Those who ardently follow the perfect art of gymnastics will agree with me when I state that this sport is not just about skill and practice; it needs dedication and a thirst for perfection. Subjecting one’s body to exercises that look humanly impossible is no joke! Only the extremely passionate few manage to climb that ladder without faltering and reach the top. Having said that, when a truly accomplished gymnast performs, the aura of perfection emanated sweeps us off our feet and we see the epitome of precision materialize before our eyes. Such a sport requires its own props and one of the popular ones happens to be a gymnastic bar.
Gymnastic bars are useful for events like horizontal bars, uneven bars and parallel bars. Horizontal bars, used by male gymnasts involve events where the artist is expected to execute exciting, power-packed swings, breathtaking aerial releases, twists and flips. The routine is extremely airborne which thoroughly enthralls the viewer. Uneven bars, used by female gymnasts, has a steel frame and it is also used for events like handstands and dismounts, among many aerial skills. Parallel bars, used in artistic gymnastics, has two parallel rods which are placed at an elevation and can be utilized to display a variety of skills which involve swinging, dismount as well as the skill of static holding. This requires immense strength and artists sometimes wear grips to help themselves maneuver correctly.
While the entire credit of a routine is duly reserved for the artist, it must be noted that the apparatus involved in a sport like gymnastics makes or breaks the performance. Almost every routine in the world of gymnastics needs a prop and it is this prop that helps the artist gain the momentum and power to perform those spectacular aerial tricks. Thus, these props are critical to any performance and one must take into account the role it plays. After all, what is a magician without his hat?