Getting Started / 101
Get Ready For Your First Time
Try on your outfit before class to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions. (See the Apparel section for an
exact description of what attire is expected.) Just make sure you are hydrated and that you are fueled
with healthy food. Definitely eat a light snack before class and take a water bottle just in case the gym
doesn’t have a water fountain available. Relax and get excited to work hard, have fun, and learn a lot!
Relax! Everyone starts at the beginning so you should not feel intimidated or nervous about being lost
in class. That’s why there are beginner classes! The instructor will start slow with the most basic
terminology and motions to work on.
If you ever have a question, ASK! Progress depends on your desire to learn, and your willingness to ask questions.
There are some great videos on youtube that take you through the basic terms and movements if you feel inclined to study up a bit before you get there.
A key part to any cheerleader’s ability to perform is the flexibility of the joints and ligaments.
Not a flexible person? Its ok! Flexibility takes time and patience, however if you make a goal to stretch every day you will see benefits in multiple aspects of your life.
Once you have warmed up your body to avoid injury, stretching has been proven to alleviate aches and pains, improve circulation, improve inflammation, and help prevent future injuries. If you don’t exercise on a consistent basis you might want to begin with some basic cardio and strength training a couple of times a week. You will definitely be sore after your first class! It’s a good thing and means your muscles are working and adapting to your new activity. A hot shower or bath, gentle stretching or massage, and even hot/cold treatment will help decrease some of your muscular tearing and you will be ready to go full out during your next class.
Beginner Check List
- Tight fitting tank top or short sleeve shirt
- Tight fitting, non slip shorts for jumping and stunting
- Low to no tread tennis shoes and socks
- Hair pulled back in a high ponytail
- Water Bottle
- Small sweat towel
- Lock for studio lockers if you have valuables with you
- Small notebook to keep track of the terms you learn in class
- Make sure to put your phone on silent if it’s in the room with you