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McDowell Wellness Center

Our family-oriented health and wellness center provides the opportunity for individuals to participate in various classes and programs that focusMcDowellWellnessCenterBldg on positive health behaviors, prevention and stress reduction.

Our team at McDowell Wellness Center is dedicated to meeting all of your wellness needs.

We offer our members a 25-yard, six-lane indoor pool, an aerobics studio and a 5000 square-foot workout area.

The workout area has a variety of fitness equipment, including a stretching station, treadmills, stationary bikes, "Hammer Strength" equipment, air pressure activated "Keiser" machines, cable-loaded "Body Master" machines and free weights.

We can help improve your flexibility, strength, energy level and endurance while lowering such health factors as your blood pressure and cholesterol.

We are located at 1107 Ben Ali Drive in Danville, KY. Our phone number is (859) 936-9355.


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McDowell Wellness Center is located at 1107 Ben Ali Drive. Use the map of Danville or written directions to find us.


From Lexington:
Follow U.S. 27 south approximately 27 miles to KY 34. Turn right on KY 34 and drive about seven miles until you arrive in Danville at Fourth Street, which is a one-way street heading south. Turn left on Fourth Street, go 1 block, then turn right onto Main Street/150. Continue on Main Street for about 2 miles. Once you cross the highway 127 bypass, turn right onto Ben Ali Drive, then veer to the right on Ben Ali Drive. Follow about ¼ mile and McDowell Wellness Center is on the left.

From Mount Vernon and Stanford:
Follow U.S. 150 approximately eight miles. At the U.S. 27 intersection in Stanford, stay on U.S. 150, which becomes U.S. 150 bypass. Drive about three miles and the bypass becomes U.S. 150 West. Drive about 10 miles to U.S. 150/U.S. 127 bypass intersection. Stay on the U.S. 150/U.S. 127 bypass for four miles and then turn left onto U.S. 150. Turn right onto Ben Ali Drive, then veer to the right on Ben Ali Drive. Follow about ¼ mile and McDowell Wellness Center is on the left.

From Russell Springs and Liberty:
Follow U.S. 127 a distance of about 47 miles from Russell Springs and about 26 miles from Liberty. At the U.S. 127/U.S. 150 bypass intersection, turn left onto the U.S. 127 bypass. Continue on U.S. 127 bypass for about 4 miles, then turn left onto U.S. 150. Turn right onto Ben Ali Drive, then veer to the right on Ben Ali Drive. Follow about ¼ mile and McDowell Wellness Center is on the left.

From Louisville and Harrodsburg:
Follow I-64 East from Louisville a distance of approximately 43 miles. Take exit 48 (KY 151) towards U.S. 127 and Lawrenceburg. Follow KY 151 about six miles, turn right onto the U.S. 127 bypass and drive about six miles until the bypass becomes U.S. 127 South. Continue on U.S. 127 South about 22 miles and the road then becomes the U.S. 127 bypass. Drive about two miles, then turn right onto U.S. 150. Turn right onto Ben Ali Drive, then veer to the right on Ben Ali Drive. Follow about ¼ mile and McDowell Wellness Center is on the left.
From Bardstown and Springfield:
Follow U.S. 150 a distance of about 16 miles. Stay straight to go onto U.S. 150/KY 152 about one mile, then stay straight to go onto U.S. 150. Drive about 16 miles until U.S. 150 becomes U.S. 150/U.S. 68. Stay straight to go onto U.S. 150/KY 52 and drive about nine miles. Turn left onto Ben Ali Drive directly after Comfort Suites hotel and then veer to the right on Ben Ali Drive. Follow about ¼ mile and McDowell Wellness Center is on the left.

McDowell Wellness Center is the only comprehensive facility of its kind in Central Kentucky. Our combined family health and fitness center, outpatient rehabilitation services and community education programs are all in one convenient location.

At McDowell Wellness Center, our members and non-members can use a variety of services to reach their health and wellness goals.


Aquatic Classses

Our water-based fitness classes are just right for people of all fitness levels – from aquatic therapy (designed for individuals with arthritis and multiple sclerosis), to sport-WellnessClinic10specific training. We offer:

A.M. Deep Water (60 minutes) - A high-energy cardiovascular workout in the deep end of the pool, this class has choreographed routines with optional power moves. Floatation belts are used along with weights and water noodles.

