How much should a gymnast weigh? (2023)

How much should a gymnast weigh? Don’t worry, I “googled” this too as a teen gymnast.

As a society, we are very image focused. And, some of us (especially gymnasts, former gymnasts, coaches, judges) are very numbers and data driven. There’s nothing wrong with this, but tracking weight and calories can easily get out of hand and turn into a raging eating disorder.

In the adolescent’s mind, it’s easy to associate “If Gymnast A looks like X, then I’ll perform like Gymnast A if I look like her”. This thought has sparked many an eating disorder. It happened to me, and it’s likely happened to you or your gymnast to some degree.

I believe that the body has a “weight range” orset pointwhere it likes to be. When we overeat, use food to cope with emotions, or maintain an erratic meal pattern, it’s easy for the body to be at a higher weight than may be comfortable for you. Trying to diet, starve, or over-restrict can also backfire and lead to undesired weight gain. When we under eat, the body will do everything it can to fight back to its comfortable “settling point”.

However, the “set point” theory is not as applicable to adolescent gymnasts as they are still growing. Their “set point” is a moving target until their early 20s. And then, bodies do continue to change as we age. This is just a fact of life.

Many gymnasts begin the sport at a very young age. It is unclear what their genetic height potential and body type will be post-puberty. Gymnastics has a reputation as a “thin to win” sport, but times are changing. The last several Olympic quads have demonstrated that the “acceptable body type” for gymnastics is no longer just small, light, and thin. Gymnasts of all body types are excelling, A lot of this is due to the rigor of the code which requires incredible strength and power. It’s about time.

What about BMI?

In the clinical world, we use BMI (body mass index) as a metric of “health”. For children and adolescents, if your BMI (weight divided by height-squared) is over the 85%tile we categorize this as “overweight” and over the 95%tile is “obese”. There is no basis for these metrics, and they fall short in many ways. BMI was developed as a proxy for bodyfat, but it is a flawed measurement. Particularly for the athlete who has substantially more muscle mass (which contributes to scale weight) than the average person. Oftentimes athletes’ BMIs will be much higher than you’d expect and cannot be used as an accurate measure of health.

For children and adolescents, what matters most is how they’ve been tracking along THEIR growth curve. You or your athlete may be on the thinner, lighter side and their weight has always been along the 10-25%tile. This may be normal for them. Likewise, your athlete may have a more muscular build and their weight tracks along the 80-90%tile. This is also likely normal for them. Deviations away from these curves (called isopleth’s) can give cause for concern, especially if they start to cross what are called “Z-scores”.

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Most importantly, children and adolescents are still growing and gaining weight as part of normal development. A 9-13 year old will gain 5-7+ pounds per year and a 14-18 will gain 15-40+ pounds during the final years of puberty. The pre-pubertal girl holds onto abdominal fat as part of the body’s preparation for puberty. This abdominal fat will redistribute to the breasts and hips as they continue to mature, which is normal.

You or your athlete should not weigh at 18 what you weighed at 12. If you do, it’s likely your growth has been stunted by inadequate energy availability. More on that in a minute.

Weight Loss vs Fat Loss

On the occasion that an athlete does need to “lose weight”, it’s “fat loss” not “weight loss” we want. Scale weight can only tell us the sum of fat mass, muscle mass, bone, fluid, and intestinal contents, etc. Body composition defines the fat mass vs muscle mass vs bone.

There is an essential amount of fat the body needs to function. Too little body fat and the gymnast will not produce adequate hormones which relate to thyroid function, reproduction/menstruation, and body temperature regulation. The female must have at least 12% bodyfat to be “healthy”. Even this is metric is arbitrary given the poor reliability and accuracy of most body composition testing methods.

No parent or coach should weigh their gymnasts. Weight is only one data point, and parents and coaches are ill-equiped to safely and productively manage such information. I’ve worked with high level gymnasts that have been told to “lose weight” by their coaches but are not given any tangible, practical information. Not even a referral to a qualified registered dietitian nutritionist experienced with aesthetic sports. That is unfair.

Can a gymnast ever lose weight, safely?

In short, yes. There is a safe, sustainable way to lose weight (technically, aim for bodyfat), but this takes careful planning and vigilance. And, this is more than likely in response to normalizing behaviors that had been keeping the body weight inflated (like binging, erratic meal patterns, etc.). Beware, there are VERY few adolescent gymnasts who need to lose weight. Why? Because it is likely inappropriate to aim for weight loss while there is still growth potential; especially if they have not started menstruating. The body will fight back hard as it wants to continue growing and developing to its genetic potential.

