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Andrew's letter to the gymnastic kids


Once again, well-done gymnastic kids
We need you to bring enthusiasm, energy, brightness and a sense of fun to our sessions.
YOU BROUGHT IT!
In future years,  as you grow and mature, people, employers and friends will value the energy you bring. Never lose your love for life. Some may try and take it from you. Don’t ever let them!
So today, we let you play  “let see how can you travel down the tumble track”. Some walked, some bounced, some did a handspring, some landed on their bottoms.
All a great opportunity to think, and practice how to move from one place to another.
Then we asked you ” design your own warm up” and you as a group  suggested  a “run down the carpet, cartwheel, up the track, hop down the carpet ( 1 leg), then forward roll, up the track, hop R up the carpet, then backwards roll, then jump up the carpet and kick to handstand.
It’s a great start, and you put that together as a group.
Well done!
Let’s think about what a warm-up is! It’s about preparing you for the work to come. If you were going to run, you would walk, then jog, then run. So think about how we can improve this?
Here are some questions.
How can we prepare your wrists? Straight to cartwheel seems a bit harsh. How could you get from one side of the track without all your weight on your hands (hint. Bear crawl/ Spiders)
What moves do we need in gymnastics? Obviously the moves you have come to learn, but they all depend on key moves. What comes before most moves? ( Hint A big step/  A  lunge)
When we jump, is that it?   In gymnastics, it’s never a just a jump. You have to jump, then do something. Ever thought of jumping and using those basic shapes we use in the shape game?  Jump into a tuck, jump into a star, jump into a straddle,   jump into a straight shape.
Next week, we will look again at the warm-up you want to do.
I’m excited about what you will bring to that lesson.
 

Kids will bend over backwards to get gymnastic skills

Gymnastics and tumbling is such a super cool skill for your kids to have : it often starts with the back bridge  and that often builds into the back walk over and the back handstand spring.
We have great fun every Thursday in Bethnal Green E2, teaching kids to retain and improve their flexibility, while at the same time, getting them to bounce , jump and tumble: as you can see we get them to bend over backwards too.
If you’d like your child (7-12) to join our weekly  Tumbling classes at our Bethnal Green, E2 gym,  checkout our tumbling page here

CrossFit Kids: Spring Term 2018

Whilst you enjoy a well deserved family Christmas, you probably ought to start thinking about what your kids will be doing in the Spring Term (2018).
It’s a fantastic idea to check out CrossFit London  in Bethnal Green E2.
We currently offer a gymnastic (tumbling) class for kids , and a CrossFit Class for kids. With the spring term 2018 due to start in early January, get your child (8-12) booked into one of our motivating sessions. They can either learn to tumble  (front tuck, back tuck, handsprings, handstands, etc.) in our gymnastic class, or focus on learning lots of weightlifting techniques combined with  rope climbing, hanging or stuff, jumping over, on and in stuff, and generally getting fit in  a fun supportive way in our CrossFit kids class. We can get your child those essential pull ups and box jumps that you know you want them to be have.
You can of course book into both. Parents and guardians are welcome to stay and watch. CrossFit kids is Mondays 16:15-17:15. kids gymnastics is Thursdays 16:15 to 17:15.
Keep an eye open for our holiday camp.

The L sit. Part 4

Today its the last part of our racy 4 part guide to nailing the L sit. The ab exercise that spanks the bottom of all other ab exercises. Can you crunch? Can you do a twisty thing while squirming on the floor?  Who cares. My cat can do those moves and he died 3 years ago.
Almost everything is easy compared  to the L sit. Read what Greg Glassman, the Crossfit founder said about the l sit
So,  HOW TO DO IT
Building on parts 1, part 2 , part 3   push yourself up and stick both legs out. You can do it on a chair, or with  dumbbells when you are learning, but aspire to do it on the floor.
Voila
The L sit
 
and, from our early book on crossfit skills..
Lsit
 
Anyway:  learn more about life, how to get great abs, and how to learn and master a tonne of effective training methods at Crossfit London in our amazing Bethnal Green E2 gym. We have special gymnastic strength classes to help you learn cool stuff like this. See you there.
Thanks to www.ATHLETTIS.com for the sketch.

