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Ambassador Feature: Monica Moore

Ambassador Feature: Monica Moore

When it’s your passion, it becomes your life.

CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR FEATURE: MONICA MOORE

 

The CHEERFIT ambassador community is filled with leaders and motivators who all share a passion for fitness, love for cheering and drive to help inspire others.

Our ambassadors share with us their personal stories and obstacles they overcome along the way. We have an amazing community of athletes who fuel their passion and determination with the CHEERFIT lifestyle.

 

CAN YOU SHARE WITH US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY AND HOW YOU GOT TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

 

My personal struggle is with Asthma. I have learned that if i take my medication and exercise regularly, I have less asthma attacks. There are still times though, mostly at competitions, where I struggle with my asthma, but I push through. Plus, my coach is always waiting with my inhaler in her hand for when I step off the mat!


I have learned if I exercise regularly, I have fewer asthma attacks.


 

– CHEERFIT Ambassador Monica Moore

 

ARE YOU INVOLVED IN ANY VOLUNTEER OR NONPROFIT AND HOW DO YOU MOTIVATE OTHERS?

I try to welcome new athletes to my team. I’m silly at times and I use my silliness to make others feel comfortable. I try to encourage my teammates to keep pushing through!

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

I choreographed a mini hip hop routine that won a gold bid in the 2016 season!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

Showing others how athletic and active I am even though I have asthma. I hope it will encourage them to get over fears they may have about having asthma and competing in a sport.

HOW HAS BEING AN AMBASSADOR HELPED YOU?

I learned that exercising regularly helped my asthma!

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL OTHER PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BECOME A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

DO IT! You may help others build confidence and feel better about themselves.

WHAT 3 THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR CHEER BAG?

Inhaler, cheer sneakers, water

FAVORITE SONG TO JAM OUT TO DURING A SWEAT SESH:

Meek Mill “Wins & Losses”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE?

Mountain Climbers

FAVORITE QUOTE:

Without struggle, there is no progress.

Thank you so much for sharing your amazing story Shawnelle! You are so inspiring and we are so proud that you have joined the CHEERFIT family! We look forward to following your amazing journey and hope you continue to stay healthy, fit, strong, and powerful in all you do!

#CHEERFITSTRONG

Stay FIT <3,

your CHEERFIT team

Loving these fit tips and motivation? Become a CHEERFIT Ambassador and get instant access to the CHEERFIT Ambassador Club, exclusive content, CHEERFIT updates, and ambassador-only giveaways. Start your journey today!

Ambassador Feature: Alyssa Rivas

Ambassador Feature: Alyssa Rivas

When it’s your passion, it becomes your life.

CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR FEATURE: ALYSSA RIVAS

The CHEERFIT ambassador community is filled with leaders and motivators who all share a passion for fitness, love for cheering and drive to help inspire others.

Our ambassadors share with us their personal stories and obstacles they overcome along the way. We have an amazing community of athletes who fuel their passion and determination with the CHEERFIT lifestyle.

CAN YOU SHARE WITH US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY AND HOW YOU GOT TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

I’m 14 years old. I have been a competitive cheerleader since I was 7 years old. I love to tumble, and I’m actually working on getting my full. I exercise every day & love doing yoga. I work on my flexibility by stretching & learning new yoga poses on YouTube. I belong to the Ecology Club & Modeling Club at school. I also am a part of musical theater. I enjoy going to see Broadway shoes with my family.


I work on my flexibility by stretching and learning new yoga poses on YouTube. 


 

– CHEERFIT Ambassador Alyssa Rivas

ARE YOU INVOLVED IN ANY VOLUNTEER OR NONPROFIT AND HOW DO YOU MOTIVATE OTHERS?

When I lived in New York, I volunteered at the ASPCA. I walked and played with the dogs. I enjoyed it and feel that every little bit helps and one person can make a difference. I donated my stuffed animals to the pediatric ward to the sick kids. 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

I have accomplished getting over my fear of performing in front of crowds by choreographing my own routine and performing it in front of hundreds of people. I also have level 4 tumbling skills!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

I can help myself and others achieve their goals.

HOW HAS BEING AN AMBASSADOR HELPED YOU?

It has helped me get fit and learn new skills.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL OTHER PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BECOME A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

Its a great way to meet new people and learn new things. 

WHAT 3 THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR CHEER BAG?

Bows, scrunchies and sneakers!

FAVORITE SONG TO JAM OUT TO DURING A SWEAT SESH:

Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE?

Bear Crawls and Planks

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“Keep your head up or your crown will fall!”

Thank you so much for sharing your amazing story Shawnelle! You are so inspiring and we are so proud that you have joined the CHEERFIT family! We look forward to following your amazing journey and hope you continue to stay healthy, fit, strong, and powerful in all you do!

