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What should cheerleaders do during pre-season training?

The goal of pre-season cardiovascular training for cheerleading is to build a good aerobic base. For some cheerleaders, it might also mean weight management. To start the process for both building a base and weight loss, focus on building up the work capacity. This is done by doing lower-intensity work, on cardio equipment if possible, to reduce the pounding on your joints.  Pre-season training is meant to prepare you for the season ahead, so there is a fine line between preparing for the season and setting yourself up for burnout in the middle of the year. Building the work capacity slowly is a safe way to ensure you are peak at the right time during the season. Once you can handle at least thirty minutes of low-intensity training, increase your aerobic base by pushing the anaerobic threshold higher. Cheerleading made of up a series of anaerobic bursts, so strengthening the anaerobic system is very important.  By the end of the pre-season you should be doing more anaerobic training, working  on power and speed, and maintaining your endurance.

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