A familiar face is helping guide the Carroll Wellness Center into several new endeavors as the facility enters its second decade of operations.
Greg Hampton, who served as the facility’s Executive Director its first six years, took back over the reins of the wellness center on May 4. He said when CWC first opened in 2004, he heard the comment so many times that it was the best thing to happen to Carroll County.
“After celebrating our 10-year anniversary last year with over 1,000 memberships strong, it still is,” Hampton said. “We are proud to continue to be an asset to the community and plan on doing so for many years to come.”
As it begins its 11th year of operations, Hampton said Carroll Wellness Center is presenting a re-opening campaign. Initiation fees, which once were as much as $75, have been eliminated permanently, as have annual contracts. New limited memberships are also available at lowered rates for weight room-only, group exercise class-only and pool-only at $30 per month, while walking track-only memberships are now available at $20 per month. Additionally, guest pass fees have been lowered ($5 for adult, $3 for ages 10-17, $2 for ages 5-9, 4 & under and spa for free).
“We are kind of doing a reopening and have some new initiatives, the group exercise, weight training, circuit classes with a certified CrossFit trainer coming in July. We’ve restructured our rate plan,” Hampton said. “We’re structuring it as a reopening here in our 11th year of operation. We are excited about it. We’ve got a lot of things that we are doing well and a lot more things we can still do in addition to what we are doing. That is my initiative in coming back.”
CWC offers over 100 group exercise class options per month. Hampton said the new Les Mills classes are going great with BodyPump, BodyAttack and CXWORX. The facility’s Zumba class is among its most popular with great attendance. Spin classes are also offered with 13 bikes, as well as senior classes, gentle Yoga and Tai Chi in the mornings.
“All CWC instructors are certified. We have two NSCA certified trainers in the weight room, including myself,” Hampton said. “Personal training is also available with additional certified trainers. New services include individual Yoga therapy and dietician classes. Additionally, beginning in July 2015, CWC will be offering group weight training and circuit classes in a new equipment area with a Level I Certified CrossFit Trainer.”
The certified CrossFit trainer will be area teen Jake Nunn. Nunn is one of the facility’s amazing success stories as he went from 140 to 195 pounds in just one year with three-a-day workouts, six days a week.
“Not everybody is going to have that kind of success. I tell people, this is not typical, but it is just amazing what you can do with the workouts. And he has a testimony for sure with what he has been able to accomplish,” Hampton said. “Hopefully he can pass that on to other people who want to participate in the CrossFit workout.”
Curtis Bartlett, who has built a cult following with his police fitness videos and CrossFit training moves, has also consulted with CWC to help set up the CrossFit program. Hampton said it would be the first CrossFit program he is aware of to be offered in the area.
The CWC Tigersharks swim team is strong again this year with 30 swimmers. CWC continues to provide the schools and pools program for Carroll County’s fourth graders. CWC offers a Junior Olympic Pool, the only pool in Carroll County.
“We’d like to invite more people to come in and use our pool as a resource and our weight room. And I have lowered the guest fees because we are the only pool now in Carroll County and the only one for the foreseeable future,” Hampton said. “I want it to be a well-utilized resource for the community.”
Carroll Wellness Center is also presented with some challenges as well, Hampton said. Continual use of exercise equipment and necessary maintenance of the building require a lot of resources. The facility still needs to support of the community in current and increased memberships. As an independent facility and a 501C(3) non-profit organization, he said CWC has a governing board of directors, but no one has an ownership interest in the facility or stands to make a profit.
“We only strive to generate enough income to cover expenses. We ask that you support us not only for the benefit of you and your family, but also for future families of Carroll County,” Hampton said. “What an asset to the community this is, not only for the fitness and the well-being of families and their children now, but I think of it as an investment for the future families of Carroll County. Most people have a stake here and have family here. It’s an investment in your family and future families keeping this here as an asset. A lot of people look for facilities like this if they are going to move to an area. So we provide that too, for economic growth. We hope to be for many years to come.”
Hampton said CWC is handing out trial passes throughout the community because he wants more people to see what the facility has to offer. He said if he or one of the staff members doesn’t approach you for a trial pass, then he would invite anyone to come and ask for one.
“We want you to come in and try the facility out so that we can encourage you to become a member of the Carroll Wellness Center,” he said. “We are still going strong. We have over 1,000 memberships.”
He is also opening the facility at times to area churches, which have helped him over the past five years. On a personal note, Hampton said he is glad to have the opportunity to rejoin the facility.
“I am excited to be back after opening the facility and managing it for six years initially. As most people know, I’ve been through some trials these past five years before coming back to CWC,” Hampton said. “However, God saw the best in me when the world saw the worst in me. I’m so thankful for God’s awesome grace!”
Allen Worrell can be reached by calling (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN