Texas Dreams Championship Leotard Voted Best!

This year, Kim Zmeskal's Texas Dreams Gymnastics chose a custom design GK Competitive Leotard in Azure Sparkle, White Sparkle and White Mesh.  This womens gymnastics leotard features brilliance crystals along the neckline and back detail, scattered down both arms, and in a custom design pattern on the front.  According to Peggy Davis of Texas Dreams, this leotard won the Best Leotard award as voted by the "crazy fans!"

Blue Axure LeotardTexas Dreams Leotard

Photos (c) Lloyd Smith

If you like this custom design, you might also like our Butterfly Back Competition Leotard Style 7511 or our Wrapped Racerback Gymnastic Leotard Style 4850, which both feature unique style lines on the back of the gymnastic leotard.  Visit the GK Design Studio today where you can choose any fabric and any color combination to create a GK Competitive Gymnastics Leotard with your own custom look. Add jewels, sequinz, embroidery or imprinting to embellish any of our Special Order Leotards.

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Choosing Floor Music That Fits You!

      Choosing the right floor music is a very critical process, whether you are choosing your very first piece for your level 7 competition season, or mixing together multiple songs for your level 10 routine. Since you will be performing the routine for a year or two, serious thought and consideration should go into choosing and preparing the music. Here are a few pointers to help you choose the correct piece for you:
  • Choose a piece that will make you stand out. Getting the crowd and judges involved with the routine and music will help boost your score.
  • The music MUST fit your personality. A very serious gymnast should not choose a piece that requires an upbeat and happy personality.
  • Since you will be competing the routine for a year or two, you MUST enjoy the music.
  • Music can also display your talents. (If you are a graceful gymnast, choose classical music that will display your beautiful dance movements and graceful leaps. If you are a powerful tumbler, choose music that is upbeat and has a fast tempo. If you can dance to hip-hop music, choose a current rap or hip-hop instrumental. )
  • Have an emotional connection with the music so that judges and the crowd will get involved.
  • Do not choose a piece with a lot of musical repetition.
  • Your music can not have any words or singing in it.
  • Your music can not be longer than 90 seconds.
  • Expect to pay from $50.00 to $200.00 on a piece of floor music.
  • After choosing the right floor music for you, hire a professional choreographer or someone with experience in choreography to help you demonstrate your personality through your routine!
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How to Measure For A Girls Gymnastics Leotard

While other manufacturers cast uncertainty on ordering the right size gymnastics leotard, GK has it narrowed down to a science. If you're unsure about your size, particularly if you're unable to try it on, you can relax.  As long as you have the proper measurements, you can certainly figure out what size you need to order.

How To MeasureHow to Measure for Girls Gymnastics Leotards :
  1. Chest Measurement: Take this measurement when you are taking a deep breath, arms held out at shoulder height.
  2. Waist Measurement: Take this measurement at the natural waistline - reference the photo to the right to understand this placement.
  3. Hip Measurement: Take this measurements around the fullest part of the buttocks.
  4. Torso Measurement: Take this one from the center of the shoulder, down the front, through the crotch, and up the back to the starting point.
  5. Inseam Measurement: This is the measurement that is the length of the leg from the crotch to one inch above the floor.  Measure in stocking feet.
Now that you've measured, you'll want to follow two simple steps to make sure that your garment fits the way you would like it to fit:
  1. Select the row of measurements that best represents your size.  If all your measurements do not fall within the same row, use the row that represents your largest measurements. (Note: Your torso measurement is the most important measurement followed by the chest and hip measurements; the least important is waist).
  2. Choose the type of fit you would like.
Available Fits:
  • Sleek Fit - We consider this our competition fit - fits like second skin.
  • Growing Room - We consider this our workout fit - with a little room for growth.

Girl's/Women's Size Chart-Gymnastics(inches)

ChestWaistHipTorsoInseamSleek FitGrowing Room
17-1918-1919-2137-39---TDCXS
20-2219-2122-2440-4220CXSCS
23-2621-2225-2743-4522CSCM
26-29 22-23 28-29 46-48 24 CM CL
29-31 23-25 30-31 49-51 26 CL AXS
32-3423-2532-3452-54 28 AXS AS
33-3525-2633-3555-5629ASAM
35-3626-2735-3657-5930AMAL
36-3728-2937-3860-6231ALAXL
37-3929-3039-4063-65 32 AXL ---
39-4230-3340-4365-67332XL---
41-4432-3542-4567-69343XL---
43-4634-3744-4669-71354XL---
 
Once you've measured, it's time to place an order.  CLICK HERE TO SHOP AND ORDER NOW!

