A Healthy Guide to Austin – Fitness, Activity, Eats and More

How to have a healthy stay in Austin, Texas.

Part of living in Austin is being repeatably asked by incoming friends and clients about what to do while they’re here.  The people I’m giving recommendations for are usually particularly fitness and health minded, so the team at Guinn Partners and myself put together this useful guide to help with your stay.  Enjoy!

ATX FITNESS GUIDE

Crush Fitness

300 S Lamar Blvd Suite O Austin, TX 78704

Crush Fitness is a locally owned studio in Austin, Texas. Their method combines high intensity treadmill intervals with total body toning in a 55 minute class. Crush only offers group classes that are centered around the motto “tread, bench, repeat.” Their combination of tread and resistance training will help you build lean muscle and burn up to 800 calories in one class. Crush offers three different class types: signature (original class that focuses on HIIT intervals), endurance (for those who are training for races or just like to run), and express (a 45 minute class for those in a time crunch). To learn more or to book a class, visit their website here.

 

Black Swan Yoga

Three Locations: Downtown, South, & North

Black Swan Yoga is a local favorite. The studio offers a variety of classes including Beginner, Power, Hot Onnit, and Flow (explore class types here). Black Swan focuses on being a place that is accessible for all, community-focused and down to earth. They encourage their instructors to express their personal interpretation of the practice, so each class is as unique as the instructors themselves! Book your class here.  

 

RIDE

117 Lavaca Street Austin, TX 78701

RIDE believes the best workouts are fun – when people enjoy their workout, they find that inner strength, clarity and can embrace a fitness lifestyle. The indoor cycling studio is, as they put it, “in the business of making people feel good, on and off the bike.” RIDE also gives potential new riders their first class free. To learn more, view the upcoming schedule, and book your class, click here.

 

Athletic Outcomes

117 Lavaca Street Austin, TX 78701

Athletic Outcomes is a boutique fitness gym for those of you who are looking for a studio that focuses on personal training and small group classes. Athletic Outcomes also offers nutritional training, sports therapy, and athlete recovery programs. Athletic Outcomes offers the first class free for first timers (sign up here). Browse their upcoming class schedules to find which one is right for you, here.

 

Knockout

211 W 6th Street Austin, TX 78703

Born in Austin, Knockout is a great boutique fitness option for those who are looking to push their limits. The kickboxing classes are made up of 24 150-lb. bags, so that each person can move at his or her own pace (beginners welcome). Knockout offers a variety of classes that range between 60 and 45 minutes. Knockout’s classes tone your core, legs, butt, and arms by combining heavy bag work with body weight exercises around intense training intervals (HIIT). Explore the different classes here. To learn more about the concept behind the workout, click here. Ready to book your class? Click here to view the schedule.

 

Barre Code

Locations: South Lamar & Downtown

Barre Code offers cardio, strength, and restoration full-body workouts. Cardio classes combine elements like HIIT training and kickboxing for a total-body workout. The 50-minute  strength classes utilize the barre for balance and stability and focus on full-body movements that target your upper and lower body as well as the core, all while strengthening and lengthening your muscles. The restore class is made up of isometric holds and heavy repetition to really get your muscles burning. To read more about the class types, click here. To view the schedule and book your class, find your studio here.

 

[solidcore]

Locations: Downtown, The Triangle

[solidcore] is a 50-minute class that is comprised of high-intensity, low-impact, slow and controlled movements on their resistance-based [sweatlana]. Each move has the foundation of a plank, squats or lunges, and the classes are purposefully sequences to work the muscles to exhaustion. Each studio has a maximum of 15 machines to ensure personalized attention for each client. To book your class click here.

ATX Activities Guide

Austin Bouldering Project (ABP)

979 Springdale Road, Suite #150 Austin, Texas 78702

The Austin Bouldering Project for those who are interested in learning to climb. ABP offers different class types that range with experience level. There are also yoga and fitness classes to choose from! To learn more about what they offer, visit their website here.

 

Town Lake (Lady Bird Lake)

Kayak, canoe, and paddle board on Town Lake with Rowing Dock Rentals. Check pricing & hours here. For directions to Rowing Dock Rentals, click here. Town Lake also has a walking, running, and bike path for you to enjoy as well (find information about trails here).

 

Barton Springs

2201 Barton Springs Road Austin, Texas 78704

Price: $5 for Austin residents & $10 for non-residents (cash only)

Things to Bring: water, sunscreen, towel, flip flops

Cool off with a dip in the Barton Springs pool. The pool is about 3 acres and is fed from natural underground springs. It’s ideal for year-round swimming with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees. Learn more about Barton Springs here.

 

Zilker Park

2100 Barton Springs Road Austin, Texas 78704

Zilker Park is a must-see due to the various activities it has to offer. Zilker Park 351 acres dedicated to outdoor activities like running, biking, kayaking, and swimming. The park offers volleyball courts, natural springs, trails, gardens, and swimming areas for you to explore. Read more about Zilker Park here.

 

Mount Bonnell

380 Mount Bonnell Drive Austin, Texas 78731

Things to Bring: Sunblock, water, proper shoes

Mount Bonnell is the highest point of Austin, at 775 feet, giving you a view of the city of Austin. Although this is not a hike, there are 102 stairs involved, so prep accordingly. The overlook is dog friendly and great for all ages. The best times to go are in the morning to beat the rush or in the evenings to catch the sunset!

