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Healthier Employees, Fewer Sick Days

Invest in Your Employee’s Wellness

The CDC estimates that full time workers in the U.S that suffer from chronic disease (such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, arthritis) miss about 450 million MORE days of work each year than healthy workers. The estimated cost of loss of productivity is more than $153 billion dollars a year – but don’t worry, there is a simple solution. 

Healthier Employees

Exercising regularly can help you maintain your health as well as improve it. It can lower blood pressure, reduce body fat, improve bone density, reduce cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, improve lung capacity, reduce your risk of chronic illness, and so much more!

Affordable & Accessible

Making it as easy as possible for your employees to exercise in their community is an important first step towards reaping the benefits of exercise. Our corporate membership offers just such an opportunity by granting access to our fitness facility at a reduced rate. For a healthier, happier, and more capable workforce, look no further than the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center!

Sick Days, Stress & Healthcare Costs

It can help you increase your speed, strength, and endurance, and overall make you more capable of handling the rigors and exertions of life. It can also help improve your quality of life, by helping to reduce stress, improve mood, and boost the immune system. A healthier immune system, body and brain mean fewer missed days at work, and a higher quality of work. 


There's Something For Everyone

Whether you enjoy lifting weights, using the Cardio Vascular equipment, swimming, CrossFit or Group Exercise classes, we’ve got something for everyone! And don’t worry, if you like a little bit of everything, it’s all included with your membership. 

Sit to Stands

Feeling tired? Take a break from your work and wake up your legs by standing up from your chair and then sitting back down again. Try this for ten or more repetitions and you can really get some great training, and the increased blood flow can even help you feel more alert.

Walk and Talk

Need to make a phone call that may take a while? Try walking and talking. Whether plodding in place or exploring the depths of the office, getting in some extra movement can really add up.

Stand Tall

One can accomplish a lot of work while sitting down and focusing on a task. However, the seated position is not the best for facilitating blood flow. Try taking a standing break and do some calf raises. Those will really help with improving circulation to and from your lower leg.

How do I sign up?

Signing up for a Corporate Membership with the Wellness Center is a very simple process, which we can customize to fit your needs. We know every business is unique, and we are determined to work with you to set your account up in a way that will be exactly how you need it. Here’s a few of examples of what we can for you! 

Come to us!

Schedule a group tour for your employees, and see all the reasons that we are “more than a gym.” One of our New Member Navigators can walk you through all our different amenities, group exercise class locations, and even introduce you to some of our staff. We can also have any of our Providers, including our Massage Therapist or Clinical Exercise Specialists share during this time.

Let us come to you!

Can’t get everyone away from work for a lunch trip? Let us come to your worksite, and sign everyone up at the same time! We will share about all the amenities of the gym, the benefits of exercise, answer questions about billing, and bring membership agreements for people to sign. We can even plan to bring one of our Personal Trainers, or our Registered Dietitian to come and speak to your employees about healthy lifestyle tips!


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Customize Your Billing!

We can work with you to set up your accounts to meet your financial needs. Offering a membership as a benefit for your employees? We’ve got your covered. Are you opting for a price share option, where you pay 50%, and the employee covers the rest? No problem. Click the link below, or email Mat Schnitzer to get signed up today!

Training the Brain and Body Together

When you go to exercise you are probably thinking about some of the ways you would like your body to adapt: lose fat, gain speed, gain strength, become more flexible…When you consider these things, have you ever stopped to think about how you adapt? If your thoughts immediately go to your muscles, then you are only halfway there. It is actually your brain and nervous system that adapt first. Let’s dive into this a little deeper.

All of our movement actions are linked to our nerves, specifically groups of them referred to as motor units. Motor units extend throughout our body and send the signal to move from our brains to our muscles. From a twitch in the eye to a long jump, movement is only achieved through motor unit action. It only makes sense that as we push ourselves to move in new and challenging ways, the nerves that enable us to move would adapt.

You may have noticed that when you first perform a new movement, such as a new type of lift, the movement may feel awkward and heavy, but over time it becomes more comfortable. This is due to adaptations in your nervous system. Your motor units begin to coordinate their actions better to allow for smoother movement, and your nervous system starts to recruit larger motor units at a faster pace in order to more readily handle heavier loads. This lets your muscles work together far more efficiently and enables you to work out harder. If these coordination adaptations never happened, then getting any kind of rigorous exercise would be very difficult, because your body would always be awkwardly navigating the movement pattern as if it were the first time.

The body helps in another way during exercise: it is constantly pumping the brakes in the nervous system to prevent us from going too fast or too hard, which serves to keep us from hurting ourselves when doing basic movements. Whenever you move a muscle, there is another muscle that acts to slow down your moving muscle. As we train, the opposing action of our muscles is reduced, and we are able to perform stronger actions. Similarly, the strength with which a motor unit activates also increases. This means we are capable of more because not only is the signal from our brain stronger, but our muscles oppose the movement action to a lesser degree.

