Best Of 2014

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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!

Editor’s Notes:

* Multiple Winners

+ Close Calls


Lifestyle

Best Fitness App 

1st) MapMyFitness 
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.
Myfitnesspal.com
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.
Strava.com/running-app
+) 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.
Nike.com 

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.
Maudies.com
2nd) Chuy’s
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.
Chuys.com
3rd) Hopdoddy
Fresh produce, innovative combos, and creamy milkshake specials make the experience of a Hopdoddy crafted burger worth the extra workout.
Hopdoddy.com
+) Doc’s
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.
Eatdrinkdocs.com

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.
Redsporch.com
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.
Theshadygrove.com
3rd) Perla’s
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.
Perlasaustin.com
+) Contigo
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. 
Contigotexas.com

Best Spa

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. 
Milkandhoneyspa.com
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.
Lakeaustin.com
+) Viva
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.
Vivadayspa.com
+) 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.
Austinawayspa.com

Favorite Fitness Store for Apparel and Gear

1st) Lululemon
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.
Lululemon.com
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.
Lukeslockerinc.com
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.
Roguerunning.com
+) Academy
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.
Academy.com

Best Fitness Nonprofit

1st) Marathon High*
Marathonhigh.com
2nd) Ballet Austin
Balletaustin.com
3rd) WeViva
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.
Weviva.org
+) Livestrong
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.
Livestrong.org

Best Health Nonprofit

1st) Ballet Austin*
Balletaustin.com
2nd) Marathon High
Marathonhigh.com
3rd) Livestrong*
Livestrong.org
+) 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.
Sustainablefoodcenter.org

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.
Jackandadams.com
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.
Bicyclesportshop.com
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.
Mellowjohnnys.com
+) 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.
Castlehillcycles.com

 

Nutrition

Best Guilty Pleasure Dessert

1st) Amy’s Ice Cream
The menu at Amy’s is extensive, delicious, and constantly being updated. Feel good about spending your cheat day money here; this local ice cream chain is super involved in the community. 
Amysicecreams.com
2nd) Gourdough’s
Whether you stop by the Public House on South Lamar or any of the food trailers, find everything delicious you never thought to do with a donut at Gourdough’s.
Gourdoughs.com
3rd) Lick
Trust us when we say you want to get a punch card here. The fresh ingredients and organic feel of this ice cream joint will almost make you forget you’re indulging. Almost.
Ilikelick.com
+) Hey Cupcake
These are not the cupcakes you ate at birthday parties growing up. Biting into one of these sweet treats is a gourmet experience worth the trek to one of Hey Cupcake’s food trailers.
Heycupcake.com

Best Smoothie

1st) Juiceland
The winner by an impressive margin, Juiceland is the Austin go-to for smoothies. Options range from health conscious to sweeter options for smoothie newbies.
Juicelandaustin.com
2nd) Daily Juice
Founded in Austin in 2003, this juice bar strives for natural benefits. Their smoothies are free of chemicals, preservatives, dyes, and otherwise “denatured food.”
Dailyjuicecafe.com
3rd) Whole Foods
Reward yourself for finally going and getting groceries with a delicious smoothie. You can always count on fresh, delicious combinations here.
Wholefoods.com
+) Skinny Limits
Skinny Limits is a family business focused on juice cleanses, but offering a wider menu. If you’re looking to finally take the plunge, the cleanses here make healthy living easier.
Skinnylimits.com

Best Healthy Restaurant

1st) Whole Foods*
The variety here will make it hard to choose what to put in your biodegradable lunchbox. Check out tacos, pizza, Asian fusion, or any of the daily buffets.
Wholefoods.com
2nd) Casa de Luz
The menu here is gluten free, vegan, organic, and in a venue made for health and wellness. Check out the daily menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Casadeluz.org
3rd) Bouldin Creek Café
Vegetarians and omnivores alike will find tasty options here. Check out their breakfast tacos or Tarzan salad.
Bouldincreekcafe.com
+) Snap Kitchen
For fresh, on-the-go food, stopping here will keep your day healthy without stealing your time. Every meal of the day has a great variety to choose from.
Snapkitchen.com

Best Healthy To-Go

1st) Snap Kitchen*
Snapkitchen.com
2nd) MyFitFoods
Stop by for a quick meal in a rush, or make a long-term commitment. Their 21-Day Challenge could be a great way to start off the new year.
Myfitfoods.com
3rd) Whole Foods*
Wholefoods.com
+) Juiceland*
Juicelandaustin.com

