Austin Fit Magazine's Best of 2017
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BEST IN FITNESS
This elite fitness facility has something for everyone with its variety of group fitness classes. Sign up for a free trial on their website, and get fit with a community of other motivated people! Don’t forget to check out their outdoor space that includes a basketball court, three sand volleyball courts, and obstacle course!
Best CrossFit Gym
Woodward CrossFit (tie)
Serving North Austin, Round Rock and Cedar Park, Woodward CrossFit has two locations with a dedicated tight-knit community of crossfitters. With their big family following, it’s no wonder they tied with CrossFit Central!
CrossFit Central (tie)
CrossFit Central, a repeat winner, almost lost their status as the best CrossFit gym in the city. We know they both offer a killer workout, and we propose a face-off to determine the true winner!
Brodie Park CrossFit
CrossFit South Lamar
Best Strength & Conditioning Gym (non-CrossFit)
Also the winner of the best overall gym, this spacious indoor facility includes TRX, monkey bars, and boxing bags among the more traditional best-in-class gym equipment. CG Arena offers many group fitness classes and personal training, so don’t feel intimidated if you are new to strength and conditioning!
Best Yoga Studio
Black Swan Yoga
This donation-based yoga studio has won first place for Best Yoga Studio four years in a row. Black Swan Yoga is committed to being an accessible, community-based studio and is known for their heated, power, flow and Ashtanga classes. With three locations in Austin, this fan-favorite yoga community is a perfect fit for anyone looking for a yoga home.
Best Cycling Studio
RIDE offers next-level indoor cycling classes with great music, fun rhythmic moves, and a popular teaching staff. Get a killer workout here AND have a great time doing it!
Love Cycling Studio
Best Boxing/MMA Gym
Lions Krav Maga
A repeat winner, Lions Krav Maga offers a wide classes for all schedules, ages, and levels. Lions is the perfect spot to refine technical skill and mental fortitude. Not only will you get in shape through the training, the tactical skill and physical readiness you learn at Lions will prepare you to deal with real-life situations.
Best Local Instagram Fitness Celebrity
This Austin personal trainer, health coach, and indoor cycling instructor at RIDE still finds time to foster a strong social media presence. Follow her on Instagram @jessclarkie to see her awesome workouts and motivational posts.
Hardest Workout in Austin
CG wins this category for the second year in a row, proving that these dynamic group workouts are here to stay. There are now over 100 camps in Austin, so try it out if you haven’t yet– and get sweaty with your neighbors!
Tara Fredell RIDE class
Best Short Distance Road Race (10K or shorter)
This past April, this race celebrated its 40th anniversary in Austin with more than 21,000 participants—it’s now the largest 10K in Texas and the seventh largest in the nation.
TCloud Subs Turkey Trot
Run for the Water 5K
Best Long Distance Road Race (Longer than a 10K)
Each February, thousands of runners fill the Austin streets to participate in this event. Runners go through open roads and pass iconic Austin neighborhoods and landmarks before arriving at the finish line in front of the capitol building.
Run for the Water 10-Miler
A memorial day event, athletes start with a swim in Lady Bird Lake, then they run and bike through downtown Austin. There are super sprint, sprint, and international course options so all levels can join!
Jack’s Generic Tri
Best Trail Running Race
Spectrum Trail Racing
This Austin-based company hosts races all over Texas of various lengths and terrains. They emphasize stunning courses, a supportive community, and a killer after party.
Texas Switchback hosted by Trail Roots
Rogue Trail Series
Best Cycling Event
The Driveway Series
With races every Thursday from March through September, this is one of the largest weekly criterium cycling series in the nation. Cyclists race on three alternating courses around an asphalt racetrack designed for motorsports. The dynamic turns and fast pace make for an exciting and even dangerous race that spectators can enjoy, along with unlimited local brews for only $5 (free for racers!).
BP MS 150
Best Adventure Race
Spartan designs their obstacle races to push your mind and body to their limits to increase strength and resilience. They offer many options for races of varying lengths and difficulty around the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
Best Fitness Competition
We are truly honored and grateful to receive this designation. We love getting to spend time getting active with our Austin community as much as possible, and this annual event is no exception. See you there next year!
