Artistic Gymnastics

There are four events in women’s gymnastics — vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. Women’s gymnastics is one of the most beloved sports in the Olympic Games. Every four years a new star is born as the Olympic all-around champion is crowned. Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson, Nastia Liukin, Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles all achieved this prestigious title! This discipline requires incredible strength and flexibility. Although most sports have seasons, gymnastics is a year-round commitment for athletes at the upper levels.

Vault


Successful vault begins with a strong, accelerated run. The best vaulters explode off the board with tremendous quickness during the preflight phase of the vault. When the gymnast pushes off the vault table, the judges are looking for proper body position and an instantaneous repulsion. Watch for the height and distance traveled, as well as the number of flips and twists. Gymnasts strive to “stick” their landings by taking no extra steps.


Uneven Bars


The most spectacular of the women’s events, the uneven bars demand strength, as well as concentration, courage, coordination and split-second timing. Watch for the big swings that begin in handstands on the high bar, incorporating multiple hand changes, pirouettes and release elements. The entire routine should flow from one skill to the next without pauses, extra swings or additional supports. Watch for the high flying dismount where the gymnast will attempt to stick her landing.


Balance Beam


The beam is only four inches wide and considered the most difficult event by many gymnasts. The gymnast must use acrobatic, tumbling and dance movements in her routine. Watch for acrobatic series consisting of two or more elements performed in a row. The overall execution should give the impression that the gymnast is performing on the floor, not on a beam. Watch for variations in rhythm, changes in level, and the harmonious blend of dance and acrobatic elements.


Floor Exercise


Usually a favorite event for the fans, the floor routine must be choreographed to music and cover the entire floor area. The gymnast must use a variety of dance and tumbling elements which reflect her personality. Most gymnasts at the international level will do four tumbling passes, changing both the direction and level of movement throughout the routine. Watch for powerful, yet graceful, routines that are fun and exciting.


Preschool Gymnastics


Age Requirements: (3-5 years old) 

Session time: (55 mins)

Our preschool program provides a strong foundation in the basic of physical movement through the medium of gymnastics.

Children now begin to learn the basics of gymnastics one-on-one with an instructor and are introduced to the gymnastics apparatus in a physically challenging, playful environment which encourages learning, development and fun. Children learn how to deal with physical, mental, emotional and social aspects of childhood in a stimulating setting. Fun and creative play is nurtured as the fundamentals of motor skill development are stressed during the activities. Our student/teacher ratio remains small ensuring personal attention and safety. This is the perfect athletic complement or alternative to Hot Shots. Learning coordination and balance are key components of the beneficial preschool class.



Gymnastics is a sport for kids who want to build strength, balance, confidence, discipline and self confidence. The strength and balance developed in gymnastics will translate to improved performance in any other sports your child may wish to participate.

MTIC is a gymnastics facility for ages 2 years and up. Children are taught various movements skills on every Olympic event. We pride ourselves on creating a quality learning experience for every child regardless of ability or skill.

We base our recreation programming on Fun, Fitness and Fundamentals at the Regions Largest State-of-the-Art Training Facility which encompasses 30,000 square feet.

Recreational Gymnastics consists of:

  • Training on the Bar
  • Beam
  • Vault
  • Floor
  • Rings
  • Parallel Bars

Hot Shots
Gymnastics


Age Requirements: (3-5 years old) 

Children begin to learn basic gymnastics skills at each event. As children improve they move to higher levels with new challenges.

This class is an ideal placement for the student looking to refine their basic gymnastics skills and receive a more formal introduction to the sport of gymnastics. Rolls, cartwheels and handstands will be perfected while learning the progressions on all apparatus.

Great care is taken to teach gymnastics skills in a thorough and progressive manner to insure safe and continual progress. Through the acquisition of gymnastics skills, it is our goal to help develop a positive self-image and self-confidence in every student we teach. Our class structure is based on the USA Gymnastics Skill Level foundation that have requirements for each level.


Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Masters Gymnastics


Age Requirements: (6 years old and up) 

Children begin to learn basic gymnastics skills at each event. As children improve they move to higher levels with new challenges.

This class is an ideal placement for the student looking to refine their basic gymnastics skills and receive a more formal introduction to the sport of gymnastics. Rolls, cartwheels and handstands will be perfected while learning more advanced skills on all apparatus.

Great care is taken to teach gymnastics skills in a thorough and progressive manner to insure safe and continual progress. Through the acquisition of gymnastics skills, it is our goal to help develop a positive self-image and self-confidence in every student we teach.

Our facility is cleaned and sterilized daily. The Gymnasium is fully air-conditioned and air purified.


Boys/Mens Gymnastics

There are six events in men’s gymnastics — floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar. This discipline requires an incredible amount of strength and power. Below is information on each of the six events.

Floor Exercise


Floor routines consist of dynamic tumbling skills. The best gymnasts will incorporate tumbling passes with multiple twisting and flipping, both forward and backward, throughout their routine. A gymnast must show power and control on this event.


Pommel Horse


Considered by many to be the most difficult of all men’s events, the pommel horse is also the most subtle. Each move is defined by complex hand placements. The gymnast must perform continuous circular movements interrupted only by the required scissors elements. The entire exercise should flow with controlled rhythm. A gymnast must show precise timing and balance throughout the routine.


Still Rings


Of all the men’s events, rings are the least stable, therefore requiring the greatest amount of strength. Just as its name suggests, the rings must be kept still while the gymnast is performing. There are two types of moves on the rings — strength positions and swing movements. Those with the best command of the event will display extraordinary skill in arriving at all required “holds” with absolute precision.


Vault


Each vault is categorized in the Code of Points, the official rule book giving the relevant value of each skill performed. A good vault is sometimes described as a “big” vault. The more twists and flips in the “post” flight, the more difficult the vault. The height, the distance of travel, the overall acceleration into the vault and the sudden impact of a no-step, “stuck” landing all create a good impression for the judges.


Parallel Bars


A parallel bar routine consists of predominantly longhand swing, support and flight elements, which move above and below the bars. Watch for the gymnast to execute swing elements and skills in which both hands release and regrasp the bars. Some gymnasts move outside the two rails, performing press handstands and pirouettes on only one bar.


Horizontal Bar


This event is also known as the high bar, and routines consist exclusively of swinging parts without stops. The parts are generally called giant swings, with more specific terms applying to changes in grip, direction and body position. Watch for the gymnast to execute release moves. Look for high-flying dismounts with multiple flips and twists and, of course, the gymnast aims to land the dismount with no extra steps.


Preschool Boys Gymnastics


Age Requirements: (3-5 years old) 

Boys will learn basic gymnastics skills at each event. As children improve they move to higher levels with new challenges.

This class is an ideal placement for the student looking to refine their basic gymnastics skills and receive a more formal introduction to the sport of gymnastics. Rolls, cartwheels and handstands will be perfected while learning more advanced skills on all apparatus.

Great care is taken to teach gymnastics skills in a thorough and progressive manner to insure safe and continual progress. Through the acquisition of gymnastics skills, it is our goal to help develop a positive self-image and self-confidence in every student we teach. Gymnastics is a great way to learn body awareness for other sports such as Football, Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball.

Our Boys Gymnastics classes are coached by former Men’s Gymnastics National Team Members. 


Boys Gymnastics


Age Requirements: (6 years old and up) 

Boys will learn basic gymnastics skills at each event. As children improve they move to higher levels with new challenges.

This class is an ideal placement for the student looking to refine their basic gymnastics skills and receive a more formal introduction to the sport of gymnastics. Rolls, cartwheels and handstands will be perfected while learning more advanced skills on all apparatus.

Great care is taken to teach gymnastics skills in a thorough and progressive manner to insure safe and continual progress. Through the acquisition of gymnastics skills, it is our goal to help develop a positive self-image and self-confidence in every student we teach. Gymnastics is a great way to learn body awareness for other sports such as Football, Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball. 


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