Ambassador Feature: Abby Casas

” . . .with hard work, there are no limits.

CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR FEATURE: ABBY CASAS

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?

Abby has been diagnosed with an non curable autoimmune disease called Morphea. It affects her skin by causing dark spots over her body. If this disease goes untreated it can cause skin thickening that can cause decrease joint mobility, it can cause thickening of the esophagus, and can affect the eyes.

The goal is to get the disease into remission, which can take a few years. Abby is going to have to have weekly injections of Methotrexate and have to have weekly IV steroid infusions, which involves having a home nurse at our house every week. Her immune system will be compromised because of the Methotrexate, so more than likely she will take longer to get over illnesses and they could hit her harder, even a simple cold can cause her to have to go the hospital.

She is having a bit of a rough time adjusting to her “new normal”, but she is one tough kid and will get there😊


She wants to focus more now than ever on helping others to be confident in themselves and never be ashamed of their imperfections and be proud of who they are!


Please feel free to DM abby on @abbystretchingvideos with any questions or if you just want to talk to her about this! We also encourage you to use the hashtag #asvstrong when you post anything you’re proud of! We love all of our supporters and we are going to need you every step of the way! Please keep her in your thoughts as we all try to adjust.

– CHEERFIT Ambassador Abby Casas 

VOLUNTEER / NONPROFIT: 

 – Volunteering in Animal Shelters
 – Fostering Dogs
 – Being a buddy for a special needs cheer team.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

Being in a supportive environment.

HOW HAS BEING AN AMBASSADOR HELPED YOU?

I’ve reached many goals from being a CHEERFIT ambassador with the workout routines! I like to log my workouts with the weekly logs we get.

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

Do it! It’s awesome, and you get to meet some pretty awesome people along the way!

WHAT 3 ITEMS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR CHEER BAG?

Rock your hair, an extra cheer bow from cheerbowsandbeyond, and water to stay hydrated!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE?

“There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.”

 – Michael Phelps

Thank you so much for sharing your amazing story Abby! We are SO proud to have you as a CHEERFIT ambassador . . .despite your illness, you manage to stay driven and continue to do what you love while motivating others. . . this is what being an ambassador is all about.

Thank you for showing the world and other ambassadors what it truly means to be #CHEERFITstrong!

Stay FIT <3,

your CHEERFIT team

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Ambassador Feature: Marjorie Moeller

“Never give up . . . always pick yourself back up!”

CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR FEATURE: MARJORIE MOELLER

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.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!

I am a base with Eliteheat Allstars Fireflies I have been with them since 2013. I love them all!

We are the only special needs team  in north Tonawanda, NY. My friend told me about cheerleading in 2013 and I’ve loved it since I  started with them . . . it is better than dancing classes. I love cheerleading season with all the training and practices and the competitions.

I am the first ever CHEERFIT ambassador at the gym I cheer for. I am also a firefighter daughter in my community – my dad loves being a cheer dad.

– CHEERFIT Ambassador Marjorie Moeller

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR GOALS?

Some of my goals are to start  being a flyer on my team instead of a base, but most of all I would like to do my backhand springs.

ARE YOU INVOLVED IN ANY VOLUNTEER WORK?

I volunteer with my dad at the fire department and I do open gym.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

My jumps, cartwheels, handstands, back bends, and tumbling.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

Getting to represent Eliteheat Allstars at all competitions, being able to share it with my friends, and also being able to get new stuff from CHEERFIT.

HOW HAS BEING AN AMBASSADOR HELPED YOU?

It has helped me with new skills, my scorpion and my heel stretch. It has also built my confidence in staying motivated!

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

Just go for it!

WHAT 3 THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR CHEER BAG?

Bows, shoes and uniform.

FAVORITE SONG TO JAM OUT TO DURING A SWEAT SESH:

Sean Paul, “Burn it Up!”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE?

Planks!

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Marjorie! We love your passion for cheer and motivating others and how committed you are to the CHEERFIT community! We looked forward to following your awesome success with Eliteheat and as a CHEERFIT Ambassador Elite!

We are proud to have you in the CHEERFIT family! 🙂

Stay FIT <3,

your CHEERFIT team

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“Stop thinking and just do it!”

CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR FEATURE: ADDISON NASH

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 Addison, a cheerleader who is determined to never give up, and also an advocate for the Down Syndrome Community. We are amazed by her dedication to the cause and are so very proud to have her as a CHEERFIT ambassador – we share with you our ‘Ambassador of the Week Feature’ with Addison Nash!

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

This story is about my daughter Addison and her struggle with tumble mental blocks . She’s in her gym Sunday – Thursday and begs to stay for extra tumble classes almost every week. She has her ups and downs and has dealt with her fair share of “mental blocks” when it comes to tumbling but this little girl never gives up.


She works her absolute hardest until she’s confident with her tumbling again.


She had a bad block literally a few weeks before her very first competition in November and she was so worried that she would be taken off her team or that she wouldn’t throw the pass at her comp. She got in the gym and worked every day making sure she worked on everything she would do and eventually over came the block.

I’m so proud of her drive to never give up on herself.

– CHEERFIT Ambassador Addison Nash, written by her Mom 🙂

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

Addison is a huge advocate for the Down Syndrome Community. Her little brother, Asher is 17 months and has DS. You might have seen him and Addison on the news recently. He has became quite famous. She got her school and cheer gym to wear blue and yellow in October for Down Syndrome Awareness Month. She also created a video to explain Down Syndrome to her peers at school.

One of Addison’s cheer comps is Spirit or Hope in Charlotte, NC. Her gym collects donations to go towards the foundation. Addison and her best friend on her cheer team walked around in the cold during Christmas break raising money on their own for the Spirit of Hope foundation.

Addison is an amazing big sister to her brother Asher. She is not only is biggest advocate, but his best friend. She is excited that her gym is getting a special needs team because she wants to volunteer and help. She hopes her brother will one day be on the team.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

In cheer, Addison is a level 4 tumbler. She has worked so hard to get where she is today!

In school, she in STEM and Robotics club.

Two years ago she won first place for her video she did for her school reflections contest at her school level, county and state.

BEING AN AMBASSADOR HELPED ME. . .

get more fit for sure!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

Learning new ways to stay fit and being able to teach my friends on my team.

FUN FACT: WHAT 3 THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR CHEER BAG?

Hair spray, brush and snack

FAVORITE SONG TO JAM OUT TO DURING A SWEAT SESH:

Bring Sally Up

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE?

Push ups!

Thank you so much for sharing your amazing story Addison! You are so inspiring and we are honored to share your story. Keep being awesome and continue to aim high for whatever you want! Asher is lucky to have you as his sister and best friend! We too are also lucky to have you represent CHEERFIT!

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: Sophie Mattes

“Stay strong and keep pushing. . .”

CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR FEATURE: SOPHIE MATTES

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 have many chronic illnesses and health issues which always made me and others think cheerleading was not possible for me. I have Elhers Danlos Syndrome which is the “glue” that holds your body together is too stretchy and causes dislocations, pain, other health issues and many more things. I also have a paralyzed stomach (gastroparesis), orthostatic intolerance which means my blood pressure doesn’t stabilize well and means I can often go lightheaded and also am deaf in my right ear. Everyone always told me that cheerleading isn’t something that’s possible and that it’s too dangerous and I won’t be able to physically do it.


I didn’t care and did it anyway.


By doing that, I’ve learnt that anything really is possible if you just try and put everything into it, whilst making adaptations that work for you. Having a supportive team has helped me a lot and given me a new family. It’s helped to remind me that you can never give up on your goals regardless of what obstacles are put in your way.

Fitness is important regardless of health because it helps keep everything moving and I really notice when I haven’t had cheer or any form of exercise. I notice my health deteriorates and my mood goes down too.

– CHEERFIT Ambassador Sophie Mattes

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

I am part of many groups for my conditions where we help and support each other through everything as we understand each other. I make YouTube videos to help support those out there to remind them they are not alone.

Anything is possible in life. Obstacles are just the stepping stones to achieve things you never even thought you would do or were possible. It makes us stronger and teaches us about life. Put your mind to whatever you want to achieve and don’t stop till you get there no matter how hard it may seem. It’s worth it.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS?

I recently got my back walkover back, which for me is massive as tumbling is really hard for me due to my weak joints. I’ve also been asked to try out for our level 4 team which is big too!!

I’ve also managed to carry on working through all my health problems which is massive as it’s been a really bumpy journey!!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

My favorite part would definitely be the community and second family it brings with it. The positivity that you receive from each and every person really rubs off on you and you get to then put that positivity out there to everyone else.

