Meet Dr. Michael Manyak: RCSC Member, World Explorer and Author of New Safety Travel Guide – Lizard Bites and Street Riots

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, Member Highlights

Manyak.HeadshotHere’s an interesting fact to get your day started — more people have been to outer space than have been to the Titanic. Even more interesting, one of those deep-sea explorers just happens to work out with you right here at Rock Creek Sports Club!

His name is Dr. Michael J. Manyak , and he is a professor of Urology, Engineering, Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine at The George Washington University; and the Executive Director for Global Medical Affairs for the urology products of GlaxoSmithKline.

In short, Dr. Manyak is a physician who specializes in urology and what is known as expedition medicine, or remote travel and wilderness medicine. This has allowed him to join teams of explorers all over the world on a number of adventures and his incredible stories don’t end at the collecting relics from Titanic.

For example:
• He served as a medical officer aboard the Norwegian icebreaker MV Polar Star for an expedition to Antarctica.
• He was part of a team that uncovered early human footprints in Tanzania.
• He helped a group of scientists who used DNA samples to identify a new species of highly endangered wild camels in the Gobi Desert.
• He and his son helped excavate early human artifacts and animal fossils with the Smithsonian Human Origins program at the edge of the Rift Valley in Olorgesailie, Kenya.
• He was part of the first scientific dive at Lake Khosvgol in Mongolia, the second largest lake in Asia.

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(Click Here to Here to Read About Dr. Manyak’s Expeditions and See More Photos)

This is the kind of guy you would want to take travel tips from right? Well you’re in luck! Dr. Manyak, along with two of his colleagues and fellow world travel experts, Rear Admiral Joyce M. Johnson, DO, USPHS (ret) and Warren J. Young, recently published Lizards Bites and Street Riots , which covers every sort of precaution you should possibly take or may have to take when touring abroad.

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Dr. Manyak told us the idea for the book came to him while he was writing a chapter for his textbook on expedition and wilderness medicine. “I wanted to provide guidance and help to anyone that travels,” he said. “It was a labor of love.”

packinglistThe book is proving valuable for those who travel, including Dr. Robert Gates, former US Secretary, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and president of the Boy Scouts of America.

“This relevant resource for travelers combines two intersecting components of travel today, health, and safety. The up to date information makes for a great travel companion to help you sort out problems on the road and protect your security.” Dr. Gates said, according to Lizards Bites & Street Riots website. “Whether traveling for business or pleasure, on a Scouting adventure or an expedition, stow this in your carry-on luggage!”

So now one of the important questions for us at Rock Creek Sports Club — how does one so obviously very busy, find time to work out?

“You have to make time or it gets away from you.” Dr. Manyak, a member at RCSC for about 10 years, said, adding with all the traveling and work he has to do, it’s important for him to stay in reasonable shape. “On average I train four days a week, doing HIIT (high intensity interval training) for about 30 minutes. Hard, quick workouts.”

For more information about Dr. Manyak’s adventures check out his website at www.michaelmanyak.com. You can read more about his book, Lizard Bites & Street Riots at www.lizardbites.com.

NYT: How Exercise Keeps Us Young

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, Wellness Bites

spin-500-The reasons why we get older, and why are bodies change the way they do, for the most part, is still kind of a mystery. However, a new study shows how exercise can significantly slow down a number of the common symptoms of aging.

According to a recent article in The New York Times, scientists have had some problems distinguishing what kinds of affects getting older has on our bodies, from those of a sedentary lifestyle, because many older adults are more sedentary than younger adults.

Researchers from King’s College London and the University of Birmingham in England, decided to solve this problem by gathering a group of adults aged 55-79, who were considered “serious recreational bikers” – thereby removing inactivity as a factor.

They then tested the following:

  • Endurance Capacity
  • Muscular Mass and Strength
  • Balance
  • Memory Function
  • Bone Density
  • Reflexes

In addition, they also conducted a Up and Go test, which measures how long it it takes to get up from a chair, without using his or her arms, briskly walks about 10 feet, turns, walks back and sits down again.

The results are pretty amazing!

Compared to supposedly normal benchmarks of aging, these bikers had results much closer to that of younger people, than people of their own age. In fact, “even the oldest cyclists had younger people’s levels of balance, reflexes, metabolic health and memory ability.” Oh – and that chair test – the oldest participants averaged 2 seconds faster than what’s considered normal for their age, and 4 seconds faster than those considered frail.

Of course, some results did show that age alone did have some results on reduced endurance and strength.

