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So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics? (karma: 12)
By DancingBeanermember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Fri Dec 23, 2005 04:10 PM
Made sticky by calypso (11968) on 2006-01-06 12:22:21

Rhythmic Gymnastics or Rhythmic Sportive Gymnastics is a sport where one or 5 girls handle an apparatus (Ball, Rope, Ribbon, Clubs, and Hoop) in a floor excercise routine consisting of leaps, turns, balance and flexibility. It is perfromed on a floor area of 13 square meters. Also, the routine should last for 75-90 seconds.

International Rhythmics is judged in two catergories Juniors for girls under 16, and seniors for girls 16 and over. It is also judged in levels 1-10.

The sport mainly consists of women but some men also participate in the sport. In mens rhythmic gymnastics groups do not use any apparatus while in solo they can use: rope, stick, double rings and clubs.

Rhythmic gymnastics began as asthetic gymnastics created by Peter Henry Ling, in which students expressed their feelings and emotions through bodily movement. The idea was then molded into a gymnastic program called Grace without Dancing by Catherine E. Beecher. In Switzerland during the 1880's Emil Dalcroze created a physical training program for Musicians and Dancers called Eurhythmics, and exercises to music designed to promote grace of movement, muscular flexibility, and good posture were created in France by George Demeny. All of these elements shaped and molded together to bring us the first rhythmic gymnastic school in Sweden; however RG began as a sport in 1940 in the former Soviet Union.

Apparatus:

Ball:

Made of rubber or synthetic material and 18-20cm in diameter must rest in the gymnast's hand and not against the wrist. The elements include rolling, throwing and bouncing. The gymnast must use both hands while showing continuous flowing movement over the whole floor area.

Image hotlink - 'http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/DancingBeaner/ball.jpg'

Image hotlink - 'http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/DancingBeaner/ball_rhyt.jpg'

Ribbon:

The ribbon is six metres in length, used for large, smooth and flowing movements. Fundamental elements include swings, circles, 'serpents' and spirals. It requires a high degree of co - ordination to form the spiral as any knots that accidentally form in the ribbon are penalised

Image hotlink - 'http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/DancingBeaner/ribbonn.jpg'

Image hotlink - 'http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/DancingBeaner/ribbon.jpg'

Clubs:

Characterised by rhythmical tapping, the clubs are made of wood or synthetic material. Fundamental elements include mills and small circles, with other elements such as swings, circles, asymetric movements, throwing and catching. The clubs must be used in both hands and one hand.

Image hotlink - 'http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/DancingBeaner/clubs.jpg'

Image hotlink - 'http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/DancingBeaner/godunko.jpg'

Hoop:

The hoop is made of plastic or wood and is 80-90cm in diameter. Fundamental elements include rotation around the body or hand and rolling. Other elements include swings, circles, figures of eight, throws, passes through and over the hoop.

Image hotlink - 'http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/DancingBeaner/hoop.jpg'

Image hotlink - 'http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/DancingBeaner/Bessonova14b.jpg'

Rope:

A light and supple rope usually made of hemp or synthetic material. Requirements include leaps over the rope and skipping, as well as swings, throws, circles, rotations and figures of eight.

Image hotlink - 'http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/DancingBeaner/rope.jpg'

Image hotlink - 'http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y235/DancingBeaner/ropee.jpg'


Information from: wikipedia.org, www.afg-gymnastic.20m.com . . ., and pictures from google (sorry I dont know the exact photographers).

30 Replies to So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?

re: So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?
By bigwinner
On Fri Dec 23, 2005 09:12 PM
Thats very informative as Im not a huge rg fan.
Super!
By Simona_A
On Sun Dec 25, 2005 02:10 AM
Very well and nice presentation! And the history information is great!
Still one question: I knew the floor had 12 meters on each side, so in total 144 square meters or am I wrong?
re: So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics? (karma: 1)
By DancingBeanermember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sun Dec 25, 2005 10:19 AM
It is 13 meters so it would be 169 meters square. When I said 13 square meters it means 13 squares of 1 meter by 1 meter which equals 169. :P
re: So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?
By Cadbury_Eatermember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Tue Dec 27, 2005 08:36 PM
This post is very informative for people you don't know what RG is. I see you put a lot of effort putting nice pictures and explain exacttly what the clubs are etc. It will also cut down the number of "what is RG?" posts.

