November 2012

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Staying Fit through the Holidays

Spread the Cheer Family dinners, holiday parties, sweets galore, hours dedicated to finding the perfect gift: all things that signify the holiday season is near. There are many joyous things associated with the end of the year celebrations spanning from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, but these joyous moments can also be accompanied by over-eating, ditched […] Read more

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Dealing with Problem Parents

Spread the Cheer The terms “cheer mom”, “cheer dad”, “dance mom”, and/or “dance dad” will literally cause some people, particularly coaches, to shudder from bad memories. There are televisions shows dedicated to following parents in these industries just to highlight some of their unusual and out of line behaviors. This is not to say that […] Read more

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Heel Stretch Help

Spread the CheerA heel stretch is a popular flexibility skill used primarily in cheerleading by flyers. In this skill, a flyer stands on one leg (typically the right leg) and extends the other leg out in front of them holding while holding their own heel. To get a feel for the correct placement of where […] Read more

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Score the Perfect Core

Spread the CheerSolid core strength is crucial in preventing injury while cheering, and is critical to performing a majority of the skills demanded by cheerleading. Perfecting quick and easy methods to fine-tune your core muscles will help you make a smooth transition into getting in shape and being a better performer. Beginner Exercises The following […] Read more

Avoiding End-of-Season Burnout

Spread the CheerAs seasons wind down, athletes often experience symptoms of burnout (in fact, coaches often experience burnout as well). This problem is quite common and equally frustrating. When athletes are unmotivated and unhappy, it negatively affects everyone around. Burnout is not a negative reflection of the athlete or coach, but more so the result […] Read more