What, Exactly, is Gymnastics?

Today kids are more involved than ever with physical activities.  With terms flying left and right, how is one to know what the kids are referring? For instance, there’s cheer, tumbling, gymnastics, and dance.  Unless you’re the parent or guardian of a child that’s involved, you’re often left scratching your head thinking, “Aren’t they all the same, or close to?” The answer, no, they are all very different! In NH, gymnastics has been a favorite pastime of many. This article will help you to better understand the focus of the sport and what it entails.

Defined, gymnastics is exercises developing, or displaying physical agility and coordination.  The modern sport of gymnastics typically involves exercises on uneven bars, balance beam, floor, horizontal and parallel bars, rings, floor, and horse.


Uneven Bars

The uneven bars, or asymmetric bars, are a popular item in the world of gymnastics.  The steel frame supports a wooden bar, or bars, in which several skill levels can be developed.  Making an appearance in the Olympics, the uneven bars require a high level of coordination and strength.  From routine to dismount, every movement is critical.


Horizontal Bar

Similar to the uneven bar, the horizontal bar uses only one apparatus.  The polished steel bar is typically high in the air allowing gymnasts ample room to flip, turn and dismount.


Vault Table

Similar to the pommell horse, the vault table is a gymnastics apparatus that teaches balance and strength.  The main difference between the two is the pommell horse, generally used by male gymnasts, has handles, is wider, and runs horizontally.  The vault, once known as the horse, runs vertically.  The newly designed table is wider providing gymnasts a more stable platform to place their hands.



Most similar to modern day tumbling, floor routines are entirely carried out on spring mat flooring.  From beginning skills to advanced, flexibility, and strength combined with determination, set the path for endless possibilities for floor routines.



Just as they sound, rings, are a set of two circular hanging rings in which gymnasts use full upper body strength to perform.    


Now that you have a better idea of what gymnastics entails check out Nashua School of Gymnastics.  Offering NH gymnastics programs to all ages and skill levels, it’s the perfect solution to keep your kids on their toes this summer!  Visit us online or call for more information (603) 880-4927.

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