Teen Gym

Getting your teenager started with a MOVE Teen Gym membership is a positive step forward by encouraging, developing and nurturing positive healthy exercise habits. 

This will not only set them up with a multitude of health benefits, but also establish a health and fitness relationship that will last a lifetime.

Here at MOVE, we acknowledge the growing need to ensure that adolescents should be pursuing regular physical activity not just here in Australia, but around the world. One of the ways in which we can do our part to help teenagers in our local community achieve this, is with a MOVE Teen Gym membership.

-- Join today for $17.75/week --

 

MOVE TEEN GYM MEMBERSHIP

Our TEEN GYM membership is a membership exclusively available for 13-15yr olds. It will give your teenager their own membership access wristband, access to our gym floor, exclusive supervised Teen Gym workout sessions, and pool access. Our gym floor is always staffed, so we’ll always have somebody available to provide guidance where required.

  • PLUS they will receive three (3) complimentary one-on-one sessions with one of our fitness professionals as part of our BEGIN induction program (see more info below).  
  • PLUS, they’ll have reciprocal access to both Keilor East and Ascot Vale Leisure Centres, doubling their exercise and workout options for no extra cost.
  • PLUS with pool access, they receive unlimited pool entry* at both our Leisure Centres, as well as Queens Park Pool, our seasonal outdoor facility, which will be open for the season from mid-November through to April 2024.

*Pool entry does not include steam / spa / sauna access. Minimum age requirements of 16yrs to enter these areas.

TEEN GYM HOUR


A MOVE Teen Gym membership provides access to our Teen Gym Hour sessions, which are available Monday to Friday at both Ascot Vale Leisure Centre and Keilor East Leisure Centre. These alternate between sessions of circuit / functional training, and age-appropriate strength training. All our sessions are conducted and supervised by our Trainers, to ensure that all exercises are performed safely and correctly.

Keilor East Leisure Centre:
4:00pm - 5:00pm | Monday to Friday

Ascot Vale Leisure Centre:
4:00pm - 5:00pm | Monday to Friday

Getting Started

BEGIN is our FREE induction program for all new MOVE members. As a TEEN GYM member, you’ll receive three (3) complimentary sessions with one of our fitness team members to discuss your goals and desired outcomes from having a TEEN GYM membership, who will then be able to develop a customised program for you. Included as part of this process is an opportunity to go through your program one-on-one with a trainer who will explain how to use specific equipment to ensure that you are using it safely and correctly, so that you have the confidence to embark on your fitness journey. We recommend that the initial BEGIN session is conducted with a parent / guardian present.

Additional BEGIN sessions will be utilised for progress check-ins and follow-ups, or to make adjustments / changes to your fitness plan.

Our team will always be on-hand to provide on-the-spot advice or assistance, whether it’s equipment use, or a posture / alignment check.

Click the button below to find out more about our BEGIN program:
 

PERSONAL TRAINING

As with all our memberships, TEEN GYM members also have the opportunity to sign up for personal training. This is a dedicated one-on-one training session, that can be scheduled anytime outside of our dedicated Teen Gym Hour. Personal Training sessions can be purchased and utilised in addition to a Teen Gym membership to enhance an individual’s exercise goals / outcomes. ALL new members are eligible to purchase a PT Triple Pack for $99 which provides 3x 30min sessions. 

If you are a Teen Gym member, and would like to add Personal Training, please discuss this as part of your initial BEGIN consultation. 

For more information about our Personal Training services, and to view the bio’s of all our Trainers, visit

Having An Active and Healthy Teenager

Having a healthy and active teenager will not only benefit them physically and mentally during their formative years, but it will also establish healthy relationships with exercise that will continue into adulthood, and continue to have multiple health benefits. A 2016 report showed that 81% of adolescents aged 11 - 17yrs (globally) were considered physically inactive, and that females were more active than their male counterparts. A 2019 report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests that nearly 90% of Australian children aged 11-17yrs were not meeting recommendations on daily physical activity. Additionally, out of 146 countries that were surveyed, Australia ranked 140th, putting us amongst the worst performing countries when it comes to active teenagers.

The issues regarding ensuring adequate physical activity for children and adolescents is complex and multi-faceted, small changes can be made at individual and local levels, based on global recommendations.

 

It is recommended that children and adolescents aged 5-17 years:

  • Should do at least an average of 60mins of exercise per day, of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic physical activity. However, fewer than 1 in 4 children aged 5 to 14years get the recommended 60mins of physical activity each day.
  • Should incorporate aerobic activities as well as those that strengthen muscle and bone, at least 3 days a week
  • Should limit the amount of time spent being sedentary, particularly the amount of screen time.

