Leotard Suppliers

Last updated: March 2017
For anything and everything you need to know about leotards, companies and some stuff you didn’t think you needed to know. I hope this will soon become the best resource for locating leotards out there!

I don’t know about you but one of the most exciting aspects of our sport (probably more so for the girls than the boys) is the fact that we all wear leotards. Leotard (window) shopping is one of my favourite pastimes and so every time I come across a new website selling leotards or a new supplier, naturally I’m on it browsing for the prettiest leotards and latest leotards trends (TrendTip: Netting is so in this season, and so is aqua blue-green colouring!)

I thought I’d help us all out by collecting up all those wonderful links to the websites and Facebook pages etc. Of suppliers, starting with some of the big most common big brands/ suppliers and including some of the smaller single-man (or woman) companies that are producing beautiful well-made leotards.

If I’ve missed one off the list, let me know and I’ll be sure to add it!

Aspire

Possibly a new favourite of mine, Aspire have some great designs and an excellent care label for their leotards! Created in 2012, Aspire researched what gymnasts want from a leotard, the fabrics, manufactured technology and quality and I certainly agree! They also have the cheapest recreational leotard I’ve ever seen, as well as reductions on some trendy designs making these guys affordable for everyone.

http://aspire-leotards.co.uk

A-star

The custom kings of leotards, A star specialise in custom fabric and design combinations at reasonable prices. Based in Devon these guys are proud to be 100% British.

https://www.astar.uk.com

BK’s Gymnastics Wear

They don’t have a swanky expensive website that walks, talks and flies but they do have a selection of lovely girly leotards and some cutting edge designs. They also have the opportunity to model for them so go check that out!

https://www.bks-gymnastics-wear.com

Gees Active

With leotards for practice and competition wear, this company supply attire for gymnastics, dance, ice skating and more. Could this mean they are a jack of all trade but a master of none? I don’t think so, but the verdict’s out, have you bought or owned one of these leotards? Let me know how you would rate them in the comments below.

https://geesactive.co.uk

Elite Gymwear- GK & Christian Moreau

Well known American brand GK are a popular leotard for their comfortable fabrics and fit. Cut a bit wider in the body these leotards are great for training and performance wear.
Elite are also supplies of Christian Moreau leotards and have a range of beautiful designs for girls and some cutting edge leotards for boys. These American apparel leotards both come with a matching price tag; though many can be found for a bargain in sales or second hand and make long lasting leotards.
The UK supplier for GK, Adidas and Christian Moreau is below.

https://www.elitegymwear.co.uk

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Probably one of the most well known leotard brands out there, Milano has been producing leotards for any years. They were also the headline sponsor for Great Britain and the Home Nations supplying the iconic ‘Britannia’ back design that we’ve seen in many of the 2015/16 designs.

https://www.milano-pro-sport.com

Quattro

A relative newcomer to the stage, Quattro have just announced they are the new leotard supplier for Team GB. With comfort and cutting edge fabric and designs their ethos these guys are a definitely one not to miss!

http://www.quatrogymnastics.com/home

Shape Gymwear

A brand new boutique leotard company hailing from Cardiff, Wales this is an exciting newcomer. Aimee is hand making leotards for considerably less than the big retailers and many of the designs on Shape’s Facebook shop are custom yet affordable.

https://facebook.com/SHAPEgymwear/

https://www.shapegym.co.uk

Stretchy Saturdays

Billed for recreational use, Stretchy Saturdays have a large number of brightly coloured short sleeved leotards idea for any gymnastics class.

http://www.stretchysaturdays.co.uk/

The Zone

Often seen as the more affordable option for leotards, The Zone have over the years branched out to using more creative fabrics and designs. For recreational leotards on a sensible budget, this is the place to go.

http://www.the-zone.co.uk

Happy shopping everyone! Hopefully this’ll help you find exactly what you’re looking for! ~Bella

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Special Needs Gymnastics

I love this! I’m learning more and more about different disabilities and how to adapt my coaching and I can honestly say that Jamie has unlocked an absolutely vital key – breaking things down. I’ve met a lot of children who have little confidence in their own ability and become easily upset or frustrated if they perceive that they ‘can’t’ do something and more often than not these aren’t people with whom you can explain that it won’t be perfect the first time around! Little victories working towards a bigger long term goal, even if the long term goal is one complete skill is the absolute key to keeping them keen, learning and having fun. Infinite patience and creativity when teaching little bits of skills is also required, ’cause who wants to do step 1 over and over again?

Recreational Gymnastics

special-needs-gymnasticsJamie Pacton:

Gymnastics can benefit kids tremendously, especially kids with special needs.

