To correct the problem, try starting at the bottom of the movement with your chest to the floor, and keep your body straight as you push up. Aim to come back to the starting position on the floor for each rep. Once your form deteriorates, or you can't complete the motion all the way through, it's time to take a break and move on to another move. Done right (as shown in the video), pushups are great for the chest and triceps, and for overall core stability.
When it comes to workout programs, there is usually one aspect that is overlooked. We aren’t talking about your exercise or your diet – we are talking about sleep! Sleep is a crucial part of your workout pattern. That’s right, lack of sleep can have an impact on your performance during your workouts and weight loss.
For men, a way that sleep impacts your results at the gym is the hormone release that happens. All throughout the day your body releases a growth hormone, this hormone correlates with your muscles. For women, this hormone is released in several bursts throughout the day, but for men, this hormone is released at its largest burst when sleeping.
Whenever we are trying to diet, we sometimes feel ourselves craving food, maybe sometimes more than usual. Did you ever think that the lack of rest can be causing you to crave food? Hunger is made up of two hormones: leptin and ghrelin. Leptin is a hormone that is produced in your fat cells. Whenever you don’t produce enough leptin, your stomach feels empty. The more ghrelin you produce, the more you control your hunger while reducing the amount of calories you burn and increasing the fat you store. The point is that you have to control these two hormones to lose weight. According to research from the Journal of Clinical Endocrinoloy and Metabolism, sleeping less than six hours triggers the area of your brain that increases your need for food while also decreasing the amount of leptin and increasing ghrelin. Lack of sleep also causes you to crave the wrong foods. When you don’t get enough sleep, you impact the activity of your frontal lobe, which controls complex decision-making.
Be sure to prioritize and don’t think that sleep isn’t a big deal, because it is. Now, go crawl into bed and catch some ZZZs!
-Fun and safe for all ages and ability levels.
-Its focus is teaching fundamentals to assure good form, safety, best results, injury prevention, and good habits for a lifetime of fitness success.
-Close attention will be paid to form and mechanics all in a fun and educational environment! (max. 12 kids/class)
- Sport and athlete specific class to improve performance for any age or sport.
- Group classes will be small for sport focus and groups must be of similar age and sport performance.
- Programming to become stronger, faster, more explosive, more agile, more powerful, more balanced, and more flexible.
- Learn to eat better to get more out of your performance and recovery.
- Classes to be held by appointment at MBS Fitness Alamo Heights or Crossfit Mind Body Soul (max 2-8 kids/class)
- Athletes of all ages, levels, and sport will benefit from this class. Fast or slow, speed can be developed.
- Speed is the most dangerous weapon in any sport and can make any athlete in any position a stronger and more forceful player.
- Focus on sprint speed, top-end speed, mechanics, and efficiency.
- Programming built to ensure you become a faster athlete in any sport from warmup to mechanics to recovery.
- Class to be held at Alamo Heights Junior School Field (Up to 12 kids/class)
3 classes per week $70
flexible drop in rate $25/class
Our own MBS trainers were asked: What is the one fitness myth you would like to bust?
Richard Garcia: "Pilates is a woman's thing"
Here is a surprise to the men: Pilates was created by a man. A man who engaged the mind and the body to work uniformly encompassing flexibility, balance, mobility, core and strength - elements that all men need to be able to live a complete life.
Britt Lorraine: "I will start Pilates once I lose weight"
Let me be clear: Pilates is for EVERYONE no matter where you are at with your body. Try not to be so hard on yourself with your plan...it sets up a war-like dualism that I feel is self defeating and unnecessary. Do not wait and demand a visual affirmation from your body. Have trust in yourself and in your body and just start moving! I guarantee with this trust in yourself you will see and feel progress.
Josh Levine, MBS Owner and Founder: "Lifting heavy weights will bulk you up"
Actually, it can slim you down. Women who lift a challenging weight for 8 reps burn nearly twice as many calories as women who do 15 reps with lighter dumbbells.
Claudia Ramirez: "Do crunches to get rid of belly fat"
You cannot spot reduce belly fat with specific exercise. Unfortunately, we are predisposed to lose fat from certain areas first and often times your belly is one of the last places it comes off. Targeted exercise will only serve to build strength and/or size in those areas depending on your rep ranges. Losing belly fat starts and ends in the kitchen. Eat whole, healthy, one ingredient foods like chicken, fish, lean meats and tons of veggies!
Noelle Owens: "I need to lose some weight before I start lifting weights"
Imagine your body as a car. There's a fuel pump (the heart) and the engine (the muscles), and the exterior (your skin). You will not improve the efficiency of your car by washing it or running it 24/7 - only by taking care of the engine will you improve its longevity and performance.