Fitness has been a big part of my life since I was a little girl. I was a gymnast from age 3 to 13, which developed my body control, basic technique, and core strength. In middle school, I realized I was no Shawn Johnson and had no life outside the gym, so I started going to cheer open gyms at ICE.

The transition from gymnastics to cheer was a little rough (balanced in stunts, landed with my arms up after tumbling, wore scrunchies). They even had me basing a few stunts – which was a disaster. But, eventually I got the hang of things and it turned out to be the best decision I ever made! College came around and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to take it to the next level or not. My coach, Darlene Fanning, told me about UK Cheerleading and suggested I give it a try. I was planning on attending Miami of Ohio (good school, my parents went there, but as far as the cheerleading went.. not for me). I chickened out about trying the whole UK thing and was enrolled at Miami ready to decide on housing and meal plans.

BUT, the night before tryouts at Kentucky I had a weird feeling I needed to go, so my mom and I packed up for Lexington the next morning. The try-out process was so nerve wrecking (4 days of tryouts, geez!) but everything about it just started to click as the weekend went on. Long story short, I ended up making Varsity and meeting my best friend Lindsey the same day – best day ever, right??

Now that I’m officially retired from cheerleading, I have to find other ways to stay in shape while balancing a full time job and blogging. This post is all about my latest fitness routine I put together with one of my best friends Jess. She is a great motivator and super talented fitness competitor who has helped me stay on top of my workout game! Check out Built by Jess for health & fitness inspiration.



Cardio Warm Up



Stair stepper just 4 minutes:


1st and 3rd minute as fast as possible, 2nd and 4th minute are cool down


1 mile on treadmill


Jump rope 3 sets of 45 seconds



20 V-ups 

20 side V-ups (10 each side) 

20 Suitcase sit-ups




20 leg lifts (10 lb weight between feet) 


20 Twists with weight (10 lbs)


20 Vertical toe touches (10 lb weight)

12 sit-ups on Bosu ball (half ball)

30 sec plank hold

12 pike-ups on ball





10 Chinese Sit-ups




20 Lunges with weights (10 each leg)
20 Squats on Upside-down Bosu Ball


 10 side to side Extended Lunges (10 lbs)



20 bench lunges with weights (10 each leg)

12 donkey kicks (each side)

12 fire hydrants (each side)

-10 Bicep curls

-10 Tricep over head extensions
-Reverse Fly with weights

L-raises with weights

10 push ups

10 bench/chair dips

Ending Cardio:


Walk uphill for 10 minutes

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    Thanks so much for posting this! I too used to cheer in college and I am constantly looking for great workouts 🙂

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