Austin’s FittestTM is a community-wide event focused on shining a light on health and fitness for the masses while determining the fittest individuals and companies in Austin. The event consists of a series of ten professionally designed fitness tests that measure strength, endurance, balance, speed, precision, agility, and power. The individual competition consists of ten categories based on age and gender, beginning with 19-29 and progressing by decade up to over 60 years of age for both males and females. The male and female winners of each age division will earn the title of Austin’s 10 Fittest. Additionally, there is a team competition comprised of 2 competitors (18+ and older, male & female) per team. Teams can compete in the Open, Corporate, or Gym Division.
What to Expect
New this year, Austin’s FittestTM will take place at the Del Valle High School Athletic Facility. Majority of the tests will be conducted on an indoor turf field, with some tests also conducted outside on pavement and grass. We encourage you to bring the appropriate clothing and footwear for these conditions. Food and drinks will be available to spectators, and competitors will be provided with water and other support. There are separate registration fees to compete in the Individual and Team Competitions. The event is free to spectators (non-competitors), so we encourage your family and friends to come out and cheer you on!
Del Valle High School Athletic Facility
December 7 2019
The Individual Division is for everyone. Weekend warriors, novice athletes, pros to first-timers, are all welcome here. Competitors will go through the tests within their age group and gender and have a chance to earn recognition as one of Austin’s Fittest.
Titles up for grabs
Overall Fittest Male & Female
Age Group Fittest Male & Female
All teams must be a 2-person team, any combination of men, women, co-ed, 18 and older, with each team member doing 5 tests. Only one team member does each test, so choose your tests wisely between you and your partner.
Titles up for grabs
Fittest Open Team
Fittest Corporate Team
Fittest Gym Team
1. Kneeling Med Ball Toss
What It Measures: Upper Body Power
Men’s High Mark: 40 ft.
Women’s High Mark: 25 ft.
Athletes start kneeling behind the designated start line. Athletes hold a 6-pound medicine ball with both hands at the center of the torso; the medic..... Read more
Athletes start kneeling behind the designated start line. Athletes hold a 6-pound medicine ball with both hands at the center of the torso; the medicine ball in contact with body. Perform a chest pass for maximal distance, using both hands and a two-handed release. Distance from the start line to where the ball initially contacts the ground is recorded. You must maintain contact with both knees in the kneeling stance during the toss and release the ball with both hands; or that toss will be disqualified. You may fall forward and touch the ground beyond the start line with any part of the body after the ball is released. If toss is disqualified, the judge will call out “Bad Toss” and the measurement will not be counted for an official score. Each of two attempts is recorded. Best of the two attempts is circled and scored. Athletes must initial their scores before leaving the test area. Read less
2. Vertical Jump
What It Measures: Lower Body Power
Men’s High Mark: 42 in.
Women’s High Mark: 28 in.
Start in a standing position with feet in the designated area. Jump up as high as possible, pushing off with both feet at the same time. Reach and hi..... Read more
Start in a standing position with feet in the designated area. Jump up as high as possible, pushing off with both feet at the same time. Reach and hit the highest rung on the Vertech testing equipment with your hand to measure your vertical distance. Best of two attempts is recorded. You must initial your score for the judge before leaving the testing area. Read less
3. Heavy Medicine Ball Over Shoulder
What It Measures: Total Body Power & Strength
Men’s High Mark: 18.7 sec.
Women’s High Mark: 18.7 sec.
Standing over the medicine ball, you’ll set yourself up to pick the ball off the ground, and then up over your shoulder (must come above and over sho..... Read more
Standing over the medicine ball, you’ll set yourself up to pick the ball off the ground, and then up over your shoulder (must come above and over shoulder), allowing the ball to land behind you. Repeat this motion for a total of 10 reps as fast as you can. You may need to treat this movement more like picking up an atlas stone, where you pick it up to load yourself in a squat position, and then roll the ball up to your shoulder as your legs and hips extend. Your score is your time to complete 10 good reps.
Men’s med ball weight: 80 lbs
Women’s med ball weight: 40 lbs Read less
4. 40-Yard Dash
What It Measures: Sprint Speed
Men’s High Mark: 4.8 sec.
Women’s High Mark: 5.4 sec.
Test monitors will blow the whistle and call the wave (shown by a letter written on your bib) to the start, designating time to line up in your pre-a..... Read more
Test monitors will blow the whistle and call the wave (shown by a letter written on your bib) to the start, designating time to line up in your pre-assigned lane (shown by a number written on your bib. It is extremely important to only line up in your designated lane, even though there may be empty lanes due to competitors who did not show up on event day; it must be in the correct lane to receive the right score. Start in a static position behind start line in whatever position you choose, though three-point stance is recommended. Listen for the firing of the auditory start pistol; timing starts when it is fired. If your foot crosses the start line before the auditory start pistol is fired, you will be disqualified. If there is an electronic failure or false start in the run group, the entire group will be reset for another race start. If you or anyone false starts a second time, he or she will be disqualified. Your finish time is captured electronically as well as photographically and is measured when your torso crosses the finish line. You will get one attempt, which is recorded in seconds and to two decimal points by the Timing System Director and the official computerized system. Read less
5. Pro Agility Shuttle
What It Measures: Agility and Athleticism
Men’s High Mark: 4.15 sec.
