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Any cheerleaders out there?? - February 26th 2009, 05:54 AM

I cheerlead for a recreational team and I love it!! We have competitions three times a year. I'd like to try out for an elite team, but I have to pay for classes myself and it's too expensive for me I love tumble class but I'm not very good yet because I only started about ten weeks or so ago. I'm learning to do back hand-springs but I can't do them yet sadly. I've been trying for ages to do hand-stands into forward rolls but I can't!! Any advice?

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Re: Any cheerleaders out there?? - February 28th 2009, 12:45 AM

I cheered for my school teams for about four years and cheered competitively for four years as well. I really enjoyed both aspects of it and miss it greatly. I found that the taller you are the harder it is to trouble. Hence why all the Olympic gymnasts are very short. I myself at 5í8 had a very difficult time with tumbling even after having lessons. Something I just eventually had to give up on. I am not sure how tall you are, but that might be the problem. I just donít know what it is, my tumbling teacher once told me it had to do with the length of the back making it harder to do things like back hand springs. But I am not sure if that is true. I just know I tried very hard and had a difficult time at it.




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Re: Any cheerleaders out there?? - February 28th 2009, 01:05 AM

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I cheerlead for a recreational team and I love it!! We have competitions three times a year. I'd like to try out for an elite team, but I have to pay for classes myself and it's too expensive for me I love tumble class but I'm not very good yet because I only started about ten weeks or so ago. I'm learning to do back hand-springs but I can't do them yet sadly. I've been trying for ages to do hand-stands into forward rolls but I can't!! Any advice?
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I did gymnastics for years (I had to stop in 2006 after I hurt my knee), and I was on an all-star competitive cheerleading squad for... 3.5 months? It was really intense, and the coaches were kind of... mean. Cheerleading was fun though, but I ended up stopping because of the coaches (not to mention, I did kinda miss gymnastics).

Back handsprings are tough- it took me YEARS to learn a back handspring! For back handsprings and handstand forward rolls, it's important to have strong arms. Try doing handstands against a wall- hold it for a few minutes. Also do handstands in the middle of the room If you feel comfortable holding it, trying handstand push-ups against the wall (want a REAL challenge? do handstand push-ups without the wall, but ONLY attempt these if you can do several of them easily against the wall, and can hold a steady handstand in the middle of the room). Regular push-ups help build strength too. You also need to have strength in your core; try crunches, sit-ups, and V-ups.

For a back handspring, you need to have a really strong "push" off of your hands to get to your feet. Try kicking up to a handstand, and doing handstand snap-downs- snap your legs down (make sure they stay together!) like you would in a back handspring, making sure to really PUSH from your shoulders.


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