Help Your Daughter Advance In Cheer

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Ah, January! We are in the heart of competition season and kicking off a brand new year.

Our days are filled by all things cheer and the highlight of every weekend is watching your daughter (or son) compete at this week’s competition. And next week…it’ll be the same!

That’s right, you are in the stands with your sparkly cheer mom shirt waiving that noisemaker rooting for your daughter’s team! As your team comes on and the music starts, you watch so intensely that you forget to breath!

Sound familiar?

Of course, you want your child to perform each routine with perfection, hit every stunt, and nail every tumbling pass, but what happens when they don’t? Sometimes falling down is what makes us stronger. Those who fall and get back up are much stronger than those who never fell.

In this article, I am going to share a bit of my personal story about how I overcame a challenge and tips for how to help your daughter advance in cheer.

Turn every challenge into an opportunity

I live by this quote! As I see it, you have to turn every challenge into an opportunity. I personally overcame two ACL tears. I did not take no for an answer and turned to fitness instead of surgery to beat the odds and strengthen my knee to full recovery. Not only did I overcome what could have been a career ending injury, I also realized the importance of fitness for cheerleaders and went on to create CheerFit.

My best piece of advice when your child is faced with a challenge is to tell them– “we don’t grow when things are easy, we grow when things are challenging”. To advance in tumbling, improve stunts and get better, you have to keep a positive mindset, set a goal and stay motivated.

Lead by Example

When focusing on helping your daughter set a goal and stay motivated, the best way is to lead by example. Show your daughter you too appreciate a healthy lifestyle by being committed and motivated. With the New Year here, now is a perfect time to lead by example.

We all know fitness is a great way to build confidence and strength, in both body and mind. So team up and make it a goal to sweat it out once or twice a week. Together, you will strengthen your bond and motivate each other!

To help you motivate your daughter, I went ahead and put together some favorite fitness plans and workouts. These workouts focus on stability, balance, and endurance. All of these exercises are specifically designed to help your daughter advance in cheer, but also a great workout for you too!!

Give it a try:

Free 7 Day Workout Planclick here and get moving!

30 Day Fit to Compete Workout Plan – complete with 24/7 access to your personal cheer fitness coach and brand new weekly workouts personally delivered, conveniently online.

Understand Her Needs

Competition season can be hard for parents. How do you know when to step in and when to stay out?  Finding that perfect balance comes from having that strong bond, and having a strong bond can come from working out!

Cheerleading is competitive. Cheerleaders are tough. Not everything goes perfectly. But it is knowing how to overcome these challenges that can help your daughter advance!

It’s time to start 2016 fresh and we look forward to making it the best year yet!

Happy New Year!

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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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