20 September 2012

I Can Exceed My Limitations!

I have never been the athletic type, although I've always wanted to get engaged in sports. I can barely breathe after a few minutes of jog and, in my opinion, my built is not suitable for sports. I spent elementary and the first two years of my high school dealing with books and friends and crushes. :p Then came the summer of 2005... I was invited by a friend to try out for our school's cheering squad, the School of Saint Anthony (SSA) Seagulls Pep Squad. I cannot tumble or do splits then and I dance awkwardly. Fortunately, most of the members are graduating and they need all the students that they can recruit and train to keep the team going. I did not know what to expect, but I know it's going to be tough.

My seniors! SSA Pep Squad Batch 2003- 2004 - JNJ Champions

They say cheer leading is not a sport. People just got it all wrong. Cheer leading needs (LOTS of) discipline, including the exhausting and deadly training after school and on weekends, watching what you eat and as well as keeping up with your academics. The training, by the way, consists of cheer dance, gymnastics, ballet, hip hop and jazz classes. You just can't absent yourself from any training unless there is a very important reason for you to do so. It's not that you'll get kicked out of the team, but you would not be able to gain new skills. Cheer leaders are versatile performers and athletes. And we are not mean girls, just like what the movies portray. We are a family in our team! And even if we are now in our separate ways, we still communicate with each other and reminisce our days. :)

With my cheer family! :)

Having no background in gymnastics and dance, this great experience has taught me to exceed my limitations. I can still remember when I first learned to do the perfect cartwheel. It was two weeks before my first competition and my knees are still bent whenever I do a cartwheel. My gymnastics coach told me that I have to do it right because my team is counting on me. That conversation served as an inspiration for me to persevere more. I was able to do a cartwheel without bent knees on the day of the competition and thereafter. There was also this another instance where I was scared to fly. Everyone was required to fly in least one pyramid sequence.  Honestly, I am not that good of a flyer. I could only do the basic stuff and I was asked to do some complicated routine. My coach told me to trust my lifters and myself and I would be able to do it. And I did! To top that off, we won nationals! :)

Alabang Town Center Cheerdance Competition 2005 - Champions!
Central Colleges of the Philippines Cheerdance Competition 2005 - Champions!
That's me on the left. ;)
My last competition! National Cheerleading Championship - Champions! :)
Whenever you learn a new skill in cheer leading and gymnastics, you just want to exceed what you can already do. I started with a cartwheel, then front walk, then back walk, then side aerial, then backhand spring, and so on. The skills are endless and it is up to you to best yourself! Unfortunately, I have already retired from cheer leading and I don't think my c-section scar would allow me to tumble again. :) But I still feel accomplished, that being someone clueless with the sport, I was able to do my best and win all of my competitions. I can now run for 10 minutes without feeling like I'm dying. I was able to acquire a great physique which amazingly shrank fast after I gave birth. I can still do fancy cheer leading stuff such as scorpions and heel stretches that I never imagine that I would be able to do. These accomplishments would not be possible without the help of my team mates and my amazing and patient coaches! I would definitely not be able to exceed my limitations if not for the trust that they gave me. 

Some fancy stuff that I learned. :)

Since cheer leading is a very physical sport, I don't think it is possible to exceed your limitations if you are bothered with bad hygiene. Of course, with all those daily strenuous training, it is important to keep a good hygiene for you and your team mates also who would be lifting you. Thank God for the new Safeguard Active with 12-Hour Odor Protection! It could help athletes to exceed their limitations and their personal best just like Coach Rio Dela Cruz. To know more about him and his accomplishment, better check out this video here: #BeatCoachRio by Safeguard Active. :)

As for my most favorite cheer team, it is no other than the UP Pep Squad! Don't forget to watch and support them at the UAAP Cheerdance Competition at the SM MOA Arena on Saturday or on Studio23. :)

Photo from Google Images

How about you? How did you exceed your limitations? :)

XO, Mish


  1. This is interesting! You're into cheering! Galing! And from SSA too. Hehe. I know some people from SSA. Nakita ko si Kuya Patrick sa group picture. Haha. We're from the same college now. I hope UP Pep wins again. Too bad I can't watch this Saturday but I witnessed their performance last year.

    Thanks for sharing this!


    1. Hi Iya! Pat was my classmate and his sister is my best friend! :) What a small world. Wasn't able to watch CDC din but I am so happy that they won!

  2. How old you nakasali sa cheerleader? my daugther 6 years old... gusto nah mag cheerleader kaso ayaw payagan nang daddy kasi baka mabalian... any advice, thanks

    1. Around 2nd year highschool na. I suggest you let her have basic gymnastics or dance class muna that she'll be able to enjoy. :)

  3. amazing stuff!!!!waooo


  4. Thank You so much and of course followed back :)

  5. you're soooo fortunate to be part of a cheerleading squad! We don't have that in our school anymore. It was replaced with Mardi Gras, which is like a celebration of the different festivals in the Philippines.


    1. Awww! You should retain the squad! :) There's a national cheerleading competition you can join here in the Philippines.

  6. What a great story. I love the picture of you holding your leg. You are really flexible!


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    1. thank dear! although I don't think I can do that anymore. :p

  7. This is a lesson that peserverance and determination is what is needed to get you sucess!! great story! Thanks for sharing


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  9. Wow, so cool! I wanted to join cheerleader team too when I was younger, but my dad forbade it and said cheerleaders are only there so the guys can sleep with them :( (I was young and didn't understand) I love all dancing sports and I do see there's a lot of work behind the performances you're doing! Really liked this post, I'm glad you found something suitable for you :)

    1. Of course not! We're more of a family in our team. :)

  10. Great post :)I did cheerleading for two years and it takes a lot of strength and determination!!



  11. Gorgeous post, I think cheerleading is the coolest thing ever and would love to start :) Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog!

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    1. It is! :) I hope you pursue cheerleading as well!

  12. Taking into consideration these pictures, it's hard to believe you weren't the athletic type! I, myself, was some awkward blend of "insanely qualified softball pitcher" and "couldn't even pull out 3 push-ups for P.E. physicals". If such a mix even exists. Ha ha! Guess I didn't exceed my expectations there, I only flopped in my own chicken armness.

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