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.
MBS Fitness trainers and instructors are available for private consultations and sessions at your home in the greater San Antonio area. MBS Fitness also maintains facilities at Cevallos Lofts in Southtown and 1221 Broadway just south of the Pearl near downtown. We provide training, classes and support at both locations, which are open exclusively to residents.
Contact us to schedule classes or training at your Condo or Apartment gym!
Conquer The Bar: This class is open to all fitness levels and is completely focused around the pull-up bar using multiple variations of the pull-up. Other exercises include toe to bar, variations of toe to bar, back lever, and some slightly acrobatic type movements. These exercises will all be performed to max rep, aka failure. This class will improve strength, body movement, and in some cases functional flexibility. For this class, if you feel the need, bring work-out gloves as to not hurt the palms on your hand during this one-hour bar centered class.
Quadric Agility: This class is based around quadrupedal movements for all fitness levels. These movements promote flexibility, strength, and agility using all 4 limbs and your body weight, as well as plyometric movements. This will enhance proprioception as well as all around confidence in body movement.
First Class is FREE to San Antonio Residents
First Week Unlimited │ $20
Drop In │ $15
5 Pack │ $55
10 Pack │$85
Monthly Unlimited │ $99
A dancer from a young age, Britt began Pilates as rehabilitation for her broken tailbone, sustained during childbirth and inhibiting her ability to stand, much less dance. Because of Pilates she is able to dance again and is dedicated to helping others strengthen their core muscles in order to pursue their respective athletic endeavors. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance from Southern Methodist University and an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Iowa. She trained and performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York. In 2007, she founded Saint Lorraine Dance Company in San Antonio and continues to dance and choreograph.
Candice Valenta is passionate about helping individuals at all life stages achieve their fitness goals through personalized and motivated workouts. She holds a B.A. in Public Health and dedicated five years to health education through community outreach. She is a Qualified Fletcher Pilates Teacher, a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer and a Woman’s Fitness Specialist. She uses these as a foundation to aid all her clients, including those with Rheumatoid arthritis, Cystic fibrosis, and Parkinsonian symptoms, with a challenging all around workout, which increases muscle tone, endurance, flexibility and proper body alignment. Whether your goal is to better your game, be a more competitive athlete, fight against a health condition or age with strength and grace, Candice will create the workout that’s right for you.
Kelly Pittman is a certified Fletcher Pilates teacher specializing in group reformer classes. She grew up with a passion for sports and dance and began studying Pilates as a student over 15 years ago. In 2009 she transitioned to teaching after being introduced to the Fletcher method. Kelly’s teaching focuses on developing strength and flexibility for clients at all levels. Her classes are designed specifically with each client’s individual goals in mind. She believes that everyone, regardless of physical ability, age or gender, can benefit from incorporating Pilates into their fitness routine. In addition to Pilates, Kelly is a CPA and Assistant Professor of Accounting at The University of the Incarnate Word. She holds a BBA in accounting and a MS in finance from Texas A&M University. She is also a busy mother to three children. They are her youngest “students” in every way.
Born and raised in San Antonio, TX, Felicia has been active her entire life. Starting at the age of 4 with gymnastics, transitioning into serious ballet training at 12, and continuing into a successful professional dance career, Ms. McBride has an immense amount of experience with the body. As a freelance dancer, personal trainer, Dance and Pilates instructor, Felicia strives to help each individual achieve their own fitness goals through personalized training sessions. Ms. McBride holds certifications in Pilates Mat, Pilates Reformer, and a certification for Personal Training from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Felicia is excited to be back in her hometown and working at MBS Fitness!
Are you a Pilates-qualified instructor looking for a gorgeous, fully equipped studio that focuses on small classes and individual lessons?
Call us at (210) 412-0398 today to see if the MBS team is right for you!
Kayleigh has been a movement instructor for over 5 years, combining her passions for musician wellness, natural movement, and corrective exercise. As a yoga instructor, she has studied with Jill Miller, Tari Prinster, David Vendetti, Trina Altman, and Sarah Court, as well as completed additional studies in biomechanics, children’s yoga, and anatomy. She is also an integrated Yoga Tune Up® instructor and MovNat® level 1 instructor. Her studies in pilates have been with Karen Sanzo, P.T., and Erin Burnham at Pilates Unlimited in Dallas, TX. She blends traditional yoga and pilates movements with contemporary knowledge of movement and biomechanics, to help clients move better and feel better. Kayleigh also maintains the blog, the Musicians’ Health Collective, which has an annual viewership of 50k readers, and has been a featured author on YogaDork, Elephant Journal, polyphonic.org, Musicovation, and other online and print publications. She is a member of the viola section of the San Antonio Symphony, and has performed and taught music internationally.
Richard Garcia grew up with a passion for music, arts, and movement, and at the age of 15 began his professional career as a dancer. A major injury cut short his dance career, but opened the door to strength training, rock climbing, triathlons, and ultimately Pilates. As an teacher, he’s worked with a wide variety of clients from first time exercisers to college athletes, and even Olympic hopefuls. He has vast experience working with those with special health considerations including multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons disease, back, shoulder and neck issues, and other chronic pain disorders. In 2009 he was recognized as an official Fletcher Pilates ambassador for his ambition, talent, and strong drive to help others.
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