From Fitness to Competitive Sport
Aerobic Gymnastics presents dynamic moves, strength, flexibility, coordination and musicality in a routine, lasting a little more than 1 minute.
The different categories are: Individuals Men, Individuals Women’s, Mixed Pairs, Trios and Groups (of 5 gymnasts). The routine is performed on a 7 x 7 m area (for age group competitors), and on a 10 x 10 m area for Juniors and Seniors. In 2011, the International Federation decided to include Aerobic Dance and Aerobic Step in the World Championships programme, since Sofia in 2012.
Aerobic Gymnastics emphasizes the ability to perform continuous, complex and high intensity movement patterns to music, which originate from traditional aerobic exercises. The routine must demonstrate continuous movement, flexibility, strength and the utilization of the seven basic Aerobic steps, all perfectly executed and including different elements of difficulty.
The best routine must show clean and balanced movements with perfect technique. The routine must include at least one element from the 4 groups which present dynamic strength (push ups), static strength (presses and planks), jumps/leaps and flexibility/balance (like splits).
The athlete must also demonstrate combinations of aerobic movement patterns with arms and feet, including the seven basic aerobic steps: March, Jog, Skip, Knee Lift, Kick, Jack and Lunge.
Oxygen (Why your child will benefit from this program)
The word aerobic literally means « with oxygen » or « in presence of oxygen ». Aerobic exercise is a form of exercise that utilizes oxygen to produce energy, which must last for more than 20 minutes if the participant is to achieve Target Heart Rate. This trains cardiovascular system (heart, lungs).
As the heart muscle becomes stronger and more efficient, a larger amount of blood can be pumped with each stroke. Fewer strokes are then required to rapidly transport oxygen to all parts of the body. An aerobically fit individual can work longer, more vigorously and achieve quicker recovery at the end of an aerobic session.
The International Gymnastic Federation (FIG) – the only recognized international body for Aerobic Gymnastics by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Sportaccord and the International World Games Association (IWGA) – included and developed this sports discipline in its General Gymnastics activities since the latter half of the 1980’s.