Rhythmic Gymnasts (RG) practice and compete on a floor area to music (yay!). There are five different kinds of tools, or apparatus, that RG gymnasts use. They have to use the apparatus in both hands and keep it moving for the whole routine.
Rope: With this light rope, the gymnasts does a mix of leaps and skipping, as well as swings and making figure eights. It’s a little bit like what you do with a normal skipping rope to start with, but then you take it much further to create an awesome routine!
Hoop: Have you ever played with one of these before? Fun isn’t it? Well in rhythmic gymnastics you can take a hoop to create a beautiful routine! The gymnast can move the hoop around her wrist and body, and even make figure eights! She can throw it in the air and even pass through and over it! Cool!
Ball: With the ball, the gymnast creates a routine that let’s her bounce it (yay! Bounce!), throw it and roll it. The ball has to keep moving the entire time—it’s awesome to practice (and watch too!).
Clubs: This is one of the harder apparatus to use, but still very fun to learn. The gymnasts spins the clubs around in her hands and can even throw them in the air and catch them while moving around the floor area! It’s a combination of gymnastic skill and imagination!
Ribbon: Have you seen this apparatus before? Pretty isn’t it? The ribbon is six meters long (wow!) and the gymnasts uses it to create spirals and circles around herself while doing acrobatic moves. She can throw it into the air and catch it too! The gymnast’s imagination and creativity is the limit!
Want to learn more about RG? How about checking out an RG event, your local gym club or this great clip?