Here’s to the people who say cheerleading isn’t a sport and that cheerleaders aren’t athletes. The very definition of sport is, and I quote, “an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature.” We practice just as much as you do. Every day of the week, 2+ hours. We condition, We run, We do ab workouts and pushups and planks. No, we don’t lift weights, we lift our athletes-and we hold them 10-15 feet in the air until our arms shake. Until our legs quiver. Don’t doubt the flyers either. We have more muscle than you seem to think. The amount of balance, leg muscle, and core tightness it takes to stay in the air is unbelievable to someone who has never done it before. We run full speed at nothing, then flip in the air, twist, and land on our feet. We jump. We jump high-without a trampoline. Concentrating on pointed toes, extended legs, tight arms, jump height, facials, and smiling… Ever based a basket toss? You get blood blisters on your hands. Softball sized bruises start to appear like magic. As for the flyers, if you’re not tight, expect to have your back jammed into your bases knee. Don’t forget about the backspots. We are the lifeguards of cheerleading. We save lives everyday. We get concussions, hit, and rammed into the ground. Without us, your flyers would be injured. Sprained ankles, broken fingers, and pulled muscles don’t slow us down. You practice like it doesn’t hurt. Now you have 2.5 minutes on a paneled mat. You have 1000+ people in the crowd every time you go on that floor. 4 judges. 2.5 minutes of horrendous physical activity and we make it look easy. Perfection doesnt exist, but here we go reaching for it anyways. You hit or you miss. Toes weren’t pointed? Deduction. Didn’t stick your tumbling? Deduction. Stunt didn’t hit? Deduction. You all think we’re the prissy girls who always have to have perfect hair and makeup. You’re wrong. At practice, we have messy buns and running makeup. Competitions? Sweats until we absolutely have to get ready. Do you think that cheer uniform is comfortable? It’s not… Sure the hair and make up is fun and gets us in the mood to perform, but ultimately it’s to unite us as a team. To be uniformed and have the same look. Think we don’t eat & are obsessed with being skinny? Good joke. We love food. Not all cheerleaders are mean girls who think they rule the school. We have really good grades and don’t hang out with the “cool kids” and go parties every weekend. We don’t all have starting quarterback football boyfriends or even any boyfriends at all. People see us as stereo types. Its wrong. Cheerleading is in the top 5 most dangerous sports in the world. Did you catch that? Sport. Proven to be in the Top 5 most dangerous, and you still have the nerve to say its not a sport? You’ve got to be joking. Cheerleading is something you have to want and work for. You have to love it and have a passion for it. So you doubt us? Fine. We’ll prove you wrong. Say we’re not athletes? Okay. Come to a practice. Compete with us. You’ll think differently. Say what we do is easy? Try it. I dare you.
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The waist and thigh extremities of the garment are cut and tear resistant (the guy in the video cant cut them with industrial scissors) and they cannot be moved more than a few centimetres when locked into place, the forward area in front of the genitals is also reinforced.
Please, for the love of god, even if you cant donate, just spread this idea wherever you can, they need $50,000 to be able to manufacture it and they currently have just over $6,000 with 20 days left.
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GUYS THERE ARE ONLY TWENTY DAYS LEFT AND THEYRE STILL FAR FROM THEIR GOAL IF YOU CANT DONATE AT LEAST REBLOG TO SPREAD THE WORD
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It’s really upsetting to think that this kind of thing even needs to be invented/used but it obviously does and it’s important. I think the idea and concept will give women confidence and security IF they need it. Watch the video and if you can’t donate anything, reblog the post :)
Too broke to donate, but I’ll boost the hell out of this.
You hit a perfect routine. You’re waiting in the warm up room with a bunch of other teams to take the floor for awards. Everything hit but was it enough? Was it executed well enough? Were you tight enough? Did you smile big enough? Oh wait. You don’t remember. Those two and a half seconds are a blur. Everything hit though, right? Yeah. It definitely did. The team 20 feet in front of you take the mat then the next and then it’s your turn. This isn’t a performance but you’re surrounded by your opponents…so maybe it is. You wouldn’t want them to see you trip! You walk up the steps making sure you don’t trip. That team you see next to? The one that beat you last competition that had a fall?! You tell them they did great. Because they did… but so did you. They call a division. And another. And another and it almost begins to feel like you’re at the wrong awards ceremony. FINALLY. They call it. But you only know this because your team started freaking out..it’s not like you can hear the announcer. You hold hands. Your heads go down. You’re so nervous. WAS IT ENOUGH?! “In 8th place……..” Not you. Thank God. Seventh is called-not you. Sixth, fifth, fourth. Did you really make top 3?! “In third place…” Your palms are sweaty and your neck hurts from looking down. But you don’t look up. Not you. The announcer stalls for dramatic effect. You look around. Just you and the team that you congratulated. “In second place…..” You know you did it. It’s your turn to win, right? Wrong. Second place. You. You didn’t get eighth or seventh or even fourth. You worked so hard. And you got so close. Now next time you go in the gym- remember that feeling of sitting at awards praying. How bad you wanted it in that moment and how you felt when your name was called, and work THAT hard. THAT much harder than you did last practice. Sweat THAT much more. Tumble THAT much harder. You can do it. Next competition. You can do it.