When you watch the gymnastics competitions, you would notice how these gymnasts are very confident in their costumes. These tightly skin-fitting clothes enable the gymnasts to move freely and confidently, in both trainings and competitions. But this costume is not only for gymnasts; many other types of athletes and performing artists get to wear the costume as well when performing. Since gymnastics requires a lot of challenging movements, the gymnastics leotards are the most fitted clothes for such performances.

Gymnastics leotards are really designed to resolve the problems with uncomfortable movements due to wearing loose clothes while performing. This gymnastics leotard is a piece of apparel that can be worn during sports and athletic performances. The design of the garment is as simple as one-piece apparel usually covering the chest and the abdomen but exposing the legs. There are leotards designed with long sleeves while some are short-sleeved or even sleeveless ones. Until not long ago it was mandatory that competition gymnastics leotards will be with long sleeves but this is not the case anymore . If the athlete is shy or not comfortable with the skin exposure, you can find them wearing sort of tight cycling shorts to cover the legs. A modified version of this gymnastics leotard is the unitard which comes out with long leg coverings and long sleeves to fit this specific requirement of some athletes.

The best thing with gymnastics leotards is that boys and girls can both wear this apparel since all could be designed for unisex. But since men need a different version of leotards for their own comfort, most of the providers of these gymnastics leotards have released different designs to fit the needs of everyone. Leotards designed for men are a bit different from those of the girls’. The designs for men’s leotards are created with lower cut on the groin part and on the chest part. Nevertheless men still tend to wear shorts or long pants over the leotard.

This garment have been used and worn for different types of physical activities, aside from the gymnastics sports. Included in the list of activities where people can use these gymnastics leotards are the gymnastics, thespian events, circus performances, acrobatics, athletics, and other dancing activities. Some would even wear it during physical trainings to be able to make movements in such a free and confident way. While many wear it for sports and physical activities others prefer to wear it for fashion statement. By just wearing some accessories like belts and other enhancements, leotard is really a way to show your fashion tastes.

The gymnastics leotards actually originated from France in the 19th century. Sports, especially the acrobatics, became popular in France not only because of the quality performances made by one person, but also because of his invented costume used during his performance. It was Jules Léotard who introduced this type of costume to the world of sports and is remembered until now.

Jules wore this garment to display his muscles, but more than that, he wanted to be able to move confidently and comfortably while doing his acrobatic moves. He called his costume “maillot” during his time, but when he passed away, people who remembered him for his performances and costume called the garment “leotards” after his own name. That time the gymnastic leotards were only used for acrobatic performances, but since the 20th century, this leotard had been used also for many other athletic performances.

A Brief History of Gymnastics

Gymnastics is a graceful and artistic sport that requires a combination of strength, balance, agility, and muscle coordination, usually performed on specialized apparatus. Gymnasts, wearing gymnastics leotards, perform sequences of movements requiring flexibility, endurance, and kinesthetic awareness, such as handsprings, handstands, split leaps, aerials and cartwheels.

Gymnastics as we know it dates back to ancient Greece. The early Greeks practiced gymnastics to prepare for war. Activities like jumping, running, discus throwing, wrestling, and boxing helped develop the muscles needed for hand-to-hand combat. Additional fitness practices used by the ancient Greeks included methods for mounting and dismounting a horses and a variety of circus performance skills.

Gymnastics became a central component of ancient Greek education and was mandatory for all students. Gymnasia, buildings with open-air courts where the training took place, evolved into schools where gymnastics, rhetoric, music, and mathematics were taught. The ancient Olympic Games were born near this time.

As the Roman Empire ascended, Greek gymnastics for was more or less turned into military training. In 393 AD the Emperor Theodosius abolished the Olympic Games completely. The games had become corrupt, and gymnastics, along with other sports declined. For centuries, gymnastics was all but forgotten.

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The Super Six was a good format, but a “Final Four” of sorts is even better for collegiate gymnastics.

That was the final determination by the NCAA Championships/Sports Management Cabinet, which agreed with the coaches’ proposal to change the NCAA format starting with the 2011 NCAA Championships.

Overall, 12 teams will continue to qualify for the NCAA Championships, but only four will advance to the finals night.

The change was made in an effort to shorten the length of the championship night which will make it easier to follow by eliminating byes and in the process will make it more TV friendly.

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The Couch Gymnast held a poll for the the world’s prettiest leotards and the world’s worst leotards.  Judging from the results the people responded to that poll are very conservative. A boring plain two colors leotard (Cherry Blossom) was rated as a “pretty” one and any leotard with more than two colors or some non-trivial patterns was rated as “bad taste” or “Nineties”. It seems that artistic gymnastics leotards and rhythmic gymnastics leotards still represent two separate worlds.

Eugenia KANAEVA at the Rhythmic Gymnastics ball final at the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung last July.

Pay attention to the blue rhythmic gymnastics leotards and how it matches the color of the ball. Also notice the glitters from the many crystals attached to the leotard.

New Leotard Designs

New designs of custom made competition gymnastics leotards became available today at http://www.unique-leotards.com


The designs are more creative and colorful and complex than typical gymnastics leotards since they follow styles usually found only in rhythmic gymnastics leotards.

The leotards are made-to-measure and as an option it is possible to add Swarovski crystal in order to get a “glitter” effect.

The gymnastics rules and guidelines are set by The Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG). They set rules for everything related to artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and the other types of gymnastics.

The guidelines for the apparel used by gymnasts, usually a leotard, are different for artistic gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics. In artistic gymnastics the designs are more conservative and no skirt is allowed but rhythmic gymnastics involves complex colorful designs that often include a short skirt, mesh type materials in the color of the body and thousands of crystal that cause the leotard to almost glow.

The following article explains in more details the FIG guidelines for rhythmic gymnastics leotards