It’s hard enough to be a high school student with all the peer pressure and the emotional rollercoaster that they go through. But to be a high school Lakeland cheerleading member?
That’s even worse… well, depending on where you look at it. If you crave the challenge and you are passionate about cheerleading, then you will embrace all the pressure that comes from being a student and a cheerleader at the same time.
If you are wondering if this sport is for you, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the things that cheerleaders go through on a daily basis:
Fighting against the stigma
You have seen Hollywood films about cheerleaders. You have seen how they are portrayed—blonde, beautiful, sexy, popular but… ditzy. Every day, cheerleaders have to fight against people who think they are not intelligent just because they know how to do the stunts. They are constantly sexualized, branded as stupid because they wear short skirts and skimpy tops.
Studying to get good grades
Cheerleaders are required to maintain good grades on top of their extracurricular activities. It is the same requirement that other school athletes must follow. It makes sense for the school to require their students to maintain good grades even if they are busy with extracurricular activities.
The primary goal of a school is to ensure that the students are learning and if their extracurricular activities are getting in the way, then they must mediate.
Working out to strengthen the body
Cheerleaders work out every day to tone their muscles and strengthen their bodies. They must do this to make sure that they can carry on the stunts and the routines.
Remember that cheerleaders don’t just dance. They must also literally carry each other and throw each other up the air, so they must have the strength, endurance, and the stability.
Practicing stunts and routines
Aside from working out and meeting all their academic goals, Lakeland cheerleading athletes also have to practice their stunts and routines if they want to win in every competition that they join. Practicing their stunts will ensure that there won’t be any accidents in the future.
Maintaining social and family relationships
On top of everything else, Lakeland cheerleading athletes must make sure that they have a healthy relationship with their co-cheer members, their friends outside the squad, and their families, of course.
They take the time out of their busy schedules to have dinners with the family, catch a movie with their best friends, and bond with the team over milkshakes and other trendy food.