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Coming Soon: Holiday Workout Essentials Catalog

The holidays are approaching and so is the NEW Holiday workout essentials catalog, arriving soon from GK! The new holiday collection will be available October 14, 2011 through January 31, 2012.  This brand new catalog features Nastia Liukin leotards, Shawn Johnson leotards, Supergirl leotards by Nastia, six adidas leotard styles, and our latest GKids children's leotard collection made just for the little gymnasts.

GK Elite 2011 Holiday Gymnastics Leotards

The holiday catalog offers great leotard color combinations and designs perfect to fit the holiday season.  With over 35 gymnastics leotards to choose from you're sure to find the perfect fit.  With the largest variety and best quality in the industry, GK is the Choice of Champions.  Tis the season to give, so pick up your GK gymnastic leotards starting October 14, 2011 and don't miss out on this great opportunity for the gift giving season.

GK.  Choice of Champions. 

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Everyday Champions: 2011 TXUSAG Level 5 Team

Check out the Kurt Thomas Gymnastics TXUSAG Level 5 Team of Frisco, TX at their first meet of 2011. The 5P gymnasts finished first place with a score of 117.55, with 8 girls finishing in the top 10 AA out of all athletes competing.

Their new GK gymnastics leotards were a big hit at the competition!!

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When To Use Heat vs. When To Use Ice

After an injury, you may wonder "Do I use heat? or Do I use ice?" Icing is the best thing to help your body heal after an injury has occured. Icing a new injury will narrow the blood vesels in the area and will relieve pain and stops the body from sending in scar tissue. Scar tissue will only cause stiffness and more pain. Ice also helps reduce inflammation. Heating a new injury causes blood flow to increase and will result in relaxed musles only for an hour. After that hour, the pain will return and in the long run will cause the pain to get worse and prolong the healing. Heat is good for only chronic situations to relieve some pain.

Use ice for only 20 minutes at a time on a certain area. After 20 minutes, ice has a reverse effect and mimics the use of heat. You must also wait an hour to put ice back on for another 20 minutes. Do not apply ice directly to the skin. Put a towel, cloth or papertowel in between your ice pack and your skin.
     
It's time for the 2011-2012 competitive year! Make sure you check out GK Elite Sportswear Competitive Gymnastics Apparel!!
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GK Fall-Winter Gymnastics Leotards COMING SOON

Coming Soon: the NEW Fall-Winter Workout Essentials catalog from GK featuring gymnastics apparel from the industry's leader, GK Elite Sportswear!

GK Fall-Winter Gymnastics Leotards & Apparel

This all new catalog will be available September 26 through February 1 and offers the latest fall-winter collections, featuring Nastia Liukin Leotards, Shawn Johnson Leotards, and our popular GKids Collection, made for little gymnasts everywhere.  With over 50 styles to choose from, GK offers the more variety than any other gymnastic leotard manufacturer!

There is something for everyone in the new Fall-Winter collection, so be the first to check it out on Monday, September 26th.  You won't want to miss out on over 20 value priced gymnastics leotards under $30!  With the largest variety and great affordability, be sure to order your new gymnastic apparel today.


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Starting A New Season With A New Attitude

This is the time of year when all gymnasts deal with balancing a new school year and a new gymnastics season.  Here I will give you a few tips on how to begin this competitive season successfully.

GK Back To School Gymnastics Leotards
  • Summer has now ended, so it’s time to put together routines. Be excited about the new skills you have learned over the summer and start adding them into your new routines. New perfected skills= a perfected routine!
  • Start your season off with a great attitude! Thinking positive thoughts about your new season will lead you to a positive year.
  • Not only do you need to concentrate to prepare for the new gymnastics season, but you also have to concentrate on a new school year. Remember: education always comes before athletics. Take care of your schoolwork, just as you are your gymnastics.
  • Take care of your body from the start! Start your season off healthy. Not only should you be taking care of injuries, previous injuries and rehabilitation, you should also be aware of how you are fueling your body. Give yourself the energy it needs in the right way. With balancing school and gymnastics, you need the proper energy to get you through the day. The healthier you are, the more successful you will be!
  • Get your sleep! Refueling your body with the proper rest is also the key to a great start. Since gymnastics season requires traveling all over the country, you must get rest for your body to be in tiptop competitive shape.
  • Be excited for a new start!
  • Last but not least… back to school means you need to buy the new GK Elite Sportswear back to school workout essentials! Take a look at the catalog here!