I ruined my gymnastics career by trying to look like a gymnast whose body type was SO different from mine. It didn’t matter how much weight I lost; I would never look like her because of genetics. Sadly, there wasn’t anyone to tell me that was OK.

Gymnastics is an aesthetic sport that has high rates of eating disorders. There is a lot of pressure from coaches, (some) judges, and society for gymnasts to have a certain “look”. Going for a “look” will always leave you disappointed. And, most weight loss methods will leave you with a heap of food guilt, bad body image, and an unlikely chance to sustain the weight loss.

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Do diets work?

I’ve worked with high level gymnasts who were put on diets around 14-16. Right as their bodies started to change with puberty. Without fail, they later come to realize that diets just aren’t a sustainable long-term solution. They may produce 5-10 pounds of (probably unnecessary) weight loss, but that weight can quickly come back with a vengeance once the body and mind have had “enough”. This and my own experience as a gymnast who struggled with an eating disorder has shifted the way I practice.

When I first became a registered dietitian nutritionist, I would have given you a carefully calculated meal plan to follow to a “T” if you came to me wanting to lose weight. If you couldn’t do it, I would have figured you just “weren’t trying hard enough”. Very much a gymnast-perfectionist, mentality that is unhelpful and often backfires. If we’re being honest, this was rooted in disordered eating, fatphobia, and diet culture.

I do not practice like this anymore. Diets only work temporarily, and weight loss for the gymnast does not equal improved performance. In fact, often times the gymnast who sets out to lose 5, 10, 20 pounds ends up developing an eating disorder and quitting the sport.

If an athlete comes to me after hearing they need to lose weight, it is almost always a fueling issue. Most likely they’re underfueling while trying to lose weight (weight they don’t need to lose, but comments were made) and that’s making them exhausted, slow, and “heavy” feeling.

Any time an athlete is TRULY gaining bodyfat while training 20+ hours a week, many factors can be addressed before weighing/measuring the athlete and just telling them to ‘lose weight’. It is likely they are eating too much in the form of trying to starve/restrict and then binge, etc. This is a vicious cycle that isn’t going to fix itself by just telling them to “lose weight”. If anything, that comment will drive more disordered behaviors, over-exercising, etc.

So what do you do for an athlete who wants to lose weight?

In the event an athlete comes to me wanting to lose weight, we’ll first look at growth history, genetic height potential, and body structure to determine is they are fueling adequately.

Previously, I would have given them a “weight range” of where their body might like to be to perform optimally. I no longer do this. Why? Because I can’t truly know where their body wants to settle out. There is no magic number for how much a gymnast should weigh. Weight is so volatile, can fluctuate 2-5 pounds in a given day, and gymnasts are almost always 5-15 lbs more than they “look” due to lean mass.

If a gymnast has had abnormal weight gain, more than likely this is a symptom of a distorted relationship with food. They could have been underfueled for years (intentional or unintentional) and their body finally got a chance to catch up. Or, there is something deeper going on (binge eating disorder, etc.). Fix the behaviors, and their weight will likely naturally settle to where it should be. This is harder than it sounds, but it’s the sustainable approach to life-long change. Given the fact that 95% of who diet and lose weight gain it all back plus some, I’m not about to put you on a diet of “clean foods” just to have you spiral out of control “when the diet’s over”.

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Let’s say you’re really struggling with some extra weight;it could be a nutrition education issue. You may be consuming more energy (calories) than you think with frequent fast food stops, large soda, etc. Or, maybe you learned to cope with food (join the club!) at a young age and tend to eat when you’re experiencing discomforting emotions. If this is the case, I’m a big proponent of therapy as changing your mindset. Learning to cope with negative emotions is a huge step in improving your relationship with food and your body. It is not wrong to emotionally eat from time to time, but if it’s a chronic pattern then this speaks to deeper issues. It’s never about the food.

I can’t tell a gymnast what they should weigh, it’s up to your body. We can get a good idea, a range, based on past growth trends and family history. But again, it’s more about body composition (lean vs fat tissue) than a number on the scale. A person will know when they are at a good place with their body. You’ll be able to eat without guilt, without feeling like you “gained a million pounds” after a meal, and not feel out of control/obsessed with food. This kind of freedom is WAY more important than a silly number on the scale which never seems “good enough”.

