Rock Creek Sports Club Personal Trainer Robert Giles Recognized for Excellant Teaching Skills

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, RCSC News

Robert1-217x300We are very proud and excited to share some very excellent news!

As some of you may know Robert Giles, one of our personal trainers here at Rock Creek Sports Club is also a History teacher and football/baseball coach at John F. Kennedy High School. It comes to no surprise to us, that his students love him as much as his clients do, and he was recently awarded the Best & Brightest award from NAACP Montgomery County, Maryland Branch in recognition of your partnership and dedication to the students of Montgomery County,

“I was completely shocked and surprised,” Giles said. “My students wrote numerous letters on my behalf without me knowing, and my principal did as well.”

Giles said he has known he wanted to be a teacher since middle school – and became more inspired during high school thanks to two of his teachers whom he also wanted to recognize — Mr. Engram and Mr. Wolinski.

“I was always taught by mother how important education is and I just wanted to help anybody who wanted to learn,” he said.

Despite his busy schedule coaching and teaching at the high school, Giles also continues to pursue his other passion, fitness, here at Rock Creek Sports Club as a personal trainer. And though it may not seem like it at first, teaching and personal training actually have a lot in common he explained.

“In both careers you are teaching people,” Giles said. “[Students and clients] have to feel comfortable with you and feel that they are being pushed, but they also have someone to fall back to if they need it. Fitness has always been a huge part of my life and I loved working out and helping people get in better shape, so I figured I might as well make it a second career since I loved it so much.”

Congratulations on your award Robert!

Move Well Fit Academy holds CPT classes at Rock Creek Sports Club

Written by Sharon Sellers. Posted in Blog, RCSC News

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Obtain your personal trainer certification!

Rock Creek Sports Club is proud to be the training ground for Move Well Fit Academy! Move Well Fit Academy has partnered with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) to provide training and education to aspiring fitness professionals in Washington, DC area who are seeking the Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification. This 80-hour, 8-week NASM CPT Prep Course will prepare one for this highly-regarded certification. Move Well Fit Academy is the only area personal training certification program that combines the certification program with an 80-hour prep course that includes weekly hands-on instruction. This hands-on instruction is what makes the difference between just reading the material in the book and truly understanding and experiencing the material.

About Move Well Fit Academy

Move Well Fit Academy was founded by Maurice Williams, a highly respected personal trainer in the Washington, DC area. Maurice holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Elon University and a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Adult Fitness from Ohio University. He has been in the fitness industry since 1996.

Class days and times

The next class starts June 20th and runs until August 15th. There is an 80-hour course online that includes 16 to 24 hours of hands on learning at Rock Creek Sports Club every Friday from 2-4pm. Go to www.movewellfitacademy.com for more information and to register.

“Tales from our Near Future Book” Signing with Jackson Coppley!

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Join us at Rock Creek Sports Club on June 23 from 5-7pm for a “Tales from our Near Future Book” Signing with Jackson Coppley!

talesJackson Coppley has always loved to tell stories.

“”I used to make up stories for my kids when they were little,” Coppley says. “And when I was dating my Ellen, I use to call her in the evenings and tell her stories over the phone.”

With all these stories and ideas bouncing around in his head, since he can remember, Coppley knew that someday he wanted to write when he could find the time.

Now that time as come! We’re excited to announce that Copley, a Rock Creek Sports Club Member, has recently published his first book, “Tales from our Near Future.” 

Tales from our Near Future is a collection of three stories, which Coppley categorizes as “Techno Romance” and asks the question “What happens when the age of high technology encounters the human need for love?”

Coppley — whose career included a top-secret clearance working in tech with national security and the military — says he has often speculated about where we were in technology, where we are going, and how it will affect people.

“I think about how quickly we can Google information,” Coppley explains. “How that affects our nature at a conversation at party, or from a privacy view point — knowing everything about someone.”

Coppley is excited about the release of “Tales from Our Near Future,” and is eager to get started writing his next book, starting with trip to Italy that will include some time for research.

For Coppley, any day that he sits down and writes something, (he tries for at least 1,000 words on a daily basis), he says he knows it’s going to be a good day.

“I like the writing part the best,” he explains. It’s a pleasure. When I start writing, it’s like the story starts telling itself to me.”

To learn more:
http://www.jacksoncoppley.com/
Purchase Tales of the Near Future
Purchase the Kindle version of Tales of the Near Future

 

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.

Join the Rock Creek Sports Club team at the Merrell Down & Dirty Race!

Written by Sharon Sellers. Posted in Blog, RCSC News

Join Hector and the rest of the Rock Creek Sports Club team at this year’s Merrell Down & Dirty Race, July 13, 2014 at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie, MD. This obstacle-climbing, trail-blazing race comes in two sizes – 3 miles and 6 miles, plus a kid’s race for ages 4-13.  Sponsored by Subaru, this event series raises money for Operation Gratitude, a Los Angeles based charity that sends care packages to deployed U.S. military. Register before April 6th to get the best pricing and be sure to select “racing with a team” and then select “Rock Creek Sports Club”. See Hector for details of race day.  And join Hector every Wednesday at 7pm for his 5k race through Rock Creek park.  This training run is open to members and non-members and will help you improve your race time. Check out this video of last years Down and Dirty race – you want to be there! Washington DC Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race

Join Hector’s Run Club!

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 Run ClubIt’s back!  Starting April 2, Hector will once again lead a 5K every Wednesday at 7 pm through Rock Creek Park. Members and non-members are welcome!  Runners will be timed, to help you gauge where you are at with your training (or just for fun!) and afterward we’ll provide water and snacks to refuel.

Also be sure to visit Hector’s running board, located in the the hallway to the basement, for the latest news on local races.

New & Improved Class Schedule!

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Class scheduleCheck out the new look of our Group Exercise schedule!

We are in the process of transitioning to a new software program called “MotionVibe” which will ultimately give you, our beloved members, more ways to interact with your favorite instructors, receive news about your favorite classes, and more easily reserve a spot in class (plus lots more).

We are still in the learning stages of the program, but check out what the new schedule format looks like and what information it provides at a click of your mouse!

Silver Spring Personal Trainer Mike Yuskiw brings Tai Chi to RCSC

Written by Sharon Sellers. Posted in Blog, Meet The Crew, RCSC News

mike - tai chiEmployee spotlight: Personal Trainer Mike Yuskiw! NSPA certified, Mike holds a BA in Chinese and Political Science. He spent 3 years in Beijing, China perfecting his Chinese and martial arts training and we are excited to have his kickboxing and martial arts expertise at RCSC! Join Mike in his Tai Chi Small Group Training class Thursdays, 7:45 to 8:35am.

Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.