Archive for May, 2012


Saturday, May 19th, 2012

 Here is a photo of me from a gig I did at the beginning of this month.


The cost of Adult Gymnastics

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012


I currently train at East London Gymnastics Centre which is GREAT value for money and I love it there.  I can train for 3 hours for £5.  And Maurice the coach is great.  As a result I train 2-3 times a week there.  The journey takes me 1hr+ but because it is a 3hr session I do not mind.

I used to train at Camden Gymnastics/Talacre Sports centre as well, it is closer to my house.  But they have very recently been taken over by GLL and have put the price up to £11.20 for a 2 hour session.  When you wish to train a good couple of times a week then it becomes a rich persons sport that I can not afford.

I did a quick look into adult classes around London, they are generally between 1.5 to 2hrs long, roughly about £10 per class.  The places that do offer it have 1-2 sessions a week.  For me a 1.5hr session is pointless, it is enough time to warm up and do one piece of apparatus.

I guess there is a difference between wanting to train once a week as a beginner for fun and wanting to train a sufficient amount to actually get somewhere with learning skills.  I’m old and i am not a kiddy anymore but I still enjoy gymnastics and the adrenalin rush of doing new things.  And I am not the only one.

Yoga I also find ridiculously expensive.  I used to do alot of Bikram Yoga, but again the price of this is astronomical even with a carnet.  It is something I now only do now and again.

Anyway, luckily I can go to East London Gymnastics a few times a week and it does not break my bank account.  It keeps me in shape, keeps me happy, and makes sure I keep up with skills to use in my work.

Blue Costume

Monday, May 14th, 2012

I added some more rhinestones to my blue costume.  The picture is only taken with my mobile phone and so doesn’t do the costume as much justice as it deserves, but in it i sparkle and glisten and look beautiful under the lights 🙂


Gymnastics Competition

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Two weeks ago three of the children I teach in my group at NELGC did a regional gymnastics competition.  They all did fabulous, especially on vault.  I was so proud of them all, they all ended up with big smiles on their faces and gold and silver medals around their necks.

Born to be upside down

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

I was transferring old family vhs videos to dvds last weekend.  There were many quality moments that would likely bore anyone other than my family.  As a child me and my brother and sister and friends did a multitude of plays, dances, fashion shows, and random kershazzle, and my wonderful dad filmed alot of it.  Some of these shows were at events, but most were in our living room with our parents being the sole audience.

The video below shows two of my moments most relevant to what I do today.  I did womens artistic gymnastics, but it shows that as a kid I was rather talented at handstand pirouetting.  I do remember when we had handstand pirouette competitions (number of 360 turns in handstand) it would be the rest of the groups cumulative score V my score.  I used to do 30+ pirouettes in one go…

The second part of the video shows why my parents put me into every sport that they could…  I must have just have begun gymnastics at this point?

The Power of a Gold Sticker

Saturday, May 12th, 2012


It is AMAZING how the British Gymnastics London 2012 Olympic Gold Stickers have the effect of completely improving the listening skills and behaviour of some kids.  They LOVE them!  I award two stickers every lesson to the two best behaved kids who have also tried exceptionally hard.  I will need to find something to replace them with once London 2012 is over and my Limited Edition stickers have run out!  The excited look on the kids faces when they get a sticker is awesome.

I teach a lot of gymnastics in schools.  Teaching gymnastics is one of my passions that I knew I would always do alongside anything else that i do, I enjoy passing my knowledge on and helping others to be able to participate in a fun sport which has so many benefits.