News & Updates

Taking a look back / #1


Our dream was to have our own studio the day we formed Alamo 180 (back in 2011). But like most small businesses, slow and steady is the name of the game. We began our strength program by offering boot camps at local parks around San Antonio. Our first one was called Boot Camp at Pearl. This was back in 2011 before Pearl exploded. We did it on the big grass field before we were forced out due to construction. We then moved to Blue Star calling it … guess what? … Boot Camp at Blue Star. Same thing happened to us there. Construction forced us out. We moved it to Maverick Park off Broadway, but decided a third name change was not necessary and called it Alamo 180 Boot Camp. This lasted another year before we were ready for a location. Additionally, you can only offer so much in a boot camp class. It’s a limited training approach. We wanted to be able to offer more with barbells, pull up bars, and other equipment. We needed a gym! 

After a good year of looking around town for a location, we stumbled upon one on a random Craigslist search. We immediately contacted the landlord and a few days later met up with him. While this building was ugly inside and out, we felt a peace about it. It felt right. We just knew it was the one. We also knew it would be a labor of love for several years to get it where we wanted it to be. 

We took a leap of faith. In late November 2014, we signed the lease, Jeff quit working at a big box gym as an instructor and personal trainer and we went 100% into Alamo 180. No more part time Alamo 180, it was full time Alamo 180. Exciting and completely terrifying at the same time. 

Then the restorative process began. 

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

Studio Updates

In the recent days, we’ve been busy updating the exterior of the studio. It’s needed a paint job for a LONG time and the day has finally come!

Goodbye boring blue and hello gray! Also, we hung up new signage! It feels good to hang up a CrossFit banner!

Check out the current progress so far!

Alamo 180 is officially a CrossFit affiliate!

IRON XT is now CrossFit! Alamo 180 is officially a CrossFit affiliate!

The name of our CrossFit program is called Intelligent Design. Why the name choice? A couple of reasons. CrossFit HQ said there were too many other boxes currently using Alamo and 180 in their names. So we had to come up with something unique. After much thought, we decided on Intelligent Design. First, we are intelligently designed by our Creator, and second, our CrossFit program is intelligently designed to improve health and fitness.

Why did we CrossFit affiliate?

Honestly, we were tired of telling people that our IRON XT program was like CrossFit, and led by CrossFit certified coaches, but not CrossFit affiliated. After 5 years of essentially saying, “it’s like CrossFit, but not CrossFit…” we decided to make it CrossFit!

Additionally, we can stand alone and shout how great our IRON XT program is, or we can join the CrossFit army that is legitimately disrupting healthcare in our nation. Their proactive approach to health, rather than reactive, is what we want to be part of. Did you know that CrossFit is training doctors to become coaches? (we linked the article, so read up on all the amazing deets!)

We decided to join the CrossFit army to make a bigger impact. Collectively you can achieve so much more! It is our mission and passion to improve health and fitness and we’re ready to make a bigger impact in our own city. We love San Antonio and are excited to be part of the solution.

Coming early February 2019, we will offer a Beginner CrossFit series. The Beginner CrossFit series is two weeks long, three classes per week, six classes total. If you’re new to exercise, or new to CrossFit, learn how to do the movement patterns correctly so you can transition into our CrossFit classes with knowledge and confidence.

We can’t wait to serve you in our CrossFit box! Come by and check it out! Also, you can check out our full class schedule here

Frosty Five: 5k & 5mi Fun Run!

Join us for the SIXTH annual Frosty Five: 5k / 5mi Costume Fun Run! This event has become a FAVORITE for many!

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.

Admission is FREE, but we suggest bringing a donation to the non-profit we support, Street2Feet. Cash donations or new or gently used athletic apparel.

Monday: December 24 – Christmas Eve morning.
9:00 AM Run Start / 8:55 AM Event briefing.

Alamo 180 Studio.
312 Melrose Place, San Antonio, Texas 78212.

Click here to declare your attendance! 
(this lets us know how many to expect).

Tip signing up: You will need to create an account through Mindbody, then you can register for free. Computer is easier than phone. And if you’re on a work computer, it might block your ability to do so. If you’ve tried all tips to no avail, reach out to us and we will gladly assist. 

