The common misconception about Jacksonville cheerleading is that anyone who looks good in a cheerleading uniform can do it—that if you’re blonde, blue-eyed, petite, and a great dancer, cheerleading is easy for you. That’s not exactly how it goes. Although, of course, it helps if you’re lean, this is not the be-all and end-all of cheerleading.
There are many different types of cheerleaders. There are the flyers, the bases, the dancers, the jumpers, etc. All of these have different requirements when it comes to body type. That means, each cheerleader has a different set of workout routines, as well as the kind of meals they need each day.
However, on average, we can assume that a cheerleader must eat healthily and must maintain a lean physique. This will allow flyers to be light when they need to be thrown up the air while bases can build up good muscles without looking thick at all.
If you’re practicing all-weekday long, Mondays to Fridays, here is how your meals should look like:
Breakfast: ½ cup oatmeal, ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese, ½ banana, 1 tbsp peanut butter, and lots of water or coffee with low-fat milk
Mid-morning snack: 2 fat-free string cheese, an apple, and a slice of wheat bread
Lunch: 2 slices of wheat bread, 4-6 oz. of white chicken, non-fat condiments, assorted veggies, non-fat dressing, and a fruit
Before practice: Powerbar or other energy bar with 30g carbs and 10-20g protein
After practice: 8-16 oz. of Gatorade, and a few slices of low-sodium turkey breast
Dinner: 1 sweet potato, 4-6 oz. of white chicken, 1 oz. of almonds, a big serving of cooked broccoli, and a glass of milk
Before bed: 1 Greek yogurt with 1 tbsp of peanut butter mixed in
It might seem like a ton of food compared to your regular diet. But remember, once you are a member of the Jacksonville cheerleading, you will be burning a lot of calories during practice. That’s not even counting the calories you’ll burn when walking to and from school, to the practice facility, and in between classes.
You have to make sure you have a little bit of protein every meal, so that you won’t feel hungry very easily. You also have to get at least two servings of fruits each day because they provide a lot of antioxidants that will make you immune from illnesses.