About 2017-08-10T14:48:51+00:00

About-Banner-1Nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina

is a facility unlike any other you may have experienced is The Cheshire Fitness Club.

Surrounded by scenic mountain vistas, winding trails and a gentle stream in The Village of Cheshire, the facility features an 18,000 square foot fitness center complete with a group fitness studio, indoor heated pool, water therapy spa, male/female locker rooms, dry saunas and a coffee/juice bar.

It is an ideal place for residents and visitors to gather, exercise, swim and meet friends for a variety of activities or special community events. Southeastern Fitness, Inc. is proud to be operating this facility with something for everyone in the Black Mountain, Swannanoa, Old Fort and Asheville communities in Western North Carolina.


Larry Brank


Larry is a native of the Swannanoa Valley and over 35 years in organizational and athletic leadership which includes a 20 year career with the YMCA of WNC. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in program, property and risk management. He also has an extensive background in financial development, management and fundraising.

Larry also serves as a National Program Consultant with the NYPUM program which is a National Youth Outreach and Mentoring program serving 28 states. The program is based in Boston, Ma. and is administered by the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corp and supported by American Honda. If you would like to know more about the NYPUM (National Youth Program Using Minibikes) please go to their website at www.nypum.org.

Larry is married to Darlene Williams Brank and has four sons. He enjoys his family, all outdoor sports and working out. Larry is an active member of the Black Mountain Rotary Club.


Dave Wilks


Dave grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and spent 10 years living in Colorado, eventually receiving his Bachelors Degree in Psychology at the University of Colorado and Masters Degree from Western Carolina University. He has lived in Western North Carolina for over 35 years and spent about half that time in Mental Health counseling and continuing education for NC state agencies.

Dave is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has been involved with a variety of non-profit organizations and is the President-Elect of the local Kiwanis Club. He does the advertising, marketing, and public relations for the Cheshire Fitness Club and manages special fundraising events.

Dave and his wife, LuAnn live in Black Mountain and share their house with a Labrador dog and three cats. Dave is the proud parent of two kids who live in the area and the grandparent to Killian (age 10) and Ryleigh (born August 19th, 2011). He enjoys road cycling, soccer, tennis, camping and any outdoor activity.



Stephanie Hayes

Owner/Director of Operations

Stephanie has a total of 30 years of management experience (10 years with the YMCA organization). She worked as a tennis pro in Florida (USPTA) for 12 years before moving to Western North Carolina.

Her passion is staff development and customer service and she was with the Club as Director of Operations for three years. She left for one and a half years, but returned in July, 2011 to serve as the Director again and became part of the Clubs’ ownership.

Stephanie’s goal is to make the Cheshire Fitness Club a unique, special and inviting facility for residents and guests to the Black Mountain/Swannanoa and Old Fort area.