Rhythmic Gymnastics

REGA Level 2

This sport is perfectly balanced for developing flexibility, strength, and hand/body-eye coordination.

Rhythmic gymnastics is an Olympic sport that combines ballet, dance, and acrobatics, with expressive movement and apparatus manipulation of the ball, clubs, hoop, ribbon, and rope. This sport is perfectly balanced for developing flexibility, strength, and hand/body-eye coordination. It has been used for years in Europe as part of the physical education in schools.

Each movement of a rhythmic gymnastics routine involves a high degree of athletic skill. Physical abilities needed by a rhythmic gymnast include strength, power, flexibility, agility, dexterity and endurance. In the group event, athletes need to develop teamwork, sensitivity, quick adaptation and anticipation, in addition to the aforementioned skills. Because each piece of apparatus is so different in its composition, the athlete must coordinate very difficult body movements with the apparatus elements. The gymnast also needs to make many physical adjustments between each event.