Men's Artistic Competition Program
Men’s Artistic Gymnastics is a very demanding and challenging sport, requiring high-level strength, power, speed, flexibility, endurance, agility, form, technical precision and artistic performance. Flying Angels Gymnastics Club's Men’s Competitive Program is for the more dedicated athlete and focuses on the development of gymnastics excellence in an environment where athlete safety, health and wellness are our first priority. In their personal pursuit of excellence, each athlete benefits from ongoing personal and physical development that transfers well to their academic life, social development and performance in other athletic programs.
Our Men’s Artistic classes are selection only. The classes we have, are for Foundation, Development and Elite squads that run from Monday to Saturday. Gymnasts are required to come in multiple days per week. All squads are coached by the appropriate level coach. We look at pre-school gymnasts very early on to see if there is potential for the gymnast to go into future Artistic level competition. Entry into and maintenance within these programs are not for everyone and are by trial only.
Flying Angels Gymnastics Club’s men’s program focuses on the six apparatus:
FLOOR is an excellent example of where sport meets art. Each gymnast executes precise strength and balance requirements mixed with technically demanding tumbling elements.
POMMEL HORSE is a very difficult apparatus requiring considerable practise to master even the basic skills because the gymnast must perform skills with a circular movement in a horizontal plane while spending much of each routine on only one arm while reaching with the free hand in order to set up for the next skill. Gymnasts do not get to stop or pause during the routine.
RINGS require great upper body strength, precision and proper body position while performing strength elements. The rings should be absolutely still and under control at the end of each skill. The body should be straight with no arching, and arms should be sturdy and strong with no shaking.
VAULT requires speed and strength down the runway, generating sufficient momentum to produce a high and long post-flight off the vault that is essential for completing the various skills. Once in the air, the gymnast then focuses on sticking a perfect landing.
PARALLEL BARS routines consist mostly of swing and flight elements requiring hand-eye coordination, timing and balance. Special timing is critical to initiate seemingly effortless swinging elements with technically demanding ‘release’ moves, transitioning into sticking a perfect landing.
HIGH BAR routines consist of swings, release moves and high-flying dismounts. Elements include difficult release moves performed high over the bar requiring strength, precision and a lack of fear.
The Flying Angels Gymnastics Club Boys Competitive Program features a fantastic team of Men's Artistic coaches. The program structure includes Foundation, Development and competitive program pathways, with gymnasts placed in specific competitive levels. Flying Angels Gymnastics Club has competitive program trials throughout each year. Please contact the club for further information.
Any gymnast aged 5-6 years will start in the foundation program. Gymnasts in the foundation program start with floor and vault competitions so they can start to gain experience in competitions. This also gives us as coaches the opportunity to see how gymnasts can cope under pressure and how they perform in front of an audience.
The development program is for the more dedicated budding young gymnasts aged 7-8 who wishes to get involved in a program geared towards elite competitive gymnastics. The training schedule is devoted to men’s artistic gymnastics basics, focused physical preparation and introductory men’s artistic competitions. This program is where skill acquisition and routine building are the main focus.
The elite program is for the very talented and self-directed athlete only.
Specific coordination, strength, and dedication are required. The program focus is on development of flexibility, strength, speed, endurance, basic skills and form, as well as advanced skills and routine development for each of the six Olympic apparatus; Floor, Pommel horse, Rings, Vault, Parallel bars and High bar.
Gymnasts on this program demonstrate the potential to become one of the top gymnasts in Great Britain. It is from within this level of competition that National Team members, World and Olympic level athletes develop.
The skill requirements, training schedule, conditioning program and the total commitment required of the athletes, parents and coaches are very demanding.
The Elite Program is broken down into six levels and nine age groups:
Level 1 (age 9)
Level 2 (age 10) Grades and Voluntary routines
Level 3 (age 11)
Level 4 (age 12)
Level 5 (age 13)
Level 6 (age 14) Grades and Modified F.I.G. International Rules
Youth (age 15-16)
Junior (age 17-18)
Senior (age 19 and up) F.I.G. International Rules