Definition: Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique

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

Definition: Extension/Flexion

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

Definition: Extension

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.

Definition: Execution

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.

Definition: Events

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.

Definition: Entrechat

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.