Running in heels is usually a hassle, but at the annual Stiletto Stampede, it’s a sport. There, women sprint 100 yards in their favorite stilettos, or even, as one past participant did, in chunky platforms with breast cancer awareness’s pink ribbon drawn on the heel. The event benefits breast cancer research and awareness. The Survivor Stampede, for example, is for breast cancer survivors, while the Boot Scoot is for racers in cowboy boots, rather than boots that have recently become self-aware.
Austin Fit Magazine named RockBody Boot Camp its Best Boot Camp of 2011 and also lauded its owner, Brian Prinzo, as one of the city’s Top 10 Fittest Trainers in 2010. But for Brian and his staff of experienced trainers, it’s not about the accolades; it’s about helping others lose weight and reach their fitness goals. Classes eschew routine courses of treadmills and bench presses for a variety of challenging workouts that put participants through a mash-up of strength, core, cardio, and interval training designed to push them to their personal limits. Best of all, the workouts provide the motivation and accountability needed to help exercisers push past plateaus, and exercises can be tailored to accommodate many fitness levels and concerns, such as arthritis, body pain, and conjoined sweatbands.
The trainers at Stronghorn Fitness circumvent the typical pitfalls of fitness regimes by linking workouts with proper nutrition. In sweat sessions, their clients work on the body by flowing through compound and body-weight movements, hefting weights, and tugging on bands. After, they continue the work by adhering to nutritional guidelines and suggestions set forth by their trainers.
Viva Day Spa?s owners focus on providing all the services and amenities one would expect from a luxurious spa without an ounce of pretentiousness. At both of the spa?s locations, staffers never turn their noses up?the spa was named Best Spa by the Austin Chronicle in 2012 and tied for best in 2011. The staff engages clients with this down-to-earth attitude as they prepare them for massages, facials, and other spa treatments?all of which are administered by award-winning therapists armed with natural and organic products. Both Viva Day Spa locations feature an upscale, modern decor rife with wood accents, and the Lamar location displays perky plants and colorful flowers, as well as whimsical yellow puffy orb lights, natural sunlight, and arched doorways with intricate wood carvings. One of its walls showcases a large expanse of lettering that gives ?suggestions on how to live a happy and rewarding life,? and there?s even a round room with a curved, pillow-topped bench circumscribing its curved wall. With warm, almost romantic lighting and rich mocha-colored walls, the spa is anything but sterile and cold. The female-owned spa works to accommodate people?s hectic schedules by staying open seven days a week until 8 p.m.
Getting fit can mean different things for different people. Sarah Scott and Tony Kelly?coaches and trainers with more than 50 years experience, two NPC Bodybuilding Championships, and more than a dozen certifications between them?recognized that each person's particular goals require a specific, and sometimes unique, approach. They founded Fitness Doctors as a way to address each client's concerns through individualized regimens of aerobic exercise and progressive resistance training. In addition to helping athletes generally improve their sports performance or prepare for events such as triathlons, marathons, or full-contact staring contests, Sarah and Tony also lend their services to people striving to overcome injuries. With such an adaptable approach, Fitness Doctors' trainers are able to help clients of all ages live a healthier life.
Manja Obid began her journey in aesthetics during childhood as she watched her mother, an aesthetician for more than 40 years, tend to clients at the family?s spa in Slovenia. With the desire to continue on the beautifying legacy, Obid attended aesthetics school in Europe?which promotes a more medical approach?before traveling to Texas to be with her husband, whom she met while he was assigned to an Air Force base in northern Italy. Obid now spoils patrons with warm Texas hospitality and European care including facials, electrolysis hair removal, cellulite treatments, and advanced RDT deep-tissue massages at her chic LePA Skincare boutique.
Warm-citron walls and knotty wood floors welcome patrons to Obid?s serene sanctuary, where the LePA team begins every spa session with a skin analysis to customize treatment. Obid stocks shelves with all-natural Kozmetika Afrodita and Forever Living products?the very same ones that are in use at her mother?s spa back home.