Cheerleading 101

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Tumbling

Tumbling has become widely accepted within the cheerleading world. Tumbling did not always hold such an important role in cheerleading. Tumbling is now seen in almost every routine. If a cheerleader does not have tumbling skills, it has become harder for them to try out and make it through the first round of tryouts.

Tumbling consists of manipulating your body into doing flips and twists in the air at a fast rate. This makes the sport beautiful and entertaining but it is also a very dangerous skill. It requires a lot of money to be properly trained in tumbling.

Tumbling is best learned at a young age in a gym with spring floors. When a child is young they are less likely to be scared and more likely to be flexible. "Mind block" is something the older children develop when they over think a skill. mind block hinders them from training to get the desired flip. With young children, they dont give it much thought and tend to throw their bodies straight into an attempt to flip.

Common tumbling skills are back-walk-overs, back-handsprings, front-handsprings, back tucks, and front tucks. There are many more tumbling skills that can be accomplished by the human body.

Most people start out by working on back-walk-overs. This gets the body familiar with the legs going over the head ang helps the back to become flexible for furthering the tumbling skills. A back-walk-over is when you have your hands above your head and you use you stomach muscles to lower your body down to the ground backwards, until your hands hit the floor making a bridge. Then you raise one leg while pushing over with the other. This brings you back into the upright position.

Back-handsprings require a bit more work. You start out by squatting down liek youre sitting in a chair. Keeping a straight back you push off the ground with your legs, arching your back, and reaching your hands to the floor. As soon as your hands hit you will use your stomach muscles to snap your legs around until you land back in the upright position.

A tuck is easily explained as a back flip but with form. You use your arms to help force yourself around without touching the grand with your hands and bringing the knees in tightly towards your chest. A front punch is the same form as the tuck only you propell your body forward.