Best Local Grocery

1st) Whole Foods*
Wholefoods.com
2nd) H-E-B
For fresh food on a budget, H-E-B is a great place to stop for produce. Their prepared food section has gotten revamping over the past couple of years for more quick meals.
Heb.com
3rd) Wheatsville Food Co-op
Wheatsville is a full service grocery store, and is open to all shoppers. They have over 2,000 local items in stock, an average of 75–80 percent organic produce, and have donated over $150,000 back to local non-profits and community groups in 2014. Wheatsville has been serving the Austin community since 1976 and is the only retail grocery cooperative in Texas.
Wheatsville.coop
+) Central Market
For gourmet cooking, Central Market is a great place to find what you couldn’t on your own. Look for wine specials, specialty meats and other fine food offerings.
Centralmarket.com

 

Fitness

Best Outdoor Group Workout

1st) Camp Gladiator*
Get those competitive juices going in a group setting. When you need the support, you’ll also find trainers with a reputation for helping their gladiators.
Campgladiator.com/Austin
2nd) Stronghorn Fitness*
This company offers a few options for outdoor workouts: Strides for the runners, Sweat Sessions for the boot camp athlete, and Vinyasa Yoga for the outdoor yogis.
Stronghornfitness.com
3rd) Rogue Running
Join a solid team atmosphere to train for your next event. Rogue offers marathon training, half-marathon training, 5K/10K beginner running, and trail running.
Roguerunning.com
+) Fit & Fearless Krav Maga
Combine self-defense with an intense workout at Fit & Fearless. The company takes the approach of building endurance and overall fitness while learning the basics of this martial art.
Fitandfearless.com

Best National Gym

1st) Gold’s Gym
Check out one of seven Austin-area locations with a membership here. The large franchise offers convenience and the ability to mix-and-match classes in so many locations.
Goldsgym.com
2nd) Lifetime Fitness
This resort-style gym offers a fitness community with your needs in mind. Check out indoor pools, tons of fitness programs to join (yoga, running, cycling, etc.) and childcare until 8:30 p.m.
Lifetimefitness.com
3rd) 24 Hour Fitness
Work out at a time that’s convenient for you with a large variety of classes and locations. Check online for different amenities at each location.
24hourfitness.com
+) YMCA
This community center is probably the best bargain for the amount of classes and seminars available for your fitness journey. The Y even offers income-based payments.
Austinymca.com

Best Local Gym

1st) Pure Austin
Pure offers the local gym feel without sacrificing the variety and equipment of a national gym membership. Check out their new Speed Shop location for athletic training.
Pureaustin.com
Pureaustinspeedshop.com
2nd) Castle Hill Fitness
Tucked in the heart of downtown Austin, this local fitness joint offers a café, a cycling shop, specialty classes, an expansive gym space, boot camps, yoga, Pilates, a spa—you get the idea.
Castlehillfitness.com
3rd) Camp Gladiator Arena
This first class boot camp has added an indoor space in recent years to much applause. Find the same high level of group fitness here without braving the winter weather.
Cgarenagroupfitness.com
+) Bigger Faster Stronger Training
Find a smaller atmosphere while still using equipment that you need here. Bonus: This family-owned gym is involved with one of our favorite nonprofits, Team RWB. 
Biggerfasterstrongertraining.com

Best Apartment/Condo Gym

1st) FXfit
From cycling and circuit training to Zumba, yoga, and Kettleboxing—a hybrid activity combining Kettlebells with kickbox motions—you’re sure to find an FXfit Camp class that appeals to your fitness personality. Join the next training session at The Villages at The Domain, Domain Parkside, Cole, The 704, or the Lakeshore Pearl apartments. 
Getfxfit.com
2nd) Riata
riata.com
3rd) Gables
gables.com

Best Boot Camp

1st) Camp Gladiator*
Campgladiator.com
2nd) Stronghorn Fitness*
Stronghornfitness.com
3rd) Relentless Bootcamp
A cool aspect of this fitness company is their corporate wellness program; this includes nutrition education, weekly meetings, and more. Find other weekly classes online.
Relentlessbootcamp.com
+) Heat Bootcamp
These bootcamps are offered indoors with packages for unlimited monthly classes. High intensity group training focuses on different areas of the body for daily variety.
Heatbootcamp.com

Best Crossfit Gym

1st) Crossfit Central
Brought to you by the same founder of Relentless Bootcamps, Crossfit Central is heavily involved within the Austin community and offers several class times and locations to choose from.
Centralathlete.com
2nd) Crossfit South Lamar 
Also known as CFSoLa, this gym offers over 40 classes a week and the ability to choose your classes based on your schedule. Start the year with Basic Training classes offered here.
Crossfitsouthlamar.com
3rd) Woodward
This five-year winner offers a variety of events and classes including the Women’s Throwdown. There are no machines here, since the focus is on high intensity functional workouts.
Woodwardcrossfit.com
+) Crossfit Round Rock
Crossfit Round Rock will probably be a little pricier than a local gym because of the focus on quality. Look here if you are looking for a gym to take your health to the next level.
Crossfitroundrocktx.com

