Jennifer Rawls

Jennifer Rawls


  • CFL1 Cert

Alright, a little bit about me. My name is Jennifer, but you can call me Jenn, or Jen, or Twinkle. I’ve been living in Missouri since 2012 with my girl, Tess and our two dogs. I grew up in Alabama, and back in those days I was more into dance classes and the colorguard. Life led me to Virginia where I learned to surf. I started to go to a gym sporadically to help with surfing, but it was unstructured, random, and without any actual goals.

In 2011, I joined the U.S. Army Reserves as an Aircraft Powertrain Repairer. Basically, I can work on all of the Army helicopter rotor heads and do some important, special inspections. In 2014, I was at an Army school with an instructor that was a Master Fitness Trainer. I thought that would be so cool do get certified in, but I was nowhere close to achieving the pre-requisites for that. A few months later, I was deployed to Kuwait and my journey into fitness really began. While overseas, I taught myself all of the major lifts by reading Starting Strength. A Soldier friend tried to introduce me to Crossfit, but I resisted her attempts at the time.

It was a year after I came home that I volunteered to do a team Crossfit competition with Tess. After that, I joined a Crossfit gym. Two years later, in 2018, I became an Army Master Fitness Trainer and my life started to turn towards Fitness completely. I also started learning Aerials (or circus stuff, hanging in the air) that year, with a focus in silks and my passion, the lyra – which is a metal hoop that I do tricks and dance on. I still incorporate the lyra into my weekly training and did my first performance in June 2019.

I am so excited to join Crossfit Republic as part of this journey. It has always been a place of comfort, acceptance, and knowledge for us. I want to share my love for fitness whenever I can. And what better place to do so than with my CFR family!