My Gym, which has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—from 7 months–13 years old—and are designed to incorporate the latest physiological, psychological, and meteorological research. The junior gym offers classes for all developmental degrees, from Tiny Tykes, a class for parents and babies that focuses on movement, to Champions, which empowers 6- to 8-year-olds with sports and gymnastics skills.
Equipment: Balanced Body Pilates studio equipment
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Pilates always progresses and continues to challenge. Most clients that begin Pilates don't usually want to stop.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
They hurt themselves because they lack the knowledge of proper anatomy alignment.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
When a person gets to experience Pilates how it was first designed—one on one—they usually are amazed at the difference. Our sessions are alignment-based and help people learn about the repetitive motion that might not be good for them that they are continually doing in their daily life. When Pilates is taught this way it becomes more than an hour-a-week fitness routine—it becomes life changing.
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