Self Defense Class Improves Boy’s School Performance!

Allen Walters has been taking Anthony Merrill’s Total Body Conditioning Self Defense class for four months and loves it.  Recently Allen received the award “Citizen of the Month” for his classroom.  Here is what Allen’s mother had to say…

To Anthony… “I want to thank you because I believe your guidance has had a great influence in his (Allen’s) life! Before you started working with him he was feeling bad about his weight and his self confidence.  Now he has just received Citizen of the Month for his classroom.  Thank you Anthony!

Anthony says, “Allen attends class 4 days per week, is dedicated and hard working.  I am very proud of him and feel like I can help anyone who has the desire to live a healthier lifestyle.”

This is what Allen had to say about coming to class at the gym, “I enjoy taking classes at Body Edge Fitness with Anthony. Everyone is always nice to me. Since starting kickboxing classes I have gained courage and confidence in myself. Also my grades at school have improved because I have become more focused and believe in myself more.”

Youth classes are offered at 4:30pm Monday through Thursday.  Kids may come 1-4 days per week.  Adult classes are offered Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5:30 and 6:30pm. Cost varies depending on times per week and there is a discount for multiple members of the same family.  Come join the fun, get a great workout and see results!!!

February FREE Wellness Offer

Beth Mincher, Board Certified Health Coach, is offering an awesome deal…

Beth is offering a free 30 Minute initial consult during February – a chance to get to know her and vice versa.  You can discuss your health goals and chat about your main areas of concern in terms of food, lifestyle, oils or general health.  From there, determine the best course of action to work with Beth with a health coaching session or package.
The most popular package has been the Customized Wellness Portfolio for $150 which includes a hard copy binder with your own health report, resource information, recipes and more. Plus a one hour consultation to go over your binder and map out your initial action steps and plan to achieve your goals.


Vacationers are Welcome

Don’t fall into total “vacation mode”!
Just because you’re on vacation does not mean you can skip your workouts. If you are anything like me, vacation means you eat some of the yummy foods you normally avoid and the adult beverages increase. Yes?

Well here is the good news… Body Edge Fitness offers day passes for $12 or week passes for $30.

Are classes more your speed? (You don’t have to think, the instructor tells you what to do in a fun group environment.) Come try Tabata, Yoga, Strength, Core Challenge, Body Fit, Spin, Edge, Zumba or Silver Sneakers for $10 per class.

Personal Training is also available by appointment to focus on your specific needs for $35 per session.

The staff at Body Edge looks forward to seeing you.

Safe Travels,
Cindy Black
Owner/Personal Trainer

Awesome New Class

Hey gang, we have added an awesome new class to our schedule…Core Challenge!

This 45 minute class is designed to improve core strength, flexibility, stability and balance using a variety of equipment including your own body weight.

Class will be taught by our very own Teri Daly on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9am during the month of June.

Plank Challenge Winners

What an amazing group of athletes we have at Body Edge Fitness! The plank contest was a huge success. Congrats to everyone who participated and improved their time over the month.  But I must say Ray Zetts (81 years old), you are our hero! Ray held the plank on his forearms and toes for 13 minutes and 23 seconds…wow!  Stay tuned for results from our October “Push-ups for Pec” contest to support Breast Cancer Awareness.


Are you sweating this summer???

BANa-ProductBANa was developed by Dr. Benjamin Yoo, who practices in Mt. Pleasant, SC. The product is modeled after a saline IV and is designed to simplify the process of overcoming dehydration, heat exhaustion and cramping – but can also be used to help prevent them!

BANa is manufactured without all of the sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial coloring/flavoring and calories you’ll find in other sports/rehydration beverages AND its all natural, as we use Sea Salt, Stevia, and natural cherry juice. BANa has 0 sugar, 0 calories, and 1 carb – It is healthy!

Obviously, the maximum benefit is when severe dehydration occurs.  But 1-2 bottles will keep most athletes/outdoor laborers hydrated all day.  1-2 bottles will also serve as a healthy and effective cure to the common hangover.  Also, a bottle before bed will help with those pesky night cramps many people get.

