Former UT running back Sam Areias places second in Alpha Showdown

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Sam Areias, third from right, placed second at the Alpha Showdown.

Congrats to Austin’s own Sam Areias, who took second in the recent Alpha Showdown Competition hosted by Life Time Fitness.

He’s a pretty fit guy. To finish as high as he did, he had to run on an all-terrain endurance course, hoist countless weights, scramble through an outdoor obstacle course, push a bunch of weighted sleds, swing kettle bells, jump and more.

Areias played football for the University of Texas from 2003-06 (he was a walk-on running back), then went on to play rugby with the Austin Blacks. I met him a couple of years ago at Austin Fit Magazine’s FitTest. My impression? He’s not only strong, he’s nice.

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Competitors push weighted sleds.

Regional Alpha Champions from 14 regions across the country participated in the competition, which took place in Chanhassen, Minnesota on Oct. 11. David Freeman from Scottsdale, Arizona, won the Alpha Male title. Kelli Holm from Bloomington, Minnesota, won the Alpha Female title.

Alpha Showdown competitions take place around the country at Life Time facilities. Those local contests are followed by regional competitions, which culminate with the national competition. The events are designed to track progress year over year and offer a competitive setting for those who want to test themselves against others.

Life Time Fitness centers feature special Alpha Fitness training facilites that include an obstacle course with a cargo net, monkey bars, ropes and a balance beam.

For more information go here.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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