All of us who work out here at Mission CrossFit SA train hard.  We are all on our own journey in pursuit of a higher level of fitness, health and ultimately, life.  It is not an easy journey, but it’s worth it. It requires hard work, sweat, discipline, and perseverance.  The journey is filled with challenges, obstacles, and sometimes-even setbacks.  And although every person’s road is unique, it is not a solo endeavor. We are in the pursuit of fitness together. Like a team, when a person is knocked down, the group responds by picking them up. Equally as important, when someone succeeds, their accomplishments are enjoyed and celebrated by the whole.  To that end, every month, one person will be recognized for their outstanding achievements in fitness, whether they are in or out of the box.

This page is dedicated to that individual who portrays what CrossFit is at Mission CrossFit SA.  It is someone who pushes hard, never gives up and wants to accomplish something each day they step foot inside our gym.  They are chosen by their peers and lead by example.  The athlete doesn’t necessarily lift the most amount of weight, or win every WOD, but instead they have passion and desire for what their individual goal is.  Work hard, everyone is always paying attention, and you could be next!

May 2017 Athlete of the Month

Congratulations to Jake Gray for being selected as the May 2017 Athlete of the Month!  Jake brings amazing energy to the noon class as well as a can do attitude. He comes in everyday and works his butt off! You can always find Jake helping other with their equipment and after class to work on his mobility.  For those reasons and many more, he is definitely deserving of the title for Athlete of the Month.

Started CrossFit:
First Class was “Fran” in August 2015; Commited and started “for real” March 2016

Favorite WODs:
Open WOD 17.4, then “Fight Gone Bad”

Least favorite WOD:
Any with running intervals – the runs zap my energy for the fun stuff and slow me down.

Favorite lift:
The Bear Complex

Least favorite lift:
Sleds

Story:
“CrossFit, where have you been all my life?!”

After playing baseball and football in high school, then baseball and intramurals in college, my fitness/athletic pursuits tapered off until I trained for and ran the Houston Marathon in 1997. Though it was not my intention, I never trained to run distance again. From 2000-2002 I went to grad school in Austin while running my own business in San Antonio – think “very little sleep and late night ice cream and snacks”. I met my wife in 2002; we married in 2003, and I started a couple companies in 2006-2007. One of those companies was the primary reason that 2007 to 2011 were the worst four years of my career as an entrepreneur, with expensive life lessons, even less sleep, more stress eating, and virtually zero exercise. My daughters were born in 2007 and 2009 and represented the biggest blessings in an otherwise yucky time.

For years I paid the typical gym membership dues, played racquetball from time to time, jogged, cycled, but still, had no meaningful, CONSISTENT exercise.

Then in 2013 I co-founded with a friend of mine another company located one mile from Mission CrossFit. I would drive past MCFSA daily thinking “I should check that out.” It took me a couple years, but I finally did check it out, and early Google search results for CrossFit were intimidating and perplexing (the CrossFit brand could do without Pukie the Clown, if you ask me). Anway, it wasn’t until I realized that you can scale the workouts that the beasts like Froning, Bailey and Bignall were crushing that I finally ventured into MCFSA. Fran was my very first workout. I felt drunk afterwards – think “impaired…under the influence”. Not euphoric. In hindsight, I realize that I should not have driven back to my office that day.

Since then, I’ve logged more than 150 workouts at MCFSA, with no two the same. I LOVE the variety of CrossFit. I’ve overcome joint pain that initially kept me from regular class attendance, lost some weight and improved strength and mobility in ways I could not have imagined. Before CrossFit, I never lifted weights with any concerted effort or purpose, even in high school or college. I never rowed. I rarely did pull ups or push-ups.

Now, I think of the barbell and rig work that we do as “recess for big kids”. And I want to do fun new things and get better every day. We get to throw weights and wall balls around, do handstand pushups (or the scaled version for me), jump rope, climb rope, jump over boxes, row until our lungs explode and hang from the rig like it’s a set of monkey bars on the playground. My youngest daughter, Katie, points to the callouses on her hands and says, “Why did God have to invent monkey bars…because I just CANNOT resist them!”). I feel about Mission CrossFit like Katie does about the monkey bars. I just cannot resist it.

THANK YOU to coaches Drew, Meagan, Rebekah, Julianne, Junior, Roland, Mike and Amy who have shepherded me and my noon classmates. And THANK YOU to Stephanie and Chris and Caleb and the veteran members of MCFSA who have also given me coaching tips along the way. You guys are the athletes of the month, truly. CrossFit has been the best thing to happen to me in the past two years, and I am grateful to all of you for the community and CONSISTENT improvement you’ve welcomed me into here at MCFSA.

