Ambassador Feature: Camarie Johnson

Ambassador Feature: Camarie Johnson

I have goals and dreams for myself and I won’t stop until they are met.

CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR FEATURE: CAMARIE JOHNSON

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?

My most difficult challenge in cheer has been myself – my mental blocks and self doubts.

I am the only one who stands between accomplishing a certain skill. I have had to find my center focus and believe in myself as mush as my coaches believe in me. I practice non stop there is not a moment that goes by that I am not active in some way shape or form. I have goals and dreams for myself and I won’t stop until I they are met.


Fitness is so important in my journey – it helps me stay active, strong and healthy.


It helps correct my form and posture to throw a beautiful back tuck. It helps keep myself and my flyer safe when she’s up in the air. Overall the way it makes me feel is priceless . . .

– CHEERFIT Ambassador Camarie Johnson

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

I am currently saving my change in my piggy bank so that I am able to donate it all to a children’s hospital so the children are able to have a smile on there face during their hard times. I am also a spirit box ambassador and I am promoting the Be Kind movement – I have little business cards to hand out for those that are sad, upset or need a friend to talk to. Everyone has a story to tell, so why not be kind . . . we don’t know what they may be going through!

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS?

 I was currently selected to be a feature model with Crazy Pants. I was a straight A honor roll student all last year. I have recently learned new tumble passes and I am working on my layout!!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

My favorite part about being a CHEERFIT ambassador is the getting fit part and being able to share that with others and also challenging myself to do more than I did yesterday.

HOW HAS BEING AN AMBASSADOR HELPED YOU?

Oh wow, it has helped me with so much, for starters – believing in myself! I can do anything I set my mind to and I have done just that. It has helped my tumbling, I have so much more strength to throw a tumble pass. I am stronger and am able to hold up my flyer longer. It has motivated me to keep going and never look back.

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

If you’re on the fence about it, just do it! You won’t regret it. You are automatically welcomed in like family. Everyone is so friendly and helpful with everything the energy and love is out of this world. Everyone wants what is best for not only themselves but for you also. They are my forever family.

WHAT 3 THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR CHEER BAG?

Cheer shoes, lipstick & hair spray

FAVORITE SONG TO JAM OUT TO DURING A SWEAT SESH:

Shake it Off – Taylor Swift

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE?

Superman/burpees

FAVORITE QUOTE:

You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
Oh the place you’ll go! – Dr Seuss

FUN FACTS ABOUT ME:

I am the youngest of 2 brothers!

I have a pet hamster his name is Tiny and he is so fluffy!

I have a pet goldfish named Goldie!

I love Unicorns

Cheer & Tumble is my Passion!

I love to model and do photoshoots

I am a pageant girl ❤️

I am currently aN Official Crazy Pants Model, Spirit Box Ambassador & a Sugar Lulu Girl

Math is my FAVORITE subject

I am pretty shy, but once I get to know you I talk non stop.

My dream is to be on a Worlds Cheerleading Team and one day compete in the Olympics, I would also love to walk in New York Fashion ❤️

My parents are my biggest supporters!!! 

My coach Liz & Ashley are my biggest motivators – they never give up on me and push me to be the best I can be because they truly BELIEVE IN ME!!

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?

I am 8 yrs old entering my 4th season in All Star Prep competitive cheer. I am currently on a Level 2 cheer team and a level 3/4 Tumble class. Off the mat I am very quiet and shy, but when it’s time to perform I am a whole new person I bring it all to the mat!!

I love to cheer, tumble, model and sing!! I love playing with my friends and reading! A good book can take you to a million different places. I am so glad my mom signed me up with CHEERFIT because it has shown me so many new and fun ways to stay active.

Thank you so much for sharing your story Camarie! We are so happy to have you in the ambassador family and love how motivated you are about fitness, as well as being kind to others through special movements and causes! Keep being awesome – we look forward to your many accomplishments as we follow you on your CHEERFIT journey! 🙂

#CHEERFITSTRONG

Stay FIT <3,

your CHEERFIT team

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Flexibility for Flyers

Flexibility for Flyers

FLEXIBILITY FOR FLYERS


Oh hey flyers – this one is for you! As a flyer you take a lot of heat for your stunt group – and the pressure to advance your flexibility, improve your range of motion, and technique can sometimes be stressful – until now!

