Estela De La Torre Borja Hosts Mexican Open and Shares Passion for Gymnastics with GK

Estela De La Torre Borja is a well known gymnast that competed in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow in GK competitive apparel. She was the only athlete to qualify from Mexico at the time. Estela was given a GK leotard to wear in 1979 to World Championships. She wore it again for the Olympics in 1980. She currently serves on the Board for the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

This highly influential gymnast is hosting an annual international competition called the Mexican Open in Acapulco, Mexico November 28-30, 2013. The competition is dedicated to giving young gymnasts international experience. Thirteen countries have confirmed their attendance to the Mexican Open including Russia, China, United States, Japan, Romania, Italy, Uzbekistan, Colombia, Brazil, Ukraine, Canada, Spain and of course the host country, Mexico. Many internationally recognized women gymnasts have already confirmed their attendance, including Raquel Silva - BRA, Sabrina Gill - CAN, Zeng SIQI - CHN, Roxana Popa- ESP, Peyton Ernst - EUA, Maggie Nichols - EUA, Francesca de Agostini - ITA, Amaranta Torres - MEX, Evgeniya Shelgunova - RUS, Kysla Angelina - UCR, Oksana Chusovitina - UZB,  Men gymnasts confirmed are Francisco Barretto - BRA, Joshua Stuart  - CAN, Zhang Yang - CHN, Jossimar Calvo - COL, Rubén López - ESP, Josh Dixon - EUA, Ludovico Edalli - ITA, Nikita Ignatyev - RUS, Koji Uematsu - JPN, Kevin Cerda - MEX, Vlad Bogdan COTUNA  - RUM, Yudenkov Evgen - UCR. Special guests include gymnastics legends, Nadia Comaneci and three-time Olympian Svetlana Boguinskaia.

Estela promises that GK leos are the best in the world and wanted us to be a part of this event. Our GK booth will offer a variety of styles new to the gymnastics industry and we are so excited to share our passion for the sport of gymnastics. This year, Estela will be presenting the GK Elegance Award. The winner of the award will receive a couture version, shown on the left, of our Glamour SWAROVSKI Leotard 1007. This is a gorgeous V back long sleeve gymnastics leotard featured in Gold Leaf and Antique Gold Mystique fabrics with a modified high cut leg. This modern leotard features a Black mesh inset with Gold Mystique underlay. The body and sleeves are adorned with over 10,000 Gold Brilliance, Metallic Gold, and Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.


Featured below are photos of Estella competing in her GK leotard from the Moscow Olympics in 1980 and a photo of her GK leo that still fits!

 

Estela brightens any room she walks into and we were happy to catch up with her recently. Enjoy our conversation with her below.

GK - You have been passionate about the sport of gymnastics for most of your life. How can you describe your journey in this sport and what have you learned from it?

Estela - I started gymnastics when I was 6 years old. I was very very active and never stopped doing gymnastics all over my house. My Father Carlos, my Mother Estela and my Brothers: Carlos, Federico, Monica, Mario Ana Mary support me all the time to be the best gymnast and diver in México and compete all over the world representing my country. During the Olympics in Montreal 1976 I saw Nadia Comaneci competing on TV  and she inspired me to be like her and I dreamdt of meeting her one day.  When I started gymnastics, I competed in The Junior Club until I started training in the Mexican Olympic Center. I competed from México in Pan Am Games in Puerto Rico 1979 winning the Team Bronze Medal. Then I competed in the World Championship in Forth Worth in 1979, where I was the only Mexican Gymnast qualified for the Olympics in Moscu 1980. Before the Olympics in Moscú, I competed in The Pan Pacific in Hawaii, Edmonton and Seattle. After that I competed in the American Cup in the Madison Square Garden. Also some other competitions I participated in were in the Moscú News, Budapest and Riga Cup. At 15 years old, the year of 1980 in Mosco, I had one of my best experiences of my life. My best memory was my leotard from GK because I competed with the same leotard I used in the World Championship in Forth Word, Texas. I did my best competition and my dream came true! i Competed in the Olympics beside Nadia Comaneci. Wahooo!!! This was an amazing and unforgettable experience. In this Olympics, I was surprised because I competed in the All Around Finals making history in Mexico, to be until this year the only Mexican Gymnast in the History competing in the All Around Finals. Finally when I retired from gymnastics I started diving in the Mexican Olympic Center. When I first began I went to the Centroamerican Games winning 3 gold medals in Santo Domingo, Republica Domenicana. After this I competed in Pan Am Games in Venezuela where I finished in 4th place on 10 mts platform. Then went to compete to Russia, Fina Cup in Shangai-China, Germany, Sweden,Austria and Italy making finals in 10mts Platform. My best result in diving was 8th place in the World Diving Championship in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

GK - What are some of the major obstacles you had to overcome through your gymnastics career?

