New to cheer? Need a few good hacks to help this season? We got your list right here! Everything from practice to the competition mat and after – these are the best cheer hacks on the net.
- For higher jumps, practice with ankle weights
- When stretching, stretch both legs keeping your hips even. This will avoid hip / back pain.
- Pull your heel stretches in front of your body, not to the side.
- Positive thoughts about your skills will help you tumble, stunt & dance better.
- Keep your arms locked when stunting, this will help you avoid bobbles.
- A perfect handstand helps produce perfect stunts – for bases & flyers! Great for balance and core control.
- Flyers, put your tongue on the roof of your mouth when stunting, it will help tighten up the rest of your body.
- Bases try standing more on the ball of your foot to balance your flyer.
- For extra stretching time, stretch out after a hot shower. Your muscles are looser and it’s easier to get those stretches.
- Wash your face after every practice to avoid clogging pores with sweat – it’s also very refreshing after a hard workout!
- Run cool water over your wrists when you’ve gotten hot at practice.
- Dry shampoo is great for hair after practice, especially if you have to be somewhere right away. It takes away the sweaty smell.
Keepin’ it Clean
- Keep hair from sticking to your brush by weaving a dryer sheet through the bristles. Weave through all the sections then when you brush your hair any left on the brush are easily removed.
- Smelly shoe bag or back pack? Add dry tea bags or fabric softener sheets to get the smell out
- Magic erasers work wonders on dirty cheer shoes (or use cheer shoe covers!)
- Use a baby wipe to clean your bow – it’s gentle and won’t loosen the gems or fabric.
- Cheer clothes look newer longer if they are washed & dried inside out (on low).
Ready to Compete
- Curb night before anxiety by meditating or doing yoga
- Bring healthy snacks into venues (past the purse police) using your Infinity shoe box – no one checks those. Or, roll in a blanket in the bottom of your mom bag.
- Freeze water the night before so it’s ice cold to drink at the arena.
- Use a clear pocket folder with lanyard for your athlete to store team practice / compete times. Keeps it handy around their neck since they usually don’t have pockets for stuff.
- Don’t eat for 2 hours before you hit the mat. Any greasy or super sweet food doesn’t do well with nervous energy and tumbling.
- Use a nylon sock to remove deodorant streaks from your uniform. Rubbing the streak with the sock takes it right off.
- Hand sanitizer is a great “quick fix” for removing all sorts of stains from uniforms. Personally I always travel with a Tide pen as well.
- Spray shoelaces with hairspray to keep them from coming untied so easily. Don’t want to throw a shoe during practice or competition – it’s a safety violation.
- Here’s a way to lace up loose fitting cheer shoes so they stay on by setting your heel.
- Don’t shampoo your hair before putting it up for cheer – instead just rinse good with water. Slightly dirty hair makes it hold it’s shape better.
- Use a wide tooth comb for teasing.
- Tease hair starting with the front, not the bottom / back. Seriously!
- Use volumizing powder or “dirt” to help achieve “big hair”
- Fly away hair? Use hairspray on a spare toothbrush to brush it into place.
- Keep extra bobby pins in an empty tic tac container.
- Cut the pony tail holder on your bow and tie it in a square knot onto your pony-tail (already in place with another ponytail holder) This makes sure it’s really in there good!
- Small bobby pins work better than large ones for keeping bow in place.
- For perfect make up the day of competition, don’t wear any make up for 2 days before.
- A bit of chapstick on your skin will make glitter stick longer.
- Mascara getting clumpy? Try stirring in a bit of Vaseline to loosen it up.
- Put baby powder on before you put on your uniform, helps keep you dryer and the uniform won’t rub as bad.
On the Mat
- Wave to the crowd during your routine – show the judges how much you love your sport!
- The key to great facials is to mouth A E I O U with big eyes while smiling. Know the words to your music and sing along.
- If you make a mistake, don’t freeze. Just smile and keep going!
- Always have makeup remover wipes in your bag.
- The leave-in conditioner by Rock Your Hair works wonders on getting all of the product out.
- Untie the ponytail holder to let the bow out (see above)
- Don’t pull the final pony tail holder out, cut it – it’s easier on your head and hair.
- Did you lose a gem from your uniform? They can be replaced with hot-fix gems sold at craft stores (or online).