Eating Before A Long Practice and Healthy Break-Time Snacks

BEFORE PRACTICE:

From my experience, I have learned that eating right before gymnastics practice does not allow a gymnast to reach their fullest practicing potential. Eating too close to a workout can cause indigestion. A gymnast will not be able to perform at their top level because the food will just be sitting in their stomach, making them feel lazy. Eating 1 to 3 hours prior to any gymnastic activity is the most accurate amount of time an athlete needs to fully digest their food. What are the best foods to eat prior to training? We all know that energy is one of the most essential factors all gymnasts need to make it through a long successful practice and that energy source is carbohydrates. Mixing in fiber or protein with the carbohydrates will give you additional energy. The amount of food intake is also very important. LARGE portions are a NO NO! A gymnast should eat enough food that will make them feel satisfied. It is important to not eat too much prior to a training session because that will make them feel uncomfortable and sluggish.

-Here are some foods that could provide a gymnast with a necessary amount of energy:

·       Carbohydrates

o   Whole-grain bread, pretzels, or crackers

o   Whole-grain pastas or brown rice

o   Cereal

·       Protein

o   Chicken, turkey, or tofu

·       Fiber

o   Apples, bananas, or oranges

o   Yogurt or low-fat cheeses

o   Carrots or cucumbers

-Here are some foods/ beverages a gymnast should avoid before practice:

·       High fat content foods will cause a gymnast to become sluggish and heavy feeling:

o   Bacon

o   Cheese

o   Sausage

o   Candy

 o    Granola bars

·       Caffeine can cause headaches and muscle tremors in gymnasts:

o   Soda

o   Coffee (Iced or regular) 

o   Tea

DURING PRACTICE:

Staying hydrated is one of the most important things an athlete can do during practice. This means, keep the water flowing. Fruits are the best snacks a gymnast can eat during practice because they have high water content.

-Here are some of the healthiest fruits a gymnast can eat during break at practice:

·       Fruits

o   Apples, oranges, melons, or grapes

It is very important that athletes, especially gymnasts, follow a healthy eating regimen. Gymnasts should follow an appropriate diet to enable themselves to look their BEST in GK Elite gymnastic clothing and gymnastic leotards!!

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Finland Reaches the Winner's Block in GK Gymnastics Apparel

The Finnish Gymnastics Junior Women’s and Men’s teams competed in the Nordic Countries Junior Championships and won Silver (Women’s Team) and Gold (Men’s Team). The championships took place in Reykjavik, Iceland from April 30th to May 1st, and included teams from Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland.

Finnish Men's & Women's Gymnastics Teams

The Finnish Junior Women’s gymnastics team wore Special Order GK Leotard style 9549. It features pearl mystique, royal shimmer and black shimmer fabric with a unique design.

The Finnish Junior Men’s gymnastics Team wore Special Order GK Competition Shirts style 1933 and Competition Pants style 1846.

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Behind the Make It or Break It Leo: Dog Eat Dog

Welcome to Behind the Make It or Break It Leo: A weekly spotlight on the GK Gymnastics Apparel worn in each of this season's Make It or Break It episodes.  Each week, you’ll get a sneak preview of one of the leotards worn in that night’s episode. 


MIOBI Gymnastics Leotards

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Tonight, Kaylie & Lauren will be wearing GK’s In Stock tank Leotard style 3620. This being one of Make It or Break It’s favorite gymnastics leotard styles, it’s being brought back to the show again after having originally aired on the July 13, 2010 episode, Battle of the Flexes. This dynamic red, black and steel mystique draws its inspiration from the autobahns of Germany where many dazzling sports cars slip by at speeds unheard of on American highways. The designer imagined the sleek lines, spinning wheels and shining metallic colors painting a multitude of designs against the black canvas of the road. This leotard is perfect for any gymnast who wants to push their skill level into the fast lane.  Shop this and other styles from last night's episode here!


Do you have a favorite Make It or Break It leotard? Tell us about it below!