Estela - My injuries. I overcame these obstacles by going to the gym in the Olympic Center, instead of staying in my house. My home was and still is the Mexican Olympic Center in México, City.

GK - Why do you love GK gymnastics apparel?
Estela - I love GK gymnastics apparel because as a gymnast the only thing I buy when I travel were all colors and shapes of leotards all over the world and the best are GK styles. I have a massive collection of GK competition leos, and still have my BEST GK leotard, the one that I competed in the World Championship and Olympic Games. I Love it !!!

GK - What advice would you give to aspiring gymnasts based on your experiences?
Estela - My best advice for all boy and girl gymnasts is that they have to enjoy this beautiful sport and make their dreams come true. Also never give up. With hard work, discipline and tenacity you will make your goals come true. GO FOR THEM!

GK - Describe how you have remained focused on your career through the years.

Estela - I am very proud to have the best family with me all the time, also I am very happy for having been a gymnast and a diver representing Mexico all over the world. I am also very proud to have covered 6 Olympic Games on Mexican TV as a Commentator of Artistic Gymnastic, Rythmic Gymnastic, Diving and Synchronized Swimming in Seúl-1988, Barcelona-1992, Atlanta-1996, Sidney-2000, Athens-2004, Beijing-2008 and London-2012. I am still a TV Commentator in Televisa Deportes Network.

GK - What are your plans for the future in the gymnastics industry?

Estela - Now I am currently the General Director of the Mexican Open in Acapulco along with Grupo Pegaso. I am on the Board of IGHOF, which has been a wonderful experience. Working with some of my favorite people including Paul Ziert, Bart Conner, Michael Wilson and all of the Team US Boarders in this IGHOF. My plans for the future in gymnastics industry is to help and improve this brilliant sport in the world. I would love to have my very own exclusive gymnastics designs with GK!

Shop GK's Special Order Women's Long Sleeve Leotards today for the latest in gymnastics competition apparel.

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Gym-Zzouri Loves Bright Colors in GK Gymnastics Leotards

Gym-Zzouri in Jefferson City, MO show off their colorful GK gymnastics leotards. Owners, Diane LeBlanc and Melinda Henry started the gym in July of 2007 to serve their community by providing a place for children to have fun and develop gymnastics, cheerleading and motor skills.

Gym-Zzouri is wearing a few different colorful styles of gymnastics leotards in the photo above. The three young gymnasts in the front chose our Basic V-Neck Gymnastics Leo 4863 a classic V neck long sleeve leotard featuring Berry and Black Mystique with a stylish V back.  Their logo was added to the sleeve in Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS which also neatly trace the neckline. Another style worn by the athletes is our Elegant V-Neck Competition Leotard 4829 in three different color combinations. Each V neck leo is outlined in our beautiful Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and their sleeves embellished with jeweled team name. Colors are shown above in Black Mystique combined with Electric Turquoise, Lime, and Berry Mystique.

Do you love these bright cheerful colors in gymnastics apparel? Shop our Women's Long Sleeve Competitive Leotards today for even more unique styles in competitive wear!

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New Gabby Douglas Leotards for Holiday 2013

This holiday, GK offers you leotards for every gymnast's holiday wish list! Our 2013 Holiday Gabby Collection includes fantastic prints in six new styles, the perfect gift for any gymnast! GK Champion Gabrielle Douglas is the first American gymnast in history to win the Olympic All-Around and Team Gold in the same Olympic year. Gabby also won the Subway Sportswoman of the Year and YoungStars Award at the 2013 BET Awards and was recognized as the Associated Press' 2012 Female Athlete of the Year.

