Chris MacDonald CPT

Certified Personal Trainer based in San Antonio, Texas. Looking for new clients and offering in home training. Open to all types of schedules.

The decision to make a lifestyle change can prove intimidating. Adding exercise to your already busy schedule can seem daunting. Your goals seem too far away. Together we can eliminate these fears and work toward a happier healthier life. I provide private training to make you feel comfortable in learning new exercises with proper form and technique, without the pressure a crowded gym. I pride mys

Operating as usual


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S5 Friends!!

Greetings, folks. Dan Mac here.

Episode 031 of the S5 is now live. In this installment, we introduce Meadows End, Vernon of Persia, Alchemia, Helevorn, Matricide, Oculum Dei, Misshapen and Satyrasis to the rotation among old favorites Profusion, Enslaved By Fear, Frozen Shield, Diktatur, Circaic, Avast, Valhalla Lights and Nadimac.

Subscribe to the MixCloud page for all episodes of The S5 as well as past installments of the Shred Shack podcast and live radio show. Head over to the official Shred Shack YouTube channel ( or my own channel ( for more music-related content.


Artist: DEgITx
Song: Minefield (feat. Matty M.)
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Chris MacDonald CPT



Eat your demons.


I have never posted one of these and the gym was empty this morning, so what the hell. The weight I'm crushing for a double there is my current max, set back in December. I'm 3 weeks out from my scheduled max out and feeling strong. I look to add 5 - 10lbs every week leading up to max out, so we'll see where this is going. #uptheiron #dothework #logpress #pickingthingsupandputtingthemdown


Remember this...

We can't love this quote enough!


FOX Sports

Age is just a number... And its never too late to start...

Wrestling legend Ric Flair, The Nature Boy may be 67 years old, but he's still ridiculously strong


Damn right

Some advice for 2017. 👌🏼

[10/22/16]   Hello friends.

For those who have attended our bootcamps Saturday mornings, or any one who was/ is interested in them, we will need to reconfigure how we do it.

The majority of participants are from the Fleet Feet group and have been running longer distances, which pushed our time back which only allowed me 30 minutes to train, and now our friend Gracie will not be able to continue due to her new responsibilities at her job.

I am open to suggestions as to how we can continue these bootcamps because I know those who were involved liked it alot.

Let me know what you guys think.

[10/21/16]   Today was a good day:

I had a client today that wasn't feeling like she was making progress. So we did her measurements. She lost 2 inches in the chest/ back area and 2.5 inches in her waist (which are her two target areas). Needless to say, she felt much better and is ready to work even harder to prep for her wedding in 5 months.

Today was a good day.


Chris MacDonald CPT's cover photo 09/07/2016


Hey y'all,

I am pleased to announce that I can now offer my clients a new facility to train in.

SA Fitness, located in Stone Oak on Huebner Road, is an excellent place to get your work done. They offer plenty of the equipment the big gyms do (cardio machines, strength machines and free weights), but in a smaller, quieter and more comfortable setting.

The fee for the gym for my clients is only $25 (plus tax) a month, which gives you access to the gym at any time during business hours (5am-11pm EVERY day), showers, and sauna. My fees are separate and depend what kind of training you want.

If you or any one you know is in the market for personal training in a clean and private setting, please contact me. Come join our family!


Food for thought...

Drinking too much coffee will make you jittery, but going ham on sugar won’t make you hyper. It’s just a myth. (Tag your friends with a sweet tooth so they can celebrate.) Scientists did a series of studies more than 10 years ago and found the frenzied feeling we associate with sugar is just in our heads. That’s not to say we should eat every sugary treat in sight—it still can lead to weight gain.

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I have received word from Thumbtack that I am one of their Top Pros of 2016!!!


Yes it is...

Getting a great body isn't just about the hour you spend in the gym. It's about the decisions you make the other 23 hours of the day. 04/28/2016

The Best Damn Cardio Article - Period | T Nation

Good article about cardio. A small amount of cardio is okay if you enjoy it, but it's really not necessary for fat loss. Here’s a better way.


One of my best client transformations. Left is February 2015, right is February 2016.

We started working together in August 2015 and with a combination of strength and conditioning work coupled with his running training at @ffsanantonio, we reached his weight loss goals and helped complete his first full marathon in under 4 hours.

