Cheerleading full-outs can be very tough to get through, especially at the beginning of the season. If you’re struggling to get through them, don’t worry! We have some simple tips that can make the process a little easier.
In this article, we’ll share valuable advice to help you survive those intense full-outs and perform your best. Read on to discover these five tips!
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1. Build up your cardio
Maintaining your cardio is crucial, as neglecting it can cause a decline in performance. However, building endurance may seem daunting if you’re unsure where to start. Here are a few activities that can help you improve your cardio:
- Go for runs to boost your stamina
- Engage in hiking or power walking sessions
- Jump rope to elevate your heart rate
- Take a dip in the pool and swim laps
- Have fun jumping on a trampoline
- Enjoy biking to enhance your endurance
- Incorporate jumping jacks or burpees into your workouts
By engaging in these activities regularly, you’ll gradually enhance your cardio fitness, making full outs easier to handle.
2. Focus on breathing throughout the routine
A valuable tip I received from my friend from Rockstar Cheer Beatles (I’m a cheerleader at Rockstar) was to concentrate on my breathing during full outs. Surprisingly, this simple technique made a significant difference in my performance!
Try identifying moments within the routine where you can take longer breaths to replenish your energy. By focusing on your breathing, you’ll find full outs less exhausting.
3. Take one section at a time
Rather than overwhelming yourself by thinking about the entire routine, break it down into smaller sections.
Concentrate on the particular section you’re performing at that moment. For instance, if you’re in a stunt section, focus solely on executing that stunt flawlessly, without worrying about other elements like running tumbling, or the pyramid.
By tackling one section at a time, you’ll enhance your performance and avoid feeling overwhelmed.
4. Communicate with your teammates
Communicating in a full out helps you get pumped up but also helps you breathe while in a full out. Saying the counts or just cheering your fellow teammates on makes a huge difference in your performance.
5. Try to get pumped up before doing the full out
Preparing yourself mentally and physically before a full out can make a world of difference in your overall attitude and performance. Here are a few things you can do to pump yourself up:
- Gather your team for a huddle or chant to create a sense of unity
- Cheer on your teammates to boost their spirits and your own
- Do fun dances to get in the right mindset
- Play a song that excites and motivates you
By regularly incorporating these tips and techniques, you’ll approach full outs with a more positive mindset and increased enthusiasm.
Do you have any additional tips to share? We’d love to hear them! Leave your suggestions in the comments below.