Adult Gymnastics

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We run a busy and popular adult gymnastic programme based in Bethnal Green E2.

We also run classes at Crossfit SE11 in Vauxhall. Click here for the Vauxhall venue and timetable

Please read all the information below, carefully,  for all  you need to know to train at Bethnal Green.

Wouldn’t you love to have a bigger arsenal of cool gymnastic moves? Who wouldn’t want to have a fantastic bridge, or do a back walk-over, or begin to master a backflip and have a rock solid handstand?

These are the moves we commit to teaching you as part of our Saturday and Sunday gymnastics programme. They are for adult absolute beginners ( the Introductory sessions) , beginners and intermediates, who wish to be taught in a class format.

Book yourself into a gymnastics class to get the very best in adult gymnastic coaching in London.

We offer highly-taught and structured sessions for adult clients, and are careful to tailor progressions to your needs and abilities.

Finding coaches with an interest in really helping adults learn skills are rare, so we are delighted that cheerleading coach, Amelia Chavez Murguia  and  and circus  performers Craig Gadd and Craig Dagostino have joined us to help make the Blackboard Gym a real centre of excellence. We also have Alex Jerrom and Sita Bhuller on the team to advise and run the occasional masterclass

This is the proper stuff: real handstands with grace and beauty, real forward rolls and cartwheels that will lead to round-offs because they are being taught well. For more advanced students, there will be work on bridges, back flips and more!

These are stand-alone classes, so you do not need to be a Crossfitter, or go through our Crossfit beginners Level 1 classes, in order to participate.

We run three different sessions on Saturday and Sunday, aligned to meet most levels of experience:

  • Adult Gymnastics Introduction: a fun and safe session for adult learners to pick up those all essential gymnastic basics. This si the ideal place to start if you have little or no prior formal gymnastic experience
  • Adult Gymnastics Beginners: Adult gymnastics sessions targeted at those with some  gymnastics experience. Focused on developing the basic flexibility and orientation necessary to practice handstands, cartwheels, forward and backward rolls.
  • Adult Gymnastic Intermediate: Adult gymnastics sessions for intermediate athletes and those already familiar our gymnastic syllabus.  This class will focus on round-offs, back walk-overs with some back-flip and back-tuck preparation work. We will look to develop the handstand you acquired in Beginners. Note: The coaches will let you know when you are ready to attend these more advanced sessions. If you are unsure, please book in to the Gymnastic Beginners and get the instructor permission

For the more curious of you, the outline content for these classes are here

 

Introduction

Basic drills
-forward roll
-backward roll
-forward roll from straddle
-backward roll into straddle
-diving roll
-headstand
-bridge
-cartwheel

From a springboard
-straight jump
-tuck jump
-toe touch jump
-straight jump with 1/2 twist
-straight jump with full twist

Semi-round box
-bunny jump
-bunny jump into straight jump (monitoring landing)
-forward roll

Beginners
-jump step…cartwheel/round off
-cartwheel
-cartwheel with one hand
-round off
-handstand
-handstand into forward roll
-handstand into bridge
-back kick over

From a springboard:
-high diving roll
-front tuck

Semi round box
- back kick-over
-handstand into bridge (rolling them over)
-front head spring
-front spring
-front spring with 1/2 twist
-front spring with full twist

Intermediate
-handstand from straddle
-Handstand spinning around
-front bridge
-round off
-backhand spring
-backhand spring to one
-standing back tuck
-round off back hand spring
-round off back tuck
-backhand spring back tuck
-round off backhand spring back tuck
-Arab -cartwheel without hands

From a springboard:
-front tuck into cartwheel

Semi round box
-front spring with a perfect ‘I’ shape
-round off

Crossfit London has a gymnastics Facebook group that gives you a flavour of some of the drills and stuff that we do at our gymnastic sessions 

Frequently Asked Questions

I know it says this is adult gymnastics, but, I am/my child is (8 - 17 years old). Can we come along?


Nope. This is an adult gymnastics class, sorry. Check out the East London Gymnastics centre for children’s classes.

I know it says this is adult gymnastics, but I am (18 - 60+ years old). Can I come along?


Yes!

What days do you run adult gymnastics classes at Bethnal Green?


Saturday and Sunday.

We do other days at Crossfit SE11 in Vauxhall

Do you run gymnastics classes on any other days, other than Saturday and Sunday?


Nope, not at Bethnal Green: but there are midweek classes at Crossfit SE11

What time are the classes on Saturday and Sunday?

Saturday

Intermediate 1pm

Beginners 3pm

Introduction 2pm

Sunday

Beginners  1130-1230

Intermediate 12.30 to 1.30

Amelia’s  break  (1.30-1.45)

Beginners 1.45 to 2.45

Improvers  2.45 to 3.45

How much do the sessions cost?


This sort of depends what “pack” you buy, but a single one-off session is £13.

You can  get deals and discounts for buying sessions in bulk, but we suggest that you do a single session first, make sure you enjoy it, and then go from there. The full fees breakdown can be found here.

I've never done gymnastics before. Which session should I attend?


Absolute Beginners.

I've never done gymnastics before, but am very physically talented. Which session should I attend?

Introduction!

I'm a dancer/martial artist/Yogi/Pilates expert/Crossfitter. Can I skip on to the intermediate class?


Nope. Start with Introduction

I've never done gymnastics before, but just want to learn how to do a cool backflip. Which session should I attend?


Book an introduction class. There is no short cut to that skill.

Do you offer free sessions? Can I rock up and pay on the day?


No and no. There are no free sessions, and you must book and pay for your session in advance. We don’t accept casual drop-ins or spectators in the facility.

How do I go about booking my first session?


Head to the Getting Started page and follow the instructions! It’s really easy!

I don't have Internet access or a credit/debit card. What can you do to help?


Nothing. Our facility is exclusively designed for credit/debit card holding internet users.

Perhaps a friend can help you out?

Do you offer personal training in gymnastics?

Yes:  drop [email protected] an email

Costs 5 sessions for £270

What qualifications do your coaches have

In order to teach  our gymnastic classes  our instructors need to pass our  internal assessment process and  demonstrate 1)  that they can perform the move, and  demonstrate 2) that they are capable of putting together a  drill based approach to  help adult learners approach the task. 3) they are highly conscious of safety  4) they are able to teach adults to spot each other 5) they are able to use a range of teaching skills from simple demonstrations, to using effective oral, physical  and  video  feedback.
This often means we are unable to use  “elite  gymnasts” as they are geared towards teaching elite  children.  Our coaches are assessed on their understanding of the move , the range of drills  they bring to the table and their ability to empathise with adult learners, set  up appropriate practises  and effective safe spotting regimes. The are required to have an up to date 1st aid certificate.

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