Your Cart is Empty

Science Shows Gymnastics Is The Hardest Sport In The World!

November 07, 2013 2 min read

By far,  one of the most exciting topics I can talk about is... drum roll please.. GYMNASTICS! With an absolutely amazing and rewarding 11 year gymnastics career, I can't help but get overly giddy when even hinting at  the sport.

Who didn't get excited to see the Fierce Five flipping and twisting all over the Summer Olympics this past year?! Gymnastics taught me more than just how to do the splits or flip across a 4" wide beam with no hands.  This sport pushes you both mentally and physically. It challenges your limits and pushes you even beyond your own expectations. Not only do gymnast learn dedication, determination and self discipline, but they learn the beauty of loyalty and camaraderie.

Countless sprained ankles, 3 major back injuries, torn rotator cuff and a broken hand.. I'm considered one of the lucky ones. I can't even count how many of my teammates have rods in their foot or torn meniscus or ACLs. Even with all the punishments of climbing the rope or pushups until your arms give out.. I wouldn't trade that part of my life for anything in the world.

Now pushing 29, I still feel connected to the sport and am happy to say that I am still shocked at what my body can do. Competing in fitness competitions has allowed me to dig up that old muscle memory and still flip around in a way too tight costume flipping my fingers and pointing my toes. Now the next day I may feel like I just got ran over by the bus.. but that's besides the point :)

BUT, Science has proven that Gymnastics is the most difficult sport in the world!

Here are the facts!

  • Balance

  • Rotation

  • Spatial Awareness

  • Nine times Body Weight Strength

  • Proprioception and Kinesthetic Awareness

  • Skill and Routine Timing to Six Thousandths of a Second

  • Short Distance Sprint Speed of 16+ (20+ for men) Miles per Hour

  • Tumbling and Vault Heights of 13+ (16+ for men) Feet High

  • 900 Degrees of Rotation and 360 Degrees (1080 Degrees now being done) of Twisting in Less Than One Second

Something I believe we could all agree on, but now we have the facts to prove it!

Leave a comment

Also in BodyRock Store Blog

Image of Bodyrock blog article - What Happens To Your Butt When You Sit All Day?
What Happens To Your Butt When You Sit All Day?

July 14, 2019 3 min read

Do you think your booty looks a little flat? This might be why!
Read More
Image of Bodyrock blog article - 12 Ways To Make Your Belly Flatter By The End Of The Day
12 Ways To Make Your Belly Flatter By The End Of The Day

July 08, 2017 4 min read

Read More
Image of Bodyrock blog article - 7 Ways To Stop Binge Eating In It's Tracks
7 Ways To Stop Binge Eating In It's Tracks

June 22, 2017 2 min read

Do you ever find yourself knuckle-deep in a bag of Cheetos?
Read More
Shipping & Delivery

Fast, Express Shipping.

'Due to COVID-19, online stores are experiencing some shipping delays. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we assure you that we are working hard with our shipping partner UPS to get you your order out to you as quickly as possible. Thanks for your support and understanding.'

We want you to start your fitness journey with us as quickly as possible, that’s why we send every package to the USA & Canada via expedited or standard shipping with our partners at UPS. Once your order is received and processed, it just takes 2-4 days to get to you once it leaves our warehouse. That’s our commitment and we stand by it.

We ship within Canada and the United States via UPS with Standard & Expedited shipping (whichever is faster)

For locations outside of the US and Canada, we ship using FedEx International (EUROPE and Other Nations), which is usually in transit for 7-10 business days, depending on location.

We ship all of our physical products with UPS, from our warehouse location in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Signatures are required on all orders. Delays caused due to custom withholds are not included in these estimated delivery times.

Returns & Exchanges

BodyRock Equipment

We offer a 30-day return policy, as long as: it is not more than 30 days past the date of delivery; and your item is in its original condition and packaging with the original order number. Refunds will be issued when the equipment is received back to the BodyRock warehouse, minus the original cost of shipping, and the customer is responsible for the costs of return shipping. To request a refund on physical product purchases, please contact us.

Digital Products

We cannot issue refunds on digital goods such as e-books or videos, as these are non-tangible goods that are irrevocable once the order is placed.


All of the BodyRock clothing is made to order and so is final sale. If you have any questions about sizing prior to placing your order, please contact us.