“CrossFit, where have you been all my life?!”

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April 2017 Athlete of the Month

Congratulations to Paul Steinhoff  for being selected as the April 2017 Athlete of the Month! Paul has put in many early morning training sessions at Mission since 2014. He is one of the first ones to show up at 5am for the Mission Sport Program almost every day. He crushed the 2017 CrossFit Open and dominated 17.1 by posting the best Male RX score. Besides a 20min commute to Mission, Paul drives back up the same 20minute stretch plus an extra 30mins to get to work in Canyon Lake, true dedication.  For those reasons and many more, he is definitely deserving of the title for Athlete of the Month.

Started CrossFit– July 2011

Favorite WOD– Any Chipper workout

Least favorite WOD– 15.5 (Rowing & Thrusters) I was sore for 2 weeks!

Favorite lift– Deadlift

Least favorite lift– Thrusters

Story – First off, I’d like to say thank you for selecting me. I’m not sure I truly deserve it, there are way too many expectant mothers kicking butt on a daily basis that deserve this more than I do. I first started CrossFit when my wife, Katie, bought a groupon for my birthday to try a random box for a month. My goal that month was to attend as many days as possible and write down every workout with the intention of repeating the workouts after that month and never joining a gym. CrossFit was too “expensive”. It didn’t take long for us to realize the true value of CrossFit, we were hooked after that month and haven’t looked back. Since then we have bounced around a couple boxes until we found our home at Mission in 2014. The coaching and programming were nothing like we had experienced, so it was an easy decision to join despite having a 20 minute drive. Since then we have been truly grateful to be a part of the Mission family. Not only has our fitness continued to improve year after year, but the care and support Katie was given during all 9 months of her pregnancy was remarkable. I am truly proud to say that I am a Mission athlete!
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2017 March Athlete of the Month

Congratulations to Emmalind Aponte, known to us as Emma, for being selected as the March 2017 Athlete of the Month! Emma has been a loyal member for the last 2 years. As a busy working mom you can find Emma at a mixture of classes, as early as 6:30 am to even the 6:30 pm. No matter the class time she still makes it in to crush the WOD’s.  Even through a small shoulder injury you still found Emma at Mission modifying the WOD’s.  For those reasons and many more, she is definitely deserving of the title for Athlete of the Month.
Favorite WOD: Omar and anything with double unders
Least favorite WOD: Karen ( only time I wish I was taller)
Favorite lift: Thrusters ( Always kick my butt but I love the challenge )
Least favorite lift: Overhead squat
Story: I’ve never played a sport but the truth is that I’ve worked out most of my life; mostly cardio oriented because I never liked the ‘machine circuits’.  I would enjoy a training discipline for a while, get bored, then move on to something else.  Five years ago, I would never have imagined myself moving a barbell and relishing it.  I got into CrossFit about 3 years ago encouraged by my husband, he thought that I would like it but I was full of doubts.  I had no experience with barbells, kettlebells, or wallballs, and the movements were so intimidating. Nevertheless, my thirst for something new was the other push that I needed.
I did my first WOD and have never considered stopping.  I’ve had my ups and down but never gave up. I feel  stronger than ever in my life and I am no longer intimidated by the barbell. I love that any work out can be scaled and still be a challenge. I never get bored because every WOD tackles a different set of skills.   CrossFit has all the elements that I enjoy: it challenges me, it is fluid, and it keeps me healthy.
When we moved to San Antonio two years ago, we tried other boxes and it was Mission that I felt could become my box.  My intuition was right because I do not see myself anywhere else, I love the community at Mission.  I think all the coaches are great. I admire how Megan and Drew always strive to make Mission the best box in town. I never thought that I would say this but I know that I will be doing CrossFit till the day I stop breathing.

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2017 February Athlete of the Month – Mike Loveall

Congratulations to Mike Loveall for being selected as the Febuary 2017 Athlete of the Month! You can always find Mike being one of the first ones to arrive for the 5:30am class. You can count on Mike to come in and give 110% on every single WOD.  Most importantly you can hear him encouraging on his fellow athletes to finish the WOD. For those reasons and many more, he is definitely deserving of the title for Athlete of the Month.

Started CrossFit: August 2013 @ Garage 23 Crossfit, Leesville/Ft Polk, Louisiana
 
Favorite WOD: Hero WODs, Annie and Grace.
 