All in all though, we have to say these results really show how being active can have some seriously positive benefits as you get older! More reason to keep moving and to keep coming into Rock Creek Sports Club!

RCSC Member Shares Her 85-Pound Loss Success Story in Bethesda Magazine

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, Member Highlights

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 6.58.31 PMWe are so lucky to have so many amazing members here at Rock Creek Sports Club! Not a day goes by where we are not inspired by all of the hard work and dedication we see from all of you here in the gym. 

One those members is Jackie Judd, who recently shared her success story Bethesda Magazine.  As she neared her 60th birthday, Jackie decided she needed to make some changes, and with the help of Rock Creek Sports Club and Personal Trainer and Health Coach Jean Simons, she lost 85 pounds and found a new healthy lifestyle.

“Weekly nutrition sessions with Jean were candid assessments of what had gone right and wrong. She listened without judging, while reminding me that a setback did not have to be permanent. I will also confess that fear became a great motivator. The idea of reaching my 61st birthday still overweight scared me. Success motivated me, too. Feeling less winded during workouts and seeing changes in my body undoubtedly kept me going.”

Read Jackie’s Full Story Here

We also talked to Jackie’s trainer, Jean, to ask her what factors she attributes to Jackie’s success, and lessons we can take away from her story.

RCSC: What is it like to work with Jackie?
Jean: It has been wonderful working with Jackie. When I first met her, she made it clear that she was ready to make difficult but meaningful changes to improve her health. She just needed some guidance and support. She also understood that I was not going to wag my finger at her like a drill sergeant on the “Biggest Loser”. She knew it was up to her to set her own goals based on her personal challenges and her specific health needs.

RCSC: What do you think some of the main reasons she was able to succeed in reaching her goals?
Jean:

  • She did not want to follow a fad diet or extreme fitness program. She knew that she would not see results right away, but she wanted a program that she could sustain for life. 
  • She was ready to learn about herself – her food triggers, habits, reasons she had not moved her body much — and make significant changes in what she ate, how much she moved, her sleep habits, and her stressors.
  • She was ready to accept help in getting to her goals.
  • She used her husband and friends as support
  • She made a big commitment, financially and emotionally – she met with me twice/week to plan food and to do personal training.
  • She learned to cook and eat real food
  • She stuck to exercising 5 times/week or so

RCSC: Are there any important lessons we/women/older adults can learn from Jackie?
Jean:

  • Focus more on how you feel than how you look. When you embark on a new eating and fitness plan, think about how much more energy you will have and how strong you will become rather than what the scale says. I encourage my clients to appreciate what their bodies can DO and not dwell on extra fat or sagging skin.
  • Women really can get stronger at any age, even if they have never exercised before or are suffering from old injuries or arthritis and other joint pain.
  • Midlife challenges are real: hot-flashes, weight gain, hormonal changes, joint issues; stress, sleep problems, and more. But it is also a great time to focus on yourself.
  • It is extremely helpful to have a positive support system of family, friends, and experts.
  • View this as changing for life, not a quick fix 

Capitol Communicator Features RCSC Member Debra Silimeo

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

Photo from Capitol Communicator

Here at Rock Creek Sports Club we love to share news about all the of the amazing accomplishments of our members, both inside and outside the gym!

Just recently,  Debra Silimeo, member since 2002, was profiled in the e-magazine Capitol Communicator for her outstanding achievements in the communications field and as the executive vice president at Hager Sharp in Washington, D.C..

In addition to her full time job, Debra adds that she is also  a member of the DC Chamber of Commerce, has served on the board and is a member of the Leadership Greater Washington, is on the National Press Club’s Speakers Committee, serves on the Washington Women in Public Relations, and co-chairs the Girl Scouts’ Women’s Advisory Council.

WOW, that is mouthful!  So how does Debra find time to stay fit? 

“I make Saturday morning my must-do “appointment” for myself, and work in exercise other times whenever I can,” Debra tells us.  “It is a challenge, for sure, but I love to do it, always feel better afterward. I truly would not be able to keep up with my work and volunteer schedule if I didn’t exercise. It’s the best way to hit the ‘recharge’ button!”

To hit that “recharge button” Debra says she has to have her weekly spinning fix, and loves to do just about any exercise on a BOSU ball. Plus, she says she’s also a fan of our Zumba, yoga, and Presidential Arms classes, free weights, and hiking.

“I think that trying new things keeps it fun and interesting,” she explains.  ”So thanks, Rock Creek, for consistently introducing new things.”

