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The wonderful thing about Tiggers…They’re bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy – Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!

13 Jun

So Friday 10th June was mine and Yvette’s last bounce together at Comberton Tiggers! (But don’t worry on Monday 20th June I start coached Swimming lessons over 8 weeks, for some more blogging joy!)

We have both thoroughly enjoyed it – I can’t speak for Yvette but I know I definately want to carry it on – even if it’s only every other week while I complete the other sports. It’s been a pleasure being taught by Andie and I’ve learnt so much in only 4 weeks!!

For our lesson we perfected some of the moves we’d learnt before, and Andie taught me a new one – a twisted seatdrop – basically a half turn straight down into a seat-drop. It took me ages to get my head around it before i could figure out how to make my body do it – its one thing to watch someone else do it but then my brain just couldn’t work it out! lol

Andie then told us to work on a 10 bounce routine incorporating all of the moves we’d learnt, for the remainder of the lesson; which is much harder than it sounds! We were so puffed out by the end I thought I was gonna have a heart attack, and putting the moves one after the other makes alot of room for error – for example, I was coming out of a twist into a seat drop but somehow it went wrong and I ended up literally doing a flip! lol I got a nasty neck-snap from it!

So in the end I managed to piece together a rountine, which went like such…(a seat-drop is classed as two bounces, first 3 bounces don’t count)

3 preperatory bounces into twisted seat-drop, bounce, straddle, pike, bounce, full turn, bounce, seat drop, bounce, tuck, finish (it was slightly over 10 bounces but it looked damn good at the end!) hehe I still need to work on a few moves though (I still can’t get my seat-drops right) but then I suppose thats why I need to continue! Perhaps one day I’ll be twisting and flipping? pah whatever!

As most of you know I’m relocating to Bath for a new job, so I’m throwing myself in the deep end by starting a new sport too! Therefore my next Gold Challenge sport is on Monday 20th June when I will start Swimming lessons – yikes! – for 8 weeks!! Until next week folks…!


“Christ I just blancmanged…wobble!”

15 May

So here’s the exciting thing, we were allowed to film each other and some of the other competition-level trampolinists and below is enough bounce-action to keep u all going til next time! 😀 As I know this is what you were all hotly anticipating…us making an arse of ourselves – which I did fantasically! lol

Friday saw the 2nd lesson in Trampoline and it also saw Yvette’s first lesson. We both went over what I did in last weeks lesson whilst Yvette caught up and I had to teach Yvette some of the things – which was scary considering I’d only learnt how to do them a week ago! But Andie is big on getting people to coach whilst side-lining when it’s someone elses go. Yvette did pretty well! Obviously we’re still beginners so still a bit touch and go in places but I think we’ve gotta get over the fact that it feels higher than it actually is – cos it is the height that puts u off and makes u muck up positions! lol

Towards the end Andie taught me how to do a front drop using a crash mat which is used whenever anyone tries a new move that  requires a hard drop on a trampoline, (like a flip or twist – u should have seen my face when she brought it out and I was thinking – no not a flip im not ready yet!) as I know from experience it damn hurts if you don’t do it properly! I managed it quite well and practised turning it from a crouched bounce and drop to a crouched bounce, drop and return (onto feet)!

Defying Gravity! The first Trampoline Lesson…

7 May

So, last night was the first of what may be many trampoline lessons; I loved it so much I think I may just have to keep it on!

I’ve signed up for a half-term (4 weeks) with Comberton Tiggers, with the opportunity to extend to a full term at the beginning of June. When I arrived (after a full tour of the leisure centre due to me getting lost), I was faced with 4 massive trampolines and lots of bouncing, twisting, twirling and giggling young trampolinists! Luckily I wasn’t in this group, as even 5 year olds could bounce better than I could ever bounce! So once they had finished it was time for the adult group. I was introduced to the head coach, Andie and commenced some warm-up activities.

In last nights group there was me, three other girls (ages 15, 17 and 20) and one adult guy. As there were four trampolines we trained on a rotation so everyone got a break and everyone got several sessions with Andie. At first I was taught the basics by the guy (I can’t remember his name oops – lets just call him John Doe for now). He taught me how to bounce safely (arms down, toes pointed) and how to get some height (arms up when jumping, arms coming down to your side when returning). He then showed me how to stop safely (using your knees, when returning you bend them). I had to always fix on a spot straight ahead of me and only face in one direction unless twisting. I then used the next 15 minutes or so to practise some basic moves such as a Straddle Jump, Pike Jump, Tuck Jump and Seat Drop, to do these you have to put in 3 preparational bounces first to get a little bit (not too much) height:

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I then had a session with Andie who tried to get me to perfect these moves as she got out of me that I used to dance (“You’re not a beginner are you? I can tell you’ve done some kind of form work before because you have that posture and elegance in your jumps – swimming – dance? You can’t call yourself a beginner if you’ve done dance before – now do those moves like you would in dance!) Andie is a tough coach lol but she’s right, I could do these moves when I danced so I should be capable on a Trampoline – however, these are no normal trampolines – they shoot you way higher than normal! It was tough but eventually I started perfecting them to Andie’s approval! I totally didn’t expect to stretch myself as far as I did and it made me realise that I hadn’t lost my flexability at all, it was all still there but I had to feel weightless to take the pressure and stretch off the muscle. So after a bit more jumping and move perfecting she then got me to do a half and full turn (basically like a Pirouette but without the turning out of the legs). At first I started with my arms up to focus on the turn, and then after I got the hang of it I started with my arms down, throwing them up at the point of turn and then bringing them down again when returning.

The rest of the lesson was basically learning how to perfect these moves myself until I had got some confidence to put them into a routine – that means combining all the moves together with one or two bounces in between – it was god damn hard!! Being able to control my jumps (not get too much height) to be able to put in the moves and keep it steady was really challenging and I only managed to do a full set once without any hiccups – but hey – I guess its pretty good for a first time eh? lol

I must say though, the three girls (who are all at competition level) were something to aspire to – some of their routines were amazing! Next week Yvette is joining me and so there WILL be videos of us both practising AND pictures as I’ll have someone to take em! lol So until next time, k k k keep, b b b b bouncing!

P.S – I ache like hell today – but Andie did warn me I would… Great. . .

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