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5 Things You Need to Know for Cheerleading Tryouts

5 Things You Need to Know for Cheerleading Tryouts

Cheer tryouts are around the corner, and while exciting, they can also be a stressful experience – even for the most seasoned cheerleader.  But don’t sweat it, don’t let those nerves get the best of you because I am here to share my top 5 tips to help you rock tryouts with confidence and be the best athlete you can be!

After reading this blog, I bet you’ll feel prepped, ready and ready to make your dream team!

And be sure to read this entire blog – we’ve got a special gift for you after tip #5 😱! 

TIP #1: GO IN WITH CONFIDENCE 

Confidence is key! Confidence plays a huge part in your success as a cheerleader. Keep your head up, make eye contact and, of course, smile! We want you to feel on top of the world and shine like the champ you are!

So how do you remind yourself, “I’m confident, I’ve got this, I am CHEERFIT Strong” . . . with a visual reminder!

  • Grab a hair elastic (a different color than the normal black hair elastic) or get yourself our official #CHEERFITSTRONG Bands (CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR BANDS)
  • Put the bands on your wrist and use this band as a visual reminder
  • Every time you see the band, tell yourself, “I’m confident, I’m CHEERFIT Strong!
  • Wear this band as much as you can – school, practice, privates, hanging with friends – and every time you see the band, remind yourself “I’m CHEERFIT Strong!” 

TIP #2: FOCUS ON THE SKILLS THAT YOU’RE COMFORTABLE DOING – NOT NEW SKILLS THAT YOU’RE NERVOUS ABOUT

Why stress about getting that new skill? Your coaches know what you can do and what you are capable of. When you are over-focused on having to have this 1 new skill you tend to overstress and only think about getting that one skill, which causes you to lose focus on what you CAN DO.

Focus on what you can do and be confident in yourself – you will leave a better impression with the judges and you won’t add additional pressure on yourself during an already stressful situation.

TIP #3: PUMP YOURSELF BEFORE WALKING THROUGH THE DOOR AT TRYOUTS

Be your own cheerleader! 

Pump yourself up the night before tryouts AND definitely before heading into tryouts! We love to listen to fun music, dance like no one’s watching AND do mountain climbers! This exercise is amazing because you can go as fast as you want – release any stress or nerves by doing this exercise. 

As you do the exercise pump yourself up – tell yourself “I’ve got this, I am amazing, I can’t wait for tryouts”. Stand up, shake it off, SMILE, and head into tryouts feeling on top of the world! 

TIP #4: FOCUS ON FITNESS

Say it with me, “fitness build strength and strength builds confidence”! We can not stress enough how important fitness is – both physically and mentally! You want to focus on exercises that will help give you the strength and flexibility to advance your jumps, tumbling, and stunting skills! Start early, have a plan and get your cheer workouts on! 

Here are a few of our favorite cheer exercises to help you rock cheer tryouts. Do each for 10 reps x 3 rounds.

SINGLE LEG DEADLIFT

JUMP SQUATS

TURBO LUNGES 

TIP #5: HAVE A PLAN AND START NOW

The key to success is HAVING A PLAN! And yes, this is exactly why we created the 4 WEEK Tryout Prep Plan for you! It’s jam-packed with all our best tips, tools, cheer workouts, and motivation! With this plan, you will be sure to advance your skills and walk into tryouts with confidence!

Many of us know fitness is important – but how do you know what exercise will help you get your needle, advance your tumbling, and improve power & flexibility in your jumps?

And that’s exactly where our CHEERFIT 4 Week Tryout Prep Plan comes in! Check it out . . . and remember, you need a few weeks before tryouts to start preparing – time to get started! 

 

PS: We want to help you in every way that we can, get a FREE SET OF CHEERFIT STRONG BANDS when you sign up for the Tryout Prep Plan TODAY. CLICK HERE and FREEGIFT. 

The 6 Secrets to a Strong Core & Cheer Abs

The 6 Secrets to a Strong Core & Cheer Abs

Are you ready for my ultimate cheer fitness tip??

TIP #1: LESS IS MORE!

That’s right, this insider secret will save your cheerleader so much time! No more wasting precious time doing crunch after crunch after crunch! Say it with us, less IS more!

To sculpt those cheer abs and strengthen your core, do each exercise for ONLY 10 reps! I want you to go super S-L-O-W through each exercise. I promise, less is more and by going slowly through each movement you will feel those muscles working and get in an insanely better workout!

TIP #2: DO CORE EXERCISES – NOT CRUNCHES

Instead of doing crunch after crunch (which only works your upper abdominals) you want to instead focus on CORE STRENGTHENING exercises that work your entire abdominal area.

This will help your cheerleader gain body control, strength, and stability.

