Oxford University Gymnastics Club trains regularly and welcomes men and women of all abilities and disciplines. All sessions are supervised by a qualified coach and it is a great way to keep fit in a fun and friendly environment. There are also opportunities to compete, and not just in artistic gymnastics (for example, the Basingstoke Competition is open to Tumbling, Acro and Artistic gymnastics at all levels).
At Abingdon Gymnastics Club where full apparatus training takes place, there is the opportunity to train on all men’s and women’s artistic apparatuses, a tumble track with a foam pit, a bar over a foam pit, two sprung floor areas and a variety of conditioning aids and equipment to help you learn new skills.
Training times and venues
|Monday||21:00 – 22:30||Sports Hall, Iffley Rd||Basic floor, trampette, vault & rings|
|Wednesday||17:00-18:00||Catz Squash Courts||Conditioning|
|Thursday||20:15 – 21:30||Abingdon Gymnastics Club||Full apparatus training|
|Saturday||17:15 – 19:30||Abingdon Gymnastics Club||Full apparatus training|
What is gymnastics?
There are different gymnastics disciplines, the most well-known being Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Acrobatic Gymnastics and Tumbling. All of these can be trained at Oxford University Gymnastics Club, although the Club’s predominant focus is Artistic Gymnastics.
At its highest level, Artistic Gymnastics requires a combination of strength, endurance, flexibility, body control and coordination. Women’s Artistic Gymnastics is one of the biggest crowd pleasers and highly popular at the Olympic games, made popular in the 70’s by stars such as Nadia Comaneci and Olga Korbut. There are four pieces: Floor Exercise, Vault, Uneven Bars and Balance Beam. Men’s Artistic Gymnastics has six pieces of apparatus, each different from the other: Floor Exercise, Vault, Horizontal (High) Bar, Pommel Horse, Rings and Parallel Bars.
Please see the British Gymnastics website for more information (http://www.british-gymnastics.org/)