Best Yoga

1st) Black Swan
This Austin staple is conveniently situated on 5th Street to help you sneak yoga into your day. They offer classes on a donation basis (minimum $7; suggested $10–$15) for those wanting to drop-in for practice. On Jan. 1, BSY began offering memberships for $88/month of unlimited yoga at all their locations.
Blackswanyoga.com
2nd) Wanderlust
Creativity and a sense of Austin are both infused into the practices here. Aside from a large offering of classes, this yoga studio is heavily involved in ATX music and arts.
Austin.wanderlustyoga.com
3rd) Yoga Yoga
Stop here for several aspects of life balance, including family yoga, a variety of yoga practices, and health and wellness consultations. Also find yoga vacations for ultimate relaxation.
Yogayoga.com
+) CorePower Yoga
Come to Core Power Yoga for the physical nourishment and stay for the emotional. Cool outreach like Karma Yoga Projects give this studio a supportive, community feel.
Corepoweryoga.com

Best Pilates

1st) Kor180
Maja Kermath
This superstar trainer and self-described seeker-of-truth received a landside amount of votes from AFM readers to take the title of Best Cycling Teacher and Best Pilates Teacher in Austin. Catch her in action (and squeeze in the workout of your life) at her home base, place of business, and our Best Pilates Studio winner, Kor 180. 
Kor180.com/
2nd) Pure Pilates
“Pilates on crack” describes Pure Pilates’ combination of cardio, strength-training and traditional Pilates. These classes focus on giving you the most out of a 45-minute session.
Purepilatesaustin.com
3rd) Joy Moves
Small classes of 6-8 give an intimate feel to the classes you’ll find at this Westlake studio. The teachers here focus on classical Pilates for a traditional fitness routine.
Joymoves.com
+) Ballet Austin
The classes here are an extension of Ballet Austin’s focus on community engagement. Check out classes so focused on health that Scott & White Healthcare is underwriting.
Balletaustin.org

Best Barre

1st) Pure Barre
A community of women teaches classes here that will tone and sculpt lean muscle through ballet technique. Look for specialty classes as well as Pure Barre staples.
Purebarre.com
2nd) Barre3
These studios combine Pilates, Yoga and Barre technique to create a low impact workout. Focus on controlled, targeted movements, isometric workouts, and dynamic motions.
Barre3.com
3rd) Mod Fitness
This local fitness hub offers barre classes that combine innovative strength training, cardio and stretching exercises to sculpt your body. Routines continually evolve and MOD instructors use a variety of props that will keep you interested, while seeing results. 
Modfitnessaustin.com
+) The Bar Method
This studio offers classes that are good for your health and easier on your body. You can still expect to blast calories here, but the bar method will also protect your joints.
Austin.barmethod.com

Best Boxing/MMA

1st) Fit & Fearless Krav Maga*
Fitandfearless.com
2nd) CG Arena*
Cgarenagroupfitness.com
3rd) Omni Fight Club Austin
We think we’re allowed to talk about this fight club? Nestled in West Campus, this gym offers cardio kickboxing classes that scorch through 700–1000 calories per hour.
Fightclubaustin.com
+) Three Way Tie:
Eastside Austin Elite
Eastsideaustinelite.com
Impact MMA Fitness
Kickboxingaustintexas.com
John’s Gym
Johnsgymatx.com

Best Youth Fitness

1st) CG Victory
This nonprofit inspires kids toward health with these children’s workshops and camps. Through games and activities as well as competition, campers may forget they’re exercising.
Cgvictory.org
2nd) YMCA
Austinymca.com
3rd) Marathon High
This free five-month after school training program gives students the chance to train for their first marathon together. During their training, students also learn how to live healthy lifestyles. 
Marathonhigh.com
+) Young Guns
Young Guns programs teach proper running technique, endurance, cycling and a love for fitness to children at several elementary schools and other community outposts.
Ygatx.com

Best Free Community Workout

1st) Stronghorn Saturday Sweat Sessions*
Stronghornfitness.com
2nd) Camp Gladiator Saturday Workouts*
Campgladiator.com/Austin
+) Woodward Crossfit*
Woodwardcrossfit.com
+) Crossfit Round Rock Free For Alls*
Crossfitroundrocktx.com

