Photos by Cathy Duffy.
MALTA – The Saratoga Ninja Lab, the first membership gym of its’ kind, is now open in Malta. Located at 9 Stonebreak Road, Suite 3, this gym is the perfect place for anyone to turn into a ninja. Currently, throughout the month of August, the Ninja Lab is running summer camps Monday through Friday in one-week, half-day sessions. Morning sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon and afternoon sessions run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., each camper will be put into groups of similar ability. For only $200, your budding ninja can enjoy strength and self-confidence building activities on all of the obstacle courses. It’s time for them to find their inner-ninja! All of the coaches at The Ninja Lab are CPR certified and background screened.
Other open gyms and classes are provided at The Ninja Lab, along with the opportunity to host your child’s birthday party.
“I’ve been pleasantly surprised with all of this,” said co-owner Molly Morgoslepov.
“To me, this type of activity, is so much fun that people don't realize they're exercising and working out. They're strength training here and I think that once people try it they'll be pleasantly surprised, and they'll leave here sweating and they'll realize, 'wow, if I do this every Friday night, it's a different type of training.’ It'll really be awesome,” she continued.
Dan Kirchner, another co-owner, found the space on January 18.
“Here we are, less than six months later, and we’re open,” Morgoslepov said.
The Ninja Lab has already hosted their first birthday party this past weekend and the ninja team was impressed.
“It was awesome!” she said.
Safety is number one and fun is number two at The Ninja Lab.
"I am a personal trainer, so I come at this from kind of a safety standpoint, I’m the safety person. It was really important to me when we came into this space that it wasn't going to be a free for all. Not that we don’t want kids to come in and have fun, but we want kids to come in and learn something and get stronger. They may not even realize they're getting stronger, but they're physically active and they are in here learning a new skill. They're having fun, so for me, I want to make sure it's safely. All of the employees here all bring some kind of skill to the table. Whether its gymnastics, rock climbing, some of these are ninjas that have been on the show, and they all have some kind of background,” Morgoslepov said.
As stated on the website, the principles The Ninja Lab stands by are as follows:
- Constant positive reinforcement
- Zero bullying policy
- Cheer for your fellow Ninjas
- Don’t worry about the Ninja next to you, he/she is somewhere completely different in his/her journey
- Leave happy, tired, and stronger than you were yesterday.
Prices, membership information, classes and open gym schedules can be found at www.saratoganinjalab.com.
The Ninja Lab is still hiring, and the application can also be found on the website.