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Men’s Artistic Gymnastics – be your own master

Involving six pieces of apparatus, each different to the other and requiring a combination of strength, mobility, endurance, flexibility, body control and co-ordination. With loads of physical activity, balanced with fun and excitement to test the craziest of thrill seeker, Men’s Artistic Gymnastics has something to keep every lad challenged:-

Floor Exercise (FX)

A floor routine can include movements that demonstrate strength, flexibility and balance. Routines combine moves such as somersaults, twists and hold elements. The whole floor area is used throughout the routine and often shows touches of personal expression and execution. An elite gymnast’s routine will typically last between 50 sec. and 1’10 min.

Pommel Horse (PH)

A good pommel horse routine will demonstrate smooth continuous circular and pendulum type swings, double leg circles and scissor movements. Gymnasts move up and down the length of the pommel horse and finish their routine by swinging through handstand after a series of spindles and quick hand placements. The pommel horse is a piece of apparatus not for the feint-hearted.

Rings (RG)

Ring routines include a variety of movements demonstrating purse strength, support and balance. Gymnasts often perform a series of swings and holds with both forward and backward elements. The routine culminates in an acrobatic dismount containing multiple somersaults and twists.

Vault (VT)

The combination of a fast run and approach to the spring board, quick transition to the vaulting table and explosive take-off should see the gymnast launch themselves high in preparation for a controlled landing. Multiple twists and rotations are seen in the air with gymnasts often approaching the vault in either a forward or backward direction. There is little room for error in ‘blink and you may miss it’ apparatus.

Parallel Bars (PB)

Like the rings, the parallel bars require a combination of swinging movements with strength or hold elements. Gymnasts often travel along the bars and typically bring the routine to a close with a dismount from the end or side of the bars involving multiple somersaults and twists.

Horizontal (High) Bar (HB)

Gymnasts perform continuous clean swinging movements and must not touch the bar with their body. Complex grip changes add variety and risk to routines. Dismounts by the gymnast catapult them well above and beyond the bar before safely negotiating a safe and controlled landing. Master this piece of apparatus and you would make a great pilot!

 

For Competitive Men’s gymnastic enquiries please contact: lloydmitchener@everyoneactive.com

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