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Madison Dorph

Madison Dorph

“Earn the Trophy at the Gym and Pick it Up at the Competition”

CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR FEATURE: MADISON DORPH

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?

Friday, February 24, 2017, Madison was at a tumble clinic at her gym with the one and only tumble doctor (Alvin Davis). It was her first season of cheer and she was motivated as ever to get her back handspring. The night was going great until the last 5 minutes of the clinic. Out of the blue you heard a scream and she was coming up from the floor holding her arm. We knew right away it was broken but didn’t know how bad. We went to the ER and found out both her ulna and radius were broken. Thankfully the doctors were great and was able to snap her arm back into place and no surgery was needed!

The NEXT day she was back in the SAME tumble clinic to come watch. She told Alvin she’d be back and to watch out for her. For the rest of the season she went to every. single. practice and competition. She became Coach Madison. She worked out and stretched as much as possible, not letting a broken arm stop her.

April 13th she got her cast off and May 6th she was back on the mat competing in the last competition of the season.


She had to work and build up ALL her strength again. She worked day and night to get even better than she was before she broke her arm.


She had to work and build up ALL her strength again. She worked day and night to get even better than she was before she broke her arm. She became a member of the Residents program with the Tumble Doctor. 4 hours of practice for 10 weeks straight. Not once did she say she couldn’t do something.

October 21st 2017 She accomplished her first goal! She built up enough strength and technique to do her back handspring on the tumble track all by herself. Some may see it as small victories but for her situation it was HUGE! Next was the floor! She continued to work day in and day out to keep building up the muscle needed to keep her tumbling moving forward!

February 3rd and 4th 2018 she finally had the technique and strength to throw her handsprings (standing and running) on the floor. That day was one of the best days of her life!

Now she continues to work on building strength so she can perfect her handsprings and work on the next skills to come her way!

– CHEERFIT Ambassador Madison Dorph

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS?:

Overcoming an injury
Being apart of the Residents program

HOW HAS BEING AN AMBASSADOR HELPED YOU REACH YOUR GOALS?

I have learned to never give up. I have learned that even when your day is not going as planned someone may have it worse than you do. If you want to accomplish your goals then you need to put forth the effort. Don’t sit around and say I can’t. Get up and do it!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

I love the motivation it gives me to work out. Working out now isn’t just about doing to exercises. It’s about having fun while you do them and helping other achieve their goal as well!

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

Do it! Don’t sit around and think about “what if I did it” I’m here for you and can help you and walk you through everything! Having a buddy to do it with is easier than doing it alone! Being a leader and motivator is such a great feeling! I love to see people succeed and can’t wait to keep succeeding myself

WHAT ARE 3 THINGS ALWAYS IN YOUR CHEER BAG?

Makeup, water, bows

FAVORITE SONG TO JAM OUT TO DURING A SWEAT SESH:

Disney songs

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE?

Inchworm push-ups / leg lifts and in and out crunches

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“Earn the trophy at the gym and pick it up at the competition”

ANY FUN FACTS, SOMETHING INTERESTING, OR ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SHARE?

I have a little sister who is 4 and also in cheer.
I have two dogs, Penny the chihuahua and Otis the french bulldog.
I am also an all star dancer.
I’m at the gym 5 out of the 7 nights of the week.

Thank you so much for sharing your amazing story! 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!

How to  Help your Cheerleader Improve Flexibility & Strengthen Their Core

How to Help your Cheerleader Improve Flexibility & Strengthen Their Core

Hey hey, listen up..I’ve got some insider secrets to share to help your cheerleader improve their flexibility and strengthen their core!

Now when we think flexibility, most of us think lower back, right? BUT did you know the key to increase flexibility in your lower back is to STRENGTHEN your core! You see, your lower back and core go hand in hand. You can’t improve flexibility in your lower back if you do not have a strong core.

So let’s start no strengthening our core to improve flexibility!

Here are a few favorite exercises to try!

*All videos for each exercise are found inside the CHEERFIT Club! CLICK HERE  to join the Club and get 24/7 access to hundreds of cheer workouts

Each of these exercises are specifically designed to help your cheerleader strengthen their core and build the strength they need to IMPROVE flexibility!

Say it with us, in order to improve flexibility you have to build STRENGTH! Strengthening those muscles that help increase your range of motion = improved flexibility!

So focus on strengthening your CORE (see workout above) and I promise, your flexibility will improve!

A strong core = advanced flexibility!

PS, if you’d like in on all the how-to exercise videos and weekly cheer workouts join the CHEERFIT Club and

become a CHEERFIT Ambassador!

