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!
We all know it can be hard to keep your workout routine during the Christmas season. Whether you’re going out of town, Christmas parties or doing Christmas shopping, all of these things can keep us from going to the gym. Here are three Christmas workouts that can be done wherever you are! No equipment is needed.
The 12 Days of Christmas (repeat 2-3 times)
5 Mountain Climbers
7 Jumping Jacks
8 Russian Twists
10 Tuck Jumps
11 Leg Levers
Christmas Tree Workout (repeats 3 times)
50 High Knees
40 Jumping Jacks
30 Bicycle Crunches
2 sets 30 sec. Wall Sits
20 Side Leg Lifts (on each side)
December “25” Workout (repeat 3 times)
25 Jumping Jacks
25 Standing Calf Raises
25 Jumping Jacks
25 High Knees
25 Lunges (each leg)
25 Russian Twists
25 Jumping Jacks
Spring Break is about a month away and we know this is when people will begin to flock to the gym to start preparing. Most times after a week or two of being at the gym, people begin to get bored and tend to forget about the Spring Break bodies they want to achieve. This is when having a personal trainer comes in handy. Personal trainers aren’t just for celebrities or athletes. Everyone and anyone can benefit from a personal trainer. Here are three benefits to having a personal trainer:
Personal trainers are able to hold you accountable for your goals and when you are supposed to be at the gym. They help you come up with goals, but along with that they also make sure that goals you set are realistic. Whether it’s running a mile non-stop or getting a strict pull-up, your trainer will help you come up with a plan on how to achieve your goal. Along with accountability, they motivate you during your workouts. You will never hear you trainer telling you that you CAN’T do something.
Not having the right technique can easily lead into an injury at the gym. Personal trainers are able to show you the proper ways to do certain movements. Proper technique will help you in reaching your goals. Trainers are also able to hold you accountable for proper technique during your workouts. With a personal trainer by your side, you will be less likely to experience a rolled ankle, pulled muscle or any other type of injury.
Going to the gym is one thing, but after you’re on the treadmill for half an hour, then what do you do? A personal trainer is able to help you develop a routine that is realistic for you. They will assess the best routine for your life's daily activities and what makes the most sense for you. They will not expect you to work out seven or even five days a week at the very beginning. Personal trainers are able to develop your routine based on what you are capable of doing, then helping you to meet and break through your limits.
Spring Break is almost here, so come get fit with us! We offer personal training at both our King William and Alamo Height locations. Call us at 210.412.0398 for more information.
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:
Join us on Friday, October 1, as we officially open the doors to our new MBS
Life retail space in King William. We'll have food, drinks and music to help
you enjoy the evening. Stop by from 6 to 9 p.m. to meet our instructors,
tour the facility, and mix and mingle with friends. Our new space is located
at 1115 South Alamo in the St. Benedict's building, next to the new Liberty
Bar. See you there.
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.
First of all let's be clear: I love breakfast. I mean love breakfast. That goofy, tail-wagging dance your oversized Labrador does in the morning just before the kibble hits the bowl? That's pretty much me.
I think about it all night, and make sure to get up early enough in the morning to prepare and fully enjoy it without having to rush out the door. And all that makes a huge difference, and often sets the tone for the rest of the day. Bottom line: a solid, tasty, nutrient rich breakfast makes me happy, and gives me everything I need for my extra-early, super-busy mornings.
That's not to say you have to eat breakfast. You can skip it entirely and still meet all your caloric, nutritional, and body composition goals. It's really a preference thing, as this recent article pointed out.
That aside, if you love morning eats and have a busy day ahead, then I've got an awesome recipe for you. I've actually got several, but this is one of my current faves which I tend to rotate in several times a week. It's simple, sweet, savory, filling, and so nutrient rich it will make you and your body happy.
So, grab a medium bowl, and throw in the following in the order listed below:
So, why is this such a potent breakfast (or snack)? Because aside from just looking good, nearly every ingredient serves a purpose and packs a punch. And several of the ingredients are straight up superfoods in their own right!
Strawberries (and most berries in general) are high in vitamin C, low in sugar, nutrient dense while calorically light, and among the top 20 foods in antioxidant capacity. In fact, you can eat two full pounds of strawberries for less than 300 calories. Seriously! Think about that next time you're actually hungry and reach for one of those tiny little food bars.
