Springfit are excited to be at the leading edge of developing gymnastics disciplines by including the popular art of Freestyle Gymnastics in our class schedule. This discipline includes elements of parkour, free-running, tricking, aerials and much more!
Classes run in a very different way to our structured ability-based classes, as members are left to discover their own style and technique, with helpful guidance and support from coaches, as detailed below.
For more information on what Parkour is, please see our article helpfully entitled What is Parkour?
Springfit run Freestyle classes at St Bede’s school, Redhill every Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm for younger children and 8pm to 9:30pm for older members as well as at Oakwood Sports Centre, Horley on Wednesdays from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.
Why not come and try it yourself? Get in touch to book yourself in for a trial.
Our Freestyle Gymnastics classes:
Our popular Freestyle gymnastics sessions started in 2012 when a group of local parkour enthusiasts descended on our Redhill venue gymnasium and started performing some awesome moves. Now qualified gymnastics coaches with Springfit, they are still participating in parkour both in the gym and outside.
They use their years of experience and undeniable ability to help train boys and girls of all ages in the “free” form of the sport. Classes are very relaxed, usually with music. We do not split into groups, participants do not have to point their toes, and encouragement is given by classmates no matter what move you are training for.
We run “open” format sessions for either 60 or 90 minutes (depending on venue) where the gym floor and apparatus are open for participants to use in any way they would like (if suitable). There is little structure, other than the usual registration, warm up and stretch, plus a cool down at the end. Usually, coaches will advertise a “move of the day” where a specific skill will be taught in a designated area of the gym, if members choose they would like to learn that particular skill.
The rest is up to you! You can set up equipment how you would like to. Challenge yourself with increasing distances for precision jumps, make obstacles higher, reach farther, and see a speed of progression unparalleled in other sports.
The high rate of progress is especially noticeable in the younger, more energetic boys who love to let off steam in classes. They don’t stop running around, alternating between various pieces of apparatus and feeding of each other’s energy and enthusiasm.
Many parents have commented on the noticeable increase in confidence their children display after just a few weeks of being involved in parkour. It is a truly social class atmosphere, where camaraderie and one-upmanship prove to be useful tools so participants can speedily learn about spatial awareness, balance and co-ordination.
Our qualified coaches will always be on hand to uphold safety, provide constructive feedback and advise when needed, plus offer the odd demonstration, of course!
Just ask Chris, Nick, Sean, Josh or Adam (below) for their advice on Freestyle, and we have no doubt there will be a suitable session for you. Come and enjoy the friendly atmosphere, the freedom of the gymnasium.
Sessions currently run on Mondays at St Bede’s, Redhill from 6:30pm to 8pm for younger children and 8pm to 9:30pm for older children and adults. Also on Wednesdays at Oakwood Sports Centre, Horley for all ages and abilities.