Inside A Benchmark Session
All of our classes are packed full with activities to challenge and inspire all of our gymnasts - whether they are just starting or have been training for years.
As well as working on gymnastics related skills, our development program ensures that all gymnasts regularly work on developing their balance, strength, agility, power, flexibility and co-ordination, in a fun, challenging and rewarding environment.
At Benchmark we also encourage all of our gymnasts to work towards achieving British Gymnastics proficiency badges, the testing for which takes place once a term in December, March and July.
Our gymnasts also have the opportunity to participate in internal and external floor and vault competitions.
For information on our Parent & Toddler classes see here.
A Typical Training Session at Benchmark*
During a typical 2 hour weekly session gymnasts work in groups as they move through a variety of activities. Each activity is designed to condition, strengthen or develop a specific muscle group or set of skills.
* Please note - our classes for 4 year olds are an hour long and follow a slightly different structure.
|WARM UP||Pulse raising warm up delivered in differing styles including musical warmups, races, games, leaps and chasses, etc.||15 mins|
|PLYOMETRICS||Muscle conditioning with a focus on plyometrics. Plyometrics is a method of training muscle elastic strength and explosiveness to enhance athletic performance.||10mins|
|LINE WORK||In this activity gymnasts work in lines to review, practise and strengthen previously acquired skills.||5mins|
|FLOOR||Gymnasts work on the matted floor area using progressions and specific equipment to learn and develop new skills.||15mins|
|VAULT||Gymnasts work on the vault using progressions and specific equipment to learn and develop new skills.||15mins|
|ACRO||This is a separate gymnastics discipline based on partner and trio work.||15mins|
|AIRTRACK||Our 'Airtrack' looks like it is designed purely for enjoyment but is a great teaching tool for children who are at the cognitive stage of skill acquisition. It removes the element of uncertainty that children often experience when attempting new skills for the first time, while lessening the repetitive impact on joints when performing flighted skills.||15mins|
|CONDITIONING||Developing strength and control throughout all muscles groups.||10mins|
|BALANCE WORK||Developing balance through one foot balancing, handstands, block work, etc.||10mins|
|FLEXIBILITY||Work on increasing each gymnasts general range of movement with emphasis on proper technique for splits, japana, bridges, etc.||10mins|