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Gymnastics Apparatus

A collection of gymnastics apparatus in an empty gymnasium: parallel bars, wall bars, pommel horses and more.


There are many different types of gymnastics recognized by international competitions. Women and men share several events, but also compete in very different events which require different equipment. Los Angeles School of Gymnastics is the largest and best-equipped gymnastics facility in Southern California. As well as offering the use of this superior-quality equipment in our classes and private instruction, we also offer inventory for rental use in movies and productions. Our services and equipment are in high demand by production teams.


List of Gymnastics Equipment


Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Equipment


A talented athlete is coming out of a handstand on a balance beam

Women use the balance beam and uneven bars in their gymnastics routines. Like men, they also use the vault and participate in floor exercises.


The balance beam is approximately 4 inches wide, and is typically set at a height of about 4 feet above the mat. Commonly, gymnasts practice leaps, flips, and handstands on this piece of apparatus.


The uneven bars consist of two wooden bars on an adjustable metal frame. The bars can be set to different levels according to the gymnast’s height and preference. The high bar is usually set to around 8ft about the mat, and the lower bar to approximately 5.25ft. The bars are spaced about 6ft apart. Gymnasts on the uneven bars perform skills like the shootover, jaeger, Shaposhnikova, and Tkatchev.


The vault is a solid platform which also requires a runaway approximately 82 feet long, and a springboard from which to launch oneself. On this apparatus a gymnast will perform various handsprings and jumps, such as the Tsukahara, the Yurchenko, and the Yamashita. Springboards can also be used to mount the beam or uneven bars.


Women and men alike use the same floor apparatus: approximately 130 square feet of carpeted, foam-padded or spring floor. On the floor, gymnasts typically perform a tumbling or dance routine.


Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Equipment

An athlete performing on the parallel bars under floodlights


Men use the parallel bars, high bar, still rings, and pommel horse in their gymnastics routines. As previously stated, they share the vault and floor with women.


As the name implies, the parallel bars comprise two parallel wooden bars upon a metal frame. These bars are used to perform a variety of swinging and balancing skills, such as handstands, the peach, the Diomidov, and the moy. 


The high bar is a single bar, which rests at a height of x feet on a solid metal structure. A gymnast will swing on this bar and perform a range of grip releases and re-grips.


The still rings hang approximately 9 feet above the mat and around 20 inches apart. Gymnasts on the rings perform skills that require control and core strength, such as handstands, strength holds (like the Iron Cross), and aerial dismounts.


The pommel horse is a metal body covered with foam rubber and leather, and plastic handles (also called pommels). The full height of the apparatus is approximately 3.75ft. Skills that are employed on the pommel horse include scissors, double leg circles, moores, and so on.


Other Types of Gymnastics

A young gymnast in silhouette is jumping on a full-size trampoline and doing a backflip


In rhythmic gymnastics, gymnasts can use the ball, hoop, rope, club, and ribbon. The equipment is incorporated into the tumbling and dancing routine. The routine takes place on a floor that is approximately 140 square feet in area— slightly bigger than a standard floor routine.


Both women and men compete in trampoline events. A competition trampoline is a nylon spring bed on a metal frame. Its dimensions are around 16.5 feet by 9.5 feet in area, and 3.75 feet in height. A talented gymnast will be able to attain heights of 30 feet in their jumps as they perform their skills, which largely consist of flips and twists like the Rudolph, the Barani, and the double back somersault.


Los Angeles School of Gymnastics Equipment


If you are a budding or professional gymnast you should come to Los Angeles School of Gymnastics. We use the best equipment in our classes, to prepare our gymnasts for competition. To learn more about the coaching and facilities we can offer, call us today on (310) 204-1980, or see our site.