Making cheerleading a profession means lots of hard work in staying fit and watching one's diet. Though the previous post showed professional cheerleaders in provocative poses and minimal clothing, that is only a part of their profession. These cheerleaders are an important part of their sports team setup and are active in their community. In fact competition for getting into one of the professional cheerleading squads is cut-throat and life as a cheerleader is not glamorous. Ask Leigh Garner.
Leigh Garner is a cheerleader for the Tennessee Titans. Leigh joined the squad only three years ago but she is in her mid-30s! Before this job she was a cheerleader with the Nashville Kats for five years. And in her early career Garner was a dancer for ten years.
During the five-week training camp before the football games begin the Tennessee Titans cheerleaders have Fitness Fridays, two-hour exercise sessions with director of cheerleading Stacie Kinder's husband, a former Olympic trials champion in decathlon. All the women are weighed and measured to ensure that they are in the same shape that they were when joining the squad. And regardless of how long they've been in the squad, each and every girl has to go through cheerleader tryouts every year!
And another eye-opener is their salary....they don't get one. Professional cheerleaders are paid an hourly wage only when they're cheering or doing promotional events. So they all have other regular jobs to earn a decent living; Leigh Garner works as a nanny.
For her fitness Leigh Garner hits the gym daily, doing spins and turbo kicks. Twice a week she also does strength training with weights to sculpt her muscles. Leigh is 5' 2" and weighs 110 pounds (50kg).