Monday, October 05, 2015



Originally from Chicago, Emily was first introduced to Crossfit in October 2010 while stationed in Northern California.  She's technically a nurse in the Air Force, but Emily's first coaching experience was working one on one strength training with Rocky Balboa... leading to his ultimate defeat of then-Russian communist villain Ivan Drago.  She moved to San Antonio in August 2012 and jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the RCC coaching team.  "River City is the first CF gym I walked in to in San Antonio, and I couldn't be at a better place."  Get her talking or listen while she's coaching and you can still hear that Chicago accent loud and clear.  She also has in-depth experience with all things-America.

There are few things that she truly loves in this world... And they are in this order:

1) America 2) Crossfit, 3) Chicago, 4) Helping others get better.  

She also enjoys other crazy things such as heavy barbell movements and "Fran."  

 In addition to obtaining her level I Certification at Jason Khalipa's gym back in 2010, she's been to a gymnastics clinic led by Karl Paoli.  Her celebrity encounters don't stop there.  She has also spent one-on-one time with, and has inspired the genius of her hometown musical artists in Chicago, leading to such songs as Kanye West's "Workout Plan" and Lupe Fiasco's "Superstar".




Erica Villarreal found CrossFit in March of 2008 and grew to love it very quickly. By January 2009, she earned her CF Level 1 Certification and became a Coach. Erica’s passion for CrossFit fused with the desire to help people change their lives through fitness and nutrition, led her to open her very own box. In June of 2010, River City CrossFit was born!

Certifications she has earned include:
CrossFit Level 1, CF Running and Endurance Certification, CF Gymnastics Certification, CF Rowing Certification, CF Olympic Lift Certification





Who is Gabe Sanford? Lover. Protector, Coach, Badass

Origins unknown. As a young child he was forced into dog fighting. He showed amazing physical prowess and even at 6 years old there was no pit bull out there that could beat him in the ring. He retired at age 8 the undefeated underworld dog fighting champion. He decided he needed to go back to school to further his career. It was there he would meet his wife.

Recruited heavily to be a Coach for River City CrossFit, winner of multiple coaching awards including the prestigious Ignacio Award of Coaching Excellence.

Once while on vacation in Spain he saved a woman from being injured by power cleaning a bull. To this day the people of Pamplona celebrate May 14th by placing sexy womens undergarments on his statue in the town square.

Only man to be on the cover of Latina Magazine, for 4 a row

His first year as a cop the citys crime rate dropped 14%



 In 2007 I was introduced into CrossFit by a friend who knew the problem I had with trying to get fit and never really finding anything that worked. I was about to turn 30 years old and really wanted to change my lifestyle. At first

 I was skeptical about CrossFit and I even remember making some wise cracks about it. I set an appointment for a baseline and showed up for a workout. What happens after my first "WOD" was something that I had never expected. It took everything I had in me just to finish. I had started the workout with two dumbbells, and I remember finishing it by just moving my hands above my head because I could no longer lift the dumbells (which at first I thought were light). Needless to say it kicked my butt and I was instantly hooked!
From that day on, I signed up and showed up every day that I could . I followed the program and learned all I could to progress and grow stronger.

In 2008 I attended the CrossFit Level 1 trainer course and began coaching. Since then I have dedicated myself to continue learning and teaching others what it takes to get fit. It has become my passion.

In 2011 I took the CrossFit Endurance course and quickly found another passion. I soon put together a program to teach others running skills and endurance training. I prepared myself and other individuals to run a 10k and a 16k trail run called Hells Hills. It was a success! I watched these athletes start a program that I helped put together, commit to it, and grow stronger and faster with my help. To see people grow healthier with your and help is great reward.

It feels good to share the knowledge that I have about health and fitness and contribute to changing someone's life. In my opinion, anyone with the right determination can be a CrossFit superhero. You may lead and ordinary life as a maintenance man, a teacher, a doctor, a police officer, or a stay at home parent, but when you get in our gym you will do amazing things! As your CrossFit coach, it is my job to help everyone make the impossible, possible.


River City CrossFit is located at :
10813 Nacogdoches Rd
San Antonio, Texas 78217

Business Phone: 210-413-1137

Erica Villarreal
Owner / Head Coach


Monday & Wednesday

6am-9am (class every hour on the hour)

3pm-7pm (class every hour on the hour)


Tuesday & Thursday

6am-9am (class every hour on the hour)

12noon (class)

3pm-7pm (class every hour on the hour)



6am-9am (class every hour on the hour)

3pm-6pm (class every hour on the hour)

6pm-7:30pm (Advanced)


Saturday & Sunday


10:30am 12:30 (Advanced class)