1. Staying Competition-Ready During the Holidays

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No matter what holiday you may celebrate, winter is time for family and time off from school — and no cheer practice! While you may be enjoying your extra hours of sleep and extra helpings of dessert, you might be a little worried about your cheerleading team. After all, what is everyone doing to stay in top shape during the break? While you aren’t r…Read More

  2. Overcoming a Cheerleading Mental Block

    Many athletes of all ages develop a mental block at one point or another. Their coach will be standing behind them with an arm outstretched to spot, the athlete executes the skill perfectly without being touched, but for whatever reason — they can’t do it by themselves. They stop, stutter, and become flustered at the idea of throwing it alone. A mental block is when an athlete is perfectly cap…Read More

  3. Why You Should Never Use A Spot When Learning A Tuck

    I would argue that it is an athlete’s ability to understand and correctly perform a round off handspring tuck that will determine if they will go on to become a high level tumbler.  It is the round off handspring tuck where athletes start to learn about proper blocking angles, hip rotation, and head positioning. Over my 23 years experience, athletes, parents and coaches continue making the same…Read More

  4. What All Parents Should Know Before School Cheer Tryouts

    It never fails, every year around March, the phone rings, and there is a desperate mother (who we will call Panicking Patty) on the other end.  Our conversation normally goes like this.   Panicking Patty: “My daughter is trying out for cheerleading and she has to have a back handspring, can you help her with that?”      Staff at MGA:  “We would love to help her!  Tell me a lit…Read More

  5. 5 Key Stretches To Help You Become a Powerful Tumbler

    5 Key Stretches to help you become a powerful tumbler Have you ever watched and wondered how some people become amazing tumblers?  Well at MGA Cheer Extreme, one of the tips we like to share is that shoulder flexibility, is what gives you the speed, power, and technique required for the higher level skills.  Flexibility is something that you can improve at home, and can even be done while watchi…Read More

  6. Understanding Tumbling Progression

    Whether your child is a tumbling expert by now or they’ve never attempted a forward roll, MGA Cheer Extreme is here to help. Many parents aren’t sure how tumbling progression works when they first enroll their child in tumbling classes. How long should it take for their athlete to learn a back handspring? When will they be ready to move up to another level? We are here to answer some of the mo…Read More

  7. Why Should I Become a Cheerleader?

    You’ve watched athletes do crazy flips, twists, and acrobatics across the floor. You’ve watched in awe as their toes fly to the sky in their jumps. Maybe you’ve even gasped as a group of them tosses an athlete in the air and they spin down back into their bases’ arms. At some point during all of this, you’ve thought to yourself, “I want to learn how to do that.” At MGA Cheer Extreme,…Read More

  8. Benefits Of After-School Programs

    As a father of two young boys,  I want to make sure I give my children every advantage, and maybe a little edge, when it comes to school and in life. When doing some research on how to become a better parent, I stumbled across a great article on the benefits of after-school activities.  I felt this article was so informative, I wanted to share a few of the highlights of the highlights with you! …Read More

  9. Rise as a Team, Fall as a Team

    In the big, wide world of cheerleading, we see “cheerlebrities” jumping gyms just about every year. The reasons are usually varied, but in the end, it comes down to “wanting to go somewhere they can win.” Now, we know that a slip up on the mat can cost the Summit title or even the Worlds title, but that doesn’t mean only one person on the team is responsible. In fact, the most successful…Read More