This week’s #WORKOUTWEDNESDAY is designed specifically for flyers to strengthen their hamstrings and lower back to increase flexibility, while working your core to improve balance and technique! So round up the flyers on your team or at your gym and give this week’s #WorkoutWednesday your full attention. We can’t wait to see you check in on Instagram & the CHEERFIT Community! Upload your workout selfie and tag @cheerfittraining #CHEERFITSTRONG

EXERCISE 1: INCHWORM PUSH-UP

FOCUS AREA: hamstrings, shoulders & core

EXERCISE 2: STABILITY BALL PULL INS

FOCUS AREA: shoulders, core & back flexibility

EXERCISE 3: SCISSOR CRUNCHES

FOCUS AREA: core & lower back

EXERCISE 4: HIP RAISE

FOCUS AREA: hamstrings & Core

Ambassador Feature: Jessica Ziolkowski

Ambassador Feature: Jessica Ziolkowski

Just love who you are. . .

CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR FEATURE: JESSICA ZIOLKOWSKI

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 SOMETHING YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT OR A PERSONAL STORY/MESSAGE YOU’D LOVE TO SHARE WITH THE CHEERFIT COMMUNITY:

As athletes, we tend not to think about how we look – we just feel confident in our own skin. But sometimes that thought comes into our heads when we look on social media or looking in the mirror, and we ask ourselves “Am I fat?”, “Do I need to lose some weight?”. These questions get bigger and possibly more dangerous.

Body image is huge in today’s society . . . today’s society is full of judgement and hate. This topic hits home for me very well and maybe some of you. If you do not know who I am, I am Jessica Ziolkowski, I’m sixteen years old, and have been cheering for eleven years.

Since fifth grade I have been bullied for the way I walk, for maybe having a little Polish accent and being a bit special. To me, this was just a little thing that I thought would go away in middle school. Middle school was just a wreck for me, in eighth grade body image changed very quickly. Since we do have some younger ambassadors I will not mention what I had, but some medical issues that no one should ever go through because they think they need to lose weight.

It has been three years since all of this has happened and I am still recovering. If you had seen me even two years ago, you would be very surprised where I was in my life. I still did cheer, but I was not allowed to be on a level higher than a one, which is still a pretty impressive division in the cheer world. But to me, being on a level one meant I was never going to grow. 


Everything did change – I started to love who I was, love how I looked, and most importantly did not let a number destroy my life anymore…


Here we are a couple years later, yes I am still recovering but eating healthy foods, working out to get better at the sport that I feel in love with, and of course being able to experience the life that I deserve. Weight is just a number that we all do care about, but is it really that important? As athletes we should not be worried about it.  CHEERFIT has helped me with this because it has given me the workout support that I needed. The workouts are safe and enough to help me get the muscle I need for cheer. It has also given me a community I can trust and always count on when I need that extra push. This is why I want to start this campaign – this topic is not talked about and it needs to be heard. CHEERFIT will be a part of this because we love to workout and get the body we love.

Thank you to everyone that took the time to read about this topic that needs to be heard. I am always here whenever anyone needs to talk or has a question. There is a quote I got from a friend when I was going through a difficult times, “God gives us the hardest challenges because he knows we can handle them.” 

– CHEERFIT Ambassador Jessica Ziolkowski

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

I volunteer at a park district, close to where I live and I help coach group of girls with basketball and football cheer. I just want to put the smile on their face when they do an amazing sport that everyone thinks is not a sport.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS? 

My accomplishments are small, but huge in my eyes. My biggest one in cheer would have to be my BHS because I used to never have enough arm strength since my medical issues, and now that I have been doing everything the strength is back.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A CHEERFIT AMBASSADOR?