What is Dehydration?

The science behind it is simple – the body does not have enough of the necessary fluids to adequately function. Dehydration occurs when you lose more fluids than you take in. The treatment for dehydration is to replenish fluid loss.

Illustration of how sodium helps the kidneys absorb water
While there are many different ways for your body to absorb H20, the Kidneys are the most efficient way. The Kidneys actively transport H20 to the rest of your body.

Sodium Fuels Rehydration

Sodium is the key electrolyte used to help the body retain fluids. This is the basis of a Normal Saline IV fluid given in the ER. The only ingredients in a 1 Liter Normal Saline are Salt (NaCl) and Water (H2O) (9,000mg of Salt in 1,000ml of Water). Sodium is the most abundant electrolyte contained in the fluid within the body. When dehydrated, the body sends a signal to the brain, adrenals, and the kidneys. This triggers hormones to be released from the brain and the adrenal gland to let the kidneys know the body needs fluids. During dehydration, through these hormones, sodium is taken from the kidneys through an active transport system. When this occurs, water is passively moved into the body as well. In the kidneys, water cannot be reabsorbed without the active transport of sodium. This is the concept behind IV fluids and BANa.

So Why BANa?

  • 4 Adult BANa’s is comparable to 1L Normal Saline IV
  • Absorption rate into your body is comparable between oral consumption and IV fluids given in the ER
  • Hydration equals Performance – both physical performance, and mental acuity
  • Faster recovery time

Are you suffering from the effects after a night of partying?

The likely culprit: dehydration. When you are hungover, your body gives off the same symptoms as dehydration—nausea, headache, stomachache and cramps. Alcohol is a diuretic, and makes it extremely difficult for your body to reabsorb water and salt.

BANa’s rehydrating properties can help speed up your hangover recovery by allowing salt and water to simultaneously be absorbed into your body. Just 1-2 bottles of BANa after a long night out or first thing in the morning will help ease that throbbing head and overall sense of feeling horrible. Bottoms up!

BANa is now available at Body Edge Fitness!!!

Buy a bottle to try, or buy it by the case for when you head out to the golf course, tennis court, beach, boating or working in your yard.  Know anyone who works outside for a living?  They need this product! 

Mention this ad and you will receive a cold bottle for free when you buy a case!

About Benjamin Yoo, MD


Meet our new instructor…

Casey FallonWe are very excited that Casey Fallon has joined the Body Edge team.  Casey is now teaching two new classes, 5pm Strength class on Thursday nights and an 8am Spin class on Friday mornings.  She is also subbing wherever we need her.  Our members and guests have reported back with rave reviews!  If you have not tried one of Casey’s classes please do, you are sure to get a great workout and have fun in the process.

Casey is a certified Madd Dog Spinning Instructor and Les Mills Body Pump Instructor.  She is a recent graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey, class of 2016, where she studied English, Biology and Public Health.  She was a member of the Rutgers cheer leading team, and has always incorporated education and fitness into her life.  She plans to attend graduate school to become a Physician Assistant.

(We apologize for the “proof photo”, I was just so excited to tell you about her I could not wait for another pic.)


New classes are rocking!

June 1st kicked off of two new EXCITING classes at Body Edge.

tabataFirst up is Tabata at 8am.  Tabata is a “High Intensity Interval Training” program featuring 8 rounds of 8 – 20 second sets which equals 32 minutes of work.  Tabata is great quick workout if you want to get in fabulous shape and improve your endurance, strength and speed.  Anyone can take the class regardless of age and fitness level.  All exercise can be modified to fit your specific needs!  Class will be held Mondays and Wednesdays 8-8:45am and taught by Teri Daly.

zumba 101


Next is Zumba 101 at 12 noon! Zumba 101 is a Latin inspired calorie burning dance fitness class with easy to follow moves.  All ages and fitness levels are welcome but designed for beginners and seniors.  A serious dose of low impact energy and crazy fun!  Cheryl will show you the moves and the steps are easy to follow.  Ditch the workout and join the party!!!  Class will be held Mondays and Wednesdays 11:45am – 12:30pm and taught by Cheryl Cullina.

