Exercise for Mind, Body, and Soul

By Carol Wills
Photos courtesy of Trinity Baptist Church

Ever wake up on a cold, dreary winter day and wish you had somewhere to go exercise? How about a spacious, airy, state-of-the-art recreation center right in North Hills that welcomes everyone?

The mission of the Recreation Outreach Center (ROC), part of the Trinity Baptist Church campus on Six Forks Road, is to reach out to the community for Christ by providing a place that is safe and welcoming to everyone. It’s a place to restore not only your physical health, but your spiritual health as well. Associate Pastor Spencer Good notes there is an increase in attendance in the winter, especially for the walking track, as folks seek an indoor facility.

The Reverend Good, associate pastor, oversees a program flexible enough to suit everyone’s needs. A graduate of East Carolina, Good majored in Exercise and Sports Science with an emphasis in Sports Medicine. He is also a first-degree black belt in taekwondo. In addition, Good, who joined the staff of Trinity in 2005, holds a Master of Divinity with languages from Campbell University Divinity School. Good’s outlook on sports, exercise, and spirituality is reflected in the motto of the ROC: “Play with a Purpose.”

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While the indoor suspended walking track on the second floor is one of the most popular aspects, especially in the winter, the ROC has full-size basketball and volleyball courts, a game room equipped with a pool table, and men’s and women’s locker rooms equipped with showers.

If what you need is cardio fitness equipment, there’s plenty to choose among. How about a Matrix Upper Body Spin Bike, LifeFitness Activate Commercial Treadmill, LifeFitness Activate Elliptical Cross-Trainer, LifeFitness Activate Recumbent Bike, LifeFitness Activate Upright Bike, or an Octane Seated Elliptical? The variety of machines available ensures you’ll never get bored.

And, no matter our age, we all could stand to be stronger. The ROC supplies six varieties of strength-training machines, including a chest press, shoulder press, leg press, and a bicep/tricep machine—to name just a few.

If fitness classes appeal to you, you have quite a choice. If your preference is for a class more attuned to the needs of seniors, you might consider the Senior Adult Bend and Stretch class, which meets on Tuesday mornings. For a monthly fee of $30, you can purchase a fitness pass and sign up for any number of different classes; or you can pay $5 for individual classes. Check the website, ROCRaleigh.com, for class times and descriptions. Also on the website, look for announcements of special events related to fitness, such as golf tournaments and 5K runs. These classes and events offer a great way to meet people and have fun.

There are no contracts to sign, but each person who uses the ROC is required to complete a form and obtain a scan card that is used to access the facility. Pastor Good says that the ROC takes security very seriously and has a number of safety protocols in place. According to the ROC’s policy statement, children in the fifth grade or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

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Since the ROC is an outreach ministry extension of Trinity Baptist Church, it is open to church members and non-members alike. All members of the church are encouraged to bring guests. The tournaments, games, and special events attract many members of the community.

For instance, the ROC’s North Hills 5K run, which takes place in September, is one way that the ROC reaches out to other churches and individuals to join together in raising funds for North Raleigh Ministries. This run benefits the Backpack Buddies program, which supplies food over the weekends for children who are food-insecure.

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