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SARA YINGLING

Albuquerque, NM
CrossFit

"Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better." Jim Rohn

Growing up, I've played almost every sport. I've skied and played soccer since I was 5 years old. In high school, I played soccer, volleyball, and indoor track. In college, I also played soccer and joined the rowing team. After college, I played rugby for the Pittsburgh Angels. Since then, I've moved out to Albuquerque and joined CrossFit Albuquerque. When it comes to watching sports, I am a huge fan of football and hockey.

I've had many podium finishes lately at local CrossFit competitions. I love competing with a partner or team. It makes it so much more fun when you have other people by your side pushing you to be better. My best CrossFit Open finish was this year when I finished 110 out of 7140 in the South West Region.

I want to use the platform that I am given as a TV reporter to change the way people look at health and wellness and fitness. That includes what we put in our bodies and how we perceive our bodies. I've noticed it's slowly becoming more and more acceptable for women to be "muscular." I want little girls to look up to the correct role models. I want them to know that it's okay to have muscles, be athletic, beat the boys at sports and academically, be strong. Whatever it is, it's okay to be different. I hope that one day I will be able to do this on a broader, wider scale, and not just locally where I currently live.

Being a Belle & Bell Ambassador is allowing me to reach more women. Belle & Bell is a brand based off of strong women who are looking to spread the same message as me. Strength is beautiful. Embrace your strength, whether that be celebrating PRs or posting a selfie because you noticed a new muscle, etc. It's all about building each other up, not tearing each other down. Let's congratulate other women, commend them on their hard work, and celebrate their successes.