Full Out: Lessons in Life and Leadership from America's Favorite Coach (Paperback)
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From the breakout star of Netflix’s Cheer, this motivational guide “will inspire you to aim high and succeed no matter what ‘getting on mat’ means in your life” (Gabi Butler, two-time national cheerleading champion and star of Cheer).
In Full Out, “the Bill Belichick of cheerleading” (The Cut) Coach Monica Aldama shares how she built one of the most successful and beloved cheerleading programs in the country. Her uncompromising brand of discipline and consistency goes far beyond the mat—showing how the principles of building a winning team apply to personal goals, the corporate world, parenting, and all aspects of life.
There’s a lot of talk these days about shortcuts and life hacks, but what really counts is commitment and integrity, helping your friends, and improving with your teammates. Coach Monica shares deeply personal stories of triumph and tragedy—from divorce and remarriage to her husband, her challenges as a young mother working more than full time, and her strenuous weeks on Dancing with the Stars. She shares surprising behind-the-scenes moments from the Cheer docuseries, and insights gleaned from more than two decades of pushing students to succeed. A true force and inspiration who has captured hearts around the world, Coach Monica “delivers the kind of down-to-earth advice we need to be fearless, make excellence a habit, and to bet on ourselves” (Whitney Cummings, comedian and author of I’m Fine… And Other Lies).
About the Author
Monica Aldama, one of the most successful athletic coaches in the country, became an overnight sensation after starring in the hit Netflix original series Cheer. She has been with Navarro College for twenty-five years where she has led the cheer squad to win fourteen national championships and was inducted into the inaugural class of the Navarro College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019. A true force and inspiration that has captured the hearts of millions, she brings her empowering messages on leadership, resilience, teamwork, and success to audiences worldwide.
“Aldama, from Netflix’s docuseries Cheer, takes her wisdom from the mat to the page in this heartening debut. Using her no-nonsense style, Aldama—who coaches at Navarro College in Corsicana, Tex.—helps readers apply to their own lives the tenets of cheerleading that she’s used to lead her team to win 14 national championships.... Fans will appreciate the behind-the-scenes accounts she shares of filming the show....There’s lots to cheer for in Aldama’s upbeat and practical advice.”
“Coach Monica breaks down her secret sauce for coaching students to absolute excellence. Her mix of tenacity and consistency has something to teach all of us. You’ll love every single word.”
—Jen Hatmaker, New York Times bestselling author of Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire and host of the For the Love Podcast
“Coach Monica gets people to work harder, dig deeper, and give more than ever before. Full Out is exactly the kind of compassionate tough-talk that has driven our team to excellence time and time again. This book will inspire you to aim high and succeed no matter what ‘getting on mat’ means in your life.”
—Gabi Butler, two-time national cheerleading champion
“Monica Aldama inspires me to be braver and never settle for less. Whether you’re a literal cheerleader or someone who wants more actual cheer in their life, Full Out lays out how to harness your power and kick you into high gear. Monica delivers the kind of down-to-earth advice we need to be fearless, make excellence a habit, and to bet on ourselves.”
—Whitney Cummings, author of I’m Fine… And Other Lies