Austin Fit walking programs gear up in September

Kay Horn, an assistant coach, front left, leads a beginning walking group called Art of Fitness in this May 2015 file photo by Ralph Barrera of the Austin American-Statesman.

Kay Horn, an assistant coach, front left, leads a beginning walking group called Art of Fitness in this May 2015 file photo by Ralph Barrera of the Austin American-Statesman.

This spring, I dropped in for a brisk walk with the Art of Fitness training program, a group of fitness walkers who realize running isn’t for everyone. (Read my story here.)

It was raining, but we marched up Far West Boulevard and back, chatting about everything from what it’s like to walk an entire marathon to everyone’s summer plans. That’s what this program is all about – serious walking mixed with a lot of camaraderie.

This year's fitness walking classes gear up in September. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

This year’s fitness walking classes gear up in September. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

This year’s fall sessions, part of USA Fit Austin, are gearing up soon.

Fall training programs that focus on walking the full or half Austin Marathon start Sept. 12. The class meets weekly for 24 weeks at 7 a.m. Saturdays in the parking lot of the Austin Recreation Center, 1301 Shoal Creek Boulevard. The group breaks into six separate pace groups that range from 12.5-minute miles to more than 20-minute miles. There’s also a Get Fit component to help people shift to a healthier lifestyle.

More beginner friendly Art of Fitness classes start Sept. 15. That group, an introduction to fitness walking and interval training for beginners, meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the parking lot of the Austin Emergency Center, 3563 Far West Boulevard. The eight-week program will prepare members to walk either the Race for the Cure on Nov. 15 or the Step Out and Walk Diabetes Race on Nov. 14.

Cost is $125 for new members or $100 for returning members (discounts for seniors over 62, state employees and groups of five or more).

For more information, check the AustinFitWalking page on FaceBook or email purple@austinfit.com. To register, go here.


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