Leg Exercises for Cheerleaders

Strong legs are important in all aspects of cheerleading. They help in building stunts and pyramids, they help in gymnastics, and they help in jumps. Here are a few exercises to help strengthen your legs and improve your cheer routines.

Lunges

Step forward, keeping your back straight, and bend your knees at a right angle. Go down until your back knee is almost touching the ground. Return your feet together and step out with the opposite leg repeating the process. To increase difficulty, use free weights while doing the exercise.

Squats

With your feet a little more than shoulder- width apart, bend your legs to a 90 degree angle. Keep your back straight and your chest up.

Calf Raises

Stand on the edge of a step and raise onto your toes and then back down. Try to complete 25 calf raises, increasing as you become more comfortable.

Other exercises

Push-ups are a great exercise for building upper-body strength. If you are unable to perform the regular push-ups, then put your knees to the ground and do your push-ups from that position.

Tricep Dips

You need a platform of some kind that is about a foot or two off the ground, like folded mats. Place your hands on the mats with your body straight out in front of you. Bend your arms until your body is almost touching the ground, and then push back up.

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