This is an Olympic sport that is ideally in between dancing and rhythmic gymnastics.
The goal of gymnasts is to perform an exercise, based on musical accompaniment and consisting of several difficulties, through movements of a body and an object.
5 objects are used In rhythmic exercises- a skipping rope, a hoop, a ball, clubs and a ribbon - and they are called "small objects", unlike gymnastics, where such projectiles as bars, rings, logs, etc. are used.
Music is the main part of this sport: it should determine the guiding idea of the composition that a gymnast should convey.
Nowadays rhythmic gymnastics is exclusively a women's sport; however, there are trials, currently conducted, to expand it even for the men's sector (for example, men's championships are held in Spain and Japan).
Rhythmic gymnastics enables full and homogeneous physical development.
There can be following improvements during trainings :
* flexibility and muscle strength due to stretching and strengthening
* coordination through the use of small tools
* full control over the body
It can also stimulate:
* sense of rhythm and musicality
* expressiveness and personal interpretation
* collaboration and teamwork
Rhythmic gymnastics in Italy
The Italian rhythmic gymnastics team is one of the leading teams in the international arena: just think that in recent years the Italian national team has received 2 Olympic medals (Athens 2004 and London 2012) and 7 world titles, as well as more than 100 international medals. On this page you can find information about various international tournaments, world championships and Olympic Games.
Rhythmic gymnastics in the world
The main competitions in rhythmic gymnastics are the World Championships, which are held annually with the exception of the period when the Olympic Games are held, as well as the Olympic Games, which take place every 4 years. There are also other international competitions: continental championships, such as the European Championships organized by UEG, World Cups and Grand Prix