A 5k Run/Walk -or- 5 mile Run/Walk.
All distances are out and back routes through Olmos Park. Turnaround points and turns will be marked with signs on the route.


No parking on Melrose street, but you can park on the surrounding streets. Lots of options. Arrive early to give yourself ample time to find parking.

*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.
*Bathrooms at Alamo 180 (2) and you can even use HEB (they have lots).
*No water jugs out on the course, so please bring your own water/fuel with you. The Olmos Fire Station has water fountains so you can fuel up on the course at least twice. There will be water and Gatorade jugs at the finish.
*There are no timing chips, no leader board, no age group awards, just the satisfaction of finishing a 5k or 5 miles before the holiday festivities start.
*Furry friends are welcome to enjoy the event. Jog strollers totally welcomed!

Rookies ready to do their FIRST Half Ironman

At Alamo 180, our goal is to help people achieve their fitness dreams!

One of our triathlon programs, Rookie to Race, prepares rookies for their first ever triathlon! For some the goal is to simply finish a sprint triathlon and cross it off the bucket list. For some, their goal is to continue training to one day complete an Olympic distance, Half Ironman, and/or a Full Ironman. Whatever the goal, the results are always incredible!

Check out two of our former Rookie to Race athletes, Gloria and Bobbie, who are gearing up for their FIRST EVER Half Ironman! They picked Ironman 70.3 Waco and are ready to toe the start line this weekend.  They completed the Rookie to Race program in 2017. 

Read their stories as they share about their journey into the world of triathlon. You might relate to some of what they share! Dream it, believe it, achieve it!


Bobbie Castaneda

From working wife and mom to becoming a triathlete! 

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If I would have told myself eight years ago that I would race a half Ironman one day, I would have just laughed. No way! That’s not me! I can’t do that! My first ever experience of triathlon was spectating my husband in his first ever sprint. I was 27, overweight, chasing around our two year old while looking in awe as my husband and hundreds of other athletes swam, biked and ran. It was very disheartening to even compare myself to the sport. As a working mom and wife, I rarely had time to do things for myself(that was always my excuse). My weight was out of control and so was my self esteem. To try and give me some encouragement to do something, my husband bought me a road bike. I wasn’t ready, and it sat in the garage for a couple of years. I didn’t have an “ah-ha” moment per say, but somewhere along the line things just clicked. I made myself a priority. I started eating better and strength training. I felt strong and I was beginning to love myself again. Slowly but surely I could feel I was regaining that self confidence I lost so many years ago. I didn’t come into the sport with much of any experience in any of the events. I didn’t know how to swim, I didn’t cycle but knew how to ride a bike, and I “kinda” ran, as in I did an occasional 5k or 10k. The company I work for hired a new addition to our team, Gloria Guerra. She and I became fast friends. She was coming off of running marathons and looking into doing something different. She had mentioned training with a group called Alamo180, and how they had a rookie to race program available. I figured “why not?” I have a buddy to train with and I do have that bike that has been sitting in my garage for the last few years. The summer of 2017 I signed up for the program that trained us for the Dam 09 sprint. It looked like a pretty easy course that started off in a pool, right? Wrong! I was nervous and totally not prepared for what was to come. The swimming was extremely intimidating, but I took the leap anyway. I showed up to the orientation totally clueless. I kept my head out of the water the entire time and was exhausted after those 3 minutes. I had no idea how one is supposed to exhale under water and inhale somewhere in between. Coach Crystal then taught us a few things and I walked out of that first training session hopeful. That’s all I needed to do. Just keep showing up to learn something new and progressively get better. The biking was a bit of a struggle. The thought of clipping to my bike was daunting. I fell. A lot. But the bruises faded and the falling lessened. The rookies I trained with were great, encouraging and fun. It took time, but we were taught how to become efficient swimmers. We devoted a few mornings just on learning bike gears. I had no idea how useful that would be! I always thought running was just running, but we learned a lot about that too!! Things were slowly coming together. I successfully completed my first tri! I was slow but I made it to the finish line. I signed up for the Kerrville Tri sprint just a month after. I needed to know if I could conquer open water. It was scary, but I knew I had the tools needed to be successful. It took me almost 20 minutes to swim those 500m, but I did, and I had another race under my belt as the season came to an end. Transitioning into the triathlon team was intimidating but Coach Bree was so awesome and the rest of the team was so encouraging. I have learned to respect the process and to go at my own pace. I show up! My swimming has improved. Since starting the program I have knocked over a min off my swim pace. I’m not the fastest swimmer out there, but I am faster then the Bobbie who first started. I came out of off season training excited about what 2018 was going to have in store for me. Gloria and I sat down and strategically planned out our season. We were coming out of Monica’s Mile and were super stoked about being able to swim an hour without stopping. I had found my rhythm in the water. It was an exciting feat! That accomplishment is what fueled my desire to sign up for Waco. We decided to start with some sprints, then added a couple of Olympic races and ultimately signed up for Waco 70.3. All we needed to do was stick to the plan. I have consistently trained since joining the team. Now don’t get me wrong, I miss training days. Let’s face it, life has a tendency to get in the way of training. I make the best of it, and I make sure I train more then I miss. I have grown to love this sport and the community that has come along with it. I have made many great friends. They all have taught me something and have inspired me to keep this up. I am both excited and nervous for October 28th. I know I am ready. Alamo180 has helped me to get there!From

