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Immune Boosters & Busters

There are things you can do to boost your immune system to help you prevent and fight off infection. But most importantly, to live a full and healthy life.

Immune Busters: 

  • Not enough sleep 
  • Eating too much sugar / high carbohydrate diet 
  • Not exercising 
  • Stress 
  • Not getting outdoors 

Can you relate to any of these on the Immune Buster list? If so, you’re not alone. So now that we know what busts the immune system, let’s look at what boosts it.

Boosters: 

  • Getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night 
  • Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals. 
  • Exercising 30 minutes a day
  • Meditating, relaxing, releasing stress 
  • Getting outdoors in the sun 

How many do you do get right on this above list? Which are you going to try to work harder on?

And it’s not as hard as it might seem to knock out all 5 in a day. Here’s how:

Get into a positivity, immune boosting loop: 

Fuel your body with a good diet = so you have the energy to exercise = exercise outdoors (in the sun) so you can release stress and also sleep better = sleep helps your body recover and prepare you for the next day to start it all over again. 


Watch the Facebook replay of our BECOME BETTER LIVE CHAT here as we go into more detail about each

No more triathlon

A message from Alamo 180 Founders, Jeff and Bree, 


Since 2011, Alamo 180 has helped hundreds of athletes enjoy and excel in the sport of triathlon, a sport that is near and dear to our hearts. It’s literally how we met. Our courtship consisted of swimming, cycling, running and lifting weights. 


After a lot of research and consideration, as well as our experiences as both coaches and athletes, we are making a pivot in the triathlon training services we offer. 


We are shifting our focus to what we believe most triathletes need most – CrossFit, swimming and nutrition. We will have triathlon training plans for sale, but we are no longer offering triathlon coaching or a triathlon club. This change will allow us the opportunity to better serve the triathlon community instead of just Alamo 180 triathletes. 


You’re invited to try a CrossFit class so you can see what’s in the koolaid and maybe start drinking it yourself. Understand why so many athletes have started getting faster in their training and racing, by simply adding 2 CrossFit workouts a week. 


“I’m the fittest I’ve ever been because of Alamo 180’s CrossFit classes! I also BQ’d my marathon and had several podium finishes in triathlon last season, so the proof is in da pudding!” 


We invite you to sign up for a swim series if you want to learn how to swim or to improve your freestyle. We also have a series to help you build skill and confidence in the open water. These series have helped so many triathletes improve in their training and race performances. 


“I would highly recommend the Beginner Freestyle Swim Series to anyone who wants to learn freestyle. The breakdown of how to swim is presented in an easy to understand manner and the amount of information presented in each session is appropriate and worked in my brain. I felt comfortable, learned techniques that would never have occurred to me before and am ready to move on to the next series to build upon and improve my swim.”


We will continue offering our popular Tuesday evening swim classes and open swim. We will still be out at Boerne Lake every Saturday morning at 7:30am starting April 4, so make sure to join us there! 


We are looking forward to a great 2020 and beyond serving you through CrossFit, swimming and nutrition! 


Respectfully, 
Jeff and Bree Soileau 

March 2020 Athlete of the Month

Alamo 180 Athlete of the Month: Manny Iruegas

How old are you and when did you join Alamo 180?I am 28 years old and I joined Alamo 180 around June 2019. 

Why do you CrossFit? For the Gainzz haha!! More importantly, I do CrossFit to be the healthiest I can be and keep an overall physically active lifestyle.  

What is your favorite workout? Least favorite?My favorite workouts are the high intensity, all or nothing workouts. I really enjoy the support i get from my coaches and the class energy. My least favorite workouts are when I have to workout alone without the motivation from others.

What is something people don’t know about you?I’ve been employed at USAA for 3 years. I currently work in the bank department, specifically dealing with military benefits and the service member civil relief act. Every day is a new learning experience and I really enjoy my time there.

Hobbies outside of fitness? My favorite hobby is playing drums. I’ve been a drummer for 15+ years. I love dropping some sick beats!

What are you training for right now? Another competition! I participated in my first Crossfit competition about a month ago and I had a blast! Aside from that, I’m training to beat Coach Xamara in double unders..

Favorite cheat meal? 
I loveeee desserts and pizza! My go to desserts would either be cookies or brownies and for pizza the meat trio is my favorite. Is beer a meal?

 What advice would you give to someone just starting out with CrossFit?The first days are honestly the hardest and the easiest time to give up. Consistency is one of the biggest keys to accomplishment. Eventually, CrossFit becomes addicting and a great habit! You will amaze yourself!

