Ambassador Feature: Ellie Meyer

” . . .the only one that can limit me is myself.”

CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR FEATURE: ELLIE MEYER

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 Ellie – a competitive cheerleader who shares with us her personal struggles and what she does to stay strong and how she never forgets to give back to her community. We are honored to present our CHEERFIT ‘Ambassador of the Week Feature’ with Ellie Meyer!

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

I was born with cleidocranial dysplasia. It’s a very rare syndrome that mainly affects your skeletal system. After I was born I had a lot of x-rays and scans and doctors told my parents I might not ever walk on my own, and I would most definitely never be an athlete.

Now, 13 years later, I play multiple sports for school and for fun. I am also on two competitive cheer teams. I discovered competitive cheer two years ago and found my passion. Because I have cleidocranial dysplasia, I have to take extra care of my body and my muscles, because they make up for what I’m missing in my skeleton.

Fitness and training is so important for me to be able to cheer. It allows me to continue my passion, with no excuses or limits.


I can do anything anyone else can, I just have to work a little harder to reach my goals.


Because of this, I’ve learned that the only one that can limit me is myself. When I stop focusing on reasons that I can’t do something and start working, amazing things happen.

– CHEERFIT Ambassador Ellie Meyer

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

I am a straight A student and a member of National Junior Honor Society. I also volunteer at Operation Kindness, the largest no-kill animal shelter in North Texas. I want everyone to find what they are passionate about and go for it, with no limitations.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS?

I compete and am involved in softball, volleyball, track, cross country, sideline cheer and competitive cheer. There is rarely a time I’m not at practice or in the gym. When I’m not doing sports, I’m working on art, which is another huge passion of mine. I’ve had several pieces advance to state level competition for my school.

HOW HAS BEING AN AMBASSADOR HELPED YOU?

Being an ambassador helps keep me motivated and helps keep me honest. It’s easier for me to make healthy choices because I know that I am representing a lifestyle.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

My favorite part about being a CHEERFIT ambassador is having a forum to help people. Last year during Summit I pulled a muscle in my back and spent a whole summer in rehabilitation before I was able to work on getting my skills back. It was so hard and extremely frustrating. I want to help spread the message to other athletes that good fitness and conditioning will help limit those frustrating setbacks and injuries, and it helps you recover more quickly if you are injured.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL OTHERS WHO WANT TO BECOME  CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

If you are thinking about becoming an ambassador, I would say go for it! There’s nothing more rewarding than to be able to help people and keep yourself motivated at the same time!

WHAT 3 THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR CHEER BAG?

I always carry my back balls, which are these two balls I lay on to stretch out my back, my teasing comb and makeup wipes!

FAVORITE SONG TO JAM OUT TO DURING A SWEAT SESH:

Right now it’s 24K Magic by Bruno Mars

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE?

I love yoga!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE?

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Goethe

FUN FACTS ABOUT ME!

I’m an older sister to two brothers and 3 rescue pups and two rescue kitties. I love God, my family, friends and I want to give back as much as I can.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

The best feeling in the world is leaving it all on the mat with your best friends. Win or lose, doing your best and hearing the crowd get behind you… there is nothing better. The rush of adrenaline before you take the mat is thrilling. I’m also fairly certain cheerleaders are among the most superstitious athletes out there. I have so many good luck charms woven into my shoelaces. And I won’t replace my shoes mid season, even though they are worn through the bottom because we are undefeated and I can’t change out my lucky shoes!!!

Thank you so much for sharing your amazing story Ellie! You energy and passion is SO strong and we love how motivated you are in all you do. We are so lucky to have you as a CHEERFIT ambassador, and we look forward to hearing about your many accomplishments ahead! #CHEERFITstrong!

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.

Ambassador Feature: Kylee Kelsey

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR FEATURE: KYLEE KELSEY

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 Kylee – an all-star cheerleader who reminds us of some sacrifices athletes and their families make, and also why she loves being CHEERFIT strong!

We are excited to share with you our ‘Ambassador of the Week Feature’ with Kylee Kelsey!

