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The Hit Zero Show

76 EpisodesProduced by Dr. Travis OwensDC/Cheer CoachWebsite

Where cheer athletes, coaches, and parents go to learn all of the things necessary to be a world class cheer athlete. We cover trending topics, interview leaders in the sport, and give you game changing information so you can HIT ZERO.

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Pedophiles in Cheerleading

July 6th, 2020


After the release of Athlete A which tells the story of the sexual abuse scandal perpetrated by Larry Nassar and covered up by USA Gymnastics, athletes in our sport have begun coming forward.

Our sport is not immune …

University of Alabama and ACE Cheer Company | Coach Brandon Prince

June 1st, 2020


The University of Alabama Cheer Program and ACE Cheer Co. have something in common...Brandon Prince.

As a former University of Alabama Cheerleader and the current Cheerleading Coach, Brandon has a very unique perspective …

Interview with Jason Larkins from American Cheer and Varsity University!

May 20th, 2020


Not only is Jason Larkins and former athlete, but is also a coach, gym director, member of Varsity U, and most recently, the creator of a BRAND NEW cheer podcast!

MIND BLOWING All Star Choreography with Ray Jasper

May 12th, 2020


Ever heard of Bring it On? USASF Worlds? NCA Nationals? Summit? DISNEY?!

Of course you have! What do ALL of these things have in common? Every single one of them requires CHOREOGRAPHY...and one man has done choreo for …

Hilarious TIK TOK Cheer Coach | HOW TO get more Tik Tok followers

May 5th, 2020


Raul Delgado is one of the most recognizable faces in Cheer!

His hilarious parody videos on TikTok have been an international sensation gaining him …


April 27th, 2020


Cheer music is the heartbeat of the routine. Beautiful choreography, INSANE skills, perfectly in sync jumps and dance, high flying baskets, and …

Hollywood Actor and Acro Expert!

April 3rd, 2020


Meet Victor, a Hollywood based acro expert and actor. If you haven't seen him on the beach doing some SICK acro skills, you may recognize him from …

What cheer athletes can learn from KOBE BRYANT

February 12th, 2020


We recently lost a an icon in sports. He was a game changer in basketball, but he also taught us all about ways to be better champions in life. In this episode we talk about the things that Kobe taught and how we can …

CHEER on Netflix

January 27th, 2020


CHEER has taken Netflix, the internet, the cheer world, THE ACTUAL storm. Although there are so many amazing things about this show, there is one TERRIBLE THING that we can't overlook.

DOUBLE One Arm Rewind Cupie! Interview with Chris Ethridge

December 28th, 2019


Chris Ethridge is a brand ambassador for Hit Zero Nutrition, a member of Team USA Cheer, and is a coach for New Mexico State. He is also the latest member of the DOUBLE ONE HAND REWIND club. You get to meet Chris and …

What is cupping and does it help with pain?

November 25th, 2019


You may have seen athletes with dark circles on their skin that looks like they were attacked by an octopus. This is the side effect of a therapy called cupping. In this episode we discuss the different types of cupping …

What is KT tape?

November 25th, 2019


Have you ever seen the colorful tape that athletes wear? What is that stuff? In this episode we discuss kinesiotape and if it TRULY lives up to the …

14 ways to get MORE GUYS into your program

October 2nd, 2019


Do you need MORE MALE ATHLETES? I know you do...

In this episode we go over 14 ways that you can get more guys to want to join your program. Get your …

All you should know about CBD!

September 22nd, 2019


CBD is a very popular product and there are many questions that arise when discussing it.

Is it legal?

Can it help?

Where should I get it?

Who can use it?

Stop asking how to get more flexible.

September 15th, 2019


It's been asked a million times and it should end now. "How do I get more flexible?" If you consistently work on your flexibility, there is a high …

Conditioning as a punishment.

September 10th, 2019


You'd be surprised at how EFFECTIVE this can be....

The secret is's absolutely ineffective and if you're still conditioning as a punishment, …

"Look how injured I got...cheerleading DEFINITELY is a sport"

August 31st, 2019


There is a trend floating around social media where athletes are bragging about injuries to showcase the "sportiness" of cheer. Do you think cheer is a sport? No matter what your opinion this episode we answer …

"Too fat to tumble, too weak to stunt"...a parents' words that CHANGED my life.

