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Top 4 Exercises to Boost Endurance & Go Full Out

Top 4 Exercises to Boost Endurance & Go Full Out

Competition season is around the corner (woo hoo!!) and it’s time to focus on boosting our stamina and endurance to go FULL OUT! We want to help you give it 110% when you hit the mat!! To help you gear up we created an endurance workout for you! Follow the workout below and TAG us @cheerfittraining in your workout pics!

Now is the time to focus on kicking it up a notch – and here at CHEERFIT we are here to help you every step of the way with weekly cheer workouts, motivation, fit tips, and support! www.cheerfittraining.com/join

 

CHEERFIT ENDURANCE WORKOUT

QUICK NOTE: This workout is designed for cheerleaders to help you take your skills to the next level. Each exercise is focused on building endurance, stamina and strength to give you the power to go FULL OUT!  Go slow and controlled with each exercise – and most importantly HAVE FUN!

Share your results and workout pics with us @cheerfittraining. 

EXERCISE #1: MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS

FOCUS AREA: core, cardio, shoulders, and endurance

EXERCISE #2: BURPEES

FOCUS AREA: power, core, shoulders, total body, and endurance

EXERCISE #3: DONKEY KICKS

FOCUS AREA: core, cardio, shoulders, endruance, legs

EXERCISE #4: REVERSE CRUNCHES

FOCUS AREA: core

So – there you have it, your sneak peek of one of the 100s of cheer workouts we offer in the CHEERFIT Program!

We can’t wait to welcome you to the CHEERFIT fam – togeteher we will strengthen, motivate, and encourage eachother every step of the way! You are going to LOVE what CHEERFIT is all about and we can’t wait for you to join us XoXo.

The CHEERFIT Jump Workout

The CHEERFIT Jump Workout

For those of you ready to kick it up a notch and get your jumps in top cheer shape for competition season – it’s time to take it to the next level! We created this free workout (which is a sneak peek of what’s included in the 30 Day Jump Challenge) to help you build power & strength in your jumps! 

If you have not heard – we just launched a new #CHEERFITCHALLENGE– focused on transforming your jumps in height, power and flexibility! Each week you will get a new cheer workout designed to give you the strength and flexibility you need for your jumps. And it’s going to be AMAZING! Give this free workout a try! If you are loving it and want full access to the Jump Challenge – click here. 

CHEERFIT JUMP WORKOUT

QUICK NOTE: This workout is designed for cheerleaders to help them take their skills to the next level. Each exercise is focused on strengthening and improving flexibility in the areas cheerleaders need most – hip flexor mobility, lower body strength, flexibility, and core strength. Go slow and controlled with each exercise – and most importantly HAVE FUN! 

Share your results and workout pics with us @cheerfittraining. 

EXERCISE #1: JUMP SQUATS

FOCUS AREA: lower body strength, quads, core

EXERCISE #2: WIDE LEGGED MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

FOCUS AREA: hip flexor mobility, core, shoulders, and power 

EXERCISE #3: 3-WAY LUNGES

FOCUS AREA: hip flexor mobility, core, and lower body strength for power 

EXERCISE #4: STRADDLE LEG LIFTS

FOCUS AREA: hip flexor mobility and core strength

So – there you have it, your sneak peek of the 30 Day Jump Challenge! How are you feeling champ? Are you feeling energized, stronger, and confident? Yup the CHEERFIT workouts will do that to ya! Now imagine 30 days of this – weekly workouts, daily motivation, tracking guides, and how to videos!! Imagine how much your jumps will transform?  JOIN US FOR THE 30-DAY JUMP CHALLENGE!

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. 

Do’s and Don’ts for Parents and Coaches

Do’s and Don’ts for Parents and Coaches

To say the least, cheerleading practice can be overwhelming for parents as well as coaches. I am both a parent and a coach. Who better to give you tips than someone who functions in both roles? There are some things that only parents may understand, and some only coaches may understand.

Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts to help us all coexist during practice:

FOR PARENTS

DO:

Allow the coaches to coach. Whether practice is closed or open, allow the coaches to do their job without interruptions. Nothing is more unnerving than a parent yelling corrections during their child’s practice. Athletes may get confused if you’re shouting corrections and giving instructions louder than the coach. Athletes may also find it distracting to have parents sitting in on a practice. Coaches may not always do things the way you may think they should, but every coach has a method that works for them.

“Trust them and their process.”

DON’T:

Skip out on practices. Cheerleading is a team sport, and all members are needed for the team to have an effective and productive practice. Emergencies and interruptions to schedules happen, but try not to miss unless it is absolutely necessary.

“Encourage your athlete to be physically present in mind and spirit and to practice with a purpose.”