And there you have it, How to Help your Cheerleader Improve Flexibility & Strengthen Their Core in 3,2,1…GO! Let me know your favorite tip, and share your flexibility tips in the comments below!

DANIELLE DONOVAN

is the go-to fitness expert for the cheerleading industry and founder of CHEERFIT (www.cheerfittraining.com). Danielle holds national fitness certifications through the American Council on Exercise and specializes in sports conditioning, youth fitness, and group fitness as it pertains specifically to cheerleaders. Danielle has been featured on NBC,Inside Cheerleading Magazine, FITNESS Magazine, Livestrong, Yahoo Beauty, NY Post, American Cheerleader Magazine and more. Through fitness, Danielle focuses on helping cheerleaders build the confidence, strength, and flexibility they need to reach their goals and prevent injury.

5 Reasons Your Cheerleader is Not Hitting Their Stunts

5 Reasons Your Cheerleader is Not Hitting Their Stunts

We know your cheerleader has all the passion and heart in the world, and there is nothing worse than seeing your daughter/son give it 110%, but still not hitting that stunt. Instead of cringing at every competition, we’ve got the tips and tools to help you help them!

Now, a few reasons your cheerleaders are not hitting their stunts are:

  1. Lack of core strength
  2. Poor body control
  3. Weak stunt group
  4. Not strengthening the right muscles
  5. Poor general awareness of the body during skills

BUT here is how to help!

1. LACK OF CORE STRENGTH


Your core is the most fundamental body part o to strengthen for all cheerleaders yet it is the easiest one to get wrong. Many people do not know this, but your core is not just your abs…your core is your entire trunk area: back, front, and sides. It’s the entire region between your shoulders and hips.

Crunches do not give you core strength, CORE exercises do!

2. POOR BODY CONTROL


In order for your cheerleader stick those stunts and have proper body control, she needs a strong core! Again your core is EVERYTHING! Here is an exercise fav’! It’s a bit of a challenge, but oh so worth it! Give it a try, start off 1-5 reps and then build up to 10 reps x 2 rounds! Get ready for TOTAL body control!

3. PART OF A WEAKER STUNT GROUP


I know, sometimes your cheerleader is rocking it, but her stunt group is not. Instead of getting frustrated, help her help her stunt group with CHEERFIT exercises that they can do together! Empower her group to do some of our favorite cheer workouts to help build upper body strength, endurance, and body control. By doing this together they will inspire each other, motivate each other, and HIT THOSE STUNTS! Here are our fav’ total body exercises.

4. NOT STRENGTHENING THE RIGHT MUSCLES


Cheerleading is very different than any other sport! Your child is not throwing a basketball, they are throwing a person, defying gravity, tumbling in the air, and pushing their bodies to the limits! Cheerleading today is NOT what it used to be and we need to condition our bodies to keep up at this level!

Instead of wasting time trying to figure out exercises, book a 1-on-1 COACHING CALL with fitness expert Danielle Donovan! Together on this call, you discuss your cheerleaders goals, challenges, questions and Danielle will provide you with customized advice and an actionable plan specific to YOUR cheerleader!

CHECK IT OUT

5. POOR GENERAL AWARENESS OF BODY DURING SKILLS


I promise fitness is your answer! Cheerleaders need fitness to build confidence, core strength and advance their skills. The stronger and more aware your cheerleader is of their body, the more controlled their stunts will be! Focus on core strengthening exercises and your cheerleader will be able to fix any shaky stunt, lock out in single leg stunts, and hit ZERO!

Let us know your favorite tip and how this goes!

As you can see, yo do not need to nor should you be stretching every day for hours at a time. Yes, I said it! What I want you guys to do is STRENGTHEN the muscles instead. So swap out 2 or your stretching days this week with this CHEERFIT workout and let me know how it goes! And if you want, even more, we’ve got tons of flexibility workouts and confidence boosting tips waiting for ya in the CHEERFIT Club !!

And there you have it, my top 3 exercises… to help your cheerleader advance FLEXIBILITY & CONFIDENCE in 3,2,1…GO! Let me know your favorite tip, and share your confidence boosting tips in the comments below!

DANIELLE DONOVAN

is the go-to fitness expert for the cheerleading industry and founder of CHEERFIT (www.cheerfittraining.com). Danielle holds national fitness certifications through the American Council on Exercise and specializes in sports conditioning, youth fitness, and group fitness as it pertains specifically to cheerleaders. Danielle has been featured on NBC,Inside Cheerleading Magazine, FITNESS Magazine, Livestrong, Yahoo Beauty, NY Post, American Cheerleader Magazine and more. Through fitness, Danielle focuses on helping cheerleaders build the confidence, strength, and flexibility they need to reach their goals and prevent injury.

