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.”
Name: Isabell Stoltz
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
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!