Our Gabrielle Douglas Purple Flutter Leo E2387 is an artistic signature Gabrielle Douglas faux sweetheart neckline leotard in Imperial Purple Mystique and our new Flutter Nylon/Spandex print with two tone bodice design in Lemon Lime Mystique. This striking gymnastics leo features beautiful Lemon Lime Hologram Sequinz accents. You are going to love our Gabby Douglas Flutter Wrap Tank Leotard E2390 a fierce Gabby workout leotard in Flutter Nylon/Spandex print with Cherry Mystique wrap around ribbon detail. For those who love a touch of animal print yet still like a classic look, check out our GK exclusive print in our Gabby Douglas Berry and Zebra Leotard E2389 a simple yet funky Gabby style in Black Nylon/Spandex and Berry Mystique with asymmetrical neckline featuring bold curved detail in Iced Zebra Hologram and is accented with Silver Hologram Sequinz.

The animal prints are all over our Gabby Collection this season! Our Gabby Douglas Ice Cat Workout Leo E2385 is a sporty V neck tank leotard in Black Mystique and new Funky Ice Cat Nylon/spandex print featuring striking criss cross design lines in Bright Yellow Mystique. Our Gabby Lime Ribbon Wrap Tank Leotard E2388 is a fresh look inspired by Gabby in Lime Mystique and Ice Cat print wrap around ribbon detail highlighted with Black Sequinz. Try a trendy style with Gabby Douglas Strappy Shoulder Leo E2386. This elegant strappy shoulder workout leotard in Black Opalescence Hologram features delicate Berry Slither details and straps. This leotard is neatly embellished with Black SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS along asymmetric neckline. All styles are available in child and adult sizes and include a matching hair scrunchie.

If you love our new Gabby Holiday Collection, shop our entire 2013 Holiday Workout Essentials Collection today!

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Support Breast Cancer Awareness with Natural Beauty Tips from GK & Unite for HER

GK is a proud partner of Unite for HER a non-profit organization dedicated to providing breast cancer programs and initiatives to those in need. Unite for HER's mission is to provide wellness resources to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and help enhance their health and comfort while they undergo medical treatment. When founder Sue Weldon was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, she began her search for types of therapies that would complement the medical treatments she herself was receiving.  She noticed there was a lack of easily accessible resources on topics including nutrition, acupuncture, massage, yoga, counseling and other ways for breast cancer patients to enhance their wellness and care for their emotional, spiritual and physical needs.

Show your support for breast cancer awareness! Check out this week's featured style, our Chic Pink Ribbon Workout Leo BCA31 a pretty Black Nylon/Spandex scoop back gymnastics leotard with Sparkling pink Ribbon SEQUINZ transfer. GK will contribute 5% of sales to Unite for HER.

This week we bring you beauty tips from  this organization to help women feel better naturally. Check out some of the freshest, DIY beauty recipes - made with ingredients you can find at your local CSA or farmers market! Remember to shop local, support your farmers and always buy organic when possible.

"Recipes by The Glamorganic Goddess" Unite for HER

Tomato Blemish Remedy

1 tomato (ripe, chopped)

1 t. lemon juice (fresh)

1 T. oat flour (or ground rolled oats)

Blend ingredients until combined in a paste. Apply to blemished skin, making sure mixture is thick enough to stay in place. Leave on for 10 minutes. Remove with damp washcloth.

 

Cucumber Eye Gel

1/4 cucumber (large)

1 oz. aloe vera gel (fresh)

Puree cucumber in a blender. leaving a little pulp. Strain mixture into a glass bowl until you have at least 2 oz. of puree. Add aloe and mix gently. After cleansing face, apply to under eye area with a cotton ball. Refrigerate and use within a few days.

 

Watermelon Toner

2 T. watermelon juice (fresh)

1 T. vodka

2 T. witch hazel

2 T. distilled water

Strain watermelon juice to get rid of seeds and fruit pieces. Combine ingredients in small bowl and stir well. Pour into clean container with tight fitting lid. Pour a small amount on a clean cotton pad and apply to face. Store in fridge between uses to retain freshness for approximately one week.

 

Coconut Lime Hair and Scalp Treatment

4 T. coconut oil

2 T. lime juice

1 T. grapefruit juice

Basting brush or cotton balls

Hairbrush

Mix and apply to dry hair using a basting brush or cotton ball. Starting at top, place the brush on the scalp, while pressing down, follow through to ends. This will stimulate circulation and loosen any dry skin scales. work in sections covering entire scalp. Massage and leave on for 20 minutes. Shampoo and condition as usual.

