How to Do a Cheerleading Toe Touch

Two Methods:Toe touchStraddle stretch

In cheerleading, a toe touch is a basic jump that all cheerleaders learn. If you're having trouble mastering this skill, try some of the suggested ways outlined in this article.

Method 1
Toe touch

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    Stretch. stretching will help you get a perfect toe touch. Make sure you stretch out your ankles and legs. Go in a straddle position and lean further and further each time.
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    Tie any thick long loose rubber bands around both of your ankles and do your toe touch. It will help you snap back down and force you to go higher.
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    Make sure you get your splits and middles because this will help you get your toe touch evenly across.
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    Prep. Make sure you know what kind of prep you are doing. You can do one that is a high V, cross down in a X by your knees or you can do a clap prep. Hit your prep tight!
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    Point your toes. When you point your toes it will make your jump cleaner and prettier.
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    Snap back down. It's important to snap back down because it makes it clean and it's required to do so you don't look sloppy when you go back down.
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    Practice! It's important to practice it because you will see lots of improvement!

Method 2
Straddle stretch

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    Sit down in a straddle. Try to spread your legs as far as possible without straining them.
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    Lean to your right side. Your left arm should be above your head parallel to your right leg, and your right should be by your hips and parallel to your left. Try to touch your right ear to your knee.
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    Do the same thing on the other side. Only this time, use the opposite arms.
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    Turn your waist. Lean directly toward your right leg. Try to touch your nose to your knee.
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    Do that on the other side.
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    Remain in your straddle but bend down as far toward the middle as you can. Try to 'walk' your hands in. But do not go farther than your natural ability. It should hurt a little, but you shouldn't be in excruciating pain. If you can, try to lay yourself flat on the floor.
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    On each of these stretches, try to hold them, not bounce. Stay in the same position for at least 10-15 seconds.
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    Stay in your straddle. Sit as straight up as you can, and lift one leg at a time off of the ground. This is probably going to be pretty painful and your leg might get cramped, but try to lift it for at least 10 seconds. It helps your toe-touch get higher.
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    Do the same thing with the other leg. Your straddle may not be as spread out as it was, but just try to focus lifting your leg.
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    Practice this every day. You'll see a drastic improvement.
    • Try to record yourself doing toe-touches. It lets you see your mistakes better.

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