August 2014: Austin's Fittest Issue

Summer heat may be weighing you down, but the August 2014 Issue is here to inspire. Start by reading how 2014 AFM’s Fittest Overall Individual winner Julie Pickler competes to conquer. Then get tips to be a pro-fitness parent, read about how the Archery Training Center prepares Olympic hopefuls and learn how to make the most out of your vacation time!

 
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From The August 2014 Issue

August 12, 2014
Link between Calories and Breast Cancer Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University have discovered a link between restricting calorie intake and prevention of the spread of breast cancer. In an article published in “Breast Cancer...
August 4, 2014
I usually work out in the morning and never eat beforehand. I’ve never noticed any problem with it, but my friend says I’m crazy to not have food before exercise. I worry that it...
August 1, 2014
In 2007, at just 4 years of age, Ainsley Rossiter was diagnosed with neuroaxonal dystrophy, a rare, degenerative, and terminal developmental disorder usually affecting children between the ages of 18 months and 6 years....
August 1, 2014
Flying along the “Sweet 16” trail of the Barton Creek greenbelt, mountain bike riders encounter a series of short, technical climbs. Each one requires power, focus, and—as the climbs come consecutively—endurance. The effort required...
August 1, 2014
August in Texas is kickoff season for back-to-school youth sports, which means teen athletes are practicing in 95 degree-plus temperatures that include humidity levels rivaling those found in Houston. When it comes to sports...
August 1, 2014
It doesn’t happen often, but kids can suffer through some serious heart incidents. This March, a 15-year-old boy in Colorado nearly died after collapsing on the field in the middle of baseball practice due...
August 1, 2014
We all look forward to going on vacation. For most, it is the highlight of the year. It is a time to refuel, reflect, spend quality time with the people we love, and make...
August 1, 2014
Every athlete has a particular tip or trick they use while training and racing and, after 25 years of racing triathlons, I even have a few of my own. However, I thought I would...
August 1, 2014
One of the most common things I hear from my swim clients is that they are “horrible” swimmers. They make faces when they talk about their swimming; they downgrade their ability; essentially, they badmouth...
August 1, 2014
Early on the morning of June 1, just six short days before the 2014 AFM FITTEST competition, I was sitting in my car at Camp Mabry feeling an intoxicating mixture of confidence, anticipation, and...
August 1, 2014
Every woman who lives where summers are warm and humid knows what it’s like to catch a glimpse of herself in the mirror halfway through the day only to realize that her makeup doesn’t...
August 1, 2014
What You Need Note: This recipe serves 8 to 10 people and can be cut in half. Green Chile Enchilada Sauce 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 ½ cup yellow onion, finely chopped 3 cloves...
August 1, 2014
On the surface, it seemed almost a flippant thing. If nothing else, at least a bit impetuous. Such is the case with most any viral video. But the most popular YouTube video in the...
August 1, 2014
Hiking and being active in the woods or in tall grass can expose you to ticks. While ticks are much more prevalent in the Northeast, where wooded areas are wet and moist, they are...
August 1, 2014
Division 1 Bicycles 1620 E. 7th This new bike shop is located just east of downtown. Division 1 (D1) offers full service bike repair, an array of specialty bikes and accessories, and even David...
August 1, 2014
What’s the secret ingredient missing in the recipe for a healthy lifestyle? According to a growing health trend, this ingredient is—wait for it—butter. Specifically, butter in your coffee. Bulletproof coffee, a type of coffee...
August 1, 2014
The determination and dedication that Emmanuel Acho, linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles, shows both on and off the field was instilled in him from an early age, thanks to his upbringing, and was later...
August 1, 2014
Overall Individual Winner and Age Group Champion (Women 30-39) Julie Pickler I am a firm believer in variety. Just like they tell you to eat the colors of the rainbow to get all of...
August 1, 2014
I had a pep talk text session with two athletes on the morning of a scheduled long run. “Take your time and just put one foot in front of the other,” I typed, reminding...
August 1, 2014
The first day of school is just around the corner, and it’s time to stock up on essentials for the new academic year. Along with pencils, backpacks, and folders, parents should add healthy after-school...
August 1, 2014
The Bull Creek greenbelt is a great place for a creek-side hike if you take Inga’s Trail, a favorite route of the Austin Sierra Club.
August 1, 2014
It seemed an unlikely friendship—this crew-cut wearing football coach and a guitar-strumming poet revered among the happy hippies of Austin. Yes, Darrell Royal and Willie Nelson were an odd pair, but music and golf...
August 1, 2014
Matthew Alford waddles to adjust his hip-width-distance stance before picking up his bow and placing his arrow into position. He draws his left arm and shoulder back. It is quiet. Too quiet. And then,...
August 1, 2014
 Book Bit Home Field: Texas High School Football Stadiums from Alice to Zephyr by Jeff Wilson High school football can trigger memories: the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers wafting up into packed stands...
August 1, 2014
Cross country season starts up and parents everywhere wonder, “Just what should my kid be carrying to that meet?” Steve Sisson, former University of Texas distance coach and three-time All American when he ran...
August 1, 2014
The biggest opportunities to build functional strength are sometimes hidden in progressions that many people skip. The most common and key way to increase or decrease a movement’s intensity is to change the base...
August 1, 2014
Humans do not require 100 percent renal function, or functioning of the kidneys. Most people can live well with only 50 percent renal function, which is why healthy people are able to donate a...
August 1, 2014
Butch Hadnot is a man with a passion. The former University of Texas football standout loves working with young athletes, so much so that he’s back in school and pursuing a degree in youth...
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