Men’s Artistic Gymnastics

Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) is the perfect sport to teach your son focus and self-discipline – skills that can assist with their learning and concentration.  MAG consists of six apparatus, each different to the other and requiring a combination of strength, mobility, endurance, flexibility, body control and co-ordination.

Men’s Artistic Gymnastics has been proven to:

  • Build strength and prepare the body for the challenges in life
  • Enhance co-ordination and agility, allowing the body to move like lightning
  • Develop posture and confident body movement, including the ability to land safely
  • Challenge the mind and body to reach new goals
  • Develop healthy minds and bodies for now and later life

MAG Beginners

At Victoria Park we offer beginner MAG classes for *5 to 9 year old’s.  Our beginner classes follow the MAG 4×4 Program; this is a Statewide MAG Program developed for Gymnastics Queensland.  MAG beginner classes focus on developing strength, fitness and flexibility whilst teaching the core basics and safety of gymnastics movement on the high bars, rings, parallel bars, and floor.

Our beginner athletes in the MAG Program are encouraged to compete in our twice-yearly, Club Carnival and will also have the opportunity to compete in some regional events, demonstrating Levels 1-2 skills of the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Australian Levels Program (ALP).

*MAG Beginner classes are for children who are attending prep and up.

Beginners 5 – 6yrs Mon 3:30 pm 1 hr
Beginners 7 – 9yrs Thurs 3:30 pm 1 hr

*Please note that the above timetables do not reflect our current availability; get in touch with us for more information.

MAG Competitive Program

Our competitive MAG Program follows the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Australian Levels program; Levels 3-6 for Juniors and Levels 7-10 for Seniors.  These gymnasts compete multiple times during the year at Regional, State and National Level events, representing the club in their respective levels of development.

Enrolment in our competitive MAG Program is by invitation only.  Gymnasts in this program can train 5 to 16 hours per week.

Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 – 6 Level 7 – 10
Training Hours 5 – 7.5 hrs 7.5 – 9 hrs 9 – 12 hrs 12+ hrs

If your child is a current competitive gymnast wanting to join us at Victoria Park, please get in touch with us to discuss their current training regime.

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There are six competitive apparatus in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG)

This is an exercise in pure acrobatics, alternating between powerful tumbling series and the composure necessary for balance and strength elements. The gymnast endeavours to display virtuous rebound height, whilst connecting the elements of their routine with gymnastic artistry.

Pommel Horse
Routines on this apparatus are characterised by circular movements of the body with legs together (circles) and pendulous swings with the legs separated (scissors). Gymnasts also show a spectacular combination of these skills called flairs. Throughout the routine the gymnast performs smooth combinations of these movements, turning and travelling along the horse. All parts of the horse are utilisied, while maintaining an extended body line and straight legs.

This apparatus is known for it’s difficulty of strength and swinging elements. The free moving quality of the rings makes it difficult to remain stationary during held elements, where any movement of the rings incurs a penalty. During his performance, the gymnast should demonstrate control, strength and balance in the presentation of forward and backward swings and strength holds parts. The gymnast’s dismount allows him to show his aerial abilities prior to landing.

The gymnasts during their twenty-five meter approach to the vault must develop the necessary power to complete all their aerial skills before landing. Upon take-off from the board the gymnast explosively propels himself upwards, dynamically pushing off the table to generate greater height and distance in the second phase of flight . This enables a higher level of acrobatic skill and extension to be performed prior to a stable landing.

Parallel Bars:
A predominately swinging apparatus, that is interspersed with only a few held or strength elements. Swings are completed above and below the bars and consist of acrobatic flight elements, changes of direction and swing types. The gymnast’s routine ends in a dramatic dismount off the side or the end of the bars.

Horizontal Bar:
This is a very spectacular apparatus, largely due to the acrobatic releases and re-grasp flight elements. The routine is based on swinging parts without stops, and includes extended forward and backward giant swings, combined with near bar elements, changes of direction and grip, as well as the release and re-grasp movements. The high dismounts from the bar allows the gymnast to show his acrobatic talents and landing prowess.

Gymnastics Australia (GA) is the governing body for the sport of gymnastics in Australia.  Internationally, gymnastics is governed by the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG).

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