Pirouette: A term used in both gymnastics and dance to refer to a turn around the body’s longitudinal axis. It is used to refer to both handstand turning moves on bars and p-bars and also to refer to a dancing … Continue reading
Pipe: A term commonly used to refer to a men’s high bar.
Pike: A gymnastics body position used in jumps and saltos with the body bent forward at the waist with the legs kept straight. Judges look for more than a 90 degree bend at the hips for correct execution. Somersaulting skills … Continue reading
Pig: A gymnastics slang term for the pommel horse, not necessarily an affectionate term.
Phillips: A balance bean skill done by American gymnast Kristie Phillips. It was first performed in 1987 World Championships A handstand straddle split, with a 90 degree backbend, originally performed on the balance beam and press to side handstand, front … Continue reading
Phelps: A vault named after American Jayce Phelps. The vault consists of a half twist on, half twist off into a front layout. It has been rated by the FIG as a D level difficulty skill. Its FIG number is … Continue reading
Peel: Peeling off of a gymnastics apparatus refers to a situation where a gymnast involuntarily lets go of the apparatus with their hands causing their body to fly away from the apparatus and often resulting in an almost immediate impact … Continue reading
Passive Stretching: A general term used to describe a static stretch in which an external force (such as the floor or another person) holds the performer in the static position.
Passé: A basic gymnastics and dance balance position where one leg is turned outward with the thigh at horizontal, knee bent and toes touching the inner knee of the other leg. Commonly used in hops, jumps and turns. Retail Price: … Continue reading
Parallel Bars: A men’s event performed on a gymnastics apparatus consisting of two bars, each 195 centimeters high and 350 centimeters long, and positioned 42 to 52 centimeters apart. A parallel bar routine is made up mostly of swing and … Continue reading