Congratulations to Edgar Rodriguez for being selected as September 2018 Athlete of the Month. Edgar has put in a tremendous mount of work since first stepping foot into Mission. He came in looking for a competitive edge he was missing. Within a few months of doing normal class, he was able to transition to Mission’s Sport program. Doing Coach Drew nutrition program he has been able to attain his goal weight that he thought was unattainable. For those reasons and many more is why Edgar is deserving of Athlete of the Month. Also for those of you who have not got a “cut” by Edgar you are missing out!
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!
Congratulations to Becky Fritz for being selected as August 2018 Athlete of the Month. You can normally find Becky at the 5am class ( usually by the fan ) . Over the past 2 years Becky has made tremendous strides and gains in all her lifts. Even a minor knee issue hasn’t kept her away, she still comes in and puts in the work with specific modifications. She has been a great addition to our Mission family. For those reasons and many more is why Becky is deserving of Athlete of the Month.
Started CrossFit-October 2016
Favorite WOD– Murph
Least favorite WOD-Bear
Least favorite lift-Snatches
Story–Before Mission I spent time as a competitive swimmer, in the pool 5-6 days a week. That changed when I joined the Army and running, push-ups, sit-ups, and ruck marches became my fitness modalities. I came to love taking to the pavement to alleviate my frustrations. Over time running took a toll on my knees and once I left the military I focused on lower intensity activities. I loved yoga and also found myself dabbling in spin, kickboxing, Zumba, step, and even hula-hooping (go ahead and laugh). No matter which activity, I wasn’t really changing anything and I started to lose interest in something I loved – Fitness.
I heard about CrossFit when my husband dropped into MCF for a couple months in 2012 and I remember seeing measurable changes in his fitness. Still, I rolled my eyes for YEARS thinking it wasn’t for me. Climb ropes, throw barbells over my head, stand on my head, push sleds in an empty parking lot? No thanks. I trudged on in my own, “I think I’m fit” world.
In the summer of 2016 I completed an on ramp at Iron Major CrossFit (Leavenworth, Kansas) mostly because I wanted to spend some extra time with my husband and we could work out together. We ended up moving to San Antonio a few weeks later. I wasn’t sold on CrossFit yet and in the first few weeks I was nervous, frustrated, and almost ready to throw in the towel. The programming, the training, and my inexperience proved to be quite challenging. I told myself: “I will give it three months and if I still feel this frustrated, I’m quitting”. I watched videos of the CrossFit gal/guy night after night and asked a million questions in class. The 3 month commitment I made was all I needed.
The 5 am class quickly became a welcoming place where I could challenge myself and grow. If I needed help, the coaches were there to guide me. The ‘5am-ers’ would push me, encourage me, and even help the coaches sneak extra plates on my bar when I wasn’t looking. Now the 5am class is my ‘home’. Their support everyday and the amazing coaches and gym members in every class make every day in the gym a challenge, where I can’t fail, I can only get stronger, faster, and healthier in a safe and welcoming environment. I still find myself scaling and modifying some workouts because of chronic knee issues but I’ve never felt as strong and healthy as I do now.
Every day is a fitness challenge. It never plateaus, I can always push for one more rep, one more plate, or a better time. I know I am better today than when I started, and I’ll be better tomorrow after the WOD. I want my daughter to learn from me. I want her to know that no matter what age or circumstance, step outside your comfort zone. You will be amazed at what you have the potential to accomplish. I don’t think I’ll be in the open for a couple years yet, but I know I will push myself to the limit and with the people around me in class driving me even further.
I love being a part of Mission CrossFit and getting fit with and around the other members. Your motivation and support is priceless as I drive toward my fitness goals of being healthy and happy while I improve my fitness without getting hurt. Oh, and the socializing is pretty cool too. I cherish the friendship, support, and motivation that I receive every time I walk in the door. Your smiles, high-fives, sweaty hugs, and words of affirmation are what make our gym successful. I am proud to be Athlete of the Month, thank you.
Congratulations to Joseph Lapthorne for being selected as the July 2018 Athlete of the Month. Joseph has had an amazing fitness journey since arriving at Mission, it includes losing 30lbs!!! He is matching running speeds from back in his 20’s. Don’t we all wish we got stronger and faster with age? Well Joseph is putting in the work to accomplish it, hitting PR’s left and right. For those reasons and many more is why Joseph is deserving of Athlete of the month.
