Gymnastics has always provided us with a never ending amazment of what the human body is capable of doing. Sometimes referred to as the closest thing you can come to flying, gymnastics has exerted this influence for thousands of years.

In times of the ancient Romans and Greeks, Gymnastics has been used to facilitate body development through exercise. In fact the word Gymnastics derives from the Greek word "gymnazein" which translated means "exercise naked".

As Gymnastics evolved, people realized that gymnastics was an excellent way of developing physical strength and subsequently implemented gymnastics into the training of their forces. Many pieces of equipment used at this time are still used today. Equipment such as the Pommel Horse and the vault have virtually remained the same over centuries.

The "Father of Modern Gymnastics" is Frederick Ludwig Jahn of Germany, whom in the late 1700's developed the side bar, horizontal bar, parallel bars, balance beam and jumping events. Throughout the next decade Gymnastics started to flourish in Germany with the lead from Ludwig Jahn who opened his famous school in Berlin.

At relatively the same time, a Swede named Guts Math, developed a more graceful form of Gymnastics which stressed the importance of rhythmic movement and control which eventually merged with the traditional style that formed the modern gymnastics format the we see today.

With Gymnastics clubs now starting to spread throughout Europe, it wasn't until the 1880's that Gymnastics was introduced to the United States by European immigrants.