Balanced Body for Juniors as Ten Health and Fitness Launches Pilates Classes


This summer, leading Dynamic Reformer Pilates studio brand, Ten Health and Fitness, is launching Junior Pilates at its Chiswick Studio for children aged 9-16. Led by specialist instructor Catriona McGahan, the sessions are intended to keep children active throughout the school holiday, providing all the physical and mental benefits that Pilates brings. The programme starts on the 8th July and will run on Mondays and Fridays at 1pm and 3pm throughout the summer.

A study by ukactive found that on average, pupils lose 80% of the fitness they build up during term time, in the holidays. By offering access to new and exciting opportunities for exercise close to home - like Pilates - children can continue to keep fit and find an activity they love and want to continue doing as they grow up.

While the popularity of Pilates among adults is well known, the benefits to children are just as evident. Pilates promotes strength and improves athletic performance, helping children to perform better in their other sporting activities – thus building confidence and a love of being active.

Through doing Pilates, children gain awareness of their body, learn how to move efficiently and increase strength and flexibility of their core. This improves posture and spinal alignment, which will help them greatly as they grow older. This is especially important considering today's sedentary lifestyles and increased amounts of computer time, leading to an increase in the amount of posture-related pain and dysfunction amongst even young kids. With its focus on stretching, postural alignment and core strengthening, Pilates is a great way to address these problems, both now and in later life.

“It’s so easy for children to stop being active in the summer holidays and our Pilates classes are the perfect opportunity for them to keep fit whilst having fun,” comments Leah Willoughby, Senior Pilates Instructor, Ten Health and Fitness. “Pilates has amazing benefits for everyone. It can guide kids to a stronger body, and a more relaxed state of mind. It helps to increase self-esteem, stamina, abdominal strength and sleep. That, combined with the focused breathing techniques, can help kids attain a much more serene and less stressful outlook. By attending our classes throughout the summer, they are sure to head back to school more focused, and in a brighter mind-frame than when they left.”

For further details on classes, please see below: 


  • Age 9-13 year olds

  • 45 minute class using play, imagination (and the odd superhero) to bring the key Pilates techniques and exercises to life.

  • Mondays and Fridays at 1pm and 3pm from 8th July


  • Age 14-16 year olds

  • 45 minute class mimicking Ten’s trademark workout, but with lighter and more supportive spring tensions, incorporating more bodyweight exercises.

  • Mondays and Fridays at 1pm and 3pm from 8th July

Classes at Ten start from £17. Booking must be made prior to attendance over the phone or on site. A parent/guardian must be present at the beginning and end of each session.

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Ten Health & Fitness is the result of a happy accident – quite literally. Founder Joanne Mathews was inspired to create Ten following a serious car accident that left her with back and pelvic injuries. The challenges she faced during her recovery revealed a potential gap in the market for an integrated end-to-end service combining fitness with rehabilitation. 

A pioneer of what was to become Boutique Fitness – the fastest-growing sector in the fitness industry - Ten opened its doors in a basement in Notting Hill in October 2007. Today it operates sites, in Mayfair, St James’s, Fitzrovia, Notting Hill, Little Venice, Chiswick, Hatton Garden and the City of London, with more on the way.

Ten is the only boutique provider to bridge the gap between the fitness community and the medical sector. It offers clients a combination of Dynamic Reformer Pilates classes, Personal Training, small group fitness classes (including HiiT, Yoga, Barre and TRX classes) along with in-house Physiotherapy, Massage, and most recently, clinical exercise prescription (for clients with life altering conditions like cancer, heart disease, menopause and diabetes), all under one roof. 

Ten’s multidisciplinary capabilities are delivered via a unique Circle of Care – unlike the typical fitness industry model, Trainers and Therapists work collaboratively, sharing expertise, insights and client information through every stage of a client’s physical wellbeing – including exercise, prehab, injury management, treatment and rehab.  It allows Ten to provide clients with a seamless progression from one stage to another and to adapt a clients’ programme to maximise their effectiveness, whether that’s to help speed recovery from injury, or help them achieve their goals faster.

Ten’s unique approach is underpinned by the expertise of its trainers and therapists, some of the most expert in the business, and also by its MoveBetter approach – a focus on precision, control and form that places as much emphasis on quality of movement as it does on intensity of movement. At a time when exercisers are increasingly beginning to embrace the importance of a more prehabilitative and sustainable way to work out, this is an approach whose time has most definitely come.

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