GK Voted Best Leotard Brand!

It's official! GK is the Best Leotard Brand as voted by About.com readers for 2012!  GK would like to thank everyone who voted.  We received a majority of the votes garnering 69% of the total. 

Thank you for your support!

Be on the look out for our 2012 Competitive Catalog which is set to launch very soon!  In the meantime, check out our 2012 Spring Essentials Catalog!

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Everyday Champions: Julz & Emily

Check out Julz and Emily from Desert Lights in Chandler, Arizona sporting their new GymTek leotards purchased at the Optional State Championships last weekend!  GymTek is the first technically designed, high performance workout collection for the serious gymnast.  GymTek leotards have state of the art technical features to make hours of practice more comfortable and more productive. 

Tagless.  Flatlock Seams. Exceptional Fit.  Stretchtek Fabric.

Check out the entire GymTek collection here!

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GK Outfits and Sponsors 2nd Annual Kalon Ludvigson Invitational

The Kalon Ludvigson Invitational was held at the Utah Olympic Oval on March 17, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The event is in its second year of becoming an annual competition and this year's was the largest tumbling competition in Utah history with 543 athletes competing in 1,128 events!  Athletes came from Canada, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. 

Kalon Ludvigson, a senior elite athlete who trains at Team Revolution in Pocatello, Idaho, hosted the event.  Kalon is the most decorated U.S. Athlete in Trampoline and Tumbling History.  He has won 19 World Cup and World Championship Medals and is the only American to hold a World Record for Degree of Difficulty in tumbling, which he has claimed twice, once in 2008 and again in 2011.  Kalon has garnered an international reputation with all of his success so far.

GK was honored to sponsor the Kalon Ludvigson Invitational and equally proud to design the Team Revolution custom gymnastics apparel for the men and woman athletes competing for Team Revolution.  Kalon Ludvigson said, "GK Elite Sportswear is always my number one choice for competition apparel. Nothing fits better, makes me feel stronger, or helps me to stand out like GK.  I feel so honored that GK wanted to be part of my event!" 

TR's eye-catching creation is a custom gymnastics leotard design created just for them!  The Neon Lime Nylon/Spandex and Black Mystique fabrics are a statement-making choice.  The women's leotard sparkles with Brilliance Crystals scattered all over the abstract flame design.  Revolution is spelled out on the left sleeve in Brilliance Crystals for even more sparkle! The men have coordinating shorts in Neon Lime Nylon.  You can't miss Team Revolution when they hit the competition floor!  Kainoa Park, a Team Revolution Junior Elite Athlete said, "GK leotards fit so comfortably.  That comfort paired with my coach's custom design make me feel so pretty when I am competing.  I feel like nothing can go wrong when you look so good!"

Are you loving Team Revolution's men's gymnastics and women's gymnastics leotards?  For something similar, check out GK's Asymmetrical Flame Long Sleeved Leotard 7479 and make it your own with any style, any fabric, and any color combination.  Check out all of GK's In Stock Men's Gymnastics Apparel here!

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Behind the Make It or Break It Leo: Smells Like Winner

Welcome Back 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.  Each week, you'll get a sneak preview of one of the leotards worn in that night's episode!

In tonight's Season 3 opener, the Rock girls begin their tenure at the USA Training Center. As they adjust to new surroundings, Payson copes with bad news, Kaylie tries to fit her boyfriend into her life and Lauren fears her custom-made perfume is making her ill.

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In tonight's season premiere, Lauren wears GK's beautiful Lime & Steel Tank Leotard Style 3645, an asymmetrical neckline gymnastic tank in Lime Mystique and Steel Mystique with black jewel accents.  The designer drew her inspiration from animals.  Their features, colors, and environment offer a lot of ideas in creating leotard designs.  In a past MIOBI season, GK had success with a simplified version of this leotard leading to the inspiration for this new leotard. This leo was designed to reflect how an animal camouflages itself into its environment. Most of the time you see the grass they are hiding in, but sometimes you get a glimpse of their stripes.  Shop this and other styles from tonight's episode here!

Do you have a favorite Make It or Break It leotard from the last two seasons? Tell us about it below!

Watch the Season Premiere of Make It or Break It tonight at 9/8c on ABC Family!

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Make It or Break It Premiere Only Days Away!

Are you ready for the return of Make It or Break It?  In the Season 3 opener, the girls begin their tenure at the USA Training Center as eight weeks of competition stand between the Rock girls and their Olympic dreams. As they adjust to new surroundings, Payson copes with bad news, Kaylie tries to fit her boyfriend into her life and Lauren fears her custom-made perfume is making her ill.

