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!

July Athlete of the Month

Congratulations to Taylor Weinberg for being selected at July 2019 Athlete of the Month. Taylor attacks the workouts in a swift and silent manor. If you blink he will most likely be done with the WOD. With some tweaks to his nutrition Taylor has made leaps and bounds in his strength and conditioning. He attacks the WOD’s at 6:30am , most of the time its already his second workout. For those reasons and many more is why Taylor is deserving of Athlete of the Month.

Started CrossFit– August 2018
Favorite WOD– DT
Least Favorite WOD– Angie
Favorite Lift– Push Press
Least Favorite Lift– DB Front Squat
Story– Becoming bored with the everyday bodybuilding type workouts I was looking for something that would be challenging and allow me to push myself to a new level of fitness. Being a former college athlete, I started to do some research and the competitive aspect of CrossFit was extremely appealing. Hearing about mission through a friend I decided to walk in and knew the second I stepped in that this was the place for me. Coach Meagan ran me through a “tryout” of sorts and was all business which I really liked. Everyday I step in there no matter what the workout is I know I will get a little better through all the great coaching  and athletes that push me to do my best.

Taylor Weinberg

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June 2019 Athlete of the Month

Congratulations to Xandria Gutierrez who has been selected as June 2019 Athlete of the Month. Xandria has been a staple of the early afternoon classes for over 3 years. She pushes herself every single time she steps foot in the box with more weight on the bar than she thinks she is capable of doing . She thrives if you throw anything involving cardio. Careful if you come WOD with her during a running day, you may be not be able to see her. For those reasons and may more is why Xandria has been selected as June Athlete of the Month.
Started CrossFit– March 2016
Favorite WOD– Helen
Least favorite WOD– Fran
Favorite lift– Deadlifts
Least favorite lift- Snatches
Story– During college, I was a cardio junkie and thrived on anything that involved cardio. When I graduated I tried all types of workouts and fitness classes to keep fit and try to find something I liked enough to stick with. You name it, I probably tried it. While my cardio was decent, I knew I wanted to be stronger than I was so I started looking up gyms around town that could help me with that. I had heard of CrossFit and how good of a workout it was, so I decided to try it out as a trial and all I remember is being in pain for days. After the trial, I tried out a few different boxes before I found the perfect fit at Mission. The people, the coaches and the programming were exactly what I was looking for in a CrossFit gym and I was thrilled to finally find a gym to call home. The community here is like a second a family and everyone always pushes you to go faster, lift heavier, and be stronger. I’m so grateful and thankful to the coaches and other members for their encouragement and support!

Xandria

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May Athlete of the Month

Congratulations to Stephen Mathai on being selected as May 2019 Athlete of the Month. Stephen has shown a consistent eagerness to get better every time he comes into the gym. He has even dedicated himself to a couple cycles in the Mission strength program to focus on his lifts. He’s shown what hard work can accomplish, for those reasons and many more is why he is deserving of Athlete of the Month.

Started CrossFit– September 2012
Favorite WOD– DT
Least favorite WOD– Bear Complex
Favorite lift– Power Clean
Least favorite lift– Snatch
Story -After graduating from college I wanted to expand my workout routine outside of my evening runs. I had never played sports or lifted weights prior to CrossFit, and a traditional gym did not seem appealing knowing I would lack the motivation to program and go. After a quick Google search I found a nearby CrossFit gym and signed up for a free trial. My first workout was a modified Angie (swapped double unders for air squats), and it kicked my butt. After the soreness had passed a couple days later I signed up for a membership. The coaches were patient and had me focus on form and endurance before letting me increase resistance (mostly due to my lack of weightlifting history). In 2014 I moved to San Antonio, and tried Mission Crossfit based on my previous coach’s recommendation. The gym had been only running for a week at its current location, but I enjoyed the coaching and workouts. I have been coming back ever since then – jumping from 5 AM morning classes to 6:30 evening (do not know what I was thinking waking up that early and missing the best :30 class), a short stint in strength programming, and participating in the past two opens. The Mission community is incredible, and I look forward every day to unwind during a WOD. Hats off to all the coaches and members – you truly make the best box in SA!