August 24th, 2019


It was difficult to get this episode down in just a few takes. Sentences started, broken, deleted, redone. Blood pressure and frustration rising as I …

Highlights from the 2019 USASF National Meeting

August 9th, 2019


It would be impossible to talk about EVERYTHING that was included in this content filled weekend, BUT, here are some of the things that were covered …

Top five exercises you should be doing

August 2nd, 2019


It is no secret that our athletes or not always trained properly in strength and conditioning. Unortunately, this leads to many easily preventable …

Emma Headley and Matt Stephenson interview!

July 21st, 2019


Emma Headley (@emmaxlillian) and Matt Stephenson (@ttutarzan) have some extremely impressive resumes. Between the two of them, they have cheered at the University of Kentucky, Navarro, Texas Tech, Texas State, and Team …

Top 7 tips for partner stunting

July 14th, 2019


This past week, our athletes worked with Kollin Cockrell at a partnet stunt clinic. For those that are unfamiliar with Kollin, he is a 2x Team USA …

Building trust in a stunt group and improving partner stunts without your partner

June 30th, 2019


In this stunt heavy episode, we answer questions submitted by you guys! Our first question asks about building trust in your stunt group and our second question is from someone looking to get better at partner stunting …

Back tuck trouble? ...and how to progress to higher skills?

June 16th, 2019


Coach Chris Hendon and Dr. Travis Owens discuss ways to improve your back tuck and some important factors to consider when trying to progress to higher skills!

--- This episode is sponsored by · …

Top 5 tips for back spots, bases, and flyers

June 10th, 2019


In this episode, we answer questions submitted by you including tips for first time bases, how to be a better back spot, and what things can you do to be the best flyer possible.--- This episode is sponsored by · …

Better Coaches and How to Fix Little Girl Syndrome

May 19th, 2019


In this episode, we answer a great question from a coach and we also tackle a difficult thing to fix...LITTLE GIRL SYNDROME. Additionally, if you …

Controversy at WORLDS 2019

May 5th, 2019


Did you know that there were some errors with scoring as well as some athletes that could potentially have caused their program to be stripped of …

Special worlds week interview with USA world champion,Coach Chris Hendon

April 28th, 2019


In this episode, Coach Chris Hendon gives us some insight as to his history in the sport as well as his 2012 I see you world championship. Also, he …

WORLDS and SUMMIT and standing fulls and flexibility!

April 21st, 2019


In this episode we discuss how things to focus on when starting standing fulls and ways to continue improving flexibility when we feel we've maxed …

Toxic people in cheerleading

March 31st, 2019


A touchy subject, but one that is important to discuss. At times during this podcast, I find myself at a loss for words because it's a subject that …

The most overlooked part of standing tumbling and what to do after an injury

March 24th, 2019


Backhand springs in back tux continue to be one of the most common things athletes struggle with. There may be one aspect that you were overlooking and we discuss it in this episode. Also, if you are coming back from an …

My favorite exercises and how body fat affects athletic performance!

March 20th, 2019


A couple of great questions submitted by you guys… We talk about my favorite exercises not only for cheerleaders but for people in general and we discuss how changing your body fat percentage can affect your athletic …

How to help a ligament injury heal faster and why the way you warm up may be causing injuries

March 11th, 2019


In this episode, we talk about why the way you warm up maybe causing injuries and also information on how to help ligament injuries heal faster!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a …

Confidence after an ankle sprain and how to fix a common issues with backhand springs

March 5th, 2019


First of all, congratulations to all of the teams and their amazing performances in Dallas this past weekend. As we get close to wrapping up our …

Winners' steps leading up to Summit and Worlds

February 24th, 2019


In this episode, we share the most important things athletes, coaches, and parents can be focusing on as we head into the final weeks of our season. With the biggest competitions of the year fast approaching in a sport …

Scholarships to cheer in COLLEGE!

February 11th, 2019


We introduce you to two visionaries with a goal of connecting cheer athletes with colleges that are ready to give scholarships! Do not miss this …

An Interview with the PRETTIEST MONSTER.

