Understanding the Different Types of Gymnastics

Understanding the Different Types of Gymnastics

Posted 01 October, 2021 at 16:00

Author Ronnie Findlay on behalf of Everything Digital


The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics 2021 have renewed the interest of children and young people in gymnastics. The images of athletes performing remarkable jumps, flips and other feats of strength, flexibility, and stamina have inspired many children and adults to take up this sport and improve their physical and mental wellbeing. However, what we see on television, are only a few of the many forms of gymnastics performed. To give you a better understanding, here are the official types of gymnastics and the different equipment and routines they involve:

  • Women’s Artistic Gymnastics

Women’s artistic gymnastics are the most popular form of gymnastics that involves performing routines on vaults, uneven bars, balance beams, and floor exercises. It attracts the highest participation and is often one of the most-watched events of the Olympics. Women’s Artistic Gymnastics is competed at both the team and an individual level.

  • Men’s Artistic Gymnastics

Another Olympics favourite, and also one of the oldest forms, is Men’s Artistic Gymnastics. They include floor exercises and other feats performed using still rings, parallel bars, vaults, pommel horse, and high bars. Like Women’s Gymnastics, Men’s Artistic Gymnastics is also competed at an individual and team level.

  • Rhythmic Gymnastics

Rhythmic Gymnastics is a female-only form that involves tosses, jumps, leaps, and other routines using ropes, balls, hoops, and ribbons. It also includes some lower forms of floor exercises. Female athletes compete on individual levels and as part of a team in the Rhythmic gymnastics events at the Olympics.

  • Trampoline

Trampoline Gymnastics is a relatively new form introduced at the Olympic Games in 2000. It involves bouncing and performing high-flying flips and twists in the air. Trampoline gymnasts compete at an individual level.

  • Power Tumbling

Power Tumbling involves performing complex series of twists and flips on a bouncy spring runway or tumbling track. There are 8 elements with increasing difficulty levels that are all performed on the same strip. Currently, power tumbling is not part of the Olympics.

  • Acrobatic Gymnastics

It is a team routine involving different handstands, holds, balance exercises and throw-and-catch moves, each performed in synchronisation by individual group members. They are competed in men’s pairs, women’s pairs, mixed pairs, men’s groups, and women’s groups. Acrobatic Gymnastics are not part of the Olympics at present. 

Regardless of the type of gymnastics you prefer, it is guaranteed to set you on the path to better mental and physical health. MK Springers is an OFSTED registered gymnastics club in Milton Keynes that can help you realise your dream of perfecting gymnastics. You can learn more about our sessions and classes and inquire about available places by calling us on 01908 217788. 

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