Along with beam, bars, and floor, there is one other gymnastics event that creates a spotlight in the Olympic – the vault.
Have you ever been to a meet? You can see the vault in there as part of the artistic gymnastics. It’s a super-fast event that requires speed and strength to perform on. The giant thing a gymnast use to perform a skill is called the vault apparatus.
The Vault Apparatus
The vault apparatus typically measures 4 feet high and 3 feet wide. It is big enough so men and women can conveniently perform on.
The big object has an adjustable height and is considered a giant thing that has been changed to a table shape known as the “vault table”.
How to Perform a Vault
1. Run down the runway 2. Jump onto a springboard 3. Put the hands on the vault 4. Land on the other side of the vault table
Steps for an Amazing Vault Showdown
Step 1: Create a good body position. A good vault starts with a good body position. The arms and legs should be straight and are not separated. Show a nice and tight body with all the toes pointed during the entire vault to achieve a great score.
Step 2: Chalk up sweaty spots. In gymnastics, chalk is your best friend. It is something you can share your life with so never let your hands, feet and other parts of the body sweat a lot or you will go slipping and sliding all day long.
Step 3: Snap on the board and hit the table with a lot of power. Have your eyes on the board and snap that thing in a good position to get a maximum power. Then hit the table with all the energy you can to make a great twist. Step 3: Exit off the vault table nicely. Factors like height, vault dynamics, and distance traveled are essential for a perfect vault performance. Being a dynamic vault does not just fall off the table.
Step 5: Prepare and control the landing. Landing needs a really hard deceleration into the mat and you have to prepare your body for that. Do your best to control all motion as possible once you’re almost done twisting to maintain balance.
In performing a good vault, your energy is your power. Run fast down the runway, snap the board and hit the vault table with a big block. That’s how you become the strongest gymnast that always moves up!