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Dear Dish-It: I Want to Be a Guy Cheerleader

Dear Dish-It,

I’m a guy and want to cheerlead but everyone talks me out of it. What should I do?

Ap

Dear Ap,

Being a guy cheerleader is fun – and it’s also a lot harder than most people think. I think it’s great that you want to become involved in such a tough sport. Here’s some information about male cheerleaders that will hopefully help you get past the haters so you can do what you love!

Silly Stereotypes

There is no denying that male cheerleaders get a bad rap. People say that cheerleading is just for girls and “real men” should play sports like football, basketball or soccer. They feel that guy cheerleaders are weak, un-athletic and uncoordinated, and all they do is clap their hands, jump up and down and scream “rah rah rah” all day … but all of that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Cheerleading is a Sport

The fact is, unless you’ve tried it or have paid close attention, you’d probably be surprised how much athletic ability is required to be a cheerleader. You need tons of strength, skill and coordination. Throwing a cheerleader (usually a girl) in the air is no easy task; neither is holding up multiple people at the bottom of a pyramid. If you thought catching a baseball was hard, try catching a cheerleader who is high up in the air doing flips and making sure you time it right so that she doesn’t fall! Running and doing flips and somersaults take agility, endurance and athleticism, too. So much for cheerleaders being un-athletic …

Lots of Benefits

Because you are constantly moving and doing routines, cheerleading helps improve you stamina, coordination and strength. With flips and cartwheels, there is a lot of gymnastics involved. Being more conditioned and coordinated will help you in other sports. Believe it or not, a lot of male cheerleaders also participate in other sports throughout the year. It also improves your teamwork skills and helps you learn to trust your teammates. Cheerleading also improves your confidence because it makes you learn how to perform in front of a big crowd under pressure.

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-Gwen9-- posted in Friends:
"jordand08" wrote:Thank you.You're welcome. :)
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donteatcarrots
talk to the person you're closest too. yes, you said you don't get close with people, but there's probably one person who you speak to more often than others- talk to that person.
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donteatcarrots
donteatcarrots posted in Friends:
Don't worry too much- it's only your first relationship- but I'd sit down with him at one point, and discuss what makes you uncomfortable, eg; if you know what I mean...
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donteatcarrots
donteatcarrots posted in Friends:
Probably sound a little stereotypical, but the majority of boys don't really act like that... Ask him :p
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kittenkid
First: WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T KILL YOUSELF! When you get past this you'll be glad. Well, this is just my opinion, but I think you should first find someone, anyone, even if you don't trust them, if there're your parents talk to them about it. I bet a bunch of people have already told you this but there're right. Before you walk up to them, write down what you're going to say and then think of a few questions they might ask and write down the answers to them. Remember to tell them that it might take you a minute to think of an answer. Before you answer, think of the exact words you will say  before you say anything, and think in your mind about it. Think about wether it is a lie or not before you say it. If it gets out of you mouth before you realize it is a lie, don't be afraid to say so and just say the truth. Also, just try to find something you like to do that will take your mind off everything. If you really can't think of anything, try just practicing saying your feelings to yourself, or a pillow or something.  Hope this helps!
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