Congratulations to Jill Teixeira for being selected as the June 2018 Athlete of the Month. Jill has been a staple of the 8:30 am for the past 2 years. She always comes in with a great smile on her face, but don’t be fooled she will smoke you in the WOD. She has set some new PR’s and made some great friends. Its saddens Mission to say goodbye to Jill as she moves on to the next duty station and new chapter in her life. We hope to see you again sooner than later. For those reasons and many more is why Jill is deserving of Athlete of the month.
Congratulations to Dan Cornell for being selected as the May 2018 Athlete of the Month. Dan has been committed to Mission CrossFit since 2012!! He is by far fitter now than he ever imagined. Dan put in his work at the 5am class, if you say ” Hey i’ve never seen Dan at 5am class ” its because he gets to sleep in 30 more minutes and come in at 5:30 am to Mission Strength class. Over the past 2 years in the strength class he has increased his back squat from 300 to 390, his deadlift from 315 to 380 and his bench from 235 to 285. Amazing gains!!! For those reasons and many more is why Dan is deserving of Athlete of the month.
Started CrossFit- August 2012
Favorite WOD- Cindy
Least favorite WOD- Anything that combines running with heavy squats or cleans.
Favorite lift- Squats!
Least favorite lift- Sleds or the assault bike. Both of those are like bad girlfriends – they’ll take everything you give and still demand more.
Story- Somewhere in mid-2012 I agreed to sign up for a Tough Mudder with a bunch of my high school buddies. For whatever reason I thought it was some sort of 5k trail run where you jump over a hay bale and run through a mud puddle at the end. When I actually looked at the website (10-12 mile course, 26 obstacles, tons of mud, electric shocks…) I realized I had made a horrible mistake. I had always done some running and light lifting, but at that point in my life I had let myself get pretty out of shape. When I looked in the mirror six weeks out from the event I had to say “this guy ain’t going to make it.”But – while I will disappoint my wife, and I will make my mom sad, I refuse to look like a pansy in front of my high school buddies so I knew I needed to do something drastic.
I had a friend who had lost a bunch of weight on a low carb diet so I stripped all the sugar and most of the carbs out of my diet to try and lean out before the event. And I had a friend in the Secret Service who had started doing CrossFit and got huge seemingly overnight, so I Googled around to find the closest CrossFit gym and I was tremendously lucky to find Mission CrossFit. I did an intro class and did my Elements work and was hooked. I loved the variation in the workouts and really enjoyed how the workouts mixed lifting – squats, deadlifts, cleans – with bodyweight exercises, running, and so on. I survived the Tough Mudder and kept coming to CrossFit because I was having fun and getting fitter. Since then I have used CrossFit as the basis for my training for other events –Tough Mudders, a marathon, a half-ironman, and a bunch of GoRuck stuff.
About two years ago my wife started doing some powerlifting with her trainer and she was making great strides in her deadlift. And I was really proud of her. But I also noticed that if I didn’t step up my game her deadlift was going to outpace mine so I reached out to Coach Mike about working out with the Strength Crew. Lately that’s where I’ve been spending most of my time, and I’ve made a lot of gains and had a great time doing it.
I travel for work and that gives me the opportunity to drop in at CrossFit gyms all over the place. I’ve had positive experiences pretty much everywhere, but it has also shown me how exceptional Mission CrossFit is. The facility is top-notch. The coaching is fantastic. The community couldn’t be better. We are all really fortunate.If there is one thing I have learned from CrossFit and Strength Crew it is that if you set goals, show up, listen to your coaches, and do the work then you make progress. I’m grateful to Coach Mike and all the coaches, the Strength Crew, the 5am folks, and everybody in the Mission CrossFit community. I’m in way better shape than I ever would have been if I hadn’t found Mission CrossFit, and I’ve met amazing people as well.
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.
Congratulations to Lane Naugher for being selected as the March 2018 Athlete of the Month. Since Lane arrived back in August of 2016, he has been the silent assassin. Coming in and crushing every WOD we put in front of him, except when we throw handstand push-ups. Lane works as an orthopedic surgeon so he knows the human body and the great benefits it gets from CrossFit. For those reasons and many more is why Lane is deserving of Athlete of the month.
