So... Are any of you suffering from "I-cant-gain-any-flexibility-no-matter-how-hard-and-long-I-push-myself" ?
Don't worry. I've had the same problem...
A few weeks ago I was trying to look up all these different ways I could increase my flexibility and the overall quality of my Cheerleading skills... And I have finally figured out the secret!
The Dallas Texas Cowboys Cheerleaders use it...The UCLA Cheerleaders use it... And you definitely can too.
Yoga. Yup. That's it! Yoga. My flexibility has increased SO much already since I've used it! I was also browsing through what some Cheerleading coaches thought about it. All of the coaches comments I read definitely approved of it. And not only that, but they said that they will test the girls on their yoga fitness and knowledge during tryouts and some of them are so strict that they only allow girls who've had experience with Yoga on the team!!!
Seem a little extreme? Well maybe not. It kind of makes sense. Yoga not only increases strength and flexibility, but it also helps with your balance (which DEFINITELY helps with stunts & jumps), and it may sound crazy, but it also helps your inner self. As you breathe in and out you are meditating which will help you stay focused and relaxed during practices, competitions, tryouts, etc.
My favorite thing about Yoga is it clears your mind, but also that it is so calming that you begin to REALLY like it and you gain SO much flexibility and strength from it...Which in my mind is a hundred times better than running 5 miles, doing weights, and other vigorous activity. You basically stay in one small area, usually just on a little Yoga mat, and meditate!
Tips: Find a quiet place, or some where pretty that you like to be. Yoga typically works best when you are serene.
-I would also try to mix it up and use different videos/routines so you work different muscles. (It also helps it not get boring too quickly.)
-It is optional, but light, calm music usually helps you feel more relaxed. I would consider playing it. *youtube works with this as well*
- And lastly, visit websites that offer advice as well...One that is really good is yogatic.com!
GOOD LUCK! :)
Here are some videos...
I haven't actually tried these ones yet, but I watched them and they are for beginners, so you can try them! :)