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The Hit Zero Show

The Hit Zero Show

By Dr. Travis OwensDC/Cheer Coach
Where cheer athletes, coaches, and parents go to learn all of the things necessary to be a world class and injury free cheerleader. Cheer has evolved and now is the time for athletes to do the same. We cover trending topics, interview leaders in the sport, and give you game changing information so you can HIT ZERO.
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Cheer music is the heartbeat of the routine.  Beautiful choreography, INSANE skills, perfectly in sync jumps and dance, high flying baskets, and creative pyramids all seamed together with a personalized song...a song that we often revisit year down the road; our memories of that routine flooding back like we just learned it yesterday.   Carmine Silano of CHEER SOUNDS joins us today to talk about how his company is changing CHEER MUSIC FOREVER.    You may have seen a recent video they created that perfectly captured our feelings during this crazy time away from our cheer communities:  Be sure to visit or on facebook    WWW.THECHEERDOC.COM  WWW.HITZERONUTRITION.COM   Music in the intro: Purity by Mesqo Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs
April 27, 2020
Hollywood Actor and Acro Expert!
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 the 90s HIT MOVIE "Can't Hardly Wait" or shows like "Sister Sister" and "Smart Guy"!  Victor and I met at Winterfest this past year and this guy has an infectious personality and huge heart.  Learn about his life in the Cheer and Acro World and hear about his life in Hollywood!  IG:  @theacromachine
April 3, 2020
What cheer athletes can learn from KOBE BRYANT
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 apply them to our own sport.  RIP KOBE. WWW.THECHEERDOC.COM WWW.HITZERONUTRITION.COM
February 12, 2020
CHEER on Netflix
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.
January 27, 2020
DOUBLE One Arm Rewind Cupie! Interview with Chris Ethridge
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 learn about his passion and success in cheer in this interview. - discount code "cethridge10" at checkout to save 10% on your ENTIRE purchase Instagram @Cethridge9
December 28, 2019
What is cupping and does it help with pain?
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 and help you determine if it's something that can help your pain.
November 25, 2019
What is KT tape?
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 hype. 
November 25, 2019
14 ways to get MORE GUYS into your program
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 pencils out, this one is full of great info!
October 2, 2019
All you should know about CBD!
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? We discuss these questions and more in this episode!
September 22, 2019
Stop asking how to get more flexible.
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 likelihood that you DO NOT need to work on it more.  Instead, you should be focusing on 5 different things.  In this episode, I share what those five things are...
September 15, 2019
Conditioning as a punishment.
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, this episode will give you some new things to think about and some more effective ways to improve your athletes.  
September 10, 2019
"Look how injured I got...cheerleading DEFINITELY is a sport"
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 that exact question!
August 31, 2019
"Too fat to tumble, too weak to stunt"...a parents' words that CHANGED my life.
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 thought about the words that this cheer dad wrote to me.  There are so many reasons our athletes deal with body image issues, mental blocks, and burnout...and this parent shows that once reason may be right under our nose. 
August 24, 2019
Highlights from the 2019 USASF National Meeting
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 at the meeting and some of the HUGE changes in store for All Star...don't miss it!
August 9, 2019
Top five exercises you should be doing
It is no secret that our athletes or not always trained properly in strength and conditioning. Unortunately, this leads to many easily preventable injuries… In this episode we cover five exercises that you should be doing regularly to help create more balanced and less injury prone athletes.
August 2, 2019
Emma Headley and Matt Stephenson interview!
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 Canada. They give some insight to their history in the sport, some advice to young athletes, and drop some incredible advice for partner stunting. Don’t miss this one!
July 21, 2019
Top 7 tips for partner stunting
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 World Champion, 2x NCA Collegiate National Champion, UCA and NCA Collegiate Partner Stunt Champion, Utah Jazz Stunt Team member, and a former Team USA  Weightlifting champion.  Kollin imparted a TON of information on the athletes and in this episode, you get to hear some of the things he feels are the most important to success with stunting.  Make sure to share this with any athlete looking to improve their partner stunting!
July 14, 2019
Building trust in a stunt group and improving partner stunts without your partner
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 without directly working with their partner.
June 30, 2019
Back tuck trouble? ...and how to progress to higher skills?
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!
June 16, 2019
Top 5 tips for back spots, bases, and flyers
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.
June 10, 2019
Better Coaches and How to Fix Little Girl Syndrome
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 haven't already, please check out for our exclusive members only site.
May 19, 2019
Controversy at WORLDS 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 medals?  A lot happened behind the scenes and today we discuss it all!
