For the month of December:
NEW Extended Club hours!
Rock Creek Sports Club will now remain open until 11pm Monday thru Friday! Enjoy!
December FREE 15-Minute Clinic: BeamFit!
Using the Beam can help improve muscle tone, strength, posture, mobility and flexibility while helping you improve on your balance. Sign up at the front desk - space is limited.
New Small Group Classes forming in December
Cardio Express Yoga with Suzanne:
Tread and Shread - a treadmill class:
-Tuesdays with Adele11am-noon.
December Happy Hour Workouts
Fridays 6:30-7:30 PM in the studio. Guests are FREE so bring a friend!
Dec. 6: BodyStep with Carolina
Dec. 13: Zumba with Hannah
Dec. 20 ASA! African Dance with Akosua
Dec. 27: BodyPump with Tricia
Members of the Quarter
Meet our newest Rock Creek Sports Club Member of the Quarter
Our Members Rock!
We have so many members doing so many amazing things here at Rock Creek Sports Club! Read about them on our Member Highlights Page!
We're Number 1!
We recently received Editors' Pick for Best Neighborhood Gym Bethesda Magazine, 2012.
Today's post comes from Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC, Counselor and Wellness Coach. You can learn more about Ronnie and her services on her Website: http://www.ronniebiemans-ma-lcpc.com/. There are essentially two forms of meditation: insight and concentration. Mindfulness is considered insight meditation since it brings full attention to the body and mind in the present moment without trying to alter or manipulate the experience. Through this experience a greater self awareness arises. The task is simply to observe. In contrast, with concentration meditation, the focus is on concepts, imagery or a mantra. A sense of tranquility is one of the benefits of the mind being deeply absorbed with the meditation object. The distinguishing difference is that with concentration meditation, you become one with the object of focus, leading to greater meditative absorption,whereas with insight meditation you begin to see the ever changing nature of body and mind and the difficulties that can arise from fixed, self limiting definitions of who you think you are. These insights deepen your understanding of what fuels your stress and suffering and leads to greater balance and peace. Sources: A Mindfulness-based stress reduction workbook by Bob Stahl, PhD and Elisha Goldstein, PhD, The Mindfulness Solution by Ronald Siegel, PsyD, five good minutes: 100 morning practices to help you stay calm & focused all day long by Jeffrey Brantley, MD and Wendy Millstine
With Rock Creek Sports Club membership number #100 — Linda McKnight jokes that she was a member here before the club was even built — “when it was just some guy in a trailer in the parking lot.” Fast forward many years later… Linda says never misses Rachel’s Spin Class or Hannah’s Yoga Class, and when the weather no longer allows her to get in her favorite outdoor activities — biking, hiking and kayaking — you can also find her in our boot camps and dance classes! Linda is also the resident artist at the Club’s neighboring restaurant The Daily Dish, where her photographs will be on display until the end of September. Read more
Those miles on our cardio equipment really add up! And now you can win some pretty sweet prizes for it! Purpose: Fun way to encourage regular and consistent cardio workouts with a goal of 30 minutes, 4 times a week. Goal: To theoretically run, walk, bike or row from Silver Spring to Ocean City, MD using one of the cardio machines in the club over a 6-week period. The trip is 140 miles. Or - see how far you can go by reaching one of the other beaches posted! To participate: Sign up starts Monday, June 24 and the race begins Friday, June 28. Stop by the front desk or ask one of the trainers. There is no cost to join the fun! Measurements of Progression:
- Mileage is based on time spent on any of Rock Creek Sports Club’s cardio equipment: treadmills, steppers, Arc trainers, cross trainers, bikes or rowers.
- For each 5 minutes spent on a cardio machine the participant will earn 1 mile.
- At the end of the workout the participant will stop by the front desk to record the time spent on cardio. Note there will be a limit of 60 minutes a day.
- Also, cycling classes may count but not other formats of group exercise classes.
- We will keep a posted chart updated with each participant’s mileage in a graph format.
Final Day: Last day to record milage will be Friday, August 9. Winners:
- All participants who complete 140 miles by Friday August 9 will be awarded a Rock Creek Sports Club t-shirt!
- The member who reaches the farthest beach will win the Grand Prize, two FREE months of membership!
- Second prize will be one month of free membership.
Summer is here! And you know what that means, tons of fresh fruit and vegetables are in season. And we don't know about you guys, but here at Rock Creek Sports Club, one our favorite summer-time treats is definitely watermelon. Why? Well, not only is it delicious, but it's packed with so many amazing nutritional benefits, you'll want to pick one up on your way home from work after reading this list. Read more
It seems like every day we learn about a Rock Creek Sports Club member who is working on a big project, achieving something amazing, or doing something wonderful for the community. Today we would like to recognize member Philip Dine, author of the recently released book, State of the Unions: How Labor Can Strengthen the Middle Class, Improve Our Economy, and Regain Political Influence. Read more
If you work hard — it shows! That's the advice from Rock Creek Sports Club Personal Trainer Devin Knox, who managed to train not only himself, but also his sister, and Rock Creek Sports Club member Dave Lindoefer, to compete in the 2013 USA Powerlifting Equinox Open. The meet consisted of three events: Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift. For each event you have three attempts — an opener, a second lift, and third lift — and they count your heaviest attempt toward a three-lift total. Read more
You learn something new every day here at Rock Creek Sports Club. For example, today we learned Chi- Chi- Chia pets from the 80s were actually sprouting from an amazing edible seed full of nutrients and antioxidants! The chia Seed is an edible seed grown in Mexico, and can actually be traced back to the diets of ancient Mayans and Aztecs and now it's making a comeback as an easy way to add in a number of healthy benefits to almost any meal. Read more
Feeling down? Try a little down dog in one of our Rock Creek Sports Club Yoga classes! Researchers from Duke University recently reviewed more than 100 studies to determine if yoga truly has any benefits when it comes to treating certain psychiatric disorders. The results: Yoga does indeed have some power in helping mild depression, and sleeping complaints, as well as improving symptoms for schizophrenia and ADHD patients already using medication. Read more
You know all those great benefits that exercise can have on the brain, such as better memory and reduced anxiety and depression? Well, new studies show that it's true, but only if you keep up with it! A New York Times reporter recently wrote about two studies presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society of Neuroscience that analyzed what happened to rats after they quit exercising — both found similar results. Read more