Before Amanda Seales, formerly known to people as Amanda Diva, was playing Tiffany DuBois on Insecure, or doing stand-up comedy, or singing with Floetry and wearing the many hats that she has sported, she was actually a gymnast. And not just any gymnast who competed as a kid, but a professional one.
That’s probably why all of these years later, at 36, she can still hit some back flips with Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles and the best of them.
She showed off her skills while hanging in Grenada, showcasing all the back tucks, back handsprings and flips she can still do as though she was in a gym and not on wet sand on the beach:
??❤️ 36, and still with the shitz! Sunset flips from a Young Skin, Wise Mind, Old Soul. at BBC Beach, Grenada, WI #jedi
A post shared by amandaseales (@amandaseales) on Jan 3, 2018 at 4:46am PST
Seales was actually a competitive gymnast for six years and has shared throwback images of her moves on social media:
She also still loves to watch and commentate on USA gymnastics and the success of the girls who’ve been on the team, particularly Douglas and Biles:
This is black girl excellence. The reigning Olympic gymnastics champ Gabby Douglas and the reigning 3 time world ch… pic.twitter.com/z4liv3XBc9
— Amanda Seales ?? (@amandaseales) June 12, 2016
And she’s said in the past that being a gymnast for the years that she participated in the sport ended up being one of the accomplishments she was most proud of. What she learned while training as a young girl she keeps with her even as an adult.
“I carry the lessons of discipline, perseverance, and poise that I learned in that chalk filled gym with me every day.”
Aside from being a Stand up comedian, nothing has made me more proud than being a competitive gymnast. I carry the lessons of discipline, perseverance, and poise that I learned in that chalk filled gym with me every day. The girls That cheered me on, t… https://t.co/SybVzO81lS pic.twitter.com/3bXzE2XrWv
— Amanda Seales ?? (@amandaseales) December 9, 2017
She definitely still has the moves — and the form! Makes us want to spruce up our cartwheeling skills. Or at least see if we’ll ever be able to do a split…