According to Gymnastics Zone, flexibility is important in gymnastics because some gymnastics skills simply cannot be done if the gymnast is not flexible enough. In addition, some skills do not look right if they are done with insufficient flexibility.
Flexibility is a trait that can be improved. Because many gymnastics skills require extreme flexibility, many top-level training programs require minimum flexibility levels for admission. Without sufficient flexibility, skills such as front and back walkovers are not possible, even when working with a spotter. Gymnasts should work on improving their static and active flexibility, increasing flexibility in both their legs and shoulders and developing flexibility that is bilaterally equal.