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
Ants on a Log:Take a piece of celery, wash, and slice it in half. Then fill the slices with almond butter or peanut butter and top with raisins or any type of dried fruit.
Taco Lettuce Wraps:
In a pan, cook ground beef or ground turkey meat until brown. Then add taco seasoning to the meat and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Take the lettuce like a boat to make the wrap. Add about half a cup of meat to the wrap and then add your choice of toppings – some popular choices include tomatoes, salsa or guacamole.
MBS Fitness has always provided patrons a unique opportunity to get a little art appreciation in while working on their own form. Whether running on a treadmill, working with a Personal Trainer, lengthening and toning with a Pilates Instructor or matching breath with movement in our King William location Yoga Studio, fitness-lovers have enjoyed thought-provoking, startling, beautiful and sometimes even bizarre works of art to stimulate the mind while they're sculpting their bodies. Naturally this connection makes Contemporary Art Month an exciting time for MBS Fitness- and this year MBS is participating in a few ways.
We are excited to announce a major change in our approach to supporting artists and promoting art patronage among the fitness and wellness communities in San Antonio. Beginning this coming April, the MBS Yoga Studio will begin hosting regularly scheduled art openings offering another platform through which patrons may also both contribute and benefit from the arts community.
In order to accomplish this goal, MBS Fitness will host a multi-layered official CAM event during which we will sell the eclectic collection of superstar local artists currently adorning the walls. This bittersweet and not-to-be missed farewell unfolds in two parts. On the evening of Friday, March 24th at 6pm, Josh Levine- personal trainer, yoga instructor, adventurer and founder of MBS Fitness will lead an all-level yoga class focused on breath-work followed by a discussion of the collection. A little farewell party for the beloved gems follows and attendees will have the opportunity to snatch up a favorite piece or two before they're made available to the general public.
MBS Fitness is partnering with Tracey Mallett's revolutionary Booty Barre system to bring you a whole new world of fitness. The Booty Barre system is a total body workout that allows you sculpt your body into a dancer's physique. Pairing barre work, dumbbell training, and resistance bands with fast paced, up-beat music, Booty Barre gives you the opportunity to work on strengthening and lengthening muscles while improving posture, and gives you a great cardiovascular workout to boot!
This dynamic group class will be led by Pilates instructor Richard Garcia, who at the age of 15 began his professional career as a dancer. A major injury cut short his forte, but opened the door to strength training, rock climbing, triathlons, and ultimately pilates. As an instructor, he's worked with a wide variety of clients from first time exercisers to college athletes, and even Olympic hopefuls, and in 2009 he was recognized as an official Fletcher Pilates ambassador for his ambition, talent, and strong drive to help others.
More information on this great new program, including pricing and a full Booty Barre class schedule coming soon!
SOLO YOGA INSTRUCTION
60 Minutes $80
45 Minutes $60
30 Minutes $40
DUO & TRIPLET INSTRUCTION
60 Minutes $50
45 Minutes $40
30 Minutes $30
*Group Classes are available solely at the MBS Fitness King William Location
3 month new member Summer membership (must end no later than 9/15/16)
Two personal training sessions.
MBS Fitness in Alamo Heights, 5025 Broadway, San Antonio TX 78209
Do you fall asleep or wake up thinking about food? I know I do. But is that because we're food obsessed? Health conscious? Or both? (And yes, that's a thing.)
As someone who has been on both ends of the extreme (and you can read more about that here), it's a question that's been rattling around in my brain lately. When I was closing in on 300 pounds, all I thought about was the next Snickers bar, the next order of super nachos, or the next piece of cake. As a 160 pound marathoner, all I thought about was avoiding butter, not eating anything fatty, and how to get through the next family dinner without ordering any 'tainted' food, while gulping down endless glasses of water.
Neither of those options were ideal. They weren't healthy or optimal. But above all, they didn't make me happy.
The result of constantly overeating was being obese and overweight, and carrying around all that extra fat did not make me happy. On the other side of the equation, following such a restrictive diet kept me lean, but obsessing over every meal and morsel crushed my ability to completely engage in normal, everyday interactions, and that didn't make me happy either.
For a while, I bounced between the two extremes until I finally found something that works for me. Something simple and easy that helps keep me focused on the big picture and my long term goals. Something that's eradicated my food anxiety and brought me a lot more peace.
Simply put: I choose food that makes me happy and healthy.
And as easy as that sounds, it's been incredibly liberating in practice and something I don't think I've ever done before - as I was either too caught up in nutritional minutiae, or instant gratification.
But eating for happiness and long term health? Well, that's different. It opens the door to everything, and closes the door on nothing. And since I plan to pretty much live forever and be around for a very, very long time, it puts in perspective just how important those M&Ms are at any given moment.
It reminds me that I genuinely like to cook and eat real, organic, whole foods, as doing so makes me feel good and energized and connected to the world in a way that constantly consuming processed food does not.
So there it is: Happiness as a guiding principle to food choice. Happiness as the latest food trend, the newest food rule, the panacea for the masses.
I think I can live with that.
by: Tom Trevino
Tom Trevino is s personal trainer and wellness coach based out of San Antonio. He holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio, multiple certifications from the Cooper Institute in Dallas, and is currently pursuing his Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification. He can be found at our Alamo Heights location, or aimlessly wandering the aisles of Central Market.
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.
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!
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.