“. . .But criticism’s worth some more than compliments.”
CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR FEATURE: CONNER LAI
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.
This week, we meet Conner – one of our newer ambassadors who lives each day by these words . . . “if you put your mind to it you can do anything.” He shares with us what motivates him to keep going despite his medical challenges, and what inspires him to be a better cheerleader and person.
We are proud to share with you our ‘Ambassador of the Week Feature’ with Conner Lai!
SHARE YOUR STORY . . .
Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer stage 2B. That was my problem.
Being told I would never be able to tumble or anything because my body would be weak after having chemo therapy put in me – they told me my body would never ever be the same, my body would be weaker, muscles would have problems, and just about everything in my body would be to weak to do anything. But it didn’t stop there . . . everyone I went to I kept hearing the same thing . . . no, no.
I wouldn’t push it, but just hearing that made the fire in me burn more so I decided to prove everyone – even my own family, wrong. That was when my training started – I pushed myself beyond my limit, endangering myself.
I wanted to quit so bad, but I pushed through thinking back about how I was told no.
. . .but here I am 2016 – 2017 as star tumbler for ACX Diamond Daddys! I still have many issues with my heart, lungs, bones, and muscles, but I make-do by pushing myself everyday.
After every performance or practice I do pay the price, but I made this choice. I do feel though that with this huge setback, I handle it decently. From this ongoing experience, I feel that the saying “if you put your mind to it, you can do anything” is 100% true so hopefully you can see me and believe it for yourself.
– CHEERFIT Ambassador Conner Lai
HOW DO YOU MOTIVATE OTHERS?
Social media is my go-to way to motivate others! Hearing my story and seeing the amazing things I’m still capable of – inspiring everyone who sees me! Also, when people meet me around competitions, I love to encourage others to stunt or tumble with me, trying new things and teach them! Also, talking about cheer in general about mental blocks skills or just competing in general!
Most of all, the message I like to send out to everyone is don’t be afraid to try new things or train hard – in the end its all worth it.
Some of my accomplishments include making many big teams over the summer, such as Cali coed Top Gun and 005! Mainly, I’m proud of all my tumbling skills, but when it comes down to it, making ‘So You Think You Can Tumble’ in Atlanta is one of the proudest things I’ve done . . . one of the coolest tumble offs!
BEING AN AMBASSADOR HELPED ME. . .
. . .gain even more confidence in myself and gave me a reason to train even harder!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?
My favorite part about being a CHEERFIT ambassador is being a part of such a cool program and getting to motivate or inspire others!
WHAT 3 THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR CHEER BAG?
Sour gummy worms, a red bull and portable chargers.
FAVORITE SONG TO JAM OUT TO DURING A SWEAT SESH:
The Weekend – “Starboy”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE?
Candlestick roll ups!
FUN FACT ABOUT ME . . .
I actually love tumbling on concrete more than tumbling on a spring floor!
Thank you so much for sharing your amazing story Conner! We are so proud to have you in the #CHEERFITfam and can’t wait to keep following your cheer tumbling journey through social media. Your story is SO inspiring and a motivating reminder for us all to turn every challenge into an opportunity to be even stronger and better. Thank you for being a part of our community – continue being awesome!
Stay FIT <3,
your CHEERFIT team
cheerFIT is so much more than just a workout brand – we are a lifestyle, a community and an inspiration. We are a community who is strengthened through fitness – both mentally and physically. It is our mission to spread the awareness that cheerleaders need fitness. We are dedicated to building a community of strong, powerful individuals who are a true inspiration to their team and leaders in their community. Together we are disrupting the traditional methods of fitness training and revolutionizing the way people think about cheerleading and their fitness needs! Are you the next cheerFIT Ambassador? Apply today.