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Cheerleader of the Week: Kisha


Kisha is a fourth-year veteran of the Texans Cheerleaders.

Kisha has taken dance since she was a little girl growing up in Missouri City. At Elkins High School, she joined the dance team and was an officer for two years before becoming a song leader at Baylor. After finishing college, Kisha came back to Houston and tried out for the Texans Cheerleaders. That was more than three years ago, and she has been a fixture on the team ever since.

"Kisha is all about business," cheerleader services manager Alto Gary said. "She shows up when she's supposed to, she dances like she's supposed to. I never have any problems with her. Kisha's one of those sturdy rocks on the team."

But as a Texans Cheerleader, Kisha has an interesting challenge in that she has a paradoxical love of fast food. Being in Texans Cheerleader shape is no easy task, even when you eat organic food every day. But try McDonald's.

"I do love to eat," Kisha said. "I am a salad girl when I know it's (football) season time and I have to stay in shape. Typically, I like fast food. I will admit that. I love french fries, I love hamburgers, pizza."

But what would be a problem for most girls isn't for Kisha. She's a workout fanatic, and it keeps her in great shape. Kisha and fellow fourth-year Texans Cheerleader veteran Celina work out together three to four days a week for two hours before practice, with a heavy emphasis on cardiovascular activity. Kisha says the two do arms and legs weight training, and that sometimes she, Celina and Samantha do Bikram yoga, which is performed in a room heated to more than 100 degrees.

{QUOTE}"I kind of incorporate a lot of things into my workout so I don't get bored and so that I can train different parts of my body," Kisha said. "There's a kickboxing class that I've been kind of eyeing. I'm not really sure (if I should do it), but I have a lot of aggression, I have a lot of intensity, and I think this kickboxing class might be what I need to try.

"I also like jump-roping, which is something new I just started to do. And as far as cardio, I really think that running is the best cardio that you can do. So I try and do that, even though I'm not that great of a runner. I don't love to run, but I try and do it, because it's the best workout for me."

As she hinted, Kisha exercises so often because of self-discipline and the realization that it's a necessity.

"I definitely have to force myself into the gym," she said. "I really don't want to be there, but once I'm done, I feel invigorated, I feel empowered, I feel strong. I feel like even though I didn't want to be there in the first place, I love the result. And like I said earlier, if you eat like me, you've got to work out. You've got to put the time in at the gym, and I love it."

And though everyone may not have the dedication to workout as often as Kisha, she does have some advice for younger women and girls.

"I definitely think the best advice is to do everything in moderation," Kisha said. "That's something I've learned over the years is to not cut anything out completely, like 'I'm not eating bread' or 'I'm not eating fast food.' That is the worst because you always end up binging on whatever you cut out.

"So I say anything in moderation is okay. Definitely try and practice healthy eating habits – eat your vegetables, drink your water, get your fruit in, your small meals a day. But if you want that piece of cake, have a piece of cake, but don't have half of a cake. Have a little bitty slice. Anything in moderation, that's my best advice."

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