These are based at Ilkeston – By invitation only – Squad trials run throughout the year for specific age groups and gymnasts are assessed in all classes at both Long Eaton and Ilkeston sites.
Men’s Artistic gymnastics is made up on 6 pieces of apparatus each requiring its own specific combination of strength, flexibility, co-ordination and Power.
The floor exercise is performed on a 12m x 12m square and consists of predominantly tumble runs made up of flips and somersaults forwards backwards and sideways split up with strength and balance elements and artistic turns and jumps.
A true test of muscular endurance and balance. Gymnasts must circle around on only their hands whilst performing turns and travels using both the leather horse and the 2 handles in the centre.
The strong Man’s Apparatus. Gymnasts must perform a mixture of swinging and static strength elements both above and below the rings finishing with a dismount
Blink and you’ll miss it! The Vaulting horse stands at a maximum height of 1.35m, Gymnasts must run from a maximum distance of 25 metres jump on a springboard and propel themselves off the vaulting table from their hands, performing a variety of somersaults and twist in the air before landing on their feet in a designated zone.
The Parallel Bars stand 2 metres from the ground and gymnasts are required to swing and turn both above and below the bars and finish with a dismount
Standing a staggering 2.8 metres from the ground the high bar is perhaps the most spectacular apparatus and guaranteed a crowd pleaser. Gymnasts must swing around in a variety of grips as well as performing turns and release and catch elements all capped of by a spectacular multi somersault dismount.
Classes typically range from 2 hours to 4 hours per session with multiple sessions per week offered to the higher level gymnasts.