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JCC Blog

Tag: Fitness

Dec12

Pickleball Fever Hits the J

J is Training Grounds for Sr. Olympic Pickleball Champion

Not every member of the J knows that the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC is home to a vibrant Pickleball community. Few know, as well, that in Dr. Andrew Purcell, we actually have a Senior Olympic Pickleball Champion in our midst.

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and is extremely popular among seniors. Invented in the 1960’s in Washington State, Pickleball is a racquet sport, like badmitton, tennis, and ping pong.

You can play doubles or singles...

Nov14

A Faster Road to Recovery

JCC Member Neil Shaffer Strengthens Two “New Knees” 

Long time JCC Member Neil Shaffer has had four arthroscopic knee surgeries and two total knee replacements in the last 6 years, yet that doesn’t deter him from getting out to the J’s fitness centers four to five times a week.

Neil’s injuries occurred over the course of time, through wear and tear. He’s been determined to get things back as best as he can, knowing his new knees may degenerate as well.

A former runner, basketball and softball player, Neil is thrilled to do his elliptical, ride the bike, and walk the treadmill routine. He gives great credit to his orthopedist, Dr. Jon Koman, and his JCC Personal Trainer, Sivan Fagan, for giving him his mobility...

Sep23

Get Those Kids Moving!

New Youth Fitness Classes See Kids Developing Strength, Flexibility, Confidence 

From tots to teens to full-fledged high school athletes, the J offers a number of age-appropriate fitness opportunities that are both fun and beneficial for youth and teens. The J’s certified teachers and trainers ensure that children, as young as three years old, receive safe and supportive instruction.

According to JCC Director of Fitness Raychel Setless, the J is promoting lifelong healthy habits by giving extra attention to youth fitness. This past Spring a set of Jr. Fitness Classes were launched with...

Jul28

Giving it up to Gain it all

Coach Brendan McElroy Gives His Barricudas the Lessons of a Lifetime 

Coach Brendan with Nolan PlantJCC Barricudas’ Swim Team Head Coach Brendan McElroy began his coaching career in 1997. Coach Brendan, as he’s affectionately known, worked in the corporate world for several years and was looking to change course. He had an economics degree from the University of Virginia and a highly lucrative position generating sales for a large chemical manufacturing company in St. Louis, Missouri.

Adopted as the youngest in a large white lower middle class family in Baltimore City, Coach Brendan made a conscious decision to give...

Jul04
Weight Gym

Living his Boyhood Dream

Yaakov Bar Am Sculpts the Perfect Physique 

Yaakov's TrophiesYaakov Bar Am sporting his trophies

JCC Fitness Center Trainer and Bodybuilder Yaakov Bar Am looks cut in a tight yellow training jersey despite the fact that he recently completed what he terms the “Baltimore Food Crawl” with Fitness Center colleagues Denard Smith and Alek Groopman.

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Jun16

Listening to His Body

Antoine Griffin Goes After His Health and Fitness Goals 

Antoine Griffin is coming off an “exceptional workout”: after going at it for nearly three hours he’s feeling a mix of energized and exhausted, and pumped.

Antoine works out with the J’s very own Harold Harris on Mondays and Wednesdays, but today, a Friday, he worked out on his own. (He typically works out six days a week, including a long distance swim).

Since April of 2015, when he first joined the J, Antoine has dropped from a 44” waist to a 34” waist. He originally weighed 269 pounds then dropped 76lbs. to his current weight of 193. He is 8lbs. shy of his goal weight of 185.

A Baltimore native, Antoine joined the J after a co-worker...

Apr12

A “Toni” Transformation

JCC Member Toni Greenberg’s Journey to Better Health 

It began on March 7, 1987. I was getting dressed to attend my friend's wedding. I hadn't worn anything fancy in a year or two. Nothing in my closet fit. I was furious — at myself, at my clothes, at my weight. I had to ask a neighbor to borrow a dress. 

All through my childhood, teen years and for most of my 20's, I was thin. I didn't realize just how much weight I had gained in the past two or three years.

The next morning, I drove to Pikesville and attended my first Weight Watchers meeting. Ina Bronfein was the leader of the class. She saw how unhappy I looked and spent...

Mar21

Introducing Blake Piesto

J Fitness Team Member Muscles 407lbs off the Ground

J Fitness Team Member Blake Piesto has been coming to the JCC of Greater Baltimore since the age of five. In many ways, he is your classic J Kid. He attended preschool here, Kids Center after school, and every summer, he attended J Camps.

The difference between Piesto then and Piesto now is incredible. For starters, he’s stronger.

At 26 years of age and holding in the 130lb. weight class, Piesto recently deadlifted 407 lbs. to become a USA Powerlifting Champion.

407 lbs. is a lot of weight!

The thrill of winning the championship Piesto describes as “awesome, a rush, and totally exhilarating.”

In his earlier J days, Piesto was into...

Mar08

Wide Grip Lateral Pulldown Tips

with Fitness trainer Yaakov Bar Am

Meet Yaakov

J Fitness trainer Yaakov Bar Am specializes in working with men and women over 40. He is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He is also a Certified Personal Trainer and a Team Beachbody Coach. 

Yaakov was also chosen as the Fitness Team Member of the Month in Park Heights for his drive and dedication towards motivating/helping our members and fellow employees. We've all seen the inspirational and quite often funny drawings that have become customary for a Yaakov shift. These drawings have been attention grabbing and great conversation starters. Yaakov is also a valuable advisor to newer trainers on our staff, while also focusing on learning more about personal training  so that he can continue to hone his craft.

In this video, Yaakov teaches us...

Feb24
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Women and Heart Disease

With tips from Dr. Ali Tabrizchi and Lisa Sawyer 

Did you know that more women die from heart disease than from all forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s and lower respiratory disease combined? On February 3, 2016, Dr. Ali Tabrizchi, interventional cardiologist from LifeBridge Health Cardiovascular Institute gave a presentation about how heart disease affects women and how their symptoms and risk are different from men at our well attended “Go Red for Women – A Ladies Night Out” event.

Risk Factors
Dr. Tabrizchi discussed ways to modify your risk for developing heart disease.  There are two risk factors you cannot control: your age and your family...