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  1. Halloween Costume Ideas Using Leotards

    image of gymnast wearing superhero costume made from a leotard, cape, and mask

    Are you looking for some quick and easy Halloween costume ideas? Here are several you can make using leotards you might already have (or that you need an excuse to get!) plus a little bit of ingenuity and some basic cutting and sewing.

    And check out our brand new 2018 Halloween Leotard Collection! Here for a limited time only. Check out this video sneek peek:

    Olympic Gymnast: After the amazing performance of the US Women’s team, your gymnast will leap at the chance to dress up like Jade, Morgan, Laurie, Aly, or Simone for Halloween. I love this costume idea because it is SO EASY. Grab a red, white, and blue leo, add sweats and a gold medal, and your gymnast is ready to salute her way around the neighborhood dressed as one of her idols!

    USA Costume

    Fairy Princess: Here’s something for the littlest gymnast. Pair our Sweet Pea leotard (or even a Mermaid leotard) with wings, wand, and a skirt from the local dollar store, and this tiny mite was ready to go. If your little gymnast is not in the mood to wear pink then check out our Mystique Gymnastics leotards for other colors.

    Gymnast in Fairy Costume

    Super Hero: Here’s a fun costume for an older gymnast that is also super easy to create! Our Heroic leotard and gymnastics warmup outfit capris are combined with a cape and eye mask, again from the local dollar store, for a fresh take on being a super hero.

    A Heroic costume using a leotard

    Peacock: Even if you're not super crafty, you can handle this one. Ours turned out really awesome! We started with a turquoise mystique leotard, and some black leggings we already owned. Check Youtube for tutorials on how to make a tulle tutu. There’s are a lot of versions and you are bound to find one that you love.

    You can also check out Snowflake Design’s YouTube videos while you are browsing since we all know that watching one video is almost impossible. HINT: If you use glitter tulle don’t construct your skirt at the kitchen table, or in the kitchen, or inside your home. Our kitchen looked like it was attacked by fairies, and we're still finding glitter 2 weeks later! 

    A picture of pretty peacock gymnast

    Isn't she cute?!

    The Back of a peacock costume

    Sassy Cat and a Bumble Bee: When in doubt, a black leotard makes a great base for a Halloween costume. Add a tail and a kitty mask (or ears and face paint) and you have a sassy black cat that’s ready to celebrate!  Yellow wings, a headband, and a skirt and you have a bee ready to buzz around the neighborhood on Halloween.

    A bee and a cat leotard

    We hope this blog post has given you some great Halloween costume ideas using your leotards. Check out our exclusive 2018 Halloween Leotards here!

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  2. All New Competition Leotards for 2018 - 2019

    Snowflake Designs Gymnastics Leotards is proud to introduce our beautiful, incredible lineup of new competition leotards for girls for 2018 - 2019. 

    This is our most beautiful, creative and unique line of competition girls leotards so far! Our design team took their inspiration from their most beautiful gymnastics leotard dreams to combine  gorgeous new fabrics with layers of techniques from dye-sublimation to Swarovski crystals to hand-sewn embellishments. They have developed our most creative and unique competition leotards ever.

    Check out this introduction video to get a full 360 degree view of some of our favorites, then click here to see the entire competition leotard collection!

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  3. 3 Important Back-to-School Tips for Gymnasts … And Gym Moms!

    Your gymnast has trained all summer. They were able to eat, sleep and breathe gymnastics from the time they woke up until they went to bed. It was glorious! But now, you're looking for back-to-school tip for gymasts.

    Because now, in addition to all the regular kid grumbling about going back to school, you have to deal with 24/7 gymnastics training withdrawal!

    Don’t worry though! We’ve got 3 very important back-to-school tips for gymnasts… and gym moms and dads! Keep reading to find out how to make it back to school.

    3 most important back-to-school tips for gymnasts and gymnastics

    Back-to-School Tips - #1 Be Patient

    This advice is for you and your gymnast! Be patient with them in getting used to their new schedule.