February 4th, 2019


This is a bit of a different interview than we typically have. Coach LS McClain has arguably one of the coolest histories in our sport. He is …

Standing out to a new coach and how to improve tumbling without classes

January 28th, 2019


In this episode answer two amazing questions submitted by you guys!

1. How can I stand out to a new coach at a tryout

2. What can I work on to improve my tumbling if I cannot afford tumbling classes?

--- This episode is …

LOWERING deductions for stunts, better back tucks, and CONGRATS!

January 20th, 2019


In this episode we teach about how to lower your deductions for stunts as well as quick ways to improve standing tucks!

Also, we congratulate some big …

Collegiate National Champ, Coach at multiple Universities, Varsity State Director- Keegan Hubbard

January 7th, 2019


In this episode, we interview the Cheer Coach from Grand Canyon University and current Varsity State Director from Arizona, Coach Keegan Hubbard.GCU-Instagram: @gcucheerleaders

UCA & NCASigning up for Summer camps in …

If you could achieve anything, what would it be?

January 3rd, 2019


A failure to plan is a plan to this episode we discuss how to ensure that you reach your goals for this year!

--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.

Homework for flyers your knees cave in stunts?

December 22nd, 2018


In this episode we discuss ways for flyers to improve their skills at home as well as teach why knees can cave when stunting...check it out!

--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.

Tumbling after a growth spurt & neck and upper back pain

December 19th, 2018


In this episode we discuss the challenges and solutions to tumbling after a growth spurt as well as some quick fixes to neck and upper back pain!To …

Higher vertical jumps, homemade tool for stunt, cheer after college

December 9th, 2018


In this episode we cover ways to increase the vertical max which helps with ALL cheer activities. We also teach how to create a tool that will help …

Working through MENTAL BLOCKS

December 4th, 2018


The most requested topic on all of our platforms...we dive into MENTAL BLOCKS. To become a contributor to the podcast and help generate scholarships …

Straight legs for flyers, back pain with BHS, Hand to Hands...and a SURPRISE!

November 18th, 2018


The biggest announcement to date is in this episode...Please forgive me for the audio, we had some technical issues but the content is SO …

D1 vs D2, how to fix piking in fulls, and how to stop arching backs

November 11th, 2018


For this episode, we are in San Juan Puerto Rico! We discuss the differences between D1 and D2 programs; we also cover how to clean up a running full …

Getting skills quickly, connecting round offs and BHS, & stunt partner motivation

November 4th, 2018


Thank you to our supporters for helping to make the podcast possible! Big thanks to He Huang for your donation to the show! If you would like to …

Full up stunts, cheerleading vs. other sports, and body awareness issues

October 30th, 2018


In this episode we are live from Primal Strength where I train and film alot of our content. We discuss all girl and coed stunting, cheerleading vs. other sports, and how to improve body awareness in athletes that seem …

Is school cheerleading a sport, partner stunting, and tumbling like a PRO!

October 21st, 2018


THIS is our FIRST EVER live podcast and was made at the new home of The Cheer Experience, Stars Athletic Complex in Schertz Texas. In this episode, we discuss how to get stronger at partner stunting as well as …

Weak ankles, keeping feet together in BHS, and how to rehab injuries

October 16th, 2018


This episode is the first one since Hurricane Michael hit last week. It has been a whirlwind of emotions and is far from over...but we are back.In this episode, we discuss how to strengthen weak ankles and prevent …

Surprise interview...back where it ALL BEGAN.

October 7th, 2018


One of the most important things anyone can do is remember where they came from and the influential people in their life. If we are lucky, we can continue to call on these people well into the future. On this episode, I …

ACL Rehab, School vs. All-Star, Muscle Soreness & Injuries

September 30th, 2018


In this episode we cover your questions about returning to cheer after an ACL injury. Also, we talk about the difference between school and all-star …

Sports Science, Handsprings, and Body Positions

September 23rd, 2018


In this episode we discuss the sports science aspect of cheerleading and where we could put some focus for research for our sport. Additionally, we …

Partner Stunting, Shoulder Health, Growing the sport

September 16th, 2018


In this episode we discuss how to improve on toss stunts and walk in stunts as well as shoulder health tactics to use before practice. Lastly, we …

Interview with Maui from Moana...

