Did you know that you can engage in a number of gymnastic routines? The floor is one of the most unique routines you can do daily. Women category involves vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor. While men have to perform pommel horse, rings, parallel bars, high bar and floor.
You’ve got to Love the Floor
As the name implies, this is one of the routines that will be of great interest. You will need a floor mat, which is squared. This is where all the action takes place and as a gymnast, you will have to make the most of your mat. This mat is quite comfortable as it is made of foam and springs and has a neat carpet covering it. I will show you some basics on how best to perform the floor.
How to Perform the Floor
First things first; you cannot step off the floor mat in this routine, as this leads to disqualification. If you are a woman here are the things to note:
You will get to choose the music to listen to.
Your routine can run up to 90 seconds.
Dancing and tumbling will be the main performance.
On the other hand, if you are a man, here is what you should know:
You will perform without music.
The routine lasts up to 90 seconds.
In your performance, tumbling, circles and flairs are essential.
You have to showcase a strength move.
Generally, there is so much similarity between what men and women do in the floor routine. You will have four to five tumbling passes, flips and twists. The double-twisting double back is a great example of tumbling skills that you can try out.
As a man, in doing a strength move, you are expected to hold a position for about two seconds before proceeding. You can include circles and twists, as long as you do not break a bone. Please note that women are not allowed to do the rollout skills as they are some safety concerns. To become great in this routine, you should keep practicing, while observing safety measures. It will be just a matter of time.