When you think of a cheerleader what do you think? Fit, skinny, pretty? Yes no? Maybe?
Not all cheerleaders fit this cookie cutter mold though. For some of us being fit is having abs and an amazing figure, which most Professional team prefer you to have. To others being fit for Pro Cheer is feeling good and being able to dance really well or have this wonderful tumbling experience.
Most cheerleaders are really talented and can do beautiful stunts, have beautiful dancing techniques, and or are great tumblers.
In order to be “Pro Cheer” fit this is another category though. This is looking good and feeling good, but also having enough endurance to make it through hours of dancing and cheering.
The biggest mistake a girl can make when preparing for auditions is becoming super thin in unhealthy ways to audition, and not being able to maintain this look/ be able to keep up their energy while dancing, because they’ve been starving themselves for months. The best thing someone can do to prepare for auditions includes working out and eating healthy, not only for your body to look good, but to feel good as well. Another benefit from working out and eating right includes being able to work up endurance and not get as tired at practices, games, and create an endurance that’s able to keep up with audition week, and the rigorous schedule you will go through throughout the audition process.
When it comes to eating healthy and preparing for auditions the best thing you can do is not so much think of it as a diet, but as a lifestyle choice and a lifestyle change. If you look at eating healthy as a lifestyle change, than this will most likely stick with you throughout the season and not just for preparing for auditions. Some great weightless techniques for those trying to lose weight for auditions or tone up includes eating lots of veggies, eating Whole Foods choices, drinking lots of water, working out, and intermediate fasting. All of these options are great because you are still getting the nutrients and all you need, but just changing the way you live your lifestyle a little for the better. When I started keeping track of my water intake by upping it, eating foods at certain times, and stopped processed foods and ate more veggies along with working out, not only did I lose weight but gain muscle mass and looked/felt better.
Thee most important take away from changing your lifestyle for the better for auditions is that you can only go up from here. Meaning that if you start making healthier choices for your body, then you will see a difference. Some differences will be small at first and take time, but changing for the better to a more healthier lifestyle can only make you stronger. Thus so, don’t give up on you and remember that you can do it…if professional cheerleading is something you want.
HIIT workouts are not only great for overall making you look good because they burn lots of calories and lean you out pretty quickly, but they also help with endurance. The constant stopping and going and the constant pumping the heart rate up, teaches your body how to do with high intensity training which will help out during auditions with the hour long days and practices. Yoga, is great for settling the mind and for helping mellow you out for auditions, and also is a great flexibility and challenging different kind of workout that works the full body. Plyometrics are great for workouts like HIIT to be incorporated in with and by them self. Plyometrics will not only help you with full body tonnage, but also with helping you be able to jump higher, and build up a endurance to regular working out and training. HIIT and ploys in my opinion, is probably the two most incorporated and hardest workouts out of any workout you can get at the gym, because a lot of it requires bringing the heart rate way up and making you keep go until you feel like your body cannot push any more. Weight training is also a great workout because it builds muscles, which make you look more strong and gives you lots of tonnage in areas where you might have lose/flabby skin.
HIIT, yoga, weight training, and ploys are all really great workouts that should be combined and disbursed throughout the week to help your body switch things up, along with letting certain muscles heel, while others are working.
Overall, working out is super great for your body and not only does it make you look good, but feel good as well. Some of my favorite workouts were HIIT and they have shown the most results with my preparing for auditions, but your workout journey and the path you take to fitness is your very own, and you will find what works best for you.
Preparing you body for a Pro Cheerleading lifestyle is something that should not feel as much as of a task, but something you want to do for you and something that feels like you can maintain. Changing your lifestyle to a more healthier routine is only going to make your life easier for looking/feeling good at auditions, and will hopefully change your life for the better.
In conclusion, some words of advice would be that first, if you feel you need to change something for auditions, then do it for you and for nobody else. Secondly, if it doesn’t feel healthy and makes you tired, sick, or miserable then don’t do it. Lastly, never feel you have to fit into a cookie cutter body just to make a team. There are teams who pick woman of all shapes, sizes, and color and they love all their girls just the same, so do not stress about your Body. If you truly feel comfortable in your skin and love yourself then everyone else will too, and they will see that energy radiating off of you.
Lastly, Be confident. Show them what you’re made off. Workout, eat healthy, and live your best life. This is how you prep your body for a Pro Cheer Audition, but mostly it is what works best for you and keeps you healthy and active for auditions at the same time!