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!

October Athlete of the Month – MATT MOLAK

This month, we named Matt Molak our Athlete of the Month.  You may know him if you frequent the 5:30 AM class or the weekend classes.  He’s one of our most dedicated athletes even after having several knees surgeries.  He’s usually one of the first people at the gym on a daily basis, often times showing up before 5AM.  Last week’s “Filthy 50” was programmed in honor of Matt’s 50th birthday so for those of you who ‘enjoyed’ that workout, you now know who to thank…

Name:  Matt Molak

Started CrossFit:  May 2011

Favorite WOD:  Murph, Elizabeth and anything that does not involve a jump rope

Least Favorite WOD: Annie and anything involving a jump rope

 Favorite Lift: Power Snatch

Least Favorite Lift: Thruster

Story: My oldest son referred me to crossfit. He had decided to leave college and join the military and heard it was a great way to get physically prepared. I thought it would be a good opportunity to spend time with him before he shipped out.  A year and a half later and at least 40 lbs. lighter, I am still going and he decided to stay in college.

During the first few weeks at crossfit, I was quickly reminded that I had deficiencies in flexibility, strength and endurance. Other than that, I was OK. My previous perception that I was in decent shape was soon proved false as I sat gasping for air after, and frequently during, each WOD. Being somewhat stubborn, I kept coming back and things got better. I have met many goals, and best of all, I no longer have paramedics on speed dial.

Many thanks to the coaches that have worked with me and shared their knowledge while showing great patience. In his own way, even Coach Bignall has shown patience, except when it comes to chalk consumption or spillage. My favorite motivational quote by a coach is “…you have shown me that you can do it incorrectly, now do it right!” – DB 2011. The community is also great and pushes me to try harder. I hope that I motivate others as well. I know that I sure wouldn’t want to get beat by a 50 year old.


Congratulations to Lesley Lilly for being nominated as our September Athlete of the Month.  She has been one of the hardest working athletes at the gym in the past couple months and her work paid off as she was crowned the winner of the female division of our Summer Series Competition.  Great job Lesley!!!

Athlete of the Month – September 2012

Name: Lesley Lilly

Started CrossFit: Jan 2012

Favorite WOD: anything with rope climbs, pull-ups or handstand push-ups!

Least Favorite WOD: anything with burpees.  Jeebus.  I did a 7 min burpee test that would probably take the cake for least favorite WOD.

Favorite Lift: Deadlift

Least Favorite Lift: Snatches!!  Snatches is an eight-letter word.  Which makes it twice as bad as a four-letter word.


I started crossfit looking to try a new fitness routine.  I was getting bored with traditional workouts that consisted mostly of running and lifting free weights.  My first crossfit workout was Fran – and I did it Rx!!!  I was hooked.  Crossfit has introduced me to a lot of new fitness elements, like Olympic lifting and gymnastics type exercises like muscle ups.  I still have much to learn and improve, but I’ve got my goal set on competing in regionals next year!  Getting the courage up to walk into a crossfit gym for the first time has been the best decision I’ve ever made about my fitness.  And most importantly, I love the community of like-minded people I’ve met in my crossfit journey!

Athlete of the Month

We have a new Athlete of the Month! Congratulations to Christin Russell and Dustin Andrews! Check out their story by clicking here.

***Don’t forget about our Dynamic Duo Open Competition/HOPE event this coming Saturday! Find yourself a partner of the opposite sex, pick some superhero outfits and come ready to rock it on Saturday, June 9th from 10:00am – 12:00pm!

***Also, the first Olympic Lifting Seminar is open for registration by clicking here! If you have wanted to get personal attention and work on your Olympic Lifts, this is what you need to do. On Saturday, June 16th from 9:00am – 12:00pm, we will break down all the movements associated with the Clean & Jerk and Snatch which will help you become more proficient in each of them. Come with an understanding of the Olympic Lifts and the willingness to work hard.

Check Out Our Athlete of the Month!

Don’t forget that TOMORROW is the last day that you can submit a t-shirt idea to vote on!  And the voting will begin Thursday and continue through the weekend.  Make sure to vote on what shirts you like best.  The shirt idea with the most votes will soon be on our shelves!


1:00 Jumping Jacks

Scale 10 -1 of:



PVC Pipe Work

SKILL: 30 Overhead Squats at heavy weight

WOD: Complete The Following:


15 KB Snatches (24/16kg) (each arm)

10 Toe-to-Bar


*at some point complete a 500m Row

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