The Romans included physical activities based on those of the Greeks, in their culture. The ancient Romans used gymnastics as part of their military training to improve the strength, balance and flexibility of soldiers. Gymnastics Training for the Roman Legions The Greek city-state Sparta required that both sexes be physically fit. Women needed strong bodies […]
Introduced in early Greek civilization, gymnastics facilitated physical body development utilizing a variety of activities including running, jumping, wrestling, weight lifting, swimming and throwing.
A short view montage of gymnastics in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s 90’s and 2000… We have been collecting gymnastics history facts for years believing that any well-rounded gymnastics coach or gymnast should have some idea how the sport has evolved to its current state. Gymnastics history has existed and been recorded in the earliest archaeological […]
Turners: For more than 150 years, they have formed Turnvereinen, or “gymnastic unions”, which are not only athletic, but also political, “nationalistic gymnastic” organizations in Europe. The German movement was started by Turnvater Jahn and was instrumental in German unification after 1848. The American Turners were instrumental in the popularization of gymnastics in America.
Vaulting Horse: The former men and women’s vaulting apparatus was 35 centimeters wide by 160 centimeters long. It was placed long ways for men and width wise for women. It has been replaced internationally and in the United States by the vault table.
Long Horse: Formerly, the men’s gymnastics apparatus for vaulting. Basically the old vaulting horse was a pommel horse without the pommels and men vaulted over it the long way. The horse is no longer used for vaulting and has been replaced with the vault table for both men and women.