Check out the Capitol Communicator Article Here – and don’t forget to say hello next time you see Debra in the gym!

The Sweet Life: What’s good, What’s bad, and a couple of tips

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, Wellness Bites

Girl eating pastryWe all know too much sugar is a probably a bad thing, and that it can have some pretty serious effects on your health. But do we really know why? Should we avoid all it? And what about the artificial stuff? This month National Institute of Health released an article answering a lot of these questions for us.

The Good:

The NIH explains that our bodies do need one type of sugar – glucose, to survive.

“Glucose is the number one food for the brain, and it’s an extremely important source of fuel throughout the body,” says Dr. Kristina Rother, an NIH pediatrician and expert on sweeteners.

BUT WAIT! Rother further explains there’s no need to add glucose to your diet, because your body can make the glucose it needs by breaking down food molecules like carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

The NIH also explains that some of the sugars which are found naturally in foods such as  fruits, vegetables, and milk, can be healthy additions to your diet because of all the extra nutrients and dietary fiber that come along with them.

The Bad

Too much sugar = more calories and all the effects that come with it, such as obesity.

Want to hear something pretty shocking? Fifteen of the calories in the American adult diet come from added sugars. That’s about 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day. You may not even realize how much sugar you are consuming, as it’s hidden in so many different types of food under a different moniker. For instance – go home and check that jar of pasta sauce you just bought. Some of the different names for sugar include:

  • corn sweetener
  • high-fructose corn syrup
  • fruit-juice concentrates
  • nectars
  • raw sugar
  • malt syrup
  • maple syrup
  • fructose sweeteners
  • liquid fructose
  • honey
  • molasses
  • anhydrous dextrose,
  • or other words ending in “-ose,” the chemical suffix for sugars.

The Artificial Stuff

Some say good, some say bad, in short – the studies are mixed.

The NIH explains:

People have debated the safety of artificial sweeteners for decades. To date, researchers have found no clear evidence that any artificial sweeteners approved for use in the U.S. cause cancer or other serious health problems in humans.

But can they help with weight loss? Scientific evidence is mixed. Some studies suggest that diet drinks can help you drop pounds in the short term, but weight tends to creep back up over time. Rother and other NIH-funded researchers are now working to better understand the complex effects that artificial sweeteners can have on the human body.

Some Tips from The NIH  for Cutting Added Sugars:

  • Choose water, fat-free milk, or unsweetened tea or coffee instead of sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and fruit drinks.
  • Reduce sugar in recipes. If a recipe says 1 cup, use 2/3 cup.
  • To enhance flavor, add vanilla, cinnamon, or nutmeg.
  • Eat fresh, canned, frozen, and dried fruits without added sugar. Choose fruits canned in their own juice rather than syrup.
  • Use fruits to top foods like cereal and pancakes rather than sugars, syrups, or other sweet toppings.
  • Read the ingredients list to pick food with little or no added sugar.
  • Use the Nutrition Facts label to choose packaged foods with less total sugar.

 

Words CAN Bring You Down – How to Stop It

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, Wellness Bites

Take a minute to answer this question honestly: When it comes time to motivating yourself to workout, eat better, and make overall healthier decisions – do you tear yourself down, or build yourself up?

Time.com recently examined how positive thinking can make all the difference in an article titled “The Reason You Make Unhealthy Choices.”

The author explains:

People often think that they are motivated by self-criticism, but a burgeoning area of research suggests the opposite. Being kind to yourself, as opposed to tearing yourself down, leads to fewer bad feelings and, in turn, healthier actions.

One research example they give is an analysis 15 different studies and discovered a link between self-compassion and four key health-promoting behaviors:

  • Eating better
  • Exercising more
  • Getting more restful sleep
  • and Stressing less.

Conclusion: People who were more self-compassionate, practiced the above habits more often.

So what are some of these ways to practice self-compassion? Another Time.com article – 10 Ways to Gear Up for Weight Loss – gives some excellent tips.

  1. Don’t Beat Yourself Up:  We all make mistakes, we all break a rule or two. We’re human! Acknowledge it, move on.
  2. Celebrate Every Success, this includes all the small milestones along the way to your goal.
  3. Don’t Focus Solely on Your Weight – examples improvements in sleep quality, mood, blood pressure, etc. (Check out 5 Reasons to Eat Healthier that Have Nothing to Do with Weight.)
  4. Find positive support – don’t let others tear you down either!
  5. Don’t set unrealistic expectations – just like in number 1, focus on progress.

