Austin Fit Magazine's "The Best of 2018"

The “Best of” awards continue to reflect the always evolving and thriving fitness scene in Austin.

Photo by Brian Fitzsimmons

Our readers voted in a variety of categories to voice some of their favorite stores, people, gyms, eateries — all the components of a fit and healthy lifestyle. If your favorite didn’t make the list, let your voice be heard next year and vote for your favorite. 


Best Store for Fitness Apparel and Gear 

  1. RIDE Indoor Cycling
  2. Outdoor Voices 
  3. Academy *Has placed six years running!

Best Spa Experience

  1. Milk + Honey
    *Has placed FIRST six years running!
  2. Viva Day Spa
    *Has placed six years running!
  3. The W Hotel Away Spa

Best Hotel

  1. The W
  2. South Congress Hotel
  3. The Four Seasons

Best Nonprofit

  1. Austin Pets Alive!  (pictured above)
  2. The Gazelle Foundation
  3. The Flatwater Foundation

Best Running Shop


  1. Rogue Running
  2. The Loop Running Supply
  3. Fleet Feet

Best Bike Shop 

  1. Bicycle Sport Shop
    *Has placed six years running!
  2. Mellow Johnny’s
    *Has placed six years running!
  3. Bicycle World

Best Outdoor Spot

  1. Zilker Park (pictured above)
  2. Barton Springs
  3. Lady Bird Lake (AKA Town Lake)

Best Veterinarian 

  1. PAZ
  2. Austin Urban Pet
  3. Firehouse

Best Pet Food Store

  1. Tomlinson’s
  2. Healthy Pet
  3. Bark ‘n Purr

Best Live Music Venue


  1. ACL Live Moody Theater 
  2. Stubb’s
  3. The Mohawk

Best Local Artist


  1. Bob Schneider (pictured above)
  2. Willie Nelson
  3. Shakey Graves

Healthiest Teacher


  1. Nicole Seltman 
  2. Holly Phinney
  3. Paul Smith


Best Smoothie Shop

  1. JuiceLand (pictured above)
    *Has placed FIRST six years running!
  2. The Soup Peddler
  3. Daily Juice
    *Has placed six years running!

Best Coffee Shop

  1. Summer Moon 
  2. Epoch
  3. Starbucks

Best Food Truck

  1. Garbo’s
  2. Chi’lantro
  3. Gourdough’s

Best Taco

  1. Torchy’s Tacos
  2. Tacodeli
  3. Veracruz All Natural

Best Healthy Restaurant

  1. True Food Kitchen
  2. Flower Child
  3. Picnik

Best Indulgence


  1. Uchi  (pictured above)
  2. Chuy’s
  3. Jeffrey’s

Best Bar

  1. Whisler’s
  2. Gibson Street Bar
  3. Mean Eyed Cat

Best Local Wine, Beer or Spirit

  1. Tito’s Handmade Vodka (pictured above)
  2. Deep Eddy Vodka
  3. Austin Eastciders

Best Farmers’ Market


  1. Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller
  2. SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown
  3. Texas Farmers’ Market at Lakeline Mall

Best Nutritionist/Dietician

  1. Carly Pollack (Nutritional Wisdom)
    *Has placed FIRST five years running!
  2. Natalie Picchetti-Moos
  3. Brooke Zigler


Best Gym

  1. Camp Gladiator
  2. Gold’s Gym
  3. Lifetime Fitness

Best Bootcamp 

  1. Camp Gladiator
  2. Stronghorn Fitness
  3. HEAT Bootcamp

Best Strength and Conditioning Gym

  1. CG Arena (pictured above)
  2. Bear Creek Performance Training
  3. UpReach CrossFit​  *NEW WINNER

Best Boxing/MMA Gym 

  1. Knockout
  2. Lions Krav Maga
  3. Onnit

Best Yoga Studio

  1. Yoga Yoga
  2. Black Swan Yoga
    *Has placed seven years running!
  3. CorePower Yoga

Best Barre Studio

  1. MOD Fitness
  2. Pure Barre
    *Has placed seven years running!
  3. barre3
    *Has placed six years running!

Best Pilates Studio

  1. Pure Pilates Austin (pictured above)
  2. The Lagree Studio
  3. Pilates Bodies & Barre

Best Cycling Studio

  1. RIDE Indoor Cycling 
  2. LOVE Cycling Studio
  3. Soul Cycle

Best Youth Fitness Organization

  1. CG Victory
  2. YMCA
  3. Lions Krav Maga

Best Free Community Workout 

  1. Stronghorn Sweat Sessions (pictured above)
    *Has placed six years running!
  2. Camp Gladiator
  3. UpReach Crossfit

Best Personal Trainer

  1. Izzy El-Ubaydy 
  2. Kim Eagle
    *First/Second place winner six years running!
  3. Mike O’Hara
    *Has placed six years running!

