20 Years of Austin Fit Magazine
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Headliners of Austin Fit Magazine
An update on former cover stars and outstanding members of the community since their stories ran in Austin Fit Magazine.
Natasha Hastings—January 2016
Discover!: Olympian Profiles
One year ago, AFM did a one-page profile on Olympic hopeful Natasha Hastings. She already had a sponsorship contract with Under Armour and a gold medal from the 4x400M relay team's victory at the 2008 Beijing games, but still had more to show on the world stage. After missing the 2012 Olympics entirely, Hastings devoted her training to debuting an epic comeback at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Not only did she win another gold medal with the relay team, but she also competed individually, in which she placed fourth. The “400M Diva” still resides in Round Rock, TX where she continues to train for upcoming races. Hastings also keeps busy blogging about makeup, shopping trips, practice, and everything else in between on her YouTube channel. She publishes product promotions on her “Like A Pro” webpage, which is where most of her fans can keep up with her day-to-day. (Oh, and she’s still looking for Mr. Right!)
Tim Scott—July 2015
The Business of Fitness: Working On It
Tim Scott recognized that in addition to food and water, the homeless population would greatly benefit from the warmth provided by a pair of socks. This inspired a crowdfunding campaign, and the eventual launch of his company, Mitscoots. The model is similar to that of Tom’s Shoes; for every pair of socks purchased, a pair is given to someone in need. AFM’s Business of Fitness Issue profiled the growing venture, which emphasized Scott’s goal to help others get into permanent living situations. Since then, Mitscoots has added new products, grown its team, opened a storefront on Sixth Street, and given over 20,000 items (including scarves, gloves, beanies, and socks) to the homeless all over the country. Mitscoots Outfitters’ next line of products includes The Cause Cap, to give shade and heat protection from the sun. “We’re hungry to make more impact and get more people off the street. The foundation has been set and 2017 looks like the best year yet,” said Scott. “The long term goal is to be able to outfit the homeless from head to toe.” Mitscoots has also assisted in getting a few people into permanent living situations, and is still working to change the lives of many more.
Whitney Miller—June 2014
The Swimsuit Issue
Former Miss United States Whitney Miller graced the cover of our most popular annual issue in a skin-baring bikini that showed off her fit physique. When asked about her workout regimen, she said the secret to her toned figure was lots of tabata. In that same interview, Miller revealed her intention to make the switch from beauty queen to MMA fighter. Naturally, she made some tweaks to her training in preparation for her first fight. “I still have a strong love/hate relationship with tabatas! I love how my body responds to them and hate how slow the seconds tick by on the clock. Outside of that, I’ve started including mobility, cycling, and of course martial arts,” she said. Miller dedicated herself to months of training under the instruction of Olympic bronze medalist Tony Jeffries, and ultimately decided to make her debut in a boxing match rather than MMA against fight veteran River Fuller. Now that she’s got her first fight under her belt, she’s still deciding when or if she’ll get back in the ring. “2017 is all about rehabbing my body and doing the things that will keep it performing at its peak without any sort of injury or pain.”
Two Men, One App, and a Revolution
In 2013, Kevin Callahan and Robin Thurston shared the history of MapMyFitness, shortly after announcing their sale to Under Armour. The co-founders stayed with the company for some time after the transition, but ultimately decided to embark on new projects of their own. Callahan now partners with his wife, Maggie, who launched Maggie Louise Confections, a designer chocolatier, in 2013. In nearly no time, their new venture took off, with exposure on The Today Show and a feature as one of Oprah’s “favorite things.” Thurston now holds the position of CEO for Helix, a DNA-based app based in California. Although their careers have strayed somewhat from the fitness community, they both strive to remain active—and connected. “I now have 8,134 miles logged on MapyMyFitness,” Callahan said. “Not as intense as it used to be, but I still love to run.”
Trey Hardee—January 2012
Austin’s Trey Hardee Reigns as World's Greatest Athlete
Life since Trey Hardee’s 2012 cover feature has been nothing short of eventful, both personally and professionally. Coming off of a silver medal victory at the London Olympics, Hardee was optimistic about returning to the 2016 Games in Rio. As one of the few Americans to win multiple world championship decathlon titles, his chances of bringing home another medal were good. But in 2015, a back injury at the World Championships chances posed a threat to his Olympic hopes. No stranger to injury, Hardee recovered like a champion and qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials. On the first day of Trials, Hardee aggravated a hamstring injury and was forced onto the sidelines. He did make it to Rio Games, though, serving as a guest analyst for NBC. He married his longtime girlfriend Chelsea in 2014, and the couple welcomed their first child in December 2016. Olympic medalist, world champion, and now...dad.
