RIP Kate Spade

Fashion giant Kate Spade was found dead in her apartment on New York’s Upper East Side at 10:20 this morning. Her death appears to be a suicide by hanging, with a note left for her 13yr old daughter assuring her it was not her fault.

Kate Spade launched her fashion empire in 1993 with husband, Andy Spade. Her initial line of 6 functional and stylish handbag designs was the launch pad for shoes, luggage, and other accessories, as well as a home line and stationery and three books. Selling the company in 2007, Spade and her husband began a new line, Frances Valentine.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Spade family and friends during this time.

If you or a loved one are experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts, help is available.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 where lines are open 24hrs a day.

 

Drills Build Skills: Twisting Awareness

by Roman Polyachenko

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My Name is Rory, and I’m a Cheerleader

I am a cheerleader, I’ve been doing cheer since I was three years old and yes, I’ve been bullied because of it.

Just recently I asked 30 people, “What is the first thing you think of when I say cheerleading?”

A few people said pom poms, some said football, randomly one said pizza but the majority said “girls”.

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Happy Pride Month!

June 1st marks the start of glitter, rainbows and cute boys and girls making out with cute boys and girls, right? Well yes, and no. Pride Month is a time for LGBTQ (that’s Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and Queer or Questioning) to celebrate their history and the social and political gains that have been made locally, nationally and internationally. It’s also a time to recognize that the hate crimes against LGBTQ members of the community are on the rise and that there is still a long way to go for equality and acceptance.

The cheerleading industry has, mostly, been a welcoming space for people who identify as LGBTQ, providing a space where they are celebrated and accepted in a sport they love. There are industry leaders including event producers, media, gym owners, coaches and governing body board members who are able to live their lives openly and with love, and be strong role models for young men and women, whatever their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Over this month, we’ll be posting about LGBTQ history and stories, including from our own community! If you have something you want to share, let us know!

4 Ways to Take A Mental Break Without Leaving the Gym

Cheer is a year-round sport, there really is no off-season! Even if you don’t physically need a break, your brain probably does. Taking a mental break can help you reset and actually make your skills better and easier to achieve because you’re not so focused on that singular outcome. But, if you’re anything like I was as a kid, the thought of being away from the gym in summer makes your heart hurt.

So how do you give yourself time off without having time off?

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Workout Wednesday

Want to improve your motions even more?? Our friends @cheerfittraining have got your ANSWER! This workout will sure help you strengthen those arms and impress the crowd with your technique! Complete each exercise for 12 reps x 3 rounds… GO TIME! cheerfittraining.com/join

Summer Stunt Tip Tuesday!

with Kenny La from Australia

 

Hey guys! So for today’s Stunt Tip Tuesday we’re having a look at the importance of warming up 🔥

Whenever you’re about to go into a stunt session, whether it’s partner, dual or group stunting, it’s always essential to warm up first. Here are some reasons why:

🤕 INJURY PREVENTION 🤕

Doing a stunt warm up gradually increases the heart rate and blood circulation, allowing the required muscles to stretch and loosen up. This prepares them for the session ahead allowing a lower risk of injury. The key muscles that should be warmed up include those in the shoulders, back, legs & arms.

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“HEALTHY”

by Bethany Stover

Healthy. In 2018 most people think this 7 letter word equates to a certain outward appearance that defines the internal state we are in. I, like most people, fell for this trap. Thinking that success, happiness, and health came from only eating superfoods, weighing under a certain amount, and believing that unless I portray an image of being 100% healthy 100% of the time, I was not enough.

I had a lot of people fooled.

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Your Daughter Won’t Fly Forever

This post by Jason Larkins is a MUST READ for all cheer parents and athletes.

“My first year of coaching all-star cheerleading, on the first day of practice, we walked into our team of 20 girls ready to get things started. It was your typical first day of practice; we started off with introductions, eventually got into a little tumbling, and finally, it was time to stunt. Again, however, being our first day, we really didn’t know any of the athletes on the team; we didn’t know who the flyers were, who based, or anyone’s strengths, or weaknesses.

So we did the classic coach move, “Alright ladies, line up shortest to tallest.” That’s when we found out that most of our girls were the same height. Ok, plan b. “If you’re a flyer, step forward.” That’s when we found out that most of our girls were flyers as well. Hmmm… And this is not an exaggeration, every athlete who stepped forward as a flyer, who eventually didn’t fly on that team, resulted in a parent meeting, literally. Every. Single. One. And it’s been happening ever since, at every gym across America.”

Read more HERE.

 

 

Summer Stunt Tip Tuesday!

with Kenny La from Australia

Hey guys! I’ve been cheering for a number of years now and this sport has given me so many unique experiences & opportunities that I’d never thought possible. For that reason I want to utilise what I’ve learnt over the years and give back to the cheer community that has given me so much!

So I’m starting a little thing called “Stunt Tip Tuesdays” where I’m going to upload a short video every Tuesday on a hint or tip that I’ve personally found has helped me a great deal in my stunting. Hopefully, these tips can help you just as much as they’ve helped me 😀

The very first tip oddly enough is not a stunting video 🤔 but rather an exercise that has helped me a lot with my strength & technique. We spend so much time using those ‘pushing’ muscles when we stunt, it sometimes creates an imbalance in your body which can lead to injuries. We need to even it out by working on those ‘pulling’ muscles and pull-ups are an amazing multi-joint, compound exercise that will improve your stunting greatly.

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