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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! 

Frosty Five 5k 2019

Join us for the SEVENTH annual Frosty Five 5k Costume Fun Run! 

About: a “no frills, just lots of fun” run/walk event. Bring your friends and family! Fur babies welcomed, too. Dress up in your favorite holiday spirit! It’s a fun way to celebrate health and fitness, as well as a chance to spread holiday cheer by donating to the non-profits we proudly support! 

Date & Start Time: December 24 – Christmas Eve morning. 9:00 AM event start / 8:50 AM event briefing.

Location (new this year!): Pearsall Park. 4838 Old Pearsall Rd, San Antonio, TX 78242

Registration: Admission is FREE, but we encourage participants to support Street2Feet non-profit with cash of any amount and/or gently used athletic apparel and/or athletic shoes. Your donation goes a long way in helping support their beautiful mission. Street to Feet is a non-profit organization that changes lives in the homeless community through running programs. They provide free training programs, necessary running gear, and free race entries. Donations of running shoes and clothes help to equip their athletes, and donations of money help to cover the cost of race entry fees.  Last year we had over 10 bags full of running apparel and over $500 raised for Street2Feet! The local community has truly backed this event! We are so thankful! 

Registration link & info coming soon 

Course Details: A 5k Run/Walk on the natural trails of Pearsall park. 

Maps: 5k map info coming soon 

Parking: Parking info coming soon

Considerations:

  • There are no finishers medals for this event. This is a free event with the purpose of getting friends and family together for a fun, healthy morning.
  • There are no timing chips, no leaderboard, no age group awards, just the satisfaction of finishing a 5k before the holiday festivities start.
  • No water jugs out on the course, so please bring your own water/fuel with you. There will be water and Gatorade jugs at the finish.
  • Furry friends are welcome to enjoy the event. Jog strollers totally welcomed (note: non-jog strollers are a little challenging to push on the natural trail, so for a pleasant running/walking experience, use a jog stroller with large wheels). 

We’d love to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to reach out to info@alamo180.com

October Athlete of the Month

Frank Aguirre

October 2019 Athlete of the Month

How old are you and when did you join Alamo 180? I am 54. I joined A180 in September 2016.

How much weight have you lost? 70 pounds

Why do you CrossFit? I CrossFit to stay mentally and physically healthy. I also enjoy working out with like-minded people who also want to have fun getting healthy.

What is your favorite workout? Least favorite? My favorite is Murph; it such a huge challenge. My least favorite workout is anything with running.

Favorite lift? My favorite lifts are Hang and Power cleans.

What are you training for right now? Ironically, I am training for the Rock-n-Roll half marathon, in December!

What has been the most important thing for you in terms of keeping the weight off? The most important thing has been consistency. Consistency in the gym, the kitchen, sleep, hydration, and all the extras that help me stay lean like my Sunday morning 6-mile walks. 

Favorite cheat meal? Cheeseburgers. Cheeseburgers. Cheeseburgers.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out with CrossFit or strength training? Be patient, be consistent. Show up on frequently and be ready to put in some work. Concentrate on form first then weight. I think it’s better to build your engine slowly than to go out too heavy, too hard, or too fast. 

5 years ago

When we opened the gym 5 years ago, our excitement was soon followed with a panic stricken “did we make a mistake?”

Our gym had been opened for three weeks and we were way behind our projected goals for the first month. We sat on the floor, looked at each other and wondered if we made a mistake.

Faith is spelled r-i-s-k.

Taking a risk is what starts you on the journey to creating something great. You see what you want to accomplish, you have faith in the outcome, and you take a risk to go after it.

In that panic filled moment on the gym floor, a woman walked through the door and bought a premium personal training package. The next day a friend wanted to gift us a check to help us out in our first month of business. We made our financial goals that month! Our faith increased and it inspired us to keep working hard. This picture is where we are today!

What great thing do you want to accomplish? You will never know what you’re capable of until you take a risk! Have faith it will work out even when things get really hard. Great things don’t come from comfort zones. Go for it! You can do it!

What if nothing changed?

When you look at yourself in the mirror…

What do you see?

How does it make you feel?

What if nothing changed in the next year? The next 5 years?

If you answer, “I can’t live another year like this” then it’s time to make a change. 

At Alamo 180, we firmly believe that everyone can live their best and most active life. It’s never too late. You’re never too old, too out of shape, or whatever lie we give ourselves, to get started!

Start your fitness journey here.

At Alamo 180, you will find you have lots of options when it comes to living and loving the active lifestyle. Choose from our CrossFit or Triathlon programs. Our positive culture and supportive community makes working out fun. Achieve more, together.

