Athlete of the Month
Athlete of the Month
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 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.
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!
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.
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!