Performance over Aesthetics

From a performance standpoint, if a gymnast is gaining strength, improving in the gym, and is relatively injury-free, their body is likely in a pretty good place. If they care more about a “look” than performance, then go be a bodybuilder. But be ready for a whole other mess on their hands after dieting down 20+ pounds to an unphysiologically sustainable level of leanness.

Getting intobodybuildingis literally the worst idea ever, especially for gymnasts; talk about wondering how much they should weigh. Dieting down for a show will get them to an abnormal level of leanness that is not sustainable. Even though many body builders know that this leanness is temporary, it provides considerable fuel for further body dysmorphia. I’m so thankful I never went through with actually trying to compete; I did a short bodybuilding stint after retiring from gymnastics while I was trying to figure out my new athletic identity. Quite a few former athletes transition into bodybuilding as a way to try and maintain their identity. Reality check: bodies change and you are not going to look like you did when you practiced 20+ hours a week. Your body will change when you retire and that’s normal.

It’s bad enough that I remember the abnormal level of leanness I attained during the depths of my eating disorder. The thing about dieting and eating disorders is that you can’t un-remember that level of leanness. We do tend to forget or minimize the side effects which were horrific (cold all the time, overly emotional all the time, no period, food obsessed, hungry all the time, weak, fatigued, hair falling out, etc.).

To sum it all up, I’m not going to weigh an athlete unless I have to (like needing blinded weights during eating disorder recovery). This can start a tumultuous relationship with themselves and the scale for the rest of their lives. I’m not going to have them count calories either. I can monitor things from dietary recalls, etc. but again, this is another behavior that can easily spiral out of control for the perfectionist gymnast. It would be nice if we could all objectively look at the scale as “just a number”. It would be great if we could count calories just “as a tool”, but the truth is we can’t. Some of us, especially the pre-disposed aesthetic sport athletes like gymnasts, are just inches from an eating disorder if the right trigger is present (parental/coaches food/body comments, the first diet, calorie counting, weighing, etc.).

Wouldn’t it be great to get to the point where we’re focused on performing to the best of our abilities? To not focus or wonder how much a gymnast should weigh?

What about the athlete who wants to lose weight but isn’t getting their period, has frequent injuries, etc?

The body is smart. Whenenergy availability(calories available to the body to exist, cover daily activities, and exercise) drops too low, the brain will signal to the reproductive system that the body’s environment is unsafe/inadequate for a baby and thus menses will stop. This is a bad sign. All women go through puberty as this is a normal, healthy part of growth and development. I work with a lot of female athletes who have delayed puberty (haven’t gotten period by 15 years of age) or finally got their periods but then they stopped gymnastics.

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Frequent injuries, especially non-healing injuries, can also be a sign that you’re not providing your body enough nutrition. This is not the time for to lose weight as you’re already in a malnourished state.

You likely have a skewed body image if you aren’t getting your period but still think you need to lose weight. Not every female with period issues is “underweight”, as there are other health conditions like PCOS that cause irregular or absent menses and isn’t related to undereating/overtraining.

It’s certainly hard to maintain a healthy body image as female these days, especially for gymnasts. There are so many “fitfluencers” on social media that portray their six-pack abs and thigh gap. Yet they are very disordered with nutrition and mentally ill; those issues aren’t the picture they paint for you though are they? Because of this, gymnasts see these influencers’ bodies as the ideal. They think if they workout/eat like them, they’ll look like them. They wonder how much a gymnast should weigh. This is untrue and SO harmful.

Or, tragically, it’s the underweight gymnast who gets praise from the coaches. Even though she’s really unhealthy, everyone feels the pressure to look like her. And, coaches can be abusive in that they’ll just stop paying attention to you, spotting you, etc. if they don’t like your body type/weight. This is wrong.

Watch for another post on RED-S (relative energy deficiency in sport syndrome) and missing periods, etc.

In Summary…

Weight is highly individualistic and body composition is more important for the sport of gymnastics.

Many gymnasts are made to believe they are “fat” due to the media and unrealistic beauty standards that no one but very few individuals can attain (due to genetics).

It’s very unlikely that you as a gymnast actually need to lose weight, but let’s talk it if that’s how you feel. I understand and can help. If you really do need to lose weight from a performance standpoint, we can work together. We can slowly and safely get you to a better body composition without you starving or feeling deprived.

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You probably have questions about your own specific body composition, weight, nutrition, etc. but obviously I had to keep things broad in this general blog. More than anything, I hope you realize is that it’s not just a simple question of “how much should a gymnast weigh”?

