Group Exercise and Fitness

Group Exercise Class Schedule

Health Promotion for Faculty & Staff Personalized Training Program

Register to workout with a personal trainer and achieve your fitness/health-related goals.  Your trainer will develop a sensible, progressive and individualized regimen based on your short- and long-term health needs.

Review the four training options below and contact Health Promotion for Faculty and Staff Stephane McDaniel ( or (828) 262-6314, to start your journey.

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Four 30-minute appointments designed to familiarize the client with the gym and assist him/her in gaining fundamental knowledge of exercising. This is ideal for someone who cannot commit to a trainer for long term but prefers specific guidelines helping him/her getting starting toward a healthier lifestyle. 

One-on-One Personal Training

Ideal for the beginner or someone who needs to be held accountable, to remain consistent, with his/her exercise behaviors.  As trainers are available, clients may schedule two 30-minute appointments, per week, for one semester. 

Online Training

The on-line training is for the advanced client, who has demonstrated proper form and biomechanics of exercising.  After an initial consultation with the trainer, this client will receive two workouts, per week, via e-mail. The client exercises without direct supervision each week.  Every three weeks, the trainer and the client meet for a 30 minute assessment of progress, at which time adjustments to the routine are agreed upon.


The Semi-Private training is recommended for a small group (two to three people) who have similar fitness goals and comparable fitness levels.   The two to three clients will meet 30-minutes, two times per week, with a trainer, for the semester.

For more details or questions, contact Health Promotion for Faculty and Staff Exercise Coordinator Stephanie McDaniel ( or (828) 262-6314.

*Note Face-to-face Personal Training will occur at Mt. Mitchell or Leon Levine Hall.

Weightroom Orientation

Weightroom orientations are suggested for those who are new to weight training or for those who may need a refresher course on how to use the equipment properly. This orientation will also help teach/correct your form and alignment.

Fitness Assessment  (On Hold Until Future Notice!)

The purpose of a fitness assessment is to evaluate your cardiovascular fitness, body composition, flexibility, and muscular strength and muscular endurance. The following tests are used to evaluate your level of fitness:

  • Resting heart rate
  • Resting blood pressure
  • Bioelectrical Impedance-Tanita (body composition)
  • YMCA 3-minute step test (cardiovascular fitness)
  • Sit & reach (flexibility)
  • Push-ups (muscular strength)

With the information gathered from these tests, the Exercise Coordinator will be able to develop an exercise program specifically for your needs. The fitness assessment is also a good way to chart your progress when taken several times over a few months. Please allow one hour for testing and consultation. Wear loose comfortable clothes and tennis shoes. Call 262-6314 to make an appointment.  We will begin offering fitness assessments again as soon as we are settled back into Varsity Gym.