Gymnastics Positions

Gymnastics Positions

The basic positions in gymnastics are the arch, pike, tuck, straddle, hollow, and lunge. While these aren't all of the gymnastic positions they are the basic body positions taught to a person trying to learn gymnastics. Regardless of age or skill level of a person the first three positions they will be taught are pike, straddle, and tuck positions.

Each of the six basic positions taught also has specific exercises that go along with it to help you improve in that position. For example the arch position is usually mastered by doing lots of superman exercises that helps build up the strength for the arch position. So when starting gymnastics you will do all of these position specific exercises that will strengthen your body and allow you to master these basic positions, giving you a good foundation on which to learn more.

The Straight Stand

gymnastics Straight Stand

The most important position in gymnastics also happens to be the one that is the most often used in gymnastics. That position is the straight stand, also called the straight body position, which is used in every event in gymnastics and thus is the most important to master. In order to do a straight stand a gymnast needs to stand with your bottom squeezed, have your hips tucked under you, keep a tight core, and have your arms straight by your ears. This position is seen often on every event as at the start of different events or in the landing on dismounts you will see gymnasts in this position. Thus it is important to master to get the best score possible on any given event in which it is used.

Pike Position

Gymnastics Pike Position

The pike position in gymnastics is a position in which you jump into the air bent at the waist with straight legs out. The pike position is used in every single event in gymnastics as it is a basic position that is often adapted to be used in each event. On the floor event you first learn the tuck skills and then you advance to back and front pikes on the floor. On the bars you will also see the pike position used in many different skills. It is key specifically in the kip skill in which the gymnast has to transition from a hanging position to a front support position all the while maintaining the pike position. Moreover, there are also many different vault skills that implement the pike position in them too like the Chusovitina which includes a piked salto forward.


In gymnastics lunges are the movement that comes at the end of most acrobatic skills on the floor and beam events. A lunge is a movement that you will typically land in out of a handstand, cartwheel, front walkover, back walkover, and many other gymnastic moves also. The most important part of the form for a lunge is for your back leg to be straight with your front leg bent. Furthermore, while you are doing a lunge you also need to make sure to squeeze your bottom and core, and for your arms to be straight and right by your ears too. Making sure to have a good Lunge is important on the beam event as it is hard to land moves on the small beam and you have to make sure you have good form to maintain your balance.

Gymnastics Moves

Gymnastics Moves

There are lots of different gymnastics moves for each event, and more are being added every year as gymnasts push to new heights in the sport. On the floor event there are 14 moves that are common to see. These moves include: the Back Handspring, Front Handspring, Front Walkover, Back Walkover, Somersault, Backward Somersault, Roundoff, Cartwheel, Aerial Cartwheel, Aerial Walkover, Straight Jump, Scissors Leap, Split Leap, and a Cross Handstand. Then for the Balance Beam many of the same floor moves are used, but 4 in particular are emphasized. These are the Front and Back Walkovers, the Front and Back Handsprings, Split Leaps, and Saltos which involve total body rotation around an imaginary axis and includes moves such as Aerial walkovers and Cartwheels. On the vault there are fewer gymnastic moves done, but there are still 6 moves that are commonly seen, and five are which are moves named after a gymnast. These include: the Front Handspring, the Yurchenko, the Amanar, the Tsukahara, the Produnova, and the Chusovitina. Lastly there are the moves done on the Uneven Bars which require strong upper body strength. These moves include the Hip circle, the Kip, and the Flyaway.

The Triple Double

The hardest move in gymnastics is arguable, but one of the most rare and hardest moves in gymnastics is the triple double on the floor event. The triple double is a move in which the gymnast does a double backflip with three twists in it. This move is so difficult that it has only ever been done by one woman ever in gymnastics and that is Simone Biles. It is so difficult in fact that even in men's gymnastics it is extremely rare and has only been done a few times. Furthermore, going back to the woman gymnasts most of them can't even do a double double, so the fact that Simone Biles didn't just attempt it, but actually finished the move is extremely impressive. As if you have watched her perform the move you can see the extreme difficulty and athletic ability it takes to do it and land it successfully.

The Biles Gymnastics Move

Simon Biles is already arguably one of the greatest female gymnasts ever winning numerous olympic gold medals and world championship gold medals. With all of her accomplishments and amazing performances she has become a fixture of gymnastics and is so ingrained in it that she has now had multiple gymnastics moves named after her. After this past year's 2019 World Championship Simone Biles now has a total of 4 different gymnastic moves named after her. In this year's championship she added both the double-double dismount on the balance beam and landed a triple double in the floor routine. These two moves are now known as the Biles and the Biles II, and are some of the most difficult gymnastic moves we have seen. Biles is already regarded as one of the greatest gymnasts ever with 20 World Championship medals, and these moves named after her just confirms how talented and impressive of an athlete she is.