February 2020 Athlete of the Month

Christy Martinez

How many different programs within Alamo 180 have you done?  

  • Beginner Freestyle Swim Series
  • Better Freestyle Swim Series
  • Rookie To Race (Beginner Triathlon)
  • How to do flip turns and wall touches Swim Clinic
  • CrossFit

Why do you CrossFit? 

My motive to finally do CrossFit is because I signed up for a Deca Challenge for the Texas Senior Games and two events I needed help with: Pull-ups and Power Cleans. You-Tube was not cutting it, especially for the Power Cleans.

What is your favorite workout? Least favorite?

  • My favorite workout is anything that I can do and do well.
  • My least favorite is anything that I suck at.

What is something people don’t know about you?

I joined the Army at 17, 3 weeks after graduating from high school. I only joined for the College Fund but 22 years later, I retired. I joined as Private Benjamin and retired a Sergeant Major so I will say that leaders are made. I never saw myself staying in the Army longer than 3 years.

Hobbies outside of fitness? 

I love Gardening and have 9 beds that always have something growing. I am also a Texas Master Naturalist so I spend a lot of time on trail maintenance, butterfly surveys or anything outdoors.  

What are you training for right now? 

There are so many great events and it is so easy to want to do them all. Last year, I signed up for way too many and by the end of the summer, I was wiped out. This year, I am focusing on the Texas Senior Games. I have signed up for 4 events.

  • 20K Cycling which will be the first time I raced in a bike only event
  • 5k Run
  • Deca Challenge consisting of Power Clean, Push-up, Pull-up, Kneeling Ball Toss, Vertical Jump and Plank and then some sprinting events: 100m, 400m, and 1500m
  • Triathlon which will be the Tri for Old Glory in July

And I am also preparing for my first CrossFit competition and it has the word massacre in it.

Favorite cheat meal? 

I eat pretty clean because I eat whatever my garden gives me plus a protein. I believe everything in moderation.  I have a no-cook on Friday policy which means a Hot and Ready from Little Caesar’s will do. I like ice-cream and if I am going to eat it, it will be full fat with several goodies in it Like Double cookie crumble with caramel, chocolate covered nuts, and swirls of chocolate.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out with CrossFit?

Stick with it. There are alternates to every exercise so that you can get something out of it.

February Newsletter

Self Love.

When we start investing in ourselves, that’s self love. Self love can look like a lot of things, and one of them is intentionally setting aside time to move your body so you can improve your health and fitness.


What boundaries do you need to put up in your life so you have time for YOU? It’s okay to say no to things. Saying no gives space for more YES in your life!


If you’re looking for more ways to say YES to YOU, read the newsletter here! Great ways to get connected to a friendly and supportive community!


Read the February 2020 Newsletter Here

January 2020 Athletes of the Month

Joey Villarreal CrossFit Athlete of the Month

Joey Villarreal

How old are you and when did you join Alamo 180? 56, I joined in April of 2016! I’ve logged almost 500 CrossFit workouts!

How many different programs within Alamo 180 have you done?  Crossfit and OCR

Why do you CrossFit? I like to stay active and I like the whole body style fitness program

What is your favorite workout? Least favorite? I don’t love any of the workouts but I like and appreciate all of them

What is something people don’t know about you? I’m an Air Force Veteran, and my wife and I own the Blue Star Brewery.  I brew beer daily!

Hobbies outside of fitness? I like being outdoors. Hunting, hiking, and dream of fishing 

What are you training for right now? A high-quality life!

Favorite cheat meal? Hot Cheetos and cheese!

What advice would you give to someone just starting out with CrossFit? Keep at it and just do your best no matter what.  It doesn’t matter when you start, just start!

Daniel Espinoza Triathlete of the Month

Daniel Espinoza

How old are you and when did you join Alamo 180?  I am 34 yrs old. I joined Alamo180 in April 2017 when I started the Rookie to Race program. It is one of the best decisions I ever made. 

Why do you do triathlon?I do triathlons because they are challenging. I love that I get to test limits that I never knew my body had. 

Favorite discipline? Least favorite? Biking is my favorite discipline. It is my favorite because its the longest part of the race. Running is my least favorite. It is my least favorite because its the ending part of every race

What are you training for right now? Ironman Texas. My first full Ironman.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in triathlon? When you first start everything will be hard. You will feel more tired than you ever had. Don’t quit and just keep trying!

Frosty Five 5K 2019

7th annual Frosty Five 5K was a success! Thanks to everyone that joined in the healthy, holiday fun!