    It’s not just that they can’t focus exclusively on gymnastics, but they have a new class schedule and maybe even a new school if they’ve graduated from kindergarten, elementary school or junior high. That’s hard enough on any kid, much less someone who is still trying to maintain a high level of gymnastics training or who wants to  compete and win in gymnastics.

    Remind your gymnast to be patient with themselves and remind yourself to be patient with them! And how about a reward or treat for surviving their first week of school? Save 10% When You Go to to Get Our Emails. Or Text GYMNASTICSSTRONG to 33222

    back-to-school tips for gymnasts and gymnastics - be patient

    Back-to-School Tips - #2 Get Nutritional Support and Hydrate

    Our oldest generation of Snowflake gymnasts remember when school started after Labor Day, don’t you? It would usually be warm, but it wasn’t summertime-hot like it is when going back to school in August.

    Fitter people can tend to sweat faster and more heavily than others. Your gymnast is fit! And probably small (but fierce) so they’re at risk for getting dehydrated a lot faster than most of their classmates.

    Make sure your gymnast is getting a good breakfast and lunch (and that they are eating it!) and remind them to hydrate - a lot! It’s hard when they go back to school and might not be able to carry a water bottle with them (some schools have banned water bottles). They’ll be used to being able to get a drink when they need it, so remind them to take advantage of every opportunity such as recess, walking between classes and of course PE!

    back-to-school tips for gymnasts and gymnastics - hydrate

    Back-to-School Tips - #3 Beware of Injury

    It might seem like they’ll be less likely to be injured. They’re reducing their volume of training, right? But the overall stress on their bodies - from school, gymnastics, homework and PE - can add up. Check in with them regularly to see how they’re feeling and if they’re not too fatigued or stressed.

    Because gymnasts are SO mentally tough , they often don’t complain until it’s too late. Remind them that it’s not complaining, it’s feedback so that you and they can adjust or add support when it’s needed … before it’s too late.

    They’re also probably getting less sleep. We remember when our kids were in gymnastics and school. They’d be up at 6 a.m. to get ready for school, then they’d train and then have hours of homework. Sometimes no one in the house would get to bed before 10 p.m. … which was stressful on everyone!

    In these last few weeks before school, now is the time to prepare. Remember, this is a big adjustment for you and for your gymnast. These back-to-school tips for gymnasts will help you plan ahead and be ready for problems and just plain tough days.

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  4. 57 Funny Gymnastics Quotes to Make You Laugh All Summer Long!

    We take gymnastics very seriously and we know you do too… but sometimes you have to laugh! We’ve collected 57 of our favorite funny gymnastics quotes that will make you laugh, that will remind you of what you love about the sport and maybe even inspire you.

    57 Funny Gymnastics Quotes to Make You Laugh All Summer Long! With an image of a gymnast doing a funny handstand.

    Funny Gymnastic Quotes About Being a Real Gymnast

    When did you feel like a “real” gymnast? Here are some funny quotes that will help you know.

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    You know you’re a gymnast when…

    • You spend more time on your hands than your feet.
    • It isn’t rude to yell “Stick it!”
    • When someone refers to “Ariel,” you don’t think of little mermaids.
    • All the kids you know hang out in bars.
    • Your deductions have nothing to do with your parents’ tax returns.
    • You didn’t have to take science class to understand gravity (and how to defy it!)
    • Your pullovers aren’t knits or fleece.
    • You could flip out at any time!
    • You don’t use lotion anywhere because you want to keep your calluses hard.
    • Your grandma can’t understand how her tiny granddaughter does giants.
    • Splits don’t make you think of bananas and ice cream.
    • You don’t keep your flip flops in your closet.
    • You’re a six-year-old with six-pack abs.
    • When other girls flex their arms, meh. When I flex my arms? Gun show!
    • It’s not a frontflip or backflip… it’s a front tuck and a back tuck.
    • Scales don’t have anything to do with your weight.
    • You don’t keep money in your vaults.
    • You’re head over heels in love … with gymnastics.
    • You like gymnastics … and maybe 2 people.
    • Your world is upside down more than right side up .. and that’s okay!
    • You have ugly hands and that’s okay too.
    • You laugh when football players complain about conditioning at the beginning of the season.

