at least competitive cheer is. Sideline cheering isn’t though. Like the Dallas cowboy cheerleaders for example, all they do is dance. They’re talented but I would call them dancers, I wouldn’t call them athletes.
But actual competitive cheer is practically the same thing as gymnastics. Some of the stunts they do are insane.
And have y’all seen cheerleaders bodies? 😳 these little 15 year old girls are out here with bigger muscles and more defined abs than I do lmaooo. Competitive cheerleaders are athletic as fuckkkk.
Yeah, pretty much just what you said. Competitive cheerleading is a legit sport, sideline is more of a different animal more akin to dance. I used to see a girl who later was a “Flight Girl” for the NY Jets (BOOOOOOOO👎👎🖕) and she never did any competitive cheer, she was a straight up dancer, got her degree in dance, and she was in New York in the first place to try to be a professional, audition for shows, etc, the cheerleading job was just for extra cash (I think she said it was only like $80 a game, lmfao) and to build her résumé.
She left NYC pretty quickly, bled out financially, and she went to San Diego and she was an ice girl for a minor league hockey team out there. I think they do even less, they like throw out t-shirts in the crowd, and I think I’ve even seen them used to scrape up the blood from the ice with a shovel after someone is cut in a fight or with an errant stick. I don’t know if it’s usual, but I definitely saw a minor league hockey fight video where a dude got split, and they’ve got these hot chicks in sports bras out there just cleaning up the mess, it was absurd, lmfao. I don’t think it required much athleticism though😂 But all the girls doing aerials and all that in competitive cheer are serious athletes.
Thinking more on it though, I think our cheerleaders in my football days all did do some pyramid work, so I should give them their due, they did more than wave Pom-poms and lead chants.