Enhance a Floor Exercise Routine by Choosing the Right Music

Enhance a Floor Exercise Routine by Choosing the Right Music


Putting together a women’s floor exercise routine begins with choosing a piece of music. But many gymnasts, especially those who are developing their first floor routines, don’t know where to look or what makes a good piece. While the basic requirements for floor music can narrow down a gymnast’s choices, there are some valuable tips for choosing music that can help turn an ordinary routine into an extraordinary one.

Basic Requirements for Floor Music in Women’s Gymnastics Routines

Women’s floor exercise routines are performed to music that has two main requirements. They are:

  • the music must be instrumental only, which means no words or singing
  • the music (and routine) must be no longer than 90 seconds long

Of course, there are thousands of songs that meet these two requirements. So how does a gymnast find the perfect song? First, by taking the time to listen to many options before deciding on one. Music that’s chosen hastily is often not ideal and can have a negative impact on the routine and the gymnast’s attitude towards performing it.

Choose Floor Exercise Music that Suits and Inspires

But listening to plenty of floor music isn’t enough. Gymnasts must also consider their personalities and what type of music suits their performance style and skills. For example, gymnasts who have strong technical skills might be better off performing to a piece that’s energetic and rhythmic. An emotional, fluid song might suit a gymnast with exceptional dance skills and grace.

Because floor exercise routines involve dance moves and acrobatics, it’s important to select music that lends itself to both. Music with too much repetition won’t work; floor music that changes in tempo and beat, allowing for the fast and slow elements of a routine, will. Keep in mind the tumbling passes that are required in a floor exercise routine and make sure the music accommodates them, too.

Finally, floor exercise music that a gymnast likes and that inspires her is key. When she is emotionally connected to her music – whether country, rock, classical or hip hop – it will show in her performance. In turn, she’ll inspire the audience and, more importantly, the judges.

Where to Find Gymnastics Floor Routine Music

Fortunately, floor exercise music isn’t hard to find. A search on the internet will result in many sites that offer floor music to demo and download. The prices vary, but expect to pay around $50 for a song. Other sources for finding floor music include coaches (who may have music on hand), other gymnasts (who are ready to move on to a new piece), or gymnastics equipment and supply dealers.

A cheaper option is to produce your own floor music. Those wishing to do this should download an MP3 version of the desired song onto their computers. (Be sure to abide by copyright laws when downloading the selection.)

Using music editing software (Audacity and WavePad are two examples), open the MP3 file and begin editing. Music editing programs provide timing “marks” to enable the user to cut, paste, delete, etc. Keep smooth transitions during the editing process, and plan for a total time of 70 to 90 seconds. When finished editing, record the song onto a CD.

Although choosing the right floor music takes time and patience, the effort will pay off in a quality routine that inspires not only the gymnast but the crowd and judges too.

We hope you like this article and learning how music can enhance a floor exercise and improve your performance.

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