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How did cheerleading really begin? Who started it all? I bet you hadn’t thought about those.
Here’s a quick rundown of cheerleading facts:
- Cheerleading traces its roots to 1884 in Princeton University, when the crowd cooked up a cheer to inspire the team.
- Cheerleading was originally done by an all-male squad.
- It was only in 1923 that cheerleading also included women.
- There are almost 4 million cheerleaders in the U.S., and 400,000 0f those are high school cheerleaders.
- Former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, Dwight Eisenhower, and Franklin Roosevelt were once cheerleaders.
- The most popular sport for cheerleading is football.
- Texas is said to be the cheerleading capital of the U.S.
- Pom poms were originally called pom pons.
Wow! Ain’t those interesting?
Our squad is thinking of what design to use for our next uniform. I gathered a few design inspirations from the internet (photos not mine, naturally). I’m thinking of which ones to propose.
But doesn’t it reiterate what I said in one of my previous posts? Cheerleading is not at all just fun, smiling, being sexy and pretty. It’s blood, sweat, and tears!
Although there is still a debate whether cheerleading is a sport or not, heck, we don’t care. We just know that deep in our hearts, we put our time, effort and love in it. That’s all that matters.
Cheerleading being all glamour is the biggest misconception of all. Hey, it’s a lot of hard work! Cheerleaders have to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle to be able to keep up with the physical demands of the job. And of course, to look good in those cute uniforms. 🙂
One of the simplest ways to keep fit is by using a treadmill. Running at 6mph for just 20 minutes is enough to burn more than 200 calories.
Treadmills these days are much more than just a piece of equipment where you can run. They have a lot of functions that are super helpful. The Weslo Cadence G 5.9, for example, has manual or electric mode options, pre-set fitness programs, incline, heart rate monitor, and an LCD screen that displays workout information.
My favorite thing about a treadmill? I don’t have to go out to run! I can
do it regardless of the weather condition. I can even run while watching TV!
Cheerleader or not, I highly recommend having a treadmill at home. You won’t regret it, promise! (As long as you don’t keep it unused, okay?)
Does a gymnast create a better cheerleader? Or is it the other way around?
A chicken and egg debate, right? For me, there is no need for any battle. Whether in gymnastics or cheerleading, having skills in both is beneficial.
Sharing with you a video about basic gymnastic skills that you can use in cheerleading:
Remember, guys, practice makes perfect!