Gymnastics is a sport that first evolved from exercises that the Ancient Greeks would do in order to have better horse mounting skills. It was then developed in Sparta and Athens to help prepare men for war. It wasn’t until the late eighteenth century.
However, that modern gymnastics really came into its own. Two German pioneers in physical education, Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, and Johann Friedrich GutsMaths, were the first to create exercises that included apparatus they had designed themselves. They’re often considered the true inventors of gymnastics as it is known today.