Okay okay okay so I haven’t been writing daily, like I promised myself I would. But I was really sick on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, and it is AP season and Tower time, so time is of the essence and there isn’t much to spare. So I draft this in between completing answers for my AP Environmental Science practice and listening to the newest Glee songs (which, by the way, are SO good) while also worrying about the history and pre-calc and English that I have to do, not to mention SAT prep and a last-minute article I gave myself to write for FeArts. Gotta love junior year! It’ll be over soon.
Anyway, here is #6 on the list of 10 Things I Love About Gymnastics
Leotards. I looooove leotards, or leos (the preferred gym slang for “leotard”) for numerous amounts of reasons, the number one being that they’re so awesome. At least the ones that I buy are. I have this thing where I try to look really tough, simple and clean at the gym, and a lot of my leotard choices reflect that. I love buying new leotards and wearing them to the gym and I have favorite leotards that I’ll never get rid of because they’re so freaking cute. Leotards are everything; they’re the only accessory a gymnast is allowed (aside from scrunchies, which are gross anyway). They spice up the gym, and they’re a way to establish your style as well as an identity at meets. They’re also way of showing off which coach has the best taste. As of right now, I think that mine do, because my competition leotard is awesome. I’m a huge fan of simple and black-they’re a really great combination. When my coach arrived and showed us our leotards, which are all black with one orange ribbon wrapping around one arm and the body, I nearly died of happiness. All of my previous competition leotards have been ugly-one made me look like a fireball and had too many rhinestones, and the other was an obnoxious electric blue with ugly little white bumps that are supposed to look like waves all over it. Both were just hideous. But this new one, so simple, so fresh, in a way so very intimidating. When I wear it, I feel like I’m saying “I don’t give a damn about frills and fluff, just let me show you what I’ve got.” It’s so awesome!
Anyway, leotards are a reflection of a gymnast’s personality. I tend to be very simple with my routines-my beam routine is very concise and short, with no fluff and stupid hand gestures, my floor routine has more acrobatics than dancing-therefore my leotards are all very simple outfits. And that’s the way I like them. I hate when leotards have too many rhinestones or velvet or something. As a gymnast, a leotard acts as a second skin. Rhinestones and other decorations just make working out more painful than it all ready is, not to mention uncomfortable. That’s why I prefer mine made out of nylon and some velvet (lamé sparkly ones are okay sometimes) and with the amount of decoration anywhere from few to none. And these kinds of leotards are surprisingly hard to come by. I’ve found that many of the leotards I look at on GK (my preferred leotard brand) are full of my leotard no-no’s.
Leotard no-no’s according to Pauline: Mesh, brown, more than one shade of purple, overdone rhinestones, “creative” designs (looks like waves, hearts, fire, peace signs..you get the point), tacky prints, spaghetti straps, animal prints. Here are a few no-no’s that I stumbled upon the last time I was on the GK website:
And those are just this seasons offenders. Because it is so hard to find a decent leotard that I would be willing to wear, I always buy the ones I love. Nastia Liukin had some really great ones earlier this year that I missed out on (partially because my teammate Lin bought them before I could, and I also hate matching) but her designs seem to be getting worse. Well, in the world of leotards, there’s always something new just a few weeks away.