Titans Cheerleaders Update

Training Camp Prepares Titans Cheerleaders for Upcoming Season

By Sarah Goodyear
Titans Online
Jun 18, 2009

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The Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders began their third week of training camp on Monday with their annual uniform photo shoot. Training Camp for Titans Cheerleaders is a four week endeavor that occurs every June upon returning from their yearly swimsuit calendar photo shoot in Destin, Florida at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. During the four week camp, the Cheerleaders improve their fitness and strength, as well as practice and learn new dance routines.

TTC training camp also includes a series of educational events. The ladies received a football tutorial from Titans Video Director Anthony Pastrana, a lesson about proper etiquette and manners, and a golf lesson from former Titans Cheerleader (and 2009 Pro Bowl Representative) Lindsay S. in order to prepare the team for the Titans Foundation Golf Tournament on Monday, June 22nd. Media training will be provided by John Dwyer of News 2 and Voice of the Titans, Mike Keith during the final week of camp.

2009-titans-training-camp_2In addition to the regular practices that occur three nights a week and on Saturday mornings, the Titans Cheerleaders also attend mandatory “Fitness Fridays” lead by Coach Stacie Kinder and her husband and former Olympic Decathlete, Gary Kinder. Fitness Fridays consist of intense cardiovascular and strength building exercises to prepare the Cheerleaders for the upcoming season.

“We don’t just ‘work out,'” explains Keesha, rookie Titans Cheerleader. “Gary teaches us techniques and drills that improve our endurance and help us meet our fitness goals. It also helps to be surrounded by teammates with the same ambitions; they motivate me to do better.”

“Fitness Friday shows us how hard we can actually push ourselves,” says Julia, commenting on participating in her fourth training camp with the Titans Cheerleaders. “It sets the standard for how we should workout and train all year.”

2009-titans-training-camp_3On the final Friday in June, each member of the team is required to pass a fitness test and is rewarded with a commemorative t-shirt upon completion. In addition to the fitness test, the squad is responsible for passing a written test that covers the material that they learned during the various educational seminars.

Training camp encourages members of the team to improve their physical fitness and their knowledge of football. It also provides a way for the Cheerleaders to create new friendships and strengthen their bond as a team.

“It is amazing how supportive and motivating all the women are,” says Ally, who is beginning her second season with the Titans Cheerleaders. “This experience allows us to really get to know one another and grow more as a team.”

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