June Newsletter

June Newsletter! Read all about it here
Alamo 180 is a community of motivated men and women ready to make positive lifestyle changes.
Take a look at our athletes setting their 180 goals and accomplishing them!
Are you ready to achieve your 180 goal? Do it in a supportive community! Achieve more, together!

Friday Night Lights / 19.1

Celebrating fitness by participating in the CrossFit Open WOD 19.1.

15 min AMRAP: 19 wall balls, 19 calorie row.

We made it into a friendly, intramural competition. Three teams – red, white and blue teams.

To us, CrossFit is a way of life. And the Open is a way to celebrate fitness.

Want to learn more about our CrossFit and join our fun and supportive community? Click here to learn more about what we do and why!

Taking a look back #4

The Alamo 180 gym opened for business March 2014.

Offering a ton of services because that’s what you do when you start a small business. It’s like throwing spaghetti at the wall and seeing what sticks. We offered triathlon, running, boot camp (because it was a commonly recognized name for strength training), personal training, indoor cycling, yoga, obstacle course racing.

When the construction was complete and the equipment purchased, we looked upon our gym with pride and love. We didn’t know it then, but we were blinded by passion. It’s a miracle anyone walked in and signed up for our services.

We couldn’t afford to mat the floor. We didn’t even have a rig. Our friend let us borrow his rig for a year until we could afford to buy one (rig not pictured here). We had the minimum equipment necessary to offer a classes up to 10 people.

When we made money, we saved it, and poured it right back into our gym. It was a slow growth process, but it helped knowing a thing or two about endurance 😉 Slowly and surely, our bareboned gym grew.

For those that have been with us from the beginning, you’re our family. For those that have joined any time since the beginning, we love that you’re part of the family. And if you want to join us, come be part of the Alamo 180 family!

Taking a look back / #3

Construction began. It was time to clean up the space, tear down walls, add ceiling lights, and build restrooms and showers. This quickly got expensive. It also took longer than expected.

The old adage of “take what you think it will cost and double it” proved more than true. Construction is not cheap. Nor is buying gym equipment. We were scratching our heads wondering how it would all work on our small budget.

This is where God showed up and made the budget work.

Blessing #1 was a dear friend who provided his architectural services for the loft space and bathrooms. He knew all the ins and outs of construction, city codes, etc. He was our wise mentor (and shoulder to cry on) in the great unknown.  He also got a construction company to partner with us. They needed office space and we needed construction. So a deal was made! Included in our lease was an office space next to the warehouse. The construction company fronted the cost of the construction in exchange for free office rent for two years.

Blessing #2 was a kind man that popped in during one of our open house events. A few days later he reached out to us through a private Facebook message asking if we needed a plumber and that he would be willing to offer his services free because he felt God leading him to do so. This was a miracle because we ran out of money to hire a plumber and finish out the bathrooms. He stayed late for many nights working in our studio installing all the plumbing (after he worked a full day’s shift).

Blessing #3: our athletes that showed up to help tear down walls, clean, paint, etc. Even after all these years, they still show up to help any time we have a studio improvement project.

Blessing #4: The day we bought gym equipment happened to be Black Friday. During this sale of the year, we went out to a local dealer to buy our equipment. This saved us a ton of money! The timing couldn’t have been more miraculous!

These are just a few (of many) examples of how people showed up to help us during this time. Also, if you feel led to help someone, go for it. If not for people helping us, Alamo 180 would not be in existence today. It takes a village.

Taking a look back / #2

We found the location, now we needed money for construction and equipment. We had money in savings, credit cards, and made a business plan to go ask for additional money. We were disappointed to learn that banks kept turning us down for loans. It was during the recession and banks weren’t lending for startup small businesses (even though we had been in business for three years at this point, and turning a profit, opening a location was considered a startup).

Where there is a will, there is a way! In researching options, we learned about Accion (it’s now called LiftFund). For every dollar you want in a loan, you have to match in assets. This meant our car title was in the name of LiftFund, savings, etc. But we met every dollar and could move forward! PSA: We would highly recommend their services if you are needing a small business loan. We could not have been more pleased. They helped us every step of the way, and went above and beyond to get our check ready on Thanksgiving Day so we could purchase equipment on Black Friday to take advantage of all the deals. Incredible customer service!

Signing contracts and holding the check in our hand was a scary feeling. This was the defining moment. Once we cashed it, there was no turning back.

Stay tuned as we share more inside stories and fun facts of Alamo 180!