Gymnastics Attire: What to WEAR and NOT to Wear to Gymnastics Class

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Gymnastics Attire: What to WEAR and NOT to Wear to Gymnastics Class


Let’s start with what not to wear

When kids walk into their first day of gymnastics you never know what they may wear. I have seen children come into the gym for class wearing things that not only make you laugh inside but attire that makes it impossible for them to participate.

When it comes to gymnastics here are some things you shouldn’t wear to class. Do not wear jeans. You can’t move well in jeans, plus they have buttons and zippers that will scratch and chip the gymnastics equipment. Loose baggy shirts are also a no-no. They can be dangerous because the gymnast could get caught up in the loose tee-shirt while tumbling. It is also very dangerous for the coach if they are spotting gymnasts with loose clothing. My co-worker spotted a gymnast on a back handspring and her finger got twisted in the gymnast’s baggy tee-shirt which broke her finger in three places.

Simple Guide

Don’t wear socks, they make you slip. All jewelry (except stud earrings) should not be worn. Believe me; getting a hoop earring caught and ripped out is not fun! If you are allowed to wear shorts at your gym make sure they are fitted and PLEASE wear undies under them!

Way too many times my teenaged gymnast forgot to (or just chose not to) wear undies, and that is not a pretty sight.

Another thing young children seem to wear are tights and skirts. These both are prohibited. It is very hard for a coach to spot a gymnast who is wearing a skirt or tights; this makes it is very slippery and it gets in the way of both, the gymnast and coach. Do not leave your hair down. Not only will your hair dangle in your face and get annoying but it can also be dangerous. If your hair is down it can get yanked out by your own hands while tumbling. Or even worse I have heard of girls getting their hair stuck in the trampoline springs, ouch!! Make sure you use only a ponytail holder in your hair. If you wear clips they will break and poke you when you do skills such as backward rolls, handstand forward rolls, or even dive rolls.

If you follow these few simple attire rules you will be a much safer gymnast!



Gymnastics Attire: What TO Wear to Class

Many parents and children wonder what they should wear when starting their first day of gymnastics. Every gymnast should wear leotard! There are leotards and unitards, both of these are the proper gymnastics attire.

A gymnastics leotard is cut like a one-piece swimsuit that lies right below the hips. Leotards can be sleeveless, three quarter sleeved, or long-sleeved. A gymnastics unitard is a type of leotard that is cut halfway down the thigh (a leotard with shorts connected). Make sure the leotard is a gymnastics leotard because they are tight around the thighs. Dance leotards are too loose, ride up and give wedgies while doing gymnastics. If children do not feel comfortable in a gymnastics leotard they can purchase gymnastics shorts. Gymnastics shorts are tight-fitting, like bike shorts, and are worn over the leotard.



The big question

One question people always wonder but are too embarrassed to ask is, “do you wear underwear under gymnastics leotards”? The answer is no, gymnastics leotards are like a swim suite there is no need to wear undies as long as your leotard is fitted. When girls get older they may feel more comfortable wearing something under their leotards. That is why they make skin-colored underwear that is cut the same way as a gymnastics leotard.  You can get theses special undergarments from any gymnastics catalog, online gymnastics websites, or sometimes at your local gym. You may also wear a bra under your leotard as long as it is not visible, not even the straps should show.

Make sure your gymnast has their hair in a ponytail. This will keep them from having their hair fall in their face.  If their hair isn’t hanging in their face they will be able to concentrate more on what they are doing instead of continuously pushing their hair out of the way.

Another thing a gymnast needs to bring to the gym is a gym bag. This way she will have somewhere to put her clothes, shoes, socks, water, and whatever else she may need to bring (inhaler, grips, wrist supports, braces, wraps, etc.).

We hope this helps clear up any questions you might have about what your child should wear to gymnastics class.

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