HOLLY SPRINGS — Rick and Marni Borelli, owners of Dragonfly Health & Fitness, aim to take the confusion out of a personal fitness regime.
“It can be a real challenge for people to be healthy,” Marni said. “We take the mystery out of it. People can be comfortable wherever they are in their fitness journey.”
Dragonfly, which opened last month, is the brainchild of the Borellis and unique in its design as a full-service health center. In addition to more-typical gym offerings, Dragonfly also offers massage therapy, life coaching, nutritional counseling and chiropractic care onsite.
“It’s a team approach to balanced wellness,” Rick said.
Rick Borelli has more than 20 years of experience as a personal trainer and had long dreamed of opening a gym. When he met his wife, they combined their vision of not just a gym, but a holistic health center for the community.
“We offer enough things to touch people wherever they are,” Rick said. “We wanted to have a place with a ton of flexibility, somewhere you can keep going.”
The facility operates with an a la carte menu of services, and it welcomes drop-ins.
At one end of the gym is self-guided equipment such as treadmills and free weights. The other side is reserved for CrossFit training. A pull-up cage can accommodate up to 14 people at a time.
On the wall hangs a banner with inspirational quotes provided by Dragonfly’s Facebook fans.
A separate yoga studio is nearby, and a child-care room is in the works.
The Borellis emphasize that Dragonfly is for everyone and that like the group fitness classes, CrossFit is adaptable to any level. Zumba, kickboxing and dumbbell-based strength classes can keep clients from becoming bored.
Clients must be at least 18 to work out on their own.
“Safety is first and foremost,” Rick said. “I am very form-oriented. I will not let people do things the wrong way. All my career, I’ve never hurt anyone and I’m not going to start now.”
Marni points to the member lounge as an example of their goal for Dragonfly. “We want to be more than a gym. We want to be a place of community.”
In January, Dragonfly will begin offering a free seminar series. The first presentation will target what it means to be gluten-free.
“We want to share our knowledge on health and fitness,” Marni said.
Rick is working with homeschool families so they can incorporate a fitness curriculum.
“We live in Holly Springs and we love it so much,” Marni said. “We want to serve the community.”
“We know how to help people focus on fitness,” Rick said. “It is a joy for us to help facilitate that for them.”
Marni added: “We want this to be so comfortable that when they walk through that door it’s like putting on a pair of bedroom slippers.”