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

I have been an All-Star Cheerleader for 11 years. I was at GAGE in Blue Springs, MO for 8 years when I had to make the hardest decision of my cheer career to move on. I then went to Fury Athletics in Liberty, MO for one season, but it still wasn’t what I was looking for in an All-Star gym. . .so I chose to once again move on.

My mom and I looked for awhile to try and find the perfect gym that I could finish my All-Star career at, we decided on a gym called KC Cheer in Lenexa, KS which is an hour drive for us.


This was going to be a HUGE family commitment that we decided to take.


I have also constantly battled Bakers cysts on my knees and scoliosis, sometimes the pain is so bad it’s very hard to keep pushing through practice but I know I have to for my team.

– CHEERFIT Ambassador Kylee Kelsey

HOW DO YOU MOTIVATE OTHERS?

I love helping and motivating others by always being uplifting, positive and reassuring. I LOVE to lead by example in every way I can!

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

  • Being one of the first Posh Princesses
  • Becoming a CHEERFIT Ambassador
  • Winning All American for my High School Cheer Competition team as a Freshman
  • Being awarded most talented Athlete at my High School as a Freshman
  • Competing at The Summit my first year as a R5 athlete
  • Getting my full and double in the same season

BEING AN AMBASSADOR HELPED ME. . .

build tons of confidence, get even more fit, build my stamina, get excited about new opportunities, and just overall have fun and be the best I can be!!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

I love the CHEERFIT community and support everyone gives each other. I also love the work outs so I can stay fit and strong to be able to compete at the best of my ability

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

Becoming an Ambassador has been an amazing and fun experience and I’m so HONORED to be a part of such an amazing community of committed and fit athletes!

WHAT 3 THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR CHEER BAG?

nfinity shoes
deodorant
hair ties

FAVORITE SONG TO JAM OUT TO DURING A SWEAT SESH:

All-Star cheer music

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE?

Ab workouts

FUN FACTS ABOUT ME:

I LOVE animals
I love music
I love performing
I love meeting new people

Thank you so much for sharing your story Kylee! You brought up a great point that we often forget to talk about . . . the families of our athletes make sacrifices too! Whether it’s finding a new gym, going back and forth to practice, or putting together the finances for uniforms and cheer gear, it is definitely a family effort to make it happen! 

We are so happy to have you in the CHEERFIT community and love to hear that you are making friends and enjoying the huge support! We can’t wait to see where this CHEERFIT journey takes you!

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.

Ambassador Feature: Sha’ciah Banks

“If we’re going to rise, lets do it together. . .”

CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR FEATURE: SHA’CIAH BANKS

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. In addition to cheerleading, many of our ambassadors are committed to having a positive impact on their community.

This week, we meet Sha’ciah – a straight ‘A’ student and inspiring cheerleader who tells us that “work, dedication and motivation” is what makes you a stronger ambassador and athlete! A member of the CHEERFIT family since August 2016, we share with you our ‘Ambassador of the Week Feature’ with Sha’ciah Banks!

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

Before I became a CHEERFIT Ambassador, I struggled with technique in my tumbling, as well as learning new tumble skills. At my old gym South Jersey Storm, I used to get really bad pain in my knee every time I did a tumble pass. My mom took me to see a doctor and that is when I learned that i have osteochondritis in my right knee – in order to fix it, I was going to have to quit cheerleading or get surgery done on it.

Before leaving Storm, I became a CHEERFIT Ambassador and joined in on every work out challenge since the summer. Every work out video Mrs. Danielle posted, I found myself doing. Following my work outs, my coaches and I myself noticed that the technique in my tumbling had improved. I started setting better and moving faster during my tumble passes. I also learn new tumble skills faster than I normally do.The best part is i no longer have pain in my knee since I work out everyday now! I also started a new eating habit  –  less junk food.


What I learned being a CHEERFIT ambassador is that you really have to be fit if you want to be apart of this sport.


 

What I’ve learned being a CHEERFIT ambassador is that you really have to be fit if you want to be a part of this sport. I’m glad to be part of this organization so that I can continue to motivate others in my situation, and in the sport of cheerleading world-wide to be CHEERFIT strong! I now have a punch front through to a roundoff handspring full which I learned two weeks ago, and now throwing it on the floor.

