LINCOLNTON––Allan Carter is the very picture of health and physical fitness.
At 62, the local entrepreneur is muscular yet trim, and he maintains an active lifestyle that belies his age and silver hair. Carter enjoys biking, hiking, working out at the gym and eating right.
A U.S. Navy veteran (a submariner) during the late-’70’s height of the Cold War, Carter today resembles nothing so much as a gracefully aging movie star. Still boyishly handsome and always smiling and ebullient, his positive attitude is infectious, and he is definitely a people person. He is also the brother of WBTV News morning anchor John Carter.
But just a bit more than eight years ago, Allan Carter was 30 pounds overweight. What to do?
As he told The Herald, the solution began in 2011, when his wife, Meg E. Ryan, came home and asked him if he would build her a bar with a sink in it.
“For what?” Carter asked.
Ryan explained that she’d been drinking nutritional shakes, made by the popular nutritional company, Herbalife, as well as teas and aloe water. She gained a bunch of energy, lost some weight, felt good and wanted to share it with everyone. She wanted to open a business to provide these products for the community. She thought that if these products made her feel better and gave her energy, they could do the same for others.
After finding out more about the Herbalife products, Carter built the bar, and the two opened their first nutrition club in Shelby: Power Up Nutrition. After a year in the business, they felt that if they moved to a downtown location in the Cleveland County seat, it would be better for the business. This they did, and their business exploded, as Carter revealed.
“We grew quickly into a business where we had people out the door, wanting the products we sold,” he said.
They then expanded again and doubled their space to accommodate the growth. Since this change, they have added several more clubs and owners to their team in Shelby, Boiling Springs, Gastonia and Forest City. A new club is set to be opened in Hickory in February.
And about a year ago here in Lincolnton, the couple decided to open the Top-Notch Healthy Hub, and their plan came to fruition in June. Carter wanted to open a club here, because he’d retired from his job as a real estate agent. He and brother John also had a previous business in downtown Lincolnton, Off the Wall Comics, back in the early 1990’s. Allan Carter thought that Lincolnton would be a good place for a nutrition club, as he knew that the people here are friendly and support local businesses.
Lose the weight and keep it off
Carter has been working with people in the local area who have an interest in getting healthier through good nutrition and exercise. Following his own loss of four inches from his waist and 30 pounds back in 2011, he has managed to keep the weight off.
He noted that obesity in North Carolina has increased over the past several years to more than 33 percent. It’s a big problem for many Americans with busy schedules. People are always looking for a quick meal, Carter noted, and that is what the Top-Notch Healthy Hub is here to help with.
“We provide fast, nutritious meal-replacement shakes, green teas and aloe water in our clubs daily,” he said. “The benefits of these shakes can help to establish a healthier lifestyle, as well as weight loss. Our typical shake is only 200 calories. We offer a friendly atmosphere for likeminded people to come into our clubs, relax, exchange information and talk about their individual exercise and nutritional habits. We also offer free wellness evaluations by appointment that estimate a person’s BMI (body mass index), muscle percentage, body fat percentage, visceral fat, metabolic rate and age. We can then customize a meal plan to meet the customer’s needs. Our clubs are similar to a coffee shop atmosphere, offering healthy meal-replacement shakes, teas and other supplements for daily use.
“Our business is all about living a lifestyle that includes good habits of healthy nutritional eating and exercise,” he continued. “My wife and I drink two nutritional Herbalife meal-replacement shakes a day and have a colorful meal in the evening. We snack on healthy supplements during the day and drink plenty of water. We both are active cyclists and enjoy exercising at our local gyms. At 62 and 54 years of age, we believe it’s important to keep your body as mobile and healthy as possible. Aging is so much better when you feel good!”
Top Notch Healthy Hub is located at 2428 East Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092 or call (704) 240-9195.
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