When Cheer first premiered on Netflix, it’s safe to say no one expected the Navarro cheerleading team to become an overnight sensation. The world obsessed with the Texas team and their annual goal of winning a championship. And now the hit show is back for another year of intense competition, plus the challenge of preparing during a global pandemic.
This season is undoubtedly heavier than the first. Not only does the pandemic test the resolve of the team, but the show also has to address the arrest of Jerry Harris, one of the breakout stars of the entire series. Many of the stars of the first season are also coming up on their final year at Navarro. It’s now or never if they want to get another win. The stakes are higher than before, with the whole world watching too see if Navarro can pull off yet another win, and prove its worth.
After a binge of Netflix’s Cheer, it’s easy to feel like an expert in all things cheerleading. You can explain to a stranger on the street what a full-out is, or the intricacies of a pyramid. Still, there are a few mysteries viewers don’t get all the answers to during the documentary, one of which is a Navarro acronym never explained on the show: FIOFMU.
It’s not mentioned by the cheerleaders, but it’s seen in the show often enough you can’t help but wonder: what does it mean? Well, scroll down to find out.
Here’s what the acronym FIOFMU stands for in Cheer.
What does FIOFMU stand for in Cheer?
According to Women’s Health, Aldama says it’s not uncommon for teams to have secret acronyms amongst themselves. In the second season, rival Trinity Valley Community College has their own acronym, “CFCC” they often shout too.
“It’s just an acronym for something that we like to keep to ourselves. It’s your encouragement to make it through [the cheerleading season] and puts you together as a family,” Aldama says.
A since deleted Urban Dictionary post could be the clue to what it means. According to the site, FIOFMU may mean “Fight it out f*** em up.” Although Kayla Culver, who says she’s a former Navarro cheerleader on Twitter, explained why the team will never confirm what it actually means.
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Guess we’ll never know for sure.
Milan Polk is an Editorial Assistant for Men’s Health who specializes in entertainment and lifestyle reporting, and has worked for New York Magazine’s Vulture and Chicago Tribune.
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