Gloria Guerra

From marathoner to triathlete!

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It was a really cold and rainy night in Las Vegas, in November 2015 and I was crying. I was crying because the weather dropped 40 degrees in a couple of hours, the winds were 30mph, and it was raining. I was crying because I was soaking wet, the wind kept pushing against me, my feet were frozen, and I still had 6 more miles to run. I was crying because I was not going to meet my goal time for my first marathon. At that moment, I swore to myself that I would never run another marathon again, 13.1 would be my longest distance going forward and that was the end of that. An hour later, I started crying again. This time I was crying because I had just crossed the finish line, my first marathon was complete, and it was honestly the best feeling in the world.

Crossing that finish line made me believe that I can overcome any obstacles if I set my mind to it, it made me realize how strong I can be, and made me believe in myself. Crossing the marathon finish line also made me forget the promise I had made to myself around mile 20, and I and decided to toe the line for another marathon, Houston Marathon,  in early 2017. Training was going great, and January promised cool temperature for race day; and then it happened – injury. Three weeks before race day and I couldn’t finish my runs without pain. I talked to my coach, Lexa, and she suggested no more running until race; I would aqua jog and swim only. Honestly, the thought of no running for three weeks terrified me, and I worried I would die on race day. But, I trusted Lexa and trusted the process.

Here, is where I take you back….I was always in sports in high school: volleyball, basketball, track, and softball. Once I started college, I was tired of team sports and I maybe jogged every once in a while – 2 miles, tops. It wasn’t until after college, and was working as a dietitian at a hospital, that some co-workers suggested we sign up for Beach to Bay race. It was 2010, and I met Lexa, and we formed a great friendship over running. She was training with Alamo 180, and a few times a year she would try to get me to join her crew and do a triathlon. I always shook my head and said that was not for me. Running was for me. We would sign up for half-marathons together throughout the years. “I will never do a tri”, I would say. I did join Alamo 180 in 2015 to train for my first marathon, with Lexa as my coach, but still, I refused to tri train. Lexa encouraged me to get a bike, to get make me a stronger runner, and still I resisted –  “Nope, not for me”.

This brings me back to my injury, and therefore, my swim training. I used to swim when I was a little girl, and I did a little bit of lifeguarding as a summer job in 2007, but I hadn’t swam a lap since! From the moment I started swimming, I remembered how much I loved it. I also was reminded how hard it was, and my muscles certainly weren’t happy about it for days after that initial swim. But, nevertheless, I trusted the plan of swimming and aqua jogging. Race day for marathon #2 came and went. It was a hot and humid one in early January (thanks, Texas), and from the start line I knew I would not reach a personal record, but that was okay. I wanted to finish (in spite of injury), and enjoy the ride.