#CHEERFITSTRONG

Stay FIT <3,

your CHEERFIT team

Loving these fit tips and motivation? Become a CHEERFIT Ambassador and get instant access to the CHEERFIT Ambassador Club, exclusive content, CHEERFIT updates, and ambassador-only giveaways. Start your journey today!

Ambassador Feature: Callie Calicut

Ambassador Feature: Callie Calicut

When it’s your passion, it becomes your life.

CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR FEATURE: CALLIE CALICUT

The CHEERFIT ambassador community is filled with leaders and motivators who all share a passion for fitness, love for cheering and drive to help inspire others.

Our ambassadors share with us their personal stories and obstacles they overcome along the way. We have an amazing community of athletes who fuel their passion and determination with the CHEERFIT lifestyle.

CAN YOU SHARE WITH US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY AND HOW YOU GOT TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

I started cheering when I was four years old and I had no idea that this sport would turn into such a major part of my life . I quickly began doing privates, and I basically lived at the gym every day. I will never forget the days of hanging out with so many cheer family members . I got a full at the age of six years old. I love the sport so much because there’s so many different levels of cheer that whatever level you are or whatever skill you have you can still be on a competitive team and enjoy yourself meeting new people traveling and enjoying the competitions. I have had to change gyms three times and it was the most difficult times of my life because the gyms that I went to we all became family. It was very difficult to leave gyms, but I had to because of the skill levels that I had at an early age. I thank all my coaches and all my cheer family for always standing behind me supporting me and cheering for whatever team or whatever gym I was representing that year.


I am 14 years old now, and the two things that I’ve always wanted is to be on a level 5 team and win NCA and the Summit. I have accomplished all of those things.


I am 14 years old now and the two things that I’ve always wanted is to be on a level 5 team and win NCA and the Summit. I have accomplished all those things by working very hard, respecting all my friends respecting all of my coaches’ decisions and working very hard. I thank my mom and my family for always supporting me and allowing me to be a part of this great sport .

– CHEERFIT Ambassador Callie Calicut

ARE YOU INVOLVED IN ANY VOLUNTEER OR NONPROFIT AND HOW DO YOU MOTIVATE OTHERS?

I live in Houston and when its flooded here, I volunteered at my church to help the people that didn’t have anything. I try to be a part of my community.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

I am a five-time individual CheerPower National Champion. I also run AAU and USATF track. I run the hurdles the 4x100 and the 400m. I also play basketball and track for my middle school. I won an NCA National Championship and also the Summit National Championship.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

It fits who I am. It’s about working out, it’s about having a great body that will perform for you. With the skills that are taught on the CHEERFIT sites, the workouts are going to help you to be able to perform better on the floor and even for other sports. CHEERFIT was a great ambassador movement for me because I am a “sportsie.”

HOW HAS BEING AN AMBASSADOR HELPED YOU?

Being an ambassador makes me aware that I can help other athletes around me to perform better!

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL OTHER PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BECOME A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

Being an Ambassador to me is making sure that you represent CHEERFIT and be a leader in the sport of cheer!

WHAT 3 THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR CHEER BAG?

Extra eyelashes, deodorant, and a snack!

FAVORITE SONG TO JAM OUT TO DURING A SWEAT SESH:

Anything Bruno Mars

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE?

Crunches

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“We battle as one.” –Edgar Ruiz

Thank you so much for sharing your amazing story Shawnelle! You are so inspiring and we are so proud that you have joined the CHEERFIT family! We look forward to following your amazing journey and hope you continue to stay healthy, fit, strong, and powerful in all you do!

#CHEERFITSTRONG

Stay FIT <3,

your CHEERFIT team

Loving these fit tips and motivation? Become a CHEERFIT Ambassador and get instant access to the CHEERFIT Ambassador Club, exclusive content, CHEERFIT updates, and ambassador-only giveaways. Start your journey today!

Ambassador Feature: Maddie Bell

Ambassador Feature: Maddie Bell

When it’s your passion, it becomes your life.

CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR FEATURE: MADYSON BELL

The CHEERFIT ambassador community is filled with leaders and motivators who all share a passion for fitness, love for cheering and drive to help inspire others.

Our ambassadors share with us their personal stories and obstacles they overcome along the way. We have an amazing community of athletes who fuel their passion and determination with the CHEERFIT lifestyle.

CAN YOU SHARE WITH US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY AND HOW YOU GOT TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

My name is Madyson, but I like to go by Maddie. I am 7 years old and I am a flyer at Ultimate Cheer. I currently struggle with locking my hips when I’m doing heels stretches or splits. When I am stretching, it feels more comfortable and easier to turn my hips to the side. I’m trying to learn how to keep my hips straight, but I’ve been doing it wrong for so long that it hurts and it feels uncomfortable to do. Through my time as a CHEERFIT Ambassador, I hope to learn to correctly stretch and become more flexible. I’ve learned in the past that hard work pays off and I’m committed to being a better cheerleader!


