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Jewish Community Center

Youth Fitness Programs

Team Sports Performance Clinics

For ages 7 and older.

Consistently Maximize Performance, Keep Your Athlete Injury Free and Set Them Up For Long Term Success!

The J’s Sports Performance Clinics, designed for groups and teams, teach young athletes the skills they need to maximize their ability to display speed and power effectively and efficiently. Clinics cover how to minimize the risk of injuries while maximizing power development and performance. Watch your athletes express their speed and power and dominate the competition!  These clinics are a perfect opportunity for participants in J sports leagues.

These clinics are being offered for free to teams and groups of players for a limited time (limit one per team).
Clinic topics are Speed and Agility, Jump Training, and Sport Strength.

Body control is imperative to succeed in sports. Our certified personal trainers want to assist in developing how to control one’s body at any given time, or any given speed both effectively and efficiently. Sports are wildly reactive and chaotic and require the ability to change speed and direction in an instant. We’ll properly prepare your body to compete at the highest level, utilizing your strength and speed to create body control.

We will address minimizing injury risk while maximizing power development and performance.

Learn from an expert! Bernie Suddarth is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, as well as a certified speed and agility coach. Bernie holds degrees in Recreation Management and Athletic Training, and he has more than 15 years of experience in the field.

Contact Bernie Suddarth at 314-442-3452 to arrange a Sports Performance Clinic for your team. 

Youth Fitness Small Group Training

Ages 12 – 15.

This is an educational, beneficial and fun program for your adolescent! This exclusive J program provides an avenue for our young members to learn an experience a wide variety of physical activities in a small group setting. Activities may include active skills development, strength training techniques, sports fundamentals and conditioning methods.

You receive:

  • Instruction on proper exercise guidelines for youth populations
  • Development of muscular strength, endurance, power, coordination, speed, balance and agility
  • Dedicated attention from a J trainer with youth fitness experience
  • 55-minute sessions

Register Online


  • $96/month for eight-week commitment ($12/each session)
  • Individual sessions are $15 (minimum three people)


Andy Hayes, 314-442-3147

Youth Fitness Orientation

By appointment

A youth fitness orientation is mandatory for children 12-15 years old who would like to use the fitness centers at either J location. This 30-minute course will teach youth how to safely and effectively use the cardiovascular and strength equipment in our fitness centers. After completing the course successfully, participants will be allowed independent use of the fitness centers. Participants will learn the following:

  • how to do basic exercise
  • guidelines for using free weights, weight machines and cardio equipment
  • risks and benefits of resistance training
  • how to develop a safe and effective resistance training program

Participants must complete a registration form and medical clearance before making an appointment. Registration includes a physician’s release, Par-Q and liability form.

Orientation Packet




Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur: Bernie Suddarth, 314.442.3452
Marilyn Fox Building/Chesterfield: Andy Hayes, 314.442.3147

(Must complete packet before making appointment)

Youth Personal Training

For 8 to 11-year-olds. Let’s move! Want to get your kids moving in a fun, no-pressure environment? Your child will experience many benefits of working out, including activity, a healthier lifestyle and a non-competitive environment.

Choose from:

  • Private training
  • Semi-Private training (parent and child; siblings; friends)
  • Small group training (family; friends)


Varies, call for pricing


Bernie Suddarth