Archive for May, 2014

Members of the Quarter: Jeffrey and Maude

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, Member of the Quarter

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Husband and wife members – Jeffrey Madison and Maude Windsor have loved working out at Rock Creek Sports Club for the past dozen years or so.  So much in fact, that Jeffrey was willing to go the extra mile to make sure it remained a  community gym.

That’s just one of many reasons we have named them our Members of the Quarter!

A few years ago, when there was a possibility that Rock Creek Sports Club would turn into a national chain, Jeffrey was concerned that many of RCSC’s employees would lose their job, and in turn, it’s status as a neighborhood gym.

“I just figured if I could, I would not let that stand,” Jeffrey explained.  ”When we realized that the key to the deal was acquiring the client list, I suggested we create a petition. The petition stated that the undersigned would quit their membership should the national chain buy the club. Our team worked tirelessly to get over 1400 of 1800 members to sign the petition within the two or three week deadline. That was like a gut punch to the national chain’s intentions!”

What made Rock Creek Sports Club worth saving?  According to Jeffrey, he loves it because it reminds him of the regular person gym in the movie “Dodgeball” — neighborly and a lot fun.  For Maude,  she said she had a great feeling after her very first visit, when she saw it wasn’t a “meat market.”

“RCSC is truly a neighborhood gym,” Maude agreed. “Everybody here is just trying to get a little fitness. That makes all the members friendly and loyal. Plus the staff really listen to your suggestions and comments.”

Though, with their busy schedules they don’t often find time to workout together, both Jeffrey and Maude find ways to make it into the gym at least a few times a week to keep up their fitness routine.

During the week, you may find Maude working out with one of her two trainers or walking on the treadmill while watching a DVD.  As for Jeffrey, he enjoys circuit weight-training and riding a stationary bike. Plus, they are both fond of taking therapeutic, detoxifying saunas.

“(Staying fit) adds to the quality of our lives,” they said.  ”We just feel better when we work out. Plus staying the same size saves on having to buy new clothes!”

Benefits of the Bench Press

Written by Sharon Sellers. Posted in Blog, RCSC News, Wellness Bites

The Bench Press is the most popular lift in the gym. It’s the upper-body exercise that lets you lift the most weight and builds upper-body strength like no other exercise since it activates so many muscle groups in the upper-body. These muscles include the pecs, deltoids, triceps, forearms, hand muscles and abdominals.Sharon-bench

If done correctly, the bench press can increase range of motion in the upper body and increase bone density. Bench Press is a free-weight exercise, requiring more activation of smaller stabilizing muscles in the shoulders, vs a chest press machine that guides the movement through a fixed plane. In a fixed environment balancing and stabilizing is not required, making the chest press machine a good learning tool for the elementary movements of a chest press. But to fully develop the strength and flexibility of the upper body a move to the Bench Press is necessary.

With proper progression and safe practices the Bench Press can be very effective. Start with just the bar to build strength in the small muscles. Always use collars on the bar when plates are added. A spotter is strongly recommended, especially when attempting maximum weights. Learn proper form to avoid injuries to the shoulders, wrists and lower back.

RCSC’s free 15-minute clinic for the month of May is instruction in the Bench Press. Three different days and times are available, making this clinic accessible for everyone. Sign up at the front desk for one of the following times: Mondays at 9:30am with Sharon, Thursdays at 6:00pm with Robert or Saturdays at 11:00am with Devin. Sharon is a former competitive bodybuilder and Devin and Robert have each won medals in several PowerLifting competitions and they are excited to share the secrets to proper Bench Pressing! Then compete in our Bench Competition to be held May 28! See the front desk for more details.