News & Updates

July #makea180 Spotlight: Renee

My journey with Alamo 180 began in 2015 when I reached out to Coach Lexa and Alamo 180 for marathon training and guidance in preparation for my first marathon. Prior to joining Alamo 180 my training consisted of a few runs during the week and a long run on the weekend with no structured training plan. I had no idea what tempo, fartlek, and speed work runs were. With the help of a structured training plan, form work, and great coaching I was able to go from a 9 min/mile to 8:30 min/mile and complete my first marathon successfully!

Coach Lexa brought up the talk of possibly qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever see that as a possibility as I always said, “Boston is for fast people, not me.” My journey to qualifying for the Boston Marathon is a story for another day. To sum it up there were some ups, downs, and heartbreak along the way, but four marathons later, with the help of great coaching, a solid run plan, and strength training I finally achieved my goal! In January, at the Houston Marathon, I ran a 3:31:09 and with that qualifying time I will be running the 2019 Boston Marathon

Triathlon came into my life after talking with Coach Lexa; she said I would see
improvement in my running fitness from triathlon training. At first I was hesitant to take the leap into triathlon as the thought of swimming, biking, and running seemed like a formidable task. Being a total newbie to the sport I had to learn how to swim and cycle for long distances. I remember my first few swims I was frustrated thinking I was never going to get better and was second-guessing my decision to train for a triathlon. Cycling was tough for me too, at first I didn’t know how to cycle and use the gears on my bike properly making my life on the bike miserable. I was also feeling like the slowest person on the team, which I’m pretty sure I was, but no one on the team cared how fast or slow I was they were always supportive and helpful. I eventually improved with hard work, patience, and sticking to the training plan. The sport of triathlon can be a daunting feat for any new triathlete but Coach Bree and the Alamo 180 tri team were so awesome and they made the transition to triathlon seamless. I didn’t know what to expect after training and completing my first triathlon but the tri bug bit me and I am now hooked on triathlons and have completed several sprint, Olympic, and 70.3 distances.

Alamo 180 is unique in that a gym is available and strength classes are offered and incorporated into the run and triathlon programs. I had a gym membership and would go occasionally to get strength training in but nothing like the Iron XT classes offered at Alamo 180. Coaches Bree, Jeff, and Lexa spoke of the many benefits of strength training for
endurance athletes. I decided to try out the Iron XT classes and loved the combination of weight lifting and high intensity workouts. I have noticed a huge improvement in my strength and performance in running and triathlon. I have also noticed I am able to recover faster from workouts and have been able to stay injury free both of which I attribute to strength training and great coaching.

I was attracted to Alamo 180’s culture, the community, and the fact that they catered to athletes of all experience levels (beginner to advanced); no one has an ego, everyone is welcoming, helpful, and supportive of each other. I like that every workout is always scaleable with the focus being quality over quantity.

Training with Alamo 180 has truly changed my running and endurance sports hobby into a passion of mine. Alamo 180 has helped me develop as a better athlete in running, triathlon, and strength training. I am so happy to have found Alamo 180 and the awesome athletes I get to have fun, workout and train with on a daily basis.

Some final thoughts: Set big goals, huge ones! Don’t be afraid to fail! Test your limits! Your body can endure so much more than you think it can! Work hard! Have fun! Be patient! Don’t give up on your goals!

Free Week of IRON XT classes in June

Free Week Special starts Monday, June 25.

🚨Calling all non-runners and non-triathletes….Do you:
A.) have a desk job and sit down most of the day?
B.) take care of small kids?
C.) want to feel better and improve your posture?
D.) want to look better naked?

💪🏻If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, then you need to strength train!
You will strengthen your back and core preventing low back pain + improving your posture. You will have the strength and stamina to keep up with your kids. You will begin to love your naked self…and swimsuit season…BRING IT!

🚨Calling all runners and triathletes….Do you:
A.) race long distances like half & full marathons + half & full Ironmans?
B.) want to get stronger and faster?
C.) want to improve your swim, bike and run form + posture?
D.) want to look better in spandex?

💪🏻If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, then you need to strength train!
You will strengthen your core, glutes and hips thus improving your run posture and performance. Same applies to swimming and cycling. You will have the strength and stamina to keep up with the miles (with the smallest risk of injury). You will begin to love yourself in spandex.

