About The Author & FAQ

gemma-coles-picture-webGemma Coles lives in Bournemouth with her husband and three children, where she has run a successful recreational Gymnastics Club, Head Over Heels Gymnastics, since 2000.

“I was one of the kids you occasionally see tumbling ‘Head Over Heels’ along the road – why walk on your feet when you can walk on your hands? This enthusiasm never left me, leading to a career teaching gymnastics where, along the way, I have learnt a great number of hints and tips that I use every day teaching the sport. I hope to share this knowledge with as many people as possible through our books, apps and DVD’s. I hope you get as much enjoyment from our products as we have had making them.”

Contact Details

Mobile: 07900993860  Email: coleshills@ntlworld.com or robin@headoverheelsgymnastics.co.uk for general enquiries.



About The Books

‘Head Over Heels About Gymnastics’ is a series child friendly books that provides step-by-step instructions and top tips explaining how to perform a large variety of gymnastic skills via simple language and eye catching photography.

About the Apps and DVD’s

Whether you’re a coach, PE teacher, parent or even a budding gymnast yourself, the Apps and DVD’s contains everything you need to know about developing a range of essential gymnastics skills. High quality clips guide the gymnasts through a multitude of floor skills under our expert tuition. The clips break down the skills in detail with slow motion features for the more advanced skills. The featured gymnasts range in ability and provide achievable gymnastics results whether you are new to the sport or an advanced gymnast.

What ages are we aimed at?

Volume 1 Floor Skills is aimed at children aged 3 to 13+ years it is a must-have for gymnasts starting out in their gymnastics career and wanting to perfect their fundamental skills. The book, App and DVD cover many different elements of the sport from balance to strength, flexibility, co-ordination, speed and control in addition to positive body awareness.

Volume 2 Pair and Trio Balances is recommended for children aged 6-16 years and will encourage younger and older children to work together creating balances.

Outline of contents

Volume 1 begins with example warms-ups and stretches, moving on to cover posture and all basic gymnastics shapes, which are instrumental in performing more complex skills. These skills are then covered in the next sections; Jumps, Skills, Rolls and Leaps. Bringing all of these skills together, the book then demonstrates how combined, these skills can be used to create routines.

Volume 2 takes the skills learned in volume 1 and incorporates them into pair and trio balances.  The book starts with a series of fun activities and ways to warm up in pairs and trios. Moving on to then provide pages and pages of exciting balances grouped into sections using the skills that are used in the balances. Through working together the gymnasts will develop teamwork, co-operation and trust whilst having hours of fun with friends. These are key transferable life skills which can be used in everyday situations.

Our Books are self standing for easy viewing

The books have been cleverly designed so that they stand up on their own, allowing the reader to easily refer to the pictures and tips whilst performing the skills. The Apps have also been designed to only be used in landscape so that the user is encouraged to stand the tablet up for reference.

Gymnastics classes

Head Over Heels Gymnastics run classes in the Bournemouth area, with lead coach Gemma Coles. The club is primarily recreational with pathways for further progression for talented gymnasts. The club is located in a wide range of school and public settings in the Bournemouth area. Head Over Heels Gymnastics actively participates in local, county and national competitions encompassing Tumbling, Sports Acro and Floor & Vault disciplines, enjoying success at all levels. If you would like details about classes feel free to contact us.