Archive for July, 2015

Why You Need RCSC’s New Restorative Yoga Class in Your Life

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, RCSC News

hatha-yoga-500You’re a hard worker, both on the job and at the gym. That can add up to sore muscles, stress and fatigue, quite possibly leading toward burn-out.  Avoid it with our newest class at Rock Creek Sports Club – Restorative Yoga.

Instructor Hannah Leatherbury says the class, which could also be called Cool Down Yoga or Before Bed Yoga, is a combination of Hatha yoga and restorative yoga.

She explains that the first 30-40 minutes of class is doing forward folds, hip opening, twists, poses on your backs and some inverting with downward facing dog or standing forward fold. The last 30-40 minutes are spent doing restorative postures with the support of props.

“All of these poses are good for relieving the stress of the day without over stimulating someone, as backbends, arm balances, and more difficult inversions could do,” Hannah adds.

This isn’t a class where the focus is burning calories and breaking a sweat. Instead, it’s about releasing tension and stress through breathing and relaxation.

“The challenge in this class comes in when you are asked to SLOW DOWN,” Hannah says.  “Many of us have a hard time doing that and our minds wander, we get bored, we resist the idea of letting go. But, the best medicine is to supplement the things you are missing in your life. If you are missing time for yourself to unwind and let go, this is a good practice for you.”

Restorative Yoga is open to everyone, including beginners, those recovering from an injury, dealing with a chronic condition or illness, or simply just need a way to work in some active recovery into their workout routine. Hannah just asks that you approach her before class if you have something going on with your body that she should be aware of, so she can help you with the proper modifications.

Restorative Yoga Classes take place Tuesdays at 8:10pm. You can check out other yoga classes, and the rest of our schedule here.

Member of the Quarter: Maureen Zaniel

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

MaureenZaniel1When asked why she works out, Maureen Zaniel, had a multiple reasons to share. Reasons that brought her to the gym, a reason she decided to kick up the intensity, and a reason she’ll continue to keep coming back.

No matter what her goal is, one thing we at Rock Creek Sports Club know for sure, Maureen will reach it – which made her a perfect choice for our latest Member of the Quarter!

“At age 64, Maureen Zaniel can do more than most people half her age,” explains Sharon Sellers, Personal Training and Operations Manager at Rock Creek Sports Club.

It all started about 5 years ago when Maureen decided she wanted to lose some weight and increase her fitness, to help her tennis game.

“ I love to play tennis,” says Maureen, “I wanted to have a fitness regime to help with that.”

Then after moving to Silver Spring about a year and half ago, Maureen joined Rock Creek Sports Club. To keep up her game, she keeps her workout routine well-rounded by personal training with Kolon Diallo, small group Tabata Training with Sharon, and some light cardio, like walking and treadmill work.

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But she didn’t stop there, when Maureen’s daughter made the announcement that she was getting married, Maureen told Sharon she wanted to make sure she had enough stamina to dance all night.

“I actually suggested to Sharon that I should have a couple of drinks before we did Tabata, you know, to simulate real life,” jokes Maureen.

Of course, they didn’t actually do that, but Kolon and Sharon made sure Maureen worked hard enough to have all the energy (and then some!) that was needed for this very important role.

“As Mother of the Bride, you’re on your feet the whole time,” says Maureen.  “I kept up with the party the whole night, AND made it to the bar later with all the kids!”

And, speaking of her daughter, Maureen says it’s the reason she’ll continue to make sure fitness is a part of her life.

“I think it’s important for your health, mostly,” she says. “I have one daughter and I would like to stay around for her as long as I can. She actually expects me to take care of her babies some day, so I need to be fit!”