FOR COACHES

DO: 

Come to every practice prepared. I recommend having a written plan in hand. This not only will help you stay focused; but it can also help you critique and measure your goals and progress. I have a notebook where I keep my plans and goals for each of my teams. It truly is my handy dandy notebook, and I “never leave home without it.” Athletes feed off their coach, their preparedness, and execution.

“Being prepared will help you and your team stay on task and have an effective practice.”

Also…

Make each practice an enjoyable experience. I’m in no way saying throw discipline, high expectations, and skill progression out the window. I am saying change it up according to the age and skill level. My mini’s love freeze dance. After a rough practice, I allow them to play freeze dance before leaving. My older teams enjoy having me practice with them or demonstrate for them. I also enlist the help of my parents. The dads seem to enjoy basing for their daughters, and the mothers love being a part of parent routines. I want each girl to enjoy coming to practice and leave with a smile.

“It’s a challenge, but it can be accomplished with creative thinking and planning.”

DON’T:

Disregard your parents’ concerns. Allow a time outside of practice when you are available to speak with parents to answer questions or address concerns that they may have about their child’s progress. Be up front and honest about your expectations and assessments. Most parents don’t go home and study cheerleading rules and practice procedures. We need the coach to help parents understand why there is such a thing as skill progression. “Why can’t my athlete just learn a backhand spring even though she can’t do a handstand just yet?”

“Parents will find it easier to trust you as coach if you address their concerns and you keep an open line of communication.”

COACH KELLI MARIN

Is owner and head coach Spirit Enhancers All Stars located in Portsmouth Va. Coach Kelli has been coaching for 17 years and gym owner for 11. She has received the “30 Under 30” coach of the year award awarded by Cheer ltd., top finalist for Ameri Cheer Coach of Year and 2016 choreography award recipient awarded by Eastern Cheer and Dance.

Loving these exercises and that CHEERFIT STRONG feeling? Sign up for the newsletter and we’ll send you weekly workouts, motivation – woot woot! 

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.

Learn how to advance flexibility and rock confidence

Learn how to advance flexibility and rock confidence

Hey moms is there anything more frustrating than watching your daughter stretch F-O-R-E-V-E-R, and not seeing those results??? Hmm, no too much right?

Don’t worry, I am here to help!

We all know stretching is important, which is why for many of us, it is the go-to thing to do to advance your flexibility. But what if I told you stretching isn’t the only answer?!?! I know, you must think I am crazy, but hear me out. While, yes stretching is very important, it’s not the only way to advance your flexibility!!

Although you should be stretching..you do not need to be stretching every day for hours (or what feels like hours) at a time.

Here at CHEERFIT, we focus on STRENGTHENING the muscles your cheerleader needs to advance flexibility. Strengthening the muscles you need to improve flexibility will in turn help increase your cheerleader’s range of motion, allowing her to advance FLEXIBILITY, confidence, and prevent injury! A win, win, win across the board!

So let’s get to it! As the fitness expert for cheerleaders, I’ve got a bunch of exercises for you that will help your cheerleader strengthen their hamstrings, lower back, and hip flexors – the key areas that are worked when stretching. And I bet these are things you guys have never tried before. So instead of stretching, and stretching, and stretching..give these CHEERFIT exercises a try. 

Hello CHEERFIT!

LOWER BACK FLEXIBILITY – Superman V-Up


This exercise will not only focus on improving your cheerleaders lower back, which helps increase flexibility, but also work on core strength and body control. All musts for flying with confidence!  Go for 10 reps x 2 rounds, and do 2-3 times a week.

HAMSTRING FLEXIBILITY – Single Leg Deadlift


Spoiler alert, this exercise is a MUST for any cheerleader! It focuses a majority on hamstrings, which again you NEED to strengthen to improve flexibility and increase range of motion, but also works technique, lower back, core and body control. To make the most of this exercise you need to make sure your cheerleader has proper form, so be sure to watch this video a few times with them and watch them as they do it to make sure they have the right form.

HIP FLEXOR FLEXIBILITY – Straddle Leg Lifts


If your cheerleader wants to increase their flexibility for stunting, tumbling or jumping..instead of sitting in splits and straddles forever, do this exercise! Another major area you want to focus on STRENGTHENING are your hip flexors! To increase flexibility your hip flexors need to be strong enough ..this will increase your range of motion AND improve flexibility!

As you can see, yo do not need to nor should you be stretching every day for hours at a time. Yes, I said it! What I want you guys to do is STRENGTHEN the muscles instead. So swap out 2 or your stretching days this week with this CHEERFIT workout and let me know how it goes! And if you want, even more, we’ve got tons of flexibility workouts and confidence boosting tips waiting for ya in the CHEERFIT Club !!

And there you have it, my top 3 exercises… to help your cheerleader advance FLEXIBILITY & CONFIDENCE in 3,2,1…GO! Let me know your favorite tip, and share your confidence boosting 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.