 

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April 2019 Athlete of the Month

Congratulations to Alexandra Ortiz on being selected as April 2019 Athlete of the Month. Alex finds the time in a hectic residency schedule that is always changing to still come in and put in work. When it came down to working on one of her least favorite movements for her team competition, she put in that extra time and effort to work on wallballs before and after class. For those reasons and many more is why Alex is deserving of Athlete of the Month.
Started CrossFit-August 2012
Favorite WOD– Helen
Least favorite WOD– Karen
Favorite lift-Back squat
Least favorite lift-Strict press
Story– I have been doing CrossFit style workouts with my husband, Louis, since we were in college. We did ROTC  and we always worked out in a group and motivated each other, which  I liked because it because it was similar to the sports teams I had played on in high school. When I started medical school in Maryland in 2012,  I was really nervous about losing my workout group.  This made me join my first CrossFit gym and I met Mary Ford (thanks CrossFit for giving me my BFF). CrossFit really saved my sanity (and my fitness level) during medical school. I knew I needed to find a gym when we moved to Texas for residency.   Mary, Louis, Adam and I started gym shopping as soon as we moved to Texas and we all immediately fell in love with Mission. The coaches were awesome, the people were all so friendly, and everyone seemed so dang fit. We all joined after our first drop-in class, and I can definitely say it is the best decision I have made since moving to Texas. MCFSA has given me an amazing community and group of friends and has made me way stronger than I ever thought I would be. I look forward to coming to class every single day (even if there is an assault bike involved) and I feel so lucky to be a part of such a unique and supportive community. I have endless love for everyone at MCFSA!
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March Athlete of the Month

Congratulations to Josh Aguilar on being selected as March’s Athlete of the Month. Josh has put in a tremendous amount of work over the past 6 years since being first being introduced to CrossFit . He was a staple of the evening Sport crew but a new job has seen him shift to the morning Sport crew. Although it was a new adjustment, he still comes in, throws heavy weight around and hits new PR’s . For those reasons and many more is why Josh is deserving of Athlete of the Month.

Started CrossFit– February 2013

Favorite WOD– Jackie

Least favorite WOD– Diane/Anything over 20mins

Favorite lift– Overhead Squat

Least favorite lift– Deadlifts

Story– I was always an active kid.  Running around outside with all the other neighborhood kids until night playing street hockey, tag, backyard football, you name it.  Throughout my child hood I played about every sport you could think of and participated in track while in school where I ran the 100 and 200m sprints. Funny, as I wasn’t a fan of running at all, but thought it would be fun to try it out.  Once I started college, sports didn’t really play much of a factor in my life and I took to going to the gym and working out.  It was a regular GLOBO gym with the typical routine, Mondays were back and biceps, Tuesday’s chest and triceps, and some cardio every now and then.  I did this for a while, but my diet was horrible and ate whatever I could afford with a college budget.  When they say watch out for the freshman 15, it’s true.  Around January 2013, the gym I was attending had started a program called ALPHA.  My father had convinced me to try a few classes with him, and although I was a bit hesitant at first, I agreed.  The classes were fun and were CrossFit like, but after burning out too fast, I stopped going and went back to my normal gym routine.  In February of 2013 at a get together with some family and friends, I was introduced to a person who was opening up their own CrossFit gym not to far from where my family lived.  I signed up as soon as I could along with my family and was hooked instantly.  My first workout was “Filthy Fifty” and right after that I puked.  There was something about the intensity and the friendly competition that just filled a void inside that made me keep going back for more.  The most significant changes were the ones I started to see physically such as toning up and burning off fat. I always used to think that I fit, but CrossFit showed me otherwise.  I definitely drank the CrossFit kool-aid and would find myself talking about it to everyone I knew, although I don’t think my peers shared the same love for it as I did.  Somewhere in 2014 I had switched gyms, and in early 2015 a friend of mine had just joined Mission.  Every time we talked, they would mention nothing but great things about the gym.  After a few months of talking, I finally dropped in and tried out a class.  That was the deal sealer and in the spring of 2015 I officially joined MCF and haven’t looked back since.  Everything from the coaches to the community makes MCF the best in San Antonio.  The community here at MCF is definitely one of a kind, and the camaraderie can be seen in every class from morning till night.  I have made some amazing friends since I’ve been here at Mission and have learned so much in the past four years.  I wouldn’t trade it for anything else and am glad I made the decision to come to Mission when I did.  A  big thank you to the coaches and community for making this the best gym in town.  You all make coming to the gym everyday worth it, and I thank you for having me as athlete of the month! I am proud to be a member of MCFSA.

-Josh Aguilar

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February Athlete of the Month

Congratulations to Nicki Reedy for being selected as February Athlete of the Month. She has demonstrated tremendous work ethic in the 2 years that she has been at Mission. She has put complete trust in her Coaches when they tell her to add weight to her bar or sneak weight on to her bar mid workout. You can always bet that you will never see her without a smile on her face or chitchatting away with the afternoon community.  For those reasons and many more is why  she is deserving of Athlete of the Month.

Started CrossFit– January 2016
Favorite WOD– Fight Gone Bad
Least favorite WOD– Anything with overhead squats.
Favorite lift– Push Press
Least favorite lift– Overhead squats & that awful assault bike (you are death to me)
Story-I first stepped into the gym with no experience working out.  Having just had two babies within the previous two years, I was looking for a healthy outlet and needed a change.  I asked my husband if I could get a membership at a large chain gym but he was convinced I wouldn’t go. Honestly, he was probably right!

