Gymnastics is a sport that requires balance, strength, flexibility, agility, coordination and endurance. The movements involved in gymnastics contribute to the development of the arms, legs, shoulders, back, chest and abdominal muscle groups. Alertness, precision, daring, self-confidence and self-discipline are mental traits that can also be developed through gymnastics.
Most forms of competitive gymnastics events are governed by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG). Each country has its own national governing body (BIW) affiliated to FIG.
FIG disciplines include rhythmic gymnastics, artistic gymnastics trampolining and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics, aerobic gymnastics
Participants can include children of ages 3 and up, competitive gymnasts at varying levels of skill, and world-class athletes.
Gymnastics is said to be mother of all games.