Say NO to chemicals!

Body Edge Takes the Lead on Going Green, Clean and Lean!

thieves cleanerOcean Isle Beach, NC – March 15, 2016 Cindy Black, owner of Body Edge Fitness Solutions, announces the implementation of a non-toxic, plant based cleaning agent to reduce the hazards and exposure to harmful, toxic chemicals for clients of the gym.

To encompass a well-rounded approach to health & wellness, Body Edge Fitness stands behind offering a complete package. Fitness, to include classes, personal training and full gym services, as well as nutrition consultations, and Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils, to include the use of safe cleaning agent, Thieves Cleaner.

The Environmental Working Group has unearthed compelling evidence that hundreds of cleaners, even some of those hyped as “green” or “natural” can inflict serious harm on unwary users. Many present severe risks to those who come into direct skin contact with the cleaning agent, or breathe their fumes. Though many Americans assume government bodies oversee the safety of the multi-billion-dollar household and commercial cleaning products industry, it is largely unregulated. (Information reported from the 2012 EWG Cleaners Database)

There are toxins everywhere in everyday life, and some are harder to avoid than others. However, when it comes to chemicals, cleaning products are some of the top offenders. Often we pay the price of our health in exchange for attempting to clean our daily environment. According to the Organic Consumers Association: “In 2000, cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers, accounting for 206,636 calls.” Cleaning products provide us with a range of health concerns. Some cause hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are linked with chronic or long-term effects.

Our transition to naturally derived, plant-based cleaning will provide a safer alternative, contributing to long-term health and wellness. More information about this product can be found at  It is also available for sale at Body Edge Fitness. Body Edge Fitness also aims to educate the general public and their clients by offering monthly classes. The next ‘Live Less Toxic’ class will be held on Wednesday, March 30th, 6pm. Cost is $10. To register, please call 910-575-0975 to reserve a spot.

For more information about this announcement, Body Edge Fitness Solutions or upcoming events, please send an email to [email protected] or call 910-575-0975


She did it AGAIN!

Cari (2)Yes, she did.  Cari VanWinkle qualified for her 3rd Boston Marathon this past Saturday in Myrtle Beach!  With her best time yet, 3 hours 24 minutes, Cari has secured a spot in the 2017 Boston Marathon.  Now if you are like me, you are starting to calculate that time into minutes per mile.  Well, it factors out to approximately 7 minutes 47 seconds per mile… WOW!  She was flying for 26.2 miles.

Cari is 34 years old,  mother of two young kids – Nick & Sage, wife and business owner with her husband Rip.  Throughout the spring, summer and fall you will find Cari in her “office” – the intracoastal waterway and it’s offshoots.  She is the lead tour guide for their company Summer Tide Adventure Tours.

Cari 2One of Cari’s other favorite places is Body Edge Fitness.  You can find her there almost every morning!

After the race Cari said, “So apparently this is my ‘lucky Marathon shirt’. Seems that every race is my best one when I wear my Body Edge fitness tank top. So a little shout out to the best gym ever and all of the members that I love so much!!!  Thanks to all for an amazing amount of encouragement, and a great thanks to the Jacobs Ladder!”

Super stoked!!! I did it again...I came, I ran, I conquered! I ran my best marathon yet at the 2016 Myrtle Beach Marathon, finishing in 3:24.21. Here I come again Boston 2016 and now 2017! I'm one happy girl!

Super stoked!!! I did it again…I came, I ran, I conquered! I ran my best marathon yet at the 2016 Myrtle Beach Marathon, finishing in 3:24.21. Here I come again Boston 2016 and now 2017! I’m one happy girl!

Cari will be running in the 2016 Boston Marathon on April 18th.  We wish her the best of luck.  She is an inspiration to all of us at Body Edge.  She has already made us proud to have her as part of our “gym family”!

Cari 3