Moves and Positions
Some moves and positions in gymnastics are:
1.Aerials- Any move performed without your hands touching the floor.
2.Back Handspring- A flip of the body onto both hands with the legs following as a pair. The gymnast begins and ends in a standing position.
3.Backward Somersault- A backward roll on the floor or beam with your knees tucked. The aerial move is called a back salto.
4.Back Walkover- Kicking your legs over your head from a bridge or backbend with your hands on the floor.
5.Cartwheel- A basic move in which hands are placed sideways on the ground, one hand after the other with each leg following.
6.Front Handspring- A forward flip onto both hands with the feet following as a pair. Beginning and ending in a standing position.
7.Front Hip Pullover- A mount used on the uneven or parallel bars. The body is supported on the hands with the hips resting on either bar. This move is usually combined with a hip circle.
8.Hip Circle- A move made by circling on either the uneven or parallel bars with the hips touching the bar. If the hips do not touch the bar then this move is called a clear hip circle.
9.Front Pike Somersault- A forward somersault performed with knees kept straight.
10.Forward Somersault- A forward body roll on the floor or beam with knees tucked in. The aerial move is called a salto.
11.Front Split- A split where one leg is forward and one is in the back.
12.Front Walkover- A move by kicking over from a handstand bringing your chest up.
13.Handstand- A move where the body is supported on the hands with the arms straight and the body vertical.
14.Layout- An extension of the body to its full length, usually performed during an aerial move.
15.Pike- Any move where knees are straight and body is bent.
16.Roundoff- A move similar to a cartwheel but with a half twist. The legs snap down in a pair landing in the direction you started.
17.Salto- Another name for a somersault.
18.Somi-and-a- Half- A one and a half somersault.
19.Sticking- Referring to a dismount or a final move that is performed without taking additional steps after landing.
20.Straddle- A position in which the gymnast's legs are far apart at each side.
21.Straddle Split- A split where legs are out at each side. The move is used in all of the four women's events.
22.Straddle Swing- A swinging movement on the uneven or parallel bars where the legs are extended at each side.
23.Swedish Fall- A move where the gymnast does a free fall drop straight to the ground. The hands shoot out at the last second. This is usually performed on the bars.
24.Tuck- A move where the knees are brought up to the chest.
25.Yurchenko- A mount for the vault, in which the gymnast does a roundoff onto the springboard.
When or if you start a class we hope you learn many things! We also hope you learn about some of the moves listed too! If you do start a class remember the things listed that you should and shouldn't do.
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