By Danielle Donovan
Updated April 4, 2019
Hands up 🙌 if you want to increase your flexibility
…you’ve been stretching every day and really working hard, but you’re frustrated because your flexibility just won’t improve – sound familiar?
‘How can I increase my flexibility?’ is a question I get every day, and today I am here to help share my top fit tips and best CHEERFIT exercises to help YOU increase your flexibility.
Hi, I’m Danielle, the founder of CHEERFIT (www.cheerfittraining.com)
and fitness expert for cheerleaders. Today I am going to break down the best exercises to help you increase your range of motion, show you how to do them, and share why they work.
And guess what, these flexibility tips don’t involve stretching!
TIP #1: FITNESS BUILDS STRENGTH, STRENGTH BUILDS CONFIDENCE
Here at CHEERFIT, we are all about helping you reach your cheer goals and stay motivated through fitness! Today’s exercises are 100% focused on strengthening specific cheer muscles focused on improving your range of motion. Those areas are your lower back, hamstrings, hip flexors, and core.
Spoiler alert – by strengthening these muscles, you are improving your range of motion, and by improving your range of motion you are increasing flexibility! It’s a WIN WIN!
TIP 2: THE FLEXIBILITY WORKOUT
I planned out my best flexibility exercises to help you strengthen your cheer muscles and improve your flexibility! Again, remember each of these exercises works on STRENGTHENING the muscles that increase your range of motion and improve your flexibility. Do this workout for 10 reps each exercise x 3 rounds and share your workout pics with us on Insta @cheerfittraining #cheerfitstrong
Exercise 1: SINGLE LEG DEAD LIFT
● Focus area: hamstrings, core & lower back
Excercise 2: SPIDERMAN PUSHUPS
● Focus area: hip flexors, core, and shoulders
Exercise 3: BACK LEG LIFT
● Focus area: lower back & core
Excercise 4: HAM STRING ABS
● Focus area: hamstrings & core
TIP #3: SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE THAT LIFT YOU UP
If you surround yourself with people that encourage you, support you, lift you up, and cheer you on..you will be UNSTOPPABLE! Remember, we rise by lifting others up! Next time at you’re at practice, simply smile to the teammate across from you. Tell them you’ve noticed their hard work and let them know how amazing they are! You’ll both feel amazing! Need a tribe to lift you up?
We’d love to invite you to join the CHEERFIT Club! You’ll be instantly connected with thousands of cheerleaders and parents from around the world and get access to hundreds of cheer workouts, motivation, fit tips and more! www.cheerfittraining.com/join
And there you have it, my top 3 tips to advance your flexibility – without stretching! Enjoy the tips and let us know your fav’ exercise TAGGING us @cheerfittraining in your workout pics or flexing selfies! #cheerfitstrong!
CHEERFIT: Danielle Donovan is the fitness expert for cheerleaders and founder of CHEERFIT – an online workout club and fitness community for cheerleaders. Join the Club to get 24/7 access to hundreds of cheer workouts, fit tips, and an online community – motivating each other and holding each other accountable. Be #CHEERFITSTRONG, join the Club. www.cheerfittraining.com/JOIN