May 5, 2019
Special worlds week interview with USA world champion,Coach Chris Hendon
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 discusses the innerworkings of a successful all star program and tells us about what’s on the horizon for his career
April 28, 2019
WORLDS and SUMMIT and standing fulls and flexibility!
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 out. Also, check out and become a patron to receive exclusive perks like free conditioning manuals, priority game film analysis and DIRECT ACCESS to me!  You'll get my personal contact information to reach out any time day or night.  
April 21, 2019
Toxic people in cheerleading
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 isn't always easy to be politically correct about.  Toxic people can completely ruin the experience for athletes, coaches, and parents.  
March 31, 2019
The most overlooked part of standing tumbling and what to do after an injury
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 injury there is some vital information here for you
March 24, 2019
My favorite exercises and how body fat affects athletic performance!
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 performance!
March 20, 2019
How to help a ligament injury heal faster and why the way you warm up may be causing injuries
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!
March 11, 2019
Confidence after an ankle sprain and how to fix a common issues with backhand springs
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 season, stress levels get higher as we work to clean up our routines. In this episode we cover ways to clean up tumbling and how to get your mind right after an ankle sprain.
March 5, 2019
Winners' steps leading up to Summit and Worlds
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 where fractions are HUGE, you must take every advantage you can. 
February 24, 2019
Scholarships to cheer in COLLEGE!
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 episode if you have dreams of being a collegiate cheerleader!  For more information and to become a beta tester check out or IG @nhrcheer OR contact them directly at, 
February 11, 2019
An Interview with the PRETTIEST MONSTER.
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 currently a cheer coach at TX State and is also a competitive powerlifter.  We pick his brain on strength and conditioning and as our convo evolves, we end up discussing some of the greatest talent to ever walk on a cheer mat.  This is not an episode you want to miss...I give you, Coach LS McClain!
February 4, 2019
Standing out to a new coach and how to improve tumbling without classes
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?
January 28, 2019
LOWERING deductions for stunts, better back tucks, and CONGRATS!
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 victories...don't miss it!
January 20, 2019
Collegiate National Champ, Coach at multiple Universities, Varsity State Director- Keegan Hubbard
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 & NCA Signing up for Summer camps in Arizona 2019 Email:
January 7, 2019
If you could achieve anything, what would it be?
A failure to plan is a plan to this episode we discuss how to ensure that you reach your goals for this year!
January 3, 2019
Homework for flyers your knees cave in stunts?
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!
December 22, 2018
Tumbling after a growth spurt & neck and upper back pain
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 contribute to The Cheer Doc Scholarship, check out
December 19, 2018
Higher vertical jumps, homemade tool for stunt, cheer after college
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 if you're looking to get a higher toss with partner stunting, and can I cheer after college?
December 9, 2018
Working through MENTAL BLOCKS
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 for cheer athletes, check out
December 4, 2018
Straight legs for flyers, back pain with BHS, Hand to Hands...and a SURPRISE!
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 IMPORTANT. To become a contributor to the podcast and to The Cheer Doc Scholarship click here : and click "support this podcast". Thank you!
November 18, 2018
D1 vs D2, how to fix piking in fulls, and how to stop arching backs
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 and lastly how to stop bases from arching their backs.| Episode 30!!
November 11, 2018
Getting skills quickly, connecting round offs and BHS, & stunt partner motivation
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 become a supporter, check out On this episode, we talk about how to get skills quickly (and the answer may surprise you). We also discuss connecting running tumbling skills and what to do if your stunt partner doesn't want to put in extra work to get better. Check it out!
November 4, 2018
Full up stunts, cheerleading vs. other sports, and body awareness issues
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 a little disconnected. Check it out and share with your teammates!
October 30, 2018
Is school cheerleading a sport, partner stunting, and tumbling like a PRO!
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 tumbling...additionally we answer the question..."Is school cheerleading a sport?" Check it out!
October 21, 2018
Weak ankles, keeping feet together in BHS, and how to rehab injuries
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 injuries. Additionally, we go over a few tricks to help athletes keep their feet together when doing back hand springs. Lastly, we dive into the thought process behind rehabbing an injured area of the body. Don't miss it!
October 16, 2018
Surprise interview...back where it ALL BEGAN.
