Video:Types of Competitive Gymnasticswith Leon Williams Jr.
Gymnastics is a sport made up of a number of different events that all showcase different strengths and talents. This video from About.com will describe the different types of competitive gymnastics.See Transcript
Transcript:Types of Competitive Gymnastics
Hi, my name is Leon Williams Jr. and we're here at 5 Star Artistic Sports and Entertainment Academy located in East Rockaway, NY. And what I'm about to discuss with you are the different types of artistic gymnastics.
Women's Gymnastics Events
The different types of artistic gymnastics include women's artistic gymnastics, which includes the vault, the uneven bars, the balance beam and the floor exercise.
The floor exercise is where the gymnasts tumble and they incorporate dance done to music.
And for the women's vault, it constitutes them running and using a spring board to do various skills over what's called a table or a vaulting horse.
The uneven bars is the one event where they do various handstands and glides and dismounts and release moves and so forth.
And the balance beam is where the girls demonstrate their level of balance. They do tumbling skills and dance skills which make up a routine.
Men's Gymnastics Events
The men's artistic gymnastic competitive events are the vault, the pommel horse, the parallel bars, the high bar, the floor exercise and the rings.
The rings are probably the most difficult event for the men. It's actually the one that demonstrates the strength and athleticism.
The pommel horse constitutes a lot of swinging circling motions that demonstrate how the gymnast is able to shift their weight back and forth and maintain a rigid body position.
The high bar is the one event where the men do circling moves around the bar with various release moves and impressive dismounts.
The men's floor exercise includes tumbling skills which are not done to music like the women.
The parallel bars is an event where the men do many skills which require balance, strength and coordination.
The vault is a dynamic men's event where they use a springboard to actually vault over a table and do various very difficult, high level skills, which include twisting, flipping and rotating to a solid landing.
And that's just a little information on the different types of artistic gymnastics. For more information, please visit us at About.com.