To help you keep your children active whilst they are at home, as we are sure they are missing all their usual Gymnastics lessons and after school clubs with their friends. British Gymnastics have put together some activities which you can do at home. However, to ensure everyone stays safe and has fun you must follow the guidelines as detailed below.
Activities encourage by HGC and by British Gymnastics include general fitness, conditioning and flexibility training only. The following links provide access to a range of activity sheets that cover Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced challenges.
The PDF activity sheets contain similar exercises but at varying levels, and they all have alternative options within the exercise too, so you can choose the exercises best for your child’s age and ability.
Make sure you do a warm-up first, this is important in preparing the body for exercise. Increasing the heart rate, circulation, body temperature as well as reducing the risk of injury. It can be the warm-up in the guide, or you can get creative and make up your own.
Gymnasts can also play keep fit games as well as practise their gymnastics shapes. There are also activities for coordination, strength, balance and flexibility.
Gymnastics at home guidance:
- Gymnasts should not be practicing Gymnastics skills at home.
- Without the on-hand guidance that our coaches provide during your child’s usual gymnastics lesson, participants and parents are putting themselves in danger of causing injury. Gymnasts could also be learning and practicing incorrect techniques which would inhibit their learning in the future.
- If your child is practising gymnastics skills at home, they will not be covered by your or your clubs British Gymnastics Insurance.
- Make sure your child has enough space around them before starting any activity.
- Make sure the activity is appropriate for your child's age and ability level.
- Make sure participation is at the same level it would be during a normal week i.e. not doing hours of activity every day if they only take part once or twice per week normally.
- Do not use furniture during activities or to perform any skills.
- Children should be supervised when doing any physical activities.
Don’t forget to complete the weekly challenge and tag us either on Facebook or Instagram so we can see how you are all getting on!
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Weekly Challenge- How many squats or squat jumps can you do in one minute?
Weekly Challenge- How many sit ups can you do in one minute?
Weekly Challenge- How many jumping jacks can you do in one minute?
Weekly Challenge- How many press-ups can you do in 45 seconds?
Weekly Challenge- How many side to side jumps can you do in 45 seconds?
Weekly Challenge- How many dish rocks can you complete in 45 seconds?
Weekly Challenge- How many seconds can you hold a squat?
Weekly Challenge- How many small arm circles can you do in 45 seconds?
Weekly Challenge- How many high knee jumps can you complete in 45 seconds?
FUNdamentals- Activities for younger gymnasts
These work cards are designed for Pre-school aged children to explore different movement patterns in an imaginative and creative way.
Each theme has an introduction page and an activity page. Not all elements of the activity cards may be practical to participate in within households as every home is different, however this is explained on each theme introduction page. We also discourage the use of furniture to practise skills and have therefore removed the large apparatus elements from all activity.