Definition: Pit

Pit: A gymnastics safety training constructions in which a large quantity of soft foam is used to cushion landings or any falls off another gymnastics apparatus. Pits are used to train for almost every gymnastics event (not used for pommel horse). Three are a number of different types of gymnastics pits, including in-ground, above ground, loose foam, 32 inch thick mats and bungee pits where the loose foam or mat is suspended on a trampoline like structure. Though injury is still possible in a pit, the extra margin of safety greatly reduces the risk. Pits are used in virtually every high level gymnastics training program.


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