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Mary Lee Tracy and GK

USA Olympic Gymnastics Coach Mary Lee Tracey stopped by the GK booth yesterday at the Junior Olympic National Championships in Long Beach, California. Mary Lee has coached many National Team Members including gymnasts such as Amanda Borden, Jaycie Phelps, Dominique Moceanu, and more recently Lexie Preissman, the winner of the 2010 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup. Mary Lee was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2008.

Mary Lee Tracty with GK Elite Sportswear Gymnastics Reps

 

Mary Lee Tracy is shown here with GK Sales Reps Lisa Behm, Region 1 and June Blackman, Region 3.

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Allison Baver Spotted in NYC in GK Warm-Ups

Olympic speed skater Allison Baver, was recently spotted in GK warm-up gear in New York City while she was at a Rollerblade promotion. Allison was looking fab in GK’s Unique Keyhole Back Tank Top style CH52, custom Fitted Dance Capri style DB505 , and a brand new custom Jacket 8780 in Berry Mystique, Black DryTech, White DryTech & Steel Mystique with Clear Crystals. This style jacket will be available when our new gymnastics catalog launches later this month!

Allison Baver in GK Warm UP Jacket

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Born Sisters Perform at Pink Invitational Meet

"Born Sisters" Kristen and Kara, recently performed at the 2011 Pink Invitational, an outreach gymnastics meet presented by Unite for HER and sponsored by GK, to join in the fight against breast cancer.   Kristen and Kara sang the National Anthem and their original song, “Strong” about the women in their lives that have made them strong. Kristen told us, “When I was 14 and Kara was 11, a close family friend named Kerry was diagnosed with breast cancer, and we were all really scared for her.  She was so strong. The day I wrote this song, my mother and I had an argument, and we had just came back from Kerry's house and found out she had breast cancer. The emotions made me think about how lucky I have been all along to have a mom that loves me with all of her heart and is always there for me. We were very scared for Kerry but we still prayed for her and thankfully she is cured. Strong is dedicated to all the women like Kerry, Diane, Kathy, etc., and our mother who make us strong.

Born Sisters

The Born sisters have chosen to help the Breast Cancer Awareness cause by donating half of the proceeds from their song to Unite for HER. “Strong” is available for download on iTunes and CD Baby. If you would like to contribute to the cause or find out more about this event click here.

 

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Behind the Make It or Break It Leo: To Thine Own Self Be True

Welcome to Behind the Make It or Break It Leo: A weekly spotlight on the GK Gymnastics Apparel worn in each of this season's Make It or Break It episodes.  Each week, you’ll get a sneak preview of one of the leotards worn in that night’s episode. 

 

GK Leotard - Make It or Break It

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Tonight, Kaylie will be wearing a striking berry and black mystique tank leotard.  The designer of this gymnastics leotard was inspired to create it while watching an Indiana Jones movie marathon while she was snowed in.  These action-packed movies are exciting and intense, just like the leotard.  The subtle flame-like design reflects fire in many of the action scenes.  Indiana is often seen wearing a messenger style bag across his body, which the designer reflected via the lines that extend across the bodice to the flame design.  The black in the leotard stands for the evil that Indiana confronts and the berry pink represents all of the ladies who blush while watching him!  Shop this and other styles from this season here!


Do you have a favorite Make It or Break It leotard? Tell us about it below!

Watch all-new episodes Mondays at 9/8c on ABC Family. 

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The Region IV Women's Gymnastics Teams sport GK Leotards

The Region IV Women’s Gymnastics Meet was hosted by Triad Gymnastics in Des Moines, Iowa. Gymnasts from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin gathered to compete. The meet was held from April 15th through the 17th and many of the gymnasts showed up in GK gymnastics leotards.

