Gymnastics may not get the attention and exposure that sports such as football and soccer do, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive. To become a successful gymnast, one must completely dedicate oneself to the sport — sacrificing any and all free time for long, strenuous hours in the gym.
The sport requires extreme flexibility, strength, and focus. A near-perfect routine can crumble down with just one simple mishap. It’s a sport for perfectionists — one could say — and it can take years to master the necessary skills.
Not only is gymnastics fascinating to watch, it can be equally fascinating (not to mention beneficial for the body) to partake in. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, there are a number of gymnastics exercises suited for your skill level. Those who are interested in getting their feet wet in the world of gymnastics should consider classes or lessons.
Livestrong says that gymnastics is a great activity for children to pick up. It promotes better overall health, teaches discipline and focus, and can even help children learn to socialize. Gymnastics classes are a great way to get your kids active. Many of the exercises, like the beam, trampoline, and hoops, are similar to what would attract a child’s attention on a playground.
The below video features a performance from the 2014 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships in Levallois-Perret, France — and is an excellent example of the beauty and precision that plays a key role in gymnastics. The three Polish gymnasts are participating in a qualifying event and are judged on three elements: difficulty, artistry, and execution.
According to the International Federation of Gymnastics, participants have to be at least 15 years of age. This rule is set to keep young gymnasts safe, as intensive training at a young age can have adverse effects on the body.
Give the video a spin to see the Polish women’s group in action. Believe it or not, the group finished 20th overall in the 2014 World Championships. Russia took home the gold while Great Britain and Belgium followed with silver and bronze, respectively.
Competition was fierce, to say the least.