Men’s Artistic Gymnastics
Are you looking for a challenging, fun and safe sport for your son to turn himself upside down, rather than your house?
Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) is the perfect sport to teach your son focus and self-discipline – skills that can assist with their learning and concentration.
Benefits of Men’s Gymnastics
• Builds strength and prepares the body for the challenges in life
• Enhances co-ordination and agility, allowing the body to move like lightning
• Develops posture and confident body movement, including the ability to land safely
• Challenges the mind and body to reach new goals
• Develops healthy minds and bodies for now and later life
Give your son the right start in life. Let him experience Men’s Artistic Gymnastics and watch him develop into a strong and confident individual.
Men’s Gymnastics is composed of six apparatus
This is an exercise in pure acrobatics, alternating between powerful tumbling series and the composure necessary for balance and strength elements. The gymnast endeavours to display virtuous rebound height, whilst connecting the elements of their routine with gymnastic artistry.
Routines on this apparatus are characterised by circular movements of the body with legs together (circles) and pendulous swings with the legs separated (scissors). Gymnasts also show a spectacular combination of these skills called flairs. Throughout the routine the gymnast performs smooth combinations of these movements, turning and travelling along the horse. Utilising all parts of the horse, while maintaining an extended body line and straight legs.
This apparatus is known for its difficulty of strength and swinging elements. The free moving quality of the rings makes it difficult to remain stationary during held elements, where any movement of the rings incurs a penalty. During his performance, the gymnast should demonstrate control, strength and balance in the presentation of forward and backward swings and strength holds parts. The gymnast’s dismount allows him to show his aerial abilities prior to landing.
The gymnasts during their twenty-five meter approach to the vault must develop the necessary power to complete all their aerial skills before landing. Upon take-off from the board the gymnast explosively propels himself upwards, dynamically pushing off the table to generate greater height and distance in the second phase of flight . This enables a higher level of acrobatic skill and extension to be performed prior to a stable landing.
A predominately swinging apparatus, that is interspersed with only a few held or strength elements. Swings are completed above and below the bars and consist of acrobatic flight elements, changes of direction and swing types. The gymnast’s routine ends in a dramatic dismount off the side or the end of the bars.
This is a very spectacular apparatus, largely due to the acrobatic releases and re-grasp flight elements. The routine is based on swinging parts without stops, and includes extended forward and backward giant swings, combined with near bar elements, changes of direction and grip, as well as the release and re-grasp movements. The high dismounts from the bar allows the gymnast to show his acrobatic talents and landing prowess.
The PCGC MAG program is the competitive stream of common gymnastics for males. Gymnasts train at least twice per week and aim to progress through the Australian Gymnastics National Levels Program.
While we like to consider all our gym programs to be fun and enjoyable for participants, the focus of MAG classes is achievement, developing skills, progressing through the Australian Levels Program, and becoming proficient with these skills.
MAG gymnasts will be given the opportunity to compete in at least three competitions per year. Competitions are not compulsory, but they are highly recommended as they give gymnasts something to work towards, and allow them to work on their confidence, and be given crucial feedback about their routines and skills, allowing them to set appropriate goals during the year. Competition dates can be found via our website and the PCGC Parent Portal
Pearl Coast Gymnastics Club’s MAG program has produced many athletes, several of whom have won the State Champion award for their level, while competing in Perth and Western Australia
Note – beginner gymnasts are welcome to register for MAG, but they may be placed in a class with vary ages and abilities – Our coaches have a large amount of experience in Men’s Gymnastics, and deliver lessons suited to the needs of all the gymnasts in the class, whether they have just started gymnastics, or have been competing for years.
Gymnasts must be turning five (5) during the year of enrollment in order to be eligible for this gym sport.