McCann Melbourne Invents ‘Playnasium’ For The YMCA

McCann Melbourne Invents ‘Playnasium’ For The YMCA

McCann Melbourne has unveiled a new brand campaign for the YMCA, designing outdoor workout equipment that allows families to be at the gym and the park at the same time.

The ‘Playnasium’ uses children’s weight as exercise weights, allowing parents to workout while powering their kids’ playtime.

The machines include the ‘Pull Upsy-Daisy’, the ‘Row-Row-Row Machine’ and the ‘Pec-A-Boo’, with each piece of equipment designed for different age groups and muscle groups.

McCann said in a statement that the Playnasium will be used in YMCA community activations across Victoria over the coming year, with a view to work with councils to have the equipment permanently installed in playgrounds across the country

The Playnasium will be supported by an integrated campaign including online films, social, print, and an app that allows parents to record and share their workout and video of their children’s’ playtime.

McCann Melbourne’s executive creative director, Matt Lawson, said the new equipment enables the YMCA to introduce kids to exercise in a fun way, before they can even exercise.

“It’s great that getting fit doesn’t have to take you away from your kids,” he said.

YMCA Victoria CEO Peter Burns said the Playnasium is a manifestation of the non-profit organisation’s philosophy of encouraging health through happiness.

“It says everything we stand for without having to say anything at all,” he said.

“It’s great for an active brand like us to have such active advertising.”



McCann Melbourne

Managing director: Adrian Mills

Chief creative officer: Pat Baron

Executive creative director: Matt Lawson

Creative team: Charles Baylis and Matt Lawson

Copywriter: Charles Baylis

Art director: Caity Moloney

Business director: Alec Hussain

Account executive: Angela Lethbridge

Digital director: Tony Prysten

Social director: Chris Baker

Digital designers: Pocai De Almeida and Victoria U

Senior digital producer: Joe Guario

Head of production: Victoria Connors

Producer: Afrim Memed

Music production: Caity Maloney and Nat Pavlovic



General manager of engagement: Cinzia Marrocco

Marketing manager: Bec Schafer

Communications manager: Laura Munns

Marketing specialist: Lana Burton


Treehouse Studios (film production)

Director: Nick Rieve


Production design company: Bayly

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