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Project Profile Promotion – Setting Standards

Client: YMCAfit | Supplier: Merrithew™

The YMCAfit facility has so far trained over 500 instructors. 

Located within the Central YMCA Club in the heart of London, YMCAfit is the UK’s first STOTT PILATES® Licensed Training Centre (LTC). The state of the art studio, which opened its doors in 2011, delivers public classes and private sessions in the STOTT PILATES method, exclusively developed by Merrithew™. Instructor training courses and workshops are also available and taught by certified STOTT PILATES instructor trainers.

Project Profile - Setting StandardsPrior to opening, the new YMCAfit studio was completely refurbished and stocked with brand new Merrithew equipment: four V2 Max Plus Reformers, eight Professional Reformers, one V2 Max Plus Rehab Reformer, one Cadillac Trapeze Table, three Stability Chairs, one Ladder Barrel, two Spine Correctors, 13 Arc Barrels, one Rotational Diskboard, one Soft Footbar, eight Cardio-Tramp Rebounders, eight Jumpboards and a range of small equipment (flex-bands, toning balls etc).

YMCAfit has trained over 500 students to date and attracts well over 90 people a week for a variety of classes: the current

group timetable offers 12 classes a week, both matwork and reformer, at beginner, essential, intermediate and advanced levels. All are taught by instructor trainers. The Physiotherapist Rehab Studio – a separate unit within the main studio – is also used on a weekly basis, to rehabilitate and train clients.

The studio also sells a wide variety of Merrithew equipment, DVDs and resources for both industry professionals and pilates enthusiasts.

As the only UK-based STOTT PILATES LTC, the full range of STOTT PILATES Intensive & Advanced Programmes and Injuries & Special Populations education and content is delivered. Also offered are STOTT PILATES workshops and Speciality Tracks, delivered by instructor trainers.

“Instructor trainers possess the knowledge and practical experience to help a client achieve the fitness goals they set within a safe and structured environment,” says Lindsay G Merrithew, president and CEO of Merrithew. “Qualified and engaging instructors are vital to delivering exciting and informative classes, which further add to the high operational standards at YMCAfit.”

“YMCAfit has a strong reputation for delivering high quality training. It was a simple choice to work with Merrithew as a partner which shares the same ethos,” says Denise Page, director of YMCAfit. “Pilates instructors are required to recognise the unique needs of their clients and provide bespoke exercise programmes; this requires professionalism and advanced skills.

“We believe that Merrithew has used its years of experience to develop training programmes to produce elite instructors. We look forward to continuing our close working relationship.”

In the same way that proper instruction and the right equipment is required for an effective fitness programme, so too is industry support and recognition an important element of any training offering. Merrithew is now an approved training provider with SkillsActive, providing REPs members with CPD points: 16 CPD points are available to those completing a STOTT PILATES Reformer course, for example.

“This latest acknowledgement has strengthened the credibility of the Merrithew brand as it relates to content and education, combined with the use of proper equipment, which effectively help deliver successful courses, workshops and classes to the ever-growing pilates community,” says Merrithew.