Acrobatic gymnastics requires courage, strength, stamina and, above all, outstanding flexibility. The spectacular exercises are accompanied by music – in perfect harmony with the gymnasts' choreography and body movements. Acrobatic gymnastics is based on supreme body control in every posture, regardless whether the athlete is on the ground or in the air. The competitive ‘balance’ and ‘tempo’ routines are judged by applying the most demanding criteria.
From the fringes of circus and vaudeville, acrobatics moved to the world of sports.
Acrobatic Gymnastics features in The World Games 2013; check the event calendar for details about when it is scheduled.
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Since ancient times ...
Spectacular and dynamic, practiced by men and women, acrobatic gymnastics counts among the oldest sports known to mankind. The name derives from the Greek 'acrobateo', 'to rise' or 'to go forth', and acrobatics were performed as early as 2100 B.C. Formerly known as sports acrobatics, ACRO is integrated into the structures of the International Gymnastics Federation since 1999.
High-flying and fast paced ...
The events are Men's, Women's or Mixed Pairs, Women's Groups (3), and Men's Groups (4). Balance and tempo are key elements to the exercises in Pairs. Element combination is a determining factor for the value of the exercises. The balance routine does not include flying elements and a balance must be held for a given time. The driving force of the tempo routine is the flying element.
Building the human pyramid ...
If tempo in groups is the same as in pairs, for balance it is quite different. In fact, the forming of the impressive pyramids entails the highest of risks. Exercises are presented without music and regulations authorize the use of additional mats. Choreography and individual elements contribute to the whole of the exercise.