Whether you are new to the series or a faithful fan, check out this must-see video from ABC Family to get caught up and ready for the Season Premiere airing Monday, March 26, at 9/8c.  What are you most looking forward to seeing? Any guesses as to what may happen this season?  Have a favorite GK Leo or two from the past seasons?

Can't wait till Monday? Relive every exciting moment with the MIOBI Marathon on SOAPnet, Sunday, March 25 starting at 9am/8c. Check out the schedule here!

Like the previous two seasons of MIOBI, GK gymnastics apparel will be featured on the series.  Our Behind the Make It or Break It Leotard blog series will also begin on March 26.  Be sure to visit the GK Blog to get a sneak peek of a GK leo from that night's episode and then shop our As Seen on MIOBI collection of gymnastics leotards.

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GymTek on Display at GK Sponsored WOGA Classic 2012

The World Olympic Gymnastics Academy ("WOGA"), home to two back-to-back Olympic Gold medalists, Nastia Liukin and Carly Patterson, hosted its annual WOGA Classic February 18-19, 2012 in Frisco, Texas.  The WOGA Classic has a long standing history as one of the largest gymnastics competitions, continually drawing top athletes from across the nation and the world.

GK was a proud sponsor of this year's Classic and additionally provided over 30 GymTek™ Coaches Shirts for staff at the event. WOGA Business Manager, Kathy Baker, said, "This year's WOGA Classic was the best ever! The GK GymTek™ shirts looked great on the event staff, and added a professional look to the event.  Staff members loved the fit and quality of these polos!" 

As first seen in our Spring 2012 Workout Essentials Catalog, GymTek™ coaches' apparel features the same performance fabrics and moisture-wicking properties as our GymTek™ gymnastics leotards.  GK provided Men's Loose Fit Polo Shirt Style L1035 for the WOGA staff as seen in the photos below. This GymTek™ shirt is 100% Poly piqué with athletic shoulder piping and is available in eight team colors.

Shop the GymTek collection here!

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GK Proud to Unite With Another Successful Pink Invitational!

The 2012 Pink Invitational was an astounding success!  The ongoing, stellar support of this event enables Unite for HER to help women affected by breast cancer, provide wellness education materials, and raise awareness. Save the date for next year's event - February 22-24, 2013!

GK was honored to create the gymnastics leotard for the Pink Invitational athletes. The leo was a beautiful, classic v-neck style made of Black Nylon/Spandex with Pink Bubblicious fabric on the right shoulder.  The iconic Pink Ribbon was created with fuchsia nailheads and the GK and Unite for HER logos were artfully combined with Cheeky Pink and White embroidery. It has become a fun tradition at the Pink Invitational for teams to creatively accessorize!

A much loved tradition at the Pink Invitational is the popular BRAvado Art Inspired Exhibit.  This year, there were 18 sports bras turned one-of-a-kind creations by gymnastics celebrities.  Their creations were then  raffled off to raise funds for Unite for HER. Perhaps even more valuable than the funds raised by BRAvado each year, is the open forum the event creates for girls to talk about breast health care.  With breast cancer awareness and education at the heart of the Unite for HER mission, BRAvado was an immeasurable success.

New to the event this year was the donation of a Couture Collection Leotard by GK and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS for Unite for HER to raffle off at the Pink Invitational.  The stunning long sleeve competitive gymnastics leotard evokes both strength and beauty, featuring Black and Petal Pink Mystique fabrics that provide a premium backdrop for the 10,000+ handset Classic and Diamond Leaf SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS adorning the garment. Due to the generosity of Swarovski, the leotard designer, Julia Kline, was able to choose an array of gorgeous hues to illuminate the leotard including Crystal Moonlight, Rose, Indian Pink, Fuchsia, Ruby, Hyacinth, Topaz, Crystal Golden Shadow, and more. The unparalleled leotard design carries an approximate retail value of $5,000.  The fantasy leotard was on display during the event with many attendees remarking that it was even more spectacular in person.  Over 4,500 raffle tickets were sold for a chance to take it home. 

These two uniquely fantastic raffle events at this years' Pink Invitational created an incredible outreach initiative for girls and young women in addition to raising over $4,300 ensuring that the Unite for HER mission will continue.

Kelly Christman, Sr. Marketing Manager for GK Gymnastics, was on hand
to pull the winning ticket for the couture leo.  The lucky winner of the GK Couture Leotard Design was Bryn Kanagy of Centre Elite, a Level 4 Gymnast from Reedsville, Pennsylvania.  Congratulations Bryn! What an awesome addition to your GK gymnastics leotard collection!

