You Know You're a Gymnast When...

You might be a gymnast if... (Getty Images)

Gymnasts are a unique breed -- here's how you know you're one of them. Hint: It involves a LOT of chalk, leotards, and some insanity.

You Know You're a Gymnast When...

  • You get excited when any show or movie has gymnastics in it -- no matter how small a role it plays, or how simple (or unrealistic) the skills are.
  • When you hear the national anthem you get instant nerves.
  • If someone says "Nastia" or "Gabby" or "Shawn" or "Simone" you definitely don't need to hear last names to know who they're talking about.
  • You are the strongest of any of your non-gym friends by far, but you don't know how to play any other sports.
  • You visualize your routines before you go to sleep at night.
  • You just can't resist doing a handstand at the beach. And maybe at the park too. And you might as well try one at the top of this mountain too.
  • Your knees, hips, wrists, and back crack when you move around.
  • You've got one old injury that just won't go away, and you have to wear a brace for it or tape it.
  • You can't imagine not being able to touch your toes.
  • You spin on linoleum floors and walk up on the side of curbs (and possibly railings).
  • You'll watch any gymnastics meet on TV, multiple times.
  • When people say they "used to do gymnastics" you get annoyed if it's clear they've never done a kip or gotten a rip in their life.
  • You make up new floor routines and beam routines, even when your choreography has been set for awhile.
  • You write down your goals for practice when you're daydreaming.
  • You know what "bag balm" is and you aren't a farmer.
  • You have several bruises on your arms or legs and you can't quite remember where they came from.
  • You've got a long list of skills that keep you up at night because they terrify you -- but you know you'll still do them tomorrow in practice.
  • You're at the gym every night, and when you're not there, you wish you were.
  • You have more leotards than pairs of pants.
  • You have a "meet hairdo" that you've perfected. You may have more than one, but all require some combination of the following: hair clips, curlers, hairspray, ribbons, scrunchies, curling iron, flat iron or braids.
  • You have so many meet t-shirts that you've gotten a quilt made out of them.
  • You remember when you got your kip, your giant, and your first 9.0 score.
  • You've swung bars with a giant, bloody rip, or bled on another piece of equipment.
  • You go to gymnastics camp instead of "regular" summer camp.
  • You know which leotard you were wearing when you first got a new skill -- and you wear it again and again, just in case it really is a lucky one.
  • You have a few leotards that you avoid like the plague because they're wedgie ones.
  • You never wear your hair down.
  • You don't like it when people say "the splits." (And by the way, of course you can do them...or you wouldn't be a gymnast).
  • You also hate it when people mix up which events are men's and which are women's.
  • You know how to pronounce names of many different nationalities -- because they're skills that you do.
  • You have a dream list of skills you want to learn...that you haven't even shown your coach.
  • You have big goals. Even though you know only five gymnasts make the Olympic team, you still dream that one of them could be you.