Front Hurdlers

Front Hurdlers require flexibility, power and precision. Here’s how to “kick” yours up a notch!

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Cheerleaders need lots of repetition and practice to get the front hurdler perfect everytime. There’s a lot of muscle memory involved, so be sure to practice proper technique and avoid common mistakes.

How to perform a front hurdler:

Use your jump prep to really lift off the ground, and give yourself plenty of time in the air to execute the skill. You’ll kick one leg up like a high kick, and the other is back with knee bent, like you’re jumping over a hurdle.

Arms: hit a goal post in the air

Legs: kick one leg toward your nose, use your arms as a target, to aim your kick in between them. Your bent leg should be lifted, and bent, like a track runner jumping over a hurdle.

Tips to improve your front hurdler jumps:

1. Keep your chest up! It’s important not to cut off the height of your jump by tilting your chest forward.

2. Get air time. You’ll need a lot of power and lift to have enough time in the air to execute the skills. Be sure to jump hard off the ground, using your chest and arms to help lift you higher.

2. Work on flexibility for your “kicking” leg. If you can’t do a high kick toward your nose on the ground, you won’t be able to do it in the air. Be sure to warm up properly and make stretching for jumps part of your regular cheer practice routine.

4. Don’t forget about the back leg! The tendency is to concentrate so hard on kicking your front leg, that you don’t realize that the back leg is still dangling around down there. Be sure to bend that knee and lift your back leg, with as much power as your front leg!

Incorporating this jump into your cheerleading routines:

Front hurdlers are impressive – but you need to be sure the crowd gets the right angle to appreciate the athleticism of the skill. Always turn your body to the 45-degree angle (toward the corner), so that the audience can see the extension of your front leg kick, and the flexibility of your bent leg acrobatics!

Use a front hurdler as a crowd-pumping trick between plays while you’re on the sidelines, or put them to counts in your routines to show off your team’s timing and difficulty when performing them as a squad.

 

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