Not to be confused with the aerobics of lazy lunges and legwarmers in the living rooms of the 1980s, this challenging sport tests the athletes’ ability to produce continuous, complex and dynamic movement.
Dynamic and static strength, jumps and leaps, agility and balance elements make up the exhausting routines. The gymnasts perform their choreography to music of their choice whilst mastering exactly defined technical and artistic levels of difficulty.
Aerobic Gymnastics features in The World Games 2013; check the event calendar for details about when it is scheduled.
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From a workout to a genuine sport...
The purpose of aerobic dance, which is at the origin of the new sport, is to improve cardiovascular endurance and fitness levels. The dance combines a series of aerobic movements – each with several repetitions – in order to involve different muscle groups, and to increase the heart rate. When the aerobics became a part of the gymnastics family, adding difficulty criteria was necessary to make it truly competitive. And all the more challenging!
Stepping up from the basics ...
Routines in aerobic gymnastics must demonstrate continuous movement, flexibility, strength and utilization of the seven basic steps – plus perfectly executed elements of high-degree difficulty. The combination of the basic aerobic dance steps together with arm movement patterns – all performed to music – are to create dynamic, rhythmic and continuous sequences.
Non-stop and no show ...
In keeping to the traditional objectives, the competitive routines must be based on intensity and exemplify the cardiovascular nature of aerobics. Elements performed at the floor level, which are generally of the highest degrees of difficulty, are limited to a maximum of six. The athletes should try to captivate their audience with their routines – but this is to be done in a sporting manner, without showmanship.