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Gymnast Chris Brooks performs in the floor exercise during the men's competition at the VISA Nationals Gymnastics Championships on August 13, 2010 in Hartford, CT.

Ingredients For a Successful Floor Routine

By Vinnie Silber, Gym Blog Central, 08/18/17, 11:30AM CDT

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Like the recipe for a main dish, floor routines also have a list of “ingredients and spices” that need to be added in order for it to look (taste) good!

At the JO Optional levels, each level has a unique set of requirements for Floor that lists skills, types of skills, or value parts needed to make the routine complete.  This is comparable to the meat and veggies needed for a specific type of dish.

In order to make that dish or floor routine stand out, you need to add some spice!

The spice on floor is called Artistry and it has three parts; Originality and creativity of choreography in elements & connections, Quality of gymnast’s movement to reflect her personal style, and Quality of expression.

Missing any one part of Artistry can change the look of a routine and will incur a deduction of up to 0.10 for a maximum deduction of up to 0.30 for Artistry.

But what is Originality and creativity of choreography in elements & connections, Quality of gymnast’s movement to reflect her personal style, and Quality of expression?