Best Short Road Race

1st) Statesman Capitol 10K
The breathtaking view of the capitol in the last stretch of this race has become an Austin spring necessity. The funds go to local charities in this community must-run.
Cap10k.com
2nd) Thunder Cloud Subs Turkey Trot
Thanksgiving Day would not be the same without a chance to kick start the metabolism with this Austin tradition. All of the proceeds go to a local charity.
Thundercloud.com/turkey-trot
3rd) Run for the Water 
Produced entirely by the Gazelle Foundation, this race benefits citizens of the other side of the globe. All proceeds go to helping citizens of Burundi, Africa get access to clean water.
Gazellefoundation.org
+) Maudie’s Moonlight Margarita Run
This is the Trail Foundation’s annual fundraiser 5K followed by a party in the moonlight. If the romance of a night-time run isn’t enough, remember there‘s Tex-Mex after.
Thetrailfoundation.org/act/events/maudies-moonlight-margarita-run/

Best Long Road Race

1st) Austin Half/Marathon
Arguably the largest running event of the season, this sprawling run offers the perfect training goal. Join up to 17,000 athletes to support your favorite local charity.
Youraustinmarathon.com
2nd) 3M Half/Marathon
3M’s event this year will support Girlstart, a nonprofit dedicated to helping advancement of girl’s in science. According to Runner’s World, the half is one of the best in the country.
3mhalfmarathon.com
Run for the Water 10 Miler*
Gazellefoundation.org

Best Short Triathlon

1st) The Rookie Tri
Split into two waves, this triathlon is designed to give a safe place for newbies to start in the triathlon world and for more practiced athletes to sprint their triathlon.
Therookietri.com
2nd) Jack’s Generic Tri
Held in the middle of scenic country east of Austin, this low-key triathlon provides a great experience for the athletes at beautiful Lake Pflugerville.
Jacksgenerictri.com
3rd) CapTex Tri
This triathlon sells out every year for Memorial Day Weekend. The downtown bridge views will make for a scenic race for first time athletes and experienced pros.
Captextri.com
+) Couples Triathlon
Not only for the romantically involved, the Couples Tri gives participants the flexibility to compete as a team but finish the triathlon solo and get scored individually.
Couplestri.com

Best Long Triathlon

1st) Kerrville Tri
Located in Kerrville, this triathlon is off the beaten path, but the fun is enhanced because of its remoteness. Swim in Nimitz Lake and the Guadalupe River in this race.
Kervilletri.com
2nd) Austin Tri Rock
Among other dazzling amenities, this triathlon series offers a swim in Lady Bird Lake, a bike ride on Congress Avenue, and a run along Auditorium Shores.
Trirock.competitor.com/Austin
3rd) CapTex Tri*
Captextri.com
+) Austin Longhorn 70.3
This Ironman race attracts world-class athletes in what has become a destination event for the entire globe. As a bonus, this November race finishes indoors.
ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman-70.3/austin.aspx

Best Off Road Event

1st) Rogue Trail Series
Heavily involved in the running community, you can trust this company to put on events that runners will find exciting, challenging and worth the training.
Roguetrailseries.com
2nd) Bandera Trail Races
These races are not for the faint of heart. Set in the rough and rocky terrain of Texas, the distance runs range from 25K‘s to 50K‘s and 100K‘s.
Tejastrails.com/Bandera.html
3rd) Dirty Du
This jot through intense, tumbling terrain is the trail runner and mountain biker‘s dream. Relays are also available for teams who specialize in one sport or the other.
Dirtydu.com
+) Capt’n Karl’s Trail Series
These long distance runs in the beautiful Texas Hill Country wind through scenic wilderness in the moonlight of summer. Almost makes a 60K sound like fun.
runthehillcountry.com/races/captn-karls-night-time-trail-race-series-2/

Best Adventure Race

1st) Spartan Race
Come prepared to be electrocuted, to climb, to duck, to dodge and to cheer on your teammates in this adventure race made for both the newbie and the longtime athlete.
Spartan.com
2nd) Tough Mudder
This race is more of a long distance obstacle course than a sprint through adventure. There are several challenges to overcome, but Tough Mudder provides an excellent training program online.
Toughmudder.com
3rd) ROC Race
Have you always thought you would make a really great game show contestant? This race is the perfect place for you—the obstacles are all inspired by game show antics.
Rocrace.com/Austin

Best Body Building Competition

1st) Texas Shredder Classic
In 2013, this event featured over 300 athletes in a drug-free body building competition. The crowds flocked to see what is becoming a growing Austin classic.
Texasshredderclassic.com
2nd) Naturally Fit
The Naturally Fit bodybuilding event is nestled into the wider event of Naturally Fit Games. The Expo is held by a leading fitness modeling agency and is the largest of its kind in Texas.
Naturallyfit.com/events/pro-bodybuilding-2015/

