Category Archives: Gymnastics Terms
Daggett: A pommel horse skill named after U.S. gymnast Tim Daggett. It consists of a scissor backward with ½ counterturn. It has been rated as a C level skill by the FIG.
Cross: A strength move performed on the still rings, in a straight body or “L” position, with the body perpendicular to the floor and the arms stretched straight out perpendicular to the body. Also called an Iron Cross.
Crash Dive: A trampoline skill where ¾ of a front somersault is performed landing in the back. Also called a suicide, but that term is not too popular with gym owners.
Counter Turn: A counter turn is most often used to describe the turning of the hips in the opposite direction of a double leg circle. When a gymnast has their legs straight in front of them, their hips should be … Continue reading
Coupé: A ballet term whose literal meaning is to cut. It is a ballet dance movement that calls for the non-support foot to be pulled sharply off the floor and placed with a pointed toe either in the back or … Continue reading
Concentric Muscle Contraction: A concentric contraction is when a muscle shortens while contracting. Doing a pull-up by contractng the biceps is an example.
Compulsory: All gymnasts competing compulsory routines must perform specified skills in a specified order. Compulsory routines have been eliminated from higher level optional gymnastics competitions. Compulsory is an adjective used to describe routines, levels and gymnasts. Click: Secrets to Level … Continue reading
Compulsories: A routine in which the elements are pre-determined by an organization such as USA Gymnastics (or other national federation) or by the FIG. Routines that are specified and designated by the gymnastics federation for certain levels of gymnasts and … Continue reading
Composition: The structure of a gymnastics routine and how each individual element, movement or skill is arranged into a routine is called the composition of the routine. The overall arrangement of individual movements and skills into a gymnastics routine.
Cody: Back somersault from a front drop on the stomach done on the trampoline. This can be a difficult skill to rotate when first learning it. It is a good training drill for Tzukahara vaults.