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.