Get Inspired: How to get into gymnastics

Max Whitlock demonstrates different exercises for you to try at home

How do I start?

British,external-linkScottishexternal-link, Welshexternal-link and Northern Irelandexternal-link Gymnastics have tools to help you find the gymnastic activity that suits you.

What is gymnastics?

There are a number of disciplines in gymnastics, so it's highly likely there'll be one to suit your interests;

  • Artistic is probably the most well-known form of gymnastics. Women tackle four activities, with men taking on six. These include the vault (run and spring over box), the rings (hoops suspended from the ceiling), the bars (parallel frames to swing between) among others. These activities involve you balancing and performing moves.
  • Rhythmic is for women and girls involves performing a routine to music whilst using a ribbon, hula-hoop, ball, rope or clubs.
  • Acrobatic is in a team, and includes balancing on your team-mates or throwing and catching elements.
  • Aerobic is the most energetic of all the types of gymnastics. You perform a routine combined of jumps, lifts or lunges, either in pairs or in a group.
  • Trampoline uses the apparatus to perform somersaults and high leaps.

Is it for me?

With 15 different types of gymnastic, all with varying levels of difficulty, there is bound to be one to suit you.

What to expect when I start?

  • Gymnastics helps to improve your flexibility, balance and co-ordination as well as boosting concentration.
  • Gym-fitexternal-link classes are a great way to combine gymnastics with traditional fitness classes to give you an all-round workout.
  • Start your kids young and help them learn motor skills with Pre-schoolexternal-link classes.
  • Gymnastics is an inclusive sport and traditional forms can be adapted to include people with a physical or learning disability, sensory impairments or health conditions. Find more information or your nearest class at Disability gymnasticsexternal-link.

To get you in the mood ...

Gwynjim - North Wales' inclusive gymnastics club

Are you inspired to try gymnastics? Or maybe you are a keen enthusiast already? Get in touch and tell us your experience of the activity by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired,external-link visiting us on Facebookexternal-link or email us on getinspired@bbc.co.uk.

All clubs need a chair, secretary and treasurer to help things run smoothly as well as officials, coaches and judges. Whatever role you're interested in, Join Inexternal-link has opportunities to volunteer in your area.