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with handstand push ups or muscle ups.
 
Favorite Lift: Deadlift, Back Squats, Overhead Squats, Front Squats, Cleans, and Snatches.
 
Least Favorite Lift: Bench Press, Strict Press.
Story: My CrossFit story is similar to many others. I was on my own fitness journey and had been for many years. I was a high school athlete and was experienced with functional fitness from my time in the Army. With work and life, my fitness journey was more of a unguided stroll. I had been familiar with CrossFit and finally decided to join in August of 2013. Like many others, I was immediately hooked. As I continued down this path, the philosophy, connection of the distributed community, and the accountability of the local box community really appealed to me. I appreciate the dedication and efforts of the affiliate owners. Drew and Megan, and my previous box owners, have invested their personal time and money in our personal development and to foster a supportive community. I appreciate the 5:30 a.m. crew that help keep me accountable. Tucker, Eric, Lee, Veronica, Lina, Dr. G, and the other people that show up before dawn make the early morning much more bearable. Of course my favorite Mission athlete of all is my wife, Ellie, in the 8:30 crew. The best part of my Crossfit journey is that it grows every day, with every workout, with every movement of life. Let’s continue our stories, Team Mission.
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January 2017 Athlete of the Month – Wes Weissgarber

Congratulations to Wes Weissgarber for being selected as the January 2017 Athlete if the Month! We couldn’t think of a better way to kick of the new year then selecting an athlete like Wes.  Since he joined Mission, he has been a regular at the noon class, rarely not seen during the week.  He has recently kicked his skill work into high gear by staying after class every time he attends to practice his pull-ups, muscle ups and any other skill he’s working to develop.  He never packs his gear up before the last person finished the WOD and continuously cheers others on around him. For those reasons and many more, he is definitely deserving of the title for Athlete of the Month.

Started CrossFit: 2011
 
Favorite WOD:Fran
 
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with double-unders
 
Favorite Lift: Snatch
 
Least Favorite Lift: N/A
 
Story:  I’ve always been an active person.  Throughout my life I’ve competed in many sports, team and individual; all have required different levels of training.  Of all the athletics I’ve done, none have shown me the gains and physical improvement that CrossFit has.  The drive for competition and self improvement creates an addictive environment that I look forward to everyday.  The workouts are always intense, the coaches are knowledgeable, and the friends keep it chipper!  As long as I’m able, I will push myself at MCF and enjoy the time with my friends here.  Cheers!
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December 2016 Athlete of the Month- Crystal Reisner

Congratulations to Crystal Reisner for being selected as December 2016 Athlete if the Month! Crystal is one of the most genuine, hard working and dedicated people at Mission. You will always see her staying after to work in more skills and pushing herself beyond what she thought possible. She will great you with a smile and cheer you ok until the end. For those reasons and many more, she is definitely deserving of the title for Athlete of the Month.

Started CrossFit: May 2014

Favorite WOD: Diane

Least Favorite WOD: Isabel

Favorite Lift: Jerks, HSPU, T2B

Least Favorite Lift: Cleans

Story: I began working out in July 2011, when a friend gave me a Groupon she was not going to use. Before this day, I had never in my life every attempted to workout before. So walking in this gym for me was a huge step. I was at my heaviest, 180 pounds, and didn’t like myself very much. I drank alcohol regularly and did not eat anything healthy. I worked out for almost a year before I started to lose any weight. It was very deciding at times; often left me feeling sorry I ever started the process. After the first year, the gym hired a nutritionist and began working with me on my eating habits. This was another obstacle I had to work really hard at because it included my husband and his daughter eating healthy with me. It actually ended up being the greatest thing for us as a family. We enjoyed cooking together and trying new recipes. In April 2014 the gym changed the way the transfer could work with us, so I decided to make a change.

In May 2014, I, along with Cassie and Claire, came in to try out our first free class at Mission. We all really liked it and decided to make the change permanently. The coaches have always been friendly and very helpful. I really enjoyed how everyone cheered for every athlete to finish; no matter how long it took, even finishing the workout together if need. It was all very inspiriting to see the camaraderie.

I have now been working out for over 5 years and can honestly say it is still weird to hear people call me an athlete or for me to sign up for competitions. Five years ago, I could not ever do a single full push up and I have scars on my knees to prove it. Now I can complete a WOD like “Fran” in just over 6 minutes. It is just amazing to have some of the best coaches in San Antonio teach me to be a better me every single day and never complain about it. This alone is why I enjoy my daily grade with Drew, Meagan, Mike, Junior, Rebekah, Beth, Amy, Ryan, Julianne, and the newest coaches Roland and Lacey. You all make the world a better place with your smiles. Love you guys!

