Cali was born into and raised in an active household in Cold Spring, NY, and grew up fascinated with sports. She played competitive basketball through her senior year of high school, when her team made it to the New York State Class C Final Four. Cali was also a soccer goalkeeper, and broke her high school's record for most shutouts in a single season and in a career. Her high school team also made it to the New York State Class C Final in 2013, when Cali was a senior and team captain.
Cali was recruited to play soccer for Boston University, and became the first freshman of the program to earn a 4.0 GPA while in-season. While Cali enjoyed her time at BU and was honored to be a part of the women's soccer program, it just wasn't the right fit, so she decided to take a gap year before transferring to Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. She then graduated summa cum laude with her degree in Psychology.
It was during her gap year that Cali began tutoring elementary, middle, and high school students in her area, as well as coaching soccer. It was also in 2015 that Cali ran her first Spartan Race, and she has been in love with OCR ever since. 2017 was Cali's first year racing at the elite level in OCR. At just 21 years-old, she became one of the youngest females to win an elite Spartan race. Cali joined the Spartan Pro Team in 2019 and is a member again for 2020. Cali and her friend Morgan Schulz are also the American World Record holders in the Hyrox Women's Doubles competition, a newer type of race on the OCR scene that combines kilometer repeats and strength-based functional fitness stations.
Cali became a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in order to be able to spread her passion for fitness and to help others find joy in leading healthier, more active lifestyles. She is fascinated by all facets of human performance and wants to help people feel and be their best.