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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. 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. 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. +) 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. 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. 2nd) Chuy’s Who can resist the lure of jalapeño ranch dip or half-price margaritas? After a day of hitting the trail, this TexMex chain offers some well-deserved, great tasting celebration goods. 3rd) Hopdoddy Fresh produce, innovative combos, and creamy milkshake specials make the experience of a Hopdoddy crafted burger worth the extra workout. +) 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. 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. 2nd) Shady Grove This Barton Springs landmark is an Austin gem. Check out live music, Editor’s Notes * Multiple Winners; + Close Calls

happy hour and a staff that encourages mingling, all under a cozy canopy of massive pecan trees. 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.

ized than other local shops, but offers prices friendly to stocking up on athletic goods. They also have a huge brand variety. Best Fitness Nonprofit 1st) Marathon High* 2nd) Ballet Austin

+) 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.

3rd) WeViva This bilingual team focuses on lowincome communities to provide fitness and nutrition programs. These classes are held on site for locals in places like apartment communities.

Best Spa 1st) Milk + Honey See our feature for more info on this multi-year local winner. (page 38)

+) 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.

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. +) 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. +) 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. 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. 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. 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. +) Academy This national chain is less personal-

Best Health Nonprofit 1st) Ballet Austin* 2nd) Marathon High 3rd) Livestrong* +) 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. 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.

They also a variety of services to help you with tune ups.

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. 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. 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. +) 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. 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. 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.”

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.

3rd) Whole Foods Reward yourself for finally going and getting groceries with a delicious smoothie. You can always count on fresh, delicious combinations here.

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.

+) 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.

+) Castle Hill Cycles High-end cyclists will love this shop. Castle Hill is one of the leading Pinarello dealers in the country.


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January 2015 - The Best Of 2014 Issue  

We asked you to vote for the people and places that keep Austin fit. Here’s who and what made the cut.

January 2015 - The Best Of 2014 Issue  

We asked you to vote for the people and places that keep Austin fit. Here’s who and what made the cut.