Co-ed cheerleading teams often impress the judges when they display their impressive and powerful routines that exceed the limits. The question is; what are their fitness regimes and how did they reach their goals? Keep in mind that males and females have different body types often requiring different fitness needs. Co-ed teams have been around for ages but what are the repercussions and how do they remain successful? Here are some positives and negatives for co-ed teams to help obtain their fitness needs: Advantages Co-ed teams can result in male and female teammates to push each other further. Females may be influenced to participate in more strenuous activities and workouts if the males that they are conditioning with are doing harder programs. Male members are often viewed as leaders, which can come in handy for workouts and fitness ideas. Conditioning will be more dynamic, allowing room for innovative conditioning ideas that involve the whole team working together. Co-ed interactions force teams to work on a whole different level using various methods; this ultimately pushes their boundaries making teams more dynamic. Challenges With each gender’s body type, different areas of focus are necessary for the muscle groups and workouts which means twice as much thought and effort needs to be applied to the conditioning program. It might be difficult for a smaller team with only one coach to handle. Adolescent female tend to naturally feel self-conscious around adolescent males, focusing more on how they look then their workout and fitness goals. If their insecurity lingers, they may not work to their full potential and ultimately lose confidence, which could effect their performance when they hit the competition mats. Fitness goals for males and females are different when it comes to reps, amount of weight, or the various exercises. This might mean that the team will have to split up during conditioning and miss out on valuable co-ed bonding time. Communicating with each other could sometimes be difficult because men and women can display different mentalities in stressful or intense situations. Fitness needs conflict at times: men workout more to bulk up and build muscle, women usually want to tone their natural strengths. Tips Find workouts that work for both genders, exercises that are universal and require the co-eds to team up. Teammates may need to be reminded that they are all there for the same reason: to achieve the team goals and come out strong during performances! Conditioning is important! Find ways to do it in a fair and creative way that builds team unity and involvement. Don’t be afraid to separate males and females when needed to avoid awkward situations. Either way you look at it, co-ed teams who overcome diversity and find methods for workout regimes usually have stronger outcomes. Maintaining fitness needs is important; with a little hard work and dedication any co-ed team can do it!