John Paul and Eloise DeJoria—December 2011
Deck the Halls with Boughs of Harley
John Paul DeJoria might be most well-known for his hair care and product empire, Paul Mitchell Systems, and his billionaire status (if you’ve picked up a copy of Forbes in the last decade). But what many don’t know is that his greatest value stems from philanthropic efforts, and the love he and his wife Eloise share. Our 2011 interview with the couple focused less on business profits, and more on a different kind of wealth. “Success unshared is failure,” he often says, serving as inspiration for him and Eloise to give back to the community. In addition to their Peace, Love and Happiness Foundation, the newer organizations the DeJorias support are Food 4 Africa, Sea Shepherd, and Mobile Loaves & Fishes in Austin.
In 2013, John Paul served as a guest investor on the television show Shark Tank. A deal DeJoria made with a humble farmer, Johnny Georges and his Tree-T-Pee, went viral soon after it aired, and gave viewers a firsthand look at how big of a heart the investor has.
Keith Bell—September 2010
Swimming in the Fountain of Youth
If you heard that someone swam every single day for 10,000 consecutive days, you might call them crazy. But, instead, most people just call him Dr. Keith Bell. In his 2010 cover story, Olympic performance psychologist Dr. Bell spoke to the benefits of his quotidian fitness routine, and revealed his secret to youthful energy at the age of 62. He stuck with his regimen and finally, this past year, celebrated his 10,000 consecutive day of swimming. The accomplishment was recognized by Mayor Steve Adler, who proclaimed Sept. 3, 2016 "Keith Bell’s Celebrate Swimming Day.” Admittedly, he says that’s not all swimming is about. “I certainly don’t go to swim to keep up my streak. To me, swimming is a wonderful part of my day. Swimming every day is just me being me. I swim for fun, fitness, health (physical and mental), weight control and cosmetic reasons.” You still can find Dr. Bell out in the water getting his daily fix—often at Deep Eddy pool, or in Lake Travis for open water swims—striving to get faster with every stroke.
Paul Carrozza—October 2009
25 Local Health and Fitness Entrepreneurs
For over two decades, RunTex ruled the roost in the fitness community and Paul Carrozza was a household name. It was Austin’s first and only store devoted exclusively to running, eventually becoming one of the most widely known homegrown brands in the city. Things were going well—so it seemed. Although the popularity of RunTex pushed Carrozza to expand to additional locations around Austin, it was this move that led to the company’s ultimate demise. In 2013, RunTex shuttered and forced Carrozza to start something new. He hasn’t strayed from the running world entirely—just changed his stride. “Mostly I’m involved through development for companies who are trying to get established in Austin. I’m also coaching. I like to focus on coaching kids in middle school and high school and then people that are middle-aged, the 40 and up crowd,” Carrozza said.
Tyson Cole—November 2007
The Dining Issue: Austin’s Top Restaurateurs
In 2007, Tyson Cole made Austin Fit Magazine’s list of top ten restaurateurs, and was selected as the face of the cover for that issue. His famed flagship restaurant Uchi was the only one he had at the time, where he was growing accustomed to balancing the role of sushi chef and businessman. Unsurprisingly, Cole’s success skyrocketed, earning him a James Beard award, a cameo on “Top Chef” supporting his mentee (and subsequent champion) Paul Qui, and a steadfast expansion to five total restaurants under his group Hai Hospitality. Despite working in such a challenging industry, Cole credits his culinary achievements to a few factors. “Mostly though, it is due to our partners and a leadership team that never settles,” he said. Lucky timing has also helped, as well as prime location. “As Austin has blossomed over the past decade, growing from a quiet town to a nationally recognized city, all the talent and people moving here have become our staff and guests. Austin is the key to Uchi’s success.” Cole is still committed to serving, teaching, and helping people—and of course, serving some of the city’s most innovative and favored food.