In the words of Wikipedia, “Gymnastics is an activity involving performance of exercises requiring physical strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, balance, and grace.”
Gymnastics is probably the ultimate calisthenics exercise activity because of all the diverse forms, techniques, and exercises. The equipment serves one purpose for gymnasts: to express their strength, balance, coordination, and flexibility.
Here are some of the equipment gymnasts commonly use:
- Floor Exercises
- Parallel Bars
- Uneven Bars
- High Bar
- Gymnastics Still Rings
- Pommel Horse
- Balance Beam
Gymnastics incorporates various exercises from Plyometrics to Isometrics and almost every calisthenic exercise listed on this website! It’s no wonder why most gymnasts are in such amazing physical shape. You would think they lift weights everyday – but those all natural lean muscles are actually from calisthenic exercises!
In fact, I categorize gymnastics into “Crazy Calisthenics.” It is amazing what the human body can do and gymnastics definitely tests the limits of your body.
Some General Benefits of Gymnastics:
- Strength: The calisthenic exercises in gymnastics requires actively running, jumping, exploding, and sustaining one’s own body weight in various positions – this builds tremendous strength as the muscles work against gravity. Training over time builds strong, lean muscle tissue, giving a toned, healthy body. Gymnastics makes you aware of your body and to stay in control, balance, and promotes good posture.
- Strong Bones: Working your body against gravity is a great resistance activity which promotes bone health. Gymnastics promotes overall healthy fitness.
- Flexibility – Gymnastics will naturally increase the flexibility of your muscles and increase your range of motion.
Who should do Gymnastics?
Parents, if you want your kids to participate in one of the most fun, healthy, and exciting activities you should definitely give your child the chance to take up gymnastics. You will allow them to groom themselves into excellent physical shape and help them create and achieve goals which will be invaluable lessons in life.
As for adults, you won’t be doing double twisting flips anytime soon (maybe?), but you’ll have a lot of fun learning. Gymnastics isn’t usually an activity for older adults, but with slow and steady progression it is always possible to do what you want. They key is taking it slow and understanding your body before performing any of the intense movements associated with gymnastics. Injuries are quite common in gymnastics if you aren’t careful.