Activities Sports & Athletics You Know You're a Gymnast When... Share PINTEREST Email Print You might be a gymnast if... (Getty Images) Sports & Athletics Gymnastics Basics Lessons Competitions Famous Gymnasts Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Amy Van Deusen Amy Van Deusen is a professional gymnast, coach, and writer who has contributed articles about the sport for espnW and other major channels. our editorial process Amy Van Deusen Updated January 18, 2018 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.