At a certain point in your cheerleading career, you will most likely encounter a
routine that you just can’t seem to wrap your head around. Going full out isn’t
cutting it and no matter what you try to do to prepare for practice, you can’t
seem to shake this mental block from allowing you to master the mat. Before you
get too down on yourself, understand that this is a common problem for all
cheerleaders and that there are some mind tricks to
finally crack that choreography giving you such a challenge.
Get plenty of sleep.
Have you ever noticed that the whole world is more challenging when you’re
overtired? Everything you try to do might backfire and be more frustrating
because you’re stuck in a haze. When you don’t get enough sleep, your
body doesn’t have the right amount of energy required to get you through a normal
cheer practice and your mind won’t be able to focus on anything, least of all problem-solving tactics! To avoid total grogginess, try to get a full eight
hours of sleep the night before your next practice in order to wake up well-rested and ready to tackle that tough
choreography with a refreshed outlook. Not only will you be able to see your
routine in new light with a good night’s sleep, but your mood will be elevated
as well! Talk about the secret to success!
Literally break it
down. Write out your routine, step by step, on paper or try to explain it,
motion by motion, to a non-cheerleader friend or parent. Trying to put words to
your actions might trigger your brain to think of the solution to what’s been
holding you back from mastering the moves. Or maybe you just need to hear
yourself say what happens in the routine to figure out why it’s not working for
you. If a sudden light bulb goes on over your head and you are able to return
to the mat with renewed confidence to conquer the choreography, remember that
this break down analysis is all you need to do in the future.
Observe others doing
it. Your coach is probably well aware that something is not clicking in
your mind concerning the choreography, so ask your coach if you could sit
one out to watch how your teammates do it. Maybe it’s one small, subtle motion
that you’re overlooking, so make sure you pay attention to details as you
observe! Also, ask your teammates how they are approach the routine; perhaps
they see something you don’t. If all else fails, ask your coach if you can
schedule some one-on-one time with them in order to get their full thoughts on
the matter. Perhaps the routine is not fitting your squad for matters outside
of your capabilities, for instance, your team does not possess enough core
strength to do the stunts that your coach is asking of you. If that’s the case,
then there’s nothing more that you can do and your coach may want to consider
changing the routine accordingly.
How do you break down
your hard choreography? Have you triumphed over a tough routine? Let us
know your experiences in the comments below.