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What we see is not always all there is Contrary to its appearance a rhythmic gymnasts routine is very complex Once one understands the rules and regulations of building such a routine one will appreciate viewing it much more seeing not only the beauty of the sequence but also the hard work that has been put in to make a harmonic synchronized routine A routine is usually between eighty and ninety seconds it is very difficult to construct a routine within such a small time frame There are five types of routines with a rope with a ball with a hoop with clubs and with a ribbon All five are necessary in order for a gymnast to enter a competition However younger gymnasts under the age of 14 do not play with clubs and ribbon since more skill is needed for them There are also two other categories of routines individual and ensemble The former consists of only one gymnast while the latter consists of five or six depending on the gymnasts age A routine is constructed eight to nine months before the real competitions begin usually during the summer in order for the gymnast to have enough time to practice before the competitions start in the spring The construction period usually lasts about a week However the step before that choosing the music for the routine can last up to two weeks A routine is constructed in the training hall A training hall is very high in order for the gymnast to be able to throw the desired object in the air and must have a carpet of plush material measuring 30m by 35m This is the area in which the composition takes place The first step of building a routine is choosing the music It should contain a lot of rhythm and no words Coaches usually choose the music but sometimes the gymnasts also make suggestions The music should be suited to the
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