Performing beam exercises gives a gymnast an exquisite sense of balance. Along with that comes the graceful poise and assurance of an athlete who can navigate long narrow spaces a distance from the ground. It needs a lot of perceptive motion control, courage and concentration, not to mention flexibility, dexterity and unwavering steadiness to walk, run, jump, spin and somersault on the beam.
Beam exercises build total body strength. Measuring 10.16 cm. wide and 41.7 cm. long, the beam is set at a height of 119.4 cm. during competition. Lower heights are provided for beginning gymnasts and during practices.