Liam, my 7-year-old with autism, has been working with a gymnastics coach for almost two years, and in that time, he’s made huge gains in motor skills, following directions, expressive language, and confidence. …

When he first started, he was timid, resistant, and uncoordinated; now his confidence shines through in every activity he completes. …

COACH SARAH BANCK:

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Stretching: Help or Harm?

I’ve recently been taking a good look at stretching, specifically the benefits and when during a training session you should or shouldn’t be stretching. Some of my findings were new to me, so I thought I’d share a general overview and some of what I learned.

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What is stretching?

The movement of your muscles through their complete range of motion. There are two types of stretches: Dynamic and Static. Dynamic is the continuous movement of a muscle smoothly through its complete range of motion, for example leg swings. Static stretching is placing a muscle in a stretch and holding it in that position, for example if you were to raise your leg at a height and fold your body over it, holding the stretch for a fixed amount of time.

Dynamic Stretching is great at the beginning of a session because it helps to improve metabolic activity and blood flow to the muscle. This in turn helps with the muscles range of motion and power output, as well as preventing injury.

Static Stretches initially cause muscles to contract, and are proven to decrease the power available in the muscle for a short period – not what you want before a training session requiring maximum power. However when held for around 20 seconds post-workout, static stretches are effective at helping muscles to recover and heal, gently increase your flexibility and relax your muscles.

When is it best to stretch?

Based on my research, Dynamic activation stretches are great to include in your warm up. Static stretching in a fixed position for 20 seconds are most effective after exercise, during your cool down.

For a brief dynamic warm up, check out the video below from 13’07”. This video also really makes you think about the best use of a training session, especially when as Nath discusses (11′ in) the most ‘efficient use of time for optimal training’ doesn’t include static stretching, which can be done anywhere at any time, instead of getting onto the equipment you’re there to work on. He also makes a good point when it comes to young kids and the lack of ‘fun’ in stretching as opposed to using the equipment in the gym.

I hope you found this interesting and informative. I know it’s helped to inform what stretches I use in my training and coaching sessions. I’d really appreciate your thoughts below. On a side note, I was taught a warm up is for both the body and mind, do you think shortening the warm up could pose a risk to a athlete being less mentally prepared? Comment below with your opinion, I’d love to hear it!

~ Bella

10 Reasons Why I Love Aimee Boorman

I love this! You can really see Aimee’s coaching philosophy is to keep it fun, so the gymnast wants to learn more, faster and Aimee’s results speak for themselves. Maybe for our elite coaches, there are lessons to be learned there… What do you think?
~ Bella

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She understands what an incredible sport gymnastics is for all kids.   Aimee says, “I love watching kids grow. Gymnastics is more about life than just being a sport.  It teaches you about respect, dedication, time management, drive…I could go on and on.”

She puts the child before the gymnast. According to the The Los Angeles Times Aimee she does not monitor Biles’ diet, encourages her to have a life outside of gymnastics, and wants her to spend time with friends.  “You have to avoid burnout,” Aimee said. “I believe in family vacations. I believe in taking time off. I believe if it’s your best friend’s birthday, you take the day off and go spend it with her. That’s time you can’t get back.”

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Happy 4th of July to any American out there and anyone else who celebrates Freedom & Independence!

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Coaches, each time you have a group of children who you are instructing you have the freedom to create a lesson that matches the goals you have for the group. You also have the responsibility to create a lesson that builds your athletes in a healthy manner, both physically and psychologically.

Gymnasts each time you are given autonomy to monitor your own conditioning or complete you assignment without a coach standing over you, you have the opportunity to show that you are trustworthy by doing what was asked of you.

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#RoadToRio Series: Gymnasts who made it!

The Olympic draws in Gymnastics were released on the 5th May 2016. To find out which athletes or nations will complete, check out the info below. The draws for Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline and Rhythmic Gymnastics were held during the FIG Council meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Artistic

A total of 98 gymnasts (12 teams of five gymnasts and 38 individuals) will compete in the qualification round in both Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics in Rio.

Find out more about the Men’s Artistic here.

Trampoline

Sixteen men and sixteen women will take part in the qualification round in Trampoline.
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UPDATE: Great Britain have secured 2 places in the Women’s Trampoline competition and 1 Men’s place to compete in the Olympics – Go team GB! Once the team members have been confirmed, I’ll let you know with a further update. ~ Bella

Rhythmic

In Rhythmic Gymnastics, 26 gymnasts will take part in the individual competition, while 14 nations have qualified for the Group competition.

 

Do you have a favourite gymnast hoping to gain one of those precious olympic spots? Let me know in the comments below! ~ Bella 😉