    Funny gymnastics quotes: you know you're a gymnast when you spend more time on your hands than your feet.

    Quotes About Gymnastics vs. Other Sports

    As a gymnast, you know that our sport is hard. It takes dedication, mental toughness and a family commitment when you’re competing. So it’s fun to enjoy gymnastics quotes that show how tough we are and also poke a little bit of fun at some other sports that thing they’re hard. Like football … or rugby.

    • If gymnastics were easy, they’d call it football.
    • After a day of football, a gymnast would be bruised. After a day of gymnastics, a football player would be torn to pieces.
    • Real athletes wear leotards.
    • I don’t ask for the workout to be easier, I ask to be a stronger gymnast.
    • Girly girl at school… BEAST at the gym.
    • All the power of a linebacker … in a smaller package!
    • Pretty in pink (or blue or glitter) but dangerous in a leotard.
    • Gymnastics is for the hard workers, the rest are cheerleaders. (Okay, just joking - competitive cheerleading involves a lot of tumbling and gymnastics moves.)
    • Beam: Because flying off the floor isn’t dangerous enough.
    • Act like a lady, flip like a boss.
    • I don’t need balls … I’m a gymnast, I throw and catch myself.
    • Football - 4 downs, Baseball - 3 outs, Tennis - 2 serves, Gymnastics … 1 chance!

    Funny gymnastics quotes: gymnast could flip out at any time.

    Funny Gymnast Problems

    But we love our “gymnast problems” as these funny gymnastics quotes prove.

    • Being a gymnast means you have the strength to hold on and the courage to let go.
    • If at first you don’t succeed… try doing what your coach told you to do the first time.
    • Gymnastics: the only sport where you’re proud that you fell from 10 feet in the air.
    • That feeling when you’re so excited about the perfect landing that you forget where the judges are.
    • People think you’re sneezing when you tell them you do a round-off onto the springboard (“Yurchenko!” … Bless you!)
    • The floor tells gymnasts “If you fall, I’ll be there for you,” the beam says “If you fall, I’ll drop you and then hit you on the way down.”
    • When you finally do it perfectly and coach says, “Do it again, I didn’t see it.” :-|
    • Blood, sweat and … chalk! There’s no crying in gymnastics.
    • You didn’t fall… the floor just needed a hug.
    • Gymnastics: the only sport where you’re supposed to look like you were thrown from a moving vehicle.
    • Education is important, but gymnastics is importanter.
    • Any time you feel perfect, you can just ask a judge for a reality check.
    • Do you ever just want to do a backflip somewhere but remember you shouldn’t? Me neither!
    • People think you’re speaking Russian when you talk about your sport: Shaposhnikova, Sushanova, Rufolva, Korbut and Comaneci… got all that?
    • Even your hands are ripped.
    • Watching the Olympics and your friends say: “That was amazing!” You: “Her toes weren’t pointed.”

    Funny gymnastics quotes: if at first you don't succeed, try it the way your coach told you in the first place.

    Gymnastics Quotes About Dedication

    No matter how much we like to pretend to complain about the work involved, you know we love it! Here are funny gymnastics quotes that prove our dedication:

    • Yes, you have a boyfriend. His name is Jim Nastics.
    • Complains about a tiny breeze at home. Doesn’t mind that the gym temperature is either Antarctica or the Sahara Desert.
    • If you like falling, gymnastics is the sport for you.
    • Soccer players get shin guards. Volleyball players get knee pads. Football players get shoulder pads and helmets. Gymnasts get a thin lycra leotard.
    • Gymnastics is life. All the rest are petty details.
    • If you never leap, you’ll never know what it’s like to FLY.

    Funny gymnastics quotes: yes, I have a boyfriend. his name is Jim Nastics.

    And OUR favorite, funny gymnastics quote:

    Gymnastics is my passion. Leotards are my fashion!

    Funny Gymnastics Quotes: Gymnastics is my passion, leotards are my fashion.