P.M. Deep Water (60 minutes) - A high-energy cardiovascular workout in the deep end of the pool, this class has choreographed routines with optional power moves. Floatation belts are used along with weights and water noodles.

Aqua Arthritis (45 minutes) - This is a non-impact program designed by the Arthritis Foundation to use warm water exercises for strengthening, increasing range of motion and flexibility. No swimming skills are necessary. This class is great for beginner or advanced levels. A release form from your doctor is required.

Relaxation Stretch Zone (45 minutes) - Designed to improve balance and increase flexibility using Yoga principles.

Morning Splash (60 minutes) - This medium intensity class emphasizing movement, toning, strength and flexibility is great for all fitness levels.

Senior Splash (60 minutes) - This is a complete total-body workout that consists of a warm-up, cardiovascular segment, strength segment, flexibility and lots of fun. This class is a step up from Aqua Arthritis.



Children's Activity Center

For our members' convenience, children can stay in the Children's Activity Center while their parents work out. Children between 3 months and 9 years of age can enjoy:

* Arts and crafts projects
* Programming that encourages physical activity
* Age-specific, computer-based educational programs and games
* Age-appropriate toys and videos


Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - noon and 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - noon
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – noon

Sunday: Closed

Fee: $4 (maximum stay of 2 hours per visit).

For each child's safety:

* A parent or guardian must sign the child in and out each visit. A completed enrollment and waiver form (available at the Children's Activity Center) is required.
* A parent or guardian must be on the premises while a child is in the Children's Activity Center.
* Please let the Children's Activity Center staff know if there are any activity restrictions for your child.

While children are in our care, the parent or guardian will be called if:

  • their child needs a diaper change
  • their child's behavior is inappropriate
  • their child is upset and cannot be comforted

McDowell Minnows

McDowell Minnows is a non-competitive program designed for children ages 6 through 12 who have completed swimming lessons, but are not quite ready for a full-time swim team. The program will introduce young swimmers to the world of competitive swimming through the application of drills, basic swimming fundamentals and racing strategy. A requirement of the program is that children must be able to swim freestyle for 25 yards and be able to backstroke.

The program will begin on September 8 and will meet each week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost to participate is $45 per month for McDowell Wellness Center members and $60 per month for non-members. Additional children in the same family will receive a $10 discount. A free trial period, from August 18 through August 29, will be offered for anyone interested in participating in the program.

For more information or to sign up, please call (859) 936-WELL (9355).

Health & Safety Courses

We offer a wide range of health and safety courses. For more information, please call (859)936-WELL (9355) for the most current schedule of classes. Among the courses we offer are:

CPR Pro for the Professional Rescuer

This course is designed for professional rescuers (including lifeguards, nurses, emergency personnel, etc.) who need CPR to meet certification and licensure requirements. This course includes adult, infant, and child CPR, two-person CPR, AED, and the use of CPR related equipment. CPR Pro for the Professional Rescuer has been accepted by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). The program has been approved by many state health agencies and may be used to meet The Joint Commission's Resuscitation Standard.

CPR-AED for the Community and Workplace

CPR-AED for the Community and Workplace provides individuals with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective basic life support in an emergency.

Emergency Oxygen

Serious and life-threatening medical emergencies often cause oxygen to be depleted from the body, leaving the victim at risk for cardiac arrest or brain damage. Supplemental oxygen is essential to treatment. This program focuses on administering emergency oxygen, rescue breathing and oxygen delivery devices.

Basic First Aid

Properly applied first aid can save lives, reduce recovery time, and may mean the difference between temporary or lifelong disability for the victim. Class participants learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of injuries and sudden illness, how to deal with emergencies such as bleeding, shock, burns, strains, fractures, allergic reactions, diabetic complications and seizures.

Bloodborne Pathogens

This program includes information to help students understand what bloodborne pathogens are and how to reduce risk of exposure for themselves and others. The program meets training requirements for the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.

