Best Of 2014
We asked. You voted. Here are the people and places that stood out this past year in Austin’s health and fitness scene
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As a staff, we are so excited that this year’s list reflects the diversity of the Austin fitness community. Life as a fit family includes a lot of moving parts, so we’ve tried to help you navigate the dynamic Austin lifestyle by providing relevant and important categories. Each vote that was cast could only be counted once, so multiple votes from the same account were discarded. See one of your favorite businesses or people missing from the list? Get involved next year and help us grow “The Best of Health and Fitness” AFM contest!
* Multiple Winners
+ Close Calls
Best Fitness App
This is your one stop shop for tracking all of your hard work. Track your run with GPS mapping, network with friends, track your food using the USDA database, and sync other activities. Mapmyfitness.com/app
2nd) My Fitness Pal
Track your calorie intake online or on your phone with the largest food database. For busy days, you can even scan the barcode to get a calorie count.
3rd) Strava Fitness Apps
Created by a team of global athletes, Strava apps allow you to compete with other runners and cyclers. You can even look up the best running/cycling trails wherever you go.
+) Nike+ Training Apps
Paired with Fuelbands or Nike+ software, Nike+ Running, Nike+ SE, and Nike+ Training Club offer a suite of fitness tracking ranging from full body workouts to GPS maps.
Best Post-Race Celebration
1st) Maudie’s Tex-Mex
Offering Tex-Mex since the 1950s, Maudie’s is an Austin staple. Reward yourself with fresh-squeezed lime margaritas or behave with a wide-range of gluten free options.
Who can resist the lure of jalapeño ranch dip or half-price margaritas? After a day of hitting the trail, this Tex-Mex chain offers some well-deserved, great tasting celebration goods.
Fresh produce, innovative combos, and creamy milkshake specials make the experience of a Hopdoddy crafted burger worth the extra workout.
You’ve probably seen this Austin joint’s iconic neon sign while driving down SoCo. Under the beetle or at one of their other locations you can find tasty eats and Texas beer.
Best Outdoor Patio
1st) Red’s Porch
There’s something new to try every day at this local hang out. Check out daily food and drink specials or the robust gluten free menu. We’re hungry just thinking about this place.
2nd) Shady Grove
This Barton Springs landmark is an Austin gem. Check out live music, happy hour and a staff that encourages mingling, all under a cozy canopy of massive pecan trees.
Get the coastal treatment with fresh seafood flown in daily and cocktails that will make you smell the ocean. We recommend weekend brunches or their happy hour for an extra treat.
One visit to this East Side patio will make you yearn for more ranch house entertainment. Here you can find Texas hospitality, open skies, beer, margaritas and fresh bar food.
1st) Milk + Honey
With two locations—in downtown Austin and Bee Caves—this day spa has been consistently praised in and outside the community. The posh, modern environment provides a space for unwinding in a hometown, homegrown getaway.
2nd) Lake Austin Spa
Nestled in the hillside of Lake Austin, this award-winning spa offers relaxation on your time frame. From mud baths to personal fitness instructions, you can choose how to unwind.
This day spa offers stellar packages for hours of pampering. The spa menu is extensive at both locations; peruse to find exactly what your body needs this year.
+) The Away Spa
Located inside the W Hotel in downtown Austin, this day spa offers an in-town detox. Lucky for us, Texans get 30 percent of all services Monday–Thursday.
Favorite Fitness Store for Apparel and Gear
This yoga and workout haven offers the prettiest outfits to sweat in. Combining comfort and beauty, you’ll find functional, durable staples to fill your workout wardrobe.
2nd) Luke’s Locker
The staff at Luke’s is filled with people who understand your needs as an athlete. In addition to a huge stock, you can get fitted with the best gear to keep you healthy year-round.
3rd) Rogue Running
In addition to the teams, coaches and events that Rogue produces, Rogue Running has the gear to get you set for fitness. They even offer product reviews by local athletes.
This national chain is less personalized than other local shops, but offers prices friendly to stocking up on athletic goods. They also have a huge brand variety.
Best Fitness Nonprofit
1st) Marathon High*
2nd) Ballet Austin
This bilingual team focuses on low-income communities to provide fitness and nutrition programs. These classes are held on site for locals in places like apartment communities.
Whether looking up how long to cook chicken or trying to find a corporate sponsor for your next health endeavor, Livestrong has earned national recognition in health and fitness activism.
Best Health Nonprofit
1st) Ballet Austin*
2nd) Marathon High
+) Sustainable Food Centers
This diverse nonprofit offers everything: cooking classes, help for children and families trying to grow their own food, connections for local growers within the community and more.
Best Bike Shop
1st) Jack and Adam’s
This shop has been rated “The Best of Texas” for almost ten years. This Austin-based store emphasizes triathlons but is full of staff that can help you get started on your cycling journey.
2nd) Bicycle Sport Shop
Since 1983, Bicycle Sport Shop has expanded from a small shop for mountain bikes to a thriving member of the cycling community. The stores have been advocating for Austin cyclers for 30 years.
3rd) Mellow Johnny’s
Located in downtown Austin, this bike shop is a commuter haven. Besides a large variety of services, the store has lockers and showers for your New Year fitness commitment.
+) Castle Hill Cycles
High-end cyclists will love this shop. Castle Hill is one of the leading Pinarello dealers in the country. They also a variety of services to help you with tune ups.