NEW CLASS – GYM 101

An instructional class that caters to those who are new to the gym, want to learn new exercises or have just hit a plateau in their workout.  Beginners will learn basic, fundamental fitness movements in a small group format. Experienced gym members will learn new exercise techniques to take their fitness program to new levels. Special attention is given to teaching proper form and technique in a safe, progressive manner to ensure you feel comfortable in our gym. Taught by Anthony Merrill, Certified Fitness Trainer.

This is a 3 week course comprised of six 1 hour sessions. Classes take place on Monday and Wednesday at 1:00pm and 5:30pm. Introductory price for all six sessions is $59 or you may drop into any class for $20. Next course begins Monday, January 21st. Call or come by the gym to register. 910-575-0975  Space is limited as this is a small class format.

Class Schedule:

Class 1Strength Training Using Machines

  • Burn fat and build muscle! We’ll provide expert training on using weight machines safely and effectively. Learn new weight training techniques to improve your fitness and help you reach your goals faster.

Class 2 Free Weight & Kettlebell Basics

  • Look great in the mirror! Build strength and bone loss using weight training. We’ll show you how Why? Because life is easier when you’re strong!

Class 3 TRX (Total Body Resistance Exercise)

  • Resistance training provides an incredible boost to your metabolism! Adding resistance training to your workout routine can help accelerate fat loss.

Class 4 Cardio & HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)

  • Increase your endurance and stamina! Learn how to tailor a cardio program for you specifically so you can lose weight and be fit.

Class 5 – Bodyweight Movement for Functional Strength

  • Learn the top bodyweight movements you can do anytime/where! We’ll show you how to use your bodyweight to increase flexibility, coordination and balance.

Class 6 Dynamic Stretching Overview

  • Do you stretch enough? Most of us do not yet it is so important to our health. Learn how to avoid muscle imbalance and increase your flexibility. Stretching is critical to aging well!

Free or Discounted Senior Memberships Available

Body Edge offers FOUR options for seniors to join the gym, take classes and pay very little or NOTHING!

All the programs are based on your healthcare insurance.

AARP MEDICARE SUPPLEMENTAL PROGRAM – annual contract is 50% of the Body Edge membership fee ($39/month). $19.50 per month would be drafted from checking, credit or debit account. Go to the website healthyourway.com to get your confirmation code.

SILVER & FIT – $50 per year for eligible NC Blue Cross Blue Shield Advantage or Supplemental members.  May be free for other insurance plans.  Website – silverandfit.com

RENEW ACTIVE – Free to United medicare Advantage members. Website – myrenewactive.com to get confirmation code.

SILVER SNEAKERS – Free to eligible members in participating Medicare Advantage or Supplemental plans. Website – silversneakers.com

 

Programs for 18-64 year olds:

BLUE 365 – Cost dependent on health insurance.  Fee paid to Blue Cross Blue Shield. Website – blue365deals.com

ACTIVE & FIT – Cost dependent on health insurance.  Fee paid to Active & Fit. Website – activeandfit.com

 

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

Down hill skiing in her 70’s!

Teri & Rumel

Teri & Rumel

The last week of January I visited my family in Burlington, Vermont.  My daughter and I decided the time was right for a day to ski.  We went to Stowe, Vermont.  I prayed as I was on my way down the hill for the first time that I would not fall!  We took three runs that day and went to lunch.  It was a great day for mother and daughter, one that will go to a special place in my heart.

I owe this trip to my Senior Classic class and instructor Teri Daly.  I attend class 2-3 times per week.   I have gotten much stronger and have improved my balance.  Teri is great at her job and truly cares about everyone in our class.  She loves to see our improvements as much as we do!  Thank you Teri.

Rumel Bradt

Lost 30 Pounds!

BettyJanuary marks my one year anniversary with the Body Edge Silver Sneakers (Senior Classic) class.  It was the best decision because I have gained strength and balance in addition to LOSING 30 POUNDS!

Teri is a great instructor and the class is SO MUCH FUN.  I love all the friends I’ve made and look forward to 2016.

Thank you Body Edge  —  Betty Ann Luff

 

Two Simple Steps to Improve your Health

written by Wayne Westcott, Ph.D

shakeThere are two relatively simple steps that you can take that will have a major impact on your health, fitness and appearance. The first step is to begin a basic and brief strength training program, and the second step is to increase your daily protein intake.

Consider the results of three recent research studies that examined the effects of these two lifestyle changes.