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NOVEMBER 2016 ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – STEPHANIE RODRIGUEZ

Congratulations to Stephanie Rodriguez for being selected as November’s Athlete of the Month! Stephanie has been a major part of our community since the day she joined Mission. She instantly made an impact on our community and built some tremendous friendships. She embodies what it means to be a die-hard CrossFitter and loyal to a community. Whether you see her out lifting everyone at the noon class or bringing in some home-baked goods, she always has a smile on her face. We love having her be apart of our community and look forward to many more years with her. For those reasons and many more, she is certainly deserving of the title “Athlete of the Month.”

Started CrossFit: October 2013

Favorite WOD: Grace

Least Favorite WOD: I hate all WODS with 400m or longer runs

Favorite Lift: I love to squat!

Least Favorite Lift: No, haha…..the bike?

Story:
When I started CrossFit in 2013 I instantly fell in love. I no longer had to go to the gym to lose weight. I went everyday to be stronger, faster, and a better athlete. I was hooked. In the end of 2014 I found my CrossFit home at Mission. I was happy 🙂 In September of 2015, I suffered an injury and needed surgery. I was in a cast for 3 months and took 6 months off from Crossfit. I was miserable, depressed, and trying to find my way without CrossFit in my life. My family, my husband, and all my doctors didn’t want me to go back, and told me to expect that I would never even be able to do a normal push up again due to my wrist. I took a couple months trying to make it work at a regular gym, but eventually found my way back to Mission. I was out of shape, nervous, and embarrassed. I had to scale and/or modify almost every movement, but Drew and the coaches never gave up on me. They helped me modify every single day so I could still push myself. Each day got a little better, and each week I found myself being able to do things I couldn’t do the week before. I found myself having so much fun with my noon squad that I barely thought about my injury anymore. I went to the gym everyday to have FUN, laugh, and sweat a little. Here I am now, one year post surgery and I am competing again! I honestly can’t even put into words how much everyone at Mission, from Drew, all the coaches, and each and every member mean to me. You guys make every single day better, and I love you for it. Home away from Home.

 

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October 2016 Athlete of the Month – Christopher West

Congratulations to Christopher West for being selected as October’s Athlete of the Month!  Chris along side his wife, Collanne, are some of the longest standing members of our community.  They have been members since 2010, just a few months after we officially opened.  Since that day Chris has been apart of every big change, event and community gathering we have had.  You can always see him throughout the week in class, and then again on Saturday’s with Collanne and their two young girls running around.  We love having him apart of our community as he truly portrays what it means to be a member of our community.  For those reasons and many more, he is certainly deserving of the title “Athlete of the Month.”

Name: Christopher West
Started CrossFit: May 2010
Favorite WOD: “Krisanne” – this is the gender reveal workout Collanne and I did for our first child.
Least Favorite WOD: the “Badger” – awful, just awful
Favorite Lift: None – but I like pullups and double unders
Least Favorite Lift: all – but specifically overhead squats and snatches
Story:  My wife Collanne and I started doing CrossFit in May 2010, just a few weeks after Drew opened Mission at the old old location next to Florio’s.  We have always considered ourselves part of the Founding Fathers (Collanne included) and I believe we are the only remaining members from that very first old guard.  CrossFit has been such an important part of our lives and gives us the competitive aspect that we were missing since our collegiate careers ended.  I have seen the many changes of Mission, from gym to gym, coach to coach, class to class, but still feel that no matter what class I attend there will always be supportive members and coaches doing what they do best.  I have made some fantastic friendships at Mission and I absolutely love my noon classmates and coaches.  I still can’t do a full depth squat, I still have flexibility issues and back problems, but I continue to be supported (and heckled at times) by all of the members and coaches at Mission – something I look forward to everyday.  I know I speak for Collanne as well when I say we can’t wait for the next 6 years at Mission and getting to know more amazing people at our gym.
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SEPTEMBER 2016 ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – CRYSTAL CORONADO

Congratulations to Crystal Coronado for being selected as September’s Athlete of the Month! After years of going to the gym taking a number of different type of classes, trying to find her fix, she eventually stopped going.  Her drive and desire had slowed down and needed something new.  Crystal heard about this thing called “CrossFit” and was intrigued by the intense workouts thinking it could be something she would enjoy.  Soon after, Crystal joined the CrossFit community and she fell in love. You can see her almost every day working her tail off always wanting to do more. For those reasons and many more, she is certainly deserving of the title “Athlete of the Month.”