Looking for your next addition to your GK gymnastics leotard collection? Shop GK's 2012 Spring Essentials Catalog here!


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3rd Annual Nastia Liukin Cup Athletes Wear GK in the Big Apple

Flashes of beautiful pink and black GK gymnastics leotards were everywhere at the 3rd Annual Nastia Liukin Cup, Friday, March 2, 2012 at New York City's Madison Square Garden.  GK is proud to have sponsored the Nastia Liukin Cup for the third consecutive year.  The Nastia Liukin Cup has grown every year in its endeavor to provide a high level competition opportunity for top Junior Olympians.  Qualifiers for the event are held throughout the year leading up to the competition as part of the Nastia Liukin Cup Series lending even more valuable experience for young gymnasts that they might not have otherwise.

34 athletes earned a spot at the competition in 2012 and were outfitted by GK with a tank leotard, a long sleeve competition leotard, and warm ups.  In addition, each competitor got to meet and have their picture taken with Nastia! The tank leo was made of Berry Storm and Black Mystique fabric and the competition leotards were made of Berry and Black Mystique fabric.  Sparkle was added to each leotard with heat-transferred jewels. 

Charity Jones from Dynamo Gymnastics in Miami, Oklahoma captured this year's coveted Nastia Liukin Cup title.  Charity posted a score of 38.075 capturing the All Around win.  Congratulations Charity!

Nastia designs her own Gold Medal Collection line of gymnastics leotards for GK. Check out her latest styles in our 2012 Spring Essentials Catalog!  Need a competition leo?  Shop GK's In Stock Long Sleeve Gymnastics Leotards here!

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French Summer Champion Chic in GK

Tiffany Cardon, French gymnast, trains at the Henin-Beaumont club.  She is the current Summer Champion of 2011 for the 13 yr. category.  Tiffany looks beautiful in her GK Sharp Accent Competitive Leotard 4840 made of Navy and Red Mystique paired with White Sparkle fabric and scattered jewels.

Check out GK's In Stock Competitive Gymnastics Leotards or visit our Design Studio to come up with your own one-of-a-kind long sleeve leotard.  Choose any fabric and any color combination to design a GK Competitive Gymnastics Leotard with your own custom look. Add your team name or logo in your choice of jewels, embroidery or imprinting.

Don't forget to Vote for GK once a day on About.com for Best Leotard Brand!  Click here to vote now!

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An Inside Look at GK Elite Sportswear, the World’s Leading Brand of Gymnastics Apparel

GK is the world’s leading brand of gymnastics apparel and is recognized around the world for superior variety, quality, fit and service.  Elite Sportswear, L.P. is proud to have been chosen by adidas® to manufacture the US National Team Competitive apparel for USA Gymnastics since 2000 and is the sole producer of adidas® brand gymnastics apparel worldwide.  Based in Reading, Pennsylvania, Elite Sportswear, L.P., the company behind the GK brand, continues its commitment to American-made quality and continuous innovation in designs for Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Dance, and Drill Team apparel.  For more information about GK Elite, visit www.gkelite.com.

Most visitors to GK cite the facility tour as the absolute highlight of their visit.  What goes on behind each and every GK gymnastics leotard is astounding.  The following video showcases GK's best and most valuable resources including its employees and the energy and creativity that is a part of every day here at GK Elite Sportswear.

Enjoy this sneak peak at a day at GK! 

Shop the GK Spring 2012 Gymnastics Essentials Catalog here!

Shop the GK 2012 Cheer Catalog here!

Shop GK's newly launched Dance Team 2012 Catalog here!

Be on the lookout for the 2012-2013 Competitive Gymnastics Catalog arriving in April!

Don't forget to vote for GK as Best Leotard Brand on About.com. 
Voting is open until March 21, 2012.  Click here to vote for GK now!

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Everyday Champions: CATS Gymnastics

CATS Gymnastics of Jupiter, Florida’s Level 7 Optional and Prep Op teams competed at the Cruise Classic meet in Cooper City Feb. 11-12, 2012 in GK competitive gymnastics leotards.  The stunning long sleeve gymnastic leotard is GK's Sunburst Competitive Leotard 7536 which CATS made their own with Black, Electric Turquoise, and Silver Mystique fabrics highlighted with Clear SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.  Thank you CATS for making GK look beautiful and good luck with the rest of your season!

Shop the GK Competitive Catalog here!

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Everyday Champion: Lauren R.

