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How to get a better toe touch! (karma: 5)
By love2cheer
On Mon Aug 28, 2006 05:21 PM
Made sticky by pharmadancer (87219) on 2006-11-27 06:00:48

Okay, so I just read this article and I thought it was very helpful. So, i'll share it with DDN.

Perfecting Your Toe Touch

Drills, Tips, and More!

When it comes to perfecting your toe touch, or any jump for that matter, there are quite a few things to keep in mind. Those include: flexibility, height, correct arm placement, keeping your toes pointed, legs straight, and chest up, and landing with your feet together.

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Each of those elements combine to create the perfect toe touch. However, just as with learning to master any new skill, it comes with time. It's imperative that jumps of any kind be worked on prior to your tryout, competition, or for whatever reason you're trying to make it better. There are countless drills and tips you can use to improve your jumps. All you have to do is push yourself to do them.

Drills to practice:

* Start by stretching out. Stretching is the key to gaining and maintaining flexibility. And to avoid pulling or straining your muscles, make sure you are completely warmed up before throwing your jump.
* It's vital to constantly train your leg and stomach muscles. They are the ones who give you the height you need off the ground and enable your legs to be pulled higher.
* Do crunches! Lay on your back on the floor, with your legs straight out in front of you and your arms in a touchdown motion. Sit up, then bring your legs up and roll back into a toe touch, or straddle position, and bring your arms between to a T. It's like you're doing a toe touch sitting on the floor. 10-15 reps is a good start. While they may hurt after a few, and they'll certainly look and feel awkward, they will help your jumps tremendously.
* Next, do three sets of leg lifts. You will be in a straddle position with your hands behind you for support. Slightly lean back and lift both legs about a foot off the floor. Keep your legs straight, without letting them touch the floor, and lift them 10 times. Release, then count to 10 for a breather and repeat. Do a total of three sets. Once again, these exercises are hard but will strengthen your legs and increase the height of your jumps.
* Squat jumps are great for gaining height and strength in the right areas to improve your toe touch. Crouch down, touching your fingertips to the floor. Then jump up, bringing your arms above your head, shrugging your shoulders up like you would doing a jump. As soon as your feet touch the floor, return to the starting position. It's good to start with 20 or so.
* After leg lifts and squat jumps, you're ready for side high kicks. Place your arms in a T or high V motion, then start off by kicking your right leg up five times. Take about a 5-second breather, then do the same with your left leg. Just as with squat jumps, increase your kicks gradually.
* Do a few tuck jumps with the approach. As soon as your feet hit the floor, go back up into a tuck with no prep. This will work your stomach and legs muscles together. Start by doing at least five.

Tips to remember:

* Keep your head up and your back straight.
* You must have a good prep. If you don't use correct technique - feet and legs together, bent knees, back straight - your jump will not look very good. Really concentrate on using the muscles in your legs when prepping. Remember, that's how you get off the ground to execute your jump in the first place!
* When you're in the toe touch position, in the air, do NOT reach for your legs. Your arms should be in a T motion, and you should bring your legs to your arms.
* Keep your legs straight. Bent legs make your toe touch look sloppy.
* Point your toes.
* Snap your legs down with as much force as you brought up.
* Land with a slight bend in your knees. You could easily cause damage by landing with too much force on straight legs.
* Something to keep in mind is that you have to consistently work on building up the strength in your arms, shoulders, abs, and legs.
* Work on all aspects of your toe touch - the prep, lifting, execution, with all the small details, and your landing.
* Practice! Work on your jumps each and every day. You must build endurance just like you would in a normal workout.

More ways to develop/improve your toe touch:

* Put your jumps to an 8-count and repeat. Start with three or four and gradually increase.
* Practice with assistance. Stand facing a teammate, then have him or her support you under your forearms. The teammate who is supporting you should push up on your arms as you jump. This is a good exercise for you, whether you're a cheerleader or dancer, to get the feel of a toe touch while learning to point your toes.
* Practice the straddle hold. Sit on the floor in a straddle position. Point your toes and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat as many times as you feel necessary.
* Do straddle lifts. There are a few variations to this exercise. Sit on the floor in a straddle position, then:
o Lift both legs up, keeping them straight. Your arms should be pointed down touching the floor directly in front of you. Slightly bounce them up and down, without letting them touch the ground. (Hint: Your legs do not need to be lifted very far off the ground.)
o Lift only your right leg, still keeping both legs straight. Repeat above steps, with the exception of one leg, then do the same for your left leg.
o Lift both legs up slightly, keeping them straight. Hold them in that position for 10 seconds, without bouncing. Then slowly bring them back down. Repeat two to five times.
* Hang from a bar, if available, and lift your legs in V-up movements. V-up sit-ups are relatively like normal sit-ups. Lay flat on the ground with your arms in an upward touchdown motion. Bring your upper body and your legs up (keeping them straight) at the same time, touch your touches, then slowly lay back down. Repeat 10 times. You can also use the crunch-style that is mentioned under the Drills section.
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Hope you liked it!

