Category: Health & Fitness
|June 9, 2011||Posted by Angela under Community Involvement, Health & Fitness, Why I like San Antonio|
I was watching the WOAI news yesterday and was happy to hear about students at the N.E.I.S.D.’s STEM Academy “beating out thousands of teams across Texas” with their research on the negative impact pharmaceuticals have on our environment if not properly disposed.
They took 2 samples of soil, watering one with pure, distilled water and the other with water that was contaminated with a common medication. The first soil sprouted healthy plants while the latter didn’t even sprout. Their conclusion was that if we don’t properly disposed common medications today, we could be deteriorating our environment for generations to come.
When they did a survey to find out if people knew the proper way to dispose of medications, 80% didn’t know the correct way. Medications that are flushed down the toilet or dumped in the trash will contaminate San Antonio’s future water supply.
They are on a mission to educate people by developing a prototype for people to safely store discarded medication.
Wow, impressive stuff from our San Antonio youth.
|May 10, 2011||Posted by Angela under Health & Fitness|
|May 13, 2010||Posted by Angela under Health & Fitness|
I’ve been meaning to post about my latest CrossFit experience. As you know, I started CrossFit last summer with Alamo CrossFit. I really enjoyed it but unfortunately, I only did it for 3 months. The location wasn’t convenient to my home or office location.
Recently, I received an email from Dennis Boline (fellow Racker and the person that got me into CrossFit) about a free all women CrossFit workout with Emily Van Vleck, CrossFit trainer with Elite CrossFit. Elite CrossFit works out at the University of Incarnate Word, centrally located in San Antonio.
What was this free workout all about? Well, Emily was turning 24 and to celebrate her 24th birthday, she wanted to offer a free CrossFit work out to women only. What a brilliant idea! It was a Saturday morning in March so the weather was perfect. Women showed up from all over the city. She grouped us by level of experience and in heats. For each level, there was a male trainer there to spot you. Here was the work out:
WORKOUT (these weights are for Level 1):
- 400m walk/run/jog
- 24 step ups onto a 12′ box
- 24 push press with a 25lb bar
- 24 dumbbell swings with a 15lb dumbbell
- 24 burpees
- 24 walking lunges with a 10lb plate held overhead
- 400m walk/jog/run
I know it doesn’t look difficult but you’re going for a time. I was coming out of my winter hibernation so I have to say, I was a bit out of shape. They took photos and here is one of me being super dramatic:
Emily was so awesome and I commend her for a job well done. She had t-shirts made, had branded water bottles and everything was super organized. Emily is actually from northern California, but has been living in San Antonio since 2004. She came to UIW for synchronized swimming and was team captain, All-American and three-time member of the USA National Team. She is currently the Assistant Coach of Synchronized Swimming at UIW. You can read more about her here: http://elitecoaches.blogspot.com/
I just received an email from her about a Summer Boot Camp she will be running. It sounds super awesome. Here are the details:
UIW Summer Bootcamp Program
Learn how to truly gain a level of fitness you have never experienced before. You will perform skills and exercises that will improve the 10 areas of fitness: AEROBIC ENDURANCE, STAMINA, STRENGTH, FLEXIBILITY, SPEED, POWER, COORDINATION, AGILITY, BALANCE and ACCURACY!
May 17, 2010- August 13, 2010
UIW Summer Bootcamp Program Fee: $275. A savings of $175!!!
Click here to sign up: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/asp/home.asp?studioid=6898
This is a killer deal! I highly recommend going to Emily. It’s things like this that will help transition San Antonio into a healthier city.
|January 11, 2010||Posted by Angela under Community Involvement, Health & Fitness, Words of Inspiration & Motivation|
Happy New Year!
So what’s new for 2010? I am coaching my first volleyball team! This is something I have always wanted to do but never ran into the opportunity. When my aunt contacted me about a volleyball club needing a volleyball coach for a 12 & under team, I jumped on it. I’m passionate about the sport and passionate about working with our youth so I felt this was my calling.
I can’t tell you how nervous I was meeting the parents. I have been in business for 7 years and have had to present to high profile clients and executive leadership numerous of times but never was I this nervous. These parents were meeting someone for the first time that would be working with their daughter for the next 6 months. I needed to earn their trust. Talking a bit about my experience helped. The next step was proving myself.
I outlined what I was going to go over in my first practice and reviewed it over and over and over and over in my head. Once practice came and I started running the drills, I realized that I was way ahead of myself. These girls are only 9 and 10 years old! I needed to teach them the fundamentals of just passing the ball and controlling the ball. I had to go back and re-outline my practices. I now have the hang of it.
Our first tournament was this past weekend. We are in the 12 & under division so I knew we were going up against girls that were older than my girls and had 1 year under their belt in club volleyball. Mentally, I was prepared for this. Was I prepared for our opposing team to be twice the size of my team? No! I showed up at 7:30am to see a bunch of mammoths warming up. I only had a few girls there and we were scheduled to play at 8am, against the mammoths! My poor parents were so freaked out. I kept my composure. I got my girls warmed up and ready to play. We had to play them so there was no use in freaking out. And although we lost, we took the mammoths to 3 games. Not bad.
We went on to lose 1 more match but won our last match, yeah! I was so exhausted by the end of our last match. I had such a blast and left with an amazing feeling inside. We are only going to get better and now, I actually want to play some more mammoths.
This year, it’s not about my success. For me, it’s about helping my girls succeed.
|November 16, 2009||Posted by Angela under Family Stuff, Health & Fitness|
My cousin, Renee, a senior at O’Connor high school played for the varsity volleyball team this past season. They beat Reagan, making them number 1 in the city. They made it to the final four for the 5A State Championship, beating a team from the valley. They went up against Austin Westlakes, a team that had won the IV-5A title the past 2 years. This was new for O’Connor and I am so happy Renee had the opportunity to make it that far. It will be an experience she will never forget. She is #5 on the far right. Go Renee! Read the full article here.