Great post! That's why I gave you karma.
re: So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?
By live_life_dancemember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Wed Dec 28, 2005 09:40 AM
omg i tried RG it is SO HARD
i admire rhythmic gymnasts they have so much work to do
and it all pays off
they make it look so easy
you should see me with a hoop :?

aine x
so what is rhythmic gymnastics
By berlin1
On Sun Jan 01, 2006 08:41 PM
hey,
thanks for posting this i am a gymnast but i didnt really know that much about rg but i have a pretty good idea now. it almost looks just as fun as gymnastics, but i like tubleing so ill stick with my sport.
berlin
re: So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?
By Martine_NoRwAymember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Thu Jan 05, 2006 10:39 AM
Hiya
Thank you for posting this
it was very informative :)

Love Martine
re: So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?
By GymLovermember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Thu Jan 05, 2006 11:08 AM
Why don't we make this topic a sticky? So people immediately know where to look for this kind of basic information?
re: So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?
By illusiongirl
On Fri Jan 06, 2006 03:12 AM
^^Agreed GymLover
re: So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?
By RGSuperfan
On Fri Jan 06, 2006 02:41 PM
re: So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?
By Cadbury_Eatermember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Tue Jan 10, 2006 08:31 PM
Another good site is

menrg.com

It tells you all about men's rg and has about 10 videos on it.

Enjoy!

*~Cadbury_Eater~*

Wherever there is Cadbury in this world it shall be eaten.
re: So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?
By twinkletoes84member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sat Jan 14, 2006 10:45 AM
wow that was very informative!! thanks!!

by the way cadbury_eater i love your avatar!! i have a big bar of dairy milk by me right now.... actually i have less than half a big bar of dairy milk right by now!! lol
re: So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?
By bunnyfoofoo
On Sat Feb 04, 2006 10:11 PM
thanks so much!! well said. thanks for the wonderful photos too!!!
re: So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?
By danca1991
On Sun Apr 02, 2006 01:54 PM
on the first that is how i tretch at my acro class
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By dajinvii
On Thu Apr 06, 2006 12:35 AM
Thanks for the links.
re: So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?
By stretchermember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Wed Apr 12, 2006 05:40 AM
Nice pics and a nice presentation.

I have learn a much.

Thanks for posting that.
re: So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?
By dancingeorge
On Fri May 12, 2006 09:55 PM
i totally love the pictures!! thanks for the helpful information~
RG floor size
By bepa98
On Sun Jun 11, 2006 06:40 PM
The floor size for individual gymnasts is 12 meters on each side, for a total of 144 squared meters. The size is increased to 13 meters on each side (or 169 squared meters) for RG group competitions. I hope this helps. ;)
So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?
By sleepy_head
On Fri Jun 30, 2006 05:04 AM
Thank you so much for this post! i thought i knew everything about rhythmic gymnastics but apparently i learnt a lot reading your post :P
Very informative
re: So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?
By RG4ever
On Mon Jul 03, 2006 04:41 PM
I'm a level 9 rhythmic gymnast. I was born and lived in Ukraine for 13 years, and now I live in USA. I'm 15, my name's Alex. You can ask me anything about RG =)
re: So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?
By sweet_soloist
On Sat Jul 22, 2006 11:36 AM
all i can say is sweet pics, i wish i could do that!
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By Joelle1
On Fri Sep 15, 2006 12:40 PM
Very good description of Rythmic Gymnastics. The pics were especially descriptive.
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By AnjieAngel
On Fri Sep 15, 2006 02:09 PM
The floor size for individual gymnasts is 12 meters on each side, for a total of 144 squared meters. The size is increased to 13 meters on each side (or 169 squared meters) for RG group competitions. I hope this helps.


The floor is 13x13 both for groups and individuals since mid-90's.
re: So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?
By john_deere_girl
On Sat Jan 12, 2008 07:14 PM
nothing is ever as east as it looks... im in color gyard and well my team got .2points deducted from our scre becuase one of our girls as showing that she was out of breathe by breathing hard... we have to stay composed always... i used to do rg... but quit to ride horses...
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