19 Replies to How to get a better toe touch!

re: How to get a better toe touch!
By danitykanepcd
On Sat Sep 02, 2006 10:54 AM
Thank for the tip and drills for the toe touches
re: How to get a better toe touch!
By red_velvet_rosemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sat Sep 16, 2006 11:16 AM
Thats great information, thanks for sharing :)
re: How to get a better toe touch!
By dancer_meggs
On Sat Sep 23, 2006 06:37 AM
Wow this is really grat. It should become a sticky!
re: How to get a better toe touch!
By LoopyLoismember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Thu Oct 05, 2006 03:54 PM
great post :D
re: How to get a better toe touch!
By cheerieanna
On Fri Oct 06, 2006 02:59 AM
It is a good article... but what's with the picture?! Hardly a model toe touch!! Head down, toes not pointed, bent wrist... come on varsity!! ;)
re: How to get a better toe touch!
By UAcheer39
On Sun Nov 12, 2006 07:15 AM
Thank you for posting this, it's really good advice!
re: How to get a better toe touch!
By kimberlix3
On Fri Nov 24, 2006 09:43 PM
LOL cheerieanna! Maybe the timing was off? Thanks for posting was really helpful! I like the idea of putting your jumps to an 8 count.

Thanks again! :)
re: How to get a better toe touch!
By dancer_meggs
On Sat Nov 25, 2006 07:01 PM
Maybe this could be the1st cheerleading sticky!
re: How to get a better toe touch!
By kimberlix3
On Sun Nov 26, 2006 10:27 AM
i agree...stickkkkkkkyyyyy!
re: How to get a better toe touch!
By Jboi2tite
On Mon Sep 10, 2007 02:28 AM
two things to remember left leg, right leg splits, and breathe when you stretch. hint. the further you can get down the better the toe touch.
re: How to get a better toe touch!
By MeMeMel
On Wed Sep 12, 2007 07:56 AM
great advice and really helpful and will put this information into practise to achieve perfect results. My daughter has a trampoline so I can practise on this too every day after I have done my sit ups, leg raises, stretching etc and then try it out on the dancefloor later in the day.
re: How to get a better toe touch!
By starlightredz
On Tue Oct 09, 2007 03:28 AM
Great information, i really like these threads as they give great tips on how to improve your technique
re: How to get a better toe touch!
By ShazX
On Fri Dec 14, 2007 03:06 PM
That will help me with my toetouches thanks
re: How to get a better toe touch!
By shootforthestars
On Fri Dec 14, 2007 09:02 PM
Thank you for posting the useful information I will use it with my squad :).
re: How to get a better toe touch!
By livelovedance8
On Mon Dec 17, 2007 11:57 AM
the pictures a little annoying.
she doesn't look like shes enjoying it;
partially because i cant see her face?
she doesn't ahve those toes piinted.
her hands are not in "cinnamon buns" or "buckets"
and she is hunched over.

i needed to get that outta my system.
re: How to get a better toe touch!
By dancer_meggs
On Mon Dec 17, 2007 03:02 PM
Oh I agree, the picture annoys the crap out of me! Smile will ya!?!
re: How to get a better toe touch!
By Amz96
On Thu Mar 20, 2008 03:49 AM
hi goodluck
amy from aberdeen wildcats cheerleaders
re: How to get a better toe touch!
By blue_eyed_hottie
On Sun Nov 23, 2008 08:36 AM
wow lol what alot of information . I'm going to try that even though I have perfect toetouches and the best toestouches in my whole dance studio I can do 5 around the worlds without stopping that's 25 toetouches in a row lol but there's always room for improvment . Thanks :)
re: How to get a better toe touch!
By dancing_latte
On Sat Mar 06, 2010 04:10 PM
Wow, great post! I've been trying to improve my toe touches for MONTHS and all the stretching I've been doing has really helped my flexibilty for ballet, but not done diddly-squat for my jumps. But now I'm DEFINITELY going to try these tips out, thanks for the post!


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