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A New Addition to Your Gym . . .

As health clubs across the nation are looking to expand their client base, you may be seeing something new at your gym: kids!

Yes that's right, while there are specially designed kid gyms, other gyms have started to open their doors to tots. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that more and more gyms nationwide are offering services to kids as well as adults. The average gyms, who formerly closed their doors to those under 13-years-old, are now offering everything from specific classes for children to carving out times to allow kids to use gym equipment (often during slow hours) and even work out with a personal trainer.

Though it does kind of sound like corporate America's version of the good old YMCA or community recreation center, doesn't it? I am guessing a family membership at the Sports Club/LA is way more pricey. Me, I like my adult time at the gym. I love my girls, but I love my hour of peace as well (as I am sure does every other parent there), plus I prefer them to exercise by running around the backyard and riding their bikes. I know you guys weren't too pleased about women bringing their babies to group classes so what you think about kids working out on the treadmill next to you?


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rpenner rpenner 9 years
I'm not a big fan of this idea. It weirds me out a little. Okay, a lot. I agree that kids should be exercising outside doing kid stuff. If they don't have a yard, there are lots of parks!
idawson idawson 9 years
teh gym by me has swimming classes for toddlers/kids as well as an exercising room for a pre-teen fitness program. so far in my going I have not seen any kids, except for the ones that go to the babysitting area.
brookrene brookrene 9 years
I would be so unhappy if my gym started allowing kids...on a side note, weight-lifting in children under about freshman age can have a damaging effect.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
I work out at a community center because it's WAY cheaper than any actual gyms around here. They have a lot of activities for kids and for the most part I don't mind having the kids around. But there are always those parents who bring their kids into the workout area and don't supervise them. You end up with kids running and screaming everywhere. I would never pay for a gym membership somewhere that allowed kids for that reason.
EmyJean EmyJean 9 years
I'm all for kids being active, rather than sitting in front of a video game all day, but I agree that it is nice to have gym time as adult time.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I wouldn't mind as long as the kids were following the gym rules and had instructions on how to use the equipment correctly. As long as they aren't bothering me or getting in the way of my workout, I could care less if a teenager is working out next to me. If kids are being responsible, they deserve to use the equipment just like anyone else. Of course, I think the best solution would be to have a separate area for the kids so they stay away from the adults. I guess I'd be kind of worried too that the kids might be less than tactful if they see someone who's overweight working out: "EWW! Look at that guy's BIG BEER GUT!" or "YUCK! Look at that fat lady's boobs bouncing around!" Not exactly the kind of motivation most people need at the gym.
Berlin Berlin 9 years
Uh gag me! I'm so glad I go to a gym at a University...if a child walked in, they'd be stared out of there lol. I don't want to work out with lil brats just like I don't want them in the workplace.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
kids should be in their own designated area and away from the adults. even over my headphones and noise of machines and people breathing i seriously don't want to hear some kid screaming, wailing or whatever else they do. -shudder-
HappyKate HappyKate 9 years
Kids should be getting their exercise outside with other kids not at a gym. Parents should be outside with them! I think the gym is a place for adults.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I saw some young teens in the gym recently. At first I was shocked, like what are they doing h ere? You could tell they didn't know what they were doing, had bad form and I was worried they were going to hurt themselves. I wish kids had other alternatives. I doubt a lot of gyms will do this, just because I'm sure insurance and such would change. Who knows
Allytta Allytta 9 years
there's enough annoying people at the gyms as it is.
milly76 milly76 9 years
the only place kids have in a gym is in the babysitting room.
latent latent 9 years
The thing is that a lot of these kids don't have 'yard' to play in, or riding bikes may be inherently dangerous. I don't want them in my gym either, simply because that's another area of danger, but I'd rather the kids do something than have them sitting in front of the boob toob.
syako syako 9 years
I read an article and wrote a little blog entry on teen gyms... some gyms are actually teen-only which is pretty crazy
lizkiernan lizkiernan 9 years
I agree with tlsgirl. I don't know how you could regulate it. What if kids just started running around in the weight room? Most people understand proper gym etiquette, and I don't think most children can learn that.
syako syako 9 years
well I know at my gym they have a few "classes" for kids which they take the kids outside (on sunny days) and just let them run around and get all their energy out. A lot of the women in my Pilates class take their kids to that class as it's the same day/time. So for me, as long as the kids aren't on the treadmill next to me or trying to use the weight machines but are in some designated kid area I wouldn't mind, in fact, it might actually be nice to get kids interested in fitness instead of the computer.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
How do I feel about it? About the same way that I feel about women brining babies to class, which is to say, no thanks. If this were the case at my gym, I think I'd find a new one, as I go there to relax and get some me time in.
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