Austin Fit Magazine's "The Best of 2018"

By AFM Staff – November 30, 2018
Photo by Brian Fitzsimmons

Our readers voted in a variety of categories to voice some of their favorite stores, people, gyms, eateries — all the components of a fit and healthy lifestyle. If your favorite didn’t make the list, let your voice be heard next year and vote for your favorite. 


Best Store for Fitness Apparel and Gear 

  1. RIDE Indoor Cycling
  2. Outdoor Voices 
  3. Academy *Has placed six years running!


Best Spa Experience

  1. Milk + Honey
    *Has placed FIRST six years running!
  2. Viva Day Spa
    *Has placed six years running!
  3. The W Hotel Away Spa


Best Hotel

  1. The W
  2. South Congress Hotel
  3. The Four Seasons



Best Nonprofit

  1. Austin Pets Alive!  (pictured above)
  2. The Gazelle Foundation
  3. The Flatwater Foundation


Best Running Shop


  1. Rogue Running
  2. The Loop Running Supply
  3. Fleet Feet


Best Bike Shop 

  1. Bicycle Sport Shop
    *Has placed six years running!
  2. Mellow Johnny’s
    *Has placed six years running!
  3. Bicycle World



Best Outdoor Spot

  1. Zilker Park (pictured above)
  2. Barton Springs
  3. Lady Bird Lake (AKA Town Lake)


Best Veterinarian 

  1. PAZ
  2. Austin Urban Pet
  3. Firehouse


Best Pet Food Store

  1. Tomlinson’s
  2. Healthy Pet
  3. Bark ‘n Purr


Best Live Music Venue


  1. ACL Live Moody Theater 
  2. Stubb’s
  3. The Mohawk



Best Local Artist


  1. Bob Schneider (pictured above)
  2. Willie Nelson
  3. Shakey Graves


Healthiest Teacher


  1. Nicole Seltman 
  2. Holly Phinney
  3. Paul Smith





Best Smoothie Shop

  1. JuiceLand (pictured above)
    *Has placed FIRST six years running!
  2. The Soup Peddler
  3. Daily Juice
    *Has placed six years running!


Best Coffee Shop

  1. Summer Moon 
  2. Epoch
  3. Starbucks


Best Food Truck

  1. Garbo’s
  2. Chi’lantro
  3. Gourdough’s


Best Taco

  1. Torchy’s Tacos
  2. Tacodeli
  3. Veracruz All Natural


Best Healthy Restaurant

  1. True Food Kitchen
  2. Flower Child
  3. Picnik



Best Indulgence


  1. Uchi  (pictured above)
  2. Chuy’s
  3. Jeffrey’s


Best Bar

  1. Whisler’s
  2. Gibson Street Bar
  3. Mean Eyed Cat



Best Local Wine, Beer or Spirit

  1. Tito’s Handmade Vodka (pictured above)
  2. Deep Eddy Vodka
  3. Austin Eastciders


Best Farmers’ Market


  1. Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller
  2. SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown
  3. Texas Farmers’ Market at Lakeline Mall


Best Nutritionist/Dietician

  1. Carly Pollack (Nutritional Wisdom)
    *Has placed FIRST five years running!
  2. Natalie Picchetti-Moos
  3. Brooke Zigler



Best Gym

  1. Camp Gladiator
  2. Gold’s Gym
  3. Lifetime Fitness


Best Bootcamp 

  1. Camp Gladiator
  2. Stronghorn Fitness
  3. HEAT Bootcamp



Best Strength and Conditioning Gym

  1. CG Arena (pictured above)
  2. Bear Creek Performance Training
  3. UpReach CrossFit​  *NEW WINNER


Best Boxing/MMA Gym 

  1. Knockout
  2. Lions Krav Maga
  3. Onnit


Best Yoga Studio

  1. Yoga Yoga
  2. Black Swan Yoga
    *Has placed seven years running!
  3. CorePower Yoga


Best Barre Studio

  1. MOD Fitness
  2. Pure Barre
    *Has placed seven years running!
  3. barre3
    *Has placed six years running!



Best Pilates Studio

  1. Pure Pilates Austin (pictured above)
  2. The Lagree Studio
  3. Pilates Bodies & Barre


Best Cycling Studio

  1. RIDE Indoor Cycling 
  2. LOVE Cycling Studio
  3. Soul Cycle


Best Youth Fitness Organization

  1. CG Victory
  2. YMCA
  3. Lions Krav Maga



Best Free Community Workout 

  1. Stronghorn Sweat Sessions (pictured above)
    *Has placed six years running!
  2. Camp Gladiator
  3. UpReach Crossfit


Best Personal Trainer

  1. Izzy El-Ubaydy 
  2. Kim Eagle
    *First/Second place winner six years running!
  3. Mike O’Hara
    *Has placed six years running!


