Plyometrics are great to add in to any athlete's workout routines. Plyometrics workout routines increase speed, agility and also power of a muscle's pulling. In other words, you will hop higher and improve your speed, as my dad utilized to say about any new pair of shoes I'd get! To have energy and force behind your jump will increase your ability in cheer leading for any of your routines. Specifically in competitive cheer leading, your body will be tasked for many high jumps.
So, getting any type of explosive actions into your routine is a great way to add plyometrics into your routines. For instance, jumping squats are a great exercise to use for a plyometric exercise or program. Using dumbbells, you will squat straight down, and when you get to the top, you will explode as hard and fast as you can.
An execllent plyometric workout routines you can use will be the weighted medicine tennis balls. Get a comfortable fat (such as 10 pounds or even more), and use a wall within your gym. You will blow up with the ball hurling it up into the oxygen hitting the wall as high as you are able to. When the ball returns down, make sure to get it. Then, in a movement, press up and explode the particular ball out of your hands and onto the wall as high as you can throw it. This is a great plyometric exercise for your upper body.
As a huge lover of push ups, I have to chuck this exercise inside as well. You will begin your knees and let your entire body drop forward and catch yourself with your palms. Drop your own body down into a pushup. (Of course, you are on your knees, so, it's a 'girl' push up.) Then, when you are driving yourself back up, blow up up pressing yourself back up to where you are erect on your knees. This is a plyometric push up. I love that one!
There are many other plyometric training methods you can add into your workout routines. It's going to benefit your cheer leading skills greatly! You will get a lot more precise in your actions and more explosive within your movements. Move having a purpose, and it will display in any cheer leading competition!