Best Fitness Competition

1st) AFM Fittest
Hey, we don’t want to be those guys that like to talk a lot about themselves, but what can we say? This was an anonymous survey and the people have spoken.
Afmfittest.com
2nd) Fittest Games
Held by Crossfit Central, this event celebrates the community at large as well as the tight-knit Austin Crossfit community. Compete as a team or in one of three other categories.
Thefittestgames.com
3rd) CG Games
Hosted by Camp Gladiator, expect to find the team atmosphere and collegiality you can find at their boot camps and arena. Also expect to find a butt-kicking challenge.
Cggames.com
+) Missfit Mayhem
This is another locally based Crossfit competition with a heavy focus on the individual ability. Check out some of the expected events online.
Missfitmayhem.com

 

 

Wellness

Best Sports Medicine*

1st) Sports Performance International
Physical therapy gets a makeover at this clinic. Taking a realistic approach to fitness, the therapists here recognize the importance of getting you back into your exercise routine.
Sportsperformanceint.com
2nd) Austin Sports Therapy
You’re in good hands here. The staff is saturated with highly qualified sports practitioners; every doctor on staff is post-grad specialized in taking care of sports-related injuries.
Austinsportstherapy.com
3rd) Airrosti
This national chain has rehab centers that specialize in pain relief and soft-tissue treatment, but offer other services as well. Check this practice out for issues with chronic pain.
Airrosti.com
+) Austin Sports Medicine
Physical therapy is just one of the services offered at this full-service sports medicine practice. Consider this a one-stop shop for sports-related injuries.
Austinsportsmed.com

Best Injury Rehab

1st) Airrosti*
Airrosti.com
2nd) Next Level Chiropractor
Athletes’ bodies require extra maintenance for repetitive wear and tear. These chiropractors have experience treating athletes, especially Crossfit trainers and golfers.
Nextleveldr.com
3rd) Austin Sports Therapy*
Austinsportstherapy.com
+) Kapsner Chiropractor
In addition to traditional treatments, a bonus for athletes is that this practice provides exercise rehabilitation services. They also offer the convenience of multiple area locations.
Kapsner.com

Best Eastern Medicine

1st) Kirsch Method
Matthew Kirsch combines the healing power of acupuncture with craniosacral work and bodywork therapy. These types of practices are best for stress relief and pain reduction.
Kirschmethod.com
2nd) 512 Wellness
On top of a full range of acupuncture services, this practice also offers specialty Sports Medicine Acupuncture specifically tailored to the athlete’s physical needs.
512wellness.net
+) PK Wellness
Phyllis Kung, L.Ac. (PK) is a highly respected acupuncturist in the state of Texas as well as teacher of the practice. You’ll be in good hands and find several treatment options.
Pkwellness.com
+) AOMA
Besides being one of the most highly respected graduate schools for Eastern Medicine in the country, this school also runs highly acclaimed clinics in the community.
Aoma.edu/patients

Best Vet Clinic +

Bryker Wood Vet Clinic (pictured)
According to this vet clinic, Austinites are more likely to do the proper workups to manage their pets’ health. The clinic joins their clients with a collaborative team working to manage your pet’s wellbeing. Their aim is to be an integral part of their clients’ lives and “to continue to educate them on the joys of the human/animal bond.” 
Bestvetinaustin.com
Austin Urban Vet
Austin Urban Vet is a clinic with a community atmosphere filled with people who like working with each other and with their canine and human clients. “We love the fact that we get to take care of people and their pets.” Their goal as a clinic: to create lifelong relationships based on compassionate care for the whole family.
Austinurbanvet.com
Lake Austin Vet
‘LABAH’ boasts compassionate care for their patients (what they call your furry family) and a beautiful location in remodeled vintage homes across from Magnolia Café and Deep Eddy Pool. The company tells their clients that they put the healthy and safety of pets first, which is probably why they’ve become such a popular Austin business.
Labah.com
+) Westlake Animal Hospital
Since opening in a renovated barn in 1970, this staff of veteranarians has evolved into a high-tech full service hospital. Bonus: they are involved in prorams like the Pug Rescue of Austin.
Westlakeanimalhospital.com

Best OBGYN

1st) Christopher Seeker, M.D.
This community women’s health all-star is no secret. He’s been recognized across the city and state for his contribution to making his patients’ lives better.
Aaobgyn.com/our-physcians/christopher-seeker-m-d/
2nd) Marco Uribe, M.D.
Apparently good doctors travel in packs; you can find Dr. Uribe at Austin Area OBGYN with Dr. Seeker. Uribe also has a special focus in hormone replacement therapy.
Aaobgyn.com/our-physcians/marco-uribe-m-d/
3rd) Tie for Third:
Karen Swenson, M.D.
Robert Cowan, M.D.

