Meet Monique: Redskins Cheerleader, Investigative Research Specialist and Always Involved with the Community!
11.16.2011 / Blog Posts WOW Interview Series
Meet Monique - Redskins Cheerleader, Investigative Research Specialist and always involved with the community. WOW sat down with the cheerleader to find out what game day looks like, how she stays in shape and a look at her life outside of cheerleading.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your life with the Redskins.
My name is Monique. I am 23 years old and this is my second year with the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders. When I am not cheering, I work full time with the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, as an Investigative Research Specialist. One thing I love about my job is that it is the polar opposite of cheering. I get to glam down and put on my 511’s (uniform.) I jokingly say I live a double life.
2. What does an average gameday look like for a cheerleader?
An average game day starts way before kickoff for the cheerleaders. We arrive to the stadium about four hours before the game starts. We have an hour practice on the field, which consists of going over our pregame, halftime and all fourth quarter routines. Our coach gives us some notes and then it’s back to the locker room to prepare for our pregame appearances, where we entertain and meet and greet the fans.
Once that concludes, it is back to the locker room to prepare for the game by stretching, hydrating and some fun dancing to get the jitters out. Lastly we have a team circle, where we come together and say positive words of encouragement before pregame. Finally, it’s game time!
Once the game is over, we have a “fifth” quarter. There is a post game party on the club level and about 10 cheerleaders sign up to perform there for the fans. So on average, a game day for a Washington Redskins Cheerleader is about nine hours.
3. How do you keep in such good shape – have any tricks for our readers?
We practice at least twice a week for a minimum of four hours each practice. Staying in shape is a must because it helps me with some cardio throughout my week. Another way I stay in shape is simply by eating smart. I never do any extreme diets that will ruin my metabolism. Instead, if I am looking to tone even more, I will cut some of the things I love like brownies, honey buns and my favorite, HoHo’s. I replace those things with snacks with nutritional value, such as fruit and oatmeal.
One trick I will share is to NEVER let your body go hungry! I always eat when I am hungry, including snacking. You never want to lead your body to think it won’t get the proper nourishment it needs. If your body doesn’t get what it needs it will start storing the little you do eat as fat. Although you may see the pounds come off at first, it will only be temporary. You could be doing more harm than good in the long run.
4. What do you like to do on your Sundays when you’re not cheering with the squad on the sidelines?
If we have an away game you can probably catch me doing one of two things. I am with a bunch of close friends watching the games, making friendly wagers and of course some trash talking. Or I use that entire weekend to get away, clear my head and prepare for the next week that follows.
5. Are there certain causes the Redskins Cheerleaders support?
The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders support many causes. However, one we make sure to do every year is go on tour and visit our troops overseas and locally. This year we have already been on three tours with one more planned for later in the season. I was honored to be a part of the first tour this year, along with my teammate Ashley A, two Texan cheerleaders, two Raves cheerleaders and two Wizard Girls.
We went around to many bases in DC, Maryland and Virginia and held a dance camp for the children and meet and greets for the troops and families. We also visited the Bethesda Naval Hospital and spent time with our injured troops and their families.
Touring is a highlight of cheering, along with the other charitable visits we participate in during the season. Whenever we have the opportunity to be a part of any cause, we literally battle (in a friendly manner of course) to be chosen to participate. I work with the most selfless group of women I have ever met and I wouldn’t change it for the world!
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