Missouri GK LeotardIowa GK Gymnastics Leotard  

Team Minnesota wore GK’s Purple with White Ribbon Tank Leotard style 3637. This is a Deep Purple Mystique Leotard with Triple White Ribbon designs across the front. Team Iowa chose our GK Green Pinwheel Gymnastics Leotard style 3625. This is a stylish Black & Green Leo adorned with a Green & Turquoise pinwheel design.

Nebraska GK LeotardsWisconsin GK Gymnastics Leotards         

Team Nebraska wore a GK Basic Gymnastics Tank Leotard style 3456 in Rainforest Mystique. You can choose from one of 10 Colors available In Stock. Team Wisconsin chose our Merlot Tank Leotard style 3601. This is a Classic Burgundy and Merlot Tank Leotard with a clear jewel accent.

If you like these styles, shop these and other great GK leotards here!

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What are grips? And when should a female gymnast start wearing them?

Needed to protect a gymnast’s hands from rips and calluses as well as peeling off of the bar, gymnastic grips are a major necessity for uneven bars. Coming in many different sizes, gymnastics grips consist of a piece of leather that covers the hands of a gymnast and has either a buckle or velcro that straps around each wrist. To prevent the grips from Paige Cipolloni using dowel grips on the uneven barsslipping off of the wrists, all gymnasts should wear wristbands under the velcro or buckle. Non-competitive beginner gymnasts, who do not perform hard skills on the uneven bars, should use palm grips when starting out their gymnastics career.

Once you begin learning harder skills, gymnasts should use dowel grips. A dowel, or small metal bar, is added at the top of the leather to help competitive gymnasts grip onto the bar easier. Gymnasts should start wearing dowel grips when they start performing bigger skills and major release moves. All in all, palm grips should be worn when a non-competitive gymnast starts swinging on the uneven bars and competitive gymnasts should start wearing dowel grips when they start performing bigger skills, such as major release moves.

Gymnastics grips and wristbands can be purchased on the GK Elite Sportswear web-site!

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Behind the Make It or Break It Leo: Requiem of a Dream

Welcome to Behind the Make It or Break It Leo: A weekly spotlight on the GK Gymnastics Apparel worn in each of this season's Make It or Break It episodes.  Each week, you’ll get a sneak preview of one of the leotards worn in that night’s episode. 

 

MIOBI Gymnastics Leotard
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In tonight’s episode of Make It or Break It: Requiem of a Dream, Lauren wears a classic green apple shatterglass and black velvet gymnastics workout leotard with clear Swarovski crystal accents along the curved style line on the front of the leotard.  This leotard was designed to be a quintessential style.  It's classic, fluid styling, dramatic colors, and stylish jewels evoke confidence and power in any athlete.  This GK leotard style 3581 is a must have leo for any serious gymnast.  Shop this and other styles from last night's episode here!

Do you have a favorite Make It or Break It leotard? Tell us about it below!

Watch all-new episodes Mondays at 9/8c on ABC Family. 

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A Legendary Gymnastics Competition

The 2011 Legendz Classic, featured in the annual Kim Zmeskal Texas Prime Gymnastics Meet, is an exclusive meet for the top 15 Level 9/10’s. These gymnasts are each placed on one of three teams, captained by Olympic and World medal gymnasts. This 2-hour event of non-stop gymnastics features great music, interviews with the legendary Team Captains, and an autograph session afterwards. This year, the gymnastic team captains consisted of 1996 Olympic gymnast John Macready, 2004 Olympic silver-medalists Mohini Bhardwaj & 2004 Summer Olympics women's artistic gymnastic team member Courtney McCool. Although they were all eager to earn the title of Legendz Classic Champion, only one could be awarded and this year the title went to John Macready and his team.

The following photos are of Team Macready, Team Bhardwaj, and Team McCool all waiting for their time to shine in their funky GK Custom T-back Gymnastics Leotards. The colorful pattern is a nice contrast to the black Mystique fabric.