 

Strawberry Face Body Scrub

2 Strawberries (pureed)

2 T. olive oil

1 vitamin E capsule (pierced)

2 T. sugar

Mix and apply.

For more beauty tips and tricks from Unite for HER visit: uniteforher.org. "Recipes by The Glamorganic Goddess"

Shop GK's entire Breast Cancer Awareness Collection where 5% of sales are contributed to Unite for HER.

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ther ways for breast cancer patients to enhance their wellness and care for their emotional, spiritual and physical needs. In support of this organization, GK will contribute 5% of sales to Unite for HER for every breast cancer awareness leotard sold. - See more at: http://blog.gkelite.com/blog/choice-of-champions-gymnastics-blog/gk-offers-gymnastics-apparel-and-healthy-eating-tips-from-unite-for-her#sthash.LSe4FRbY.dpuf
ther ways for breast cancer patients to enhance their wellness and care for their emotional, spiritual and physical needs. In support of this organization, GK will contribute 5% of sales to Unite for HER for every breast cancer awareness leotard sold. - See more at: http://blog.gkelite.com/blog/choice-of-champions-gymnastics-blog/gk-offers-gymnastics-apparel-and-healthy-eating-tips-from-unite-for-her#sthash.LSe4FRbY.dpuf
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GK Champion Aly Raisman Supports "Uniting Against Lung Cancer" at Pine Brook Country Club

Join Aly Raisman in the fight against lung cancer. This year Aly is supporting an online auction titled, "Winning Together" benefiting Uniting Against Lung Cancer. Bidding is now in progress. The "Winning Together" Gala will be held October 19, 2013 at the Pine Brook Country Club in Weston, MA at 7:30pm EST featuring guest speaker, Two-Time Gold Medalist Aly Raisman. To purchase tickets or sponsorships for this live event click here. All proceeds for the event benefit Uniting Against Lung Cancer.

Among some wonderful packages available for auction are Aly Raisman's donations. One item is a framed autographed Sports Illustrated issue with the Women's USA Gymnastics Team, Fierce Five seen on the left. Click here to place your bid now on this item.

 

Aly Raisman, and other members of the Fierce Five, as well as Nastia Liukin, Mary Lou Retton, and Carly Patterson donated signed gymnastics leotards shown below. Place your bid for this item here.

 

 

 

 

 

Other packages include more incredible sports memorabilia, fabulous once-in-a-lifetime experiences, restaurant packages and much more. Winners do not have to be present, so place your online bid today to join Aly in showing your support! Click here for bidding instructions and for more information on "Winning Together" and other items available for auction.

If you are looking to refresh your gymnastics apparel wardrobe, check out GK's entire Alexandra Raisman Collection today for the latest styles inspired by Aly herself!

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World Champion Gymnasts in Under Armour® & GK Leotards

More Champions wear gymnastics apparel made by GK Elite Sportswear than any other company. At the 2013 World Championships,11 of the 15 female medalists wore GK or Under Armour® branded leotards manufactured by GK Elite Sportswear.

GK is the world leader in gymnastics apparel right here in Reading, PA! It truly showed this year at the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp Sports Palace, Belgium. We would like to congratulate the All-Around Champions, Simone Biles, Kyla Ross and Aliya Mustafina. Simone Biles of Spring, Texas, represented Bannon’s Gymnastix, Inc., and earned the gold medal with a score of 60.216 total. Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max earned the second spot with the silver medal and tallied a score of 59.332 points. This year was the third time in history that the U.S. placed first and second in the all-around at Worlds. Aliya Mustafina from Russia earned a score of 58.856 and the bronze medal.

Photo © USA Gymnastics / John Cheng

The U.S. Champions, Simone and Kyla are wearing a custom designed National Team style specially made by GK for Worlds. This gorgeous long sleeve competitive gymnastics leotard is made of our Berry Mystique fabric and Berry Mesh sleeves. Our V neck cascading design is beautifully adorned in Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS with side and chest accents in White Sparkle. 

Aliya Mustafina is wearing a custom GK made classic scoop back competition leotard in Red Mystique with Red Hot Mesh neckline and wrist accents. Embellished with Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, this stunning leo offers a unique bodice design perfect for a World Champion!

