What are gymnastics?

  • (noun): A sport that involves exercises intended to display strength and balance and agility.
    Synonyms: gymanstic exercise


Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of exercises requiring physical strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, and balance. Internationally, all of the competitive gymnastic sports are governed by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG). Each country has its own national governing body affiliated to FIG. Competitive artistic gymnastics is the best known of the gymnastic sports. It typically involves the women's events of uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise, and vault. Men's events are floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars, and high bar. Gymnastics evolved from exercises used by the ancient Greeks that included skills for mounting and dismounting a horse, and from circus performance skills.

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Mass Games - North Korea
... featuring over 100,000 participants in a 90 minute display of gymnastics, dance, acrobatics, and dramatic performance, accompanied by music and other effects, all wrapped in a highly politicized package ... Kim Jong Il, the philosophy behind the events was that Developing mass gymnastics is important in training children to be fully developed communist people, to be fully developed ... Mass gymnastics play an important role in training schoolchildren to acquire these communist qualities ...