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Make Use Of The Strap Bar At Your Gym

Most high-level gymnasts have used a strap bar before as part of their training regimen. Do you know what a strap bar is? It’s one of the most efficient training tools for learning circling skills on bars. With just strapping your wrists onto the plastic piping surrounding a metal high or low bar, you can learn many different skills. A high metal bar is used to learn tap swings, uprises, back giants, front giants, kips as well as drills for specific release moves, and the low metal bar is used to learn free hips, stalders, and toe shots.  A strap bar gives gymnasts comfort and security while learning new skills because your hands are completely strapped in.


Navy Blue GK Neoprene WristbandNeoprene Wrisband in Red by GKNeoprene WristbandGK Neoprene Wristband in Black


Different gymnasts will use different size straps and wristbands while using the bar, so be sure to wear the correct size strapping and wristband that fits your wrist size. GK Elite Sportswear sells the perfect neoprene wristband for you to use! Also, you must be supervised by a trained coach while using a strap bar. If your gymnastics facility does not have a strap bar, talk your coach into getting one. Using less space as a regular bar, and also costing less than half of the cost of a regular set of bars, a strap bar will definitely work in your favor and will help you become more successful on the event!

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47 of 50 Gymnasts at Visa Championship Chose GK

The 2011 Visa Championship in Saint Paul, Minnesota was a great competition where the nation's most talented gymnasts competed for the top spot in the country.  It was also proof that GK is the Choice of Champions because 47 out of 50 gymnasts who competed wore GK.  Jordyn Wieber, All-Around National Champion in the senior division, wore two amazing GK competitive leotards - one in gold and white and the other in a stunning purple mystique.

Jordyn WeiberJordyn Wieber Visa Championships Finals

2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson from Chow's Gymnastics made a magnificent comeback proving she's still got it.  Her competitive gymnastic leotard from finals was one of our favorite GK Custom Designs.  Shawn finished 4th on beam and 6th on bars.

Shawn Johnson Visa Championships
Aly Raisman from Brestyans gym finished 11th bars, 6th beam, 3rd floor, and 3rd all around in her GK competition leotard.

Alexandra Raisman Visa Championships

Mckayla Maroney from All Olympia gym finished 2nd all around and Gabrielle Douglas from Chows placed 7th.

Makayla Maroney Visa ChampioinshipsGabrielle Douglas

The Caquatto sisters from Legacy Elite also had a great night with Mackenzie finishing 4th all around, 2nd on bars, and 10th on floor while Bridgette placed 6th all around, 9th on bars, and 7th on floor.

Caquatto SistersCaquatto Sisters

2008 Olympian Chellsie Memmel from M&M gym finished 8th in the All-Around Competition, with a fantastic 2nd place finish on beam and 6th place finish on floor exercise.

Chellsie Memmel

Sabrina Vega from Dynamic gym placed 5th All-Around and secured 5th on beam and 4th on floor.

Sabrina Vega

Other gymnasts sporting GK were Sophia Lee and Rebecca Bross from WOGA , and Jessie Deziel from Twin City Twisters.

LeeRebecca BrossDeziel
 
GK. Choice of Champions.
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Everyday Champion Shelby F. told GK, "I am beautiful!"

Shelby F. of Garlands Gymnastics in Kennewisk, Washington told GK  that this gymnastic leotard makes her feel great and gives her more self confidence because when she looks good, she shines when she performs.  Plus, Shelby continues,  "GK leos never wear out!"

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The GK Gymnastic Leotard Miracle of the New Millennium!

Did you ever wonder how GK became the choice of champions all over the world?  This month we will feature a series of articles tracking the evolution of GK gymnastics apparel and the company's involvement in the world of gymnastics.

Kristen Maloney competes in an adidas leotard manufactured by Elite Sportswear in SydneyElite Sportswear's strength and ability were tested three months before the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, when they were asked by the USA Gymnastic Federation to manufacture adidas apparel for Team USA.  Elite's superior leotard fit made them desirable to the top gymnasts.  Completing Team USA's Olympic Game leotards in just three months was a feat that most could not successfully complete.  GK Elite Sportswear finished each and every leotard in time for the Sydney Olympics!