Apple’s New Products Focus on Health

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, Wellness Bites

Source: Apple

Source: Apple

As  Apple unveiled its new iPhone and smartwatch today, one thing stood out to us tech-geeks here at Rock Creek Sports Club – the company’s focus on tracking health and fitness.

The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for instance, includes the M8 motion coprocessor “that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and the new barometer, which senses air pressure to provide relative elevation.”

In short – it offers the user motion data that will appear in the health app  so you can see how many flights of stairs you’ve climbed, or how far you’ve walked or run.

The new Apple Watch, which comes out next year, “unites the capabilities of an all-day fitness tracker and a highly advanced sports watch in one device you can wear all the time.”

The Activity app on the watch will measure three aspects of movement. The movement ring-  the calories you’ve burned, the exercise ring measures the brisk activity you’ve done, and the  stand ring shows how often you’ve stood up to take a break from sitting.

Even if you’re not a fan of Apple, we have to say, it’s exciting just to see the many different types of innovations being created to help people take an interest and control over their health.

Sore from Workout? Don’t Worry – Study Shows You’re Building Up Your Pain Tolerance

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, Wellness Bites

stretchOof! – Did that last workout leave you feeling sore the next day? Well good news! Not only were you building up your muscle, you may have also helped build up your tolerance for pain!

In a new study recently published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers compared the pain tolerance levels between two different groups. One group used a stationary bike for 30 minutes, 3 times a week, for 6 weeks. The other group did not do any extra exercise.

After six weeks, they were retested, and the group that had to ride the stationary bike seem to have developed “a greater ability to withstand pain.” The control group experienced no changes from the first time they were tested.

Researcher Matthew Jones from the University of New South Wales to the New York Times:

The results remind us that the longer we stick with an exercise program, the less physically discomfiting it will feel, even if we increase our efforts, as did the cyclists here. The brain begins to accept that we are tougher than it had thought, and it allows us to continue longer although the pain itself has not lessened.

Check out the Full Article Here: How Exercise Helps Us Tolerate Pain

Introducing Our New Community Partner: Causey Mansion!

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, RCSC News

Causey.MansionFormer club members Jan Broulik & Joe Phillips are fulfilling their dream.  They have sold their home here and purchased a Bed & Breakfast in Milford, Delaware, the Causey Mansion!  (Check out the Website: www.causeymansion.com/)

Milford is 100 miles from RCSC and is located about 24 miles north of Rehoboth Beach and 17 miles south of the Dover area.  The area is great for cycling, bird watching, beach going and just relaxing and don’t forget, Delaware is tax free.  Milford is also just a short drive to Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton and the Raceway & Casino in Harrington.

Jan and Joe are offering a discount for members who visit in 2014 (pending availability). Mention the name of any staff member at RCSC when reserving a room and receive a 10% discount!

Contact Joe at info@causeymansion.com or Call 302/422-0979 for reservation!

Don’t forget to “Like” them on Facebook at Causey Mansion Bed & Breakfast too!

Study: People who ran or jogged for as little as five minutes a day lived three years longer than non-runners

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, Wellness Bites

RunningRunning may not be everyone’s favorite activity. Heck, many a Cross-Country teams’ motto is actually “Our sport is your sport’s punishment.”  But a new study released by the American College of Cardiology may convince you to at least get a little jog in every day.

According to the researchers, running, even 5 to 10 minutes a day and at slow speeds (less than 6mph) can reduce your risk of premature death by nearly one-third and extended your life by about three years!

Carl Lavie, a cardiologist and co-author of the study, told  USA Today that running consistently can even balance out other mortality risk factors, which include obesity, high blood pressure and smoking.

“Fitness largely negates adverse effects of other cardiological risk factors,” Lavie said. “Fitness may be the strongest predictor of survival.”

So, how many minutes of running will you get in today? Tell us in the comments!

Read the full USA Today Article Here: Running of any length or speed reduces risk of death

 

 

 

Successful “Dieting” is All About Attitude (and Self-Monitoring)

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, Wellness Bites

iStock_000016156464XSmallIf weight-loss is one of your goals and you’ve struggled to achieve lasting results, you’re not alone. That’ doesn’t mean it’s time to give up – according to a recent article on Competitor.com it’s time for an attitude change.

Competitor recently took a look at a number of the people on the National Weight Control Registry, a database of men and women who lost at least 30 pounds and maintained it at least a year, and discovered what they had in common.

