Sports Muscle Analysis: starring Spanish Senior Rhythmic Gymnastics Olympic Team


What is an athlete true physical state before competing? “The techrace” muscular analysis reveals all.

Prior to any important competition it is essential to know athlete’s physical state. This information could help coaches to provide them information about the athlete’s needs and of course, to prevent injuries. The Spanish Senior Rhythmic Gymnastics team carried out this test just two months before Olympic Games in Rio, where they won Silver medal.

“It is very difficult to guess in which physical state we are. We could have sensations: sometimes we could feel tired and with pain” – Alejandra Quereda (ESP)

At the University of Castilla La Mancha in Toledo, the Spanish Rhythmic Gymnastics Senior Group were ready to go under four specific tests in preparation for Olympic Games. This tests are really important to know how athletes (physically) 60 days before Olympic Games. The first test which is called “Dexa” indicates the muscle, fat and water within the body. The next step, focuses on coordination, visual awareness and reaction speed. All is esential to reach the most complicated choreographies.

The third test, TMG, helps to prevent injuries since it says in which condition the muscle is. The fourth test, the jump test which allows coaches to see the explosive force.  They can measure the vertical force, velocity, jump height and power.

Rhythmic Gymnastics combines elements of ballet and gymnastics. Group competition was incorporated in 1996 (Olympic Games Atlanta). But during Olympic Games not everything comes down to the condition of the body. The mind also plays a crucial role.

Source: Olympic  Channel

Rhythmic Gymnastics Sisters

Recently in our Facebook page, we posted about Mother and Daughters who both were gymnasts. Following the family topic, here are some examples of rhythmic gymnasts who are sisters.

Dina and Arina Averina

The most popular twins in the history of Rhythmic Gymnastics are Dina and Arina Averina, who had a huge bunch of fans all around the world since they were children. They are currently competing as National Team of Russia


Dina and Arina Averina (RUS)

Bárbara González and Lara González

Bárbara and Lara represented Spain with National Senior Group. After her life as a gymnast, Bárbara continued her career as a model.


Lara and Bárbara González (ESP)

Galina and Vladislava Tancheva

These twins competed for Bulgaria with Senior Group and are Olympians.


Galina and Vladislava Tancheva (BUL)

Loukia and Chrystalleni Trikomiti

Loukia and Chrystalleni shared their love for gymnastics. Her mother, is also rhythmic gymnastics judge.


Olga and Viktoria Bogdanova

Both sisters from Estonia compete against each other in National Championships.


Olga and Viktoria Bogdanova (EST)

Olga and Elena Romanshenko

Maybe you have heard more of Elena since she was one of the gymnasts of Russian Senior Group back in 2013, but both are Master of Sports in Russia.


Olga and Elena Romanchenko (RUS)

Anna Rizatdinova’s Exclusive Website

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Olympic Bronze medalist and World Champion, Anna Rizatdinova has a brand new site, promoting a “dream body” workout. New Balance Ukraine gave Anna the opportunity to promote her image all around the world. This sports brand is also sponsoring Rhythmic Gymnastics National Team of Ukraine. The website includes exclusive content such as a interview to Anna just after Olympic Games.

What was the most emotional moment of your life?

Olympic Games in Rio: the moment I was standing on the podium realizing my dream has come true.

Who’s your favorite singer?

Lana del Rey and Sia

What’s your favorite apparatus?

Hoop. I became World Champion in Hoop in Kiev World Championships in 2013.

Who’s your inspiration in life?

Michael Jackson: People who is dedicated to their work and are passionated about what they do.

How many hours do you train per day?

I work 6 days a week from 9 am to 7 pm. Sunday is my day off

Anna Rizatdinova

Which is the most beautiful city you have visited?

Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

Who is your favorite designer?

Tom Ford

You’re workout in 3 words:

Passion, Discipline and Faith

What drives you in your life?

Faith and motivation



Nataliya Bulycheva: Rhythmic Gymnastics and Fashion


Nataliya Bulycheva for Dolce and Gabbana 2017

Former Russian rhythmic gymnast, Nataliya Bulycheva is now a shining star in the fashion world.

Before she made her runway debut and becoming a new face in fashion world, Nataliya was a member of the National Team of Russia in Rhyhmic Gymnastics, attending to several international tournaments. She is also Master of Sports International category in Rhythmic Gymnastics.


Nataliya Bulycheva “Black Swan” editorial


Nataliya Bulycheva for Elie Saab

Natalia is nowadays working with top fashion agencies such as Elite Paris, Barcelona, Milan and London. She walked for iconic fashion designers such as Dolce and Gabbana, Hermes, Roland Mouret and Elie Saab.


Nataliya Bulycheva, Grand Prix Moscow


Nataliya Bulycheva, Universiade Kazan

Other examples of former gymnasts that now work as a model are:

Sofia Tesmenitskaya (Russian National team) who has really strong features in fashion world: Dolce and Gabbana, Valentino, Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein…
Mar González, Spanish new face, Givenchy Fall/Winter fashion show opener. Mar competed in Spanish Nationals and trained at the same club as Eugenia Onopko.
Elena Sudakova, worked for the best designers in the world and was a member of Russian team since 1999 to 2002.


