“Always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t who will?“
CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR FEATURE: GABI FERRARI
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?
Last season I was on a Level 1 Mini team for a gym in upstate New York, called NY Icons Rising Stars. At the beginning of competition season after our 1st competition I was at a Christmas party playing with my friends and I dislocated and fractured my right elbow. I was devastated that I would be out for minimum 12 weeks – the bulk of my competition season of my last year on this mini team.
Although my arm was only in a splint for 12 days, when they took the splint off I had lost the ability to fully stretch my elbow/arm and also bear any weight on my arm. I immediately began physical therapy and I would go home and do my exercises every day as instructed, and some days were better than others. My arm would get tired and very sore, but I never stopped or skipped a day. I was so diligent with my physical therapy and exercises that I was able to return to cheer for after only 9 weeks.
I immediately began to tumble and was able to throw my back handspring like I was never injured – something a lot of people feared I would be afraid to do. That was the best feeling . . . feeling strong and no fear of tumbling. My coach was apprehensive about throwing me back in the routine after only 9 weeks, especially since I would only have 1 practice before the next scheduled competition . . .
. . .but my passion for cheerleading and my determination to strengthen my arm really helped me get back in and help my team win that competition.
We went on to have an undefeated season and eventually won the US FINALS Championship Challenge!
– CHEERFIT Ambassador Gabi Ferrari
ARE YOU INVOLVED IN ANY VOLUNTEER OR NONPROFIT AND HOW DO YOU MOTIVATE OTHERS?
I am mostly involved in cheer, but I also do Girl Scouts. My dad is on the board of a non-profit organization called IACKids (It’s About Caring for Kids) which is an organization that helps middle class families with any support they may need so that the family can focus on caring for the sick child instead of any financial needs.
I have always been a base until this year I am a flyer on both my teams! My mini team won the US Finals championship challenge and got not only the white jacket but also the rings!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?
I am just beginning my journey, but I am excited to reach, inspire and motivate other athletes like myself to be fit, be passionate about what they love and believe in.
HOW HAS BEING AN AMBASSADOR HELPED YOU?
I think this will help me build leadership skills. I want to be a leader in this world as well as a positive role model for others!
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL OTHER PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BECOME A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?
Do it! Go for it! Make a difference!
WHAT 3 THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR CHEER BAG?
Makeup bag, hairspray, teasing comb!
FAVORITE SONG TO JAM OUT TO DURING A SWEAT SESH:
Lately its Despacito!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE?
FUN FACTS ABOUT ME:
I am half Italian and half Puerto Rican and am super proud of my hispanic background.
I love my last name – it’s Ferrari, my dad and his family are super proud of it – my dad has a Ferrari!
I have a beauty mark on my face that people always think is chocolate?!
I have a little sister and she is the best thing that happened to me.
I love to make slime even though my mom hates it and says it is banned at my house.
I love my friends they are like my family our parents are ALWAYS together . . . we go to school together and cheer together and that makes everything so fun!
Thank you so much for sharing your story Gabi! We admire your passion and love for cheer, as well as your determination. That’s what being a CHEERFIT ambassador is all about! Even though you had an injury setback, you overcame and became even stronger because of your experience. Continue to motivate and inspire others and share your cheer journey with us, livin’ the CHEERFIT lifestyle!
Stay FIT <3,
your CHEERFIT team