Fitness Tips For Cheer Tryouts

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The key to success is doing what you say you are going to do when you say you are going to do it. This holds true for anything in life, especially when we set a goal that we have to PREPARE for. Yes, that’s right, although it may only be the beginning of March, tryouts are just around the corner.

Now, in order to walk in with confidence and walk out with a spot on the team, you have to prepare both mentally and physically.

Whether this is your first tryout experience ever or you have done this time and time again, being a little nervous is normal – but don’t sweat it. As a collegiate cheerleader, cheer judge for tryouts, and founder of cheerFIT  I have combined my experience from all perspectives to really give you all the tools and tips you need to be tryout ready.

Now, before we get started I am going to let you in on a little secret – you have to have a plan to see success. Reaching your goals does not happen over night. Be SMART and set goals that are:

S– Specific

M– Measurable

A– Accountable

R– Relevant

T– Timely

So here we go!

Tip #1: Set Specific Goals

Be specific with what you want to master for tryouts. To see what skills are required, both at tryouts and throughout the season, ask questions and find out all the information you can before tryouts.

Tip #2: Set Measurable Goals

Are you working hard to advance your tumbling pass, master a new skill or jump sequence or improve technique? Focus on what you want to improve and show off at tryouts, write it down and prepare each day to attain these goals.

You can even share your goals with me and I will help you achieve success. Email me at and tell me what your tryout goals are!

Tip #3: Be Accountable

As I mentioned before, the key to success is doing what you say you are going to do WHEN you say you are going to do it! You have to hold yourself accountable!

Tip #4: Be Relevant

Remember, stay relevant to the skills you want to achieve. Keep things realistic and focus on the goals that are attainable for you! Try this workout test to see where you need to improve.

How long can you hold a squat for? *(try for at least 60 seconds)

How many pushups can you do in 60 seconds? *(try for 15 awesome pushups).

How flexible are you? *(try to stretch everyday to improve range of motion, improve jumps and prevent injury).

Tip #5: Be Timely

To best prepare for tryouts that are weeks, maybe even months away, you need to start getting ready now!! Click here to print out my free my free action calendar and how-to fitness guide.

For your workout calendar, I suggest:

  • Sunday: complete your full body workout
  • Monday: rest
  • Tuesday: focus on stability, strength and cardio exercises
  • Wednesday: focus on ab exercises
  • Thursday: test yourself with the Workout Test from tip #4
  • Friday: focus on cardio stability and ab exercises
  • Saturday: focus on strength and flexibility exercises

Now, I hope these tips helped! Start preparing now and you will walk in with confidence and walk out with a spot on the team. If you want even more tryout ready tips, workout plans and advice – click here for your ultimate solution.

Good luck and I can’t wait to hear your success stories!

Stay FIT,


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Danielle Wechsler

Danielle Wechsler is a highly energetic and extremely motivated fitness professional. Danielle is the founder of cheerFIT (, trainer to the pros and former collegiate cheerleader. Danielle originally founded cheerFIT after focusing on fitness to overcome two ACL tears during her cheerleading career. Danielle combines her passion for cheerleading and expertise in the fitness industry to create cheerFIT. She currently offers workout videos, online coaching programs and in person bootcamps throughout the country. cheerFIT workouts are a great way for cheerleaders to tone, sculpt strengthen and prevent injury!

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