If you love these custom looks in gymnastics competitive leos be sure to check out our design studio to get started on a custom design of your own. Shop online today for our In Stock Long Sleeve Competitive Leos.

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Everyday Champion: Ava V.

Ava V. is a level II gymnast from Indiana Elite Gymnastics. She is so proud of her 1st place medals she was awarded in three events and the all-around at a recent competition.

Ava is wearing our Classic Jeweled Tank Leo 3599 a pretty gymnastics tank leotard beautifully adorned with Clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS for a touch of sparkle. This leo is designed in Berry Velvet, White Sparkle Hologram, and Berry Mystique fabrics. This style comes with a matching hair scrunchie and is also available as a Special Order in your choice of colors and fabrics.

If you love Ava's champion gymnastics leo, shop our Women's In Stock Tank Leos today! All styles are available in child and adult sizes. Also check out our GKids Collection for your little gymnast!

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Wendy Martin Named Vice President of Global Gymnastics Sales at GK

We are excited to announce that 10-time All-American Wendy Marshall Martin will be joining our Management Team as Vice President of Global Gymnastics Sales. Wendy comes to the GK team with over 15 years of experience in the gymnastics industry and will report to Steve Barnett, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  Most recently, she served as Alpha Factor Business Manager at Perform Group.

Wendy Marshall Martin"I am thrilled to be joining the Gymnastics Industry’s Leading Apparel Manufacturer to fuel their ongoing growth both internationally and domestically,” said Wendy.  “Being a former gymnast and current coach myself, I understand what athletes and coaches are looking for in workout and competitive gymnastics apparel.  I look forward to bringing my years of experience to the company who is recognized as having the highest quality leotards, the largest selection of gymnastics apparel, and an incredible passion for the sport of gymnastics.”

Wendy’s primary role will be to concentrate on continued growth of the GK brand.  She will oversee our US Sales Representatives and International Network of Distributors.  Well known among coaches and athletes in the gymnastics industry, her experience will help GK solidify our position as the irrefutable best brand of gymnastics apparel.

“With the addition of an industry veteran like Wendy, GK is well-positioned for continued global growth,” said Barnett.  “Already the #1 name in gymnastics around the World, Wendy’s extensive knowledge of the industry and her high energy will enable her and the GK sales team to broaden our reach while serving the needs of new and existing GK customers.  I am extremely happy to have the opportunity to team up with Wendy once again.”

Currently the NCAA/NACGCW Awards Chairman for Women’s Gymnastics, Wendy is highly regarded throughout the gymnastics industry.  In addition to her professional experience, she was also inducted to the University Of Michigan Athletic Hall Of Honor in 2010.  While attending Michigan, Wendy was awarded seven Perfect 10’s throughout her gymnastics career and earned the title of Big Ten Gymnast of the year in 1996.  Wendy has coached gymnastics for over 15 years.

GK would like to welcome Wendy to our team!  We are excited to bring you on board!

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Visit GK Retail Store and Coaches Lounge at World Championships

Our GK retail store at World Championships has been a huge success so far in Antwerp, Belgium. Shoppers who visit us and purchase items valued over €100.00 receive a free exclusive gymnastics necklace, while supplies last.  Choose from hundreds of GK gymnastics apparel styles and colors! Our store is temporarily set up directly in front of the Antwerp's Sports Palace. The address is Schijnpoortweg 119, 2170 Merksem and our hours are September 30th to October 6th from 10am through the end of competitions daily.  Attention Coaches: join us in our coaches lounge on the top floor of our store to enjoy light refreshments and meet with other credentialed coaches. Our coaches lounge is open during store hours.

If you are at Worlds, be sure to stop by the GK retail store and coaches lounge. You won't want to miss out on the latest styles in gymnastics apparel and your chance to relax and socialize with those who share the same passion of gymnastics. Shop our Women's Long Sleeve Competition Leotards and be ready for your next competition. Also shop our Men's In Stock Competition Shirts for the latest in men's gymnastics apparel.

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GK Shares Scenes from Worlds

We are meeting lots of top gymnasts and coaches from around the world in Antwerp, Belgium. GK is so excited to be a part of this year's Worlds Gymnastics Competition! The photo below features our Executive Vice President of Design and Corporate Relations at GK, Kelly McKeown as she meets with Peggy Liddick, national women's gymnastics coach for Australia and Svetlana Boguinskaia, Olympic champion, at the GK coaches lounge at Worlds.