I am Sha’ciah and I am CHEERFIT💪

– CHEERFIT Ambassador Sha’ciah Banks

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

I am a Loveemwithkindness topaz ambassador and I enjoy spreading kindness and love everywhere I go! Being on the LEWK squad, I get to lend a helping hand to others in need. Although I don’t like praise for this, I enjoy it. Over the summer I got to help a family in need in Texas and they were very grateful for it. When I was in Baltimore at American Masters nationals, I saw a homeless lady sleeping out in the cold and I left her some breakfast so that she would have something to eat when she got up. These are just some of the little things I do outside of cheer.

I love helping others and by sharing my CHEERFIT and lewk journey, I am motiving and inspiring others to be the change, join in on my journey, and create their own by becoming a part of both organizations.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND GOALS: 

My goal for 2017 was to get my level 4 and 5 tumbling skills before next season, and I have mastered them within two months of learning them. My next goal is to make it on a worlds team before I enter into high school which is in 3 years.

I also maintain straight A’s in school and get my homework done while being in the gym 4 days a week. When I graduate high school, I want to cheer for college and become a physical education teacher.

HOW HAS BEING AN AMBASSADOR HELPED YOU?

Being a CHEERFIT ambassador helped me become confident in my tumbling and learn new skills faster than I normally do. It also helped me get rid of the pain in my knee.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

My favorite part about being a CHEERFIT ambassador are the workouts because I get to do them with my mom and challenge her – fun, fun, fun! I also love meeting fellow ambassadors at the comps and getting new cheerleaders to join.

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

Work, dedication and motivation is what you need in order to become a CHEERFIT ambassador . . .and if you think you have what it takes, then apply and come join the family on our CHEERFIT journey.

FUN FACT ABOUT ME:

I never had any tumbling lessons and don’t own any tumble mats. I taught myself every tumble skill in my yard on a mattress, and clean it up when I go to the cheer gym. My mother is a single mom raising four of us on her own, so she can’t afford to buy any tumble mats or pay for tumbling privates. If you look at my Instagram account shaciah_njse_official, you will see videos of me tumbling in my yard and cleaning it up in the gym.

I am just lucky to be able to do all star cheer and I am grateful for that.

WHAT 3 THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR CHEER BAG?

Hair ties, lotion and socks.

FAVORITE SONG TO JAM OUT TO DURING A SWEAT SESH:

The music to my routine . . .

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE?

Burpies, planks, pushups, & bike riding!

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“If we’re going to rise, lets do it together – as a team we can be better.”

(this is a quote I thought of when I was on my old team because there was so much arguing during practice . . . this motivated them to do better and we started hitting 0 after that. Basically it means if we work together as a team, we can earn that Big W as a family.)

Thank you so much for sharing your story with the community Sha’ciah! It sounds like you have big goals and dreams ahead of yourself and great motivation from within and amazing support from your mom. We hope you continue to inspire others with your CHEERFIT journey and can’t wait to follow along to see all of the things you have yet to accomplish.

We are SO proud to have you in the CHEERFIT family! #CHEERFITstrong 

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.

Ambassador Feature: Molly Devine

“Don’t limit me!”

CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR FEATURE: MOLLY DEVINE

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. In addition to cheerleading, many of our ambassadors are committed to having a positive impact on their community through other special causes.

This week, we meet Molly . . .an all-star cheerleader involved with the down syndrome community who loves her friends and family! She reminds us to enjoy life and to make every moment count. We are so honored to share with you our ‘Ambassador of the Week Feature’ with Molly Devine!

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

My name is Molly and I’m 9 years old. I have Down Syndrome and I also have congestive heart failure.

I have had many surgeries over the years from open heart surgery, tubes in my ears 4 times, tonsils and adenoids removed along with a few other procedures.


I work very hard at everything I do and I never complain or quit!


I enjoy life everyday !