I hope you don’t start counting calories. I hope you don’t start stepping on the scale. These are two things I wish I could take back and I promise you that you can have a performance-oriented body composition, elite performance, and food freedom without those two things!

If any of this blog post rings a bell, please reach out for help before it’s too late.Connect with meif your gymnast is struggling or you have questions.


What is the ideal weight for a gymnast? ›

There is no weight that a gymnast should weigh because every person is different. Some people have "heavy" bones, and some have "hollow" bones. It all depends on how much muscle you have, how tall you are, how "heavy" your bones are, everything.

How much should an 11 year old gymnast weigh? ›

I'd say the average is 85-90lbs but you shouldn't be spending time worry about your weight your so young it doesn't matter.

What is the perfect body build for a gymnast? ›

Standard height and ideal body length proportion of men champion gymnast Olympic champion range of height between 162 to 169 cm with a ratio of 41.3% -43.7% upper body length, 55-56, 2% lower body length.

Does weight matter in gymnastics? ›

Whilst there is an aesthetic element to gymnastics; body weight just measures how much mass an individual has. The way the gymnast looks is a subjective matter influenced by many factors. Therefore, body weight should not be used as measure for aesthetic purposes in gymnasts.

What is the average size of a gymnast? ›

With an average height of 5 ft 4 in and weight of 94.8 pounds stereotypical canon for rhythmic implies Gymnasts' thinness is usually genetically determined.

Are most gymnasts small? ›

In fact, over the past 30 years, the average elite female gymnast has shrunk from about 5-foot-3 on average to about 4-foot-9. Why are elite female gymnasts getting smaller? Because the more demanding gymnastics routines have become, the bigger an advantage it is to be small.

What level is a 13 year old gymnast? ›

Junior A: 12-13 years of age: a gymnast MUST compete at age 11 in the Junior Division if she will turn 12 by December 31st of the year in which the competition takes place.

What level is a 12 year old gymnast? ›

The diamond division is similar in skill requirements to the JO program's levels 6-7. Here is more information on the diamond routine requirements. Sapphire (Trial): The minimum age requirement for the Sapphire division is 12 years old. (This means the gymnast must be 12 before she competes her first meet.)

What body type do most female gymnasts have? ›

Most female gymnasts are narrow in general; men may appear more V-shaped because of their extremely muscular upper bodies. Marathoners and other distance runners tend to have narrow torsos in general, for less weight and wind resistance.

What sport gives you the best female body? ›

What Are the Best Sports for Shaping Women's Bodies?
  • Swimming. There's a reason all the Olympic swimmers look so good. ...
  • Tennis. We've all seen how ripped the women of tennis are. ...
  • Dancing. Dancing is a sport that a lot of professional athletes don't take seriously. ...
  • Surfing.

What should a gymnast eat in a day? ›

Most gymnasts try to get between 60 percent and 70 percent of their calories from proteins (like meats and cheeses), the rest from carbs (like whole-grain pasta, fruits, vegetables) and fats (like oils from peanuts).

What sports is gymnastics harder than? ›

Degree of Difficulty: Sport Rankings
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What is the hardest skill to learn in gymnastics? ›

The Biles II – Triple-double (floor)

Description: A double back salto tucked with a triple twist (1080°). The Biles II is the most difficult women's gymnastics skill ever completed on floor. This movement adds an additional twist to the Silivas which was the most difficult gymnastics move for a quarter of a century.

What is a gymnast average BMI? ›

In a study with 67 elite rhythmic gymnasts (18.7 ± 2.9 years), who trained 36.6 ± 7.6 hours per week, it was found that their body weight (48.4 ± 4.9kg) and BMI (17.4 ± 1.1kg/m2) were below normal for age (between the 10th to 50th percentiles), while height (1.66 ± 0.05m) was normal or slightly elevated for age ( ...

Is gymnastics good for weight loss? ›

According to a recent review, gymnastics is considered a moderate fat-burning exercise routine. But it does promote steady weight loss if practiced consistently. Throw in a healthy diet and persistent training, learning different gymnastics moves for weight loss is possible.

Does gymnastics stunt growth in females? ›

Girls' growth is not stunted by the tough exercise and diet restrictions required to be the best in gymnastics, researchers say. But some scientists say some of the young gymnasts nonetheless never will grow to their full potential height. Two reports in sports medicine journals reviewed studies on the elite athletes.

