Men’s Artistic Gymnastics

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In 2011 Shire Gymnastics introduced a Men’s Artistic competition program to the gym. The aim was to offer boys the same opportunity as the girls and we have successfully achieved this. Our boys program is strong and already one of the top clubs in NSW.

Men’s Artistic Gymnastics compete on six gymnastics apparatus (floor, pommel, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar). Strength, power, flexibility, rhythm, is all vitally important on each of these gymnastics apparatus.

Development Group (or Pre-Levels) by selection only

Gymnasts wanting to compete in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics undergo a transitional period. They will build on their skills and increase their strength and flexibility, all in preparation for their competition stream

Levels Gymnastics

The six apparatuses are:-

Exercise is the acrobatic elements of the sport, non-acrobatic elements such as a balance skill on one leg or one arm, a static strength move being held are also included. Jumps and circles or flairs are executed during the routine. Gymnastics movements performed in between the tumbling and acrobatic passes are performed with proper rhythm, artistry and harmony.
Pommel horse  is probably the most difficult of the men’s gymnastics events. Routines consist of continuous circular movements of the body with legs together, interrupted only by required scissors elements. The hands are the only part of the body that should touch the apparatus. Throughout the routine the gymnast travels along the horse, utilising all parts of the horse while maintaining good body lines. Gymnasts often swing through a handstand position with or without turns. With quick, quiet and rhythmic hands, making it flow with controlled rhythm make this gymnastic event difficult. This gymnastics event is the only one in which gymnasts may not stop or pause during the routine.
 
Rings require proper body position and strength. This gymnastics event requires the gymnast to arrive at all holds with absolute precision keeping the rings still and under control. A good routine will have a swing to handstand, swings to strength holds and a static strength element with no shaking. It is difficult to remain stationary during held elements, where any movement incurs a penalty. This gymnastics event requires plenty of upper body strength. The dismount allows the gymnast to show his aerial abilities.
Vault is a quick an explosive gymnastics event. It requires a twenty-five metre run to attain the acceleration and speed needed to take off from the board, where the gymnast explosively propels themselves upwards, pushing off the table to generate height and distance.  This enables the gymnast to perform acrobatic skills prior to a stable landing. Spatial awareness is essential so the gymnast is prepared for the landing at the right time.
Parallel Bars (known as P Bars) consists mostly of acrobatic flight elements, change of direction and swing types. This gymnastics event requires a great deal of hand-eye coordination, timing and balance. Gymnasts must not stop or hold a move more than three times during a routine.
Horizontal Bar (known as High Bar) is usually the most spectacular of all the men’s gymnastics events because of the swinging, release moves and high-flying dismounts with twisting and flipping. The gymnasts executes a series of swings and turns while releasing and re-grasping the bar in different grips, making it a thrilling gymnastics event to watch.
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