State of the Gym 2019

Dear Gunners,
What a year!  So much awesome has taken place at Shotgun CrossFit in 2018!

- 6 year Shotgun Anniversary celebrated Hip-Hop style!

-102 Shotgun CrossFit athletes participated in the 2018 CrossFit Open!

-2 new coaches added to our stellar coaching staff - Welcome to Chris Olivarez and Josh Torres!
-2 new childcare workers added to the seamless Childcare staff!  Welcome Tina Nunez and Alma Rodriguez!  What would we do without you?!?

-21 vendors set up shop for our “Favorite Things” party at Shotgun CrossFit!

-$5,675.00 we raised for the Ely & Sadie Jones Educational Foundation last January.  LET’S DO IT AGAIN!!

-2 Shotgun athletes were scouted out by a modeling agency and landed a (paying?) gig.  

-3 new Young Guns were added to our family!  Case Crawford, Carolina Olivarez and Locke Patterson!

-27 sassy dancers lead by the fearless Tina a.k.a “Zumba Queen”.  YES— We will be doing this again!

-800g Challenge was taken on by Shotgun CrossFit.

-31 athletes completes the 800g Challenge for the entire 30 days.

-0 Oreos Vic has eaten since the 800g Challenge

-1,350 calories in Oreos (that’s 30 cookies) Vic ate nightly before the 800g Challenge

-24 lbs. Vic has lost since the 800g Challenge

-42,000m Bob and KillRoy each rowed during their Marathon Row.  We are still trying to figure out why they did that.

-2-time Olympian Chad Vaughn spent the day coaching and perfecting athletes during his Vaughn Weightlifting Seminar

-1 wedding.  Congrats Mrs. Mireya Smith!

-2 engagements.  Congrats Gabby Luevano and Jon Anfinsen.  Also to Kirsten Coggins and her beau Michael!  Can’t wait until ya’ll tie the knot!

-3.6+ million meters rowed on each individual rowers 6 years! Wowsers!

-4 large bags of trash collected when Gunners decided to walk down Getty Street and clean it up.

-4 rats caught at the gym

-1 little black and white dog who claims the gym as his own

-3 baby cats who think the gym is their long lost mother and walk around during class

-Endless PR’s, sweat angels, pounds lost, personal transformations, fist bumps, and belly laughs…

What a year!  Although there has been significant growth and changes at Shotgun CrossFit in 2018, the most important things have remained the same:

We do CrossFit.  

We are focused on what is effective, not what is popular.  

We are focused on training for life and overall fitness. 

You can expect a lot of variance, fun, and results.   And you definitely can expect to laugh, grow and become a better person along the way.


Shotgun CrossFit is far more than a gym to get a good workout in.  There is a bigger picture.  Over the past 6 years we have spent time thinking about and fine tuning our Mission Statement and Core Values at Shotgun CrossFit.  It defines our focus and makes hard decisions easy.  I’d like to share it with you so you can fully understand where our priorities are and see the big picture we see when we consider Shotgun CrossFit.   

Mission Statement:
Improve the lives of Uvaldeans through physical and emotional health.  We do this through CrossFit and by fostering a positive, healthy community.

Shotgun CrossFit’s Core Values:

We are in the people business.  Shotgun CrossFit is a place where people can expect to spend the best hour of their day.  High fives, fist bumps, smiles and positive words are always encouraged.  

Our athletes deserve to learn how to move safely.  We do this by preserving the CrossFit class environment and providing valuable coaching to each and every class.  We will provide modifications when necessary in order to keep athletes of all levels and abilities safe.

Our athletes also deserve to feel personally safe.  All gossip and petty disagreements are left outside our doors.  This is a positive environment.  Period.

Our athletes can expect a properly run business.  We open on time.  We communicate changes to our schedule with the members appropriately.  We work hard to keep our gym as clean and organized as possible.  Shotgun CrossFit is a business and we are serious about providing our members with a solid product.


The monthly rates will continue as follows:

• Unlimited CrossFit Classes for an Individual:  $125

• Discounted Rate for an Individual:  $110 (12% Savings)

For law enforcement, first responders, military, veterans, educators, students and UMH employees.

• Couples/Family Rate: $200 or $100 for every family member (20% Savings)

• 12 Months Paid In Full (offer is good only for January):  $1,200 (20% Savings)** This offer is only good in January 2019.  Take advantage of it NOW!

Please see me for any questions or concerns.


Please make your monthly payments on time.  They need to be made by the 5th of the month.  If this poses a problem for you, JUST TALK TO ME.  We can work out a different payment schedule for you, however we need to communicate.


If you need to either stop your auto withdrawal or change your credit card info, it must be done 2 weeks before the change needs to be made.  

The best way to communicate with me about payments, credit card info changes, etc. is by writing it down on a payment envelope and dropping it into the payment box.


Worry-free workouts are part of the package! Childcare is currently offered during select class times.  You must STAY AT THE GYM while your child is in the childcare.  And please limit your time to one hour in order to help the childcare workers run their program smoothly.

Parents, please read our Shotgun Kids' Club Policies HERE.

Along with the new year and new goals, we also unfortunately get new viruses floating around.  Any sort of fever, sore throat, If your child has had to stay home from school or daycare due to illness, please do not bring them to our childcare at Shotgun.  We all want to stay as healthy as possible, so please be mindful of this when making the decision to bring your little one to the gym.  Thanks!


The Committed Club is going into year three at Shotgun CrossFit .  If you come to class and workout 20 times OR MORE  you are automatically an honorary member of this very exclusive club.  We will have a poster at the gym for you to track the days you come in for class.  Open Gym counts and every class counts.  At the end of the month, all the names of the Commitment Club go into a drawing for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the business of your choice.  Setting the goal to make your health a priority is easy, but actually doing it is often a different story.  We want to reward and recognize you for all the hard work and dedication you show day in and day out.  YOU INSPIRE US!

Gunners, YOU make Shotgun CrossFit the amazing place it is.  Thank you for all you give with your positive and willing attitudes.  We admire how you throw your heart out onto that floor when that clock says 3,2,1… GO!  And then stay after to high five and cheer each other on.  It is the best hour of the day and I can’t thank you enough for such an incredible ride in 2018!

Let’s do it again, shall we?

Laughter + Shared Agony = Shotgun CrossFit 


Mandi and Jared Reading

Mandi Reading