“Our Muscles Kind of Overlap”: Simone Biles Debunked the Biggest Myths Around Gymnasts Flexibility


With death-defying leaps and skills, gymnasts are known for their effortless show on the mat and the bar. To do the same, they train mercilessly and work on several key factors of gymnastics — namely, flexibility. Notably, the lack of flexibility increases the risk of injury during competitions and even losing some points. However, when Simone Biles weighed in on the importance of flexibility, here’s what she had to say.

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Simone Biles on flexibility

American gymnast Simone Biles has often dispelled several myths surrounding the sport. Dating back in time, the gold medalist, in a video of Glamor, debunked some myths about her beloved sport.

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – JUNE 06: Simone Biles competes in the floor exercise during the Senior Women’s competition of the US Gymnastics Championships at Dickies Arena on June 06, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Sports, lifestyle, and physical appearance were the three categories in which Biles divided her opening remarks. When a user questioned the flexibility of gymnasts, here’s what Simone said:

“No, not all gymnasts are flexible. Me and Aly Raisman were not that flexible for gymnastics because our muscles kind of overlap that. But we’re flexible enough to do what we have to do.”

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Aly Raisman is an American gymnast who made her Olympic debut at the 2012 London Games. She went on to win two gold medals and one bronze.

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When a user wrote that gymnastics is not a sport, Simone Biles replied, “I hear this a lot, but I feel like every four years, everybody tunes in to watch gymnastics. So it’s gotta be a sport at least.”

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TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 25: Simone Biles of Team United States competes on balance beam during Women’s Qualification on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Center on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

She even revealed how hard it is to practice gymnastics. Bills added, “Right now I train 32 to 34 hours a week just to compete for about three or four minutes.”

One user also wrote that gymnastics is very expensive, it will cost you expensive outfits and an exuberant amount to train professionally. Agreeing to this though, Simone said, “It actually is a very expensive sport, and it has to do with its being a long year. We don’t have a season and then we can take a break. And you kind of have to train your whole life for it. So yes, it does get to be expensive.”

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