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Your Cheerleader’s Guide to Tumbling with Confidence

Your Cheerleader’s Guide to Tumbling with Confidence

If there is one thing to remember, it is that tumbling and confidence go hand in hand! If your cheerleader is lacking confidence, it will most definitely be seen in her tumbling. Tumbling is such a mental game, and you need all the support, motivation CONFIDENCE, to build strength in both body and mind!

Today, I am here to share my favorite tips and exercises to help YOU help your cheerleader build confidence!

So before we get started, let me share a little insight into why confidence is SO important for tumbling.  You see, the sport of cheerleading is very much focused on perfectionism. And our cheerleaders tend to think that if it is not perfect, it’s bad..NOT THE CASE! However, this mentality takes a toll on our cheerleaders and wears them down both physically and mentally! So let’s change that shall we??

TIP #1: TURBO LUNGES

Turbo lunges are a great exercise to build confidence in tumbling because they will help your cheerleader strengthen the muscles she needs to increase power, endurance, and strength! As your cheerleader builds the confidence in STRENGTH to supercharge her tumbling, guess what will also increase…her overall confidence!

 

Go for 15 reps x 3 rounds ..and if you do this with your cheerleader it will help her confidence even more!! *you can modify the exercise by taking out the jump

TIP #2: CHEERLEADERS NEED CHEERLEADERS

It is so important for your cheerleader (and you) to surround yourself with a positive group of people who lift you up! Having a go-to supportive community to share your goals, celebrate your wins, and root you on every step of the way is the #1 way to stay confidence, motivated, and supported! Looking for a supportive community of cheerleaders and parents – meet your CHEERFIT fam’! The CHEERFIT Family is our community of CHEERFIT  members and parents from around the world who support each other, celebrate success, understand the challenges, and motivate eachother every step of the way! This is an amazing community and we would love you and your cheerleader to be a part of it!

You can click here to learn more about joining the CHEERFIT family!

TIP #3: POSITIVE THINKING

Oh YES! The power of positive thinking is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!

If you think it, you’ll believe it and make it happen. It all starts with those positive thoughts! So share your positive thoughts, goals, and wins every week in a journal or with your community! Surrounding yourself with people who understand your crazy cheer world and are excited to see you win is the key to helping your cheerleader build confidence! So start that positive thinking and share your goals with us: @cheerfittraining (IG)

And there you have it, my top 3 tips…time to help you cheerleader SUPERCHARGE her tumbling 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.

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…)

Does your cheerleader need a confidence boost?

Does your cheerleader need a confidence boost?

Ever hear the phrase, “confidence is key“? It’s oh so true..confidence is that secret ingredient that will help your cheerleader advance their skills, bust out of that mental block, and truly SHINE both on and off the mat! If you’re sensing some frustration or stuck in a mental block with your athlete, we’ve got the answers for you!

In this blog, I’m personally sharing my top 3 tips to help your cheerleader stay motivated and rock that confidence 24/7!! 

TIP #1: STAY MOTIVATED, HERE’S HOW

The trick to staying motivated is setting goals and having a plan. Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for the MOTIVATIONAL PLANK HOLD! (PS: this is one of my personal fav’ go-to CHEERFIT tips!)

This is how it works:

  1. Write down your top 3 summer goals
  2. Hold a plank (30-60 seconds)
  3. While in the plank, repeat your goals out loud and visualize each new skill in your head (yes all while in a plank)

Parents, this is a great one for you to do with your athletes and lead by example : )

TIP #2: MOUNTAIN CLIMBER CHALLENGE BUSTER

Yes, say that 10 times fast : ) Ok, so this now is what you want to do right after the motivational plank challenge. First, we want to set goals, then we want to BUST THROUGH any negative thoughts so our goals can happen!

Here is how:

  1. Mountain Climber time (30-60 seconds)
  2. While climbing those mountains you want to bust through any negative thoughts that creep in
  3. Tell yourself, “I’ve got this!” “There is nothing that can hold me back!” “I am CHEERFIT STRONG!!

Parents again, time to show your cheerleader that negative thoughts mean NOTHING. We’d recommend doing this with them!

TIP #3: BE CHEERFIT STRONG

 

Ok, so this is the ULTIMATE TIP! Listen up..I

In order to build that confidence, you have to be strong both mentally and physically! And that is where CHEERFIT comes in! We are a fitness community for cheerleaders, here to support your cheerleader stay motivated, overcome challenges and be supported every step of the way!

BECOME A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR and get ready to for an instant burst of motivation, confidence, and fun!

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.

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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The Top 5 Things to Know for Tryouts

The Top 5 Things to Know for Tryouts

MY TOP 5 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL TRYOUT

With the craziness of competition season, it is easy to find yourself skimping on your daily workouts…

THAT ENDS NOW!

1. KEEP YOUR BODY IN TIP TOP SHAPE

As an athlete it is very important to keep your body in tip top shape all through out the year. So pump up the jams and get to work on your favorite workout. Some of my personal picks are the CHEERFIT Bootcamp DVD and the IG LIVE Tuesday Workout Parties on Instagram.

Anything that works for you personally to get you in the frame of mind to push a little harder is what you need!

2. TREAT YOUR BODY RIGHT!

Nutrition plays a big part in helping you feel energized. Fuel your body with fruits and veggies and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! All of the extra workouts and practices take a toll on your body and in addition to exercising and eating right you should also make sure you get enough sleep.

Tryouts can be very stressful and your body needs its rest in order to perform your best!

3. CONFIDENCE IS KEY

Confidence plays a huge part in your success as a cheerleader. For me, this has been the biggest obstacle to overcome. I have been battling a mental block on and off for a little over a year now. I just couldn’t understand why my mind wasn’t allowing me to throw skills I had for years and was really hard on myself. I know now that I am often my own biggest enemy and the only person holding me back. Once I realized this I found it so much easier to relax and just do my thing. I am throwing my skills again, but I think some days will always be harder than others.

For anyone struggling through a mental block I just want to let you know that you’ve got this, once you believe in yourself the

SKY IS THE LIMIT!

4. ALWAYS GO THE EXTRA MILE

Show your coaches that you are putting in FULL EFFORT. If you are struggling with a specific skill this is especially important. It is important to regularly attend tumble class, but with tryouts approaching it’s never a bad idea to go to a few extra tumble classes, set up a few privates, or go to open gym. Most gyms also provide clinics before tryouts, these really help me out! They give you a feel of what your coaches are looking for and usually a run down of how tryout day will go and give you a chance to clean up your skills. I went to all of the clinics my gym offered last year and found that it helped ease my nerves before the big day.

When your coaches see that you are trying your very hardest to nail your skills they will be MORE willing to HELP YOU!

5. TRUST YOUR COACHES

Your coaches know what you are capable of. Trust them, even if you may not be placed on the team of your dreams. Our coaches always have our best interest at heart! There are a lot of different factors that go into making a successful team, not just tumbling and stunting skills. A coaches job is to give their team the best chance they can have at winning throughout the season and they will put you in a team that you WILL EXCEL ON!

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.

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