You may think to yourself, “Why does this matter?” That is a fair question, so let’s dig into it. We need to understand how the body adapts so that we can have reasonable expectations of the changes we can expect from our exercise. Neural changes occur first, and we may not see any changes to muscle size until six weeks or so. In addition, we need to be aware that this element of neural adaptation is critical for us to learn how to smoothly perform new actions. If we only train the chest by doing the bench press, then we only have a movement pattern learned for the bench press. Instead, it is better for us to try many different kinds of exercises for the same muscle group, as this leads to increased variability in our movement patterns. Basically, this means that our brain learns many different ways to accomplish the same kind of training. This diversity in movement is extremely beneficial if for some reason we have to try a new movement for our exercises. This could happen because the bench press is full, the treadmill is out of order, or due to a knee injury you need to get your cardio training on the Upper Body Ergometer.

What does this mean for us when it comes to movement in our daily lives? Training the brain and central nervous system to accomplish new tasks is just as important as training our muscles. We need a nervous system that has been exposed to many different ways to move so that we can move more efficiently in many different scenarios outside of the gym. Lifting furniture, climbing a ladder, taking the stairs, getting a heavy dish out of the top cabinet – these are all activities that use muscular strength, and having worked those muscles in various ways helps you be ready for anything. I encourage you to change up your workout, try new machines, and try new kinds of movements that you have not before. Train your brain, and you have a lot to gain!

©Horton Doughton 2018

Needle, Alan. “Motor Units.” Appalachian State University, Feb. 2018, Boone, NC. Speech.
Needle, Alan. “Motor Variability.” Appalachian State University, Mar. 2018, Boone, NC. Lecture.
Baechle, Thomas R., and Roger W. Earle, editors. Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning.
3rd ed., Human Kinetics, 2008.

Prevent T2 Prediabetes Program

You Can Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Join the Prevent T2 Program, and take back control of your life.

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes


What is it?


Prevent T2 is a lifestyle intervention program created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Participants with prediabetes who lost 5-7% of their body weight by making dietary changes and exercising 150 minutes per week reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 58%.

When does it start?


Prevent T2 is a program that offers a journey towards health and wellness with the same people for a year. We launch each Cohort whenever we have enough people who are ready and committed to start that journey! We are hoping to launch our next Cohort March 2021. 


Eligibility Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Be overweight (BMI 25 or greater)
  • Have no previous diagnosis of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes
  • Have established risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes; or
    have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes within the past year or previously with gestational diabetes.

During this 12-month program, you will:

Attend Classes

Come to the Wellness Center for group classes

Reduce Stress

Our coaches will teach you ways to reduce stress

Receive Support

Get one-on-one support from a trained lifestyle coach


We’ll teach you ways to overcome barriers to healthy eating and activity

Connect with Others

Meet others working toward similar goals

For more information please fill out the form below.

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Group Fitness Classes

Group Exercise Classes

Getting Stronger Together

At The Wellness Center, we truly believe that it’s Better Together, and that there is a healthy movement that everyone can enjoy. Take a look at our wide variety of classes below, and let us know if you have any questions! To book a class, use our mobile app or member portal! 


Reservation required. Yoga can increase flexibility and strength, relieve physical and mental tension, enhance body system function, and improve health and well-being. Learn more about our Yoga classes >


Zumba fitness fuses engaging latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic workout that will tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Join us and give your calories one last dance!

Strength with Trish

This 45 minute class will work each part of your body, challenging your body through endurance and strength training. It is a high energy and high intensity class!

Water Fitness

This is a low impact class in the lap pool. Instructors may use kickboards, weights, and noodles for a fun and exciting water-based fitness class.


An aggressive total-body fitness class using fundamentals from boxing, Muay Thai, and other martial art forms.  Class includes bag or partner exercises and one-on-one, on-the-spot coaching.


RowFit is a unique class combining indoor rowing, running and other strengthening exercises. The short, but intense class will challenge both mind and body.

Indoor Cycling

Reservation required. A smooth, safe cycling workout welcoming participants of all fitness levels. Please arrive 10 minutes early for your first class to learn proper bike set-up and basic indoor cycling techniques.

Outdoor Yoga

Stretch & Flex

A 45-minute class incorporating basic resistance and stretching exercises. Perfect for the senior citizen or for the beginning exerciser.



Lap Swim, Classes, Swim Lessons, Birthday Parties and more!

Lap Swim Hours

Monday – Friday : 6:00am – 2:00pm
Saturday : Temporarily Suspended
Sunday : Temporarily Suspended

Family Swim Hours

Monday & Thursday : Temporarily Suspended
Friday : Temporarily Suspended
Saturday : Temporarily Suspended
Sunday : Temporarily Suspended

Arthritis Aquatic Program

These classes are offered for participants who are looking for a warm water recreational exercise class that would benefit from aerobic conditioning, whole body strengthening, balance exercises and range of motion activities. This class is offered in the therapy pool with a monthly fee for members and non-members. Registration is required, please see front desk for details.

