts of our lives!"

Noda's Nirvana's

"OSC kicked my butt into gear after taking about 2 years off of serious training and made me more conscious of my diet and focus on making more meals at home instead of taking the easy route of grabbing something on my way home (cooking for 1 is challenging especially for someone not keen on leftovers). In the end I accomplished my goal of weight loss: losing about 17 pounds and surprisingly out of that 16lbs of fat! Adding 3x/week strength classes at VQ assisted with not losing muscle! I'm ecstatic with my results and look forward to continuing after I take a break in Nola this weekend 🤣"

Ride the Storm

"Hang in there- This time of year can feel overwhelmingly dreary"



  • Cardio/Endurance: 2 pts per session greater than 30 minutes (Heart rate above Zone 2). Max 3 days per week (6pts max per week)
  • Strength: 3 points per session. Max 3 per week (9 points max per week)
  • Reflection: 1 per week. Reflection will be posted on team Whatsapp channel. Max 1 per week (10 points)
  • Nutrition: 0, 1 or 2 points per day, 0 = worse than normal, 1 = same, 2 = better than normal. Max 2 points a day, 14 points per week
  • Weekly Challenge: Complete each day of the challenge. Max 7 per week (1 point)
  • Habit Builder: 1 or 0 per day completing your habit builder. Max 1 point for each day you complete the challenge


You will pick a habit builder that is a personal challenge you choose at the start of the OSC for the full 11 weeks. You will receive 1 point each day for achieving your goal in one of 5 areas.

  • Sleep (7+ hours a night)
  • Hydration (drink half your body weight in oz per day)
  • Journaling (daily intention/priorities or evening reflections)
  • Meditation (5-10 min per day or Headspace app)
  • Screen time (decrease usage by 25% based on starting percentage)

Share your selection with your team captain!


Scored at the end of the 11 weeks

  • 30 points for each pound of muscle gained
  • 30 points for each pound of fat lost


OSC Bonus Points Event (30 points): January 11th

Breakthrough Ministry Event - stay tuned for more info!