Great things don’t come from comfort zones. So allow yourself to get uncomfortable to experience real results. Try something new this season. You have a free opportunity to try something new! Check out our IRON XT classes for FREE!

Want to learn more about strength training and Alamo 180’s approach to functional fitness? Then join our IRON XT classes for FREE all next week, June 25 – 29, NO STRINGS ATTACHED.

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Here’s what some of our clients have to say about the IRON XT program:

“I decided to try out the Iron XT classes and loved the combination of weight lifting and high intensity workouts. I have noticed a huge improvement in my strength and performance in running and triathlon. I have also noticed I am able to recover faster from workouts and have been able to stay injury free both of which I attribute to strength training and great coaching.”

“Iron XT is a full body workout! If you want to be able to do it all, come here. I never thought I’d be okay with running… I am now! Coach Jeff is patient, knowledgeable, experienced and fun. It is truly a family run business. Everyone is part of a team at Alamo 180 and everyone encourages you to push that much harder. Bree and Jeff are the best people to lead you on your journey towards being fit. I love this place and am blessed to be a part of it!”

“Awesome gym with great coaches. Jeff goes the extra mile to ensure each session is thoughtfully programmed and scaleable to all levels. Iron XT classes are challenging but fun. The clientele who go to this gym are a really nice group of people. I look forward to my workouts and I’m making great progress!”
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👉🏻👉🏻👉🏻Claim your spot here: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws…
*deal is for new visitors only.

Once you’ve grabbed your spot, you can expect a fun, full body workout. Classes begin with a dynamic warm up, a strength component, a metabolic conditioning component and a cool down. Know that anything can be scaled! Remember, it’s about the benefits you get from the classes. Remember your why (look good naked + in spandex…be able to pick up your kids…strengthen a weak back….improve run form + performance…).

Have questions? We’ve got answers! Msg info@alamo180.com

Rock’n’Roll Run Training Program starts July 11

We’re getting close to the first workout of the SA Rock’n’Roll event! Group training for the 10k and 13.1 begins on July 11!
If you’re wanting to learn more about what we do and why we do it, and how we’re different, keep reading!
First, all of our workouts are infinitely scaleable. The program challenges an experienced athlete just as much as a beginner. An example of an infinitely scaleable workout, whether it be a speed or long run is this: beginner athletes following run/walk intervals and experienced athletes following specific run zones, all while completing the same run workout. Workouts can be made more or less challenging by adjusting intensity and/or distance.
Second, it’s not a one-size-fits-all training plan. At Alamo 180 we take great pride in challenging both beginners and experienced athletes by providing training plans for the beginner, intermediate and advanced level runner. More options for higher quality training. As coaches, we have trained beginners to their first race and experienced athletes to a personal best. Whatever your goal, our training plans can help you get there!
Third, we are all about quality. To ensure quality, we cap the program at 40 participants. We aren’t about the numbers, we’re about the people. Quality is our top priority. 3 run coaches, 3 training levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced), and smaller group size.
The journey to a 10K or 13.1 begins on Wednesday, July 11When the spots are filled, they are filled. Don’t delay in getting registered!
Learn more here + grab your spot here
You can join the convo + learn more over on our FB event page here

MURPH CHALLENGE

 

HONOR THE FALLEN

Join Alamo 180 as we Officially Host THE MURPH CHALLENGE

Where: Alamo 180. 

When: Memorial Day, 28 May 2018. 

Waves Begin at 7:30 am, 9 am, and 10:30 am and are limited to 14 people per wave.

Register for the event + declare your wave

What: MURPH Hero WOD: 1 mile Run. 100 Pull-Ups. 200 Push-Ups. 300 Air Squats. 1 mile Run. In a 20 lb weighted vest or body armor. Bring Your Own Vest!

Note: scaled options available for all movements, as well as going sans weighted vest, and options to partition such as 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups and 15 air squats.

Entry Fee: $25 for Alamo 180 athletes, $30 for community athletes. Your entry fee includes an awesome T-shirt, Kiolbasa sausages, Blue Star Beer, fresh fruit and refreshing drinks, plus amazing door prizes from Caliente Harley-Davidson, Wounded Warrior ProjectSan Antonio Running Company, and Bicycle Heaven. 