HOW HAS BEING AN AMBASSADOR HELPED YOU?

Being an ambassador has helped me stay motivated on the days I feel like I just can’t and helped me build the confidence to become a leader.

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

It will change your outlook and motivation on everything in life for the better and you’ll get the most amazing supportive family you could have wished for, so sign up today! Let’s make keeping fit easier and more fun whilst spreading motivation together.

WHAT 3 THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR CHEER BAG?

Body Spray
Wrist Supports (life savers for tumbling)
Pictures of my family so if I feel down I can remember who I keep on going for.

FAVORITE SONG TO JAM OUT TO DURING A SWEAT SESH:

Power by Little Mix

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE?

Core/Ab exercises

FAVORITE MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE?

Stay strong and keep pushing as the obstacles you are given are just stepping stones to achieve things you never thought possible.

FUN FACTS ABOUT ME:

I make YouTube videos about chronic illness, mental health, cheerleading and well anything my heart desires.

If I could move to America and live there tomorrow . . .I would. It’s always been a dream to move there. It’s just finding a job, money and getting a visa.

I work in a coffee shop but don’t like coffee or even tea (shhh!!)

My dog thinks he owns my bed and is nice enough to sometimes let me in 😂

I know American Sign Language even though I’m British and live in Britain 🇬🇧 And I love the programme Switched at Birth

I am one of the most stubborn people you’ll meet which is good . . .most the time 🙂

One day I want to act in a TV series

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

Life isn’t easy but we are all in it together. So fight for what you want and love and support each other in the things they want to do as well. When we stick together we are unstoppable.

Thank you so much for sharing your story Sophie! Despite the physical challenges you faced, you have an amazing outlook on life and your energey and passion is so contagious! We hope to follow your cheer journey and that you continue to spread the power of CHEERFIT and fitness throughout the UK. . .xo #CHEERFITstrong

Stay FIT <3,

your CHEERFIT team

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Ambassador Feature: Evelyn Machac

“I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday.”

CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR FEATURE: EVELYN MACHAC

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 tried out for my high school cheerleading team my freshman year and made the varsity squad! I didn’t have any previous cheerleading experience, I had so much to learn and was nervous but at the same time excited for the challenge. After I made my high school varsity cheerleading team, I began to take group tumbling and dance classes to improve my tumbling skills and learn how to pick up choreography.

Over the past several months, my skills improved and I wanted to perfect my skills even more. I then began to include private tumbling sessions weekly along with group tumbling and dance classes. Two months before I turned 16, I expressed to my parents that I wanted to get a job to help pay for more private tumbling sessions. I interviewed for a position at a gymnasium where I attended group and private tumbling classes.


One week after my interview, I was offered a position as a Gymnastics Birthday Party Host. Now all my earnings go towards private tumbling classes.


I currently take minimum three private tumbling lessons a week to work on perfecting and polishing my tumbling skills.Taking more private tumbling sessions has helped me break mental blocks I had in the past and still currently face, it has also helped my confidence and performance in high school cheer and competitive cheer.

– CHEERFIT Ambassador Evelyn Machac

ARE YOU INVOLVED IN ANY VOLUNTEER OR NONPROFIT?

I have a passion for giving back to community, so my family and I recently started a tradition when we moved back to Houston. Every Thanksgiving we spend our day baking homemade cookies and deliver to our local fire station. During Christmas, we bake a variety of homemade cookies and put together 2 jumbo holiday baskets for our local fire fighters. We deliver one basket on Christmas Eve and the other basket on Christmas Day.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

I accomplished my fear in stunt cradling. As a base it’s a bit scary for your flyer to flat out land in your two arms with only the instructions of your coach. It’s very different from hearing what you need to hit in your stunt to actually doing it for the first time.

BEING AN AMBASSADOR HELPED ME. . .

. . .Stay motivated and continue to reach my fitness goals!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

Becoming part of the CHEERFIT family! To be able to connect with other Ambassadors that are passionate about cheerleading and fitness!

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

 I would say to a potential CHEERFIT Ambassador – always be yourself! Don’t give up no matter how hard something is and always do the impossible.

WHAT 3 THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR CHEER BAG?

Deodorant, extra Nike Pros and elastic bandages.