Name: Crystal Coronado

Started Crossfit: May 2015

Favorite WOD: Chipper & Anything that involves a partner

Least Favorite WOD: Anything with burpees and thrusters (especially when they’re together)

Favorite Lift: Power cleans

Least Favorite Lift: Snatches because they hate me

Story:

Before Crossfit, I had a gym membership that I slowly stopped using over the years. While at this gym, my workouts consisted primarily of running (weights here and there). I had tried all their classes from kickboxing to spinning classes (even hot yoga) but it was always the same workout. This was the reason I eventually stopped going, I was bored and I no longer had the self-will to go. However I still kept at those runs and “semi-healthy” eating so that I could maintain a “healthy weight” but as I’ve gotten older my metabolism has definitely caught up with me and I realized that just wasn’t enough anymore.

I first heard of CrossFit through none other than social media. I had seen so many videos of men and women giving their absolute all to get that one last rep/PR. I loved the intensity I saw in them and I just knew this was the type of motivation I needed. My first few months were definitely rough, I remember being sore almost every time I came in but I knew it was all worth it because I was getting stronger. Consistency was key. Now I look forward to every workout because they are different, you’re never bored. There are days that I feel I might die (seriously I do) and it sounds crazy but I still enjoy it because I feel accomplished. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever pushed myself so hard to finish a workout. I love the team atmosphere and the encouragement of others (the yelling helps ALOT). There is also friendly competition so it pushes you to go heavier and faster (no one likes to be the last one). I had my first competition in May, something I never thought I’d do but my workout partner Celi signed me up (literally without my knowledge) and it was probably the best decision she made for us. It showed me how far I’ve come and how far I have yet to go. I can’t wait to see what else MCFSA has in store for me, all the coaches are absolutely awesome and they are the reason why I keep coming back!

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August 2016 Athlete of The Month – Isabell Stoltz

Congratulations to Isabell Stoltz for being selected as August’s Athlete of the Month!  After having her fourth child a few years ago, Isabell decided she wanted something more well-rounded in terms of working out.  She had tried personal training but was still searching for something more.  She then gave CrossFit a try and really fell in love with the challenge that each day brought.  She later joined her husband, Mark, at Mission and the rest is history.  She now attends class through out the week and you can always see her cheering others on and pushing her limits  For those reasons and many more, she is certainly deserving of the title “Athlete of the Month.”

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Started CrossFit: 1 year ago (August, 2015)

Favorite WOD: Long chippers with body weight moments- running is a plus!

Least Favorite WOD: 16.4 – 13-minute AMRAP of 55 deadlifts (155 lb.), 55 wall-ball shots (14 lb. to 9’), 55-calorie row, and 55 handstand push-ups.

Favorite Lift: Bar Muscle Ups

Least Favorite Lift: Sumo Deadlift High Pull

Story:

For the past 15 years my main mode of working out was running. But after I had my fourth child in the summer of 2014, I really didn’t have the motivation for long runs (with a stroller) and wanted something more well rounded. My husband Mark (also a member at Mission) gave me some personal training sessions for Christmas later that year. I worked out with the trainer in the gym three to four times per week. I was able to loose weight and develop some muscle tone, but after a while I felt like I had hit a plateau. Working out at a standard gym was not that exciting and no one really cared if I showed up or not. Then, last summer, I saw a sign for a CrossFit box close to my work in the Medical Center and decided to give it a shot. A month later, my enthusiasm for CrossFit led Mark to also give it a try (he pretty much had to if we were going to have anything to talk about!), but not at my box…he joined Mission. The path to becoming a member of the Mission CrossFit community began this past January at the SuperFit games, where Mark and I competed together. At the event I met Drew and some other longtime members of Mission. A month later, after competing in A League of Their Own, I decided to make the move official.

Life is pretty busy. We have four kids (Jacque 7, Ali 5, Nicolas 3, Colette 2) and I work full time as a professor at the UT Health Science Center School of Nursing. I would not be able to find time in my schedule with out Mark. He has been so supportive from the beginning of it all and without him it would not be possible. My workout time is my favorite part of the day. It is the rare “me” time I get in our house of six. Working out makes me a better wife, mother, and friend. There really is something special about the Mission Community. They will notice and ask you why to didn’t show up – and I like that. There are thousands of excuses but get in the gym and put in the work. You are better for it!

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