Life in a Leo Episode 11: Interview with @gymnastblakley

March 30, 2018

Life in a Leo Episode 11: Interview with @gymnastblakley

Blakley is an 8-year-old Level 4 gymnast at National Gymnastics Training Center in Orange County, CA.  She has been doing gymnastics since she was 1 year old, and has been competing for 3 years.  Blakley is known for being a fearless daredevil and was awarded the "Mini Powerhouse" award at Woodward last summer.  She's been known to spend her free time making conditioning routines and checklists for her and her little sister to do at home.  Blakley loved her time at UCLA Gymnastics Camp last summer and can't wait to return this year.  She is coached by Debra McCurdy, who also used to coach Rebecca of Rebecca's Mom :)

Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend! Keep training hard and don't forget to point your toes.  

 

Wearing her UCLA workout leotard

 UCLA Leo

Showing off her muscles

Blakley flexing

Leaping at the beach

Leaping at the beach

With coach Debra

With coach Debra





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Size Chart

SIZING

SIZE

BUST

WAIST

HIPS

GIRTH

5-6

22" - 25"

19" - 21"

21" - 24"

37" - 41"

6X-7

24" - 27"

20" - 22"

22" - 25"

41" - 44"

8-10

25" - 28"

22" - 23"

23" - 26"

44" - 47"

10-12

26" - 29"

22" - 24"

24" - 27"

47" - 50"

12-14

28" - 30"

23" - 25"

26" - 29"

49" - 52"

PETITE

30" - 33"

23" - 26"

27" - 31"

51" - 54"

SMALL

32" - 35"

24" - 27"

28" - 32"

53" - 56"

MEDIUM

34" - 37"

26" - 28"

30" - 35"

55" - 58"

LARGE

36" - 39"

27" - 30"

32" - 36"

57" - 60"

  Note: If your measurements are at the top of a size category and you prefer a loose fit or growing room, we recommend ordering the next size.

Girth measurement  is taken from the middle of the shoulder, down the back, through the crotch, and back up the front to the starting point on the shoulder