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 get to introduce you all to where I got my start. My first year cheering was in High School, but it was such a new thing in my life, a lot of my time was spent just figuring out the basics and trying to truly absorb everything I could. It wasn't long after, All Star Cheerleading became the next chapter. Robert Del Toro, owner and head coach of ACE Cheer in Panama City, was my first All Star coach and offered me the first job I ever had in cheerleading. His guidance prepared me for college, taught me how to properly coach others, and the rest is history. We surprise him with an impromptu interview and catch up on how the gym has been since I was there over a decade ago. Please let me introduce to you, Robert Del Toro.
October 7, 2018
ACL Rehab, School vs. All-Star, Muscle Soreness & Injuries
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 cheer and ways to make the transition. Lastly, when it comes to injury and muscle soreness prevention, there are some strategies that can set our athletes up for success...learn them today!
September 30, 2018
Sports Science, Handsprings, and Body Positions
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 answer questions about how to improve shoulder strength for handsprings as well as how to fix uneven hips in libs!
September 23, 2018
Partner Stunting, Shoulder Health, Growing the sport
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 cover a VERY IMPORTANT topic which do we grow Cheerleading in countries where it isn't very popular...yet ;) Don't miss this one!
September 16, 2018
Interview with Maui from Moana...
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 sport, we get to pick his brain about strength in cheerleading, his goals, and his history in the sport...the tragedy and the triumph...DON'T MISS IT! Check him out
September 9, 2018
Basket Tosses, Motivation, and Coed Stunting
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.
September 1, 2018
Nervous athletes, back tucks, and running tumbling
In this episode we discuss overcoming nerves during competition, standing back tuck tips, and linking together skills during running tumbling!
August 26, 2018
Cheerleading and CrossFit with Coach Mekel Zapico
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 philosophy. Coach Mekel currently lives and coaches in San Antonio, TX and is one of the head coaches at 210 Crossfit. He can be reached directly at or at his IG @coachmick210.
August 10, 2018
Overcoming Mental Blocks
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 complexity. However, no matter what the cause, we can begin to overcome mental blocks even without knowing why it's there...this episode will show you how!
August 2, 2018
Shin Pain
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!
July 23, 2018
Scared to tell my coach...
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 ending. In this episode we discuss how important it is to create a culture in our program where our athletes can confide in us when they have problems without fear of losing it all.
July 16, 2018
Patellar Tendon Pain | Jumper's Knee
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, but if you have pain in the front of your knee, this episode is for you!
July 6, 2018
ACL Injuries | Cheerleading
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 should be concerned about. Learn about the ACL, what to expect with injury, and how to prevent ACL tears.
June 29, 2018
Are you doing the right kind of conditioning?
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 conditioning to be the ONE THING that keeps a ring off your finger? Give this a listen!
June 14, 2018
Return to Cheerleading after serious injury
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 broken bones, how they heal, and how to return to sport after a serious injury. You don't want to miss this one! #cheer #cheerleading #injury #fracture #athlete
June 2, 2018
Cheerleading and Nutrition made EASY!
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 can be one of the biggest factors. If you would like a free consultation to discuss nutrition for a single athlete or entire cheerleading program, email us at
May 28, 2018
All Inclusive Cheerleading Team
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 to where anyone could join the team. There are HUGE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES that can occur because of this...listen in to hear about the story.
May 14, 2018
22 Cheerleading National Championships!
Meet the coaches of the University of West Georgia, Nicole and Brian Nichols. From UCA Core Staff, to creating a dynasty cheerleading program, to building a beautiful family...take an inside look at one of the most successful programs (and married couples) in the industry! We discuss the future of the sport, some heart breaking stories that led to great triumph, a day in the life of a West Georgia cheerleader, and more! Don't miss this episode!
May 1, 2018
Cheerleading Worlds 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 for a limited time. Check out and click the eBooks link!
April 26, 2018
The Strongest Cheerleader!
UCA Collegiate National Champion, Former UCA Staff, record holding powerlifter, natural body builder, strength and conditioning/nutrition specialist...puppy saver. One of my oldest cheer friends tells us about his history in the sport and how it changed his life and life pursuits. Don't miss this one!
April 17, 2018
Brothers in cheerleading...who's better?
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 and athlete roles. Learn about their history in cheer and how they motivate each other to achieve greatness...all the way to the biggest stages of competition.
April 8, 2018
Lower Back Pain
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!
April 2, 2018
Team USA Cheer Team Captain
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 5x Team USA Cheer captain and 5x ICU gold medalist. Hear more about her amazing cheer career and get to know her a little better on this episode.
March 25, 2018
Overcoming fear when tumbling and more...
4 ways to overcome fear when tumbling. Also, we discuss the free gift coming your way!
March 17, 2018
Welcome! Our First Episode!
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!
March 15, 2018