When I moved out of my parents’ home to the Live Music Capital of the World, my dad insisted I take a few Krav Maga classes to learn self-defense. I conceded it was a good skill to have and began the search, despite my intense desire to avoid anything involving physical activity. I stumbled upon Fit and Fearless, signed up for my one free class, and had the experience of a lifetime. [Read more…]
If you share anything in common with the 110 people who arrive at Austin’s doorstep every day, luggage in tow, you’re probably clued into the fact that our Central Texas city is obsessed with being active. From yoga studios on every corner to the dog parks that can’t keep up with demand, from the packs of cycling enthusiasts exploring the Veloway to the droves of rock climbers seeking their next adventure, there’s something in Austin for everyone who likes to lace up those sneakers and get sweaty. [Read more…]
Guest article by Amanda Tatom
One of the things I’ve come to enjoy most about Austin is the appreciation of good health. This is one fit city! I’m reminded of this daily as I connect with health-conscious guests through my job at Studio 512. And while I’m not running marathons or perfecting the Firefly pose, I’ve definitely been inspired to take notice of my own health.
From the inside out, we have so many ways to do a body good. I’ve learned that fitness isn’t just about going full throttle during a workout or depriving oneself of deliciousness. Being truly fit is taking care of the whole package. In my journey to wellness, I’ve found these places around Austin that are a great fit. [Read more…]
No matter which fitness activity you’re into, there’s a organization to scratch the itch. But what if you’re a hockey fan? Austin’s 100-degree summers are unkind to ice. And unless you grew up around the stuff, strapping on skates can be daunting. Enter Austin-based Texas Ball Hockey, an up-and-coming social street hockey group that gives local puck-heads the chance to get their Gretzky on. [Read more…]
Have you ever stumbled across a website that made your jaw drop? That caused you to wonder, “How have I never found this before?”
Thanks to City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Allison Hardy, I discovered a wonderful resource that every outdoor enthusiast in Austin should have bookmarked.
How Long Is the Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail?
Quick answer: Point-to-point, the Barton Creek Greenbelt trail is 7.5 miles, but the total amount of Austin Parks and Recreation Department-maintained trail totals 12.68 miles. [Read more…]
Bluebonnets blanket the slopes and the morning breeze is a cool 72 degrees–it’s running season in Central Texas. Whether you’ve recently joined the throngs of Austinites jogging around Lady Bird Lake or are still beaming from the exuberant runner’s high after finishing the annual Capitol 10K, it’s always a good time to scope out a few more Austin running trails to train on.
Austin has a reputation for being an active city, so chances are you won’t be alone on these trails. As a longtime lover of Austin’s natural areas and an enthusiastic, but admittedly slow, runner who has recently embraced trail running, here are some of my favorite trails I’ve discovered to log miles and keep the momentum building. [Read more…]
Community is a gathering of people uniting around a shared passion, within their own space. Zach Olschwanger, founder and head manager of Austin Bouldering Project, operates with the idea of community at the forefront of his gym’s growth strategy. “People have been so willing and anxious to help out in any way. Our approach is to do the best that we can to make it the best it can be, so that other people can enjoy it and tell other people about it. This is kind of the dream; it’s the culture of [bouldering],” he said.
Austin Bouldering Project, a 50,000 square-foot bouldering facility, opened its doors on Nov. 28, 2015, as hordes of Austin rock climbers rushed to finish their Thanksgiving feast to head to the new prime spot for indoor bouldering in the United States. After years of planning, city ordinance mishaps, and miserable rain due to El Niño that continually halted production, the gym was finally able to welcome the anxious public who had been continually checking updates for over a year, so they could get their hands chalked up. [Read more…]
Can you sit still when good music fills the air? I can’t.
HEAT Bootcamp is hoping you’ll want to pair a good workout with some awesome tunes. On Feb. 20, Austinites can work up a good sweat and meet the young musicians whose lives are directly touched by their charitable donations at HEAT Bootcamp’s free community fundraiser for local nonprofit Anthropos Arts. [Read more…]
Fair warning: I am not a fitness guru. Between writing for three blogs, weekly visits to Alamo Drafthouse and an unhealthy obsession with “Fallout 4,” my life is a relatively sedentary one. My weekly exercise consists of long walks around town that inevitably end up at a craft beer bar. And I can’t stand gyms.
So, if I’m going to work out, it has to be fun. Running for hours on a treadmill doesn’t do it for me. Lifting weights makes me self-conscious. Luckily for those in the same boat as me, our city is filled with exciting ways to lose those pounds. Get up and get fit in Austin with these fun-filled suggestions. If they can motivate me to turn off the PS4, they can motivate anybody! [Read more…]
How’d you like to hike, run and bike your way across 30 miles of pathway connecting central Austin to Hays County? Thanks to Violet Crown Trail, local nature lovers will soon be able to do just that. [Read more…]