In 2001, GK leotard designs continued to improve with the institution of the laser jewel option.  The same year, Elite sold their first novelty items in their new Holiday Catalog!


After three years of updates and improvements, Elite created their first website, a high tech site in seven languages!  The Design Studio revolutionized the industry in 2004 when GK Elite became the first gymnastics apparel company to provide an interactive design program.  Customers could now create, price, and order all on their own!

Try out GK's new and improved interactive Design Studio to customize your favorite Special Order leotards today!
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GK's Evolution of Leotard at National Congress

While you're at National Congress, come see GK's exhibit, Evolution of a Leotard, at the Excel Center from Wednesday, August 17 through Saturday, August 20.  You'll learn all about the various steps it takes to bring a gymnastics leotard from the designer’s original concept to the finished gymnastics leotard you see in the GK catalog.  Read more about these fun & interesting steps here.

PLUS, as a special bonus Nastia Liukin will be at the Evolution of a Leotard exhibit on Friday, August 19 from 3:00-4:00 pm and Saturday, August 20 from 5:30-6:00 pm to show you some of her newest line of GK gymnastics leotards and sign autographs for her fans.

Inspiration of a Leotard
An inspiration board of the many places a designer can get ideas for new designs and colors.

Inspiration of a Gymnastics Leotard

Sketches of a Leotard
Several sketches are made to bring the designers mental images to life.

Sketches of a Gymnastics Leotard

Pattern Making of a Leotard
A sample of what the pattern used to cut out the leotard for sewing  looks like.

Gymnastic Leotard Pattern

Cutting the Fabric of a Leotard
Shows all the individual pieces in a leotard before it is sent to sewing.

Cutting the Fabric of a Gymnastic Leotard

The Finished Leotard
What the finished product looks like, including all the necessary tags and instructions.

Nastia Liukin Leotard

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2011 Back to School adidas Leotards

The back to school adidas leotards collection features the classic triple stripe workout leotard.  This collections offers six great designs, from scoop and v-neck back to t-back and even jeweled leotards, so you're sure to find a leotard that works for you.  
AS378          
The adidas leotard style AS378 is a v-back triple stripe tank leotard in university red climalite and black climalite.  This leotard includes matching university red scrunchie too!
AS403
adidas Leotard style AS403 is a sporty adidas triple stripe tank leotard, featuring tech mesh insert and comes in Columbia blue nylon/spandex, sapphire nylon/spandex, and navy tech mesh.  This leotard comes with matching Columbia blue hair scrunchie.
AS404
adidas triple stripe tank leotard style AS404 is in black mystique, lime mystique, and steel mystique.  It features clear jeweled accents  and comes with matching lime mystique hair scrunchie.  
AS402
adidas v-neck triple stripe tank leotard style AS402 comes in electric turquoise mystique, aqua mystique, and silver mystique.  This leotard features clear jeweled accents and matching aqua mystique hair scrunchie. 
AS401
T-back adidas triple stripe tank leotard style AS401 in candy pink mystique, steel mystique, and berry mystique.  This leo features clear jeweled accents and matching candy pink mystique hair scrunchie.
AS405
V-neck triple stripe tank adidas leotard style AS405 is in Purple nylon/spandex and lemonlime mystique.  This leo includes matching purple nylon/spandex hair scrunchie.   



   
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2011 Back to School Value Tanks Collection

The Value Tank Gymnastic Leotards for Girls featured in GK's 2011 Back to School catalog offers a great variety of different patterns and styles.  Choose from foiled or hologram nylon/spandex leotards with scoop back designs.  This leotard collection is sure to fit any budget with its value pricing.  All letoards are under $30!

E1752

Gymnastics leotard style E1752 is a classic scoop back hologram tank leotard with flower design in cruising hologram.
E1754

This classic foiled tank leotard style E1754 comes in blue lizard nylon/spandex with foil and features a scoop back.   
E1753
Gymnastic leotard style E1753 is a classic foiled leo that comes in Black/Gold nastalgia nylon/spandex with scoop back.
E1756

Classic foiled tank leotard style E1756 come in a green chameleon creature nylon/spandex with foil and scoop back.  
E1755

This zebreeze nylon/spandex with foil classic tank leotard style E1755 features scoop back and foiled red/black design.