Essentials in Basic Emergency Care

The Essentials program provides laypersons with the minimum knowledge and skills necessary to give emergency care during the brief interval between incident and EMS arrival. This program is ideal for the industrial setting. It includes adult CPR, AED, first aid, oxygen administration (awareness level), and bloodborne pathogens (awareness level).

First Responder

This 50-60 hour course gives people the necessary skills and knowledge to provide emergency care in many settings. This is the first level of pre-hospital emergency care. Topics include treatment of sudden illness and injuries, care of spinal injuries, and EMS operations.

Child and Baby Sitting Safety

The number one priority of this course is to keep you and the children you care for safe. Babysitting is not just "watching" children, but being responsible for their safety and well being. When caring for a child, you are taking care of a parent's most prized possession.

CPR and First Aid for Hairdressers, Cosmetologists and Nail Technicians

This program teaches first aid and CPR techniques that fulfill the required CEU's for these professions.

Pet First Aid

Pet first aid is the immediate care given to an injured or suddenly ill pet until competent veterinary care is available. Properly applied first aid can save your pet's life, reduce recovery time and be the difference between temporary and lifelong disability. This program concentrates on basic first aid care and is not intended to replace veterinary care.

Hazard Communication (HAZCOM)

Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) training provides understanding of potential chemical dangers in the workplace. Participants learn to identify chemicals, how to access and read hazardous materials manuals, how to read warning labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

When Disaster Strikes

Throughout time, mankind has been dealing with the threat of disaster. Disasters come in two forms, natural or manmade. Sometimes disasters can strike without warning. Your only defense is your ability to prepare.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Program

Are you 15 or older and looking for a great summer job or a challenging career? American Red Cross Lifeguarding is the best place to start! Lifeguarding will help you develop skills and experience that will be valued by colleges and future employers. It's a great way to demonstrate what you can offer. Colleges and employers look for applicants who can deal effectively with people, who have a take charge attitude and who are willing to work to develop new skills.

What You Will Learn

American Red Cross training makes learning fun and easy. You'll study:

  • Surveillance skills to help you recognize and prevent injuries
  • Rescue skills – for the water and land
  • First aid training and professional rescuer CPR to prepare for any emergency
  • Professional lifeguard responsibilities, such as interacting with the public and addressing uncooperative patrons

American Red Cross Lifeguarding also offers optional training modules to develop more skills:

  • Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
  • Bloodborne Pathogens (Preventing Disease Transmission)
  • Oxygen Administration

McDowell Wellness Center is an authorized training center for the American Safety and Health Institute and the American Red Cross.


Land-Based Classes

We offer fitness programs for everyone, from exercise newcomers to conditioned athletes. All of our instructors are trained and certified in specific fitness areas so they can deliver the newest skills to our members.

Our classes include:

  • Total Body Pump (60 minutes) – Participants use hand weights, weighted body bars and resistance bands to gain cardiovascular conditioning and strength WellnessClinic5endurance.
  • Killer Abs (20 minutes) - This class is sure to get your abs in shape! Abdominal balls, weighted body bars and steps may be used in this class.
  • P.A.C.E. (People with Arthritis Can Exercise) (60 minutes) – This class is ideal for individuals with arthritis who want more flexibility and strength. A release form from your doctor is required.
  • Pilates-Based Classes (60 minutes) – These classes consist of a series of non-impact, yet highly intense, controlled movements that promote muscular strength, flexibility, balance and coordination by focusing on the body's core of the abdominals and back.
  • Power Toning (60 minutes) – This class is sure to increase endurance, strength and flexibility through the use of hand weights, weighted bars, resistance bands, and an abdominal workout.
  • Spinning (45-60 minutes) – This class is for individuals who like the challenge of a tough bike ride. Spin bikes are available on a first come first serve basis so participants should arrive at class 15 minutes early.
  • Yoga (60 minutes) – This class uses gentle exercises that improve an individual's balance, coordination and flexibility. Yoga is recommended for a wide variety of health conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, asthma, fibromyalgia, seasonal affective disorder, migraines, menopause, stroke, diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
  • Wild Card (60 minutes) – This class varies with the instructors so anything goes!
  • Zumba (60 minutes) – This class combines Latin dance moves for a fast-paced aerobic workout.


