This exercise is performed on a soft 39-square foot floor pad in time to music. The gymnast is given up to a minute and a half to exhibit a variety of tumbles, front and back twists, and leaps.
The gymnast also incorporates artistic movements, leaps, poses, and demonstrations of balance and flexibility, making full use of the whole floor area.
The floor exercise is a graceful way to build coordination, balance, strength and stamina, while enhancing rhythm and timing.
For men this is very similar to the women’s floor exercise,
the men’s routine has evolved from tumbling. The male
gymnast executes stunts which focus on strength, suppleness,
dexterity, balance and rhythm on a soft 39-square foot
floor pad bordered by a 2.54 cm. taped or painted line.
Going beyond this border will cause a loss of points from
the gymnast’s score. The men’s floor exercise enhances
a sense of timing and coordination while developing balance
and entire body strength. It also enables the gymnast
to express himself by executing creative moves on the