The Horrible Hundred
Best Bodybuilding Competition
Naturally Fit Games
Since 2011, this array of competitions has attracted some of the strongest athletes around. Spectators can participate in fitness classes, nutrition demos, and other interactive interactive offerings.
Since there was no clear third place winner, we are considering combining this category with the “Best Fitness Competition” next year. Let us know what you think @austinfit.
Best Barre Studio
With three locations in the Austin city limits, Pure Barre guarantees a full-body workout in under an hour. Low-impact, isometric movements target the areas women find most problematic while also getting the heart rate up. Most people see results in only 8-10 classes, so you owe it to yourself to try it out for a couple of months!
Best Pilates Studio
Pilates Bodies & Barre
This studio has stayed true to the classical teachings of Pilates, with only minor changes due to advances in the understanding of anatomy. Teachers with at least 600 hours of training guide individuals through systematic exercises with a dynamic, stamina-building rhythm and flow.
Best Youth Fitness Organization
This faith-based adventure camp for kids is suitable for any skill level, age group, or background. It’s a great way to get kids moving and encourage them to be excited about healthy living! It may be December, but summer will be here before we know it, so be sure to sign your kiddos up quickly!
West Austin Youth Association
Best Free Community Workout
Stronghorn Saturday Sweat Sessions
This popular sweat sesh will kick your butt. Gather your fellow weekend warriors, and head over to Stronghorn to start your weekend off right!
Camp Gladiator Community Saturday Workout
November Project Austin
Best Personal Trainer
A contender in several categories this year, this NCFS trainer is popular among both his devoted clients and IG followers. If you’re looking for a personalized meal or workout plan as we enter into 2018, Izzy is your guy!
Best Pilates Instructor
Tobie can be found teaching Pilates in the heart of Westlake. When she is not teaching public classes, she equips other aspiring instructors to get certified in Pilates, barre, and yoga at her studio, Beyond Barre.
Best Barre Instructor
Shannon Pike spends her time teaching barre at the Pure Barre studio in Austin. When she’s not helping students to tone their bodies, she’s running her company Moderna Muse, where she and her co-founder, Rashanna Moss, inspire women to be bold and connect to their inner voice.
Best Cycling Instructor
Frank’s classes sell out early, so be sure to reserve them in advance! His in-demand cycling prowess will have your butt burning and your thighs thanking you later! Frank teaches in the Galleria and Downtown Ride locations, so you can catch him all over Austin!
Best Yoga Instructor
Laura Hill Nash
When Laura isn’t teaching yoga at Corepower, you can find her at the barre, teaching at MODFitness. With a strong focus on wellness and balance, you’re bound to find your Austin workout home in the middle of one of her classes!
Amelia Raun (tie)
Lizzie Aguirre (tie)
Best Running Coach
Gilbert is one of the most philanthropic individuals in Austin. You might know him through Gilbert’s Gazelles—an Austin-based training group for runners. You can find Gilbert coaching track at St. Andrew’s High School, training runners in his running group, or planning the next annual Run for the Water, a local charity run to bring clean water to over 70,000 Burundians.
Best Triathlon Coach
Natasha Van Der Merwe
A former tennis player and professional triathlon competitor, Natasha is a repeat winner and is known as one of the best coaches in the Austin area. If you’re looking to become an outstanding tri-athlete, look no further!
Best CrossFit Coach
It’s no surprise that one of our winning CrossFit boxes also boasts our winning CrossFit coach. Adams specializes in RX Gymnastics and encourages the Woodward CrossFitters to continue to pursue new knowledge and certifications to stay on the pulse of the latest exercise science.
Jami Mendoza (tie)
Pamela Gagot (tie)
Best Group Fitness Instructor
Owner and ‘Chief Fitness Officer’ of Stronghorn Fitness, Jess Martin is well-known in the Austin fitness community. Get your workout in and ‘earn your shower’ (as Jess says!) at their Saturday Sweat Sessions.
Best Ambassador to Austin's Health & Fitness Community
Hop on the spin bike with Caprice in downtown Austin or at the Hill Country Galleria to claim your first free class!
These days, it seems like CG bootcamps are on every corner. Camp Gladiator meets you where you are, but be prepared for a challenge! Our favorite spot? The #audishores bootcamp at the Long Center–see you there!