Here’s a hint – it’s not a specific kind of diet. Low fat, low carb, vegetarian, Weight Watchers – some work for some, some fail for some, some work for some, another for others.

Another interesting characteristic of NWCR members is that the vast majority of them failed with weight-loss diets a few times before finally succeeding. The combination of these two characteristics—variety in successful diet approaches and failures preceding success—suggests that different ways of losing weight work best for different people. A certain amount of trial and error is required to find a system that’s a good match for one’s individual needs, preferences, personality, and lifestyle.

So if the diet itself doesn’t matter, what does? After exercise, the behavior that is most powerfully associated with successful weight-loss maintenance among NWCR members is self-monitoring.

Most NWCR members count calories or at least track their food intake. This can be done informally, as in aiming for a quota of five fruit and vegetable servings daily or limiting oneself to one sweet per day. But, one way or another, these folks are paying attention to, and quantifying, their intake. And almost all of them are weighing themselves at least once a week and as often as daily.

Read more at http://running.competitor.com/2014/06/nutrition/want-to-lose-weight-then-get-serious_24583#ABRaG15XLtS1C30i.99

Do you have a weight-loss success story? Tell us in the comments or e-mail Sharon.Sellers@RockCreekSportsClub.com

Cantaloupe is Awesome – Trust Us

Written by RCSC Writer. Posted in Blog, Wellness Bites

cantaloupe melonOK, admit it, you’ve been there. In your effort to make healthier choices you have at one time or another substituted those fries for a side of fruit, only to be disappointed when you received nothing but cantaloupe. Don’t be sad! Cantaloupe, which are actually in season right now, are full of awesome nutrition!

Cantaloupes contain:

Fiber – Helping you to feel full

Potassium: Prevents muscle cramps, been known to help control blood pressure, regulate heart bean and prevent strokes.

Folate:  Promotes healthy growth and maintenance of cells, and for you mothers-to-be, helps reduce the risk of neural tube defects.

Vitamin C:  Known to protect against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, and eye disease. Plus – it’s awesome for your skin.

Carotenoids: antioxidants that are known to help prevent some forms of cancer and heart disease. They are also known to help with your vision.

Vitamin A: Also good for vision, a healthy immune system, and cell growth.

Plus…. 1 cup contains only 53 calories. So, go ahead and order that side of fruit, it’s worth it.

Rock Creek Sports Club – Powerhouse of Power Lifting!

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

Push Pull competition 2014 Congratulations to the Power lifters of Rock Creek Sports Club!

 Four Rock Creek Sports Club employees and three members competed in the USAPL Colosseum Push/Pull Challenge Saturday, June 14, 2014, with spectacular results!  Held in Columbia, MD, RCSC participants broke personal records and walked away with four medals!

 Personal Trainer, Devin Knox

 A strength and conditioning specialist at Rock Creek Sports Club, this was Devin’s third power lifting competition and his first without a weight belt.  With a personal best of 529.1 lbs in the deadlift and a 352.7 bench, Devin earned a gold medal in his weight class!

Personal Trainer, Zach Tolchin

For his second power lifting competition, Zach went 6 for 6 of his lifts. He had a personal best of 468.5 for the deadlift and a personal best of 270.1 for the bench press. Zach also performed his lifts without a weight belt.

Personal Trainer, Robert Giles

Competing in his third competition, Robert earned a silver medal in his weight class, completing 5 of his 6 lifts!  His winning deadlift was 523.5 and his bench was 308.5.

Front desk staff, Emily Karl

Competing for her first time, Emily completed 5 of her 6 lifts!  After months of training with Devin, Emily was able to pull in a personal best of 253.5 for the deadlift.

Member, Ashleigh Kling

Ashleigh is Devin’s sister, power lifting runs in the family! Ashleigh not only won the gold medal in her weight class but also broke the Maryland state record for the deadlift with a lift of 325.2!

Member, Kristy Lang

Competing for the second time, Kristy won the silver medal for her weight class!  She pulled a 319 for the deadlift and pushed 132 for the bench.

Member, Kevin Severs

Also competing for the second time, Kevin hit personal bests of 512 in the deadlift and 265 on the bench.

Once again, congratulations for a very successful competition! We are very proud of the hard work and focused dedication that these Rock Creek Sports Club employees and members demonstrated to reach their goals and achieve these results.

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!

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

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

 

Members of the Quarter: Jeffrey and Maude

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

Maude

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!”