Archive for March, 2016

Member Spotlight: Jeanne Liu – Powerlifter

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, Member Highlights, RCSC News

image1When Rock Creek Sports Club Personal Trainer Zach Tolchin spotted member Jeanne Liu at the gym – he noticed her commitment to hard work . However, he also noticed that her workout routines were… “a little all over the place.”  So he offered her a orientation session and a  couple of things became obvious right away.

“I saw that she was quite strong for her size and I also saw she was incredibly determined and focused, ” says Tolchin , adding that her background in dance also gave her a solid foundation of core and lower body strength.

After some discussion, Tolchin had peaked Liu’s interest in powerlifting, so Tolchin wrote her up a plan to help her train, and told her to check in with him once in awhile, to discuss her progressions.   Well, fast forward to November 2015, and Liu was taking part in her first competition — The Maryland State Championships — and with Tolchin coaching her, she won gold for her weight class!

And  23-year-old Liu has kept going!  Earlier this month, she also competed at the USAPL Terrapin Open – and walked away with another gold in her weight class – 114 lbs.

Her lifts in this past competition were as follows:

  • Squat – 192.7 lbs
  • Bench – 88.5 lbs
  • Deadlift – 253.5 lbs (almost 2.5 times her own bodyweight!)

Check out the video of her squatting:

“Jeanne has come a long way in a short time, she’s incredibly determined, competitive, and focused and I’m incredibly proud of her and her accomplishments,” Tolchin said.  ”I’ve had so many people come over to tell me they’ve seen her lifting in the gym and seems so focused that it’s almost zen.”

Men – It’s Time You Check Out Broga

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, RCSC News, Wellness Bites

crowDear Dudes: Want to be stronger? Want to be less susceptible to injury? Want to reduce anxiety, stress, and pain? What if we told you can do all that with Yoga? Don’t stop reading yet! Let us tell you about Rock Creek Sports Club’s “Broga Class!”

Broga
Wednesdays
6:00am -6:45am

First of all, clear your mind of all the stereotypes you have dancing through your head about what a yoga class looks like. Broga is designed to be simple, fun, challenging, and rewarding. There’s no Sanskrit, or “groovy heart talk,” or chanting – classes are straight-forward, physical, accessible, taught in regular English, and accompanied by a distinct soundtrack of awesome music.

The Broga approach is really unique,” explains Jaylene Sarracino, RCSC’s Broga Instructor. “The classes combine traditional power yoga with functional fitness exercises. The result is a practice that builds muscle, improves flexibility, reduces risk of injury, relieves stress and improves balance. Pro athletes practice yoga regularly. Broga brings that kind of fitness-based yoga to the masses with classes designed for people who can’t touch their toes but still need this kind of training.

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Yoga isn’t just for the young and flexible either — as a matter of fact, the less flexible you are —the more you need yoga!

“Broga students range in age from 18 to 78,” says Broga® Yoga President & Co-Founder, Adam O’Neill. “They come from all walks of life, all different backgrounds, but they all come looking for what we offer; that unique blend of high-intensity strength workout with the incredible “yoga” benefits such as balance, flexibility, improved circulation, injury reduction, stress-reduction, and many others.”

So come on and join the other 46 million men who say they are going to try Yoga this year (according to an analysis based on a Yoga Journal study) and check out Brogra on Wednesdays at 6am. Yes, we know it’s early – but another benefit of yoga… it leaves you feeling more energized! And ladies – don’t worry – you’re invited too!