Best Orthopaedic Surgeon

1st) Ted Spears, M.D.
Dr. Spears is a member of the award-winning team at Sports Performance International. He has years of experience focusing on athletic injuries and concerns.
Sportsperformanceint.com/about/staff/spearsmd/
2nd) Carey Windler, M.D.
Dr. Windler is a marathon runner who understands the needs of athletes and specializes in Sports Medicine. He’s also the surgeon for Men’s Athletics at UT.
Austinsportsmed.com/carey-windler-austin-sports-medicine.html
3rd) John E. McDonald, M.D.
Dr. McDonald did his residency in Sports Medicine and is a doctor at Texas Orthopedics.
Txortho.com/MeettheDoctors/JohnMcDonald

Best Dermatologist

1st) Amy McClung, M.D.
Our Best Of Dermatologist winner this year, Amy McClung is passionate about her patients. According to McClung, she loves working with patients who are active and exercise—especially those that love to exercise outdoors. Her advice for prospective patients, “Don’t feel ashamed if you’ve tanned or skimped on sunscreen in the past— we’re here to help, not to judge.” evans-dermatology.com
2nd) Tied for Second:
Renee Snyder, M.D.

Dr. Snyder is a board-certified dermatologist who is passionate for natural skincare. Check out her practice as well as the organic cosmetic company she co-founded: W3ll People.
Snyderma.com; w3llpeople.com
Jaculeen Dano, M.D.
Dr. Dano is a nationally recognized dermatologist highlighted for her compassionate treatment of patients. She offers general dermatology as well as specialty cosmetic services.
Doctordano.com
3rd) Katherine Farady, M.D.
Dr. Farady is a former Navy medical officer who spent years in the service all over the country. After becoming certified in dermatology, she started a clinic here in her hometown.
Katherinefaradymd.com

Best Dentist

1st) Summer Rydel, D.D.S
This practice is located in South Austin and loved by locals. In her spare time, Dr. Rydel enjoys her own fitness activities and volunteering in the community.
Youraustintxdentist.com
2nd) David J. Gordon, D.D.S
Aside from his running hobby and family, Dr. Gordon apparently devotes time outside of his office work to keep up with the cutting edge technology for patients.
Drdavidgordon.com
3rd) Mark Sweeney, D.D.S
Dr. Sweeney was practicing cosmetic dentistry before the practice became part of the main stream. Turn to him for improving your every-day smile.
Austindentalspa.com

Best Massage Therapist

1st) Michelle Hittner, LMT
Hittner is a triathlete, Crossfit fan, cyclist and all around fitness buff when she’s not at work helping other fitness buffs. She understands how to help clients on-the-go.
Austinmassagecompany.com
2nd) Chris Spears, LMT
Also an athlete, Chris focuses on massage to reduce chronic pain caused by sports activities. Check out some of her techniques online.
Handsonbychris.com
3rd) Susan Fegelman, LMT
Who wouldn’t want to be left in the hands of a massage therapist who has worked on professional athletes? She’s also a coworker with one our other Best Of Massage Therapists.
austinbodyworker.com/massage-therapists/susan-fegelman/
+) Shae Connor, LMT
This wellness all-star is owner of R3 & Good Hurt Massage and Training. She is also an athlete-friendly practitioner. Her practice even offers deals for Crossfit members.
Austinr3.com

Best Physical Therapist

1st) Nick Engel, PT
Nick owns ATX PT, a fee-for-service practice providing primarily manual therapy to clients. Here’s the injured patient’s dream: he works on a house-call basis. 
2nd) Steve Cuddy, M.P.T., P.R.C.
Steve has a reputation for helping even the most elite athletes in their fitness goals. He has deep roots in the Austin community and understands the area’s mentality.
Stevecuddy.com
3rd) Pieter Kroon, PT
Another member of the team at Sports Performance International, Kroon is the Director of Physical Therapy. In his spare time, he coaches judo and bikes.
Sportsperformanceint.com/about/staff/Pieter/

