April Athlete of the Month 2018

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Congratulations to Lina Leal for being selected for April’s Athlete of the Month. Lina has shown tremendous work ethic since she started at Mission 18 months ago. Although a veteran of the CrossFit lifestyle, she is still seeking ways to improve, even if it means going to the local high school track to knock out some laps and burpees. She recently improved her “Grace” PR by 2:17 !!  For those reasons and many more is why Lina is deserving of Athlete of the Month.

Started CrossFit– I started CrossFit back in 2011.
Favorite WOD– I love Nancy and Fran.
Least favorite WOD– Isabel.
Favorite lift– I love thrusters and overhead squats.  I know I’m weird 😊
Least favorite lift– Snatch.
Story- I’ve always struggled with my weight.  Since I was little I had trouble keeping it in check.  After I had my kids, with a combination of having a job where I sat all day, I found myself weighing 200lbs at the age of 32.  I was the kind of person that always had a smile on my face but felt terrible on the inside.  One day I just decided to do something about it.  I joined a commercial gym and started eating better and lost 40 lbs on my own. I reached a plateau that I couldn’t break and I heard of CrossFit but was scared to death to try it.  At that time there were only like 5 gyms in San Antonio but was lucky enough that there was one down the street from my work and some of my co-workers and I decided to try it.  Body Armor CrossFit on that first day  put us through the ringer and I felt I was going to die but I was hooked instantly.  I lost the last 25 lbs and reached my goal weight.  I moved to Mission CrossFit I would say about a year and half ago and have felt at home ever since.  The coaches are awesome and the community is very supportive.  Shout out to the 5:30AM class.  (DA BEST LOL)  I love the group class environment.  We push each other and cheer each other on.  I also enjoy the Sunday class with Coach Rocha because it’s always a great workout and his music selection rocks 😊  I hope to be doing CrossFit for as long as I can and I want to thank everyone at Mission for being supportive and always going above and beyond to get the best out of you. You guys are awesome.

Thanks!

Lina Leal

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