FAVORITE SONG TO JAM OUT TO DURING A SWEAT SESH:

Anything Beyonce!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE?

I love to work on my core. Planks, Russian twists and V-ups are my favorite.

FUN FACTS ABOUT ME!

really like makeup! In my spare time away from high school cheer, competitive cheer, private tumbling sessions and dance classes I watch makeup tutorials and try different styles!

I have 2 dogs, Sandi is a chihuahua rate terrier and Blue is a miniature dachshund. I love all kinds of animals! My dream job would be to help find forever homes for stray dogs and cats.

Thank you so much for sharing your story Evelyn! We love how dedicated you have been to improving your tumbling skills – we  totally believe that anything is possible if you are hard working and consistent! Keep us posted on your cheer journey and we look forward to this next year with you as a CHEERFIT ambassador!

Stay FIT <3,

your CHEERFIT team

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Ambassador Feature: Katy Cox

“I will WIN!”

CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR FEATURE: KATY COX

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?

At the end of last season, I was losing weight rapidly, and getting weak. I lost most of my level 2 skills, and we didn’t understand why. I decided not to try out for my Allstar team, because I was always so tired, and I didn’t have the energy to practice or compete.

In June, my parents took me to the doctor to figure out what was wrong with me. After an exam and blood tests I was rushed to Children’s Hospital in Dallas where I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Upon arrival, my blood sugar was over 800 (normal is 100). I spent a week in the hospital cleaning the sugar out of my blood and learning how to live with Type 1 Diabetes. There is no cure. I have to give myself a shot of insulin every time I eat during the day, and before I go to bed at night.

But, soon after diagnosis, I felt so much better. I wasn’t weak and tired. I had energy, and I really missed my Allstar team. My coach let me have a private tryout because he knew how bad I wanted back on the team. Even though I did not have all my level 2 skills back, I promised him I would work hard to get all my skills back before competition season started.


I worked hard to build the muscles in my body back.


Within 3 months I had gained 8 lbs, and all that was muscle. I kept my promise to my coach and my team; before competition season started, I had all of my level 2 skills back, and better than ever before. . .but I didn’t stop working there. Five months later, I have my level 3 skills as well. I was so happy the first day I landed my tuck. Diabetes tried to take that away from me, but I worked to hard to let the disease win. Fitness and diet along with my medications are the only way to stay ahead of my Type 1 Diabetes.

I will WIN!

– CHEERFIT Ambassador, Katy Cox

ARE YOU INVOLVED IN ANY VOLUNTEER OR NONPROFIT?

I help raise money with JDRF to fund research for Type 1 Diabetes. JDRF has fundraising walks and biking events throughout the year.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

Voted most coach-able and best base on my team, “A” honor roll, GT (Great Thinker) program at school, Student council and honor choir.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

I hope someday CHEERFIT can bring more awareness about this disease to athletes. Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes – and it doesn’t have to slow an athlete down. You can keep following your dreams.

HOW HAS BEING AN AMBASSADOR HELPED YOU?

Being an ambassador has helped me step up my workout – build more core strength, and gain speed in my tumbling.

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

The weekly exercises will take you fUrther than the athletes that only work out in class. Training outside of the gym, gives you the extra edge.

WHAT 3 ITEMS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR CHEER BAG?

Insulin – for high blood sugar
Candy/Juice – For low blood sugar
Extra hair ties

FAVORITE SONG TO JAM OUT TO DURING A SWEAT SESH:

Katy Perry – This Is How We Do

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE?

Plank Jacks

FAVORITE MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE?

“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”

–  Muhammad Ali

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?

This summer I get to go to Camp Sweeney. It’s the BEST Type 1 Diabetes camp in the world. I will spend 3 weeks with other diabetic kids learning how to manage my diabetes on my own and gain more confidence as I treat/beat this disease.

To learn more about Diabetes, JDRf or Camp Sweeney please visit these websites. They are great resources for any questions you may have regarding this disease, and the fight to find a cure.

www.diabetes.org/

http://www.jdrf.org/

https://www.campsweeney.org/

Thank you so much for sharing your story Katy! We love your positive outlook and how you don’t let Diabetes define you – instead, you learned to overcome and deal with it in a positive way to motivate others who may be struggling with something similar. We are proud to have you as a CHEERFIT ambassador and look forward to following your cheer and fitness journey!

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!