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The ABC’s of Stunting

The ABC’s of Stunting

They say, “education is the foundation upon which we build our future.” This quote could not ring more true not only in our schools, but in sports. The best cheerleading we see are from athletes who respect the basics and build a foundation of sustainable stunting, jumping, and tumbling.

In fact, it is one of the core values my business, Rah Rah Routines, focuses on when teaching stunt technique to organizations throughout the Northeast. It is imperative that we incorporate educational elements to promote positive habitual behavior during our stunt camps. This ensures that all athletes fully understand the concepts of performing basic to advanced stunts.

OUR THEORY:

“If the mind doesn’t get it, the body can’t perform it — knowledge is power.”

 

With that, at the start of every stunt camp we host a competitive, multiple-choice-type of game that explains our stunting principles, or what we like to call The ABC’s of Stunting. With these simple ground rules, we reenforce the importance of safety and technique. This allows athletes to start building a solid foundation in cheerleading powered by knowledge and education.

While we can’t divulge all of our secrets, check out The ABC’s of Stunting and how this could help you become a more knowledgable stunter:

A = Awareness

Cheerleaders who have a safety-first mindset have a lower injury rate compared to their peers, and have tremendous growth and improvement in cheerleading skills. Athletes who are aware of their physical and emotional surroundings learn from teachable moments and fully understand that safety is a top priority.

B = Body Control

Cheerleaders who learn how to correctly use their muscles and bodies can improve overall health and the technique of the stunting skills performed. And that’s exactly why, Founder Danielle, created CHEERFIT. A demonstration of good body control is when a flyer can keep their hips squared to enhance their tightness and balance when in the air or when an athlete finishes a backhandspring with a hollow body, engaging the core.

C = Communication

I strongly believe that most of the stunting mistakes that happen are because of a lack of communication, such as miscounting or listening distractions. Effective and efficient communication among teammates leads to superior teamwork and improved listening skills. This enhances their success rate to achieve more advanced stunts and progress to higher competitive levels.

And there you have it. Comment below to let us know which tip was most helpful, and if you have a tip you’d like to share..leave it in the comments!

Join the CLUB to become a CHEERFIT Ambassador, and let your CHEERFIT journey begin! As an Ambassador, you and your cheerleader will be instantly welcomed into the CHEERFIT fam’ and receive 24/7 access to the Club: weekly workouts, community support, motivation, cheer workout videos, meet-ups, and media opportunities.  Check it out.

Happy Workout! Leave a comment to let us know what your favorite exercise of this workout is!

 

Christina Hernandez — Founder & Head Choreographer; Rah Rah Routines

is a cheerleading and tumbling aficionado who has led senior-level all star teams to multiple local, regional and national titles and has more than 25 years of experience as a Pop Warner, high school and all star cheerleader. She is contracted to work as a tumble instructor at several cheer and dance organizations in New Jersey, and is a longstanding choreographer for reputable recreation, high school, and all–star competitive teams throughout the Northeast region. She is a member of the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators (AACCA), USASF, and NFHS. Christina is USASF certified in Building and Tumbling Levels 1-5, and assists USASF in credentialing other all star coaches. She is a certified Varsity judge for all-star competitions, and a freelance writer for Cheer Professional magazine.

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The Top 4 Tips to Build Confidence in Tumbling

The Top 4 Tips to Build Confidence in Tumbling

MY TOP 4 SECRETS TO ADVANCE YOUR TUMBLING

(…and it’s exactly what helped me!)

“How can I build confidence for tumbling?”

This is a question I get ALL the time! And since we’re all about helping our CHEERFIT fam’ stay motivated, overcome challenges and reach their goals, I put together this bonus workout for you guys! It’s jam-packed (to the max) with my favorite tumbling exercises and insider tips!
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August Workout Schedule

YOUR CHEERFIT WORKOUT SCHEDULE

Hey There!

August is the time to get back into your routines, rev up the energy and kick it up a notch!  We’re here to motivate you every step of the way…which is exactly why we created this handy, dandy, workout schedule and progress tracker!  Each day, we’ll feature one special CHEERFIT exercise or workout plan that you can progress each week! You can track your reps and progress to see all your success! *parents, we suggest you do this with your kids too :  )

This month we are focusing on building confidence for tumbling! We are here to help you and your cheerleaders work through that mental block, power up that tumbling, and boost that confidence! So follow along each day, and check the CLUB for bonus exercises and videos! *Check off each day of the workout plan as you complete the exercise of that day! This is the perfect way to track your progress and see your success! Now let’s get #cheerfitstrong! 

Side Effect: Extreme confidence boost and mega progress are common results of completing the CHEERFIT workouts : ) 

If you to want this season your best yet,  join us and become a CHEERFIT Ambassador!

Join the CLUB to become a CHEERFIT Ambassador, and let your CHEERFIT journey begin! As an Ambassador, you and your cheerleader will be instantly welcomed into the CHEERFIT fam’ and receive 24/7 access to the Club: weekly workouts, community support, motivation, cheer workout videos, meet-ups, and media opportunities, free gifts and more.  Check it out.

The 4 Best Exercises for getting Fit this Summer

The 4 Best Exercises for getting Fit this Summer

Ok so I hear ya – it’s Summer time! While we hit the beach and enjoy the sun… Let’s get ready to STAY FIT AND CHEERFIT STRONG  THIS SUMMER! Although we are taking a break from cheering, doesn’t mean we need to take a break from staying fit and healthy! Cheering season is right around the corner and we (along with your CHEERFIT FAM) want to help you make this Summer your best one yet! These favorite exercises will definitely help you ROCK this Summer!! Are you ready to get CHEERFIT STRONG this Summer?? (more…)

Top 3 Tips to Build Confidence

Top 3 Tips to Build Confidence

Parent’s I get it, you want your cheerleader to be on the best team, and cheerleaders, you want to be on the team with the highest skills. Remember, you have to work toward each skill and goal in order to be the best for yourself and your team, that means what ever team you happen to be placed on. Let’s talk about some tips for overcoming some physical and mental blocks.

STAY FOCUSED

To be successful you have to put 95% of your focus into the mental part of the sport along with the 5% of physical portion.  It is so important to stay focused on the skill at hand you are working on. Keep your head in the game, and don’t be distracted by other things going on around you.

DON’T JUMP AHEAD

So many times I have seen cheerleaders lose focus on the mental part of this sport, simply because they aren’t living and focusing in the moment, they are jumping ahead and that could potentially be grounds for failure.  You want to put your energy in the moment and what you are placing your emphasis on at that time.

REMEMBER TO BELIEVE

One of the most important things I always tell the girls on the team, is “You have to believe in yourself, you have to know you can do it in your mind and in your heart.”  It’s one thing to physically be working on the skills, it’s another thing to have that self-doubt putting that fear into yourself. You need to have to the self-confidence in yourself to know that you CAN do what you are working at.  

Don’t forget to join the CHEERFIT Movement with your cheerleader and discover that you can also be #CHEERFITSTRONG.

Join the CLUB to become a CHEERFIT Ambassador, and let your CHEERFIT journey begin! As an Ambassador, you and your cheerleader will be instantly welcomed into the CHEERFIT fam’ and receive 24/7 access to the Club: weekly workouts, community support, motivation, cheer workout videos, meet-ups, and media opportunities.  Check it out.

Happy Workout! Leave a comment to let us know what your favorite exercise of this workout is!

Tara Hulett

A mom of three.  My two daughters have been cheering since they were each two years old.  I’ve been a “Cheer Mom” for eleven years and going strong.

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