September 9th, 2018


We get to sit down with Team USA Gold Medalist and Olympic weightlifting champion, Kollin Cockrell. As arguably one of the top male athletes in the …

Basket Tosses, Motivation, and Coed Stunting

September 1st, 2018


On this episode we discuss proper hand placement for the back spot on a basket toss, how to increase motivation for athletes and teams, and some tips on how to get a higher toss when coed partner stunting. --- This …

Nervous athletes, back tucks, and running tumbling

August 26th, 2018


In this episode we discuss overcoming nerves during competition, standing back tuck tips, and linking together skills during running tumbling! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a …

Cheerleading and CrossFit with Coach Mekel Zapico

August 10th, 2018


In this episode we interview Coach Mekel Zapico, a Navy Veteran and Level 2 CrossFit instructor. We discuss the similarities between our two sports and find ways to positively impact cheer athletes using the CrossFit …

Overcoming Mental Blocks

August 2nd, 2018


There are a million things that can cause an athlete to have a mental block and it could take years to figure out the EXACT reason, in all of its …

Shin Pain

July 23rd, 2018


If you've ever experience pain in the front of your lower leg, you have have heard the term "shin splints". There are conditions that can cause pain in the shin and in this episode we discuss ways to address it! --- …

Scared to tell my coach...

July 16th, 2018


Far too often athletes suffer from serious injury that stems from an earlier smaller problem. Due to the fear of telling their coach, they hide their pain until it becomes unbearable...and for some, it can be career …

Patellar Tendon Pain | Jumper's Knee

July 6th, 2018


Many athletes of all sports suffer with patellar tendon pain. Typically caused by an imbalance of some sort, fixing this problem for good is simple, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily "easy". It takes some effort, …

ACL Injuries | Cheerleading

June 29th, 2018


One of the most common knee injuries in all sports...and cheerleading is no exception. There are some big names in the sport that have reported injuries to the ACL and it is something that coaches, parents, and athletes …

Are you doing the right kind of conditioning?

June 14th, 2018


If we look at how energy is created in the body, we recognize that theres a good chance MANY PROGRAMS are not conditioning properly. Knowing that championships are won by only tenths of a you want …

Return to Cheerleading after serious injury

June 2nd, 2018


In this episode we answer an athlete submitted question about returning to cheer after a broken arm. We are joined by our guest, Dr. Nick Askey from Broken 2 Unbroken, who shares insight into what happens when we have …

Cheerleading and Nutrition made EASY!

May 28th, 2018


This episode we dive into something everyone loves...FOOD! Whether you want to change the way you look or change the way your perform (or both), food …

All Inclusive Cheerleading Team

May 14th, 2018


A team in East Hanover New Jersey has come under fire for making their team all inclusive. Athletes were very unhappy when they learned that their hard work was essentially for nothing, as the Athletic Director made it …

22 Cheerleading National Championships!

May 1st, 2018


Meet the coaches of the University of West Georgia, Nicole and Brian Nichols. From UCA Core Staff, to creating a dynasty cheerleading program, to …

Cheerleading Worlds 2018

April 26th, 2018


USASF Cheerleading Worlds and ICU competitions are happening this week! We are heading down to watch and to meet and greet with you guys, big milestone with social media, and the release of our conditioning eBook...FREE …

The Strongest Cheerleader!

April 17th, 2018


UCA Collegiate National Champion, Former UCA Staff, record holding powerlifter, natural body builder, strength and conditioning/nutrition …

Brothers in cheerleading...who's better?

April 8th, 2018


We interview a brother duo that are making waves in the all star world. They are members of one of the top programs in the country in both coaching …

Lower Back Pain

April 2nd, 2018


The second most common injury in cheerleading is spinal pain. Check out the most important things to know when it comes to lower back pain!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.

Team USA Cheer Team Captain

March 25th, 2018


She began her cheer career as an alternate on a small little known team in the Northeast. Driven by the pursuit to be better, she eventually became a …

Overcoming fear when tumbling and more...

March 17th, 2018


4 ways to overcome fear when tumbling. Also, we discuss the free gift coming your way!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. Send in a voice message:

Welcome! Our First Episode!

March 15th, 2018


We briefly introduce the podcast as well as touch on flexibility AND we have a couple of surprise for you guys including a free gift coming very soon!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a …

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