I’ve learned in the past that hard work pays off and I’m committed to being a better cheerleader!


 

– CHEERFIT Ambassador Maddie Bell

ARE YOU INVOLVED IN ANY VOLUNTEER OR NONPROFIT AND HOW DO YOU MOTIVATE OTHERS?

I’m not currently involved in anything right now but I do motivate others. My mom tells me to be kind no matter what. I always encourage my friends to try because you don’t know if you can do something if you don’t try it!

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

Overcoming and still fighting a huge medical issue is a big accomplishment for me. I also made honor roll all four quarters for second grade and now will be going to third grade.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

This is just the beginning of my CHEERFIT journey, but so far my favorite part would be the access to great workouts and motivating my friends to workout to.

HOW HAS BEING AN AMBASSADOR HELPED YOU?

Because being an Ambassador is such a new experience for me, I hope that by being an ambassador it will help me stunt better, gain new skills and stay fit.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL OTHER PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BECOME A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

It’s a great way to meet new people and learn ways to improve your current skills!

WHAT 3 THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR CHEER BAG?

Lipgloss, Lotion and a Drink!

FAVORITE SONG TO JAM OUT TO DURING A SWEAT SESH:

You and Me (Descendants 2)

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE?

Knee ups

FAVORITE QUOTE:

No Pain. No Gain. Push Through.

Thank you so much for sharing your amazing story Maddie! You are so inspiring and we are so proud that you have joined the CHEERFIT family! We look forward to following your amazing journey and hope you continue to stay healthy, fit, strong, and powerful in all you do!

#CHEERFITSTRONG

Stay FIT <3,

your CHEERFIT team

Loving these fit tips and motivation? Become a CHEERFIT Ambassador and get instant access to the CHEERFIT Ambassador Club, exclusive content, CHEERFIT updates, and ambassador-only giveaways. Start your journey today!

Sammie Litten: Crushing the Stereotype

Sammie Litten: Crushing the Stereotype

When you think of a cheerleader, what do you think of? A strong, confident athlete with great work ethic and determination, right? Well, I know you and I feel that way. But some people still have that stereotypical idea of cheerleaders as peppy girls who just smile and wave at the football games. But we’re so much more than that these days. So what are those stereotypes you still hear floating around?

 

Cheerleaders aren’t athletes.

Uh, you try and be thrown ten feet in the air and flip and spin around twice. Or throw a human being with one arm and then catch their feet again in ONE HAND. Yeah how about now? 

 

Men shouldn’t be cheerleaders.

Wrong, wrong, wrong. Did you know the first cheer squad consisted of all men? Yep. Now-a-days it’s completely normal for a team to consist of half men (minus all-girl groups, of course). On my team had manly men, men who were passionate about the sport, men who came from football teams and just wanted to throw people in the air, and men who could tumble better than every girl on the team. Men and cheerleading go hand in hand these days, get it….hand in hand?

 

Cheerleaders are dumb.

Most teams today require a certain GPA or have standards as to what grades we have to keep up to be on the team. I know in college, we had to complete so many hours of study hall and if your grades were still slipping your hours were bumped up. Fail out? Ineligible which means, yep, no cheering for you. This means there’s no stupid cheerleaders these days people.

 

All cheerleaders do is yell from the sidelines.

False. We not only cheer on the sidelines, we entertain and pump up the crowd. We have a job to keep our fans entertained and spirited no matter how well our team is doing. But there’s also competitive cheerleading which many people don’t realize. We perform routines with tough tumbling passes, sky high acrobatics, and sometimes dances and cheers. It’s so much more than just being a sideline cheerleader.

 

Cheerleading isn’t even dangerous.

A study by the Journal of Pediatrics said that cheerleading is the most dangerous sport for females because of the high risks of concussions and catastrophic injuries. Because there’s so much more acrobatics and gymnastics involved in cheerleading today the risk of injury is greater which definitely makes it a dangerous sport!

 

And then the age old stereotype….Cheerleading isn’t a sport.

I went to a division one school, and I was considered an athlete at my school which meant I technically “played a sport”. A sport is defined as: an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. Not only do we physically exert ourselves WHILE performing skills, but we do it on a field, court, and on a competition floor! Yeah, we’re multi-talented.

 

So, how can we break these stereotypes of cheerleaders? By working harder than anyone else, doing awesome in school, and showing people we’re more than just pom poms on the sidelines! What do you think are some of the most common stereotypes?

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Sammie

Sammie Litten is University of Central Florida cheerleading alumni living and working in Orlando. She continues to spread her love and passion for cheer every day. She has been a cheerleader since the young age of 4 and enjoys many aspects of cheerleading such as co-ed partner stunting, game day cheers, working out, and doing her game day hair and makeup. Her favorite cheer memory is cheering on her Knights in Ireland against Penn State.