My favorite fitness things in North Austin: why you can find what you need for your fitness journey all the way up here.
I lived in Houston for sometime and I found that you pretty quickly develop your little pocket of town and rarely venture out. When I moved to Austin (15 years ago) I was so amazed that downtown was accessible. You can go everywhere or you can park anywhere. Want to go to the lake? Then go. Need to visit a business downtown? Easy.
Fitness in North Austin
It’s becoming a little busier though and I am staying in my north Austin pocket more and more. Much of Austin lends itself to an active lifestyle, but I submit to you my reasons for why I think North Austin is where the fitness scene is.
The Dirdie Birdie
The Dirdie Birdie is the newest indoor scene for mini-golf. This might not be your idea of fitness, but I don’t make the rules. J/k, I do make the rules here. 😉 Located in the Domain, The Dirdie Birdie is the newest putt putt venue in Austin, and with food and A/C, it’s a hit right now. The Austin themed holes will thrill you, so channel John Daly and get your golf on. (Not sponsored, lol).
Balcones District Park
Located at 12017 Amherst Dr, Austin, TX 78759, Balcones Park offers something for the whole family. A new playground, pool, volleyball net, basketball court and walking trails can entertain you for hours. Before you go to swim, check here to make sure it’s open.
Walnut Creek Metro Park
Walnut Creek Park covers 293 acres and features hiking and biking trails, a pool, dog park, and plenty of nature. There are also picnic tables and creek side views, so pack a snack and hydration and stay a while. Check here for details before you go.
Lululemon & Athleta
Both located in the Domain, Lululemon and Athleta speak to my inner gym babe. I resisted for years, but once I tried them it’s been hard to change. I am tough on gym clothes and these hold up. Also not sponsored, sadly.
Archery Country is my favorite home away from home. It’s a fun athletic hobby that combines physical and mental aptitude. The indoor range, the staff, and the people I meet continue to delight me, 5 years in. Stop by, rent a bow, and hit a target. You’ll love it!
Big Tex Gym
No list of gyms in Austin, Texas, would be complete without Big Tex Gym. You know I’m biased because I work out of Big Tex, but the owners, staff, and members are fantastic. I am incredibly thankful to have such a fun and well equipped gym to bring my clients to. Big Tex has a $5 drop in fee, the best in Austin, so come try it out yourself.
Iron Forge Gym
Iron Forge Gym is Big Tex’s sister gym. Located in Round Rock, it has an impressive strongman area, a large training floor, and a huge mma/fighting team. The drop in fee is $10, and it has the same great owners and staff as Big Tex. Worth it! Check out more details about and pictures of Iron Forge Gym here.
And finally, me. Because, again, I make the rules here, I put myself on this list. I believe I can help you feel better and get stronger and healthier. I’d love to meet you and talk about helping with your fitness goals! If a free consult interests you, please message me here or click the link below to see all my training programs.
About the author
Kathryn Alexander is a strength coach and personal trainer in Austin, Texas. She loves hiking, college football, and the feel of a perfectly knurled barbell. Read more about Kathryn here.