Drills for the back handspring

At Crossfit London in Bethnal Green E2, our gymnastic programmes teach both adults and kids how to back handspring.
As our clients are recreational gymnasts ( doing it for fun and excitement)  dancers and cheerleaders, we need to make sure our trainers have a comprehensive range of progressive drills and skills to help you master the full move. Some of the moves we use are featured in this useful video.
Many people learn through a mix of methods. The approach is often called VARK ( visual, audial, reading and kinesthetic) by publishing video’s  with the skill break down, it helps our learners learn. You will get most of the moves we teach  by hard work and patience, but we will make sure you have the drills and pathways to  achieve your goals.
Some of our clients achievements are on this facebook group.
We offer adult and kids gymnastic  classes and PT sessions in  our gym in Bethnal green, London E2. In the meantime, check out this great video and start the learning process
 

Book in for youth Gymnastics

A good way to start the new term is to book your kids into our superb gymnastic sessions in Bethnal Green E2 where we teach 8-16 year olds to tumble. Level 2 youth gymnastic classes restart on Thursday  7th September at 4.15pm.  Our aim, here is to build on basic skills ( we assume your child can forward roll, kick to a handstand and  cartwheel) so we focus on teaching the drills and skills that will lead to the front and back tuck, the front and back handspring and the round off.
We aim at creating happy recreational gymnasts. Your child won’t be forced to join a competitive team, although we can easily refer on those who want that.
More info here

Start your adult gymnastics journey

 
Posted by Andrew Stemler on Friday, August 4, 2017

 
Gymnastics is open to everyone. Even if you are 56 with poor shoulders,  our amazing adult gymnastic coaches can find a way for you to roll, flick, tuck and handspring.
Crossfit London runs a delightful  adult gymnastics tumbling  club in  East  London,  one tube stop from Liverpool street.
Based in Bethnal Green, 2 minutes from the tube, we specialise in delivering you the skills you want: If you are an adult with no, or little prior experience  we can,   given your application to our classes, get you to tumble.
You won’t win any competitions but you’ll find an awesome hobby.
But, here is our promises: at least once a year, you’ll land badly and tweak  an ankle or knee. It happens. Someone broke their ankle a few years ago .
The basics of this sport involve jumping high in the air and flipping over. The sport carries all the risks of , well,  jumping in the air and flipping over.
Of course, we have lots of drills involving  safe mats,  bouncy floors and instructor spotting.
But, like in the video above, eventually  the instructor stands back and goes” its all you” (not on your 1st day obviously).
What we are really saying is that if you are risk adverse, maybe look at yoga, or meditation!!
Check out our classes, and assume you need to start at level 1. There are no free trials, as our classes are full of people passionate about  gymnastics. You can buy a single session for £15. After that, there are carnets you can buy that bring the price to about £10 a session. This means at your lesson, you’ll be surrounded by people who are there to train , and have fun, but train and learn. There are no cunning contracts. You can buy tickets in 1’s  5’s, 10’s, 20’s and 50’s. You buy these when you come to book. We don’t have any sales people hanging around ( we are too busy having awesome fun teaching gymnastics)
Here is the full story behind our classes and here is how to book
Currently our classes are on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, so navigate to those days
You can also keep the kids happy by booking them into our Kids Gymnastic classes

Adult gymnastics: we deliver dreams

Almost everyone wants to be a gymnast, or at least do a back flip off a bar top in Ibiza. Imagine being in a park with someone checking you out and  simply kicking upto a handstand, holding it, and coming down.
How cool would that be?
At the adult gymnastic sessions in Crossfit London in Bethnal Green E2 , we deliver you the cool things you want. If you have never done gymnastics before ( if you are 18, or 35, or 45, or 60) you’ll be taught in our level 1 classes, how to handstand,  cartwheel,  forward roll, and jump. AT our level 2, you’ll join our level 1 graduates, former child gymnasts, dancers and trickers in learning the drills that will get you a front and back handspring, a front and back tuck, and a round-off. Once you nail those,  it’s off to level 3  to try and glue them together (round off into back flick etc) . Obviously, there are kip ups, and tricking skills to be picked up on the way.
Gymnastics is often only taught to the super talented.  We take everybody as long as you accept you probably won’t be in the Olympics,  but gosh, your kids will be impressed. Imagine that stupid person at work,  raving about going to a spinning class, when you show them your back flick video.
Book your 1st class now
 
and if your kids are nagging you, we do Kids Gymnastics too read all about it here
All our classes are at Railway arch 3 Gales gardens E2 0EJ, 2 mins from Bethnal green tube (we are underneath the elevated section of the railway.