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  5. How to Build a Strong Gymnastics Family

    Do you have a strong gymnastics family? Here's why it's a challenge.

    Having a gymnast in your family can be fun but also intense and time-consuming! Everyone in the family enjoys it when your gymnast advances to a new level. And everyone in the family suffers when your athlete is injured or feels like they’ve failed.

    We’re a gymnastics family ourselves - that’s how Snowflake Designs got started - so we understand the highs and lows of being a gymnastics family. We’ve got three generations who have been involved as gym moms and dads, athletes and coaches.

    Read on to find out how to build your own strong gymnastics family:

    How to Build a Strong Gymnastics Family

    Our family extends beyond our blood relations. We consider our employees, consultants and customers to be part of our family. Then we’re also part of the bigger U.S. and worldwide gymnastics family. Right now, that part of the gymnastics family is struggling - whether you follow the national competitions or not, it’s more important than ever that we, as athletes, gym moms or dads, and industry members help each other stay strong.

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    That’s why our theme here at Snowflake Designs this year is “STRENGTH.”  You’ve seen that theme in these blog posts which are already some of our most popular ever:

    Five Ways to Be a Stronger Gymnast

    Mental Toughness for Gymnasts

    These posts talk about the individual gymnast. Here’s what we’ve learned about keeping your entire gymnastics family strong.

    A Strong Gymnastics Family Gets Everyone Involved

    Gymnastics is one of the hardest sports that a young girl or boy can participate in. It can be even harder if your gymnast feels like they are the only one who cares or the only one who knows anything about their sport.

    We probably don’t have to tell you this if you’re a typical gym mom or dad, but you want to learn about the sport and know what your gymnast is working on. Then, share that perspective with grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, and siblings. They probably don’t understand how important gymnastics is to your athlete. Share with them how the skills and strengths that your gymnast is developing will benefit them for life.

    Invite friends and family to a meet or training session so they can see your gymnast in action and so they can see and meet other gymnastics families. You probably can’t stop your gymnast from showing family members their latest skills at the drop of a hat. Why not make it an official “talent show” or “demonstration” at the next gathering?

    Encourage your gymnast to share what they’re doing with friends or younger or older siblings and teach some (safe!) gymnastics skills like handstands or forward and backward rolls.

    strong gymnastics family with two sisters doing handstand and splits

    Expand Your Family

    Gym moms (and dads), we know you are a special kind of “good crazy.” But it’s a lot more fun if you have friends in that crazy boat with you! If you don’t have a relationship with other gym moms, who can you talk to about your leotards collection obsession or how much you worry about your gymnast?

    Make a point of getting to know the other gym moms. They’re not your competition or rival… they’re your support group and the only other people who really, truly get you! Don’t neglect the gym dads. They might feel like an outsider or that they’re not welcome, so make a point to help and encourage them. A newly single dad has a lot to deal with and you could really make a difference to them and their gymnast.

    Can’t find anyone at your level to talk to in your home gym? Get online to find your tribe. We’re big fans of the The Crazy Mamas of Gymnastics (and a couple Dads too!) group on Facebook.

    Remember the Point

    Finally, and most importantly, remember the reason you’re doing this. We all get caught up in the daily details. Everyone wants the best for their gymnast and who doesn’t want their gymnast to be the best in your gym, win gold at every meet, or even earn a spot on the Olympic team?

    But for most gymnasts, it’s all about fun and building great skills that will benefit them for life. Gymnastics helps strong girls and boys become strong women and men … and have FUN doing it!

    strong gymnastics family strong girl

    As a gym mom or dad, your job is to support your gymnast but also to ENJOY the experience. We all love stories about the parents who sacrifice every moment, mortgage their house and spend their life in the gym in support of their athlete who becomes world champion. But those success stories are few and far between. Don’t become a family who gives up everything, with a mom who resents all the time spent, and a gymnast feels like a failure because she didn’t deliver.

    You’re doing this to enjoy the powerful sport of gymnastics, encourage your strong child, and be together as a family.

    Thank you for letting us be part of your strong gymnastics family!

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