The gymnastics shops that specialise in, and sell the various pieces of apparatus and clothing required for gymnastic contestants, can be highly specialist in nature to comply with all the complex rules in competition. Gymnastics covers several different disciplines which vary slightly for men and women. In the Olympic Games women compete in the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and the floor, and each one requires specialist clothing and shoes purchased from gymnastics shops.
Men compete in gymnastic exercises on the floor, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar, and additionally since the year 2000, trampolining has also been included. With so many different disciplines within one sport, gymnastic shops - both online and traditional high street versions - generally keep huge ranges of everything that the contestants need. Training in gymnastics often begins at a very early age when youngsters attend school or sports clubs and are introduced to the various activities.
Accessories such as books and DVD tutorials, to drinks bottles and sports bags are required by athletes in all sports. Gymnastic shops naturally sell most these items and more, and often at a great choice of prices to ensure that every budget can be catered for.