Team MacreadyTeam Bhardwaj

Team McCoolTeam McCool with Courtney


If you like these custom design gymnastics leotards, be on the lookout for Shawn Johnson’s Tank Leotard (E1663) in the GK Summer and Camp Workout Essentials Catalog. This leotard features Purple Mystique fabric with Daze Dream Strap Details and jeweled accents.

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Behind the Make It or Break It Leo: Hungary Heart

Welcome to Behind the Make It or Break It Leo: A weekly spotlight on the GK Gymnastics Apparel worn in each of this season's Make It or Break It episodes.  Each week, you’ll get a sneak preview of one of the leotards worn in that night’s episode. 

 

MIOBI Leotard

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In tonight’s episode of Make It or Break It: Hungary Heart, Payson wears an exquisite ocean blue mystique, silver mystique and black shatterglass long sleeve leotard with clear crystals along the silver mystique detailing. This leotard design was inspired while traveling in Canada to the beautiful city of Quebec. The fleur-de-lis is a beautiful symbol which represents a stylized lily. The designer played with the flowing lines of the fleur-de-lis, wrapping it across the bodice of this memorable leotard as a small tribute to our neighbors to the North.  Shop this and other styles from last night's episode here!

Do you have a favorite Make It or Break It leotard? Tell us about it below!

Watch all-new episodes Mondays at 9/8c on ABC Family. 

 

 

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Behind the Make It or Break It Leo: Life or Death

Welcome to Behind the Make It or Break It Leo: A weekly spotlight on the GK Gymnastics Apparel worn in each of this season's Make It or Break It episodes.  Each week, you’ll get a sneak preview of one of the leotards worn in that night’s episode. 

 

Make It or Break It Gymnastics Leotard
Photo © ABC Family

 

Tonight, Payson will be wearing a dramatic purple and black mystique competitive leotard. It features attractive black stripes on the chest and arms. The design of this gymnastics leotard was inspired while watching a drum and bugle corps competition. The uniforms worn at the competition reminded the designer of traditional military uniform designs. The harness worn by flag bearing members added a wide strap layering effect. The style lines on this leotard represent the harness and the colors used are meant to portray the dramatic music the corps played. Shop this and other styles from last night's episode here!


Do you have a favorite Make It or Break It leotard? Tell us about it below!

Watch all-new episodes Mondays at 9/8c on ABC Family. 

 

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Catch a Glimpse of GK's 2011-2012 In Stock Gymnastics Leotard Styles

Can’t wait to see what GK has in store for our 2011-2012 In-Stock Team Apparel Line? Then, catch a Sneak Peek in our Summer & Camp Catalog.    We’re giving you a preview of six of our newest tank leotard styles for teams and pro-shops.

3645 Lime & steel Tank Leotard3647 Black Multi Color Leotard3646 GK Lavender Ice & Purple Leo3650 Unique V Neck Tank Leo



This sneak peek features styles with asymmetrical necklines, strappy back styles, and amazing color combinations. If you like these styles, you won’t want to miss the rest of the styles – available in June 2011!

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Behind the Make It or Break It Leo: The Buddy System

Welcome to Behind the Make It or Break It Leo: A weekly spotlight on the GK Gymnastics Apparel worn in each of this season's Make It or Break It episodes.


MIOBI Leotard
Photo © ABC Family


The navy blue & silver mystique tank leotard that Lauren wears on tonight's episode of Make It or Break it was inspired while watching clips of classic films. Famous Actresses like Greta Garbo and Katharine Hepburn wore memorable dresses featuring delicate upper body and neckline styling. These features helped the leotard designer envision an elegant criss cross neckline accent and classy, understated jeweling on the upper body. This leotard is perfect for any gymnast who wants to feel polished and confident while training. Shop this and other styles from last night's episode here!


Do you have a favorite Make It or Break It leotard? Tell us about it below!

Watch all-new episodes Mondays at 9/8c on ABC Family. 