– CHEERFIT Ambassador Molly Devine

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

I’m involved with the Down Syndrome Association of NWI. I love doing events and activities with all my friends. I help set up and clean up after activities. I look forward to being a great example for my whole community!

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

I started out with All-Star cheer 3 years ago, not being able to do a cart wheel or forward role! I now can do cartwheels, round one offs, forward rolls, handstands, and I’m close to having my back kick over ! Also, this year I made our half season All-Star cheer team which is a huge accomplishment for someone with a disability!

BEING AN AMBASSADOR HELPED ME. . .

. . .show people that just because I have Down Syndrome doesn’t mean I can’t do what everyone else can do!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

I just became a CHEERFIT Ambassador, but so far the best thing is getting to know so many other cheerleaders and where they are all from!

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

I would encourage others to become an ambassador because it is a great support system !

WHAT 3 THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR CHEER BAG?

pony tail holders
water
a few snacks

FAVORITE SONG TO JAM OUT TO DURING A SWEAT SESH:

Anything by Bruno Mars

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE?

Jumping Jacks!

FUN FACTS ABOUT ME!

I love making Music Lys and love Instagram. I’m very silly and funny and I love being at the gym – I’m usually mad when it’s time to leave!

Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story Molly!  We are so lucky to have you represent CHEERFIT, and thank you for being such an amazing role model for our community. You have so much to be proud of, and we hope you continue to share with us your accomplishments and continue to be #CHEERFITstrong!

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.

Ambassador Feature: Alahni Napier

“You must have the passion, strength, and belief that you can become anything.”

CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR FEATURE: ALAHNI NAPIER

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 Alahni, an all-star cheerleader and honor student who tells us about the pressures of being an athlete, but reminds us just how much of a confidence builder our teammates are!

We are excited to share with you our ‘Ambassador of the Week Feature’ with Alahni Napier!

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

I have been a part of the all-star cheer world for 6 years now. I have experienced more ups than downs, but the downs are what almost caused me to walk away from a sport I truly love.

I went through an entire season where at the end I lost almost all confidence in myself. The pressure to be perfect was one that I felt from other athletes, but also within. It was a tough decision, but I chose to restart and find myself, by relocating to a new gym. You see, I learned that bullying isn’t always verbal or physical, it can be mental too. Clicks, blame, shame – it tears confidence down. It is important to always support and uplift our teammates.


That is what makes us better.


Athletes train hard and we compete hard, but we may not always place 1st. It is only when we learn to accept that our best efforts are worth far more than a trophy that we truly win.

– CHEERFIT Ambassador Alahni Napier

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

I am always looking for different ways to be active in my community. I am a member of nonprofit organizations and do what I can as far as donating to charity. I have run a couple of different drives including a “Smile Drive” that I am most proud of. In October, was able to collect and donate dental hygiene supplies to my local YWCA and the experience was great! I have also run a “Warmer Winter” drive where I collected hats/scarves/gloves for the homeless and have plans to do so much more.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

I have participated in the Summit 3 years in a row, obtained my full and so much more in the cheer world. But my greatest accomplishment would be my academics. I am in honors classes and maintain an A average. While I’m only in 6th grade, I am currently working at an 8th grade level.

HOW HAS BEING AN AMBASSADOR HELPED YOU?

Being an ambassador has definitely helped me to stay motivated, but it’s also helped me to motivate and encourage others along the way.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

I enjoy getting to know other athletes more than anything and CHEERFIT has introduced me to so many different people. It’s awesome to be a part of a group that includes so many others who enjoy being healthy and strong like I do!

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

If you want to be a part of a group where everyone is focused on the same goal of being positive, encouraging, and the best they can be both mentally and physically – then CHEERFIT is for you!

WHAT 3 THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR CHEER BAG?

My iPhone, a hoodie, and converse

FAVORITE SONG TO JAM OUT TO DURING A SWEAT SESH:

Ode to Sleep by 21 Pilots

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE?

Crunches

Thank you so much for sharing your amazing story Alahni! Keep being awesome and excelling in all you do! Your teammates are lucky to have you and so are we – we are proud to have you in the CHEERFIT family!

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.