14
Aug
2012

How to Fulfill Your Olympic Dreams

If you  watched the Olympics over the last two weeks, I’m willing to bet you’ve been hit with the thought ‘How do they do that?’ more than once.

London is full of lots of clubs that offer lessons in Olympic-style sports, which means that it’s pretty easy to find out how it’s done for yourself. Here is The London Word’s guide to harnessing your inner Olympic champion.

Athletics
London is home to more than 50 athletics tracks, many of which allow you to simply turn up and get your sprint on. However, you may want to minimise the risk of injury associated with going it alone by joining a club. The Kent Athletic Club is based in southeast London (at the Ladywell track in Lewisham). They meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and welcome a variety of ages and skill levels. The club also has coaches dedicated to teaching sprints, middle distance running, hurdle, jumping and throwing technique.

Gymnastics
If Louis Smith’s silver medal-securing pommel horse routine left you feeling inspired, why not head over to the East London Gymnastics club in Beckton? Rumour has it that the Japanese women’s and USA men’s reserve Olympic teams have been training there over the last few weeks. If it’s good enough for Olympians, then it’s certainly worth trying out. Squeeze in an adult class after work on Monday to Friday from 8pm to 9.25pm for only £5 per session.

Rowing
For wannabe and former rowers, the Tyrian Club in west London may be a good place to start. The club runs a taster weekend that consists of three two-hour sessions for £30. But you’ll have to hurry to sign up because there are only two more taster weekends this year (one at the end of August and the other at the end of September).

Swimming
Want to take your swimming to the next level? Intensive adult lessons at Immerse may be just what you’re looking for. With one-to-one lessons held at private city-based clubs, you can perfect your form in complete privacy, with your own personal coach, before unveiling your talents at Rio 2016 (well, we can all dream). For people looking for a less hardcore approach to swimming, your local leisure centre is a cheap and convenient option, as most leisure centres in London offer adult swimming classes.

Just think: 2012 Olympic rowing champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning only started rowing a few years ago. That means there’s hope for us all yet…

Image by SD Dirk courtesy of Flickr

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