• Improve your cheerleading skills.

Improve your cheeleading skills with some advice from Brittany, our Soffe 2012 Fresh Face Winner.

Cheerleading tryouts have passed and camps and choreography is probably in full swing. What can you do to continue to improve your  skills on your own. Improving a few key aspects of your technique on your own can help you excel at meets and during routines. Gaining mastery of cheerleading techniques can help you build confidence and skills that will translate into success in other arenas of life as well, and if you have the time and inclination, practicing some cheerleading techniques alone can help you take your cheering to the next level. There are three things that you can improve on your own that will strengthen your cheerleading. These are your muscles, your voice, and your mind.

Practicing some gentle stretches or a regular course of yoga, pilates, or strength training can help you to gain flexibility. From effortless splits to attention getting scorpions and bows, the better shape you are in the more successful you will be in achieving your goals. You can increase your athletic readiness by spending just twenty or thirty minutes a day stretching in the privacy of your own home. Using the skills you’ve built later can help your squad get the crowd excited and the sports teams you are supporting are certain to appreciate your extra effort.

The heart of any cheerleading squad is the cheering. Upping your vocal power can help you to reach the sports fans way in the back of the stadium. Learning how to breathe deeply and how to improve your annunciation and loudness of your voice can help you get your message out there without shouting yourself hoarse.

Finally, you can train your mind to make you a better cheerleader. Many cheerleaders enjoy the excitement of cheering for huge crowds, but along with that excitement nerves and tension usually show up before a big game or a competitive cheer competition. Psychological tension often converts into physical tension, which can spell problems for a cheerleader who needs to stay relaxed and keep muscles loose in order to be the best they can be.

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Brittany • Soffe Fresh Face Winner 2012