You can get a variety of great workouts at MBS Fitness, but that's only part of being healthy, which is why we're pleased to announce our expanding partnership with Zedric's gourmet to go meals. Zedric's offers a full range of healthy, chef prepared, prepackaged meals complete with nutritional information on the side of each microwave safe container. We've been selling their meals to go at out King William location for a while, and now offer
their unique cuisine to our clients and members at Alamo Heights. So, whether you need a quick, healthy breakfast, a fresh salad, or even a delicious, protein packed dinner, make sure to stop by MBS for some clean, healthy, fuel to go!
As a kid, I was active and fit – I played sports and enjoyed being outdoors and playing outside. As I got older though, I became more interested in videos and video games, and less interested in going outside. Eventually my schoolwork became overwhelming, with long hours of sitting, studying, and practicing for my recitals. I gained weight, and became depressed due to my physique and the stress that school and work put on me. I got up to 220 lbs., possibly more, since after a certain point I just stopped weighing myself. I was disgusted by my weight, and felt that there was no hope for me - and I was just too far-gone.
But eventually, I found my motivation. I wanted to join the Air Force, but would have to lose a significant amount of weight to do so. According to their standards, I wasn’t supposed to weigh more than 175 lbs, meaning I had to lose at least 50 pounds just to qualify.
It was hard to get started, since I was afraid to go to the gym and afraid of being made fun of. So I made my backyard and neighborhood my own personal gym. I started a walk/run program, eventually building up to a steady 20 minute jog. After that I started to work on speed and distance, and then added in push-ups and sit-up as well - barely able to eek out 10 in the beginning. Eventually I tried pull ups; I couldn’t do one by myself, but with the help of a chair I could do about three.
Day after day, and rep after rep, I started to improve, and I remember stepping on the scale for the first time in a while and seeing it hit 210 - it was the first time I was under 220 in a long time, and I was excited about that.
I continued working at it and started feeling better and more confident which helped me in my work and school. I felt I had a goal and a purpose to exercise, and eventually I got up the courage to actually go to a gym. I was nervous, and scared of embarrassing myself, but felt like it was something I needed to do.
To my surprise, I received support from several of the other people there - people I had never met were friendly and helpful with workout advice. And then someone told me something I'll never forget: “Everyone starts somewhere. Everyone has a journey and a challenge to overcome. Some are just further in their journey than others. You are in here for a reason. Don’t forget that.”
After a year I made it down to 165 and made it into the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, and later became a Pilot in the US Air Force. I continued my workout routine and got up to 175 lbs. of muscle - benching 255 lbs. for reps and being able to run a mile and a half in less than 10 minutes.
From that experience, I am still constantly trying to improve myself and help others do the same. Fitness is by nature a community builder. No one should be scared of fitness or scared of going to the gym. Everyone starts somewhere. How far you get on your journey depends on you and the work you put in. Don’t let anyone else take you down and away from that. Just take it one step at a time, one rep at a time, one exercise at a time. Anyone can reach their goals no matter how far out of reach it may seem. I am living proof of that.
Cameron's full line up of classes with start later this month but in the meantime we invite you to try his FREE Free Boot Camp offerings that started earlier this week:
Wed June 1st at 6pm: Conquer the Bar
Wed June 1st at 7pm: Team Calisthenics
Thurs June 2nd at 6am: Quadric Agility
Fri June 3rd at 6pm: Team Calisthenics
Mon June 6th at 6pm: Conquer the Bar
Tues June 7th at 6am: Quadric Agility
Even though having good posture gives us confidence, life doesn't always help us when it comes to our posture. We spend most of our day sitting in desk; when traveling we are either in a car, bus, train or airplane. We slump over in our chairs or sleep with several pillows under are head. We do so much not even realizing we are causing damage to our backs. Doing yoga can help maintain better posture and a healthy spine. The spine is what holds us up, so we need to make sure we keep it in the best condition!
Here are some yoga poses that can help with your posture thanks to breakingmuscle.com:
Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Stand tall with your feet feeling the ground; open your chest with arms at your sides; slightly tuck your tailbone; engage your thighs; roll your shoulders back and down to lower your shoulder blades, and bring your chin back so your ears are above your shoulders.
Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
Fold your body over towards your feet and hang there, grab your elbows with your opposite hands and breathe. After you release your arms, try looking up by opening the chest and flattening your back on an inhale. Then exhale and fold again.
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
Place your hands on the mat in front of you in a sphinx position and then slowly straighten your arms into your full extension of cobra. Bring your shoulders away from your ears, while keeping your pelvis and toes on the mat.
Hero Pose (Virasana)
Sit on your heels and sit up straight with the crown of your head towards the sky. If you have knee issues, this will not be your pose. If you can’t sit on your heels, get an ergonomic chair that mimics this pose or use a pillow for cushion.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Sit back on your heels and reach your arms out in front of you or bring them alongside the body towards your feet into a tiny little yoga ball.
Personal Trainers ensure correct form, motivation, accountability, efficiency and workouts tailored specifically to your needs. This leads to accelerated goal achievement, optimal health and wellness and ultimately- the best version of you. Serving San Antonio since 2005, MBS Fitness Alamo Heights has guided many a resident to achieving their goals through Personal Training and individualized Pilates Instruction.
If Yoga, Bootcamp or Group Mat Pilates are more your thing, MBS Fitness King William has you covered there with group class passes which allow access to all three options. Also boasting a full staff of devoted Personal Trainers and highly trained Pilates Reformer Instructors, creating a tailored approach to achieving your goals is easy, convenient and fun!
Both locations also offer a 24-hour gym which include showers, locker rooms and towel service. We make it easy to take on the day with confidence and pride.
He trained as a professional dancer, that brings a unique perspective to Pilates and Booty Barre training. Learn more about him and our other trainers, instructors and therapist at:
While it may be best to add new movements and new activities to your program, you can also get some benefit by simply altering your set and rep scheme. Next time you're in (and after going through a thorough warmup) try a 5 x 5 routine, which should result in far greater loads than your accustomed to for your 10 rep sets. This simple adjustment will definitely make your next workout a bit more challenging, and hopefully spark your enthusiasm for other tweaks to your program.