In the photo on the left below, Carter Cheskey, Executive Vice President of GK enjoys a drink with Svetlana and Mark Rendell, President of Gymnastics Australia, at the International Hall of Fame party. On the right features Natalia Shaposhnikova, Olympic Champion Soviet gymnast, with Kelly McKeown, Executive Vice President of Design and Corporate Relations at GK, Carter Cheskey, Executive Vice President of GK, Nadia Comaneci, Romanian Olympic Gold Medalist, and Svetlana Boguinskaia, Soviet/Unified Team/Belarusian gymnast. All three athletes are Hall of Fame inductees.

We look forward to a wonderful week at Worlds and wish all the athletes competing the best of luck! Stay tuned for updates, meanwhile shop our Special Order Women's Long Sleeve Competitive Leotards for unique looks in gymnastics apparel.

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GK Gymnastics Apparel Store at Worlds

GK Elite is thrilled to be a part of Worlds 2013 Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium this week! The world's top-class male and female gymnasts compete in this individual championships competition. This year, we have set up an official GK store where customers can choose from hundreds of GK gymnastics leotard styles and colors. Our retail store is located directly across from the Antwerp's Sports Palace and is open daily from 10am until the end of competitions each day. A special free gift promotion is being offered with purchases of gymnastics apparel over €100.00, while supplies last. Check out the shots of our GK retail store below:

We have lots of traffic and happy gymnastics customers visiting our store, so if you are at Worlds, don't forget to stop by! Shop our Long Sleeve Competition Leos online today and find a gymnastics competition leotard style of your own!

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GK Offers Gymnastics Apparel & Healthy Eating Tips From Unite for HER

Stick it for the cause! October is breast cancer awareness month and GK has partnered with Unite for HER a non-profit organization started in 2009 that is dedicated to providing breast cancer programs and initiatives. Unite for HER’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of women and girls by supporting and providing breast cancer and wellness programs that educate, empower and restore. Topics include nutrition, acupuncture, massage, yoga, counseling and other ways for breast cancer patients to enhance their wellness and care for their emotional, spiritual and physical needs. In support of this organization, GK will contribute 5% of sales to Unite for HER for every breast cancer awareness leotard sold. "Thank you again for partnering with us, aligning with our vision, and helping us reach our mission and outreach for Unite for HER.", thanks Sue Weldon, President and Founder of Unite for HER.

Healthy Eating Tips

"You are what you eat" is an old saying that is actually true and applies directly to a patient who is fighting breast cancer. There are certainly better choices to be made when considering a diet specific to healing. You can start today with taking a few steps towards a healthier you at any stage of life. The list below is offered by Unite for HER and includes some ways you can improve your eating habits and health:

1. Reduce the amount of processed foods you consume. Eating real, whole foods like fresh produce is a great way to start. This can be time consuming and you may find yourself cooking and baking more often, but it is worth skipping all the additives and chemicals.

2. Keep a food diary. Write down the foods you consume daily and you will notice a pattern of foods that you tend to eat the most often. Now, replace those frequent treats with organic versions. These organic versions are free of hormones, pesticides, and antibiotics, which is healthier for you and the environment.

3. The best organic foods to buy are meats, poultry, dairy, fish, nuts, fruits and veggies, coffee, tea, chocolate and wine. Look for leaner cuts of meat such as boneless, skinless chicken and beef tenderloin. This will ensure to eliminate any chemicals that could get absorbed in fatty tissues such as skin. If organic is not in your budget opt for hormone-free options. Be sure to eat organic fruits and vegetables that you eat whole such as those with skins like apples.

4.  Buy local produce. Produce begins to lose nutrients the moment it is picked therefore the fresher the better.

Even small steps for mindful, healthy eating contribute to a healthier body! GK is adopting this lifestyle and we encourage our workplace to adapt to these small changes.

Featured to the left is GK's Berry Pink Ribbon Gym Leo BCA30 a beautiful Berry V neck gymnastics tank leotard with Silver Hologram Sequinz pink ribbon design in support of breast cancer awareness. This leo is available in Berry Nylon/Spandex and features the GK brand and breast cancer awareness logo on the lower left hip.

