This is it folks, the mythical “off-season” for cheerleading. We've just endured a season long of cheer competitions, long practices and late nights. Needless to say, it's time for everyone to kick back, relax and reflect on the past season.
Although, the cheer season has come to an end, we are soon to be in full swing just as before and we want to all make sure that we are all at the top of our game. Here are 6 ways in which you can enjoy the summer, while still remaining the strong, dedicated athlete that you are.
1. Maintain your strength, flexibility and endurance
All cheerleaders know that our sport requires strength, flexibility and cardio fitness. It's important not to slack over the summer months just because you aren't throwing full outs every other day. Maintain and continue to stay on top of your muscular strength and cardio health so you can ease yourself back into competition season.
To do so, you can swim in the pool, jump on a trampoline or go for a light jog. If you’re looking to be more strict with your fitness goals this summer, try simply writing on a calendar the days a week you would like to exercise and what you would like to accomplish. Whatever the case is, make sure you never stop working your way towards achieving your goals!
2. Don't get rusty on your tumbling skills
You may not believe it, but even stepping away from the gym for a month can drastically change your power and technique. Perfecting a skill is not easy, and in order to do so, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Keep up with your skills by attending cheer clinics, practices or private lessons. Come competition time, you won't regret it!
3. Attend cheer camp
Camp is a great way for cheerleaders to learn new skills, meet new people and most of all enjoy some quality time with their teammates. At camp, you are provided with professional instruction by those who care most to help you increase power and gain confidence on the floor.
If you're looking to attend cheer camp this summer, it's not too late to sign up! Rock Starz are offering a Specialty Keen Camp that starts next week. At this camp, the famously renowned Woodward instructors carefully tailor a program that meets your personal goals and helps you to achieve your highest potential.
4. Set your goals
What tumbling skill do you want to accomplish within the next year? In order to be the best you can be, you have to set yourself goals (big or small). Try writing down what motivates you and use it as a constant reminder. Ask yourself: How many tumbling skills do I want to land/perfect and what is my time frame?
5. Have bonding activities with your team
Having a good relationship with your team is always a plus. You want to build those bonds with your teammates that will last a season long and then some. A team that supports one another, goes on to succeed and be better than the teams that don't share the same kind of camaraderie.
Looking for a fun bonding activity with your team? Try a pool party, movie night, beach trip or scavenger hunt!