Penfield, New York
2051 Fairport Nine Mile Point Rd
Penfield, NY 14526
(585) 388-8686

Top 3 Moves for New Competitive Cheerleaders to Learn August 9, 2018

Penfield, Monroe
Top 3 Moves for New Competitive Cheerleaders to Learn , Penfield, New York

Even before they learn back handsprings, tucks, and basket tosses, there are several moves that new cheerleaders can master. In the early levels of cheer competitions, participants must complete numerous jumps with precision and technique. Before competing, cheerleaders should practice these crucial gymnastic moves to give their squad an edge.

Essential Cheer Moves to Know

1. Toe Touch

The toe touch looks like a center split in the air. Like with every jump, the cheerleader should begin the move with their feet together, arms by their sides, and hands in fists. Next, the hands come into a clap, then a “high V.” Using momentum to push off from the ground, the knees bend, and the arms move into an ‘X’ in front of the knees, extending into a toe touch. The toes should be pointed and the arms parallel to the floor. For optimal elevation, the cheerleader must learn to ‘sit back’ into the pose and let the legs rise.

2. Front & Side Hurdler

cheerThe front hurdler begins with the same stance as the toe touch; except, after swinging the arms into an ‘X,’ one leg extends in front, and the other tucks behind. The hands remain in fists but extend straight up into the ‘candlestick’ position. Side hurdlers are the same, except the jump starts at a 90-degree angle from the audience, and the leg tucks to the side. The jump can be performed with either leg in front.

3. Pike

The pike is perhaps the most challenging of the three jumps. The jump begins like the others but ends with both legs straight and locked out; this requires significant momentum and abdominal strength. The arms should also be in candlesticks. The jump is typically performed at a parallel angle.


For the support cheerleaders need to succeed in competitions, look to Penfield, New York’s premier gymnastics facility. The Gymnastics Training Center of Rochester helps children and teens of all ages build the cheer skills they need to become strong jumpers, tumblers, and performers. To learn more about how the tumbling class at our gym can support you, visit the website or call today at (585) 388-8686.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from The Gymnastics Training Center of Rochester, Inc.
5 Ways Gymnastics Helps With Training for Other Sports, Penfield, New York
Whether your child has been training for years or just joined a new program, gymnastics allows them to exercise, improve their form, and challenge themselves. Keeping up their more
4 Top Groundbreaking American Female Gymnasts, Penfield, New York
The world of gymnastics has a long legacy of female competitors who changed the game. From Olympic gold medals to world championship titles, there’s no denying that American female more
Why Give the Gift of Exercise This Winter, Penfield, New York
This holiday season, instead of giving your grandchildren a toy that they’ll most likely forget about or grow out of in a few months, why not give them something that keeps on more
3 Tips for Attending Your Child’s First Gymnastics Competition, Penfield, New York
Preceding the first gymnastics competition, children’s emotions may range anywhere from scared to ecstatic and anxious. However, the young competitors may not be the only ones — more
5 Fantastic Benefits of Ballet for Adults, Penfield, New York
Many adults see ballet as a gorgeous, graceful art form far out of their league. In truth, with patience and dedication, anyone can learn basic forms and experience the benefits of& more