TIP #3: OUR FAVORITE CORE EXERCISE

OBLIQUE TWISTS


Why this exercise is awesome: it works it ALL – core, obliques, body control, balance, and stability!

TIP #4: ANOTHER FAVORITE CORE EXERCISE

LEG LIFTS


Why this exercise is awesome: This exercise again works your entire core and gives your cheerleader the strength she needs to build a strong core ..aka the foundation of every cheer skill!

TIP #5: THE GOLDEN RULE

Your core comes first!!! If you want to build strength in ANYTHING, you NEED to focus on your core strength! Parents, we suggest doing these exercises with your cheerleader to help inspire them, and hey you’ll get in a great workout too! Say it with us, win- WIN!

TIP #6: SWITCH IT UP

You want to be switching up your workout routine and incorporating different core exercises so that your athlete does not hit a plateau and nor get bored.

Need some help coming up with new workouts and exercise plans each week?

Join us to become a CHEERFIT Ambassador!

As an Ambassador you and your cheerleader will get access to hundreds of cheer workouts, fit tips, motivation, have a community to encourage you along the way AND get in on special perks like meet-ups, giveaways, media features and more!

As an Ambassador you and your cheerleader will get access to hundreds of cheer workouts, fit tips, motivation, have a community to encourage you along the way AND get in on special perks like meet-ups, giveaways, media features and more!

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And there you have it, The 6 Secrets to a Strong Core & Cheer Abs in 3,2,1…GO! Let me know your favorite tip, and share your fitness tips in the comments below!

DANIELLE DONOVAN

is the go-to fitness expert for the cheerleading industry and founder of CHEERFIT (www.cheerfittraining.com). Danielle holds national fitness certifications through the American Council on Exercise and specializes in sports conditioning, youth fitness, and group fitness as it pertains specifically to cheerleaders. Danielle has been featured on NBC,Inside Cheerleading Magazine, FITNESS Magazine, Livestrong, Yahoo Beauty, NY Post, American Cheerleader Magazine and more. Through fitness, Danielle focuses on helping cheerleaders build the confidence, strength, and flexibility they need to reach their goals and prevent injury.

How to make Confidence your Super Power

How to make Confidence your Super Power

Self confidence is a super power. Once you start believing in yourself, magic starts happening.”Confidence plays a huge role in all aspects of cheerleading. I have always believed that cheerleading is 25% physical and 75% mental. Here are some tips I have to help you stay confident.

PRACTICE BEFORE PRACTICE


As many of you know, I have been battling a mental block for about two years and still am today. Just like in everyday life, we have good and bad practices as cheerleaders. It is so easy for me to get in my head after just one skill goes wrong. One of the things my coach tells me is that you physically cannot forget how to do a skill in a day or even a week. The first time is always the hardest, get it out of the way and you will be fine! One thing that helps me is coming in early to throw a few passes before practice. This gives me time to warm myself up slowly and get my nerves out.

STOP COMPARING


One of the top tips I can give you is to stop comparing yourself to others. Everyone learns at a different pace. It is easy to get discouraged when you see your teammates working on a harder skill than you. You have to remember that a team is like a puzzle. Everyone has different strengths and brings something special to the team!

STAY POSITIVE


Positivity is key! I am my biggest critic in everything I do. This can be a little bit of a problem when it comes to cheer. Not every skill you throw is going to be perfect and that is ok. Part of the learning process as an athlete is making mistakes. You cannot let the fear of failure hold you back. Take a deep breath inhale confidence, exhale doubt and go for it! Chances are you don’t give yourself enough credit, the only one holding you back is you.

Ever since I became a CHEERFIT ambassador, the support from Danielle and my CHEERFIT family has been endless! Connecting with athletes that are going through the same thing that I am has been so helpful to me. Just knowing that you are not alone on this journey and that other cheerleaders have experienced the same thing and come out stronger is so amazing! One of the biggest lessons I have learned through my years of cheerleading is that confidence fuels dreams. Once you believe in yourself and your skills, anything is possible!

Ready to make this season the best, most confident yet? Join us and become part of the CHEERFIT Family!

BELLE FABIAN

I am sixteen years old and live in Charlotte, North Carolina. I am going on my seventh year as a competitive cheerleader and cheer at Cheer Extreme Charlotte.

Cheerleading… Not Just A Sport, A Lifestyle!

Cheerleading… Not Just A Sport, A Lifestyle!

The back of one of my favorite team t-shirts says, “Cheerleading…not just a sport, a lifestyle”. It’s probably the most accurate sentence about cheerleading I’ve ever come across. Cheerleading originates in collective spirit and passion demonstrated by an ever-changing, heterogeneous group of people who gathered around sporting events. (more…)

Top 5 Ideas to Pump Up Your Team for Summit

Top 5 Ideas to Pump Up Your Team for Summit

The team earned that coveted bid and everyone is jumping up and down for joy! The excitement is overwhelming… coaches start thinking about new additions to the routine, athletes are dreaming of both Mickey as well as winning that ring and parents want to know how they can help.