It is now early 2017, I am post-marathon and not sure what to do next. I had started a new job in 2016, and met a girl who, unknowingly at that time,  would help change my life – Bobbie. Bobbie and I were great co-workers from the beginning. We had similar interests; we were both “foodies”, we wanted the same Garmin watch, had a love for REI, both wanted to cut our hair really short; and both of us talked about maybe, one day, doing a triathlon. It was one of the first times that I found myself saying that wish out loud.  My dad passed away in February of 2017, reminding me that life is short, to take advantage of the time we have and not let an adventure pass by. And so it was time to sign up for a triathlon. There were plenty of opportunities to join the Rookie Tri program with Alamo 180, and I knew if I was to do a triathlon, it would be with Alamo180 guiding me. I convinced Bobbie to join Alamo 180 with me and in early summer of 2017 we went for our first Saturday training with Coach Crystal. The plan was to train and cross the finish line at the Dam09, and then I would probably go back to only running races. I learned more in those 8 weeks than I could have possibly imagined.

Bobbie and I crossed the finish line at Dam 09 in the summer of 2017, and as Crystal would say – it was official, and we “were bit by the tri bug”.  Bobbie and I decided to stick to tri training and completed the Kerrville sprint tri that year and we loved it! We committed to off-season tri training to get stronger, and sat down during the holidays to talk about our tri schedule for 2018. It was then, that we decided we could do anything we set our minds to- and decided that we would end our 2018 tri season with a 70.3 Ironman race. It was almost a year away and we planned for some smaller races throughout 2018 to help us prepare for the big race. I learned something from each and every race, and continue to learn something about myself with all of my training.  I am so fortunate to have the support of my husband, my family, and my friends in this crazy endeavor. It is a blessing to have Bree as my tri coach, and my Alamo180 family to support me, calm my anxiety and encourage me every step of the way. I am so glad that my bestie, Rachel, decided to follow in my crazy footsteps and I am so proud that she completed her first triathlons in 2018!!  I am beyond fortunate to have Bobbie, my #rideordie partner, that has been there since Day 1 of this tri adventure, who pushes me to do my best with every training. I can’t wait to complete my first 70.3 Ironman race, and run that IM carpet to the finish line. This is only the beginning, I have big dreams!!



If you would like to learn more about our Rookie to Race programs, check it out here! We will be offering TWO Rookie to Race programs next year! If your goal is to simply finish a triathlon, or to one day do a Half or Full Ironman, we can get you there! We do it year after year!

They followed the Rookie to Half Ironman plan. If you would like to read more, check it out here!

Scam Sale

On Wednesday, August 1, we learned we were victims of a scam. We purchased equipment for our studio (3 Air Assault bikes and 1 Concept 2 rower) from a company that claimed it sold equipment that had been used in CrossFit competitions.

We thought we were getting a deal. We didn’t realize it would end up with $1,200 lost and no equipment.

As a small, family operated business, we pride ourselves on routinely saving money to pour it back into our gym. Our never ceasing goal is to improve the training experience. Not only was this stolen from us, it was stolen from our members and our prospective members.

This loss, as of right now, significantly delays our “Studio Improvement To Do List”. With your help, we can recoup the loss and continue to give back to our members.

When life gives you lemons you make lemonade. What was meant to destroy, you instead rebuild it even stronger. Help us make sweet lemonade.

How can you help? By buying a lottery ticket and playing the Alamo 180 Scam Sale Fundraising Lottery.

How to Play:

  • Purchase a $25 ticket. Purchase your lottery ticket by sending money via PayPal to and selecting “Friends & Family” for the money transfer. Direct link to PayPal: PayPal.Me/alamo180. You can also send money via Venmo to @alamo180
  • 4 chances to win: 
    • 1 winner will receive the Grand Prize of a FREE 3 month membership for themselves and a 3 month membership to gift to a friend* (value of $900)
    • 3 winners will receive an Alamo 180 t-shirt or hat of their choice (value of $25). 
  • Winners will be drawn on Facebook Live on Wednesday, August 15.

Fine Print:

  • Must purchase the ticket before the expiration date of Monday, August 13 at midnight to be eligible for the prizes.
  • *The friend that is gifted the monthly membership cannot be a current Alamo 180 member. Select one friend for the membership that is intended to be gifted. You can choose to gift both memberships, with each going to one friend each (both friends cannot be current Alamo 180 members). 
  • Grand Prize Membership applies to studio classes only (not triathlon or running).
  • Grand Prize Membership must be activated by Feb 1, 2019.
  • You can buy several tickets for increased odds of winning.

Good luck and have fun! May the odds be ever in your favor!

P.S. If you wouldn’t mind sharing our first FB live video, we would be so grateful. Thanks in advance! 

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!




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