We recently switched to concentrate more on muscle growth and increased strength and he has been responding well.

If you or some you know is looking to make a change in their life, please contact me at [email protected].

03/25/2016 | The Ultimate Lifting Experience


78 year old woman deadlifts 225lbs (103kg) :)


10 Best Personal Trainers in San Antonio, TX 2016

Hey y'all, I made the top 10 Best Personal Trainers in San Antonio at #4 all thanks to you!!! Here is the definitive list of San Antonio's personal trainers as rated by the San Antonio, TX community. Want to see who made the cut?


Damn right...

Life doesn't get easier or more forgiving. We get stronger and more resilient.



Your hand picks up food that you have chosen and delivers it to your mouth. Accepting this responsibility is step one to long term health.


Some.useful information...

The number of kilometres you need to RUN to BURN this off 🔥


That about sums it up...

Some people whine, quit and make excuses. Some people squat.


Did you?

😂💪🏼 01/22/2016

Tip: Make the Trap Bar Your Secret Weapon | T Nation

I love the trap bar and use it in both my own training and for my clients who come to me at Up The Iron. Its a great tool. Six reasons the trap bar is just plain awesome. Check 'em out.



Friendly tip... Check your ego, secure your plates and do it right. This guy is lucky he didnt get crushed or hurt anyone else.

This weightlifter is very, very lucky:


While this article seems to be geared towards the ladies, these tips apply to all, regardless of s*x. Its that time of year where we all promise ourselves to make changes. Do not set yourself back right from the get go.

Don't make these mistakes on your weight-loss journey!


Gym Memes

An awesome lift. I especially like the slow motion so you can see every aspect of what goes into such and explosive move.

There is simply NO stopping this machine of a human being. 12/17/2015

The Lessons of Peyton Manning | T Nation

Although this article was written a year ago, before Peyton's performance decline, it still holds true and is def something we should all reflect on no matter what we are trying to achieve. Manning broke an 12/12/2015

Tip: End Every Workout With Your Worst Lift | T Nation

I am certainly adding this to my own training plan. My bench is certainly my weakest lift. Pick one lift and do 3-4 sets at 80% of your max at the end of every training session. Here's why. 12/08/2015

9 Ways to Stop Yourself from Overeating

With the holidays in full swing and the plethora of parties and goodies available, here are some tips to help the battle of the bulge. If you haven’t read the first post in this series, The Simple Tool That Can Help Prevent Overeating, start there to give yourself more background information for this article. Once you’ve recalibra…

[12/07/15]   Hey friends,

It's that time where we start thinking about the changes we want to make in the next year. One of the most popular New Years resolutions is starting a new fitness routine to lose those holiday pounds, and then some.

If you fall into this category, I am more than willing to help. I can provide training at your home, apartment gym, office, local park or my own home gym.

For those not in the San Antonio area, I can create exercise programs for you based on your individual needs and experience.

If you or some one you know is looking to make a change, contact me here.


Testosterone Nation

Food for thought...

The Quality Mass Diet
by Chris Shugart
Most so-called bulking diets just get you fat. Here’s a better way to eat for mass without adding all that chub. 11/20/2015

Black Coffee for Bodybuilders

I like mine black, bitter and on ice!!! Five ways black coffee helps support your bodybuilding gains. 11/20/2015

7 Reasons to Take Control of Your Macros

I will definitely be keeping closer track of my macros starting soon. But in the mean time, here are a few reason why its a good thing. 11/15/2015


This was very interesting to watch considering I get about 4 hours of sleep at night and a power nap here and there during the day for a total of 6 hours a day (Maybe). I know its hard get in 7-8 hours a night and still fit in everything we try to in a day, but it looks like we (myself very much included) might need to re-evaluate a few things. Over the years we’ve all pulled legendary all-nighters. Whether it’s out drinking in town, trying to finish an assignment or just having a laugh with your mates – but have you ever wondered what would happen if you didn’t actually get the sleep...

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Well that happened. Thats the 4 (405lbs) of the 2-3-4-5 goal, for a DOUBLE!! My back needs some more strength since I wa...
I have never posted one of these and the gym was empty this morning, so what the hell. The weight I'm crushing for a dou...
Its never too early to start on your fitness goals!!!





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