Who Invented Gymnastics?

Who Invented Gymnastics?

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Gymnastics as a sport goes far beyond the Greek Olympic Games. It is believed that as early as 7,000 years ago, acrobats used to entertain Egyptian Royalty. Later on approximately 2000 years ago, prior to the Olympic Games, ancient Chinese took part in some form of Gymnastic exercise. However, it was the ancient Greeks who later invented what became known today as gymnastics. The name gymnastic is derived from the Greek word, gymnazein meaning to exercise without clothes. The exercises became popular in ancient Greece, since it was a requirement for those joining the military to take part in physical activities. 

With the popularity of the activities, they became part of the ancient Olympiad, which was discontinued in 392 A.D and later revived. The revival of gymnastics in many parts of Europe saw the rise of the sport. In addition to the revival, Johann Guts Muths, referred to as ‘Great Grandfather of Gymnastics’ played a significant part in developing gymnastics. Muths published a book known as Gymnastics for Youth, which was the first book ever to be written concerning gymnastics. Later on, Job Fredrick who is regarded as the father of gymnastics founded the Turnverein during the early 1800, as well as equipment used in gymnastics. It was not until 1896 that gymnastics was included in modern day Olympics.

Gymnastics as a sport goes far beyond the Greek Olympic Games. It is believed that as early as 7,000 years ago, acrobats used to entertain Egyptian Royalty. Later on approximately 2000 years ago, prior to the Olympic Games, ancient Chinese took part in some form of Gymnastic exercise. However, it was the ancient Greeks who later invented what became known today as gymnastics. The name gymnastic is derived from the Greek word, gymnazein meaning to exercise without clothes. The exercises became popular in ancient Greece, since it was a requirement for those joining the military to take part in physical activities.

With the popularity of the activities, they became part of the ancient Olympiad, which was discontinued in 392 A.D and later revived. The revival of gymnastics in many parts of Europe saw the rise of the sport. In addition to the revival, Johann Guts Muths, referred to as ‘Great Grandfather of Gymnastics’ played a significant part in developing gymnastics. Muths published a book known as Gymnastics for Youth, which was the first book ever to be written concerning gymnastics. Later on, Job Fredrick who is regarded as the father of gymnastics founded the Turnverein during the early 1800, as well as equipment used in gymnastics. It was not until 1896 that gymnastics was included in modern day Olympics.

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