Cacao nibs (the raw, potent, unprocessed origins of chocolate) are pretty much the superfood of the year, high in fiber and magnesium with more antioxidants and flavonoids than you can shake a stick at. They also naturally contain a bit of caffeine and theobromine - both of which are stimulants - so they can give you a bit of a kick if you need it in the morning. They're nutty, crunch texture is also a nice plus.
Pistachios (and most nuts in general) pack in a hearty dose of positive fats, along with some fiber. Pistachios also pack in B vitamins, trace elements of minerals like copper and manganese, and are also higher in protein than most other nuts. They're striking green color also adds a nice visual touch to anything you put them in.
The cinnamon and toasted coconut chips add in a little flavor, color and texture without corrupting the recipe. And the cheeses sticks are an excellent protein source - you'll get 14 grams of the stuff for only 100 calories - and add a nice, savory touch to compliment the berries.
Even better, you can toss this recipe together in just a few minutes, and easily pack it in your own little bento box to take to work and enjoy later.
So, if you're having trouble getting your day started right, give this powerful recipe a try. It will leave you fueled up, satisfied, and fired up for whatever lies ahead!
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Work out on your own terms!
I ran a 5K on Sunday, it was all hills. The race was put on by Mind Body Soul Fitness; check out the flyer for the race below.
For me it was a rude awakening for sure. The night before the race my body felt achy, I knew I was catching a cold. I went to bed early and hoped I would feel better by the morning so I could run. Instead I woke up feeling yucky. My throat hurt and I didn’t want to get up. I dragged myself out of bed and somehow got dressed, ate a banana, drank some water and got into my car. When I got to the race it was drizzling and overcast, not the kind of weather I would ever want to run in, but I made a commitment to run.
I watched a fit couple get out of their car, they immediately started running. They were dressed like runners and were very bouncy and chipper. A little too perky if you ask me. I was grumpy. I wanted to climb back into my warm bed, pull the covers over my head and wait for my husband to make pancakes. I reluctantly got out of my car, walked over to the registration table and picked up my race chip. I wasn’t that exited to pick it up, I didn’t want anyone to know my time. I tied it on my running shoes and headed to the starting line.
I quickly switched to walking when I got to the infamous big hill. There I am in front of that runner who is about to lap me.
The course was a mile loop that had a huge hill that you had to run up three times. It was killer. I looked around as I walked and everyone and I mean everyone was in fantastic shape. You could tell these people ran all the time and couldn’t wait to tackle the big hill three times. Me I just wanted to get through it, preferably without passing out. I have never ran a race before where everyone was so fit and muscular; it was like I wasn’t in San Antonio. I don’t know what they do over at MBS Fitness, but clearly it works. I decided I needed to change my attitude, so I forced myself out of my grumpy mood. Instead of being intimidated by all of the athletic people I was surrounded by, I looked to them for inspiration.
I thought about Michael Jordan and how he often played his best games when he was sick, I stuck it out and kept going. There was no other choice; I knew I had to finish. Although my body wasn’t at its best my mind took control and I pushed forward. It’s always amazing to me what the human body is capable of doing once our mind and body work together. I didn’t exactly Michael Jordan it, but I got the job done. I was proud of myself for finishing the race and turning my mood around.
Running/walking this race was a great push that I really needed. I was becoming bored with my workout routine, it was getting to be too easy. I was ready for a challenge. The nice thing about signing up for a race is that you are committing yourself to doing it. You always have the option of walking but not finishing is really not an option. Being around athletic fit people who take care of their bodies just makes me want to take care of mine even more. I have always cared about what I put inside my body but I have been a little lax with my workout routine lately. Now I’m inspired to run more races.
There are two in particular that I am going to do. The Aveda Walk For Water on May 6th at The Pearl, which is raising money for clean water globally. I’m also excited about Free-da’s run for the arts. I saw a picture of the race shirts and they are so cool. Free-da’s run takes place on July 7th at the University of the Incarnate Word. The run goes along the River and through some back trails behind UIW, It will be beautiful. To read more about the organizer and artist Cecilia Iniguez check out her website. She is a very interesting and talented person.
Now I don’t recommend running when you are not feeling well, I walked most of the race and made sure I was very hydrated. Listen to your body and always take good care of it, it’s the only one you have. I hope you all have a fantastic day and that you will get outside and move your body today. Thank you very much Mind Body Soul Fitness for letting me use all of these pictures I really appreciate it. Be sure to check out their website and Viva Fiesta!