Celebrate Your Birthday With Us!

6 + 15 =

Children’s swim birthday parties can be scheduled for a one hour block in our warm water therapy pool, with an additional hour in our classroom for birthday party activities. The cost for members is $70 and $80 for non-members. (Temporarily Suspended)

Aquatic Personal Training

This is a training program that is available to all members who are looking for a personalized aquatic exercise program to meet and achieve their fitness goals. Please inquire at the front desk or contact us online

Family Swim (temporarily suspended)

Members can bring their children (any age) during this time to swim in the lap pool at no charge. You may bring your children’s friends for $3 per child up to age 14. Children older than 14 must pay the regular guest fee of $10.

Swim Clinics

Swim stroke clinics are group classes that provide technique coaching for members in one hour sessions. These dates will be posted on flyers at the front desk.

Outdoor Yoga In Blowing Rock

Our Outdoor yoga program has been discontinued for 2019. We have a wide variety of classes and times at our Facility. 

Come to the beautiful Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge for an outdoor yoga class with fresh air and gorgeous views. We will take some time to truly be present with the wonder of nature all around us.


The entire community is invited to take part in outdoor yoga classes.  If you are not a Wellness Center member, there will be a small fee per class.



  • Wellness Center members: FREE (Join)
  • Community at large: $15/class



Mondays at 11:30 a.m., June 1-August 31, 2018



The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge
621 Chestnut Ridge Parkway
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

Directions to The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge are not accurate on Google Maps or GPS. Please use the following driving directions to arrive at our location.

Directions from Boone:

1. Take 321 South toward Blowing Rock

2. Travel 4.1 miles (from Deerfield Road)

3. Turn left at the traffic light onto Chestnut Ridge Parkway

4. The Foley Center is located at the top of Chestnut Ridge Parkway (if you get to the Blue Ridge Parkway, you’ve gone too far!)

Directions from Blowing Rock:

1. Take 321 North toward Boone

2. Pass Tanger Outlets on left

3. Pass under the Blue Ridge Parkway bridge

4. Turn right onto Chestnut Ridge Parkway at the first traffic light after you pass under the Blue Ridge Parkway bridge

5. The Foley Center is at the top of Chestnut Ridge Parkway

Chopped Asparagus Salad

Yield: serves 6-8

Calories: 183.6 Protein: 5.7g Fat: 10.9g Carbohydrates: 16.9g Fiber: 3.85 g
Sodium: 170 mg


• 1/2 pound trimmed asparagus (asparagus that has already had the lower 1/3 cut off)
• 15 ounce can chickpeas (or other bean) well rinsed and drained
• 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
• 5 radishes, trimmed and cut into wedges or chunks
• 1 cucumber, chopped
• 1/2 cup chopped red onion
• 1/2 cup cherry tomato halves (cut in wedges if they are larger)
• 1/2 cup colorful bell peppers, chopped
• 1/2 cup black olives
• 1/4 cup roasted red peppers (from a jar) chopped
• salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
• 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
Garnish with fresh thyme

Dressing Ingredients
• 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
• juice of 1/2 lemon
• 1/4 tsp dried thyme
• pinch of salt and pepper

View the full recipe >

2018 Fall Semester Crossfit Pass: unlimited access, one low price

When you sign up for the CrossFit semester pass, you get a full Wellness Center Membership for FREE!

Call us at (828) 266-1060 or come by the front desk to get your pass.



The semester pass is available for Students, ASU and CCC&TI staff, military, police, firefighters, and paramedics.



Enjoy all this with your pass:

  • Unlimited CrossFit Classes
  • Access To CrossFit Equipment During Open Gym Times
  • Full Access To The Broyhill Wellness Center
  • Access To Swimming Pool, Yoga and Other Classes
  • A Wodify Account to Track Your Progress



August 20th – December 20th



$269 for Full Pass (August 20 – December 20th )


Individualized Nutrition Programs

We’ve teamed up with Renaissance Periodization to help you reach your goals faster!

Start Your RP Diet Today!

Are you ready to stop the unhealthy, ineffective yo-yo dieting? Join us and be one of the thousands of RP clients that have gotten into the best shape of their lives with their nutritional templates and app.


RP Diet Templates

RP’s best selling, easy to use RP Diet Templates will help guide you to shed bodyfat while keeping muscle, or to gain muscle. Designed by PhDs and top level athletes. Choose from the orginal templates or the simplified templates.

Don’t believe us? Click here to read some testimonials of people who have transformed their lives by linking science based nutrition with consistent exercise!  

RP Diet App

The RP diet app is a top 10 health and fitness app. It let’s you choose your goals and favorite foods. It tells you when to eat and reminds you when it’s time to eat. It also tells you when to weigh-in so that you can track your changes. 

Get it on Android here

Get it for IOS here

Wellness Center Members can see our Front Desk to get a special discount code. Contact Us if you are interested or have any questions!