Gymnastics is an amazing sport that exhibits great strength and flexibility displaying an overall feat of fitness. A lot of people can do a few party tricks here and there but that does not make them a gymnast. Becoming a gymnast on a professional level requires a high amount of dedication, persistence, hard work and talent. For the professionals, gymnastics is more like a form of expression using their bodies while being in the moment. But for a normal person, it’s nothing but a dangerous and thrilling routine on the bars, floor, beam, rings or vault.
Most sports are not represented well in movies, and gymnastics is definitely one of those sports. But a few movies have managed to do a great job in portraying the commitment of a gymnast towards their artistic routines. One of those few movies and my personal favorite is the adaptation of Dan Millman’s book. The Way of the Peaceful Warrior. This movie is not just about the sport of gymnastics but also about how a man embarks on a spiritual journey when he meets a strange man who becomes his mentor.
Dan Millman tells his story about how he applied the principles of spirituality and was able to be in the moment every time he was up on the rings performing his art. You could watch the ending of this movie a hundred times, it’s that amazing. Sadly, this movie is not on Netflix right now, but there are a few other great movies on Netflix that revolve around the sport of gymnastics and are worth watching. So, here’s the list of really good gymnastics movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
4. The Horse Dancer (2017)
‘The Horse Dancer’ is the movie adaptation of a novel by the writer Jojo Moyes. You must be wondering what horse dancing is and how is it related to gymnastics. Let’s start off with horse dancing first, which is also known as equestrian vaulting. Equestrian vaulting is a sport that exhibits mastery of controlling a horse and your body together. It is a form of dance on a horse’s back. Like gymnastics, it is performed in an exhibition where your level of skills is judged by a panel of experts.
Now equestrian vaulting and gymnastics are two very different sports, but not in this movie. The story revolves around a girl named Samantha who is thrown out of the Olympic gymnastics team because of issues with her attitude. She goes to a horse riding camp for the summer where she develops a new found interest in vaulting horses. She also starts applying some of her gymnastics moves to her vaulting routines and starts teaching them to others on the camp. She later forms a team of vaulters who save money together and save the camp from shutting down.