There’s very little in the way of strength training and that’s what they need to build strong cores and lean, strong arms and legs. That strength will help them to do the jumps, lifts and catches without getting hurt, says Shanna Layne.
The Woodlands, Texas (PRWEB) October 01, 2012
The Woodlands Fit Body Boot Camp announces the launch of its Cheerleaders Boot Camp to help cheerleaders strengthen their bodies and thus minimize, and potentially avoid injuries. Personal Trainer and Owner of Woodlands Fit Body Boot Camp Shanna Layne believes that cheerleaders are athletes and thus should include strength training to better prepare them with the rigorous placed on their bodies.
“Anyone who says cheerleaders aren’t athletes has never jumped out of the thin air and counted on their teammates to be strong enough to catch them,” says Shanna. “The problem is that these girls are athletes but they’re not being trained to perform safely.”
Shanna is the mother of an active cheerleader and says that her plan to help cheerleaders safely perform their stunts came to her at a recent event.
“We were watching the cheer squads perform and I suddenly realized that almost every team had one or more team members wearing a knee, ankle or wrist brace,” she remembers. “As a mom, it scared me. As a personal trainer, it hit me that these girls didn’t need braces, they needed muscles that would keep them from getting hurt.”
Shanna explains that although most cheer teams do some conditioning, that conditioning is woefully inadequate.
“Most teams do a few stretches, a few push-ups and that’s it,” she says. “There’s very little in the way of strength training and that’s what they need to build strong cores and lean, strong arms and legs. That strength will help them to do the jumps, lifts and catches without getting hurt.”
Layne warns that lack of strong core muscles, ankle and wrist stability and leg strength can result in much more serious consequences than missing a game or competition.
“It’s not just about being able to perform at the next game or the next cheer competition,” Shanna explains. “Injuries can leave girls debilitated for the rest of the year or even give them problems for the rest of their lives. That’s the main thing I want to avoid.”
She has a plan in place and that plan is the 4 week Woodlands Cheerleading Boot Camp. The boot camp will be held starting October 7 and the 45-minute sessions will be held Oct. 7, 14, 21, & 28 at 3:00pm. The Cheerleading Boot Camp will take place at the Woodlands Fit Body Boot Camp at 1440 Lake Front Circle, Suite 160, The Woodlands, TX. 77380
Cheerleading coaches are welcome to register their squads for the boot camp and Shanna is even willing to schedule boot camps just for specific cheerleading squads. Individual cheerleaders are also welcome to sign up.
Each session will help the cheerleaders improve muscle tone, balance and strength and the girls will also learn exercises designed for each position in the Stunt Group (Base, Flyer, Back Spot, etc.)
At the first session, My Fit Foods will be on hand to provide free healthy snacks and educate participants in eating for strength, energy and good health.
The cost for the entire boot camp program is just $87 per person ($127 value). Interested parents and cheerleaders are urged to register as early as possible as the class sizes are very limited to allow plenty of one-on-one instruction.
“I’m so excited about what we’re doing,” says Layne. “I know that by giving them the right training, we can help these girls to excel at what they love and do it much more safely.”
About Woodlands Cheerleading Boot Camp
To register online or get more information, parents and cheerleaders can visit: http://www.fitbodybootcamp.com/woodlandscheer.html or call The Woodlands Fit Body Boot Camp at 281-912-3224. Shanna can also be reached by email at info(at)woodlandscheer(dot)com.