Key elements of our success:
Instructor / student ratio – Two teachers to a maximum of 10 children in each class
Environment – Universally Designed Equipment
Expertise – Our leadership are NJ State Certified teachers (read below)
Classes – Obstacle Course Training programs are the most effective method for developing enhanced fitness, personal movement creativity, and cooperative play
The IMC is not your average gym. We provide unique movement and fitness classes like Ninja Warrior, Box Builders and various obstacle course programs that integrate our value-based approach. We know that when quality instruction is tied to personal values that movement experiences last longer, occur with greater intensity, and are more easily shared with others.
Sadly today, play is all or nothing. With kids moving further away from the joy of ‘natural play’, it is imperative that kids build their own personal compass to build confidence and feel pure joy.
Unfortunately too many children are finding themselves in unnecessary technological isolation. Many are inadvertently missing key elements of childhood like play, creativity and freedom. It is imperative for kids to work via movement on their personal compass to build confidence and mature with equal amounts of humanity and strength.
Our classes combine the essential elements of motor planning, core fitness, imaginary play, and cooperative team skills to create activities that are used to conquer challenges that result in skill and overall fitness enhancement. We also know that children need to gain a better understanding of the “fabric of play”. These skills include understanding the benefit of learning how to “be here” and “let it go”, celebrating personal attributes and achievement while at the same time being open to differences in others, and pushing oneself past initial failure so to build capacity.
Lastly, we believe that families that play together, stay better connected together. Children need to see and feel a parent’s direct involvement in their experiences. We offer several programs that are designed for parents and children to be in the room at the same time, working on the same activities together. This model has proven to create an incredibly strong memories and bonds for families.
The IMC is lead by Matthew Schinelli, one of the foremost experts on inclusive physical education, recreation, and motor development. His professional background includes a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Old Dominion University, and a Masters in Kinesiology (Adapted Physical Education) from The University of Virginia. 2018 marks his 25th year in this field; his experiences include serving as a consultant for Special Olympics New Jersey, Physical Education Teacher (Livingston Public Schools), adjunct faculty for Montclair State University, Director of the JCC MetroWest Special Needs Department, and member of The Phoenix Center Board of Directors.
The IMC is also lead by Robert Rinaldi (Assistant Director), a veteran professional in the Health and Physical Education field. His professional training includes a Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science as well as Masters in Sports Management from Montclair State University. His background includes serving as movement specialist for The Phoenix Center, and Ridgewood Public Schools.
Nick Salese is a seasoned professional educator who specializes in special education (West Orange Public Schools). Nick holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from John Jay: School of Criminal Justice, a General Education certification from St. Peter’s University and Special Education certification from Kean University. As a lifelong athlete, Nick has competed in numerous sports, and has specialized training in both mountain biking and obstacle course training.
Luke Singer is a recent graduate of Montclair High School, and valuable member our of team. Luke believes in the “Power of Play” and the importance of teaching children how to be active and grow strong.