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Global health and fitness company partners with central London's YMCA® fit

May 19, 2011 – TORONTO, May 19 - With the growth of The Merrithew Health & Fitness Group's business development initiatives worldwide, the Company is proud to announce YMCA®fit in Central London, England has joined their international network of licensees as the official Licensed Training Center.

"We are very excited about this new partnership and look forward to furthering STOTT PILATES® education in the Central London area," says Mr. Lindsay G. Merrithew, President & CEO of Merrithew Health & Fitness™ based out of Toronto, Canada. "We work closely with all of our Licensed Training Centers and education partners worldwide to bring the STOTT PILATES method to people of all ages and fitness abilities."

STOTT PILATES® is a contemporary approach to the original teachings of the late Joseph Pilates. Developed by Lindsay and Moira Merrithew in collaboration with a group of fitness professionals, medical practitioners, and physical therapists - STOTT PILATES has been refined over the years in accordance with modern day biomechanics, principles of exercise science and rehabilitation. This clear and comprehensive approach forms the basis for STOTT PILATES training and certification programs.

YMCAfit has recently installed brand new STOTT PILATES equipment at its Great Russell Street location and this exciting new partnership will provide access for students to a full range of education in the future including courses, workshops and exams.

"YMCAfit has a strong reputation for delivering high-quality training. It was a simple choice to work with STOTT PILATES as a partner they share the same ethos for high standards. Pilates instructors are required to recognise the unique needs of their clients and to provide bespoke exercise programmes; this requires professionalism and advanced skills," says Denise Page, Director of YMCAfit. "YMCAfit believes STOTT PILATES has used their years of experience to develop training programmes to produce elite instructors. We look forward to continuing our close working relationship."

About Merrithew

Merrithew was co-founded by Lindsay and Moira Merrithew in 1988. For over 30 years the company has been dedicated to enriching the lives of others by providing responsible exercise modalities and innovative fitness brands across the globe. Merrithew’s premier Pilates brand, STOTT PILATES®, delivers best-in-class Pilates education and media to everyone from avid exercisers, elite athletes, and pre/post-natal clients, to rehab and fitness professionals, and is used by studios worldwide. Other high-end Merrithew fitness brands include ZEN•GA®, Total Barre®, CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training and Halo® Training. Merrithew has trained more than 60,000 students in 135 countries. Merrithew’s Media Division (MMD) produces print and video-based content for professional and consumer markets. For more information visit

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