Congratulations to Kayla Reisner for being selected as the February 2018 Athlete of the Month. Kayla’s first taste of CrossFit happened when she did a 6 week summer teen class with Coach Junior. Since then she has been a regular at the 5:30am class. She has over come her exercise induced asthma and has grown out of her shell she first had when she started. She is also lucky enough to have her CrossFit classes count as her P. E. credit. For those reasons and many more is why Kayla is deserving of Athlete of the month.
Started CrossFit: My first ever class was back in the summer of 2016 when I signed up for the
teen class with Junior. Then I restarted in June of 2017 in the regular class.
Favorite WOD: Diane. Although I can’t do HSPU yet, I love deadlifts. Workouts with
built in rest are awesome.
Least Favorite WOD: Helen. Running. No.
Favorite Lift: Either deadlift, back squat, or squat clean.
Least Favorite Lift: Anything overhead
Story: I was surprised to hear that I got athlete of the month. I, of course, felt noticed and loved which
is great for someone’s ego but I also felt like there are others that definitely deserve it more.
Besides that, I’m going to be grateful that I was even in the coaches thoughts.
I started CrossFit in the teen class with Junior at the age of thirteen. I went in thinking I would
hate CrossFit and had major anxiety about working out with all of these strangers that already
seemed in shape. Man, was I wrong. Although the first day was a bust for me (asthma attack), I
came back the next day with a new attitude, wanting to work again. I always had issues with my
physical appearance but once I started CrossFit, I started feeling amazing about myself. My
anxiety and stress levels lessened due to being apart of something that I ended up enjoying.
Once the teen class ended, I joined regular class for a few weeks before school started and I
had to stop CrossFit.
The beginning of summer of 2017 is when I started CrossFit again in the regular class. Since I
had first stopped doing CrossFit, I wanted to come back. I restarted at Mission in the 05:30
class and have been working out in that class since. The dedication and friendship shared
between all of us in our small class is why I wake up at 04:30, not to mention our love of working
out. CrossFit has not only helped me with my body image, but has also helped me with my eating
habits. I started seeing my body as it should be seen: natural and beautiful. I learned so much
about what I was eating and how to control things better. My dad, Troy, and my step-mom,
Crystal, also had a huge part in me changing myself. They encourage me everyday and
motivate me to continue with my good eating habits so thank you. I also want to thank Junior for
being my first coach and Lacey for being my coach almost every morning among the other
coaches that have…coached…me.
Before Mission, the extent of my working out went as far as P.E. at school. Working out in the
beginning was difficult for me but I feel like I’ve seen a lot improvement in myself. I read some of
the other stories of previous Athletes of the Month and I thought about how they sounded so
adult. I then realised that I’m only going to be fifteen in February and that I have so much time to
go. I still have so much time to improve and I’m ready to make more improvements on myself
not only physically, but mentally. Thank you, one more time, for choosing me to be February’s
Athlete of the Month
Congratulations to Ken Helgren for being selected as January 2018 Athlete of the Month. Ken has been one of the most hardworking athletes over the last 18 months. You can usually find Ken arriving early to class and staying late to work on his favorite ,…mobility. He has made amazing changes just by dialing in his nutrition. He is always encouraging to his fellow athletes and has become a great part of the Mission community. For those reasons and many more he is deserving of Athlete of the Month.
Started CrossFit: My first ever drop in was June 10th, 2016 at Mission
Favorite WOD: 12 Days of Christmas
Least favorite WOD: Josh (I’m weak on overhead squats)
Favorite lift: Overhead squats (because I don’t do them well but will one day)
Least favorite lift: Overhead squats (yes…this is a love/hate relationship)
Story: I’d like to first say how surprised I was to hear I was selected to be the athlete of the month. At first I thought the email was a mistake until I received a text stating the same. Disbelief ran through my mind as there are so many amazing athletes and wonderful people at Mission who are more deserving. To be singled out among this crowd is truly an honor I can only repay with continued passion for CrossFit and Mission.
