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14 Gymnastics Floor Moves, Explained

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 13, 2021 • 5 min read

In men’s and women’s competitive gymnastics, the floor exercise is one of the events that make up a broader sport known as artistic gymnastics. Through various acrobatic events—including floor exercise, balance beam, uneven bars, parallel bars, high beam, vault, rings, and pommel horse—artistic gymnastics propels athletes through feats of strength, agility, and grace. The floor exercise is one of two events, along with vaulting, that is performed by both male gymnasts and female gymnasts in Olympic competition.