Our first research project involved 46 men and women (average age 59 years) who did a standard program of resistance exercise (11 Nautilus machines) with or without a protein shake after each training session.  The participants who performed the exercise program without extra protein added 4 pounds of muscle and lost 5 pounds of fat for a 9 pound improvement in their body composition.  The participants who preformed the exercise program with extra protein added 5 pounds of muscle and lost 9 pounds of fat for a 14 pound improvement in their body composition, a 50% better result!

Our second research project included 52 man and women (average age 52 years) who did no exercise or who did a standard program of resistance training (12 Nautilus machines) with or without a protein shake after each training session. While both exercise groups achieved far better results than the no-exercise group, the improvements were significantly greater in participants who took supplemental protein.  These individuals added 5 pounds of muscle, increased their bone density by 1%, reduced their systolic blood pressure by 10 mmHg, and reduced their diastolic blood pressure by 5 mmHg, all of which were very impressive and healthful achievements.

Our third research project involved 121 men and women (average age 59 years) who did exercise only, or exercise with increased daily protein intake and decreased calorie intake.  The exercise-and-protein group experienced much better results than the exercise-only group, including more than twice the muscle gain.

Every survey reveals that the greatest obstacle to regular exercise is lack of time.  It should therefore be encouraging to know that the three relatively brief (30 minute) weekly exercise sessions are sufficient for significantly improving body composition (lean weight, fat weight) and for attaining relatively high levels of overall physical fitness especially when protein consumption is increased.

A Successful Year!

Thank you, Body Edge for the one year anniversary greeting but most of all for the wonderful health and fitness benefits. I joined the gym a year ago and see a big difference in my strength, endurance and overall health. The staff is very helpful and friendly while offering great expertise and encouragement.

Thanks again, I’m looking forward to another year and more!

Sharon Stedman

CHOCOLATE?!?

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Chocolate – Healthy or Not?

There’s a lot of confusion when it comes to chocolate. Is it healthy or not?

Short answer: small amounts of dark chocolate may be beneficial to your health. However, most people don’t eat chocolate this way.

Detailed Answer: Let’s start with some background. Chocolate is made from cocoa beans, which are higher in antioxidants than even green tea or prunes. These antioxidants, known as flavanols, can help with heart health and reduction of blood pressure. There is a problem, though; these antioxidants make the beans very bitter.

From a flavor perspective, the chocolate most of us buy and eat bears little resemblance to the cocoa beans. They undergo a fermentation and roasting process to remove the bitter flavor, and, as a side effect, a substantial percentage of the healthy antioxidants.

Most chocolates consumed today are “milk chocolate”. The cocoa beans account for less than one third of their content. The rest is milk, sugar, and other ingredients.

Furthermore, milk actually negates some of the healthful antioxidant activity! That’s why experts recommend switching to dark chocolate, which has no milk and must contain at least 35% cocoa mass. The higher the cocoa mass, the more health benefits, and the less sugar.

Even so, dark chocolate is high in calories, sugar and saturated fats. A single serving (12 small squares weighing in at 1.5 ounces) has 250 calories and 60% of the daily maximum recommendation for saturated fat. It’s also got 2 teaspoons of sugar. That’s why dietitians recommend just one tiny square as a serving, instead of half a package.

Bottom Line
Small amounts of dark chocolate may be healthy.
Supermarket Tips
Buy dark chocolate with a high percent of cocoa – above 60%. Avoid chocolates with ingredients such as PGPR or high fructose corn syrup.

Awesome Instructors!

Hi Cindy,

I spent last week in Ocean Isle on vacation and did a vacation membership at your place.

I am a big fan of fitness classes and just wanted to say that you have awesome instructors. I enjoyed all of the classes I attended, especially Step with Teri. Step is my favorite class and she reminded me a lot of an instructor I love at home.

I was happy to have connected with Body Edge Fitness! I look forward to seeing everyone next year.

Joyce Thomas – Pittsburg, PA

PS – the puppies are adorable also 🙂  — (yes, we have puppies at the gym!)

 

Another Happy Tourist

Hey Cindy,Tourist
Just a quick note to express my appreciation for your facility and staff last week. I worked out each morning and your facility was just what I wanted. Your staff was very friendly and helpful, your weights and machines were great, and your elliptical machine (the main feature of my daily workout) worked just fine (I used the True brand one). The cost for the week was also pretty reasonable considering what the going rate is for other facilities.
My time at your gym really enhanced the enjoyment of my week of vacation. Thanks! I look forward to joining you again on our next visit.
Take care,
Steve Chandler