There are many a kind of jumps in cheerleading. From basic to moderate to advanced. In this article we shall talk about pikes, a particular kind of cheerleading jump that can be labeled, difficulty wise, as moderate to advance. They can be really hard to perfect, but it is definitely worth the time and effort.
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What is a pike jump in cheerleading? Pike is one of the several kinds of jumps, wherein, one jumps and bends into a ‘C’ in the air while keeping the arms and legs parallel to the ground. It requires a great amount of flexibility, power, and energy to perform this. Read on to know more about how you can prepare yourself and deliver a perfect pike.
There are a lot of videos available on Youtube, where you will be able to see step-wise how various jumps are performed and how to train yourself to the extent that you have no difficulty in performing jumps.
Although pike is not a beginner level jump, but a bit inclined towards moderate, there is no harm in preparing one’s mind by watching the videos and doing some reading online (just like this article!).
Even if one cannot perform jumps, it never hurts to keep oneself pushing and learning and keeping oneself fit and fine.
Final Thoughts – Taking care of yourself
It is alright if on-field the jumps go wrong, any accident or a major blunder on the field is unprecedented in all aspects. So don’t be too harsh on yourself. Yes, rigorous practice is of utmost importance, but so is rest and being understanding towards your physique.
Taking care is as crucial as training your body and mind. Warm-ups and freehand exercises are important, but more so, on-field the most important things a cheerleader carries are their charming smile and positive attitude.