***Honor all those that have fallen in the line of duty for our nation. Remember and honor their selfless service along with Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005.***

Register for the event + declare your wave

Free Week in May

Alamo IRON XT program
Free Week Special
May 21 – 25
Does it ever feel like you can’t find a groove with life and fitness? You’re not alone. It’s hard to make fitness a priority. But remember, it’s never about perfect, it’s about progress. It’s never about making 100% of the workouts, it’s about making as many as you can. We know life gets in the way of our best fitness plans, but it’s about celebrating the workouts you say yes to, despite the crazy going on in your life. Celebrating workouts you showed up to, when you had a million legit reasons not to. It’s about making the hard, but right, decision to say yes. Saying yes to a journey of improving your health, mind and body.
Since 2011, our IRON XT cross-training program has literally helped hundreds of people experience real results. To finally see the results they so desperately wanted – energy to tackle the day, clothes that finally fit, and liking what they see in the mirror. All of these positive results come from saying yes to an hour long workout a day (there’s 24 hours in a day, you can say yes to just 1 of them).
The clock to book your Free Week Special is ticking! Starting Monday, May 21, is our Free Week. No strings attached. We have a limited number of free spots, so don’t delay in grabbing yours.
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Here’s what some of our clients have to say about the IRON XT program:
“This workout was definitely my favorite workout yet! It was extremely challenging, fun, and empowering. The workout was scaled to fit any fitness level and allowed everyone to get their best workout whether you are an advanced lifter/athlete or just getting started. You will not be disappointed.”
“Great workout! I was challenged and coached in a way that didnt make me feel intimidated. Everyone in the class spoke to me, was very welcoming and helpful. Jeff the owner/trainer was very nice as well.”
“Awesome class! Jeff is a phenomenal coach and really pays attention to your forms and techniques, and provides personalized instruction to newcomers who are not familiar with the workout. Great workout that is scaleable to individual level. Would definitely recommend this class.”
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The Alamo 180 coaching staff will work with you in our small, group training classes so that you can take what little precious time you have and turn into the kind of long term change that lets you find joy in living the active lifestyle.
Ready to start your #makea180 journey? What’s to lose?

Run Skills Clinic: Body Position (May Clinic)

Join Alamo 180 for a Run Skills Clinic! Topic: Body Positioning

Date: Friday, May 18
Location: Edison High School, track facility 
Time: 6-7pm. 

Register here

This 1 hour clinic will cover body positioning and run mechanics so you can maximize your run potential. Don’t keep running harder, learn how to run smarter.

  • Have you heard the phrase, “run tall” but don’t exactly know what it means?
  • Do you ever wonder why you’re told to do warm-up drills like high knees, butt kicks, and skipping?
  • Do you see pictures of yourself in races and workouts and not like the form you see?
  • Are you plagued with nagging injuries and you know it’s related to running?
  • You know that improving your form will help performance, but you don’t know where to start?

Believe it or not, running is a skill sport. It requires skill to move your body forward efficiently. You can’t power your way through miles upon miles with inefficient form and hope to get faster with lasting results. In this 1 hour clinic you will learn how to get your body in the most efficient position, as well as learn common mistakes with run form so you can avoid them. 

Note: you won’t run more than a mile in this clinic, it’s mostly drill work, so in shape or out of shape, come and learn a lot! Clinic can be scaled to accommodate everyone. 

Open to anyone to join! This clinic is for novice and experienced runners.
Alamo 180 athletes – $15/clinic
Community athletes – $25/clinic

Register here.

Limited spots (and they go fast!) so don’t delay in signing up.

Message info@alamo180.com for questions or information.

Swim Skills Clinic: Rotation

Join Alamo 180 for a swim skills clinic! Topic: Rotation

Date: Friday, May 11 
Location: Candler Physical Education Center, pool facility 
Time: 6-7pm. 

Register here

In this one hour clinic you will learn drills that will help you work on horizontal body positioning as well as to improve your torso/hip rotation. Positioning and rotation are key to an efficient freestyle. The drills you will learn are game changer! This is an in-water clinic, so expect to be swimming!