Answer…..team gifts and spirit!

Going to Disney World for Summit is an EXPERIENCE and the athletes are sure to make memories that will last a lifetime. Teams will be decked out in lots of Summit gear showing off their gym spirit and their accomplishment of making it to the Summit.

Here are the top 5 ideas for great ways to pump up the team and get them ready.

1. SPIRIT PARTIES

Think of a cute idea and play off the theme. We’ve done root beer floats after practice, “We’re Rootin’ for You. Absolutely inexpensive and made the point that we support them 100% and know how hard they are working.

2. PICK ME UPS

We all know the pressure gets intense as the Summit practices continue. Consider giving out small pick me ups to lift the athlete’s spirits after those hard, grueling practices. Nothing big or expensive but it let’s them know everyone is in this together. We love the #CHEERFITSTRONG bands as a reminder to our athletes that they are confident, strong, and can accomplish anything they set their mind to! 

3.T-SHIRTS & TANK TOPS

 Florida is HOT! Team tanks are always a hit and a great easy way to commemorate the experience as well as make your team stand out. Lots of cute ideas on Pinterest and whether you focus on Summit or sporting your team name, it definitely bonds your athletes.

4. TRAVEL ITEMS

Teams come from all over including internationally to compete at the Summit so think about toothbrush holders, baggage tags, toiletry bags, uniform bags, etc. These gifts will not only promote spirit but come in very useful.

5. PARK NECESSITIES

The athletes are bound to want to join in on the park fun so you might want to consider giving athletes items that they will NEED during park days. Items like fanny packs, drawstring bags, handheld fans, visors and sunglasses work great as spirit gifts.

The most important thing is to HAVE FUN, cherish the moments and make lots of memories!

SALLY PAZ

Sally Paz is proud mom of Ava. While her “real” job is in educational administration, she spends a huge amount of her time doing the crazy cheer mom thing. Since 2015 when Ava began All-Star Cheer, she has been team mom for two years and a member of the Executive Board of the APEX Booster Club for one year. This year Ava will be competing at Summit in the Senior Coed 4.2 and the International Junior 3.

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Leading Your Team

Leading Your Team

Whether you’re the team captain, co-captain, or a senior on your cheer team, you’re looked at as a leader in your teammates eyes. They look to go you when stunts don’t hit, when routines aren’t sharp, when cheers aren’t right and pretty much everything else.  You are the go-to girl/guy when it comes to what’s best for the team.

 

So how do you take on all that pressure and still be the best cheerleader and teammate you can be? Here’s a few tips!

 

First of all, be a role model. Be the cheerleader you’d want as your role model, and the kind of teammate you would want to have. Show up on time, know your cheers and chants, be respectful to your teammates and coaches. As a leader just remember, YOU have to be the example!

Second, you need to keep energy levels high. Coaches and teammates are going to look to you when it’s time practice and perform. From the minute you start stretching at practice, to the last second on the competition floor, you need to be excited and confident in your team. When you’re energy is up, it rubs off on everyone else around. Get excited because you do the best sport in the entire world!

 

You of course will need to be responsible and dependable. You need to keep up to date with all information. Practice locations, competition dates, which uniform you’re wearing that day and what forms need turned in. You want to keep your squad on track, so YOU need to stay on track. Get a journal or planner, write down dates and times. Send out texts once or twice a week with reminders. Your teammates are going to ask YOU the questions, so you must be prepared with answers.

 

As a leader it’s so crucial that you never treat your teammates as less than yourself. When we get into leadership roles we tend to think we are better than other people just because we hold a certain authoritative role. No cheerleading team is made up of one person, and one person can’t perform an entire routine. Each member of your team is there for a reason, and is a necessary part of the puzzle. Don’t treat anyone like they’re not as good as you; they made the same team you’re on, and you need them perform your team duties for the year. Treat EVERYONE with respect.

 

I know this isn’t the easiest job, but just remember you were picked for a reason. Stick to these few tips and tricks and you’ll be sure not to fail. Stay confident in yourself and your team, and everything will run smoothly!

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SAMMIE

Sammie Litten is University of Central Florida cheerleading alumni living and working in Orlando. She continues to spread her love and passion for cheer every day. She has been a cheerleader since the young age of 4 and enjoys many aspects of cheerleading such as co-ed partner stunting, game day cheers, working out, and doing her game day hair and makeup. Her favorite cheer memory is cheering on her Knights in Ireland against Penn State. 

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