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This weekend I competed in Austin’s Fit Magazine’s Fittest Competition for the first time and halfway through the event I realized why I had moved to Austin in the first place…

I remember back to March 2013 when I made the 14 hour drive to Austin from Omaha, NE to complete the Underground Strength Coach Certification at RedBlack Gym. Some things that really stuck out to me once I got into the city was that no matter what street I turned down there was always someone running, biking, walking their dog, etc. People here really loved fitness and it was part of their everyday life. I instantly knew that this was something I wanted to be a part of!

Fast forward to this past weekend, it is no wonder why this city puts on an event like this. People here love fitness and all types of it! From long distance running to CrossFit to Olympic Lifting to circuit training. No matter the domain, people here love to express themselves through human movement.

I had such a fun time this weekend meeting new friends and old from around the Austin community. It was crazy to see so many familiar faces heading up the different events. I have only been here for 2 years and I feel like I have met so many influential people in the Austin Fit Community. The camaraderie that I experienced between my other competitors was exceptional. It brings joy to my heart to see other people share the same passion I have of positively impacting people’s lives through physical fitness. I am also honored to work for a company that is involved in helping put on this event and hosting probably the most hated test of all max burpees in 1 minute.=)

This past weekend truly set in why I love Austin and why I love competing. I feel like I’m a pretty laid back competitor. I enjoy laughing and joking before I take the stage but once it is time to go, I definitely put my game face on. It felt good to get out there and test some events I haven’t done in awhile. Some of my favorites were the 40 yard dash, Vertical Jump, and the Mystery Test where we jumped over and under a PVC Pipe. The results don’t come out for a couple days, so I will have to wait and see how I did but I am pleased with my performance. I know that I have room to improve with my mile time… I’ve always hated running but I know I need to get better at the long distance stuff.

All and all it was a well run event and I can’t wait to do it again next year. I loved seeing the whole Austin Fitness Community come together and showcase their talents, love and passion for physical fitness. Thank you Austin Fit Magazine for hosting!!

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