Contributors Thank you to AFM’s contributors who make this magazine a worthy source of health and fitness information in Austin.
Tori Jarzabkowski is a registered dietitian and nutritionist. She is the nutrition program coordinator and teaching specialist at The Fitness Institute of Texas at the University of Texas at Austin. Jarzabkowski earned her bachelor’s of science degree in nutritional sciences and dietetics at Michigan State University and her master’s of science degree at Texas A&M Kingsville. Although she has worked with a wide range of clientele from clinical to higher education settings, her passion lies in nutrition education, communication, and working with those who desire weight loss or weight management. Jarzabkowski lives in east Austin where she can be found running, experimenting with healthy cooking, practicing yoga, or chasing her dog.
Sam Strickling is a mechanical engineer and sports enthusiast who recently moved to Portland, Oregon from Austin. The former college athlete has built training devices for some of the most high profile teams and is a frequent writer for Austin Fit and other publications. He primarily researches athletic interaction and biomechanics. Sam makes it a priority to go to Baylor home games with his wife and stays active by playing basketball, football, and volleyball.
Payson McElveen is a 21-year-old American professional cross-country mountain bike racer. He rides for Richard’s Rainwater MTB Racing and the U.S. National team. McElveen is a parttime student at Fort Lewis College, where he competes collegiately in the offseason for the Skyhawks. He also coaches with the Williams Racing Academy. A member of the U.S. National team since the age
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of 17, McElveen has had the privilege of competing all over the world—from China to Puerto Rico, and all throughout Europe. A multitime national championship podium finisher, McElveen has steadily progressed in each year of his young career—most notably in 2014, where he placed sixth in the internationally stacked opening round of the U.S. Cup. He has been selected as one of two U23 riders for the U.S. Pan American Championships team. McElveen calls Durango, Colorado home in the summer and fall, and lives in Austin in the winter and spring.
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Andrea Fisher is the owner and head coach of Texas Iron and Aquatics Manager for the JCC of Austin. She is a former professional triathlete and current mother of two young girls, Lee and Alex. In her quest to be the best she can be, “Fish” has toed the line at international swim meets, multiple Ironman triathlons, 50-mile trail runs, 100+ mile bike races, and most recently the Flotrack Beer Mile World Championship in Austin where she broke the Masters World Record and placed second overall with
a time of 6 minutes and 28 seconds. Even if she isn’t the first across the finish line, she can firmly say she did the best job she could and was the best she could be. Website: texasiron.net Twitter: @ironmanfishy1
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Bennett Buchsieb Bennett Buchsieb is an athlete, consultant, businessman and volunteer. He holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s in Engineering. Before being diagnosed with osteoarthritis in his 20s, Buchsieb was a college athlete at Central Washington University. He quickly became an activist for his own well being and his remarkable return from osteoarthritis came only after spending years visiting doctors and conducting his own research. After healing, Buchsieb challenged himself—and his ankles—to become an athlete again. His journey from debilitating diagnosis to long jump track and field competitor has shown him there is hope out there. He started a company to explore osteoarthritis solutions further and offer the same hope he found to others. Website: carti-gen.com Twitter: @benbuchsieb
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