You’ve signed your child up for gymnastics class and now you want to know what they should wear! Depending on your gymnast’s age and gender they will probably wear something different to gymnastics class. However, most girls will wear a leotard. We will go through what gymnasts of each age wear.
The “proper” gymnastics attire for girls is a leotard, and most girls in the gym will be wearing them. You can buy leotards online, at a local specialty gymnastics or dance store or sometimes retailers like Target and Wal-Mart have them. Head over here for where to buy leotards online, and for helpful buying tips. Leotards are great because they won’t catch on anything and they let your gymnast have a full range of movement. Younger gymnasts are usually fine with just wearing a leotard. Older gymnasts usually like to wear shorts on top.
What should Toddler Gymnasts Wear to Gymnastics Class?
Female toddler gymnasts usually wear just a gymnastics leotard to class. When choosing a leotard for your toddler you might want to consider your gymnast’s undergarments. A unitard (a leotard with the shorts attached like in the picture, also called a biketard) might be more comfortable for your gymnast if you don’t want their underwear or diaper hanging out. Otherwise you can have them wear a regular tank leotard and be OK with their underwear showing occasionally.
Hair Pulled Back
You also want to make sure you pull your gymnast’s hair out of their face. They can wear their hair in a ponytail, bun, braid or any hairstyle where it isn’t going to get in the way.
Shorts & T-Shirt
Boys can wear comfortable shorts and a tshirt to gymnastics class. You want to avoid clothes with any snaps, zippers or buckles that could get caught on any of the equipment.
Here are some of our favorite gymnastics leotards for toddlers:
Foxy’s Sparkle On, Pony Leotard: This leotard has a little bit of sparkle overlay on the super fun print of little ponies. This leotard comes in a 4/5 which is similar in size to a CXXS and should fit toddlers that wear sizes 2T-5T. Such a cute print for toddlers!
Happy Hearts GK Biketard: This gymnastics unitard by GK comes in toddler sizes and is a great option if you don’t want underwear hanging out!
Danskin Mermaid Leotard: This leotard comes in small sizes and has a cute mermaid print perfect for little girls! It also comes in other prints great for toddlers.
Danskin Rainbow Tie Die Unitard: This Danskin rainbow tie die unitard comes in toddler sizes and has enough room if your gymnast is still wearing a diaper.
What should Young Gymnasts Wear to Gymnastics Class ?
Young gymnasts should wear a gymnastics leotard to class. There are several different styles of leotards, although the most popular for young gymnasts is a tank leotard like the girl in the picture is wearing.
Hair Pulled Back
Young gymnasts should have their hair pulled back in a hairstyle that won’t flop in their face and cause safety issues. Popular choices are ponytails, buns or braids.
No Jewelry or Studs
You also want to make sure you don’t wear any jewelry other than stud earrings to gymnastics class. You don’t want anything that can get caught on the equipment.
Here are some of our favorite gymnastics leotards for young gymnasts:
Disney Anna & Elsa Leotard: Is your gymnast obsessed with Disney movies? If so, this GK Anna & Elsa Disney leotard might be perfect for you!
Snowflake Designs Laser Tag Leotard: This sparkly gymnastics leotard comes in pink and orange, along with purple and silver.
Foxy’s Bath Bomb Leotard: This multi-colored swirl leotard has a faux gold print running through it. Good quality and reasonably priced- perfect for a young gymnast!
Snowflake Designs Unicorn Leotard: This shimmery pink to light blue ombre leotard is perfect for gymnasts obsessed with unicorns!
What should Teen Gymnasts Wear to Gymnastics Class ?
Older gymnasts, teens or tweens, might wear something slightly different than young gymnasts to gymnastics class.
If they need some support, older gymnasts can wear a sports bra (or regular bra) under their leotard.
Older gymnasts might also prefer to wear shorts on top of their leotards so that they feel more comfortable and don’t have to worry about their underwear hanging out, or any other type of wardrobe malfunction.
Hair Pulled Back
Older gymnasts should also have their hair pulled back so that it doesn’t get in front of their face or catch on any of the equipment.
No Jewelry or Studs
Older gymnasts should also refrain from wearing any jewelry other than stud earrings to gymnastics class.
Here are some of our favorite gymnastics leotards and other gear for teens or tween gymnasts:
GK Blue Glitz & Glam Leotard: This GK leotard is a popular gymnastics leotard for older gymnasts. It’s a reasonably priced, quality leotard.
GK Pink Diamonds Leotard: This pink GK leotard has a sparkly sequin design that catches the light when you move. The bright color and sophisticated design on this leotard makes it perfect for an older gymnast.
Champion Seamless Sports Bra: This seamless sports bra is a basic comfortable option that offers medium support and comes in a bunch of colors.
Black Gymnastics Shorts: These black gymnastics shorts are perfect for wearing over your leotard. They give older gymnasts the comfort of not having to worry about their leotard moving around.
Headbands: Headbands like these are great for holding your hair back from your face when its in a ponytail or bun.
What should boys wear to gymnastics class?
Boys should wear a t-shirt and shorts with no buttons, zippers or snaps to gymnastics class.
Other Things to Think About
- Bare Feet: All gymnasts should practice barefoot. Wearing socks could cause slips or falls.
- Glasses: If your gymnast wears glasses you want to make sure they won’t fall off. Some glasses are made for sports. Other glasses you can secure with a band like this.
- Hair: Girls or boys with long hair should pull their hair back in a pony tail, bun or braid to keep their hair from getting in their eyes. Having hair fall in their eyes is a safety hazard when it affects their vision. (If you want to get creative with putting your hair up–check out our pinterest gymnastics hairstyles board for inspiration!)
I hope this helps clear up any questions you might have about what your child should wear to gymnastics class. Now that you are ready for class, check out 10 Ways to Get the Most out of your Gymnastics Class!