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 Friday,  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 and are free from injury. Gymnastics is super cool and fun, but its not  physical therapy and its not a cure for a back back  or a painful neck

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 so this isn’t the place to rock up and do your own thing! Whilst our teaching is progressive , nevertheless its inevitable that you will miss moves, hence we have a variety of soft surfaces to land on, but these do not guarantee you wont pick up  a bump or a bruise.

Finding coaches with an interest in really helping adults learn skills are rare. Most are after talented children to teach.  We are delighted that tricker Matteo, circus  performers Craig Gadd and Craig Dagostino  gymnasts  Tugs 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  FRiday Saturday and Sunday, aligned to meet most levels of experience:

  • Adult Gymnastics Level 1 a fun and safe session for adult learners to pick up those all essential gymnastic basics. This is  the ideal place to start if you have little or no prior formal gymnastic experience:  core aim is to teach you the forward and backwards roll, kick up to handstand and cartwheel.
  • Adult Gymnastics  Level 2   Begins the process of  introducing the roundoff, back tuck, back flick, front tuck, front handspring. There is a focus on supporting drills and  a lot of secure spotting
  • Adult Gymnastic  Level 3 and 4:  here you begin working on unspotted versions and start linking things together

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

Is Adult gymnastic Dangerous?

Yes! The simple answer is that  most gymnastics is about jumping in the air,  doing something cool and landing. Its very easy to land badly and twist an ankle, twist a knee, hurt a wrist, tweak a neck. Of course we have matts and a super soft “bouncy castle” to train on, but never the less this “sport” has a high risk factor.  Our note-able injuries include an experienced instructor showing the most basic cartwheel drill, and twisting her ankle. One of our assistant instructors broke his ankle Landing in (another gyms) foam pit. Many of our clients are office workers and , frankly, it does not  matter if they hobble to work. If your career depends on your limbs working, you may not want to take the risk. If you are  a professional footballer, maybe give it a miss!!

What if I have a medical condition?

If you feel you have a medical condition that could impact your training, we suggest you book  a personal training session with Andrew Stemler as your first point of contact with us. Simply book a session with him on the online diary , or email him directly.  Here, we can assess the nature of your condition, whether we need to talk to your doctor, and what reasonable adjustments we can make to keep you safe.

The long and short of the situation is that Gymnastics is not a cure for anything. Its  a great cool, marvellous sport, that many people love, but it will simply make your bad back, your neck pain, your twisted ankle worse. Many of the shapes will  exacerbate any  conditions you have.

By attending one of our sessions you are telling us that you are injury free.

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. We will however accept some underage gymnasts on a  personal training basis.

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?

Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

We do other days at Crossfit SE11 in Vauxhall

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

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

What time are the classes on Friday Saturday and Sunday?

Friday 

Introduction 6pm

Beginners 7pm

 

Saturday

Intermediate 1pm

Beginners 3pm

Introduction 2pm

Sunday

Improvers 10.30 -1130

Beginners  1130-1230

Intermediate 12.30 to 1.30

break  (1.30-1.45)

Introduction 1.45 to 2.45

Introduction  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. Its not worth buying a monthly so look at the  5 and 10 carnets. They are time based, so  they will expire if you don’t use them.

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

Level 1

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

level 1

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

Nope. Start with  level 1

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

Book a level 1  There is no short cut to that skill. You may, however,  want to work with our gymnasts on a 121 basis

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:

At  3 Gales Gardens in Bethnal Green E2 , we can offer off peak personal training sessions In tumbling .

Single Gymnastics personal training session £60

5 Gymnastics personal training sessions £270

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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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