Junior Gym - London Aquatics Centre

Junior Gym is a dedicated session for children aged between 11 and 17 years old to introduce them to working out in the gym as well as help them start their journey towards a healthy and active lifestyle. All sessions are supervised, with a member of the Fitness team present, to ensure they are working out safely! All juniors are required to attend Junior Gym Induction before their first session or fitness class.

Days and Times:

  • Monday – Friday: 16:00 – 18:00
  • Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 – 14:00

Junior Gym Rules

There are some rules around what equipment our junior members can use, as opposed to adult members. These are entirely for your own safety and to ensure you don’t hurt yourself.

The majority of the equipment in the gym is available for use by everyone and is designed for everybody to enjoy and benefit from. This includes almost all of the cardio machines, some resistance equipment, certain weighted items such as core bags and medicine balls, dumbbells up to a maximum of 5kg and core training equipment such as BOSU balls. The full list is as follows:

  • Indoor Cycle
  • Cross Trainer
  • Stepper
  • Rowing Machine
  • Treadmill
  • Ski Erg
  • Air Bike
  • Skill Mill
  • Power Plate
  • Dumbbells (5kg maximum)
  • Resistance bands
  • ViPR (4kg maximum)
  • BOSU Balls
  • Wobble boards
  • Slam Balls (5kg maximum)
  • Medicine Balls (5kg maximum)
  • Core Bags (5kg maximum)
  • Battle Ropes
  • Suspension training

Once you reach the age of 12, your options widen a little bit. As well as all those mentioned above, you can also start to use the Watt Bike (as long as you are 4 ft 11 inches tall or above), as well as pin-loaded weights. These pieces of equipment require a high level of technique to compete correctly. At this age a juniors shoulders, neck and spin are more susceptible to serious injury if these exercises are done incorrectly.

Upon reaching 14, your options expand still further. As well as all those you’ll find above, you can also use the lat pull down machine, any cabled machines, as well as plyometric boxes and steps. Be sure only to jump onto these, however, and not off them. If you’re unsure, however, it’s important you always speak to an instructor for guidance on progression when exercising – and that counts for all age groups.

Cable machines refer to equipment that does not have a single fixed line of movement.

Although that is a fairly comprehensive list of equipment that anyone aged 11-15 can use, there are a few bits of kit that we do ask you not to use until you are 16 or over. This measure is only for your own safety as these pieces of equipment can often feature extremely heavy weights that may well injure you either when loading them onto the rack, or in the process of doing the workout itself.

Don’t forget that your body is still growing and developing, so you are more likely to hurt yourself between the ages of 11 and 15 compared with fully developed adults. The equipment we ask you not to use is as follows:

  • Plate Loaded Machines or Barbells
  • Tank/Sledge
  • Kettlebells
  • Bench Press
  • Smith Machine
  • Lifting Platforms & Half Racks
  • Boxing Equipment
  • Flexibility Equipment
  • Theragun

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