Pommel Horse Moves For Men
There are a number of pommel horse moves for men that take agility, strength and skill. The pommel horse is a piece of equipment that consist of a center that is padded and covered in leather, has two legs on each side holding up the center, and two handles in the center of the top that are known as the pommels. The pommel horse is a gymnastic event that comes second in the gymnastic games at the Olympics. The moves done on the pommel horse take a great deal of strength in the upper body and arms, as well as agility for the movement needed to execute properly.
- Scissors - Scissors is where a man will swing his back leg in a height of one to three feet above the pommel horse. The body is held up by the hands and arms, while the legs are swinging back and forth, the back leg doing the majority of the motion. Once the desired height is reached, the scissor is done by switching the front leg with the back leg in the height above the horse. The scissor can be used to obtain height mixed with turns and twist, or merely as a means from switching from one side of the horse to the other.
- Circles - Circles can be performed with the hands on the handles of the pommel horse, or with the hands laid on the surface of the pommel horse. These are done by keeping both legs together at all times, and leaning on the horse with the body and legs straight out away from the body and the horse. He will then swing his body and his legs around in a circular motion, lifting one arm at a time to let the body and legs pass through. This is done over and over in a continuous circular motion while keeping the body stiff and in form, legs together, passing in a circle over the horse.
- Flaire - Flaires are very similar to circles. The body is supported by the arms, and the body is held out like in the beginning of a circle. The body moves in a circular motion around the horse, but instead of keeping both legs together in a stiff format, the legs are spread wide apart, and stay apart as the body is swung in a circular motion around the horse.
- Russians - Russians take a lot of strength and stamina. These are done by transitioning both hands from one pommel handle to the other while doing a double leg cross, or scissors. He will keep ahold with both hands on one of the handles while his legs are performing scissors then twist his body and move both hands to the other handle, then twist again while moving back to the first handle. This is done all the way around the horse till he is back in the starting position.
- Dismounts - There are three different types of dismounts off of the pommel horse. In order to dismount from the pommel horse, one can jump off, loop off or end in a hand stand. In order to jump off, one must just use the momentum of his body to jump off of the horse and land on both feet, standing straight up with feet together. In order to loop off, one must swing the legs over the horse and land with both feet together, standing straight and tall. A hand stand is done by one leg begin swung up over the shoulders, causing the other to follow till both legs at standing straight up in the air above the body, forming a hand stand on the horse. Then, one must spin their body making them parallel to the pommels on the top of the horse, and then land in one fluid move on the mat in front of the horse. This is the most difficult out of all the dismounts. It is important on any dismount, however, to do what is called sticking it. This means once landed, both feet planted firmly on the ground together, arms raised straight up above the head, body straight, and standing still.