I Was A Gymnast, Rhythmically Speaking

June 8, 2021 - Reading time: 4 minutes

When I was younger I loved to dance and after many years of taking dance and going through many styles and disciplines, I was fortunate to have all of these resources come together in one place, rhythmic gymnastics. It encompassed my life for several years and gave me a lot of great experiences and opened up some opportunities that I would not had otherwise.

Today I thought that I would share a little bit about the topic for fun and because I would otherwise be stumped on what to write about. The lack of topics lately has been somewhat bothersome and one which, schedule allowing, will receive some changes.

Rhythmic gymnastics is one of the most creative sports, leaving room for imagination (as almost all disciplines do that have to do with music and body expressiveness) as well as dance.

floor work with ball

It seeks to achieve original exhibitions through the combination of difficult exercises, in addition to achieving a balanced and beautiful exercise that enhances expressiveness through the exhibition and impress the judges with the refined technique and its beauty. This is achieved through considering the maximum complexity of body harmonic expression the rhythm under the sports inspiration and the beauty of the body in motion.

Rhythmic Gymnastics Equipment


The Clubs are bottle-shaped. Its length is 40 to 50 cm and its weight of at least 150 gr. With them the gymnast makes swings, conductions (full circles), mills, pitches, etc. It's one. of the most difficult piece of equipment because you have to use both equally hands at a very fast pace.


Length varies relative to gymnast stature. It's the device with the least showy nature which makes them less popular among the gymnasts, but its handling, together with the ball is an elementary aspect of the sport, because of this girl plays with her from and grace. Jumps are elements typical seen combined with the rope. There are also swings, rotations and pitches. Usually the gymnasts will use music with a lot of rhythm when using a rope.


Its length is 6 m. It has to be in constant motion. This is the most aesthetic device used, but also the most treacherous as it can end up getting tangled up or losing the path with ease. A good exercise should include variety in the drawing of patterns with the ribbon, combined with jumps, turns, balances, pitches, etc. They are a lot of fun but hard to master.


Its diameter is 18 to 20 cm and its weight of 400 gr at a minimum. The balls are typical elements used in most routines which makes the apparatus demanding, routines are filled with movements that are very broad and use a full range of body movements. They're very eye-catching launches and receptions outside the field of view. Control of the ball with most parts of the body are another basic element used when on the floor.


Its inner diameter should be 80 to 90 cm and its weight, 300 gr as my way. They were used for the first time time in an exhibition at the 1936 games as a symbol of the hoops used in the Olympic symbol. With the hoop are made rotations, rollings about the body, throws, passage through the interior, swings, etc.

If you found this interesting and I can write further about the sport.