*Learn why rotation is so important in freestyle and how to do it effectively.

*Learn how to get better and more efficient at rotating.

*Learn how proper rotation can help propel you forward.

In this clinic you will learn drills that will help you work on horizontal body positioning as well as to improve your torso/hip rotation. Positioning and rotation are key to an efficient freestyle. If you’re ready to start rotating and propel forward, sign up for this clinic!

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Testimonial from previous swim clinic attendees: 

“Thanks for the class. As always , Great!! coaching. The explanations as to why a position works (or doesn’t work) in the water is so helpful, it gels the concept and helps me remember. 
You also do a great job at the “teach and repeat”, teach and repeat. Only way for a new learner to really grab all those pearls of wisdom. I feel like I’ve learned A LOT and found many things I can work on after just one hour with you.”

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Open to anyone to join! This clinic is for novice and experienced swimmers.
Alamo 180 athletes – $15/clinic
Community athletes – $25/clinic

Register here

Limited spots (and they go fast!) so don’t delay in signing up.

Message info@alamo180.com for questions or information.

 

Run Skills Clinic: Cadence

Join Alamo 180 for a Run Skills Clinic! Topic: Cadence

Date: Friday, May 4
Location: Edison High School, track facility 
Time: 6-7pm. 

This 1 hour clinic will cover what cadence is and how it correlates to improved run performance. If you’re wanting to get faster and more efficient in running, don’t neglect the importance of cadence. In addition to cadence, we will work on body positioning and run mechanics. This is a jammed packed clinic! 

Believe it or not, running is a skill sport. It requires skill to move your body forward efficiently. You can’t power your way through miles upon miles with inefficient form and hope to get faster with lasting results. This clinic will teach you how to get your body in the most efficient position AND how to learn the right cadence for you so you can maximize your run potential. 

Note: Expect to run about a mile in this clinic, it’s mostly drill work, so in shape or out of shape, come and learn a lot! 

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Hear what some of our past attendees had to say about the run clinic: 

“My friend and I really enjoyed the running form class last night! We had a great progression run this morning between the dynamic warm ups and the alignment instructions. Thanks for a great class!”

“Enjoyed the clinic. Good to know I’m not all messed up! LOL! I wish I would have taken this course when I started. Thank you.”

“I learned SO much! Thank you for a great clinic!” 

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If you’re ready to improve your run form and performance, join us!

Open to anyone to join! This clinic is for novice and experienced runners.
Alamo 180 athletes – $15/clinic
Community athletes – $25/clinic

Register here: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=49831&stype=-8&sTG=22&sVT=61&sView=day&sLoc=0&date=05/04/18

Limited spots (and they go fast!) so don’t delay in signing up.

Message info@alamo180.com for questions or information.

 

Run Skills Clinic: Body Positioning

Join Alamo 180 for a Run Skills Clinic! Topic: Body Positioning

Date: Friday, April 13 
Location: Edison High School, track facility 
Time: 6-7pm. 

This 1 hour clinic will cover body positioning and run mechanics so you can maximize your run potential. Don’t keep running harder, learn how to run smarter.

  • Have you heard the phrase, “run tall” but don’t exactly know what it means?
  • Do you ever wonder why you’re told to do warm-up drills like high knees, butt kicks, and skipping?
  • Do you see pictures of yourself in races and workouts and not like the form you see?
  • Are you plagued with nagging injuries and you know it’s related to running?
  • You know that improving your form will help performance, but you don’t know where to start?

Believe it or not, running is a skill sport. It requires skill to move your body forward efficiently. You can’t power your way through miles upon miles with inefficient form and hope to get faster with lasting results. In this 1 hour clinic you will learn how to get your body in the most efficient position, as well as learn common mistakes with run form so you can avoid them. 

Note: you won’t run more than a mile in this clinic, it’s mostly drill work, so in shape or out of shape, come and learn a lot! 

Open to anyone to join! This clinic is for novice and experienced runners.
Alamo 180 athletes – $15/clinic
Community athletes – $25/clinic

Register here: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=49831&stype=-8&sTG=22&sVT=58&sView=day&sLoc=0&date=04/13/18

 

Limited spots (and they go fast!) so don’t delay in signing up.

Message info@alamo180.com for questions or information.