Best Yoga Instructor

  1. Raina Gradford​
  2. Gustavo Padron
  3. Gillian West


Best Pilates Instructor

  1. Tobie Funte
  2. Caitlin Fennessy
  3. Vlada Sheber


Best Barre Instructor

  1. Shannon Pike
  2. Anika Jones 
  3. Holly Phinney


Best Cycling Instructor 

  1. Alana Woolf
  2. Megan Knight
  3. Frank Nicholas



Best Running Coach 

  1. Gilbert Tuhabonye (pictured above)
    *Has placed FIRST six years running!
  2. Chris McClung
  3. Pamela Gagot


Best Group Fitness Instructor

  1. Frank Nicholas
  2. David Garza
  3. Justin Adams


Best Health and Fitness Ambassador

  1. Caprice Richards
  2. Jess Martin
  3. Izzy El-Ubaydy


Hardest Workout

  1. Stronghorn Fitness 
  2. Tara Fredell- RIDE class
  3. Camp Gladiator


Best Road Race

  1. Cap10k 
  2. Run For Water
    *Has placed six years running!
  3. ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot


Best Triathlon

  1. Life Time Tri CapTex
  2. The Rookie Triathlon
  3. Jack’s Generic Triathlon
    *Has placed six years running!


Best Trail Running Race

  1. Texas Switchback Trail Race (TrailRoots)
  2. Bandera Endurance Trail Run (Tejas Trails)
  3. Sky Island (Spectrum Trail Racing)


Best Cycling Event

  1. BP MS 150
  2. Lifetime Driveway Series
  3. LIVESTRONG Challenge


Best Adventure Race 

  1. Spartan Race
  2. Tough Mudder
  3. Spread Your Wings Adventure Race



Best Fitness Competition

  1. Austin’s Fittest (pictured above)
  2. Horrible Hundred
  3. CG Games





Best Hospital

  1. St. David’s Medical Center (pictured above)
  2. Seton Healthcare
  3. Dell Children’s Medical Center 


Best Dermatologist 

  1. Dr. Amy McClung
  2. Dr. Renee Snyder
  3. Dr. Lisa Rhodes


Best Physical Therapist

  1. Quantum Physical Therapy (Dr. Brenda Walk)
  2. Mondo Sports Therapy (Dr. Pieter Kroon and Dr. Katie Gwyn)
  3. Generator Athlete Lab (Dr. Jessica Tranchina)



  1. Dr. Christopher Seeker
    *Has placed FIRST five years running!
  2. Drs. Jason AND Michelle Gooch
  3. Dr. Marco Uribe


Best Pediatrician

  1. Dr. Samuel Mirrop and Dr. Jaime Ramirez *TIE*
  2. Dr. Ari Brown
  3. Dr. Leigh Grady


Best Orthopedic

  1. Dr. Matthew Driscoll
  2. Dr. Shelby Carter
  3. Dr. S. Brent Brotzman


Best Cosmetic Surgeon

  1. Dr. Ned Snyder IV
  2. Dr. Ashley Gordon
  3. Dr. Rocco Piazza


Best Dentist

  1. Summer Rydel, DDS
  2. Bryan Smith, DDS
  3. Nazim K. Shahi, DDS



Best Acupuncturist

  1. Lucas Brown (pictured above)
  2. Matthew Kirsch
  3. Aaron Rubinstein


Best Massage Therapist

  1. Nick Picchetti
  2. Brent Holloway
  3. Michelle Hittner and Tammy Marquez *TIE*


Best Chiropractor

  1. Dr. Noah J. Moos
  2. Dr. John Tuggle​
    *Has placed six years running! 
  3. Dr. Daniel Gonzalez


Best Med Spa

  1. Mint and Thyme 
  2. Muse MedSpa​
  3. La Vie En Rainey


Best Mental Health Professional

  1. John Howard, MA 
  2. Dr. Tracy Carver, PhD
  3. Casey Lepper, LMFT


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