Men’s Artistic Gymnastics

Gymnastics Townsville has been running Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) for the past 20 plus years. Throughout this time we have had many State, National and International representatives. In 2018, the MAG Program was ranked in the top 10 MAG clubs around Queensland.

We offer two streams of gymnastics at our club. The boys will start in our Recreational program and 
work on developing the skills required to perform Men’s Gymnastics

Men’s Artistic Gymnastics

The men’s competitive program is by invite only. The Head Coach will assess boys recommended by Gymnastics Townsville coaches. If the boys are successful, they will move into the Foundations program where they will develop basic fundamental gymnastics skills to help them progress from level 1-10.

On their journey through the levels, the boys will compete at various local competitions in Townsville, Ayr and Hughenden, regional competitions in North and Far North Queensland and State level competitions in South East Queensland (Brisbane & Gold Coast).

Depending on what level they are in will depend on what competitions your son will be invited to. 

Below are the different squads that we offer in the competitive program. As your son moves through the program his training hours will increase to keep up with the skill, strength, flexibility required to perform the routines in the Australian Levels Program (ALP). These hours range from 2-19Hrs/Week. It is not uncommon for a 7yr old to be training between 4-9Hrs/Week.

2020 Competitive Membership Handbook

Level 1
Level 2

Junior Squad
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5
Level 6

Senior Squad
Level 7
Level 8
Level 9  
Level 10

Men’s Artistic 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

There are six apparatus in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG):

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.

Pommel Horse:
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 it’s 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.

Parallel Bars:
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.

Horizontal Bar:
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.

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