Gymnastics originate from early Greek civilization according to iSport. It was mainly used as a means to prepare soldiers going to war. In its purest form, gymnastics involved strengthening and acrobatic skills as well as testing body coordination.
The word gymnastics comes from Ancient Greek and literally means disciplinary exercises. According to Scholastic, after the fall of the Greeks, the sport became more formal during the Roman Empire. Modern gymnastics was founded by two Germans, Johann Friedrich GutsMuth and Friedrich Ludwig Jahn. The latter was known as the "father of gymnastics." The International Gymnastics Federation was formed in 1891, and five years later the sport was included at the very first modern day Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.