Mabuhay friends! It's such a great honor to be your Cheerleader of the Week! With kicking off regular season games and the return of Monday Night Football against the Philadelphia Eagles, this will be a fun-filled packed week! This is my fourth season as a Sweetheart of the Horseshoe, and I couldn't be more proud to be part of such an amazing organization! So far this season, I have been blessed with great opportunities such as travelling to Puerto Vallarta for our calendar shoot, the 2014-2015 Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader's Swimsuit Calendar cover girl, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and other charities, and traveling overseas on a Military Tour! I look forward to seeing you from the sidelines at the Monday night game against the Eagles at Lucas Oil Stadium!
Special thanks to my family, friends, and God for helping me make it this far in my career. I could not have done it without them. Great thanks to the Indianapolis Colts organization and to my fans! I can't wait to experience this season in full-effect with the start of our first home game, Monday Night Football, ahead! Be sure to follow and tweet me @CrystalAnne_CC to stay up to date with the Colts Cheerleaders and until next time, Go Colts! **
What's your favorite tradition that you and your CC sisters do every year?**
My favorite tradition over the years has been circling up before every game and saying a prayer. We wish each other the best of luck and to reflect. When we've worked so hard in and out of practices and the unexpected curves balls of life come at us, we are thankful that hard work is about to pay off on the sidelines.How did you find out you were our cover girl for this year's Colts Cheerleader Calendar? What was that moment like?
I found out I was this year's cover girl at end of practice. It was the night before our Calendar Release Party, and we sat together as a squad as our coach reveal each cheerleader's calendar image in poster size! We were all so anxious to see everyone's pictures! Everyone looks so good, and that's not an understatement! At the very end, our coach pulled out a brown box filled with calendars, and the calendar had me on the cover! Ahhh! It was one of the most exciting, unexpected surprises ever! I definitely cried, tears of joy came from my eyes, and I still couldn't believe it was me! Every girl on the squad, without a doubt, is cover girl worthy, and it is such a privilege and honor to be the one chosen. I still don't know why, but I'm absolutely thankful and blessed for this unforgettable opportunity. This is something that I can reflect back on once I'm retired from cheerleading. If you haven't already bought your calendar yet, this is a great time to purchase one!What does Monday Night Football mean to you and the return of it to Indianapolis this coming week?
Not only is Monday Night Football important, but it's even more special because it is the start of our home season games! Monday Night Football means that there is only one game playing this day, in the nation, and all eyes are on this game in Indianapolis - extra coverage from media, radio stations, in-depth analysis of our organization, our city, and we all want to represent this organization well. This game is also so exciting because all of our rookies are able to cheer on the field with us; therefore, all 28 of us will be on the field! The opportunity of everyone dancing next to each other doesn't happen often, and this is one of those special occasions where we get to stand next to each other on the sidelines.You love to travel. What is something people don't know about your home country or a significant place you have visited?
I love to travel and visit new places although it always touches my heart to travel back to the Philippines. The times that I have visited, I've stayed for a long period of time. Something that many people may not know is that there are over 7,100 islands of the Philippines! That is a lot of islands! It is such a beautiful country, and it's always great to visit different areas of the islands. If you visit just one, you haven't seen the beauty of the country. Everything from the beaches, exotic fruit and foods, weather, culture, and family are all different. I haven't been back to the Philippines in about seven to eight years and talking about it makes me want to plan another trip soon!What's your favorite type of exercise since you are a fitness instructor?
I have a lot of favorite types of exercises, but I'll have to say Olympic lifting is one of my favorites. It is very challenging because it involves power, speed, strength, and more. It consists of dynamic movement prep (warm-up) along with certain core and corrective exercises. The emphasis on functional movement is imperative to these types of lifts in order to be successful. Form and technique are crucial when it comes to any type of exercise. Safety and injury prevention are really important. It's always challenging because you'll have days where you'll get in great lifts and other times where you feel as if they're not as great but practice, being consistent and progress are key!
*The 2014-2015 Colts Cheerleader's Swimsuit Calendar is on sale now at http://www.coltsproshoponline.com/cart.php?m=productdetail&p=8545. The calendar starts this month and runs through December 2015; you don't want to miss it!