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New fitness brand to complement mindful movement

Control breathing, stability and the mind-body connection

TORONTO, April 10, 2012 – Created exclusively by Merrithew™, ZEN•GA™ offers a unique blend of the foundational principles of STOTT PILATES®

“Our goal is to continuously provide superior products, services and equipment lines for professional and consumer use," explained Lindsay G. Merrithew, President and CEO, Merrithew. "This new brand will truly add diversity and complement current program offerings. Professionals and consumers alike will benefit from the experience of our trainers, researchers and staff that have been in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years.”

ZEN•GA® is a unique mind-body modality that fuses elements of Pilates, yoga, martial arts and meditation into a series of flowing movements that emphasize the breath and strengthen both body and mind. Using props and equipment, these accessible workouts are playful yet powerful, emphasizing smooth transitions, intention of the movements and focusing on the personal physical effects of movement paired with deep breathing. The gateway to a mind-body practice, ZEN•GA is designed to stimulate the fascial system and build endurance, strength, mobility and stability while cultivating a greater sense of physical awareness that extends beyond the workout experience.

New and existing accessories along with the revolutionary V2 Max Plus™ Reformer* can be utilized to add variety and challenge to many ZEN•GA programs. By holding postures against the spring-loaded resistance of the Reformer and with the added benefit of new exclusive accessories, movements will engage every muscle, heighten body awareness, and enhance the mind-body connection.

“When these modalities are combined your focus will be on clarity of the mind, core stability, stamina and resilience. With that, we are able to incorporate various pieces of equipment and accessories into the many ZEN•GA programs including the use of the Mini Stability Ball™ set,” explained PJ O’Clair, Master Instructor Trainer, Merrithew.“This particular fitness brand increases your awareness to the deep stabilizing muscles of the body.  Combining balance, strength and fluid mindful movement, this routine brings a sense of composure to any group or personal training environment.”

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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