So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?
By DancingBeaner
On 12/23/2005 16:10:03
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.



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.


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


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.


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.


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.

Information from:,, and pictures from google (sorry I dont know the exact photographers).
re: So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?
By bigwinner
On 12/23/2005 21:12:05
Thats very informative as Im not a huge rg fan.
By Simona_A
On 12/25/2005 02:10:02
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?
By DancingBeaner
On 12/25/2005 10:19:02
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_Eater
On 12/27/2005 20:36:50
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 RGSuperfan
On 01/06/2006 14:41:43
Here's links to videos , to illustrate this topic:
re: So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?
By Cadbury_Eater
On 01/10/2006 20:31:13
Another good site is

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


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re: So what is Rhythmic Gymnastics?
By bunnyfoofoo
On 02/04/2006 22:11:34
thanks so much!! well said. thanks for the wonderful photos too!!!
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By dajinvii
On 04/06/2006 00:35:45
Thanks for the links.
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By AnjieAngel
On 09/15/2006 14:09:18
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 01/12/2008 19:14:45
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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By TobyInWonderland
On 10/13/2008 22:07:19
Thanks for this. It was some really helpful information.
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By rsgdanzar
On 06/02/2009 09:00:25
Who would't love Rhythmic gymnastics if they say it is the reall question?
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By ambitions
On 08/03/2012 20:37:19
Great information, thanks!!
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By kellyl0907
On 08/09/2012 15:35:17
Incredible hand/eye coordination and flexibility is amazing! So artistic!
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By lorenamc
On 12/27/2017 01:23:54
Rhythmic gymnastics is a tremendously complete sport in terms of coordination, bellena, flexibility, etc. In Spain there are a lot of fans of this sport, although not as much as in Russia if there are stores like [url=][/url] that are very large.

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