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Fans Guide To Womens Fx

  • by Deej

If you have not already read Fans Guide to the Code of Points - please do so as it will make this all much clearer.     General:   The floor event occurs on a carpeted 12m × 12m square, usually consisting of hard foam over a layer of plywood, which is supported by springs or foam blocks generally called a "sprung" floor. This provides a firm surface that will respond with force when compressed, allowing gymnasts to achieve extra height and a softer landing than would be possible on a regular floor.   Unlike men's floor exercise, female gymnasts perform a choreographed... read more

Fans Guide To Balance Beam

If you have not already read Fans Guide to the Code of Points - please do so as it will make this all much clearer.       The gymnast performs a choreographed routine consisting of leaps, acrobatic skills, somersaults, turns and dance elements on a padded sprung beam. Apparatus norms set by the International Gymnastics Federation.  The event requires in particular, balance, flexibility and strength. Important Facts:   The routine must be within 60 to 80 seconds in length The beam must be specified at 125 cm (4'1'') high, 500 cm (16'5'') long, and 10cm (4")... read more

Fans Guide To Womens Vault

  • by Deej

If you have not already read Fans Guide to the Code of Points - please do so as it will make this all much clearer.       In the vaulting events gymnasts: sprint down a 25 meter (about 82 feet) runway, jump onto a beatboard - a kind of springboard, (run/ take-off segment), land momentarily, generally inverted on the hands, on the vaulting horse or vaulting table, (pre flight segment), then spring or block off of this platform to a two footed landing (post flight segment). The post flight segment may include one or more multiple saltos or somersaults, and or twisting... read more

Fans Guide To Mens Fx

  • by Deej

If you have not already read Fans Guide to the Code of Points - please do so as it will make this all much clearer.     Contrary to popular belief, Mens Floor Exercise is not set to music the way that womens is. Mens FX is comprised of acrobatic tumbling elements, strength skills, and often some rather Pommel Horse-esque elements. Important facts:   The Floor is a 12m x 12m square - there is deduction for going outside the lines of the square. The exercise must be completed within 70 seconds. The gymnast must utilize the entire floor (visit each of the 4... read more

Fans Guide To The Code Of Points

  • by Deej

        The Code of Points (referred to from here as "The Code") is the rule book that governs the routine construction and judging of gymnastics. Every quadrennium (4 years) the Code gets updated to keep the sport fresh. The current version is a 6.6 MB PDF file comprised of 160 pages of text - this series of wikis is intended to make it digestible to more casual gymnastics fans in a matter of 10 minutes. Keep in mind there are literally HUNDREDS of rules in the code that will not be outlined, but after reading, you should be able to enjoy the upcoming Olympics so much... read more

How To Avoid Injury

  Children and Adolescents       Now that your child wants to join his or her friends in gymnastics, what concerns should you have about injuries? Although children benefit physically, mentally, and socially from participating in this activity, they can develop injuries if they train too hard. Any part of the body can be injured if it is used too much. in gymnasts, the most common overuse injuries involve the shoulders, elbows, wrists, back, and ankles.                   In gymnastics, participants must develop flexibility, balance, and strength. The most successful... read more

How To Warm Up High Bar

  • by Deej

Every person has their own routine for warming up their body on each event. Contribute your routine below to create a comprehensive list:   Dan Gill's Competition High Bar Warmup: I started every day on High Bar the exact same way: jump up, build up a serious swing, swing half-turn, swing half-turn, swing hop half-turn, swing hop-half turn, blind change, reverse giant, early pirouette (so you don't end up going over the bar, you stay in reverse giants), reverse giant, pirouette, double layout dismount Second half of my routine generally with a watered down... read more

How To Warm Up Pommel Horse

  • by Deej

Every person has their own routine for warming up their body on each event. Contribute your routine below to create a comprehensive list:   Dan Gill's Competition Pommel Horse Warmup: 10 circles - allow your feet to be slightly apart and focus on aggressively driving your heels for the final 1/4 of the circle so that you're in a good arched position in the back of the circle. We call this the "Seal Position". The reason you keep your feet apart is to make it easier to drive your heels and really hit that arch. 5 - 7 perfect back loops, again, the main focus is... read more

Best Strength Exercises

  • by Deej

Every coach and Athlete has their own strength training regime - here are some user submitted suggestions:   Whole Body: Seated Rope Climbs (no legs): While it's mostly upper body, if you straddle and hold your legs out flat, you work your core, biceps, shoulders, forearms, and lats.   Upper Body: Straight arm dumb bell raises: This is best for training malteses and general ring strength for men. Using a normal weight bench, lay on your back with two dumb bells extended out in front of you over your chest(ranging from 15-50 lbs. each depending on your size/strength).... read more

How To Warm Up Floor

  • by Deej

Every person has their own routine for warming up their body on each event. Contribute your routine below to create a comprehensive list:   Dan Gill's Competition Floor Warmup: 5 handstand, snap down, punch back to handstand to warm up your achilles 3 standing back tuck sticks One diagonal of very high, punching tuck jumps One pass of front handspring front layout, front layout, front layout One pass of round off whip back, whip back, whip back On round off, back handspring, back layout as high as you can go One pass of combination tumbling... read more

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