We had almost 600 people show up! Wow! Over $1,500 was donated to Street2Feet! WOW!

We loved the new location this year at Pearsall Park! Great route (thanks E-Dragon Productions) and all the kids got to play on the obstacle course and playground afterwards.

Enjoy these event pictures from Matt Sevier Photography. Feel free to tag yourself, share and post! Click here to view

Also, we would love to see more of your smiling faces, so any extra pictures you post, please use the hashtag #FrostyFive5K. We will share them on our social media pages!

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Love,
Alamo 180

December 2019 Athlete of the Month

December 2019 Athlete of the Month.

Heather Hamilton

How old are you and when did you join Alamo 180?  

I’m 38 and joined Alamo 180 about two years ago (maybe, I have no idea ;). 

How many different programs within Alamo 180 have you done?  

I CrossFit three times a week and recently participated in the beginner swim series twice (because I’m a “beginner-beginner” and sink in the water).

Why do you CrossFit?  Favorite workout? Least favorite?

I love to lift weights! Even in middle school, I would choose weightlifting over everything else. I enjoy running, and lifting helps with that, but I enjoy lifting weights more. My favorite workouts are deadlifts and squat cleans! The two moves make me feel strong and powerful. My least favorite workouts involve anything upper body and sprints. You guessed it, they don’t make me feel strong.

What are you training for right now? 

Currently, I’m training for the Houston half marathon. I plan on pushing myself and set a pretty lofty goal so I’ll be serious and train for real this time. Normally I just run for running and train for life. I often consider myself a lazy runner just out there to enjoy it and not hit a time or pace.  

Favorite cheat meal? 

I love to eat, and I really love GOOD food. I often joke with my boyfriend that food is the stable of our relationship. He’s an amazing cook and I love to eat – it’s perfect! I don’t have a cheat meal as I don’t restrict myself from food but rather enjoy the not so good for you items in moderation and don’t really enjoy junk food. But my favorite meal would be any breakfast item.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out with CrossFit?

The best advice I could provide to anyone starting CrossFit would be to believe in yourself and pay attention to your body. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else other than yourself. It doesn’t matter that the person next to you is lifting twice as much as you, you are on your own path. Listen to your body and take a rest when you need it. And most importantly, love who you are. 

November 2019 Athlete of the Month

How old are you and when did you join Alamo 180? 

I’m 29 years old. I joined Alamo 180 in June 2016. Wandering into Alamo 180 3+ years ago was one of the best choices I’ve made.

How many different programs within Alamo 180 have you done?  

I’ve done all of them! Initially, I intended to join the triathlon team, but I got talked into doing a summer CrossFit challenge.  I moved over to the running team, then to triathlon for a year. I’ve also trained with the OCR team and did yoga when it was offered!   

Why do you CrossFit? 

At first, I did CrossFit because it made me a better runner. But now, I do it because it makes me a better person. I struggle with anxiety and am a perfectionist but CrossFit challenges me to learn new skills and push my limits.  It keeps me strong – mentally and physically.

What is your favorite workout? Least favorite?

If a workout involves rope climbs, tire flips, and sled pushes – I’m there! My least favorite workouts are when they’re called assessments.  It doesn’t matter if it’s the same workout I’ve done in classes before, but as soon as it’s called an assessment and I get in my own head. I never regret finishing one but getting myself there is always a battle. 

Favorite lift? 

I LOVE hang and power cleans! They make me feel like a badass. 

What are you training for right now? 

I had planned on doing the Houston Marathon but I’ve been having some knee pain since running the Sky Island 50K. I’m primarily a runner but I’m taking some time away from always training for the next race. I’ve been having fun lifting and finally being able to do an unassisted pull-up! 

Favorite cheat meal? 

I don’t consider any meal a ‘cheat meal!’ I’ve been in recovery from anorexia and bulimia for five years now and I don’t consider any foods off-limits. After years of restricting or bingeing, I do my best to eat intuitively.  Sometimes, I finish a long run and can’t wait for an acai bowl. Other times, all I want is a juicy cheeseburger, fries, and beer. I make it a priority to listen to what my body needs each day and then trust it. 

What advice would you give to someone just starting out with CrossFit?

Have FUN! Don’t compare yourself to others, and focus on form first. Some days, you’ll question why your alarm is going off at 4:55 AM and just go back to sleep (or at least I do).  But that’s okay if you’re having fun – the fun will make sure you come back the next day. The welcoming community at Alamo 180 and the challenging workouts keep me coming back consistently, and it’s that consistency that I’ve built physical skills and mental strength!