These recommendations also apply to children and adolescents living with a disability.

 

Low-to-moderate activities for as little as 30mins per day can be beneficial - consider activities such as walking, climbing stairs, dancing, exercise at home. The University of Rochester Medical Centre notes “Incorporating regular aerobic physical activity increases a teen’s capacity for exercise. It also plays a role in the prevention of heart diseases and type 2 diabetes. Aerobic activities are continuous activities that cause the heart rate and breathing rate to increase. To prevent dehydration, encourage your teen to drink fluid regularly during physical activity. Also, have them drink several glasses of water or other fluid with no added sugar after the physical activity is completed. Examples of vigorous activities may include:

  • Brisk walking
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Roller skating
  • Jumping rope
  • Playing on the playground
  • Dancing
  • Gymnastics
  • Hiking
  • Soccer
  • Tag games

Having an adolescent that is physically active provides a multitude of health benefits, both physically and mentally:

  • Improved muscular and cardiorespiratory fitness
  • Improved blood circulation and blood cholesterol levels
  • Improved bone and functional health - exercises such as jumping, running or lifting weights can help to keep bones strong.
  • Increases muscle strength
  • Improves energy levels
  • Helps to maintain a health body weight
  • Improves cardio metabolic health - dyslipidaemia, glucose and insulin resistance
  • prevents and manages high blood pressure,
  • Cognitive outcomes - academic performance, executive function
  • Mental health - reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Helps to manage stress
  • Improves the ability to fall asleep quickly and sleep well
  • Increases enthusiasm and optimism


There are a multitude of ways that exercise and healthy activities can be incorporated into daily life for adolescents, such as:

  • walking, cycling and other forms of active non-motorised forms of transport are accessible and safe for all;
  • childcare, schools and higher education institutions provide supportive and safe spaces and facilities for all students to spend their free time actively;
  • primary and secondary schools provide quality physical education that supports children to develop behaviour patterns that will keep them physically active throughout their lives; 
  • community-based and school-sport programmes provide appropriate opportunities for all ages and abilities;
  • sports and recreation facilities provide opportunities for everyone to access and participate in a variety of different sports, dance, exercise and active recreation


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Teen Gym FAQs Expand all

How do I know if a Teen Gym membership is the right choice for my teenager?

We suggest that if you’re still uncertain about whether this is right for your teenager, why not make an appointment to speak to one of our trainers.

How does my teenager sign up for a Teen Gym membership?

Anybody wanting to join our Teen Gym membership requires consent from their parent / guardian in order to create the account. If a parent / guardian is already an existing MOVE member, they can simply create a new membership within their account in Active World. Click the button below to get started TODAY!


If you are a brand new member, you will need to sign up and create an account via Active World. Click the button below to get started! If you are unsure about creating an account online, call our team on 9283-6402 and they will be able to assist in getting your teenager set up. 

Does the Teen Gym membership operate on a monthly or term basis?

Our Teen Gym membership is a recurring weekly direct debit. Once you sign up, you can suspend your membership for up to six-weeks without any additional cost.

My teenager doesn't feel confident using equipment on the gym floor. What should they do?

We understand that the gym can seem like an intimidating place for people, but the MOVE team are here to ensure that nobody feels intimidated whilst working out.

Booking into a BEGIN appointment when you first join will allow you to connect with one of our team, and they will be able to introduce you to various equipment on the gym floor, explain how to use it safely and correctly, so that you can continue to utilise your membership and visit the gym with confidence.

We do not tolerate intimidating or threatening behaviour from anybody at our venues, and if anybody experiences this during their visit, we encourage them to alert our team as soon as possible.

Does my teenager need to bring anything with them to the gym?

They will need to bring a sweat towel with them for every visit. This is a requirement for anybody choosing to workout in the gym or a group fitness class. We also encourage them to bring a reuseable drink bottle. We do have drinking fountains available on site, as well as a kiosk that sells drinks. There are also mats available on the gym floor to use for stretching.

Can I drop my teenager off for Teen Gym hour or do I need to wait for them?

Parents / guardians are encouraged to drop off / pick up their teenager for their Teen Gym sessions. This helps to build their independence and confidence navigating their way around the facility before and after their session. In the interest of safety we recommend parents drop off and pick up their teenager from the entry of the venue.