Best Yoga Instructor

  1. Raina Gradford​
  2. Gustavo Padron
  3. Gillian West

Best Pilates Instructor

  1. Tobie Funte
  2. Caitlin Fennessy
  3. Vlada Sheber

Best Barre Instructor

  1. Shannon Pike
  2. Anika Jones 
  3. Holly Phinney

Best Cycling Instructor 

  1. Alana Woolf
  2. Megan Knight
  3. Frank Nicholas

Best Running Coach 

  1. Gilbert Tuhabonye (pictured above)
    *Has placed FIRST six years running!
  2. Chris McClung
  3. Pamela Gagot

Best Group Fitness Instructor

  1. Frank Nicholas
  2. David Garza
  3. Justin Adams

Best Health and Fitness Ambassador

  1. Caprice Richards
  2. Jess Martin
  3. Izzy El-Ubaydy

Hardest Workout

  1. Stronghorn Fitness 
  2. Tara Fredell- RIDE class
  3. Camp Gladiator

Best Road Race

  1. Cap10k 
  2. Run For Water
    *Has placed six years running!
  3. ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot

Best Triathlon

  1. Life Time Tri CapTex
  2. The Rookie Triathlon
  3. Jack’s Generic Triathlon
    *Has placed six years running!

Best Trail Running Race

  1. Texas Switchback Trail Race (TrailRoots)
  2. Bandera Endurance Trail Run (Tejas Trails)
  3. Sky Island (Spectrum Trail Racing)

Best Cycling Event

  1. BP MS 150
  2. Lifetime Driveway Series
  3. LIVESTRONG Challenge

Best Adventure Race 

  1. Spartan Race
  2. Tough Mudder
  3. Spread Your Wings Adventure Race

Best Fitness Competition

  1. Austin’s Fittest (pictured above)
  2. Horrible Hundred
  3. CG Games


Best Hospital

  1. St. David’s Medical Center (pictured above)
  2. Seton Healthcare
  3. Dell Children’s Medical Center 

Best Dermatologist 

  1. Dr. Amy McClung
  2. Dr. Renee Snyder
  3. Dr. Lisa Rhodes

Best Physical Therapist

  1. Quantum Physical Therapy (Dr. Brenda Walk)
  2. Mondo Sports Therapy (Dr. Pieter Kroon and Dr. Katie Gwyn)
  3. Generator Athlete Lab (Dr. Jessica Tranchina)


  1. Dr. Christopher Seeker
    *Has placed FIRST five years running!
  2. Drs. Jason AND Michelle Gooch
  3. Dr. Marco Uribe

Best Pediatrician

  1. Dr. Samuel Mirrop and Dr. Jaime Ramirez *TIE*
  2. Dr. Ari Brown
  3. Dr. Leigh Grady

Best Orthopedic

  1. Dr. Matthew Driscoll
  2. Dr. Shelby Carter
  3. Dr. S. Brent Brotzman

Best Cosmetic Surgeon

  1. Dr. Ned Snyder IV
  2. Dr. Ashley Gordon
  3. Dr. Rocco Piazza

Best Dentist

  1. Summer Rydel, DDS
  2. Bryan Smith, DDS
  3. Nazim K. Shahi, DDS

Best Acupuncturist

  1. Lucas Brown (pictured above)
  2. Matthew Kirsch
  3. Aaron Rubinstein

Best Massage Therapist

  1. Nick Picchetti
  2. Brent Holloway
  3. Michelle Hittner and Tammy Marquez *TIE*

Best Chiropractor

  1. Dr. Noah J. Moos
  2. Dr. John Tuggle​
    *Has placed six years running! 
  3. Dr. Daniel Gonzalez

Best Med Spa

  1. Mint and Thyme 
  2. Muse MedSpa​
  3. La Vie En Rainey

Best Mental Health Professional

  1. John Howard, MA 
  2. Dr. Tracy Carver, PhD
  3. Casey Lepper, LMFT

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