What component of fitness is the most important for success in artistic gymnastics?
There are a range of fitness components that contribute to successful gymnastics performance. More than one is usually important, though in this poll we ask you only to nominate what you consider the most important of all the fitness components. You should also compare this to the previous fitness poll for gymnastics which only had a few options to choose from. The latest gymnastics poll takes this a step further, and requires you to rate which factors make successful gymnasts.
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Commenting is closed on this page, though you can read some previous comments below which may answer some of your questions.
- A strong and unflexible artistic gymnast will nearly always go further than a flexible, weak gymnast. More than anything,you need a majority of fast twitch muscle fibers, so combined with strength we might as well say power.
- I have coached for over 23 years. I'd prefer a strong gymnast over a flexible gymnast as they survive longer. Getting a strong gymnast flexible is hard but can be done enough to do well, to get a flexible person strong is near impossible but not completely. Successful gymnasts are the ones that make it long enough in the sport. I feel you need to be strong to sustain that path. (from Belinda Heywood, July 2012)
- I think flexibility because you need to do all sorts of tecnees fromyour feet up wards and it is the main fitness of gymnastics and i do gymnastics and my learner said flexerbilty because if you dont use all of the tecnecs then it won't realy work (from kelly senz 15th march 2012)
- I think strength is good for bars and standing back-handsprings. Balance and coordination for beam ... all of these things are good (from a gymnast and volleyball player, Oct 2011)
- I think that flexibility is important in gymnastics but coordination and balance is too. These three link together as a gymnast is doing this throught her performance. (Oct 2011)
- As a gymnast, I know that balance and coordination are the most important components! (from shinedownluver, April 2011)
- Yes. flexibility is the main component, this is because the gymnast needs to be able to perform a range of movement! (from keller_moo, Jan 2011).
- Flexibility is one of the main components because if you are not flexible then you are not going to get anywhere. (Nov 2010).
- Do you really think flexibility is the main fitness component? I'm just studying GCSE, and I am not sure, but I don't think it's the main one. (Nov 2010).