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How to Stretch to Improve Flexibility for Cheerleading

Learn cheerleading stretches that improve flexibility from UCA instructor Ashley Cowan of Varsity.com in this Howcast video.

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We're going to go over a few static stretches that you can do to increase your flexibility for cheerleading. Please note that you should be warmed up prior to doing these.

First up are the shoulders. Shoulder flexibility is important for bases while they're doing overhead stunts, and in tumbling during the reaching moment for back handsprings and running tumbling. Here are a few stretches that you can do. Arm across your chest, then behind your head, and then you can grab your hands behind you and lift up.

Now we'll move on to the hips and the hamstrings. You need flexibility in this area for jumps, tumbling, and for tricky dance moves. Here are some stretches that you can do. First, we have the Runner's Lunge, the Hamstring Stretch, and the Straddle Sit. You can also do splits on your right or left leg, and you could also do the middle split.

Next up is stretches for your back. Back flexibility and strength is important for top person body positions, tumbling, and overall stretching techniques. You can do a Pike Sit. You can also do a Sitting Twist. And another stretch is the Bridge. And those are some stretches that you can do to increase your flexibility for cheerleading.

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