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Mastering Basic Gymnastics Moves: A Beginner’s Guide

So, you're thinking about diving into the world of gymnastics? Brilliant! Whether you're a young sprite ready to take on your first class or an adult seeking a new fitness challenge, understanding the basics is your first step to mastering the art of gymnastics. We’re going to be breaking down some fundamental moves that are essential for every budding gymnast.

Safety First: Practice Gymnastics with Care

While gymnastics is an exhilarating and rewarding sport, it's crucial to approach it with safety in mind, especially when trying new moves. It’s important to remember that practicing gymnastics without proper guidance and supervision can lead to injuries. We highly recommend joining a gymnastics club where trained professionals can provide the correct instruction and equipment needed to safely learn and perform gymnastics skills.

At Wickers Gymnastics Club, safety is our top priority. Our certified coaches ensure that each gymnast learns the proper technique and progresses at a pace suited to their individual abilities, all within a controlled environment designed to reduce the risk of injury. Joining our club not only gives you access to expert tuition but also the appropriate facilities that uphold the highest safety standards.


So, before attempting any gymnastic moves, consider enrolling with us at Wickers Gymnastics Club. We’re here to support your journey in gymnastics, ensuring that you learn correctly and safely, maximising both your enjoyment and your potential in the sport.

1. The Handstand

Arguably one of the most iconic gymnastics moves, the handstand is all about balance and core strength. To start, you'll want to kick up against a wall to get the feel for it. Remember, it’s not just about throwing your legs up; you need to push the floor away with your hands. Keep those fingers wide and really think about stretching your toes to the ceiling!

2. The Cartwheel


Ah, the cartwheel – a move that looks simpler than it feels! Start with your arms raised high, step into it with one foot, and as you lean forward, let your hands hit the ground one at a time. Swing those legs over sideways (not like a somersault!), and try to land on the opposite foot you started with. Practice makes perfect with this one, and it’s a total crowd-pleaser!

3. The Forward Roll

The forward roll is essential and fun! Start in a standing position, squat down, tuck your head, and roll forward on your back. Think of it as trying to roll over a barrel on your back – that will help you keep the right shape. It’s a great way to get used to motion and learn how to fall safely in gymnastics.

4. The Bridge


Ready to bend over backwards? The bridge is a fantastic way to boost your back flexibility and build strength in your arms and legs. Start lying on your back, bend your knees, and place your hands on the ground by your ears. Push up! This move can feel a bit weird at first, but it’s a super skill to have in your toolbox.

5. The Balance Beam Basics

Walking on a balance beam might sound easy, but it's quite the skill to master! Start on the floor practicing walking heel to toe, then try walking backwards and sideways. Once you’re comfortable, try raising the beam a little off the ground with a line of tape on the floor. Balance, as you might guess, is key here!

Wrapping It Up

Starting with these basic moves will set a solid foundation for your gymnastics journey. Remember, the key is to keep practicing and not get discouraged – everyone starts somewhere, and even the top gymnasts had to begin with the basics!

Ready to leap into more gymnastic adventures? Why not check out our classes HERE. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to refine your skills, there’s something for everyone. Jump over to our site and see how you can elevate your gymnastics game today!

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