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All cheerleaders will have different levels of gymnastics experience coming into their first days on a new squad. You may find that you are better at tumbling or stunts than some of the other members of your team, but perhaps some other people are more flexible than you. Flexibility, especially in your legs, is an essential element of a good cheerleader. As you reach a more advanced level, you might be asked to do the splits or perform more intense jumps that you need to be limber enough to complete safely. Luckily, anyone can increase their flexibility with a little hard work, and you can use a tool called the SplitFlex to aid in your stretching.

The SplitFlex is designed to safely and easily let you stretch your legs all the way up to 180 degrees. Its innovative design supports your back while you stretch, which allows you to progress more quickly and also reduces your risk of injury. Using the SplitFlex is simple. Sitting down with the back support behind you, you place your feet through the foot straps and adjust your legs to a comfortable position. You then pull on the rope

Sleep is a wonderful thing but did you know that it can make or break your athletic performance? Whether you're already a varsity cheerleader or you're thinking about going to a cheerleading tryout, you need to examine your sleeping habits if you want to shine your brightest!

 

So, why do we need to sleep anyway? For your body to completely recover from the day's activities and stresses, proper hydration, healthy food full of nutrients, and sleep are the three things needed to bring you back into tip-top shape for the next new day. While your body is recharging at night, a growth hormone is released that helps build and repair muscles, build strong bones and burn fat. Without getting a good night's sleep that includes a deep sleep, the body produces less of this hormone, and that has a direct affect on how well you'll perform athletically. The REM stage of sleeping energizes both your brain and your body, so without sleep, you'll be walking around like a tired zombie. That's sure to have an impact on your cheerleading training. Well-rested athletes

  • Every cheerleader that’s ever competed knows what it’s like to stand backstage at a major competition. You can feel the anxiety and nerves in the air. The more important the competition is, the more tension seems to be in the air.
  • For some cheerleaders, the intense anxiety enough to want to quit. The pressure of performing in front of judges, friends, and family is too much. They’re afraid of crowds, afraid of failing, and wish they
  • Some people might not think so, but varsity cheerleading is all about strength. Doing a back handspring, cradle, or a ket toss is no easy task. When it comes to being strong as a cheerleader, one of the most important muscle groups that need to be developed is the core. So, before we talk about what you can do to strengthen your core, what exactly is the "core"?
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  • Get to know your core: The core is what medical professionals call the group of muscles that make up your body’s torso. (An easy way to imagine it is to think of your body without your arms, legs, or head.) Without these important muscles, your body wouldn't really be much of a body at all.
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  • Whichever role you have on a cheerleading squad, your core is extra important because the power and strength that you need to do the most common cheer moves all depend on this muscle group centered around your chest, stomach (which includes your abs), and pelvic area. Put simply, the core muscles are what allow your body to do what's called “dynamic” movement.