Gymnastics leotards are an important part of a gymnast’s wardrobe. Due to the wide variety of fabrics and colors, you might easily get carried away while choosing the right leotard. To avoid regretting your choice later, consider the fabric, cut, shape, brand, fit, sleeves, measurements, and personal preferences. You should also choose a leotard that effectively serves the purpose for which you are purchasing. Below is a guide on how to purchase the right gymnastic leotard.
Determining the right fit
If you randomly ask a group of gymnastic trainers about the right leotard fit, you will get a variety of answers, each based on their experience and preferences. Putting that into consideration, you should choose a fit that matches your personal preferences. A tight leotard can be uncomfortable thus making you distracted whereas an oversize leotard is dangerous since it can catch on equipment during the performance. It also makes you uncomfortable by bunching around the hips. If you are buying a training leotard, consider one which has a little growing room and also fits your torso and shoulders well. On the other hand, a completion leotard is supposed to fit perfectly like a second skin so that the judges can see muscle definition and precision. It should not be restrictive since it can interfere with your movement or cause an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction. Notably, training leotards can have any color or pattern whereas competition leotards are entirely glitzy and are made of solid colors. The more beautiful and flashy a competition leotard is, the better.
Choosing the right fabric
There are numerous leotard fabrics in the market but consider choosing the right one. Some fabrics will give you more comfort than others according to your body type and build. You should avoid going for metallic fabrics despite their flashy and bright make. Metallic leotard are tight around the torso and shoulders which make them uncomfortable. One of the popular leotard fabrics is the Lycra fabric which is extremely stretchy and perfectly serves its purpose without interfering with modesty. However, Lycra leotard is rarely chosen for competition due to its inability to hold to most decorations. If you are searching for fabric that comes in many designs and colors, go for a nylon fabric since it is less scratchy and considerately tight thus making you comfortable.
Choosing the right size
Before shopping for a leotard, you should know the size of your girth, inseam, hip, waist, and chest. To measure your chest size, hold your breath and have your gymnast measure the perimeter of your chest in the region below your armpits. Waist measurement is easy since your gymnast just needs to measure the natural waistline. Hip measurement should be done on your hugest bottom size to avoid oversize or undersize leotards. For girth/torso measurement, the gymnast should hold the tape on one of your shoulders, stretch it through the crotch back to the same shoulder. Ensure that the tape is snug at the crotch for comfortability.
By following this guide, you are assured of a comfortable and presentable gymnastic leotard that perfectly serves its purpose, be it training or competition.