Frequently Asked Questions
“Are there any prerequisites to start gymnastic fitness at FORMA?”
“Do you need to be flexible?”
“I have no background in gymnatsics, is gymnastic fitness suitable for me?”
These are a few of the many questions we often get asked, so we have compiled a list below for your convenience! We really do have members of all ages, abilities, fitness levels and body shapes.
You do not need to be fit and flexible to start, you just need to start to become fit and flexible.
How fit do I need to be?
Our programme of classes is designed to take on complete beginner level students right on through to elite level athletes.
As our classes are progressive in nature, this means we start out with very basic strength and mobility drills in our Foundation classes and progress individuals along a very fun but thorough course of increasing difficulty only when individual students are ready.
Is there a beginners class?
Yes we do have specific beginner classes.
Beginners Foundations, Stretch & Core, Shoulder Prehab, Flexibility & Beginners Handstands are all suitable for complete beginners.
If you are reasonably fit and strong and used to physical training you may be bale to attend our foundations classes and handstands classes also.
What classes can I join?
As a new comer you are able to join in with all of our classes except Rings Strength and Level 2 classes, Although we do recommend complete beginners to start with our Beginners Foundations, Flexibility, Stretch & Core, Shoulder Prehab & Beginners Handstand classes.
If you are reasonably fit and are coming to us with some level of previous physical preparation from regular gym work or poledance, climbing, martial arts, cross fit etc you may be able to attend our regular Foundation, Handstand and Wall Bars classes also. Once our expert instructors have had a chance to see you in one of classes, they will be able to assess and advise you on which classes would best be suited for you.
Before attending the Rings Strength classes we prefer our members to have a solid 2-4 months of regular attendance at our Foundations classes first, in order to make sure they are each physically ready. Please speak to one of our coaches personally if you feel you may be ready sooner due to previous backgrounds in gymnastics or similar disciplines.
When can I join RIngs Strength classes
We require all of our students to have attended a minimum of 2 - 4 months consistent Foundations classes before beginning on the Rings.
This is to ensure all the proper foundations have been developed in the joints, particularly the elbows and shoulders, in order to avoid unnecessary injury.
Do you provide 1-2-1 Personal Training?
Yes we do provide 1-2-1 sessions that can be tailored to your needs and current ability and/or progress.
Please contact us directly for more details and how to book your sessions.
What should I wear?
We recommend regular gym clothes to our classes that are not restricting your movement such as T-shirts, vests, sports bras, shorts, leggings and tracksuit bottoms.
We workout with bare feet in all of our classes. No footwear of any kind is to be worn in the studios.
Is there an age limit?
Our members cover a wide spectrum of adult ages starting in their late teens, through their 20's & 30's all the way through to their 60's.
We believe Gymnastic inspired fitness can help maintain your fitness throughout your entire life. There is no reason why one couldn't be exercising in their 70's and 80's if they are consistent with their training and enjoy other healthy lifestyle choices also.
Do you teach children?
At present we have a FORMA Teens class that runs as a 6 week cycle during school term time Fridays 5.30pm - 6.30pm in Gloucester.
The age range is 12-16.
What shall I bring to class?
Water for your thirst and a small towel if you sweat a lot when working out.
Bottled water is available to buy at both gyms and tap water is also available.
There is a limited amount of storage space for your belongings in our studios so please bring minimal baggage.
I'm not flexible, will I be able to do anything?
We get asked this a lot and it actually makes us laugh, as hardly any of us (the instructors) were very flexible when we began our training.
You do not need to be flexible to start, but you do need to start in order to become flexible.
All of our classes have specific sections of warm up and basic stretching, but our Flexibility classes and Stretch & Core classes are deigned to specifically improve your flexibility over 60 minutes.
When can I start level 2 classes?
We asses individual students on their ability to join level 2 classes. All of our instructors will be able to assist and asses you on your progress into Level 2 classes.