How are gymnast so big? ›

Muscles grow in response to training volume that you accumulate over weeks and months. At the elite level, athletes will train for months in the run-up to a games such as the Olympics or European Championships. This frequency of training is yet another reason for muscle growth.

What is the ideal height for a gymnast? ›

In fact, over the past 30 years, the average elite female gymnast has shrunk from about 5-foot-3 on average to about 4-foot-9.

Is it better to be tall or short for gymnastics? ›

A study published in “Sports Biomechanics” found that taller gymnasts couldn't match the rotational performance of their shorter colleagues. Those who are shorter also benefit from a lower center of gravity, which is helpful when it comes to performing on a beam.

Does gymnastics make you taller or shorter? ›

The study found that intensive training in each of the three sports did not change the tempo of maturation or physical growth. Gymnasts had smaller stature than swimmers or tennis players (not surprisingly), but swimmers were in the taller 50th percentile despite similarly rigorous training hours.

What level is Simone Biles? ›

Simone Biles
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
LevelSenior international elite
Years on national team2012–2016, 2018–present (USA)
GymWorld Champions Centre (current) Bannon's Gymnastix Inc. (2003–2014)
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What age should a Level 2 gymnast be? ›

Level 2 gymnasts must be a minimum of 5 years of age to compete. Level 3 gymnasts must be a minimum of 6 years of age to compete. *Level 4 gymnasts must be a minimum of 7 years of age to compete.

How old is a level 7 gymnast? ›

They must master level 7 gymnastics skills and have 5 "A" skills and 2 "B" skills in their unique routines. They must also be at least 7 years old to compete in a Level 7 meet.

Is gymnastics an expensive sport? ›

Gymnastics is the prime example of a sport where the weekly lessons are the driving financial issue for a family. Recreational classes start at about $20 per class — no problem! — but once a kid wants to get competitive, lesson costs can escalate to $300 per month. Intensive camp?

Is gymnastics the hardest sport in the world? ›

Gymnastics is known as the hardest sport in the world. Many people don't understand why it's so difficult, but at Virginia Elite Gymnastics Academy, we know all too well! Today, we are going to share the four main reasons why gymnastic courses for young children are so challenging.

What age can you do a cartwheel? ›

Once they hit seven years old, a gymnastics student typically has the coordination and knowledge to start polishing that cartwheel.

How old should a Level 3 gymnast be? ›

The philosophy of these routines is for each athlete to practice towards perfecting the basics. Gymnasts must be age at least 6 years of age to compete as a Level 3 and there is no maximum age.

Is gymnastics a good sport for girls? ›

Gymnastics Benefits for Girls

Helps your little girl to become self-dependent from an early age. Help get rid of the conventional idea that boys are better in sports than girls. Helps them develop a warm and charming personality due to the socialization involved. Helps them build up endurance and stamina.

How old are most level 8 gymnasts? ›

The minimum age for level 8 is 8 years old, while for levels 9 and 10, it is 9 years of age. Level 9 is the second level of optional competition. Its difficulty requirements and expectations are accordingly more difficult than at level 8. Reaching Page 4 Level 9 is a significant achievement for a gymnast.

Do female gymnasts wear bras? ›

- Gymnastics Bras: Most athletes wear a gymnastics sports bra to ensure the breasts are held firmly in place and don't interfere with running, jumping or tumbling. Bras for gymnasts typically offer minimum coverage with seamless lines that aren't obvious through a leotard.

Which body type is considered the most attractive? ›

Top hourglass body shape

Considered to be the most attractive body shape, this is very similar to hourglass body shape, except that in this case the curves are more defined.

Which sport is most liked by girls? ›

As of June 2021, soccer was the most popular women's sport worldwide, with 22 percent of respondents claiming to follow the sport.

What's the most beautiful sport? ›

Football is considered the world's greatest sport and "the beautiful game".

How many hours should a gymnast sleep? ›

Sleep: Proper sleep is CRUCIAL to physical function (performance, recovery, and healing), motivation and focus. Make sure your gymnast gets 8-10 hours of sleep every night.

How much water should a gymnast drink a day? ›

The latest recommendation for minimum intake is to drink half your body weight in ounces of WATER per day. For example, if Jill weighs 100 pounds, she should drink 50 ounces of water per day which equals a little over 6 cups per day (one cup = 8 ounces).

What is Simone Biles least favorite food? ›

There's one food she doesn't like.

Biles really isn't a picky eater, she'll have just about anything—unless it contains coconut. “For some reason, I don't particularly like that taste,” she told Women's Health.

