Freaky Fourth Week

Fourth week is on the horizon – we’re nearly half way through term, which means it’s HALLOWEEN and not long until Cuppers!

We’ve got a nice long Saturday session coming up tomorrow (29th Oct), meet us at the H5 bus stop on St Aldates at 4.40, and then H-a-l-l-o-w-e-e-n training on Monday night 9-10.30 at Iffley. Feel free to dress up – I’ve never seen a cartwheeling pumpkin before but it would be very cool 😀

CUPPERS will be held at Abingdon Gym during one of our usual training sessions on Saturday 19th November (6th week). We’re always welcoming beginners and new members to any of our sessions and Cuppers is a great way to get involved. You really really don’t need to be strong or flexible to have a lot of fun and surprise yourself by trying some new skills! In fact, simply by being there and taking part, you’ll win valuable points for your college so do persuade as many of your friends as possible to come along 🙂 There’s a trophy up for grabs!

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Somersaulting through Second Week!

Well done to everyone who has survived their first two weeks of Michaelmas term and congratulations especially to those freshers who are now successfully Matriculated! You may have seen Serena’s email about the sessions this week but all the times are here as well 😀

Training is on again tonight (Monday) at Iffley Rd, 9pm-10.30pm in the main sports hall: do come along for a structured session feat. basics, some tumbling, and rings!

Conditioning will be at Christ Church Squash Courts at 5-6pm this Wednesday: a great way to prepare your body for our first S O C I A L of the term, with drinks and fun at The Varsity Club starting at 8pm. Everyone welcome, regardless of whether you’ve come to any training yet!

Then we’re back to training at Abingdon on Thursday night and Saturday afternoon: all the details about times and bus passes are on our Times page. Just a reminder that if you’ve already had your two free sessions you need to pay your £17 insurance and choose if you’re going to pay annually, termly, or per session. The membership form is here and bank transfers paid to Oxford University Gymnastics Club, 90140546, 20-65-20.

Have a great week!!


Sadie Robertson (right) and her mum, thirty years apart, but together winning our #upsidedownoxfordonvac competition! We always love to see your gym-pics 🙂

Just a quick notice

As you may have seen from the email sent round last night, we’ve unfortunately had to CANCEL our conditioning session tonight (Wednesday) – but don’t worry, we’ll be back next week!

Due to gym inductions, the 2nd week session (19th October) will be held at Christ Church Squash Courts. Then, weeks 3-8 will be back to normal, 5-6 at St Catz Squash Courts! Sorry for the confusion but looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow for our first Abingdon session (and, of course, the sunny autumn weather means you can all go condition outside tonight :))

Welcome to Freshers!

Welcome to Freshers Week 2016 – it’s finally here! You’ll be able to catch us at Freshers Fair in Exam Schools over the next few days, so just look out for this snazzy banner and come sign up


There’s no training whilst you’re settling in this week, so our first session will be next Monday (9th October) at Iffley Rd Sports Centre: from 9-10.30pm we’ll be warming up, practising some basic moves with mats, springboards, mini beam, mushroom, rings, and hopefully an air track too so we can learn to bounce. Everyone is welcome – whether you’ve done anything like gymnastics before or not – and no need to pay because you get the first two sessions free!

In the meantime, check out our Promo video for some of the cool things we get up to. There’s loads of reasons to do sport at Oxford (meet friendly new people, have some downtime, great facilities and coaches, helps you concentrate for work) and these are all true for gymnastics: but more than that, we can offer you proper fun, both in and outside of training! You’ll be amazed at how much you can learn and improve, how much stronger you’ll get (and you can work on flexibility/stamina too because Gym really is an all-around workout), and how much you can enjoying flying and somersaulting into a foam pit!


It’s under a week to go until Freshers’ 2016 and we couldn’t be more excited! All the details about training sessions, venues, times, membership can be found on the website and will form part of the blog next week.


Last year’s Christmas dinner

Check out the new Term Card and you’ll see that we have loads of great events coming up!

And there’s plenty of gymnastics too! Come down to training as many times as you like during the week and encourage college friends to come along as well – read all about Cuppers Competition on Saturday 19th November and prepare to battle it out on the floor or the bar…

Same venue, new time, still lots of sweat!

The title pretty much says it all. All new for MT 2016: you can burn calories and finish in time for a well-earned Hall dinner!

Our popular FREE conditioning sessions will again be running this Michaelmas at St Catz’s Squash Courts. After a bit of negotiating schedules we can confirm that this hour of bouncing, burning, toning, beasting and all-round conditioning will take place at 5-6pm on WEDNESDAYS!

Anyone and everyone can come, any ability, whether you want to come to other gym sessions or not, it’s a great way to fit in an hour’s exercise during your busy schedule! There is often a different leader each week so the moves vary but whether it’s Mash’s cardio circuits, Beth’s plyometrics and stretching or Serena’s deceptively difficult core conditioning, you’re sure to have a full body workout and build the strength/flexibility to help you learn new tricks.


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New beginnings, new challenges

Congratulations to everyone who has received their exam results – we’re so excited to welcome you to OU Gym in October!


Boosted by the success of Team GB gymnasts in Rio this summer, it’ll be great to have loads of new people trying gymnastics for the first time or getting back into a sport they enjoyed when they were younger. Gymnastics really is for everyone; there’s so much to try, to learn and so much fun to be had! In case you can’t wait until October and the new Term Card, here’s a few hints at the excitement to come.

  • Our Men’s Captain, Rusheb, has been busy crafting some cool achievement badges (think back to your swim bag or blazer in primary school days but much, much cooler): so set some targets and we’ll help you reach them! Whether it’s getting the splits or learning a back flick, a front somersault on the floor or a circle on the pommel horse, there’s badges for everyone of all levels because we know how exciting it is to learn a new skill.
  • There might also be a badge for being master of conditioning, so make sure you come along to our FREE fitness sessions on Wednesday evenings!
  • As well as a term packed with all different training sessions and lots of social fun, we’re also finalising plans to be performing at another college ball in November. Watch this space…
  • And there’s still time to send in your submissions for our #UpsideDownOxfordOnVac challenge: you’ve got until the start of October to upload a gymnastics-related photo, use the hashtag, tag us in it and let us know where you are. Our favourite picture will win a free term’s membership and a bottle courtesy of Varsity Events, so get creative and feel free to send us as many as you like!

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!