He brought me to a 5:30 am class at his favorite gym, Mission. How in the world do people even workout that early in the morning!?! Y’all still amaze me! To be honest, I was incredibly nervous the first few weeks.  I had never worked out so hard, let alone done CrossFit!  It wasn’t long before I loved it!!  I began seeing improvements in my overall strength and mental endurance to push harder than before.  Going to class I found a group of people that cheered each other on and coaches that were committed to helping us do the movements correctly.  During my CrossFit journey I became pregnant with our third baby and during that time the coaches were fantastic at helping me modify when needed.  Having gone through pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum two times before, I can say that I felt stronger and healthier than ever.  Today I show up because I love the community of people that I have grown so close to.  I love working towards goals and seeing them get met.  I love that it’s a healthy outlet that helps me be a better mom, wife, and friend.  I am truly thankful for every coach and athlete at Mission that continue to show up and give it their all.  You each are an inspiration to me!

Nicki Reedy

 

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January 2019 Athlete of the Month

Congratulations to Ben Villafuerte on being selected as January’s athlete of the month. Ben has been a member of the Mission family coming up on almost 3 years. Some of you may not have had the opportunity to WOD with Ben due to the fact that he is a staple at noon class 99% of the time. He come in quietly and kills every WOD we put in front of him. Always striving for perfection during his lifts as well as pushing that extra weight during the workouts. For those reason and many more is why Ben has been selected as January’s athlete of the month.

Started CrossFit– March 2016
Favorite WOD– Helen
Least favorite WOD– Fran
Favorite lift– Power clean
Least favorite lift– Thruster
Story– My CrossFit journey started a few years ago when I was looking for something to push me mentally and physically. Something I had lost from my college days of being a student athlete. A friend recommended I try out CrossFit so I did and the rest is history. It was exactly what I was looking for. The challenge of learning new lifts and movements from great coaches who constantly push and encourage you to get better. The camaraderie and friendly competition between one another to help push you through workouts. Mission has introduction me to some really great people. I would like to thank all my coaches and fellow MCF members for your support and encouragement each and everyday.

Ben V.

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December Athlete of the Month

Congratulations to Yasmine Huerta for being selected as December’s Athlete of the Month. Yasmine has put in 3 years of hard work to get to where she is today. She teamed up with her 2 close friends to compete in her FIRST CrossFit competition this year at our very own A League of their Own. She’s always willing to push the envelope during the workouts, even when the Coach tells her to add more weight! For those reasons and many more she is deserving of the title of Athlete of the Month.
Started Crossfit:  2015
Favorite WOD: Grace
Least favorite WOD: Fran
Favorite lift: Clean
Least favorite lift: Thrusters
Story:I started CrossFit in 2015 for many reasons, but primarily because my sister suggested that I join. Up until about a year prior, I lived a very active and sport-filled lifestyle. I started playing soccer when I was 6 years old and played until I graduated high school. I was always working out and very active. I remember countless hours spent exercising in the excruciating heat of the summer. Going off to college disrupted my workout routine and healthy lifestyle. My first year of college was spent doing what most college kids do—having fun and not being as healthy as I should have been. It was a trying time for me and I kind of struggled a bit my first year. I had fun, but I didn’t feel that great physically. My sister strongly suggested that I try out CrossFit because she was doing it and she absolutely loved it. I was really intimidated by the concept when I first started, but once I started going I absolutely fell in love. It gave me the sense of community, belonging, and routine that I had been missing for a while. One of my favorite parts about CrossFit is that the coaches always pushed me to do better and to be better during each and every workout. Something else that sold me on this lifestyle change was the workouts in general. I love that they’re all different and I never know what to expect when I walk into the gym. The intensity and passion that is feel in the gym by every person who attends is addicting and it has benefitted my life in so many ways. My confidence has soared and I have never felt better about myself physically.
Yasmine Huerta
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November 2018 Athlete of the Month

Congratulations to Bryan Sethney for being selected as November’s athlete of the month. Some of you may have not had the opportunity to have met Bryan due to the fact that he is a staple of the noon class only. Bryan has put in tremendous amount of work since first stepping in the door back in 2015.  You can always find him encouraging his fellow athletes as well as putting in extra work to improve his weaknesses. For those reasons and many more is why Bryan is deserving of athlete of the month.