Everyday Champion Lauren R. is an 8 year old, Level 5 gymnast who trains at Whip City Gymnastics in Southwick, Massachusetts.  Lauren recently competed on January 21-22, 2012 in the New Year's Invitational held at Westfield State University.

Lauren is picture perfect on the beam in GK's Cross Body Striping Gymnastic Leotard 4836 and is all smiles after a great routine!  Lauren's 3/4 sleeve team leo is customized with Merlot Mystique, Black Mystique and White Sparkle Fabric.  The cross body striping and neckline are accented with Clear Crystal jewels for beautiful sparkle.

Great job Lauren!

Visit the GK Website for all of your gymnastic apparel needs!

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Photography courtesy of John Cheng

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McKayla Maroney Graces Inside Gymnastics Cover as Breakout Star in GK

McKayla Maroney, 16 year old, Elite Artistic Gymnast from Los Angeles, California has been doing gymnastics from a very early age, but recently her climb up the competitive gymnastics ladder has become fast and furious.  Although relatively unknown just a few years ago, McKayla is now a serious contender for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.  McKayla trains under Coaches Artur Akopyan and Galina Marinova at All Olympia Gymnastics Center in Los Angeles, California.

McKayla made everyone sit up and take notice with her display of talent and ability at the 2011 Visa Championships in Saint Paul, Minnesota winning Gold on Vault and Silver All Around.  Next up were the 2011 Worlds in Tokyo where her vault scores contributed to  Team USA's Gold medal win.  McKayla is best known for her stunning Amanar vault execution, a Yurchenko-entry vault followed by two and a half twists in the air during a laid-out back salto.  

Inside Gymnastics magazine has also noted McKayla's recent rise and features her on its current cover, exhibiting poise and power in her long sleeve GK competition leotard at the 2011 Visa Championships.  GK's Petal Design Competition Leo Style 9550, is a scoop neckline gymnastics competition leotard that dazzles with its floral design throughout the bodice and ribbon effect on the back.

Find McKayla's leo and the rest of GK's competitive gymnastics leotards here!



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Everyday Champion: Lilly T.

Everyday Champion Lilly T. is 7 years old and competes as a Level 4 Gymnast at Competitive Edge Gymnastics in Leechburg, Pennsylvania.  Lilly loves her team's custom GK gymnastics leotard and thinks it is her lucky charm.  Lilly placed 3rd All Around at her most recent meet.  Bars are her favorite event and she will be going to states next month!

Go Lilly T!  You make GK very proud!

Lilly strikes a beautiful pose in GK's Stunning Flame Comp Leotard 9542 featuring a boat neckline with flame design across bodice and back, two tone sleeve design, and V back.  Her team colors are striking in White Sparkle, Black Fusion, and Electric Turquoise Mystique fabrics.  Brilliance crystals are added for the perfect finishing touch.

Choose any fabric and any color combination to design a GK Competitive Gymnastics Leotard with your own custom look. Add your team name or logo in your choice of jewels, embroidery or imprinting.  Shop GK's Special Order Long Sleeve Competition Leotards here!

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How Long Does A GK Gymnastic Leotard Last?

We have photographic proof that a GK Gymnastic Leotard may last for at least 15 years!  Here is a mini gymnast from College Station, Texas sporting a hand-me-down GK leotard from her older sister.  Mom testifies to it still being in great shape, the elastic is still good, and the colors are still bright! 
GK gymnastics leotards don't wear out - they wear on, and on, and on...

 So how did this GK leo last so long?

  • Proprietary Four-Way Stretch Fabric providing minimal shrink and exception stretch
  • Four Thread Overlock Stitching creating the most durable garments in the industry
  • Unparalleled Cutting Accuracy guaranteeing a proper fit
  • 16 Stitches Per Inch - the industry's most stringent standard in stitching
  • 11 Quality Inspections including the rigorous stretch test
  • The World's Best Elastic ensuring a consistent no-slip grip in all openings

Shop the 2012 Spring Essentials Catalog to pick out the GK leotard that may become a classic in your family!

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A Dynamic Look at the Dutch Men's Team Training in GK Gymnastics Apparel

The men's artistic gymnasts from O&O Top Artistic Gymnastics Zwijndrecht training facility, currently the top gym in the Netherlands, are featured in this dynamic video.  Their athletic power and undeniable talent provide a showcase for GK men's gymnastic apparel that is quite unique.  The energy and intensity of these hard working athletes is awe inspiring. 

One of the featured athletes, Anthony van Assche is currently the Dutch National Champion having already earned a spot on the Dutch National Team.  Melvin Ornek is currently No. 7 on the Dutch National Team and hoping to move up.  Also featured in the video is Frank Rijken, Axel Quist, Stefan Raats, Martijn Kuikman, and Frank Rijken, a current member of the Dutch National youth team. 

