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My Gym Children's Fitness Center Finds a Home in New Providence

Alyse and Ed Rudin and their enthusiastic staff recently opened My Gym in New Providence. Credits: Jennifer Pagano
Alyse and Ed Rudin, owners of My Gym in New Providence. Credits: Jennifer Pagano
My Gym recently opened in New Providence. Credits: Jennifer Pagano
Credits: Jennifer Pagano

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you’re looking for a business owner who is in love with her job, her new facility and most of all, her clients -- look no further than Alyse Rudin, the owner of the newly opened My Gym, located at 1330 Springfield Avenue in New Providence. 

Sitting in her gym a few weeks ago, in the middle of renovations, with our interview being interrupted several times by large pieces of plywood being walked right between us, she couldn’t have been more relaxed and enthusiastic. Speaking above the din of drilling in the next room, Rudin recalled how it all began, “In 2002, I was a soccer mom, PTO president and fundraiser, I was involved in everything in their school and my two boys were getting older, they were in high school. My husband Ed and I looked at each other one day and said ‘What are we going to do?’” Rudin was selling advertising at the time, but knew she loved kids first and foremost. “A family member owned a My Gym in Maryland, so we were familiar with the company, we decided to go to the corporate offices in California to check it out and we fell in love with it and we decided to open our own franchise,” said Rudin.

In 2003 she opened her first My Gym in South Brunswick, “My boys were in high school, they worked for us there, they did birthday parties and helped run classes,” she then turned to her son, a dentist who had taken the day off to help her in her new location, and wondered if he still remembered the words to the songs. To her sheer delight, he did remember and he sang a few bars while putting together a trampoline for her New Providence facility. As you can see, this is a family affair.  In 2005, they opened a Westfield location followed by Glen Rock in 2011, and now New Providence. “It’s a family, I love kids and I love making a difference, I’m in one of my gyms all the time. I am very hands on,” said Rudin.

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My Gym in New Providence is officially open, the brand new equipment and pristine floors and mats are ready to welcome the stream of babies to ten year olds coming in to manhandle all the fantastic apparatus. Nothing would make Rudin happier. She is the heart and soul of the facility. Her dedication is infectious, with her staff made up of long time friends and a new director, Allie Barba, who started as a child in her classes, then worked for her through high school, and after earning her college degree came back to work full time. She earns the loyalty of her staff with the sheer force of her joyful personality. She has a constant smile and never stops moving, the second time I met her she was blowing up balloons, directing the photo shoot and putting the finishing touches on her newest location. “I have never seen a town like this,” said Rudin of New Providence, “It is so friendly, almost in an old-fashioned way, such a wonderful town.” She added that she is looking forward to next year’s Scarecrow Contest, “I already have mine planned, I can’t wait.”

My Gym’s award winning, structured, noncompetitive and age-appropriate classes and birthday parties enhance children’s overall development through games, music, exercise, sports, gymnastics, puppets, unique rides, and fun. The children gain strength, balance, coordination, fine and gross motor proficiency, agility, flexibility, and social skills. Classes run 50 minutes for younger ages and one hour for older children. On weekends they offer birthday parties and parents night out, with a 6 p.m.-9 p.m. drop off. They welcome families to come play and be active, meet their staff, check out the facilities, and explore all of the various age appropriate programs they offer. For more information call (908) 665-2122.

Editor's Note: My Gym is an advertiser with TAPinto. To learn more about advertising contact or call (908)230-5760.

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