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Your guide to getting into gymnastics

Bounce skyward, balance on a beam no wider than the length of an iPhone, perform daring stunts, or dance and perform to music – gymnastics is varied and not just for the competitive.

Artistic

Probably the most well-known form, men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics tests strength, control and elegance.

Men can tackle up to six activities: floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar, while women perform on the vault, uneven bars, beam and floor.

Rhythmic

Glide across the floor as the ribbon flows around you, the hoop flies high, the ball rolls effortlessly over your shoulders – if you love expressing yourself to music, rhythmic gymnastics might be just for you.

It’s for women and girls of any age and you don’t need any experience to get started.

Trampoline

The sky really is the limit when it comes to trampolining.

Exhilarating and fun in equal measure, classes are available for adults, teens and children as young as five.

You’ll start out by being taught how to perform simple aerial tricks and maintain your rhythm, and if you want to take it more seriously, you can show your skills at one of the competitions for your age group.

Aerobic

The most energetic of all the forms, aerobic gymnastics features routines that can be performed solo or in groups.

If you like the idea of high-energy performances, this could be for you.

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Pre-school

Pre-school gymnastics teaches children important skills like balance and co-ordination under expert supervision and in playful surroundings.

Children can explore an adventure playground and take part in stacks of exciting activities.

Find your nearest club.

MYClub

Tailored to your needs, MYClub is all about giving you the control over your gymnastics sessions.

Designed for people aged 13 to 19, sessions are geared towards having fun as well as improving your skills – and you’re in charge.

Disability

Mainstream gymnastics sessions can be adapted to include people with a physical or learning disability, sensory impairment or health condition – but dedicated classes are also available.

These teach the fundamentals of gymnastics and how to build your strength, control and flexibility.

Find what's for you

If you’re not sure what form of gymnastics is for you, British Gymnastics’ Club Finder can help you decide – click on the Finder's 'help me choose' button and answer a few simple questions about you.