I was on the women’s swimming and diving team at Illinois State University from 2012-2016, which is where I was first introduced to weightlifting. Shortly after I retired from being a collegiate athlete, I was introduced to CrossFit by my sister. I was hesitant at first, but she convinced me to come to a class with her, and I was hooked ever since. I started graduate school at the University of Arkansas and found CrossFit Fayetteville in the fall of 2016. The coaches and members at our gym provide a supportive, encouraging, and positive environment that make me want to push myself to be the best I can be every day! The amazing coaching and supportive community has helped me to improve myself inside and outside of the gym. I got my CF-L1 because I want to help other people reach their life and fitness goals in the same way that I was encouraged to reach mine!