What is the easiest skill in gymnastics? ›

Balance is key to gymnastics, that's why one of the simplest beginner gymnastics moves is balancing on one foot. This movement should first be practiced on floor before being moved to an elevated practice beam or regular balance beam.

Which sport is hardest on your body? ›

According to several studies about “science of muscles and movement” experts label boxing as the most demanding sport for an athlete. Boxing requires strength, power, endurance, and the ability to withstand huge hits over a period of time.

What is the most exhausting sport? ›

According to several studies about "science of muscles and movement" expert label boxing as the most demanding sport for an athlete.

What does V mean in gymnastics? ›

Vaulting in gymnastics is the action of performing a vault. A vault is an action a gymnast performs by running down a runway that is usually made of soft material. They then jump onto a springboard, and use the momentum to bounce up towards the vault - hands first.

What is the most popular skill in gymnastics? ›


The handstand is arguably the single most important skill and position in the sport of gymnastics. It's the building block for essential skills on each of the four events.

Why is gymnastics so hard on the body? ›

Gymnasts use both their arms and legs, putting them at risk for injury to almost any joint in the body. Some gymnastics injuries, such as bruises and scrapes, are inevitable. More serious, common gymnastics injuries include: Wrist fractures.

What is the diet of a female gymnast? ›

A general healthy eating pattern helps to support the needs of a gymnast. The training diet usually includes Lean protein for muscle repair and recovery, carbohydrate appropriately timed for fuel and fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds for vitamins and minerals, along with healthy fats.

What is the BMI of a gymnast? ›

In a study with 67 elite rhythmic gymnasts (18.7 ± 2.9 years), who trained 36.6 ± 7.6 hours per week, it was found that their body weight (48.4 ± 4.9kg) and BMI (17.4 ± 1.1kg/m2) were below normal for age (between the 10th to 50th percentiles), while height (1.66 ± 0.05m) was normal or slightly elevated for age ( ...

At what age do gymnasts peak? ›

It's no secret in the gymnastics community that a female competitor usually peaks around the age of 16, long before one enters college. So to be a successful college gymnast, these athletes must maintain the strength, size and skill that they had at that age and carry it through four more years of competition.

How does weight affect gymnastics? ›

Excess body fat would affect the gymnast's ability to move freely, and reduce their power to weight ratio important for lifting their body weight.

What should a gymnast eat for breakfast? ›

A good pre-competition breakfast for an early morning gymnastics meet might include whole-wheat toast, low-fat yogurt and a banana. For early morning competitions, avoid foods high in fat, fiber and lactose to prevent digestive discomfort.

What is Simone Biles BMI? ›

Her BMI — 24.17 — shows her to be of 'normal' weight but you would never believe that with how much people tear into her for supposedly being 'big' and 'towering'. Remember that nonsense by Maria Sharapova? The sheer idiocy! Moving on, let us look at Simone Biles, the American gymnast.

What is the most athletic BMI? ›

The American Exercise Council on Exercise recommends a BMI at or above 18.5 and body fat of 14 percent for women and six percent for men. The best athletes in sprint events tend to have a larger mean mass and height than long-distance runners.

Is a BMI of 25.5 overweight? ›

18 or lower: underweight. 18.5 to 24.9: normal, healthy weight. 25 to 29.9: overweight. 30 or higher: obese.

What age is too late to start gymnastics? ›

Contrary to popular belief, anyone can pick up gymnastics at any age. You may not be able to perform to the same degree as someone who is younger, but it is never too late to learn how your body moves and functions.

How many hours a week do gymnasts train? ›

On most days during the week, elite-level gymnasts usually have two practice sessions a day (one to four hours each), and they have one rest day per week. Typically, they train 20 h per week, while the peak season may require as many as 30 to 40 h of training per week [14,15].

What level are most college gymnasts? ›

NCAA gymnastics programs follow Level 10 scoring requirements, with some minor modifications, so most collegiate gymnasts are already competing at a Level 10 or elite level when they're recruited by college coaches.

How many calories should a gymnast eat? ›

A high-carb, low-fat diet, with a moderate amount of protein, is recommended for gymnasts, according to USA Gymnastics. Most gymnasts should eat a minimum of 2,000 calories per day.

Is being a gymnast hard on your body? ›

Gymnasts are at risk for traumatic (e.g. fractures, sprains) as well as overuse injuries (e.g. tendinitis). The ankle, knee and lower back are the most commonly injured body parts in gymnasts.


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