Massage Therapy

One of the earliest known medical practices to relieve pain and restore body function is massage therapy. It is a natural and instinctive method to help soothe minor aches and pains while decreasing tension, stress and the general feeling of fatigue from which many people suffer.

Massage therapy is proven to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Increase blood flow
  • Relax muscles
  • Increase metabolism
  • Help prevent injuries
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Reduce recovery time from exercise or injury

Massages are by appointment only - Tuesday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00a.m. to Noon. A 24-hour cancellation notice is required. Same-day appointments are available.

Massage Fees:

  • 30   Minutes - $35
  • 60   Minutes - $65
  • 90   Minutes - $100
  • 120 Minutes - $145

Payment is due before the massage is provided and credit cards are welcome.

A private changing area is provided for all clients, who may disrobe to their comfort level and will

remain completely covered at all times.

All massage therapy clients will be asked to complete a health history form before the initial massage is performed.

A massage makes a great gift for anyone. Gift certificates are available throughout the year.

Please call McDowell Wellness Center at (859)936-WELL (9355) for more information or to schedule an appointment.


Personal Training

We offer pre-season, in-season and post-season sport-specific training for:

  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Cheerleading
  • Swimming

We also offer individualized personal training programs for weight management, toning, strengthening, and cardiovascular fitness.

Requests for specific trainers will be honored with an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome and will be seen by the first available trainer.

Personal training is not available for individuals under 12 years of age. Individuals age 12-15 must have a parent or guardian on the premises at the time services are provided.


Individual visits (pre-paid):

  • 30 minutes - $25
  • 60 minutes - $40

Packages (pre-paid):

  • 12 visits – 30 minutes each - $195
  • 24 visits – 30 minutes each - $375
  • 12 visits – 60 minutes each - $375
  • 24 visits – 60 minutes each - $600


We offer our members a variety of activities, classes, equipment and programming at McDowell Wellness Center in our comprehensive, well-equipped facilities:

Aerobics Studio - Our 1500 square foot aerobics studio is a spacious, comfortable area perfect for all of our classes.WellnessClinic1

Children's Activity Center - For our members' convenience, children can stay in the Children's Activity Center while their parents work out. The center is for children between 3 months and 8 years of age.

Community Education Room - Our community education room is used for various public programs and meetings. Groups may use this room for private meetings as the schedule permits. This room can comfortably seat 20 people.

Equipment - The gym has a variety of fitness equipment, including a stretching station, ellipticals, treadmills, stationary bikes, "Hammer Strength" equipment, air pressure activated "Keiser" machines, cable-loaded "Body Master" machines and free weights.

Locker Room - Day use and rental lockers are available for members in our spacious locker room. Small hand towels are available and the showers are furnished with hair and body wash. Hair dryers and other amenities are also available.

Outdoor Track - We offer our members an outdoor half-mile track for walking or running.

SilverSneakers® Fitness Program – This innovative health, exercise and wellness program helps older adults live healthy, active lifestyles. Membership includes access to our basic amenities as well as SilverSneakers classes and other classes we offer. Most important, your membership is available to you at no cost through your health plan. Regular participation in SilverSneakers can help you build muscular strength, improve joint mobility and increase cardiovascular endurance, leading to improved health and greater independence. Click here for more information about the classes available through SilverSneakers. Please refer to the Class Schedules tab for the most current schedule of classes.

Social Activity Area - Our social activity area is used for visiting with friends, waiting for someone to finish working out or just to take a break.

Water Fitness Center - Our water fitness area has a six-lane, 25-yard indoor pool ranging in depth from three and one half to six feet. There is stair access and a lift chair for individuals who need special assistance.

Interested in joining McDowell Wellness Center? We offer special rates for Ephraim McDowell Health Associates and other corporationsAerobicsClass (memberships make a great cost-effective employee benefit). Please call (859)936-WELL (9355) for more information.