My favorite part has to be the support group that it has become. It’s not just about being an ambassador . . . it’s about being in a community that will love and support you no matter what!

BEING AN AMBASSADOR HELPED ME . . .

 . .get the confidence I need to love myself!

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

Be an ambassador – you don’t know who’s life you will change!

WHAT 3 THINGS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR CHEER BAG?

Knee brace, 2016 bronze worlds medal, and my CHEERFIT ambassador postcards

FAVORITE SONG TO JAM OUT TO DURING A SWEAT SESH:

Anything from any Broadway show!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE?

Anything with Abs

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“God gives us the hardest challenges because he knows we can get through them.”

FUN FACT ABOUT ME:

Not a lot of people know, but I’m in the musical theatre business. So I’m a triple threat with an extra kick!

 

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?

Just love who you are! Judgement is hard, but if you have the confidence by loving who you are, all of it will go away❤️

 

Thank you so much for sharing your story and message with us Jessica! We are so proud to have you in the CHEERFIT family, bringing such an important topic to us and drawing from a personal experience. We completely agree that confidence and loving yourself is key. Our hope for the ambassador movement is for all of our leaders in the program to inspire others through positivity and their cheer fitness journey. We wish you so much luck and continued success and look forward to your many accomplishments! 🙂

#CHEERFITSTRONG

Stay FIT <3,

your CHEERFIT team

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Stunting Strength & Flexibility Workout

Stunting Strength & Flexibility Workout

STUNTING: STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY WORKOUT


When you think of stunting, two things come to mind – you need to have a strong CORE for balance and you need to focus on flexibility – specifically in your LOWER BACK. AND this workout tackles both! You see, when you are strengthening your core you are actually improving your flexibility in your lower back – and vice versa! So let’s give this week’s #WORKOUTWEDNESDAY a go! Complete each exercise for 15 reps, repeat 3 rounds!  We can’t wait to see you check in on Instagram & the CHEERFIT Community! Upload your workout selfie and tag @cheerfittraining #CHEERFITSTRONG

EXERCISE 1: SPIDERMAN PUSH UPS

FOCUS AREA: shoulders, core & hip flexors

EXERCISE 2: REACH & PULL

FOCUS AREA: core & back flexibility

EXERCISE 3: HIP FLEXOR STRETCH

FOCUS AREA: hip flexor

EXERCISE 4: NEGATIVE CRUNCHES

FOCUS AREA: core

Ambassador Feature: Gabi Ferrari

Ambassador Feature: Gabi Ferrari

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.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

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?

Drop kicks

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!

#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!

Needle Workout

Needle Workout

MASTER THE NEEDLE WORKOUT


 

So you are looking to improve flexibility to get that needle right? And you’ve been stretching day in and day out..but it’s still note quite there..until now! Today’s #WORKOUTWEDNESDAY is designed to help you strengthen the muscles you need to master that needle and get your #cheerfitstrong on! This week’s workout focuses on strengthening your core & hamstrings, which improves your lower back strength + hip flexor mobility! Do these in addition to your normal stretches and you will to strengthen the muscles you need to increase that range of motion and get that needle! You in?

Complete each exercise for 15 reps, repeat 3 rounds  We can’t wait to see you check in on Instagram & the CHEERFIT Community! Upload your workout selfie and tag @cheerfittraining #CHEERFITSTRONG

EXERCISE 1: SUPERMAN V-UP

FOCUS AREA: core & lower back

EXERCISE 2: SINGLE LEG HIP RAISE

FOCUS AREA: core & hamstrings

EXERCISE 3: BACK LEG LIFTS

FOCUS AREA: lower back, glutes & core

EXERCISE 4: STRADDLE LEG LIFTS

FOCUS AREA: hip flexors

EXERCISE 5: SINGLE LEG DEADLIFTS

FOCUS AREA: hamstrings & core

SHARE YOUR WORKOUT VIDEOS OR SWEATY WORKOUTS SELFIES! TAG @CHEERFITTRAINING #CHEERFITSTRONG