Best Chiropractor

1st) Next Level Chiropractors
Nextleveldr.com
2nd) Kevin Fluitt, D.C.
Dr. Fluitt is a member of the award-winning team at Kapsner Chiropractic Centers of Austin. He serves as the director for the South Lamar location.
Kapsner.com/drkevinfluitt.asp
3rd) John Tuggle, D.C.
Dr. Tuggle has completed three Ironmans and is an avid athlete who understands the needs of elite athletes. This “Tri Doc” can help you recover from your new year of training.
Tugglechiropractic.com
+) Dorea Wilder, D.C.
Dr. Wilder treats young adults as the Doctor of Chiropractic at Arise Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation’s South Austin. When she’s not at work, she coaches mountain biking.
Atxrehab.com

Best Nutritionist/Dietician

1st) Nutritional Wisdom – Carly Pollack
Carly has worked for Whole Foods and seen thousands of clients with wide ranging nutritional needs. She focuses on Holistic Nutrition for natural health.
Nutritionalwisdom.com
2nd) Natalie Olsen
A nutritionist with Pure Austin, Natalie is used to working with people concerned with overall fitness goals. She specializes in weight loss/gain, sport specific nutrition, and more.
Pureaustinnutrition.com/nutritionist-bios/natalie-olsen/
3rd) Tracy Beeman
Tracy is trained in sports nutrition, weight loss, family nutrition and diabetes management. She also has celiac disease and experience with tricky diets.
Pureaustinnutrition.com/tracy-beeman/
+) Meredith Terranova
Meredith is an ultra-distance runner with a passion for cooking meals at home and focusing on nutrition. She’s helped clients achieve goals from weight loss to completing Ironmans.
Eatingandlivinghealthy.com/Meredith

 

 

People

Best Personal Trainer

1st) Kim Eagle
Kim is no stranger to AFM’s Best Of list. She’s also the creator of Earn That Body!—an online personal training experience offering much more than virtual results.
Earnthatbody.com
2nd) Mike O’Hara
Based out of Manchaca, this personal trainer also owns Bigger Faster Stronger Training, an Austin Fit winner for Best Local Gym.
Biggerfasterstrongertraining.com
3rd) Ryan Mortensen
Who doesn’t like a trainer who can get you fit and prepared for combat? Mortensen is a martial arts-turned-kickboxing trainer.
+) Krista Bergeron
A trainer for Austin Simply Fit, Bergeron focuses on hard work and consistency without trying to sell you gimmicks. Come to her for commitment motivation.
Austinsimplyfit.com/personal-trainers/krista-bergeron

Best Yoga Teacher

1st) Zoe Mantarakis
Plugged into the community, Mantarakis creates classes fusing live music and vinyasa yoga. If you’re looking for her in a studio, you can find her at Yoga Vida.
Yogavidaaustin.com/zoe-mantarakis
2nd) Ari Witkins
This yogi is also a triathlete and marathon runner who understands how to balance the body’s work. Since he teaches all over town, we’ve given you his Twitter handle.
@ari_witkin
3rd) Shelby Autrey
Shelby was trained by Gioconda Yoga and now owns BFree Yoga and Wellness. She’s nationally recognized and locally revered by her students.
Bfreeaustin.com
+) Jessica Lynn O’Brien
This former AFM staffer makes us all proud. O’Brien is trained in vinyasa and hot yoga as well as other techniques in her continued education. 
Fourelementsaustin.com/Jessica.html

Best Pilates Teacher

1st) Maja Kermath
This Austinite has risen up on the fitness scene with impressive force. Her secret to success? “The thing that makes me so accessible to our clients is that I’m not a ‘fitness person.’ My background was in technology and I gave it all up to follow my passion,” Maja said. Her goal for the people in her classes is an inspired life, not just looking good in skinny jeans.
Kor180.com
2nd) Tobie Funte Flannery
Tobie has devoted herself to health after leaving the finance industry over a decade ago. As a Master Trainer, she’s one of the leading barre instructors in the country.
Pilatesbodiesaustin.com
3rd) Vlada Sheber
Vlada is the Pilates Program Director for Ballet Austin and a former ballerina. She understands how to get the most out of the body and is certified for post breast cancer rehab.
Balletaustin.org/community/faculty
+) Stephanie Wright
If you’re looking for a little laugh while you’re working hard, Stephanie is probably a good fit for you. Don’t worry, nine years in the business means she takes your health seriously.
Castlehillfitness.com

Best Event Announcer

1st) Logan Delaware
The voice behind Big Mouth Announcing, Delaware travels all over the country announcing athletic events. We love his habit of highlighting cute personal facts about runners.
Bigmouthannouncing.com
2nd) Robert “Evil” Evilsizer
Fifty years of announcing is nothing to sneeze at. We’re happy to acknowledge Evilsizer‘s half a century of dedication to the Austin fitness community at home and abroad.
Evilsgoodtime.com

