Pilates starting in June!!!

Joseph Pilates said, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.” This philosophy shines through with each movement you learn and with each step towards better health you take.

Practiced correctly , Pilates will strengthen your core muscles ( deep abdominal, back and pelvic floor muscles ) and your deep back muscles, helping you achieve relief for your back pain.

Pilates also teaches awareness of neutral alignment of the spine; alignment that is neither perfectly flat nor overly arched; strengthening the deep muscles that support the alignment are important to prevent and alleviate back pain.

The best part of your Pilates experience may be the individualized attention you receive making sure you understand each exercise and each movement for a completely transforming workout. We pride ourselves on providing a safe, comfortable, affordable and friendly workout environment.

If you are looking to transform your body and renew your spirit try our Pilates class with Paula.

June:   Mondays and/or Wednesdays 1:00-2:00pm

July:    Monday 11:45am, Wednesday 1pm

 A note from Paula Micale, your Pilates instructor…

I was born in Bedford, Maine, moved New Jersey at an early age and then to Shallotte, North Carolina in 2011. I am married with two children and two grandchildren.  I became interested in Pilate fitness while an owner/operator of a fitness center in Freehold, NJ. In 2002 I obtained my Personal Pilates Fitness Trainer Certification from the Joseph H. Pilates institute in Waco, Texas, where I learned to teach and understand the techniques of Pilates fitness training.  I introduced Pilates fitness training at my fitness center and taught from 2002 to 2008.  In 2013 after leaving NJ and moving to NC I again became interested in Pilates fitness training. I took a refresher/recertification course in Wilmington, NC.

Since 2013, I have been teaching Pilates at the community center in the Rivers Edge Golf and Plantation where I am a resident.  I have enjoyed teaching Pilates for many years and have seen the benefits in my students as they obtain core strength, flexibility, balance, and general good health.  In my classes the environment is warm and welcoming.  We work hard as a team but share some laughs along the way. I am enthusiastic about helping my students build body awareness and improving their quality of life.  By observing a student’s posture and breathing I can evaluate their progress.  The love of Pilates makes people feel better and move with ease and confidence.

Follow your Breath!!

Paula Micale

Vacationers are Welcome

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The weather gets warm, school gets out and people head to the beach!
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 this summer.
If you and and your family come visit us every summer, I can’t wait to see you walk trough the door again on Monday morning!!!  (psst, I’m the pregnant one)  =)

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

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!)

 

7 Tips for Healthy Eating on a Road Trip

A familiar summer sight on American highways is a family on a road trip headed for fun and adventure many miles away. These trips often require stops for eating, drinking, and energy release. Fast food joints have established themselves as the go-to solution, with huge signs visible from the distance. Unfortunately, they usually steer you to make unhealthy food choices. Here is some advice to help you.

1. Prepare in advance by packing healthy snacks:

  • Fresh fruits – apples, bananas, berries of all sorts (pre-washed!)
  • Fresh vegetables – baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, etc.
  • Canned items – corn, carrots & peas, etc.
  • Homemade trail mix. see this recipe
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Beef jerky
  • Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches on whole grain bread.

2. Food safety: make sure that chilled foods are stored in a cooler with ice-packs, or that they are consumed before they warm up.

3. Bring plenty of water. You can freeze a bottle or two in advance and then enjoy ice cold water later in the day. Have extra water available for washing hands and utensils.

4. If you’ve run out of food and need to stop to eat, look for supermarkets instead of restaurants. You can buy fresh ingredients to prepare your sandwiches, or simply enjoy fresh fruit. Many supermarkets have a do-it-yourself salad bar and other deli items available. Some even have a seating area. Additionally, you will pay less than at a restaurant.

5. If you are traveling on a weekend, you try to stop by a farmer’s market. This website has a comprehensive list of locations across the country.

6. If you do stop at a restaurant, here are a few recommendations:

  • Check the menu for the healthier options before ordering.
  • Give specific instructions to the chef – use less butter, gravy on the side, etc.
  • Have the salad first. Ask for dressing on the side
  • Ask the waiter NOT to bring bread to the table
  • If the portions at the restaurant are very large, ask your waiter to pack half your dish in a doggy bag even before it is served.
  • Drink at least one glass of water before you eat.

7. Find a really good place for ice cream. You can’t bring it from home 🙂

Bottom Line
Prepare in advance and make your road trip pleasurable, memorable, and diet-able!

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