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Teach Yourself Cheerleading

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Published April 24th 2012
Teach Yourself Cheerleading

Cheerleading is an American sport combining dance, stunts, and chants. Learning the ropes takes strength, teamwork, determination, and patience. You will need all these things to become a good cheerleader.

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Things to Keep in Mind

Here are a few things you'll have to keep in mind when you decide to give cheerleading a go:

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1. Stretching
I can't stress enough about how important it is to stretch before and after doing a dance move or stunt. If you don't stretch your muscles can tighten, which makes it hard to move smoothly through your stunt/dance. Touching your toes and rotating your hands, feet and neck can all get you loosened up for whatever your doing. Even going for a quick jog can make all the difference in your stunt/dance.

2. Practice
Practicing is the hardest part of cheerleading. It takes a lot of determination to keep going if you keep on getting it wrong or taking lots of time out of your weekends to practice that one move that you've been trying to master all year. Although it may seem like you should just give up, and practicing isn't doing anything, it is. It takes a while for your body to loosen up and become more relaxed. Never give up. You will get there, and the more you practice doing one stunt the easier it is to do others.

3. Do your stunt in front of someone
Although you may think you have that stunt practiced to perfection, you probably don't once you perform in front of other people. This happens because stunts are hard and doing them in front of people is even harder. So get a friend, your mum, your dad, or your sister or brother and tell them to watch you; you could even get the whole family out to be your audience.

Learning Stunts

One of the biggest resources you can find when teaching yourself cheerleading is YouTube. Here you'll find a range of instructional videos that can teach you different stunts and different tips and tricks.

About have YouTube videos on just about any subject. They have some great YouTube tutorials for cheerleading, giving you step by step instructions for getting stunts right, and tricks for perfecting your moves. Their Cheerleading 101 is also a great place to get started.

If there is a particular stunt you'd like to try you can do a quick YouTube search and you'll usually get some great results.

Often mastering simple moves is integral to performing the trickier stunts. Before you try your hand at some of the most difficult stunts make sure you've mastered things like cartwheels, the splits, handstands, and backbends. These will not only make you more flexible but they can become useful aspects of stunts in the future.

A Few More Tips
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I'm sure by now that you have practiced and practiced and practiced but there are a few quick pointers that can help you with your cheerleading.

Eat Healthy Food: Treat your body with respect. It's very important to have a healthy diet.

Keep Practicing: You don't stay flexible without practice. Keep doing those warm ups and practice stunts in your back yard to make sure you have those stunts mastered forever.

Teamwork: Cheerleading isn't all about you. The whole point of cheerleading is to boost peoples spirits and work together. There is no I in team.

Have Fun: Don't work your self too hard. Make sure you have time to spend with friends and family and to do your school work.

Some cheerleading moves can be dangerous if you haven't done the proper preparation. Always have someone else around when you're practicing, and never try a stunt before you're sure your body is ready.
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This is terrifying and goes against everything that cheerleading governing bodies and safety instructors promote. KIDS, PARENTS ETC - YOU CANNOT SAFELY "TEACH YOURSELF TO CHEER". Stunting takes body knowledge, muscle development and safety training that cannot be provided by Youtube videos. You are putting your self and others at risk if you believe you can! Want to learn cheerleading? Join a certified and acredited program in your area and train your body safely. It is people believing they can learn cheer on their own that give our sport the bad rep as the most dangerous around!!
by kjahs (score: 0|2) 2708 days ago
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