Best Cycling Teacher

1st) Maja Kermath
See our feature for more info on Kor180 and Maja.
2nd) Kim Eagle*
Earnthatbody.com
3rd) David Garza
David Garza is a local personal trainer with experience in running, cycling and triathlons. You can check out his story of completing Ironman Cozumel online.
Inspirebyexample.blogspot.com
+) Tara Granberry
Tara is a body builder with a winning bikini figure who now teaches indoor cycling classes at Ride. What does she want to be when she grows up? A badass.
Ride-indoorcycling/instructors

Best Running Coach

1st) Ben Roberts
Ben is a teacher with Wanderlust Yoga but has earned this accolade through his involvement as a running coach with Stronghorn Fitness.
Austin.wanderlustfestival.com/ben-roberts
2nd) Gilbert Tuhabonye
A native of Burundi, this African native and international philanthropist uses his Gazelle Foundation to fund and build clean water projects in his home country. 
Gilbertsgazelles.com/coaches.php
3rd) Valerie Hunt
Valerie has been a personal endurance and running coach for twenty years. She combines the Pose method of running with Crossfit to train incredible athletes.
Runatx.com/about-valerie/
+) Steve Sisson
Sisson was the Distance Track & Field coach at the University of Texas for 7 years. Now he uses that time as a coach as the Founder & Creator of Rogue Training Systems.
Roguerunning.com/aboutus_bios.php

Best Triathlon Coach

1st) Peri Kowal
Peri has been competing in triathlons for 15 years and coaching for over 10 years. She’s a nine-time Ironman finisher, credentials that make for a reliable teacher.
Pureaustin.com/peri-kowal
2nd) David Garza
Lifetimeendurance.com/public/267.cfm
3rd) Erin Truslow
Erin has 26 years of experience and can design a program to meet your needs as a triathlete. She even offers at-home personal training.
Bigpistachio.com
+) Joanna Williamson
Joanna is the founder of XT Yoga Austin, a company focused on bringing yoga to ATX triathlon events. She will coach the Texas Triathlon Club team and the USAFA Triathlon team this year.
Xtyogaaustin.com

Best Runner

1st) Gilbert Tuhabonye*
Gilbertsgazelles.com/coaches.php
2nd) David Fuentes
David is a serious runner with a serious love for good food and good beer. He’s qualified for the Olympic trials as well as won marathons, half-marathons and gone All-American.
Davidfuent.com
3rd) Valerie Hunt
Runatx.com/about-valerie/
+) Paul Terranova
As a member of Rogue Racers, Terranova is an ultra-runner with a desire to influence the running community. 
Rogueracingteam.wordpress.com/rogue-racers/paul-terranova/

Best Triathlete

1st) David Garza
Lifetimeendurance.com/public/267.cfm
2nd) Kelly Williamson
This former Olympic hopeful has earned some pretty significant notches in her belt, like the 2002 Pan American Champion. She is still a contender for local triathlon competitions.
Kellyhwilliamson.com
3rd) Kim Strassman Eagle*
Earnthatbody.com 
+) David Lynch
David Lynch is a professional triathlete who competes nationwide. You might have a hard time finding him online, but you can probably find him at the latest triathlon.

Best Cyclist

1st) David Garza
Lifetimeendurance.com/public/267.cfm
2nd) Lance Armstrong
While his time in the international spotlight might have come to a close in the last couple of years, Armstrong left a mark on the ATX community.
3rd) Tristan Uhl
Now 25, Tristan burst onto the international stage in competitions in Australia and Brazil. He continues to win in the top of his age bracket, carving a reputation for himself.
+) Kim Strassman Eagle*
Earnthatbody.com

Best Swimmer

1st) Julie Stupp
Julie Stupp is a professional swimmer turned elite triathlete located here in Austin. According to Stupp, the elite sports environment in Austin is unlike any other city. The triathlete credits her success to the “army” of professionals helping her succeed—from coaches and family to friends and sponsors.
Duratraining.com; @SwimJules
2nd) Andrea Fisher
This former Longhorn has All–American Awards, is a former member of the USA National Swim Team, and is currently training for another Ironman World Championship.
Texasiron.net/TxIronCoaches.shtml

Best Fitness Ambassador

1st) Kim Strassman Eagle*
Earnthatbody.com
2nd) Alexis DeJoria
This NHRA drag racer is nothing short of badass. As a female in a sport dominated by men, she’s broken boundaries and set the example of fighting for your dream.
Alexisdejoria.com
3rd) Jess Martin
The Owner and CEO of Stronghorn Fitness is obviously doing something right. His company is in three of our categories—all from a former software sales director.
Stronghornfitness.com
+) David Garza*
Lifetimeendurance.com/public/267.cfm

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