Nataliya Bulycheva for Hermes

Rhythmic Gymnastics Leotards: Decoration

Most of Rhythmic Gymnastics leotards have thousands of crystal rhinestones fixed. But the new trends are about sequins, drappery, appliques and even feathers. Here are some examples:


Ukrainian leotards include mesh as a decoration of their leotards. Eleonora Romanova, Tamara Yerofeeva and the senior Group wore leotards with mesh on them.



Sequins are the basics of a leotard. Before crystal stones, sequins were seen on all top leotards.



Drapery was not very popular but gymnasts such as Anna Rizatdinova and Almudena Cid introduced this kind of decoration on their beautiful leotards.



One of the most famous Anna Rizatdinova’s leotard was made with velvet. Such a beautiful piece of art.



Gymnasts like Aleksandra Soldatova and Yeon Jae Son include flower appliques on their leos.




Russian gymnasts always innovate. They even are including feathers on their leotards. Here’s Margarita Mamun on her “Black Swan”routine during Rio Olympic Games. This incredible leotard suited perfectly her ribbon exercise.


Rhythmic Gymnastics Leotards: Designer Inspiration


Russian Group 2011 iconic leotard, that reminds Valentino’s roses

Leotard is a skin-tight one-piece garment that covers the torso but leaves the legs wore by gymnasts. Some of them are also covering legs and they are called “unitards”. Leotards designers can find their inspiration on fashion runways. Here are some examples:



Margarita Mamun

Olympic Champion, Margarita Mamun, wore a leotard that was clear an inspiration of Versace’s Runway gown that was also seen in supermodels such as Gigi Hadid.

Russian team gymnast, Karina Kuznetsova wore a leotard inspired in Valentino’s original gown. This leotard was worn as its first time by Margarita Mamun.

Yana Kudryavtseva loves fashion and that can be also seen on her leotards. Yana wore all her new 2016 season leotards during Baltic Hoop 2016. Her ball leotard was an inspiration on an iconic design by Dior Couture.

Margarita Mamun

Photo by Enrico Della Valle

Margarita Mamun’s butterflies leotard was a leotard adaptation from Jean Louis Sabaji SS 2013 Ready To Wear collection.



Another case in point is this beautiful leotard inspired in Elie Saab’s Couture 2013 gown, wore by Margarita Mamun



Yana Kudryavtseva wearing an inspired leotard on Elie Saab’s SS 2014 Runway Gown

Most Expressive Gymnasts

Each different gymnast has her own charisma, we can see it in their routines. Which are the most expressive gymnasts?

1. Natalia García (ESP)


Natalia García has half Spanish half Russian blood and that is showed on her original routines using from classical to pop music such as Thalia.

2. Anna Rizatdinova (UKR)


Ireesha Blohina (Anna’s coach) knows that Rizatdinova is really expressive and chooses music that suits Anna very well. She loves Michael Jackson and Lana del Rey.

3. Varvara Filiou


Varvara is extremely kind with her fans and that is really well known. She can perform under traditional Greek music or modern music.

4. Carolina Rodríguez (ESP)


Spanish top current gymnast, Carolina Rodríguez is nowadays one of the top most expressive gymnasts. She can execute under Spanish music, Flamenco or Classical. “My parents are deaf but they can guess what kind of music I am performing just because of my moves”

5. Polina Shmatko (RUS)


Polina is fierce. Her routines are unique and really different from other junior gymnasts of her age.

6. Daria Svatkovskaya (RUS)


Former European Champion, Daria Svatkovskaya surprised the audience during Vienna European Championships. Her hoop routine was the best of hoop final, beating even Margarita Mamun and Yana Kudryatseva. Daria retired because of a back injury.

7. Alina Maksymenko (UKR)


Alina was audience’s favorite during London Olympic Games. Her expression and moves were unique.

8. Daria Kondakova (RUS)


Daria Kondakova retired just some months before London Olympic Games because of a knee injury. Her routines were strenght personified.


Interview to Natalia García


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                      Photo by Alberto López

Natalia García Timofeeva is an individual senior gymnast from Spain. Right now she is the second gymnast of the team, just behind Carolina Rodríguez. Natalia is training in Sant Cugat (where Almudena Cid did) with her coaches Toni and Iratxe since she was 9 years old.

“Almudena Cid is an icon for me. When they invited me to train with her I didn’t realize how great she was”

Natalia García was a star during last World Cup that was held in Guadalajara, Spain:

“When I compete in Spain I feel that I really need to do it well. It is difficult to deal with the tension. My execution is mechanic. I don’t need to think. If I think in a different thing, then it is when the error comes.”

“How can I describe myself? I think that I am a different gymnast. I can say that my elements are quite rare and this is because of my charisma. I want to attract attention from the judges and of course, the audience.”