Started CrossFit– October 2015

Favorite WOD– Helen

Least favorite WOD– KALSU

Favorite lift– Clean

Least favorite lift– Snatch

Story– My CrossFit story probably begins like many others. Life was busy; between work, getting married, moving back home to San Antonio and having 2 children the time working out became less frequent and my schedule became more inflexible. I wasn’t inactive but I thought that frequent golf, yard work and coaching my kids youth sports made me an active guy. This pattern lasted about 10 years. I think not being “unhealthy” or at least not in an obvious way made me believe I was “healthy” or at least not that far away from it.  Sometime in my late thirties, the reality of 40 started to knock on my door.  That knocking became louder when on a family trip to Colorado, I was surprised at how winded I felt unpacking a car and carrying suitcases up two flights of stairs to our cabin. That was a big deal, it should have been easy.  I’m at high noon in life, I needed to do something and not keep putting it off.  A month or so passed and frustrated that I still hadn’t done anything I impulsively packed a gym bag and strolled into Mission. Truthfully, I had very little idea of what to expect at CrossFit. I knew people that did it, I was also interested because of my two Brother-in-laws who were into CrossFit and I thought… “We’ll lift weights, we’ll run, we’ll circuit train maybe, it will be great”.  Oh boy, I was wrong and it was much harder than I expected.  A huge reality check for not just my strength and endurance but I realized how incredibly inflexible my body had become. Those first workouts I failed at almost everything (really everything); It was humbling to say the least.  If it wasn’t for the positive “company culture” of the coaches and members, I wouldn’t have lasted two weeks.  We developed a plan, we scaled, we improved and continue to improve every week.  The enthusiasm the coaches bring every day sets the tone and it made a huge difference for me.  Consistency counts so much in CrossFit, repetition (not just in the programming but in actually attending) and over time things started to change in a big way.  The hard work the coaches put in at gym, behind the scenes programming, investing in equipment and taking care of the facility does not go unnoticed. All of these things are why I have been successful in the progress made for my personal fitness goals. I am not a CrossFit competitor, I don’t come every day but it has made a huge difference in my strength, flexibility and overall health.  Improved mobility, less pain in my lower back, better stress management, better diet choices, and better sleep are all unexpected extras I have found along this journey. Thank you coaches for thinking of me this month and thank you to all the members that have shown me the ropes and push me along each and every class.

“If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.”

Bryan Sethney

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October 2018 Athlete of the Month

Congratulations to Sarah Septien for being selected as October’s Athlete of the Month. Sarah has shown a great amount of growth since first stepping in the doors of Mission. She is usually crushing the WOD’s during the zero dark-thirty class (5am). If you do get an opportunity to WOD with her, pray it is not a running WOD! You can always find her after class working on extra stuff to help her get better. For those reasons and many more is why Sarah is deserving of Athlete of the Month.
Started CrossFit: 2014
Favorite WOD:  Annie, or anything containing DU’s because I can crush Landon  (My husband)
Least favorite WOD: Nonexistent
Favorite lift: SQUATS
Least favorite lift: bench press
Story: My story? Crossfit is my story. Crossfit has become my way of life. It is where I met my husband, it is where I met lifetime friends, It is what dictates my schedule, what time I go to bed, my macros, my activities, what I talk about during the day, the jokes I tell, what I search for online, and that is just for starters.
Ironically though, it was not always like this.
Even though I have always participated in sports and competed in them, from swimming to dancing to soccer to tennis, I never really used to like lifting weights, specially while in High school and College where I focused on tennis.
Tennis for many years was my sole priority. It was the reason why my family and I moved from Cancun, Mexico to Texas. After a lot of training and hard work, I ended up playing competitive College Tennis for SLU in MO. Unfortunately, during my college career, I suffered a couple of serious injuries that required surgical treatment, so after graduating I decided I wanted to finally take some time off to focus on other things.
To my surprise, something felt off. I soon realized that “the grass was definitely not greener on the other side.” Not exercising made me feel somewhat “empty”, like something was missing.
I had always had the camaraderie of a team, the pressure of competition, the endorphins  of an elevated heart rate, the muscle soreness, the burning of blood rushing through your veins. Now all I had were the aches and pains of not doing anything, so I decided I had to do something about it.
I joined some climbing, yoga and  acrobatic classes as they seemed fun and challenging but unfortunately, they only seemed to captured my attention for a brief period of time because something was missing. Yes, they were fun and challenging, but hey didn’t have the “it” factor.
It was not until I came across CrossFit that I found what I was looking for. CrossFit combined competition, hard work, and camaraderie which is what I was used to and craved.  Even though lifting weights had never been my thing, doing so gave me a sense of empowerment, of invincibility, of achievement, and it also gave me an avenue to set never-ending goals of becoming better, faster, stronger, which ultimately made me fall deeply in love.
That being said, the biggest catalyst to my CrossFit career has been joining Mission CrossFit. The combination of knowledgeable and caring coaches with the friendly yet competitive “WODmates” have made me grow so much this past year and a half, even more that I ever thought possible. I joined Mission with the hope of continuing to improve my CrossFit career,  but it has done so much more than that and I am very grateful for it!
Thank you MCFSA !!
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