If you are a parent and already a MOVE member, why not bring your workout gear as well? You could enjoy a group fitness class, gym workout, swim some laps or just relax in our spa / steam / sauna area whilst your teen is in the gym being active.

If you're not a current member, but would like to become a MOVE member as well, why not look at the various membership options we have available.

 

Do I need to be present with my teenager for Teen Gym hour?

Parents are not able to be present in the Teen Gym session whilst their teenager is working out with us.

Will my teenager be supervised during Teen Gym Hour?

A Teen Gym membership gives them access to a dedicated Teen Gym Hour on the gym floor, which is fully supervised by our gym trainers.

The hour is a dedicated session only to those with a Teen Gym membership, to ensure that all activities are conducted in a safe manner. Any exercises involving weights are restricted to age-appropriate weights.

Additionally, all MOVE employees have a valid Working With Children Check (WWCC), as well as have current certifications in both First Aid and CPR, so you child will always be in a safe environment under our supervision.

What happens when my teenager turns 16?

Once your teenager turns 16, they will be able to change their membership to any of our other MOVE memberships.

Teenagers that have valid school ID and / or Government-issued concessions cards (ie. Health Care Card) will be eligible for concession pricing. Options for memberships include:

  • Health Club - provides gym-only access (no pool access) as well as group fitness classes
  • Aquatic - pool-only access, including aqua classes (no gym / group fitness)
  • MOVE Bronze - access to gym, group fitness and pools
  • MOVE Silver - everything in MOVE Bronze, with the addition of Reformer Pilates
  • MOVE GOLD - everything in MOVE Silver, with the addition of Coaching Zone small group training sessions.

Once your teen turns 16, they will be able to participate in all group fitness classes, as well as access our spa / steam / sauna facilities.

Click the button to find out more about our other memberships

My teenager uses public transport. What are the closest public transport options?

For all public transport schedules and planning, please visit the Public Transport Victoria website - https://ptv.vic.gov.au and use the Journey Planner  feature available on the site. 

The information below is provided from the PTV website (Information correct at time of publishing). Please always consult the PTV website before planning your journey to one of our venues via public transport to view timetables and any information regarding delays / closures or alternative transportation methods.

Public Transport Information
 

VENUE ADDRESS NEAREST TRANSPORT OPTIONS
Ascot Vale Leisure Centre Cnr Langs Rd & Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale
(access via Pynor Avenue),
BUS‚Äč
  • Route 472 - Epsom Rd / Charles Street (Stop ID 5774)
TRAM
  • Route 57 - Melbourne Showgrounds / Union Road #33 (Stop ID 17948)
TRAIN
  • Ascot Vale Station (Craigieburn line)
Keilor East Leisure Centre 84 Quinn Grove, Keilor East BUS
  • Route 469 - Keith Gr / Quinn Gr (Stop ID 27846)
  • Route 469 - Denis Ave / Quinn Gr (Stop ID 7050)
  • Route 465 - Bradman Bvd / Milleara Rd (Stop ID 6157)
  • Route 465 - Clarks Rd / Milleara Rd (Stop ID 6086)
  • Route 406 / 903 - Groves St / Milleara Rd (Stop ID 6088)
Queens Park Pool The Strand, Moonee Ponds BUS
  • Route 508 - Pascoe Vale Rd / Wilson St (Stop ID 4756)
  • Route 508 / 959 - Mt Alexander Rd / Kellaway Ave (Stop ID 4755)
  • Route 469 / 476 / 477 / 483 - Park St / Mt Alexander Rd (Stop ID 7253)
TRAM
  • Route 59 - Murray St / Pascoe Vale Rd #36 (Stop ID 19624)
  • Route 59 - Queens Park / Pascoe Vale Rd #35 (Stop ID 19271)

 

Are you able to facilitate groups of teens as part of a school or sporting club?

Absolutely!

We are able to offer schools and sporting clubs a variety of different activities at our venue. Whether you're from a school looking to organise a group activity for P.E. / Phys Ed classes, a school swimming carnival, or a sporting club looking to organise a group training or recovery session - we're available to discuss what options are available and best suited for you.

We suggest that you get in touch via our contact form, providing details of numbers of students and age ranges. Alternatively, please give our team a call on 9283-6402.

What is Active World?

Active World is the platform that we use across our MOVE facilities for managing your membership, GOswim classes, group fitness classes, as well as other bookings for activities including Personal Training, and BEGIN sessions.

You can find out more about Active World HERE

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