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Health and fitness transformations that will inspire your new routine

Health and fitness transformations that will inspire your new routine

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Editor's Note: The January Issue of Austin Fit Magazine is the "Transformation & Inspiration" issue, focused on a new year, and a new you. In this piece exclusive to CultureMap, Austin Fit Magazine gives us a sneak peek into some of the inspirational stories you'll find in the latest issue.

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It’s hard not to think about new starts and fitness resolutions when January rolls around. So this year, Austin Fit Magazine decided to embrace readers who’ve made some startling and impressive transformations in their health and fitness. These are the stories that will inspire you to keep up your exercise program or finish that last set.

Perhaps these stories will inspire you to develop a new mantra (such as Joanne Nabor’s “I am a healthy and fit triathlete”), try a new sport (adventure racing, anyone?), or push yourself to be the best you can possibly be through dedicated training, like pro triathlete Patrick Evoe or elite runner Lennie Waite.

Before you dig into the January issue of Austin Fit Magazine, here’s a sneak peek at some of the inspirational stories you’ll find.

Adventure Racer Lauri Talbott

Lauri Talbott, a long-time AFM reader, used to comment that the magazine needed more “real people” adventures — the kind of sports stories where the athletes hold down a job, raise kids and fit training in around all the aspects of their everyday lives. What better example than Talbott herself? While Talbott is now an accomplished adventure racer, she didn’t start out that way. In fact, she and her friend Joshua Crixell formed a team and learned the hard way, by trying it out and making mistakes. Talbott lightheartedly shares her story of forming “Team Phat Free” and gives tips for anyone who might be interested in seeing what adventure racing is all about.

Pro Triathlete Patrick Evoe

While many of us make resolutions that involve big changes, pro triathlete Patrick Evoe tells about his philosophy of implementing little changes that bring big impact. Evoe has recently had some outstanding races, such as his first 140.6 win at Ironman Louisville in August 2012. He credits “practice, practice, practice” with his success and demonstrates how he’s taking on the details in his stroke with a new coach in order to bring about big changes in his swimming.

Elite Runner Lennie Waite

Elite runner Lennie Waite gives a peek into what it’s like to train like the Kenyans. Waite, who formerly ran with Rogue Athletic Club in Austin, recently moved back to the United Kingdom in order to fully embrace her running goals. The Rice University collegiate runner was frustrated at missing the 2012 Olympics and felt that the demands of being a graduate student here in the U.S. had hampered her dreams. With her Ph.D. came the flexibility to take her 3000m steeplechase dreams to a new level, and training with Scottish and U.K. athletics allowed her to go to Iten, Kenya, to High Altitude Training Camp. She writes about her daily routine and shares some of her photos from her stay.

Best of Austin

It’s not the January issue of AFM without the annual “Best of” poll results, and this year does not disappoint. AFM sends out a questionnaire to find out Austin’s fitness favorites, and some new categories were added this year. Check these out: Best Personal Trainer (a very, very tight race!), Best Yoga Instructor, Best Pilates Instructor (you’ll find an article in the issue from one of the top three), Best Chiropractic Care, Best Acupuncture Services and Best Smoothie, not to mention the rest of the “Best of” categories you’ve come to expect.

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See more in the January issue of Austin Fit Magazine, available now.