1. Overcoming a Tumbling Mental Block

    As we get closer to tryouts, athletes have started coming into the gym more and more to achieve new skills and perfect the ones they already have. While we love seeing all the hard work and energy, we sometimes see athletes all of a sudden encounter a mental block. Even if you have never experienced a mental block yourself, it’s totally normal — frustrating, yes, but normal. In this post, we w…Read More

  2. Work out programs for Cheerleaders- Part 2

    It is important that we take care of our bodies as cheerleaders!  When you start a workout routine, you should switch it up every 2 to 4 weeks.  This will prevent your body from getting accustomed to the same exercise,it will continue to challenge your muscles to help you get stronger, and prevent you from getting bored with the same routine.   Listed below is week two of our middle school …Read More

  3. 5 Exercises To Get Jumps To Make Them Jealous!

    To this day, the toe touch is the most commonly know jump in the cheerleading world.  With school cheerleading tryouts fast approaching, having hyper-extended jumps is an easy way to score 10 points on your tryout score sheet and separate yourself from the rest.  Unlike tumbling, you can practice your jumps everyday at home, which will help to build the muscles required to have hyper-extended ju…Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  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