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. You pick the time that works best for you! Introductory price for all six sessions is $59 or you may drop into any class for $20. There is no beginning date – you may start at any time! 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 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 –

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

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


Programs for 18-64 year olds:

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

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


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

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!!!

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

Get Fit Television

Get Fit

Silver Sneakers

Check out 15 minutes of our Silver Sneakers class with Teri,
followed by 15 minutes of Yoga with Brittany.
This video airs on ATMC (local television station) three times per day (6:30am, 9am and 4pm) during the month of August!

Click here to view

Get Fit 2


A New Look At The Value Of Pumping Iron

   (FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 3/16/15)  By Laura Johannes 

When he hit 50, Tim Carrigan’s lower back started hurting so badly he could barely walk.

The injury, which dated to a childhood accident, had caused only occasional pain until Mr. Carrigan lost muscle tone with age. The pain dogged him for several years, but last year the Quincy, Mass., insurance-company treasurer started strength training twice a week on a circuit of a dozen machines.

Not only did his back improve, “I feel better. I feel stronger. I sleep better,” says Mr. Carrigan, now 54. He adds that his stronger back has held up while shoveling during Boston’s historic snowstorms.

While old-school wisdom held that older adults were too frail to pump iron, a growing body of research is showing that strength training helps stave off age-related disability, preserve bone mass in women and even boost brainpower.

senior fitness“It’s way more dangerous to not be active as an older adult,” says Miriam Nelson, professor of nutrition at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston.

Research at Tufts and around the country is finding that it’s safe for older adults to train intensely; when they do, they gain significant muscle mass — albeit not as efficiently as a younger person. A healthy person in his or her 60s can gain 2 to 3 pounds of muscle in six months to a year, about half of the gains that a younger person would see with the same workouts, says Roger A. Fielding, a Tufts University School of Medicine professor. Injuries are rare, he adds.

The benefits appear to be complementary to aerobic exercise. While cardiovascular workouts aid in memory tasks, such as the ability to repeat back a list of words, strength training has been found to boost “executive function,” or higher-level brain tasks, says Teresa Liu-Ambrose, associate professor in the department of physical therapy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Executive function is what allows “a highly capable person to juggle multiple tasks and follow them through to the end,” she says.

A common challenge facing older adults who are starting weight training is pre-existing injuries, such as chronic back or shoulder pain, says Wayne L. Westcott, an instructor of exercise science at Quincy College in Quincy, Mass., which runs a health and fitness center open to the public for an annual fee.

If you’re injured before beginning workouts, consult with a trainer, who can give you tips, such as how to modify exercises to take pressure off a weak shoulder, Dr. Westcott says.

Another roadblock for the 50-plus crowd is that they often don’t get enough protein, scientists say. Caroline Apovian, director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center, recommends that all older adults, particularly those who are strength training, ingest 1.5 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, spread throughout the day. (Take two-thirds of your weight in pounds, and the resulting number is roughly how many grams of protein a day Dr. Apovian recommends.)

The good news: Even though older individuals gain muscle less rapidly than their younger peers, the fact that they are starting from a weaker base means the relative gains are larger, resulting in significant differences in quality of life, researchers say.

This was the case for Elaine Denniston, a 75-year old retired lawyer from Dorchester, Mass., who thought she hated exercise until she started a class at Kit Clarke Senior Services, a center in her neighborhood that offers exercise classes developed by Tufts scientists. She persevered, motivated by the friendly social atmosphere in the class, and says that, thanks to leg-strengthening exercises, she has been able to ditch the elastic ankle supports she had been wearing for arthritis.

Retired thoracic surgeon Benedict Daly, 75, began strength training three years ago after spinal pain — a consequence of years hunched over patients in the operating room — made it painful to walk more than a block or two. Within about six months of starting the training, he was playing nine holes of golf twice a week, and he walked 6 miles a day last summer while exploring Venice.

To get the most out of his workout, he relied heavily on trainers at Quincy College, who gave tips on form, such as keeping his shoulders firmly on the bench while doing chest presses. “They watch you like a hawk,” he says.senior exercisers

For many, the first and most difficult step in strength training is making the time commitment. Dorothy Bardin, 75, of New York works part time in a clothing store and trains for a marathon three times a week. She squeezes in two short strength-training workouts a week, but hasn’t yet started a more rigorous program recommended by her sports-medicine physician.

“I never gave it a fair try” she says. “Maybe I should — starting tomorrow.”