What Equipment Is Used in Gymnastics?

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Pieces of equipment that are often used in gymnastics include the uneven parallel bars, the balance beam, the vault, the rings and the pommel horse. Discover the many tools used in this sport with advice from an experienced gymnastics coach in this free video on gymnastics techniques.

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Hi, there. My name is Lisa. I'm here from World of Gymnastics, in Woodstock, Georgia. We coach gymnastics. We also have cheerleading here at our campus, and then there's swimming across the street, so we have a family feel in our campus. I'm going to talk to you about some of the equipment that is utilized for the sport of gymnastics. First off, we have the uneven bars. The girls utilize these. They're called our uneven parallel bars because they're not at the same heights. The next equipment used is our balance beam. This balance beam is, believe it or not, raised pretty high up off the floor, and the girls are required to do gymnastics elements and dance elements on the beam. The next piece of equipment utilized in girls’ gymnastics is the floor exercise, so the girls are required to do approximately a minute and a half routine. It's going to encompass both tumbling, acrobatic, and dance elements. The final piece of apparatus used in girls’ gymnastics is our vault, and they've just changed our vault. We utilize a vault table now. So, it's a nice larger piece of apparatus that the gymnasts aren't getting quite as hurt easily on. And now, I'm going to talk to you a little bit about the boys’ equipment. Boys use different equipment. They also use, just like the girls, the floor exercise. They don't do their routines to music. They just do a choreographed routine to silence and clapping. They also utilize our vault, so the girls and the boys now use the same vault. Also, in boys gymnastics they use the rings. You've probably seen them. And it's not the swinging rings like we all like to do. They actually have to try and keep those rings stationary as they're doing their routines on them. Boys also use the parallel bars so it's a little bit different than the girls’ uneven bars. Those bars are actually parallel to one another. And finally, they also use the pommel horse and they use the high bar. So, they have a single metal high bar that they swing around. In gymnastics, we also have competitive trampoline, so you're starting to see gymnasts compete just utilizing the trampoline and using different skills. This is our mushroom. We utilize this with the boys. We don't train on the pommel horse right off the bat, so we start our boys off on the mushroom. So, they can work their flares and they can work all kinds of things starting on the mushroom. That way, it's a little bit easier for the little ones to learn. That way, they're not right up on the big pommel horse.

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