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“When I took the Hellcats job, I was like “Whoa, this is a sport!” the told Seventeen of the pursuit’s major health benefits. “Cheerleaders deserve a lot of respect for what they do.”
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KYLIE & KENDALL JENNER
kid sisters take a break from their busy modeling schedules to do varsity cheer for their L.A.-area high school. “[My family] never thought I’d be that kind of person – but I am!” Kendall told American Cheerleader magazine. Cheer competitions, with their elaborate dance routines, are major calorie torchers – check out the girls performing with their team here!
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By the time Minka began dating (now-ex Derek Jeter, she already knew a thing or two about world-class athletics thanks to her stint as a cheerleader on Friday Night Lights. Wonder how she gets her famous abs? Cheerleading requires tons of core strength for lifts and aerial tricks.
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KIM KARDASHIAN & VANESSA MINNILLO
Perhaps the Jenners took their tips from big sis , who played a cheerleader in 2008’s Disaster Movie. Though Kim didn’t have any formal cheerleading training of her own, grew up with the sport and once covered American Cheerleader magazine.
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Though the actress spent most of her time running to save the world on Heroes, her character could attribute her terrific shape to cheerleading’s intense cardio workouts. Tumbling and intense choreography require a great deal of cardiovascular endurance.
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The Modern Family star suits up for her role in Struck by Lightning. No word on whether she’ll be doing her own moves, but if so, she can look forward to strengthened lower body and shoulder muscles due to the squats and lifts required to create different stunts and support fellow cheerleaders.
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KIRSTEN DUNST & GABRIELLE UNION
Their film Bring It On sparked a cheerleading frenzy in the U.S., which is a very good thing: Cheerleading not only improves posture, coordination, strength and burns around 350 calories an hour, but it also helps boost leadership and mental health!