My CrossFit journey should have started years ago. A close friend of mine and Mission Coach (Amy) encouraged me for years to give CrossFit a try. Coach Amy observed first hand my futile efforts spending 2+ hours a day in a gym without obtaining the results I sought. Although I personally observed Coach Amy’s amazing physical transformation and her soaring confidence as a result of CrossFit, I did not make the correlation. Coach Amy was the health and fitness role model I wanted to emulate so I asked her the secret to her success. Of course she said “CrossFit” but I guess I was not ready to accept that my workouts were ineffective. However, in 2016, as I reflected on my health, my fitness, and my goals, I knew what I was doing was not working. Call me stubborn. I finally decided to drop-in to see what CrossFit was all about. About an hour later, as I lay on the floor in a pool of my sweat starring at the ceiling, I realized CrossFit is exactly what was missing in my life. I was 48 years old with all the pain, wear and tear, and limited range of motion that comes with a 22+ year Military career and poor form. I knew I wanted to be part of this life-changing community and accepted that I had considerable work ahead of me to achieve my goals.
My first goal was to transform my body composition and live a healthy lifestyle. I thought my goal to reduce my body fat below 15% in 12 months was a bit aggressive. Thanks to CrossFit and dramatically changing how I think about food I achieved my goal of less than 15% body fat in 6 months. As I reflect on “how” I achieved this goal I quickly realized is was a community effort. The coaching staff at mission is phenomenal. The continuous advice, form corrections, and recommendations tailored so I can achieve my next PR has helped immeasurably. My fellow athletes are a constant source of inspiration. In every WOD I’m surrounded by amazing people trying to be their very best, non-judgmental, and always offering a word of encouragement when a WOD seems too challenging to conquer. An unexpected benefit of being part of this incredible community is that I no longer need Statins to control my Cholesterol. After 10 years using prescription Statins to control cholesterol, and only 8 months into my CrossFit journey, my Doctor informed me I no longer needed Statins. Even better, after 6 months of Statin-free living and 14 months into my CrossFit journey, my Cholesterol is still well under control.
My experience with CrossFit and Mission has made me a bit of an evangelical. I’ll tell my story to anyone who will listen and encourage all I encounter to give Mission a try. The coaches are the best, the programming is challenging, the athletes are the most wonderful people you’ll ever meet (you know this of course), and the results are life-changing. As I approach my 50th Birthday and 18 months into my CrossFit journey, I know this is just the beginning as I have much work to do. For every success, like bar muscle-ups, there are challenges. I have yet to conquer DUs, HSPUs, and OHS. These, and many other goals are on my horizon. Through CrossFit and the Mission community I know there is no goal I cannot achieve. I joined this community to be a better me. I may not always bring my “A Game” but I continue to make progress. I hit another PR on my first 2018 WOD and look forward to many more. I’m in better shape now then I was at 40 or even 30 years old. I’m looking forward to turning 50 in a couple months and hitting more PRs in 2018. You’ve helped me realize my dream of being a better me and for that I thank each of you. I promise to pay it forward as I continue my CrossFit journey with the wonderful coaches and athletes at Mission. I hope you all enjoy considerable success and good health in 2018. Go Mission!!
Congratulations to Miguel Ortiz for being selected as December 2017 Athlete of the Month. Miguel grew up being active his entire life and focused a lot of his time on boxing. After a long successful boxing career, he began looking for something new. Not long after he began his search he found a new home at Mission and since then has been one of the most dedicated members. He never misses class, always pushes as hard as he can and never takes no for an answer. For those reasons and many more he is deserving of Athlete of the Month.
Started CrossFit: March 2016
Favorite WOD: Mary
Least favorite WOD: The Bear
Favorite Lift: Deadlift
Least Lift: Overhead squat
Story: I started doing CrossFit in March 2016 because my wife had urged me to come try it with her. She told me that CrossFit was something completely different than anything else that I had ever done. After attending two classes with her, I decided to sign up.
I grew up in Corozal, Puerto Rico and all my youth I was involved with sports. I trained as a professional boxer earning a record of 53-40-13 and after I retired I was always on the lookout for new exercises. I continued to do my own traning since I moved to San Antonio 11 years ago but I always felt I was lacking something, that is until I found Mission. The Coaches are very always very professional . One of the best things about the Mission Coaches is that they celebrate my PR’s ( personal records ) more than me. That is great motivation for me to work harder so I can continue to see improvements. One of the most important things I take away from my CrossFit journey, pay attention to your wife, they are always right!
Thank you Mission CrossFit!! I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.