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Troubleshoot Your Skills With SOAR

Friday May 30, 2014

Protect your team and perfect your skills through efficient practice! When a skill fails, it is not enough to just try again, you must figure out why it failed and how to fix the problem. Fix your failed skills using SOAR, my safe, effective method for troubleshooting skills.

Jump To It!

Thursday May 29, 2014
Laura B's Toe Touch (KAC)

Do you want to touch the sky when you toe touch? Does your pike need a little pick-me-up? If you want to improve the height of your jumps, you don't need any equipment or even access to a gym. Check out my three top tips for improving jump height in Jump To It!

Timber: Part 2!

Monday May 26, 2014
Timber: Part 2

As promised, here is the second measure in the quick, easy dance to 'Timber' by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha. This is the first of many dances-- of all different levels-- to come from Knights American Cheer choreographer, Elly Hale.

CLICK HERE to lean the second measure!

Learning to fly right...

Saturday May 24, 2014
Body Alignment

Body alignment is one of three key factors in flying. Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting the next two installments on body control and body awareness. Check out the first of the feature Flying Right: Body Awareness For Flyers.

Got A Resistance Band?

Wednesday May 21, 2014
Strengthen Your Ankles

Do you exercise your ankles? I bet you don't. In just about every warm up or conditioning session, you spend time working on your major muscles groups and stretching, but you probably don't really exercise your ankles.

I'm not talking about ankles circles; I'm talking about actually stretching and building the ligaments that protect your ankles. They are one of the most important areas to strengthen, too. Think about how your ankles help support you during jumps, dance, tumbling, stunts... pretty much every aspect of cheerleading.

If you want to build strong ankles to provide a foundations for your skills and prevent injury, check out Wednesday Work Out: Strengthen Your Ankles.

Monday Motions: Timber

Monday May 19, 2014
Clasp

Do you need a quick, easy dance for a warm-up or to teach to a team of younger athletes? Check out this dance from KAC choreographers, Elly Hale and Sophie Holden: 'Timber'.

Get Your Splits!

Saturday May 17, 2014
KAC Libby A HS

Do you want a better heel stretch, a better walkover, or just to be more flexible? Getting you side splits is the best way to take that first step toward incredible flexibility.

Learn how to lower yourself from a lunge all the way to the mat by stretching daily with Friday Flexibility: Side Splits and don't forget to stretch each leg evenly for best results!

More On Nutrition

Saturday May 10, 2014
Cheerleading Stunt Photo of a 3 High Straddle Stunt by the Waldorf College All-Girl Cheerleaders

Eating healthy doesn't mean giving up chocolate or potato chips. It's all about having snack in moderation and making good choices with the rest of your food.

Athletes need to eat healthy not only to stay in shape, but also to stay at the top of their game. The second half of my article on the food pyramid covers what you need when it comes to protein and water, and even touches on eating snacks. Check it out: The 2-2-1 Food Pyramid For Cheerleaders: Part 2.

Getting Strong For Stunts

Wednesday May 7, 2014
Weights

What is the one thing all male cheerleaders have in common?

They are strong! They don't have a choice; they have to be. While male cheerleaders aren't always required to tumble, their strength in stunts is what makes them a valuable part of any team.

If you want to increase your strength for stunting, check out my Wednesday Work Out: Weight Training For Male Cheerleaders.

Are you a girl who wants to get stronger? Don't worry, you don't have to be a guy to use weight training. Girls can follow this workout, too!

The Prep

Tuesday May 6, 2014
Prep

On Sunday, I posted a new Sunday Skills article! This time I have done a tutorial on The Prep, a USASF Level 1 skill which provides a foundation for nearly all stunts.

Even if you are at the top of your game, you can always benefit from brushing up on your basics. Check out Sunday Skills for The Prep and be on the look out for many more skill tutorials!

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