The All Around Project
It has been argued that gymnastics is the fundamental post of all sports.
Gymnastics requires precision, flexibility, power, grace, perception, coordination
and extreme strength. These are also key elements needed in other sports. It is
said that gymnasts could easily pick up another sport and get the hang of it after
little practice. However, this theory has never been tested. This is what I plan to
do in the All Around Project- prove that gymnastics is the basic of all sports.
Leonardo da Vinci once drew the Vitruvian man- rendering a drawing of a human
inscribed within a square, and then with limbs outstretched in an X-like fashion
inscribed within a circle. The brilliant mind of da Vinci was showing how the core
of humans is the strongest point in our bodies. Without core strength, all would
fail. This Vitruvian man encases what it is to be the perfect human in perfect
proportion. It can be thought that gymnasts are the Vitruvian men of sports- core
strength is always noted in gymnasts, and the ability they have to bend and
contort into many shapes makes their body perfectly proportional. This being
said, gymnasts have the best bodies to shape into athletes, or the ability to adjust
their bodies into what they need.
Many do not realize the amount of attention and precision needed for
gymnastics. Timing, attention to detail, and air and body sense are key to being
successful in this sport. It is hard to find other athletes that share these traits.
This is why it is easy for gymnasts to adjust to other sports while not all other
athletes can adjust to gymnastics. Divers might have the flexibility and air sense,
but would they have the strength and grace? Baseball players have the
precision, strength, and coordination, but would they have any body/air
awareness or the flexibility? Any sport, any example that could be thought of,
would lack something that is crucial for a gymnast.
My mission is to prove that gymnastics is the core fundamental for all other
sports. I have now coached 17 different sports and have used gymnastics
techniques to help the athlete become better at their sport. But now, I have
decided to learn these sports. I myself will prove that gymnasts can easily adapt
to any other sport. This is the All Around Project.