 


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Naydenov Special Abilities Gymnastics Team Members feel like Olympic Gymnasts in their GK Apparel

Naydenov Special Abilities Gymnastics Team from Vancouver, WA was formed in November 2009, and all of the Special Abilities coaches are volunteers.  Athletes on this special team can be any age with any level of cognitive or physical disability.  The team’s youngest athlete is 6 years old and their oldest is 49 years old. They train once a week for an hour and a half.  This team does both men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics and the athletes compete at three different levels of compulsory routines. In June 2010, they competed in the Oregon Special Olympics where the team swept most of the podium in medals.

SA Team

 

Recently, the team ordered competitive gymnastics wear from GK. Sheri Bousqet, Head Coach of the Naydenov Special Olympics Gymnastics team, said, “Our team loves their GK uniforms!  The special fit leotards were true to size and fit our Down syndrome athletes perfectly.  The GK uniforms have held up wonderfully, some of our athletes wear their GK leotard to practice every week.  I have been especially impressed with GK’s customer service! They have helped me every step of the way… from sample uniforms for sizing to getting my initial order correct to adding more uniforms to my order at a later date.”   Bousqet continued, “Thank you GK for engineering the Special Fit gymnastics apparel line. Naydenov Special Abilities Gymnastics Team feels like Olympic gymnasts in their GK Uniforms!”

 

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Behind the Make It or Break It Leo: Free People

Welcome to Behind the Make It or Break It Leo: A weekly spotlight on the GK Gymnastics Apparel worn in each of this season's Make It or Break It episodes.

Leotard
Photo © ABC Family

The black and citrus mystique tank leotard that Lauren wore was inspired by a bonfire. The swirl design is reminiscent of orange flames twisting into the black of the night. The mango crystals represent the glowing embers bursting into the dark sky.  Shop this and other styles from last night's episode here!

Whose leo was your favorite from last night’s Make It or Break It episode? Post your comments below!

Watch all-new episodes Mondays at 9/8c on ABC Family. 

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Behind the Leo: The New Normal

Welcome to Behind the Leo: A weekly spotlight on the GK Gymnastics Apparel worn in each of this season's Make It or Break It episodes.

This week the spotlight is on Kelly Parker and Carter Anderson.

MIOBI
Photo© ABC Family  

Kelly's Denver Elites women's team wore a striking sapphire velvet and royal sparkle long sleeve In-Stock leotard, that featured sporty sleeve designs and stock jeweled accents. Carter represented the men's team and wore a basic royal nylon/spandex competition shirt which was the perfect choice for the Denver exhibition.  Watch all-new episodes Mondays at 9/8c on ABC Family.   

For more information on these and other leotards and shirts shown in Make It or Break It, visit the GK Elite website.

Whose leo was your favorite from last night’s Make It or Break It Spring Premiere? Post your comments below!

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The 2011 Philadelphia Phillies Ballgirls are about to get a New Uniform!

Congratulations to GK Gymnastics Apparel Designer, Jeanne Douglass, for being one of fourteen finalists selected to take part in the Macy’s Phillies Ballgirls Uniform Design Challenge.

Each of the finalists has been working on a contemporary design for the Phillies Ballgirls uniform. According to Macy’s District Vice President, Melissa Ludwig, the designs should be both fashionable and functional. They will be assigned a model who will help them debut their original design at Macy’s Center City on Thursday, March 31. The winning designer will be selected by a panel of judges and their design will be worn by the Ballgirls at select off-field community appearances throughout the upcoming season.Jeanne Douglass

“Working for GK as a gymnastics apparel designer has been incredible. Gymnastics has been one of my life long passions, and to combine my love for design with my love for gymnastics is a dream come true,” says Jeanne. “Not many young designers have the opportunity to have their designs worn by high profile athletes, so I am forever grateful to GK for giving me this experience. I appreciate all the support that my coworkers at GK and my family and friends have given me throughout the Phillies competition.” Jeanne is shown here at front center with some of the models from her senior runway show at Cornell where she majored in Fiber Science & Apparel Design.

Best of Luck, Jeanne! GK is cheering you on!

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