Gabby Douglas received formal gymnastics training at Gymstrada Gymnastics in 2002. She switched to a gymnastics program at Excalibur Gymnastics in 2004. In 2010, she moved to West Des Moines, Iowa to train with Liang Chow.
Douglas' learned her first gymnastic techniques, including the cartwheel, at four years old from her older sister. She practiced for two years before her mother allowed her to take gymnastics classes. She chose to train with Liang Chow after he did a seminar at Excalibur Gymnastics, because she felt that his coaching would help her advance her career. Since her family lived in Virginia Beach, Douglas lived with a host family while training in Iowa.
Douglas has won several national and world gymnastics championships, including gold medals in the 2012 Summer Olympics in the team and all-around categories. This made her the first American to win gold medals in both categories at the same Olympic games. She began training in Los Angeles in 2013 to be closer to her family, but returned to train with Liang Chow in 2014. Later on that year, she left Chow's training program once again. In August of 2014, she moved to Columbus, Ohio to train at Buckeye Gymnastics with Kittia Carpenter.