Tuesday night I gulped down a jug of coffee and got myself over the RISE Gymnastics Center in Coventry, Rhode Island for an Adults Gymnastics workout. I knew ahead of time that I would not be able do too much thanks to the whip-lash however, I wanted to be a part of the experience and spend some time with fellow Rhode Island Digital Media Women.
RISE is owned by ‘Coach Hanna’. Hanna is a two-time Olympic gymnast from the Czech Republic. Her son, David, is currently on the Jr. US National Olympics team. We were told the workout would be challenging but not impossible. Let’s see….
We began with a warm-up and stretching:
We started working on balance on the, well, balance beams. See the beam all the way to the right that is an entire inch off the floor? That was the beam that I was on. I impressed the group with my superior balance and focus…..okay, well one person noted my long legs may give me an unfair advantage. I say it is my superior fitness level……or good luck.
Onto the um, bouncy road (no idea of the actual name) where the group bounced, did mid-air splits and worked up a sweat.
A few began to giggle when we saw what was up next: tumbling and cartwheels. Remember those?
In case you were wondering, they are much harder to do when you are older than five. I am basing that statement on the groans, cheers and heaving breathing of the class participants.
There were high bar leg lifts – burn those abs!
Flipping on the low bars – talk about challenging.
Start running, jump and curl those legs.
You will be challenged, you will have fun and you will want to do this once a week and feel your body build skills and strength. You can take part in the ‘Base package’ where the class is $10 per week or sign up for $35 a month. There is also a ‘Premier Package’ for $60 a month where you also get 2 hours each Saturday in the gym, access to MoveForge.com and every 6-weeks you get a Functional Movement Screen.
I was also interested in their recreational and competitive kid’s gymnastics classes now that our daughter is on a competitive gymnastics team. If you want to find out more as well, head to their website and Facebook page.
Disclosure: We attended the class at no charge.