Shop our entire Breast Cancer Awareness Gymnastics Apparel Collection today, and we will contribute 5% of our sales to Unite for HER.

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Mariah's First Meet in Her Lucky GK Leo

Mariah B. from Auburn, CA is so proud of her new GK gymnastics apparel. She feels it will be her lucky leo! Her team from Auburn Gymnastics Center selected their level 3 team leotard and leggings in time for their first meet.

Mariah is wearing our Jeweled Purple & Silver Tank Leo 3574 a classic tank gymnastics leotard in Imperial Purple Mystique and Silver Mystique with Clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS tracing the style lines across bodice. This style is also available as a Special Order to customize according to your team's colors. Please use style WL100A02. Leggings are a great option to be worn over any leo. A popular style is our Nylon/Spandex Gymnastics Tights 1677 the perfect layering piece to keep you warm. These low rise waist Black Nylon/Spandex tights feature a fold-over waistband for extra comfort. The leo and tights featured above are both available in child and adult sizes.

Do you love Mariah's first meet design? See more styles in our Women's In Stock Tank Leotards. Also, be sure to check out our Gym Gear for all your accessory needs!

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GK Champion, Key Wins Title at Japan Junior International

Bailie Key, a junior international elite gymnast who trains under coaches Chris Burdette and Kim Zmeskal-Burdette at Texas Dreams Gymnastics, has certainly been in the women's gymnastics spotlight recently. Just this past week Key earned a Gold Medal in all four events and winning the all-around title at the Japan Junior International in Yokohama. She posted a score of 15.100, on the vault; 14.350 on the uneven bars, 14.625 on the balance beam, and 14.800 on the floor exercise. Lauren Hernandez of MG Elite, became the U.S. junior all-around silver medalist, and claimed the bronze medal on the vault. In August, Key won the junior all-around title at the P&G Gymnastics Championships in Hartford, CT.

Bailie Key is shown above performing at the P&G Gymnastics Championships in August. She is wearing a custom GK competitive gymnastics leotard designed in Natural Mesh, Antique Gold Mystique, Black and Red Slither. This leo features a sweetheart inspired look with swirled design across bodice and beautifully embellished with Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS along style lines and sleeves.

GK offers gymnastics apparel made in your team colors and customized with your choice of fabrics, colors, and embellishments. With GK there are infinite possibilities for a design unlike any other. If you love All-Around Champion, Bailie Key's Championship look, check out our Design Studio for a custom design of your own. Need some help? Contact a gymnastics representative in your area for assistance.

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Visit our GK Store at the 2013 World Championships

This year's World Artistic Gymnastics Championships are being held from September 30 through October 6, 2013 in Antwerp, Belgium. The first time World Championships were held in this city was exactly 110 years from this year's event. The world’s top male and female gymnasts will compete at this elite event. The preliminary events will qualify athletes into the program which will include the all-around finals and the apparatus finals.

GK is thrilled to be a part of this year's event! We will be setting up an official GK retail store directly in front of the Antwerp's Sports Palace Schijnpoortweg 119, 2170 Merksem. Our store hours begin on September 30 through October 6 from 10:00 am until the end of the competitions each day. Choose from hundreds of GK leotard styles and colors! You can receive a FREE GIFT, a beautiful gymnastics necklace with a purchase over €100,00 at our store while supplies last.

We will also be holding an Alexandra Raisman Meet & Greet Session, where you will be able to meet Aly and receive her autograph on Saturday, October 5th, 2013 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Attention all Coaches! Join us in our Coaches Lounge daily for light refreshments and mingling with other credentialed coaches.

We hope to see you at the World Championships and look forward to supporting our passion for gymnastics!

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Parkette's "Ebee" at P&G Gymnastics Championships

Senior artistic gymnast, Elizabeth "Ebee" Price looked confident at the P&G Gymnastic Championships in August. Ebee trains under coaches Donna and Bill Strauss, Robin Netwall, John Holman and Joe Stallone out of Parkette's National Training Center Gymnastics in Allentown, PA. Shown below, Elizabeth "Ebee" Price performs her floor exercise at Championships.

Price wore a V neck custom GK gymnastics competition long sleeve leo beautifully designed in Sea Glass Sparkle, White Opalescence, and Grape and Silver Mystique. The upper bodice is heavily adorned in scattered Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS on the front and back. GK uses 100% SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS on every one of our competitive leotards. Nothing shines more than the fire and brilliance of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Don't settle for less.

