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Prodigy Wellness Center Hosts Chamber After Hours

February 7, 2018
BY CHAD TURNER - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

Prodigy Wellness Center, located at 313 Main Street in New Martinsville, hosted the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce's January "Business After Hours," function in hopes of giving local business representatives a chance to mingle, while checking out the Prodigy Wellness establishment.

Sarah Shepherd, owner of Prodigy Wellness Center, gave a brief history of how Prodigy Wellness came to be by explaining that her background is in sports medicine. She stated she has always had a passion for fitness, so she studied sports medicine as it combined the fitness aspect and the medical aspect. She began working as a personal trainer as a means of paying the bills and realized she thoroughly enjoyed being a trainer.

After moving to New Martinsville, Shepherd not only needed a job, but she had also set a personal goal to lose weight. She explained that she participated in a Zumba class at a local church, and she felt that New Martinsville had a need for professional services in the fitness industry, such as personal training, fitness counseling, and group exercises. Shepherd was a fan of group exercises, because it offers a great social aspect, as well as a variety of exercises.

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Zumba is one of many classes available through Prodigy Wellness Center.

Shepherd decided to bring that to New Martinsville.

"Since Prodigy has been here, we have built up a great sense of community," Shepherd explained.

Prodigy has been involved in setting up several 5K runs that have received great support and attendance by the community. Also, Prodigy has an agreement with Northern Community College, so that if you are an actively-enrolled student, you can attend Prodigy Wellness Center for free. Faculty receives 50 percent off the cost. Prodigy also works with the PEIA state insurance weight management program, a two-year accountability program.

Shepherd stated, "When someone comes in here, I want them to work with me closely to help them reach their goal. It's not just all about losing weight." She continued, "I have people who come to me, because they don't want to be in agonizing pain at night from a previous surgery or injury." Prodigy even offers a free, low-impact class twice a week that is called "Forever Fit."

This class is designed for older adults to help with balance, basic strength and flexibility.

Prodigy Wellness offers one-on-one personal training and small group training, as well as offering a wide-range of classes including: Booty Barre, Zumba, Tabata, TRX, Cycle, PiYo, Forever Fit and Bootcamp. In fact, approximately 80 percent of Shepherd's clientele is involved in at least one of the classes.

Shepherd explained she has 17 bikes for cycle class and she likes to incorporate hand weights for the more advanced cyclist. She also has TRX suspension trainers, equalizers, kettle bells, and medicine balls for her boot camp classes to help clients push themselves toward strengthening their core and reaching their goals.

Prodigy Wellness hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until noon. Then they reopen from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Friday's hours are 8 a.m. until noon, and Saturday's hours are 9 a.m. until noon. Visit Prodigy Wellness Center on the web at, or call the business at 304-398-4937



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