Sit back and enjoy this high impact look at the sport of men's gymnastics as seen through the artistic eye of one of the gymnasts, Martijn Kuikman, who created the video.

Do your athletes need training apparel? Shop for the styles seen in the video and all of your men's compression shirts, gymnastic pants, warm-ups, and other gymnastic apparel here.  If you need men's competitive gymnastics apparel, shop our Men's Special Order Competitive Collection here.

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Everyday Champions: Paige S. and Jocelyn S.

Gym Mom Amanda shared this photo of her daughters, Paige and Jocelyn, from Thompson Gymnastics in Ludlow, Massachusetts, who have been in gymnastics since they were 18 months old.  Amanda said, "They both have about 15 GK leotards and they LOVE them!"  Flip through our 2012 Spring Essentials catalog and find a GK gymnastics leotard that you love!

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Texas Athletes Love GK Gymnastics Leotards

The saying goes that everything is bigger in Texas.  That may be true, but these little athletes from Texas show their love for GK in a big way!   June Blackman, GK Sales Representative for Texas, shared these photos of some of her customers sporting GK gymnastics leotards.

The first one could be titled, "No Place But Texas!"   This little dynamo from San Antonio couldn't wait to put on her newly purchased GK workout leotard, so she did just that and wore it home with the appropriate Texan footwear, cowboy boots!  Next up is a Shawn Johnson Leotard fan from College Station, Texas, looking too-cute at her mini-meet.  Check out our 2012 Spring Essentials Catalog for our current tank-style workout leotards!

Here's a little gymnast who was at the T&T Nationals in San Antonio and just had to try out the GKids line ASAP.  Now that's how you work a GKids biketard!  Her fellow Texan from Houston is 3 months old and is rocking a pair of GK's silver cheer shorts.  Check out the entire GKids line here!  If your little Texan is an all star cheerleader, visit our 2012 Cheer Catalog!

Shop all of GK's Gymnastics Leotards and Apparel here.  Are you a gym owner or coach in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas or Kansas? Contact June at juneblackman@hughes.net for all of your gymnastic apparel needs. Contact information for GK Gymnastics Sales Representatives in other parts of the country can be found here.

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Everyday Champions: Paige S.

The Mighty Mights from Thompsons Gymnastics in South Hadley, Massachusetts love their Nastia Liukin gymnastics leotards!  Check out Joceyln S. celebrating her ribbon in her GK gymnastics leotard!  Ready to find your favorite leotard? Shop Nastia's latest gymnastics leotards here!  Check out the rest of our In Stock Tank Gymnastics Leotards here!

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GK Outfits Team USA Gymnasts for 12th Maccabi Pan Am Games

Maccabi USA celebrates Jewish Unity, Culture, and Heritage through world athletic competition.  GK supplied the gymnasts of the U.S. National Team with competition leotards, workout leotards and warm-ups for the 12th Maccabi Pan Am Games held in Sao Paulo, Brazil December 26, 2011 through January 2, 2012. 

Abbe Shapiro, parent of current US Gymnastics Team Member Nicole Shapiro and former 5-year member, Samantha Shapiro, said, "We were thrilled to receive the box of GK leotards!  The leos and warm-ups are gorgeous! I am well aware of the stunning leotards GK has created for the U.S. National Team over the years and the leotards and warm-ups for the Maccabi Pan Am Games certainly were on par.  We are very grateful for the generosity shown by GK in helping to make the Maccabi Pan Am Games a very exciting and special experience for the gymnasts!"

The athletes sported their Team USA pride in GK's Sporty Asymmetrical Comp Leo 4854 in Navy Mystique, White Sparkle and Red Mystique with Clear Crystals and GK's Sporty Cross Body Gym Leo 4858 in Navy Mystique, White Sparkle and Red Mystique with Brilliance Crystals.  For training, the gymnasts wore GK's Blue & White Striped Tank Leo 3665, Blue Zig Zag Trim Workout Leo 3594 and Blue & Red Asymmetrical Tank 3672.  In between events, Team USA sported GK's Mystique & Velvet Warm Ups 1788 with USA embroidered in white on the left chest. 

Congratulations to Team USA on their Gold Medal Win at the games!  The team took home a total of 7 Gold medals and 6 Silver medals including Team Gold and Individual All Around Gold for Nicole Shapiro and All Around Silver for Lauren De Meno.

Give your gymnasts a winning look - shop our In Stock Catalog today!

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