The 6 Secrets to a Strong Core & Cheer Abs

The 6 Secrets to a Strong Core & Cheer Abs

Are you ready for my ultimate cheer fitness tip??

TIP #1: LESS IS MORE!

That’s right, this insider secret will save your cheerleader so much time! No more wasting precious time doing crunch after crunch after crunch! Say it with us, less IS more!

To sculpt those cheer abs and strengthen your core, do each exercise for ONLY 10 reps! I want you to go super S-L-O-W through each exercise. I promise, less is more and by going slowly through each movement you will feel those muscles working and get in an insanely better workout!

TIP #2: DO CORE EXERCISES – NOT CRUNCHES

Instead of doing crunch after crunch (which only works your upper abdominals) you want to instead focus on CORE STRENGTHENING exercises that work your entire abdominal area.

This will help your cheerleader gain body control, strength, and stability.

TIP #3: OUR FAVORITE CORE EXERCISE

OBLIQUE TWISTS


Why this exercise is awesome: it works it ALL – core, obliques, body control, balance, and stability!

TIP #4: ANOTHER FAVORITE CORE EXERCISE

LEG LIFTS


Why this exercise is awesome: This exercise again works your entire core and gives your cheerleader the strength she needs to build a strong core ..aka the foundation of every cheer skill!

TIP #5: THE GOLDEN RULE

Your core comes first!!! If you want to build strength in ANYTHING, you NEED to focus on your core strength! Parents, we suggest doing these exercises with your cheerleader to help inspire them, and hey you’ll get in a great workout too! Say it with us, win- WIN!

TIP #6: SWITCH IT UP

You want to be switching up your workout routine and incorporating different core exercises so that your athlete does not hit a plateau and nor get bored.

Need some help coming up with new workouts and exercise plans each week?

Join us to become a CHEERFIT Ambassador!

As an Ambassador you and your cheerleader will get access to hundreds of cheer workouts, fit tips, motivation, have a community to encourage you along the way AND get in on special perks like meet-ups, giveaways, media features and more!

As an Ambassador you and your cheerleader will get access to hundreds of cheer workouts, fit tips, motivation, have a community to encourage you along the way AND get in on special perks like meet-ups, giveaways, media features and more!

LEARN MORE

And there you have it, The 6 Secrets to a Strong Core & Cheer Abs in 3,2,1…GO! Let me know your favorite tip, and share your fitness tips in the comments below!

DANIELLE DONOVAN

is the go-to fitness expert for the cheerleading industry and founder of CHEERFIT (www.cheerfittraining.com). Danielle holds national fitness certifications through the American Council on Exercise and specializes in sports conditioning, youth fitness, and group fitness as it pertains specifically to cheerleaders. Danielle has been featured on NBC,Inside Cheerleading Magazine, FITNESS Magazine, Livestrong, Yahoo Beauty, NY Post, American Cheerleader Magazine and more. Through fitness, Danielle focuses on helping cheerleaders build the confidence, strength, and flexibility they need to reach their goals and prevent injury.

Mya Stoudinger

Mya Stoudinger

“Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before.”

CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR FEATURE: MYA STOUDINGER

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?

Everything I learned, like how to stretch and how to stay motivated has helped me become more flexible. I have been able to get stronger as I kept working hard to reach my goals.


“I am who I am because I worked hard and stayed motivated to accomplish my goals.”


 

– CHEERFIT Ambassador Mya Stoudinger

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS?:

Some of my accomplishments are reaching my goals of getting my heel stretch, scorpion, and my back handspring back tuck!

HOW HAS BEING AN AMBASSADOR HELPED YOU REACH YOUR GOALS?

Being a CHEERFIT Ambassador has helped me reach my goals by encouraging me to stretch more. It has also helped by helping me become more confident as a flyer.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

To encourage people to do more. I also enjoy it because it helps me become confident and that I can accomplish anything!

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

I would tell other people that it’s worth it and that they will be able to accomplish anything.

WHAT ARE 3 THINGS ALWAYS IN YOUR CHEER BAG?

Shoes water and hair ties

FAVORITE SONG TO JAM OUT TO DURING A SWEAT SESH:

Drippin

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE?

Push-ups

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before. ” – Bonnie Blair

ANY FUN FACTS, SOMETHING INTERESTING, OR ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SHARE?

Being a CHEERFIT Ambassador has also helped me improve in Softball, too. I have become a stronger catcher!

Thank you so much for sharing your amazing story! 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!