Men’s Gymnastics Events

In the Olympics, there are six different men’s gymnastics events. Each event causes each athlete to prove a different skill, but all six require the athletes to prove their strength. The six different men’s gymnastics events are the pummel horse, floor exercise, vault, still rings, parallel bars and horizontal high bar.

  1. Pummel Horse The pummel horse for the men’s gymnastics event requires men to use their upper body strength by swinging their bodies around on a horse, allowing only their hands to touch. Most consider this one of the most difficult event, considering how much strength and agility is needed. During this exercise, the gymnast is required to put their entire weight on one arm and one hand, since during the routine, the other hand will constantly be moving and reaching for the other pummel handle. The rest of the body is swinging around, doing different movements while in a constant handstand. Without the rhythm, strength and agility, this event would not be possible.
  2. Floor Exercise The floor exercise for men requires them to do no more than a 70 second tumbling routine on a 40′ x 40′ sized floor. The routine will consist of a combination of tumbling through forward, backwards and sideways. Men will also have to prove their agility and strength through exercises that have them proving their strength on one arm, one leg, jumps, circles and flairs.
  3. Vault The vault is an event that requires the gymnast to prove himself in a quick and powerful move. So many athletes say this is a difficult event since it requires the men gymnast to quickly time their speed and agility just right to have not only the right height, but the proper landing. There is not a lot of time to impress the judges; this has to be precise in a short amount of time. Men can do either single or double vaults.
  4. Still Rings The still ring event requires gymnast to show perfect upper body strength by holding still on two rings, not shaking their arms, and being able to hold their body in certain positions for a certain amount of seconds. Each move requires the gymnast to have a certain proper body positioning in order to impress the judges, which can be difficult to do without movement.
  5. Parallel Bars The parallel bars are two long bars that sit side by side that has the male athlete swinging their body between, proving strength and agility by doing certain moves. They say that hand eye coordination is a big part of this event since the gymnast has to connect their hands with the bars, even though moves cause them to lose sight of the bars from time to time.
  6. Horizontal High Bar The horizontal high bar has the male gymnast swinging their body high up in the air on a long, single bar. They flip their body in certain acrobatic moves, sometimes as high as fifteen feet above the bar in the air. The male gymnast will have flipping, swinging and acrobatic dismounts that amaze the crowd and the judges.
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