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!!!

8 Ways to Reduce Your Sugar & Salt Dependency

People who try to lose weight often revert to their old habits. When asked why, one of the answers always revolves around the complaint that healthy food is not tasty.

We’d like to share some good news. It’s not that healthy food lacks flavor. The truth is that our taste buds have simply forgotten the flavor of real food. Clever food manufacturers have spent decades optimizing their products for the right mix of fat, sugar and salt to reach a “bliss point” that keeps us hooked.

You can break free of the processed food chains, but it’s not easy. Here are some suggestions that can help you reduce your sodium and sugar dependency.

Tip #1 Eat more home cooked meals
About 70 percent of the sodium in a Western diet comes from processed food (restaurants, fast food, snacks and prepared supermarket food). The rest is found naturally in some foods or is added when cooking or serving. If you really want to cut down on your sodium, just eat food you prepare.

Tip #2 Choose frozen, not canned
Salt and freezers are both food “preservers”. Choose frozen over canned veggies because they don’t need the salt to protect the food. They usually have  a higher level of the original vitamins preserved, compared to canned. When you do use canned vegetables, try rinsing them to remove some of the salt.

Tip #3 Delay salting
When cooking, add salt just before serving, and in a smaller amount than called for in the recipe. Each diner can then add salt to taste from a shaker at the table.

Tip #4 Gradual salt detox
Train your taste buds to enjoy less salty foods. Over the course of weeks and months, slowly reduce the amount of salt you add to food. Your salt comfort zone will adjust. If you keep at it, within a few months, you’ll actually start to dislike fast foods because they will taste too salty!

Tip #5 Gradual sugar detox 
You can train your taste buds to crave less sweet. Do it with your coffee / tea. Reach zero sugar in your coffee as follows: At the start of a new week, add just one quarter teaspoon less sugar to your drink than you normally do. The difference in flavor will barely be noticeable. After a week, it will even feel normal. The next week, try to reduce another quarter teaspoon, and so forth. Within a few months, you’ll discover you are drinking your coffee without any added sugar! If you are used to drinking 3 cups a day with 2 teaspoons of sugar, your daily saving of 6 teaspoons of sugar is worth 100 calories. That’s the equivalent of one pound of weight loss every 5 weeks!!!

Tip #6 Chewing gum
Low calorie chewing gum may help you resist the urge for sweet calories. Choose gums that don’t include artificial sweeteners. We like Glee and Pür brands because they don’t use artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and acesulfame-k.

Tip #7 Eat every 3 hours
If you wait too long between meals (or snacks), your brain will signal that it craving a fat / sugar / salt combo; your willpower won’t be strong enough to say no. If you never get to that stage, you’ll have an easier time making the healthier choices.

Tip #8 Get more sleep
A well rested person has better chances of refusing the many food temptations she comes across during the day.


Taken from Fooducate September 2015


PerkvilleBody Edge has partnered with Perkville to offer an online reward program. It’s a fun and easy way to earn points for attending classes, personal training, referring friends and family, attending workshops, and more!

How it works…
Perkville integrates directly with our front desk check-in systems so each time you check-in you’ll earn points! Perkville will send you an opt-in email inviting you to create an account. You be able to track your points anytime at

How do I get started?
It’s as easy as creating an account at When you sign up, you’ll earn 50 points instantly! Just make sure to use the same email account that you signed up with at Body Edge. If you need to update your profile, just ask our Customer Service team.

Here’s how you rack up points…

  • Check into the gym
  • Attend classes
  • Refer friends who join
  • Personal training sessions
  • Celebrate your birthday
  • Facebook posts
  • Complete customer surveys
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Bonus points for special seminars

Here’s how you redeem points…
Perkville tracks your points for you. Once you earn enough points for FREE prizes, you choose your prize by logging onto Perkville, choose your prize and bring in your voucher to redeem at the gym. It’s that simple!

Here are some of the rewards you can redeem at Body Edge:

  • FREE classes
  • FREE personal training
  • FREE one month membership
  • FREE one year memberships
  • FREE nutrition counseling
  • $10 off apparel
  • $25 Gift card

 Plus! Rewards can be redeemed with some of our favorite local businesses including:

  • Bloomers
  • Mindful Body Wellness
  • Ocean Isle Surf & Java
  • ProTee
  • Summertide Adventure Tours
  • Want to Go Out? Pet Sitting
  • And more!

Food and “Diet” Questions???

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Then, let’s have a quick CHAT!

Sometimes ONE SIMPLE adjustment can make a big difference in achieving

your GOALS.

I’m here to help! ~Beth Mincher, Certified Health Coach

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