Looking for a gymnastics competition design unlike any other? Here at GK, we offer infinite possibilities so you can design your women's apparel to meet your team's unique needs. Start your own unique design today with our Design Studio. Need some help? Our customer service representatives will be happy to assist you.

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Angelina Keeps Balance in GK Elite

Angelina from Elite Gymnastics in Salinas, CA loves her new GK leo! She was so excited when it arrived in the mail and really likes the shininess and the sparkly jewels. It fits her perfect and she was thrilled to be able to participate in it for her first level 2 meet. Her confidence really showed at the meet as she placed 3rd on beam, 3rd on vault, and overall her team came in 2nd. It was the perfect start to a new season.


Shown above, Angelina concentrates on her routine. She is wearing a special order GK V neck tank leo style 3716 featuring Silver, Black, and Sangria Mystique. Our Mystique fabric is a unique blend of Nylon/Spandex with foil for a beautiful touch of sparkle and shine. If you love this young athlete's balance beam look, check out our Women's Special Order Gymnastics Leotards today! Want a truly custom look? Contact your local gymnastics representative for assistance.

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WOGA in Dazzling GK Looks at P&G Gymnastics Championships

WOGA was proud to wear this stunning sparkly look in gymnastics apparel from GK in mid August at the P&G Gymnastics Championships. We were so excited to attend this national event and to see our designs in action. Below are two junior elite gymnasts shown performing their floor exercise and balance beam routines.

Lauren Farley, above on the left, from WOGA wore a custom designed competition leotard designed in Red Mystique and Red Hot Mesh. This stunning V Neck leo features dazzling Brilliance SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS on sleeves, a "sunshine ray" design on front and back and custom WOGA logo along right hip. Lauren placed 12th on the uneven bars at Championships and is now preparing for the 2014 season as a junior international elite gymnast. The photo on the right features Nadia Cho, a women's junior artistic gymnast who placed 5th in the uneven bars wearing the same design.

If you love WOGA's memorable look at Championships, check out GK's Special Order Designs in Gymnastics Leotards and you are sure to find a look you will love!

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Simone Biles Rocks GK's Patriotic Design at Championships

Simone Biles, the 2013 AT&T American Cup silver medalist of Bannon's Gymnastix in Spring, TX won the senior women's all-around title at this year's P&G Gymnastics Championships in Hartford, CT. Simone's all-around score was 120.450 points, followed by 2012 Olympic gold-medalist Kyla Ross of Gym-Max in Aliso Viejo, CA at 120.250 points. 

Biles had huge performances this year earning silver medals on all four of her individual events. She had a very solid performance on the balance beam earning her 15.000 points. Her floor routine again was almost flawless bringing her 14.950 points. For the third rotation, she landed a perfect Amanar, scoring her 15.800 points. On the uneven bars, she scored 14.200 points with an intricate routine.

Simone wore a special order design by GK, the Abstract Lightening Gymnastics Leotard 9575. This V back long sleeve competitive gymnastics leo features White Opalescence, Red and Ocean Mystique fabrics with abstract wrap around lightening bolt design and optional embellishments in jewel layouts J14 and J283. If you like this Championships style, you will love our large selection of Special Order Gymnastics Competition Leotards.

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Kyla Ross in Fierce GK Design at Championships

Kyla Ross from Gym-Max of Aliso Viejo, California was a shining star at the 2013 P&G National Championships a few weeks ago. She held a gold medal in the uneven bars and again on the balance beam, a silver in the all-around and placed 7th in the floor exercise. Her outstanding performances will allow her to move onto Worlds with the rest of the USA National Team.

Shown above, Kyla wore GK's Vibrant Sweetheart Gymnastics Leotard 7561 a long sleeve gymnastics leo with classic neckline featuring sweetheart bodice styling and vibrant design with optional jeweling. This elegant swirled look consists of Red, Black, and Gunmetal Mystique fabrics with unique Natural Mesh upper bodice and sleeves. It is beautifully embellished with black diamond crystals in jewel patterns J828, T721, and T777.

If you love Kyla's Championship winning look, shop our Women's Special Order Gymnastics Competition Designs today!

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