1. The Most Important Tumbling Skill

    Kids come to us all the time saying they can’t wait to learn their back handspring...or learn their full. We know — no matter what level your child may be, they can’t wait to learn more! We encourage this sort of eager learning and positive spirit in our athletes, but only when safety is kept in mind as well. If our tumblers cannot complete their pass safely, we need to work the basics again…Read More

  2. Middle School Training Camp Conditioning

    When it comes to preparing for cheerleading tryouts there are 5 key areas cheerleaders should focus on.  Just like a puzzle, when cheerleaders fail to focus on all the pieces of the puzzle they often get an incomplete picture; or worse, end up getting injured.   The five key areas your athlete should focus on are: jumps, motion technique, stunts, tumbling, and the most important part of the puz…Read More

  3. All-Star Cheerleading Sportsmanship

    Competition season is upon us, which means our athletes have been working harder than ever to prepare for the next competition. From throwing harder stunts to cleaning up transitions and strengthening tumbling, we’re doing it all! While we talk about good sportsmanship in the gym, it’s something we feel strongly about — even when it comes to kids who aren’t in our cheerleading program. Tod…Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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