Flexibility: The ability to move a body joint through its full range of motion, the range of motion through which a joint can move without feeling pain. To have a wide range of motion in a joint. An example of … Continue reading
Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG): The international and Olympic governing body of competitive gymnastics. The FIG is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and is responsible for the governance of the sport of gymnastics on the international level. They draw … Continue reading
Extension/Flexion: The act of stretching or straightening out a flexed limb. Extension of a joint is moving toward its most straight position. Flexion is the bending of a joint. Opposing muscles move each joint in the body toward extension or … Continue reading
Extension: A term commonly used by gymnasts and coaches to refer to the height of the leg when it is raised into the air during a dance skill.
Execution: The amplitude, form, style and technique used to complete the skills in in the performance of a routine. Bent knees and flexed toes are examples of poor execution.
Events: The 4 women’s events in gymnastics are Floor Exercise, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam and Vault. The 6 men’s events are Floor Exercise, Pommel Horse, Still Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars and High Bar.
Entrechat: A gymnastics and ballet movement which is a a jump from two feet, tapping/beating the legs together and landing on either one or two feet.
Endo Shoot: A bar and uneven bar skill done by performing a forward straddle circle, usually to a handstand, named after Frank Endo. Also called an Endo.
Element: A single move that has a recognized way of performance and technical value. To be named after a gymnast, he or she must first submit the element to the FIG and then successfully perform the element in a FIG … Continue reading
Elbow Stand: An inverted pose in which the performer balances on the forearms on the floor. Kind of like a handstand on the forearms.