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Artistic, Rhythmic, Trampoline & Tumbling, Crossfit, Cheerleading, Acro, and the list goes on... What is the difference inall these programs? And which one do I want? You may be searching on the Gymnastics Gym Directory and wondering what programs you want! It can be confusing also when you see things like the Xcel Program, and… Read More →

The Floor Exercise, or "Floor", is one of the 4 Olympic gymnastics events--along with Vault, Bars and Beam. Floor routines are a mix of tumbling passes and dance elements. Floor requires both strength and power to perform great tumbling skills, but also grace and flexibility to perform beautiful dance moves. The floor area is a… Read More →

I've put together a list of 10 exercises you can do at home to improve your gymnastics skills. You might be thinking: It's impossible for me to work on my gymnastics skills at home because I don't have any gymnastics equipment. Here's the deal: It's not. The list below has gymnastics exercises you can do at… Read More →

AAU Gymnastics is amateur gymnastics in the US. AAU stands for Amateur Athletic Union.  AAU Gymnastics is a separate gymnastics league than USA Gymnastics. Generally gymnasts only compete in one league or the other in a given year. While traditionally most gymnastics in the US has been through the USA gymnastics league, AAU gymnastics has been gaining in… Read More →

There are two types of gymnastics levels in the Junior Olympic (JO) Program: compulsory and optional. Compulsory gymnastics consists of specific routines that the gymnast must learn exactly. This is done in gymnastics levels 1-5. USA gymnastics created the routines with the goal that the gymnasts have a strong gymnastics foundation before advancing to the optional… Read More →