Membership Types

  • Individual Member
  • Member Plus One – the second member must be a spouse or child (ages 12-26) living in the same household
  • Family – limited to spouse and children (ages 12-26) living in the same household
  • Student – ages 16-26 and full-time students only
  • Individual Senior – for individuals ages 60 and over
  • Senior Member Plus One – limited to spouse only

Added bonuses:

  • Seniors who have a HealthRewards membership get a 50% discount on enrollment fees.
  • Electronic funds transfer is required for individuals who wish to pay membership fees on a monthly basis.

Day Passes and Special Health Assessments

  • Facility Pass - $8 (For individuals over 12 years of age; allows use of any part of the facility or to take a class)
  • Pool Pass - $4 (Only for children under 12 years of age)
  • Body Fat Assessment- $10
  • Fitness Assessment - $25
  • Fitness Program - $40
  • Nutritional Assessment - $25


Monday - Thursday: 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (pool closes at 9 p.m.)WellnessClass

Friday: 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (pool closes at 7:00 p.m.)

Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (pool closes at 5:00 p.m.)

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (pool closes at 5:00 p.m.)


Holiday Hours

Easter Sunday: Closed

Memorial Day: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Fourth of July: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Labor Day: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving Eve: 5:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving Day: Closed

Day after Thanksgiving: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 5:00 a.m. – Noon

Christmas Day: Closed

Day after Christmas: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

New Years Eve: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

New Years Day: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Day after New Years Day: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

At McDowell Wellness Center, fitness is family-oriented and fun for everyone. We want you and your family to have a safe, enjoyable time while at the Center.
  • For safety, all children between the ages of 8 and 12 are invited to use McDowell Wellness Center under their parents’ close supervision.
  • Children under the age of 12 must check in at the Member Services Desk (unless using the Children’s Activity Center) with a parent or guardian and the parent or guardian must supervise the child at all times.
  • Non-members under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or member and have parental consent to use the facility.
Membership information for children 12-18
  • Children age 12 and older who want to use McDowell Wellness Center must be listed on their parents’ or guardians’ membership.
  • Members who are age 12-15 may have full use of McDowell Wellness Center as long as a parent or guardian is on the premises.
  • Individuals who are age 16 and older may join as an independent member and are allowed full use of the Center.
  • Any member under the age of 18 requires a parent or guardian signature on all membership information.
Guidelines for use of the various areas by children

Fitness Area:

  • The bikes, rowers, stair climbers and treadmills may be used by children ages 8 -12 if closely supervised by a parent or guardian.
  • In order to better serve our adult members, we ask that if a child is on a piece of equipment and an adult member is waiting, to please let the adult member use it first.
  • For safety, the circuit weight machines and free weight machines are intended only for those who are 12 years of age or older.

Water Fitness Area:

  • If small children are prone to having accidents or are not toilet trained, we ask that they use a swim diaper. One complimentary diaper is available from the lifeguard on duty. Additional swim diapers can be purchased at the Member Services Desk.
  • Children under 10 years of age are allowed full use of the water fitness area as long as a parent or guardian is on the pool deck.
  • Children 10-15 years of age are allowed full use of the water fitness area as long as a parent or guardian is on the premises. Children older than 16 may use the pool area without a parent or guardian on the premises.
  • The use of the pool area is limited when classes are in session. A schedule of classes is posted inside McDowell Wellness Center and is also available online here.

Aerobics/Fitness Studio:

  • Children may participate in classes as long as they are not disruptive and a parent or guardian is supervising them closely. The instructor will have final authority to determine whether a child can safely participate in a class.

Community Education:

  • We ask that parents or guardians please supervise their children when inside the community education area.

Social Activity Area:

  • Children are welcome to use the social activity area without supervision, as long they are well behaved and respectful of others.

If you have any questions regarding these guidelines, please see a Member Services Desk representative or call us at (859)936-WELL (9355).


Click on any of the links below to view the class schedules and descriptions. All schedules are in Adobe PDF format and will open in another window so they can be printed. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you can download it here.

All Class Schedules:

Aquatics Class Schedule
Group Class Fitness Schedule 
Senior Class Schedule
Spin Class Schedule
Group Fitness Studio A Class Schedule

 All Class Descriptions:

Aquatics Description
Group Fitness Description
Senior Class Description
Group Fitness Studio A Class Description