E1757

Blue cracked ice leotard style E1757  is a classic foiled tank leo in cracked ice nylon/spandex with scoop back.
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2011 Back to School Denim Leotard Collection

Grab your denim for the new school year with the new denim gymnastics apparel collection.  Choose from a capri, sports bra, workout short, or even a doll leotard.  All in a super soft blue jean stretch denim, it's the perfect denim for gymnasts.  This gymnastics apparel collection features great jeweled design and great value pricing.

E1739

Classic capri tights style E1739 is in our new super soft blue jean denim with clear jeweled accents and a clear crystal GK.   

E1737

Classic gymnastic wear sports bra style E1737 in our new super soft blue jean denim and also includes clear crystal GK with a t-back strap.
 
E1738

The micro mini workout gymnastics short style E1738 are in the super soft blue jean stretch denim and it includes clear jeweled accents and a clear crystal GK. 

N431   

Get your doll the perfect leotard with the tank leotard style N431 in blue jean denim.
  
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Winner of GK's Color Your Leo Contest is Announced

Congratulations to Sarah Ellingboe for winning the GK Color Your Leo contest!  A custom replica of Sarah's competitive gymnastics leotard design will be on display at the 2011 National Congress in St Paul, Minnesota later this month!

Leotard Design WinnerAs the Grand Prize Winner, Sarah will also receive 4 All-session VIP tickets and 4 Hospitality passes for the 2011 Visa Championships, an invitation to model the leotard at the GK Elite Fashion Show in Saint Paul and a spot in the 2011 Visa Championships program guide which features her leotard!

Congratulations and great job Sarah!

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The 2011 Back to School Mystique Collection

The 2011 Back to School catalog features a collection of bright mystique tank leotards perfect for the back to school season.  The collection offers 3 unique gymnastic leotards in either berry, orangeade, or lime mystique.  These leo's feature clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS accents along the neck line and a strappy back design.

E1734

Gymnastics Leotard style E1734 is a scoop back leotard with strappy back in berry mystique and blue jean denim trim.  This tank leotard has clear jeweled accents along the scoop neckline, Jeweled GK logo and a matching berry mystique scrunchie!

E1735

V-neck leotard style E1735 is a strappy back gymnastic leotard in orangeade mystique and blue denim trim. Clear jeweled accents border the neck line as well as the GK logo and a matching orangeade mystique scrunchie is included.

E1736

Tank leotard style E1736 is a strappy back leo in lime mystique and blue jean denim trim. 
Trimmed with neck line clear jeweled accents and GK jeweled icon will have you standing out this school year.  Matching lime mystique scrunchie included!         
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2011 Back to School Hologram Leotard Collection

The hologram collection that is featured in the 2011 Back to School catalog offers bright gymnastic leotards with velvet trim and jeweled accents.  Choose from three great colors and designs from turquoise, ocean, or berry.  Each leotard comes with a matching scrunchie!  

E1727

Iceberg leotard style E1727 comes in a classic tank ocean velvet with blue iceberg hologram.  It features clear jeweled accents around the neck line and comes with matching scrunchie.

E1729

Square neck gymnastic leotard style E1729 features a mid-back opening and T-back strap.  This leotard comes in a turquoise iceberg hologram and aqua velvet with clear jeweled accents along the strap line.

E1728

Gymnastic sweetheart leotard style E1728 offers a mid-back opening and clear jeweled accents in pink iceberg hologram and berry velvet.

Shop all of GK's 2011 Back to School Gymnastics Leotards here!


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2011 Back To School Supergirl Collection by Nastia Liukin

The Supergirl collection of gymnastics apparel is featured in the 2011 back to school catalog and offers two great red and blue gymnastic leotards as well as a workout short.  This collection represents Nastia's creativity for fashion & design.  Every gymnastics leotard comes with the iconic Supergirl jeweled icon and matching scrunchie!

SG018
The Supergirl leotard style SG018 features v-neck with zig zag trim in red mystique, navy mystique, and steel mystique.  It features jeweled Supergirl icon and matching scrunchie.

SG016
Nastia's gymnastic leotard style SG016 is a strap back tank leotard in navy mystique, red mystique, and steel mystique.  This leotard features clear jeweled Supergirl icon and matching scrunchie!

SG017
Supergirl workout short style SG017 comes in navy mystique with the supergirl jeweled icon on the right hip.  They go great with both of these Supergirl gymnastics leotards!
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