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The flexibility and agility of gymnasts is something that continues to amaze and delight sports fans. Mastering the various gymnastic techniques is something that many people have dreamed of while watching the likes of Simone Biles perform at events like the Olympic Games. If you ever wanted to know how to shape and sculpt your body so that it can perform those wondrous feats, Masterclass have come up with just the course for you.
The Masterclass course where Simone Biles teaches gymnastics fundamentals is perfect for anyone who has ever aspired to be a gymnast. It is also fascinating for anyone who would like to know just what makes Biles so good. Read on to discover more!
Let’s start by telling you a bit about the course tutor herself. Simone Biles is an American artistic gymnast who was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1997. She has won a total of 30 Olympic and World Championship medals, making her the USA’s most decorated gymnast. She is also the third most decorated gymnast in the world.
Biles started gymnastics at the age of just six, and by the age of eight she was training with coach Aimee Boorman. Her elite career would begin in 2011, when she was 14 years old. In 2012, she was named to the US Junior Team, and by 2013 had made her senior competitive debut at the 2013 American Cup. It was also in 2013 that Biles would first compete in the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, which took place that year in Antwerp, Belgium. She enjoyed significant success, becoming the first American gymnast to qualify to the all-around and all four event finals since Shannon Miller in 1991.
It was in 2016 that Biles would really hit the headlines, though. That was when her participation and success at the Rio Olympics would catapult her to international stardom. She won four gold medals at the games, a feat that set an American record for most gold medals in women’s gymnastics at a single Games. She also became the sixth female gymnast to win an individual all-around title at both the World Championships and the Olympics. She was chosen by Team USA to be their flag bearer at the closing ceremony, making her the first African-American woman to be awarded that particular honour.
In addition to the medals she has won at championships, Biles has also picked up a host of other awards for her career. She was named as Team USA Female Olympic Athlete of the Year in December 2015. Exactly a year later, she became one of the sponsors of US Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise alongside swimmer Katie Ledecky. The two women were the first Olympians to be awarded this honour. Her most recent award came in November 2019, when Biles won the People’s Choice Award for The Game Changer of 2019.
Given such a glittering career, it can be hard sometimes to remember that Biles is still just 22 years old. Her remarkable achievements make her an ideal candidate to teach a Masterclass course on gymnastics. So what does the Simone Biles Masterclass course actually contain? We’ll take a closer look at that now.
The Simone Biles Masterclass on gymnastics fundamentals consists of 17 lessons that are all around 12 minutes in length. This is pretty typical for a Masterclass course. The course is aimed at all ability levels, but it would probably be a good idea to have at least some grasp of the fundamentals of gymnastics before you sign up. This would mean that you would have a greater understanding of what Biles is teaching.
While you are not necessarily expected to be a gymnast to be able to study the course, a greater understanding of the material can be gained by practicing the techniques and ideas that Biles teaches. This will obviously take some time commitment beyond the basic time taken to view the course materials. The commitment is eased, however, by the fact that all the course materials can be viewed on mobile devices. If you intend to practice some of the skills that Biles is teaching, then you will obviously need to have the correct facilities available too, which is something else that needs to be considered before you commit to the course.
So what sort of lessons does Biles teach to aspiring gymnasts in her Masterclass course? As you would expect from Masterclass, the course opens with a session that introduces Biles and her career. The practical teaching starts in the second lesson of the course, with Biles highlighting the need for discipline and practice when mastering new gymnastic skills. The emphasis here is very much on the importance of mastering the basics before progressive on to try and tackle more complicated manoeuvres.
After that, two lessons on the topic of the uneven bars follow, before learners are given the chance to watch some of the course tutor’s greatest performances on the bars. She deconstructs her performances to give all learners further insight. The next session covers nerves and facing the fear that comes with elite competition in a sport like gymnastics.
Lessons move on then to cover the floor, a key area of gymnastic performances. Basic and advanced techniques are covered, before Biles moves on to cover event day preparations and routines. Work on the balance beam and the vault is covered in the remaining classes. There are also sessions on setting goals and how to mature as a gymnast. Other performances are analysed, and there is also content on how to work well with coaches.
A downloadable workbook completes the course materials. This contains a compilation of drills. Skils covered in the workbook include uneven bars, floor and balance beam, as well as vault. The materials are all of a very high quality, as you would expect from Masterclass. The production values in Masterclass course videos really are second to none.
The course costs £85 as a single enrolment, or you can access it as part of the Masterclass subscription package, which costs £14.17 a month. That looks like very good value to us, given the quality of both the course content and the materials with which you are supplied.
Overall, we have to say that the Simone Biles Masterclass on gymnastics fundamentals is very good indeed. Of course, having a tutor with the kind of Olympic pedigree that Biles possesses is a real plus point, while the high-quality course materials mean that all her insights and expertise are communicated very effectively. The topics covered also mean that gymnasts of all ability levels can access the material, as well as people who are simply interested in the sport, or in Biles and her career.
We think that the Simone Biles Masterclass course represents very good value too, especially if you sign up for it as part of the Masterclass subscription package, which costs £14.17 a month. Once again, Masterclass have managed to come up with a truly special and highly insightful course. Anyone with an interest in elite performance or top level sport should make sure that they take a look at this course.