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Gymnastics
Perfect balance with elegance and speed


RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS


Rhythmic gymnastics is a highly aesthetic discipline of gymnastics, falling midway between art and sport. It is practiced exclusively by women and performed to music while using small hand apparatus: rope, hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon.


The spectacular appeal of rhythmic gymnastics with its grace, harmony and beauty is enormous.


A rhythmic gymnast needs natural talent and the ability to cope with the hard training required to develop strength,flexibility, jumping abilities, spatial orientation, stamina and handling skills with the apparatus. 


Rhythmic gymnastics is also about developing a personal style and the ability to get one's own artistic message and charisma across to the audience.


During the exercise, the apparatus must be in constant motion: movements with great variety of shape, amplitude, direction, plane and speed should be performed. The apparatus must be handled with as much variety as possible. It may not be used as simple decoration; the relationship between gymnast and apparatus must be constant.


GYMNASTICS: Sports Acrobatics


Spectacular, dynamic, practiced by men and women alike, sports acrobatics is one of the oldest known gymnastics disciplines. Its name derives from the Greek acrobat: 'to rise' or 'go forth'. It requires courage, strength and stamina, while demanding flexibility and skill. Exercises are accompanied by music, harmoniously in keeping with the gymnasts' choreography, body movements and musical culture.


Sports acrobatics favors body control in various positions, both on the ground and in the air.
Acrobatics' competitive events are: Men's, Women's and Mixed Pairs; Women's Groups (3) and Men's Groups (4).


Balance and tempo are key elements to exercises in pairs. Element combination is a determining factor for the value of the exercise. The 'balance routine' does not include flying elements and requires a balance to be held for a minimum time. The driving force of the 'tempo routine' is the flying element.


If tempo in groups is the same as in pairs, the concept of balance is somewhat different. The forming of impressive pyramids entails the highest of risks for the athletes. Exercises are presented without music and regulations authorize the use of additional mats. Choreography and individual elements contribute to the whole of the exercise.


GYMNASTICS: Sports Aerobics


Sports aerobics challenges the athlete's ability to perform, to music, continuous complex and high intensity movement patterns originating from aerobic dance.


With the main purpose of traditional aerobic dance limited to improving cardiovascular endurance and fitness levels, sports aerobics adds clearly defined difficulty criteria, which govern the artistic and technical aspects of a routine, to convert it into a competitive sport.


In a sports aerobics routine, an athlete must demonstrate continuous movement,flexibility, strength, basic aerobic dance steps, arm movement patterns and a number of difficulty elements. He or she performs to music, creating dynamic, rhythmic and continuous sequences of high and low impact movements.
The routines should transmit high levels of intensity to exemplify the cardiovascular nature of aerobics, and they should show proper balance between aerobic dance movement patterns and difficulty elements.


While the athlete must make every effort to captivate the attention of judges and audiences alike, this must be done through sporting performance rather than showmanship.


GYMNASTICS: Trampoline Tumbling

Trampolining is an elite sport, one symbolizing freedom and flight - one associated with boldness, elegance and precision. The multiple somersaults and twists at a height of eight meters require a fine technique, perfect body control and the most aesthetic movements.


Trampolining is spectacular. It combines courage, elegance, agility and magic!


The trampoline is used as a basic training device for all sports which contain acrobatic elements.
Trampolining is an elite sport, one symbolizing freedom and flight - one associated with boldness, elegance and precision. The multiple somersaults and twists at a height of eight meters require a fine technique, perfect body control and the most aesthetic movements.


Trampolining is spectacular. It combines courage, elegance, agility and magic!


The trampoline is used as a basic training device for all sports which contain acrobatic elements.


The 'Double Mini Trampoline' allows exceptionally acrobatic performances. After the run-up the athletes show one skill on the apparatus followed by a second skill onto a landing mat.


Tumbling is characterized by continuous speedy, complex, rhythmic hands-to-feet, feet-to-hands, and feet-to-feet acrobatics within 6 seconds, on a dynamic track 25m long. Tumbling requires a perfect combination of speed, rhythm as well as somersaulting and twisting skills.
Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique
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