Alyson Braden
Co-Owner, Head Coach
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
Certified Nutrition Coach

Aly grew up in Schertz and now currently resides in Cibolo. She is married with 3 children. Her oldest is 18 and the youngest are 5 year old twins. In 2013, Aly was training for a marathon when she was introduced to CrossFit and was instantly in love. There was no going back to running for her!

Aly enjoys being able to help others reach their health and fitness goals. One of the many things she loves is being able to see women gain empowerment through fitness. There is beauty in strength. She also loves seeing athletes hit new PRs inside and outside the gym. "There is nothing more rewarding than seeing someone's self-worth, confidence, and self-esteem grow," she says.

Before becoming a trainer she was a nurse in a family practice office and then a stay at home mom.

Aly is passionate about Jesus, her family, friends, nutrition, and fitness! One of her favorite verses is, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV.

Credentials:

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer Certificate

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate

CrossFit Gymnastics Level 1 Certificate

CrossFit Weightlifting Level 1 Certificate 

Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified

Spot The Flaw Certificate

Lesson Planning Certificate

Scaling Certificate 

Judge Certificate 

Daniel Braden Jr
Co-Owner
Trainer

Daniel is a Christian, husband, and father that grew up and resides in Cibolo. Daniel is Aly's husband! When he's not on the road working as a pipeline welder to support his family, he is in the gym (or working on a project)! 

Daniel has always enjoyed working out and enjoys being able to assist others in their daily workouts. Daniel says, "form is more important than how much weight you have on the bar. Once you get the form right, then we can worry about progressing with weights!"

Daniel graduated from Samuel Clemens High School in 2001 and from Texas Lutheran University in 2005 with a BA in Kinesiology. 

Like Aly, Daniel is passionate about Jesus, his family, friends, nutrition, and fitness! One of his favorite verses is, "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline." -2 Timothy 1:7

Credentials:

B.A. Kinesiology

USAWL1

Amanda is a born and raised Texan native. She is married to her high school sweetheart, a mom to 4 amazing children, a local business owner, nurse and always working to aim higher in personal, business and in CrossFit life. Her faith is her strength and center of all she does.


Amanda first started CrossFit in the spring of 2013. Her first workout was Fran and she was surprisingly hooked after that. It was a no brainer to quit the countless miles she was running and begin the CrossFit way of life. 


She loved seeing the measurable outcomes CrossFit provided. She loves helping and encouraging others to meet their goals in and out of the gym. Whether you’re in the clinic, at church or when they hit that goal they’ve been working towards in the gym, Amanda will offer her encouragement to you.


“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:25-26‬ ‭

Credentials:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate

CrossFit Level 1 Weightlifting Certificate  

CrossFit Judge Certificate 

Amanda Dittman
Trainer

Rick grew up in the Pacific Northwest and moved to Texas in June, 2019.  He is married with 3 boys ages 10, 9, and 6.  He is a business professional who also enjoys Spartan Racing, Jiu-Jitsu, and of course… CrossFit!  It was at the conclusion of a Spartan race in early 2017 that Rick was introduced to the CrossFit methodology.  Shortly after, he was hooked!

There are many aspects about CrossFit that Rick is passionate about.  One of these is helping people regain the mobility, strength, and endurance they had when they were young.  He himself had been very active all through his teens and twenties competing in and teaching martial arts.  However, in his thirties he got busy with other aspects of life neglecting his own health and fitness.  At 40, with 3 small children he decided to make a change.  He wanted to be fit and able to play with his children as teenagers.  CrossFit made such an impact on him through this journey he wants others to experience that same transformation!

Credentials:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate

Spot the Flaw Certificate

Scaling Certificate 

Rick McGuffey

Trainer

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Derrick grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. He's a Christian, husband to Gabby, and father to Keiahna (15), Micah (12), and Amariyah (7). He joined the Army after high school and currently serves as a combat medic instructor.

 

His passion for fitness began while he was deployed in Afghanistan in 2011. What began as trying to get in better shape, turned into therapy for him. He continued training at traditional fitness facilities until 2017 when he first found Crossfit. He enjoyed the atmosphere, the energy of the people around him, and the competitive aspect of CrossFit always pushed him to improve.

Credentials:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate 

Derrick Tucker

Trainer

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Jerry "JJ" Nichols

Trainer

JJ grew up as a military brat who moved from state to state with a few oversees moves throughout his childhood. He spent a majority of his youth in Kailua, HI which is where he claims home.  JJ moved to Cibolo TX in November 2019 and works at the Air Force Personnel Center as a civil service employee. He is a Christian, a devoted husband to Cristina, and father to Avrial (17), Addison (9), and Liam (6).
 
Growing up, JJ played a variety of sports which included track, swim, football and basketball. He is known best for being a motivator and team player. JJ has had the opportunity to coach youth soccer and high school basketball. Throughout his journey of sports and fitness, he has strived to find better ways to improve his health as well as encouraging others to do the same, which led him towards CrossFit. JJ began CrossFit in 2019 and was instantly hooked and has been at it ever since.
 
“There’s just something amazing about ‘The Community’ coming together to struggle and put forth max effort in order to reach a goal while motivating each other in the process.”
 
Credentials:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate

John Hilburn
Trainer 

John is from a small town called Poteet, TX. He joined the Army right out of high school in 2006 and has traveled to many different places throughout his career. John has been married to his wife, Alyssa, for 11 years and they have 3 kids together: Alayna, Johnny, and Preston. 

John first discovered CrossFit in 2010 and has been dedicated to the sport since day one. He has competed in several CrossFit competitions throughout the years. He is passionate about his health and fitness and always strives to stay in his best shape. 

John graduated Magna Cum Laude with his Bachelor of Science degree in Sports and Health Sciences in 2021 from American Military University. He has been CrossFit Level 1 certified since 2012. He also works as a CrossFit coach at another local gym in San Antonio. John hopes to one day be a school teacher and Crossfit gym owner. He loves helping and encouraging others to be their best in the aspect of health and fitness and is excited to be a part of CrossFit Cibolo’s team of coaches. 

Credentials:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate 

Judge's Certificate 

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Lisa Martinez
Trainer

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Originally from California, Lisa has lived in the San Antonio ara since 2009 when first stationed at Fort Sam Houston as an Army Medic/Orthopedic Technician. Since discharging from the military in 2016 and pursuing her education, she is now a School Psychologist at Randolph Field ISD.

Lisa has always lived an active lifestyle having played soccer since she was five, running cross country, doing Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu, being an Army Combatives instructor, and even taking ballroom dancing lessons. She shares that she enjoys challenging herself and when she finds something she is passionate about, she commits herself to learning the craft and being the best she can be at it.

Two years ago, after a year of life circumstances holding her back, she decided to commit herself to fitness and discovered The Shop in Cibolo when passing by its original location. Since joining the shopFAM, she has been a consistent CFC member who has transformed herself mentally and physically through CrossFit- always sharing her journey in hopes it can inspire others.

Lisa shared that while she has always been a fit person, strength and strength training has never been something she pursued. She has taken a special interest in strength progression because she feels that is her weakness. As a result, she has become passionate about learning proper lift mechanics and striving to be a stronger more efficient lifter. 

She says, “there is something intimidating about lifting when you first start. Whether it’s being a newbie and not feeling comfortable with Olympic lifts or comparing yourself to others. Once you get out of your head and gain confidence, you feel like a badass no matter what weight you have on the bar!”

As a new CrossFit Coach, her hope is that she can support others on their fitness journey- especially with setting and reaching barbell goals!

Credentials:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

USAWL1

Judge's Certificate