How to Do Splits for Cheerleading 
How to Do Splits for Cheerleading
by eHow / Lucy Spain
Video Lecture 3 of 11
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Date Added: August 12, 2009

Lecture Description

In this video lesson, Cheerleading Instructor Lucy Spain teaches about the most important part of learning the splits for cheerleading, which is stretching properly.

Video Transcript: LUCY SPAIN: "Hi, I'm Lucy Spain here to show you how to do splits in cheerleading. Cheerleading splits are a commonly used pose to do when you're doing a cheerleading formation. You can also use these splits in your stunts as well, once the fliers have gotten good at them. It's important to make sure you stretch out when doing a cheerleading split. We're going to concentrate on the left and right splits. This is going to be a right split with your right leg out forward. First we want to start out with our right leg forward. We're going to stretch forward. Make sure your knee is at a ninety-degree angle. We don't want our knee to go past our toe. So we're going to stretch forward into it. After you do this stretch for about fifteen seconds, you want to lean back and stretch the underneath of the leg. Stay back in this stretch for about fifteen minutes. You can lean your chest forward on this one as well. After that, you can simply slide into your split. A common pose you can use is the high V once you're in your split. That's the right split. The left split is going to be the exact same thing to the other side. Ninety degree angle. Make sure we get a nice stretch on the inside of your thigh, lean back and stretch the underneath of our leg, and we're going to slide into our left split and hit our high V. The last split is going to be a middle split. That's going to be when you're facing forward. This is the most difficult and will take the most prep to get into. You can stretch for this one by simply going down over both legs. You can do a squat stretch and then into your middle split. And that is how you do a cheerleading split."

Course Index

Course Description

In this course, Cheerleading Instrucutor Lucy Spain gives 11 video lessons on Cheerleading Stunts and Accessories.

Cheerleading was invented by a man in 1898, who first directed a crowd in cheering on the University of Minnesota. Since then, cheerleading has become a popular culture phenomenon and a sport. Cheerleaders began as male; but slowly females, who had few offerings for collegiate-level athletics, dominated the hobby. In the early 1970s, the Dallas Cowgirls changed professional cheerleading into simply dance, removing most of the stunts and tumbling in favor of revealing outfits and choreography. In the early 1980s, cheerleading as a competitive sport became popular, and stunts and gymnastics gained in popularity for high school teams. Now there are both amateur and pro official styles of cheering. In this free video series on cheerleading, an experienced cheerleader demonstrates a variety of cheerleading stunts and explains cheerleading accessories like hair bows and pom poms. Learn to do cheerleading toe touches and cheerleading jumps. Perform the splits and a cheerleading pyramid with the help of an expert, all in this free video series on cheerleading.


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