Definition: Pointed Toes

Pointed Toes: Toe point is an important factor in gymnastics. When the toes and foot are pulled downward so that the line from the knee to the tip of the toes is essentially straight and there is no angle in … Continue reading

Definition: Pointe

Pointe: In classical ballet, when a dancer uses special shoes (called pointe shoes or toe shoes) to dance en pointe (on their toes). The arch of the top of the foot is at its maximum when the dancer “pushes over”, … Continue reading

Definition: PNF Stretching

PNF Stretching: PNF is an abbreviation for proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation A technique for increasing flexibility which combines muscle tension with passive stretching. Also sometimes called isometric stretching.

Definition: Plyometrics

Plyometrics: Plyometric exercise is defined as a special type of strength training where the muscles are trained to rapidly contract. In gymnastics it is most commonly used to increase the “punch” power of a gymnast for tumbling and vaulting.

Definition: Plié

Plié: A gymnastics and dance movement. Most movements in ballet technique begin and end with a plié, which is a bend and stretch of the hip, knee, and ankle joints. Demi- and grand-pliés are done as an exercise at the … Continue reading

Definition: Planche

Planche: A gymnastics strength skill performed on the still rings, beam and floor in which the body is held supported by the hands and arms only in a straight position as close to parallel to the floor as possible (perfectly … Continue reading