Austin Food Spots

Casa de Luz

1701 Toomey Road

Austin, TX 78704

Price: $$

Best Time To Go: Lunch & Dinner

Reservation: Y/N

Our Favorite Order: The menu changes daily, but some of their staples include fermented veggies, delicious salads made with dark leafy greens & nut sauces. Be sure to try the Hibiscus Mint Tea!

 

Casa de Luz is more than just an eating space. It’s a community run by the volunteers of the Center for Integral Studies who wish to accommodate individuals who want to practice a holistic lifestyle. Within the Casa de Luz Village, you will find a hair salon, a yoga studio, and a multi-functional event space. Their menu features organic and vegan dishes that are in line with a Macrobiotic lifestyle. Casa de Luz is a non-profit operation. You can support them and their employees by leaving a tip that will go toward increasing employee salaries! Visit the site here to peep the daily menu.

 

JuiceLand

Lots of locations

Price: $$

Best Time To Go: Breakfast & Lunch

Reservation: Y/N

Our Favorite Order: Originator Smoothie + Double Rainbow Quinoa Salad

Founded by Matt Shook in 2001, JuiceLand has become a staple for plant-based foodies. The award-winning menu features cold-pressed bottled juices, smoothies bowls, shots, cleanses and vegan cuisine. Their goal? To encourage the community to embrace a plant-based lifestyle centered around wellness. Peep their website for weekly and monthly food and drink specials or check out their Instagram page here to see what they’re currently up to.

 

Curcurma

2207 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Austin, TX 78702

Price: $$

Best Time To Go: Lunch?

Reservation: Y/N

Our Favorite Order: Golden Mylk + Kitchari Bowl

 

Though the Curcurma kitchen has placed its roots in a food truck, the food packs a big punch. Rachel Musquiz, the owner and Chef of Curcurma has created a one-of-a-kind vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free menu that is inspired by the Ayurvedic diet and the tagline “Food with Intention.” Chef Musquiz is consistently pushing the limits to create new concepts and dishes, with each one being better than the last. At the plant-based menu’s core are fresh and locally grown superfoods. Each menu item is made from scratch, including novelty menu items like Golden Mylk (the first in Austin, by the way), Kitchari Bowls, and the Rose Tahini Cacao Fudge. To learn more, visit Curuma’s website here or visit their Instagram page here.

 

Vinaigrette

2201 College Avenue Austin, Texas 78704

Best Time To Go: Lunch & Dinner

Our Favorite Order: La Pepita + Kale Fritters

Vinaigrette’s menu features vibrant, gourmet salads. Most of their produce is grown on a farm in Bastrop, Texas because sustainability is their top priority. Their menu doesn’t stop at salads, however. Check out their variety of soups and sandwiches, as well as their full menu here.

 

High Note

300 S Lamar Blvd Austin, Texas 78704

Best Time To Go: Lunch & Dinner

High Note just opened in Austin in April 2019. All of their food is made in-house with ingredients from select vendors. Their menu features juices, craft cocktails, and food centered around a healthy lifestyle. View their menu here.

 

Odd Duck

1201 S Lamar Blvd Austin, Texas 78704

Best Time To Go: Dinner

Our Favorite Order: The menu rotates seasonally, but the fresh sourdough and veggies are always a hit!

Odd Duck is well known in Austin for their creative menu. The menu is centered around a farm-to-table ideology, with all of their meats, produce and dairy coming from local farmers. If you’re looking for a new culinary experience, Odd Duck is just the place. View their full menu here. GF and Veg menus available in the restaurant as well! See what they are currently up to by visiting their Instagram page here.

 

Eden East

755 Springdale Road Austin, Texas 78702

Best Time To Go: Dinner

Our Favorite Order: Pre fixe

Eden East is a true example of the farm-to-table experience. In addition to a restaurant, the owners also have a local farm located in Springdale, Texas. The menu changes monthly, based on what is in season. Eden East is a BYOB establishment, so feel free to bring your own bottle of wine to pair with dinner. View their menu here to learn more! See what they’re currently up to by visiting their Instagram page here.

 

Veracruz Tacos

More than One Location.

Location: Breakfast & Lunch

Our Favorite Order:  La Reyna + Migas

Veracruz Tacos is a local food truck owned by sisters Reyna and Martiza Vazquez. Their roots are in Veracruz, Mexico, but moved to Austin after high school. Reyna was taught to cook by her mother and grandmother, which is expressed through creative recipes and use of fresh and organic recipes. To view their menu and locations, click here. To peep their Instagram, click here.

 

Arlo Grey

111 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, Texas 78701

Best Time To Go: Dinner

Arlo Grey, located inside the Line Hotel, was founded by award winning, Top 10 Chef Kristen Kish. Chef Kish’s cuisine is rooted in French and Italian cuisine, with her own take on dishes from her childhood. Arlo Grey serves weekend brunch, breakfast, dinner, and cocktails with a stunning view of Town Lake. To view the menu click here. To peep their Instagram, click here.

 

NadaMoo

1701 S Lamar Blvd Austin, Texas 78704

Price: $$

Best Time To Go: Dessert

Last but not least, NadaMoo is in our lineup for those of you with a sweet tooth. NadaMoo opted out of making traditional ice cream by eliminating dairy and making their ice cream out of coconut-milk instead. Visit their scoop shop to try it out, or check out local grocery stores to buy a pint! Visit their Instagram page for weekly flavors and customer highlights.

Oren John

Written by Oren John

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