Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Practice, Practice, Practice

This week at Wabash Valley Tumbling and Gymnastics, we are fixing our routines for Indy LIVE. Last night at practice, we went through our routines count by count. This helped our coaches to see little things that are different or look bad in the routine. While we did our routine, Senior 5 worked on tumbling. When we were done, we worked on tumbling and conditioning. We did the conditioning on our own. We chose to work on abs. We did jelly bellies, crunches, and up-downs. We did sets of 50, repeating each time we finished. We will continue making small changes to our routines until our next competition.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Practice Makes Perfect

We have a few weeks to prepare for our next competition. We are changing stunts, tumbling, and formations. This week at practice, we stretched out in windows. After we were finished stretching, we cleared the floor and warmed up tumbling. Warming up tumbling consists of getting back in windows, and doing standing tumbling. We start with a few back-handsprings. Following the back-handsprings is standing back tucks, then toe back tucks. Then we warm up our standing series. Once this is all warmed up, we move on to running tumbling. They give the entire team about 10- 15 minutes to get warm up all running tumbling. We then move on to stunts. Normally, we do S4 first stunt, S5 first stunt, S4 second stunt, etc. We take turns with each team to give ourselves a little break. Once this is completed, we go to our beginning spots and do a run through to make any small changes in the routine. We then do a tumble through and stunt through. This makes sure that we remember the changes and gives us a little break. When we go full out, we only do this a few times. It is actually really bad on your body to do more than 3 full outs in one practice.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NCA Kentucky

This past weekend my team competed at the NCA Wildcard Classic. This was in Louisville, Kentucky. My morning started by waking up at 7:00 to start getting ready. Once I was ready, my grandparents picked me up and we went out for breakfast. My grandparents had to take me to this competition because my parents had to work. We were on the road headed to Kentucky by 9. We arrived around 12:45 and went to the Convention Center. I met with my team and stretched out. By the time I was done stretching, it was time to go watch Senior 3 compete. When they were done, it was time for my team to go to warm ups. We did an awesome job in warm ups. Once we hit the stage we did great. We had one stunt fall, but everything else hit perfectly. We ended up getting second place and that is something to be proud of. Hard work really does pay off!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Preparing for NCA

This week, we are preparing for NCA. NCA stands for National Cheerleading Association. This competition is being held in Kentucky. At this competition, you can win Summit bids. Summit is held in Disney World and the teams in it are the best of the best. My coach said we will probably not be able to take the bid if we get it. The bid would most likely be a Wildcard bid and that doesn't guarantee you to be able to compete on Day 1 or 2. Although we won't be taking the bid if we get it, we are still working extremely hard. We did a ton of full outs. These help us prepare for competitions because we won't be out of shape when we finish the routine. We have also done a lot more conditioning than we normally do. I can't wait for this weekend!