Cheerleading requires strength, so the stronger your muscles are, the better you’ll be. These aren’t exercises that will take up that much of your time but they will give you massive results.
Lunges. You can do these with or without weight. No matter how good of shape you are in, you should be sore after doing these. Start with walking lunges without weight, if this becomes too easy, you can grab 5, 10 or even 20-pound weights to hold. Lunges are a great way to improve your jumps and your tumbling!
Squats. Squats are SO good for you as a cheerleader. They work every muscle in your leg. There are a lot of squat variations, but, in general, keep your feet shoulder width apart with your toes pointed slightly outward. Bend your knees and go down low enough that the tops of your legs are parallel to the ground. Make sure you keep good posture, so if you can’t go that low without hunching your back forward, just go as far as you can. Once you’re down there, come back up, pushing through your quads and hamstrings. Again, if these are easy for you add some weight! Hold a milk jug, some dumbbells, or even your cat to make them work for you
Push-ups. Push-ups are one of the best drills you can do to work your arms and core. Don’t raise or lower your hips. If you feel the need to do that, you’ve reached the maximum amount you can handle. Mix up your hand stance, which will target different parts of your arms. There’s no wrong answer for what muscle you should emphasize, and you’ll find that in some positions you can do push-ups all day long, while in others it’s a struggle to do two. Work on your weaker areas!
Planks. Planks work your abs hard and will tone your arms in no time. Do a front plank with both arms on the ground, then turn to one side to work your obliques. Start with holding the plank position for 30 seconds on each side. Add time as you get stronger!
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