Women’s High Mark: 4.6 sec.
Note: You will need to know and be able to perform the pattern of the pro agility shuttle test prior to the start.
Athletes are responsib..... Read more
Note: You will need to know and be able to perform the pattern of the pro agility shuttle test prior to the start.
Athletes are responsible for knowing and being able to perform the pattern of the Pro Agility Shuttle Test prior to the start of the competition. They may ask for help at anytime in the preparation area before the competition starts and will receive a brief review at station.
The test begins with the athlete straddling the center start/finish line with one hand on the line. It is suggested that athletes choose to start in the direction opposite to their dominant hand and foot with the dominant hand on the line. From that position the athlete starts the test by lifting their hand from the line and running 5 yards in one direction and touches the line with the hand that matches the chosen direction (ex: athlete runs to right side line and touches hand with right hand). The athlete should always be facing the judge at each change of direction. Then the athlete runs 10 yards the opposite direction touching the far line with the hand that matches that direction, then back 5 yards running through the start/finish line. The athlete must touch the line on the ground with the hand matching the direction they are running at each change of direction on the far ends but does not have to touch the hand to the line at the finish.
The timing judge will start the time when the athlete lifts hand from line at the start and stops the time when any part of the torso crosses the finish line. The athlete must immediately reset for the second attempt. The best of the two timed scores is recorded for the final score. If an athlete does not run the correct pattern or fails to touch any required lines, that attempt will not be scored and the athlete will only have the one attempt to receive a final score. Athletes must initial to accept the scores before leaving the testing station. Read less
6. Sled/Carry/Sprint Medley
What It Measures: Full Body Strength
Men’s High Mark: 20 sec.
Women’s High Mark: 21 sec.
Athletes starts standing behind the marked line, with their hands on the weighted sled. When ready, athletes push the sled a total distance of 20 yar..... Read more
Athletes starts standing behind the marked line, with their hands on the weighted sled. When ready, athletes push the sled a total distance of 20 yards, with the sled passing beyond the marked line. The athlete then picks up two kettlebells and farmer carry’s them back 20 yards to where they started. The athlete must set down the kettlebells beyond the marked line, turn around and sprint back 20 yards. Time to complete these three 20 yard movements is your score.
Women’s Sled Weight: 45 Lb
Men’s Sled Weight: 90 Lb
Women’s Kettlebell Weight: 24 Kg
Men’s Kettlebell Weight: 40 Kg
7. One Minute Ski
What It Measures: Total Body Power and Endurance
Men’s High Mark: 385 meters
Women’s High Mark: 315 meters
Using a Concept2 SkiErg this total body combination is measured by your distance skied in 1 minute. A judge will setup the competitor before the star..... Read more
Using a Concept2 SkiErg this total body combination is measured by your distance skied in 1 minute. A judge will setup the competitor before the start so that the rower computer, dampener, and foot position is set. Once the judges have setup the competitors, the test will start on the first pull, with an automatic 60-second countdown on the ski computer. Read less
8. Interval Run
What It Measures: Speed, Endurance and Conditioning
Men’s High Mark: 9 intervals completed
Women’s High Mark: 8 intervals completed
Start in a static position at the start line with your entire body behind the line. Cones are placed at interval levels of 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28..... Read more
Start in a static position at the start line with your entire body behind the line. Cones are placed at interval levels of 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, and 34 yards from the start line. A single timing judge placed at the start line will begin the run with a whistle. Run to the first cone (level 1 at 16 yards) and touch the line with your foot. Turn and run back, crossing the start/finish line with any part of your body. You will hear a whistle that finishes the run attempt at level 1 and designates the start of the 10-second rest period to return to the start position. The timing judge will then whistle to start the next interval (level 2 at 18 yards). Each interval must be completed in ten seconds by crossing the finish line with some part of your body. You will progress through each interval until you fail to cross the finish line before the ten second whistle. Score is the last level completed (1-10+). If you complete level 10, continue at repeating level 10 for additional points (so a score of 11, 12, etc., is possible) until you reach failure. You must initial your score for the judge before you leave the testing area. Read less
9. Mystery Test
The mystery tests will be revealed on event day and be visible on the course. The lead judge at each mystery test will explain the mystery test guide..... Read more
The mystery tests will be revealed on event day and be visible on the course. The lead judge at each mystery test will explain the mystery test guidelines and scoring as each heat enters the mystery test station. In choosing these tests, consideration has been taken so that there is not a significant learning factor involved in proper execution of the tests. These tests give an additional opportunity for scoring. Read less
10. 2K Row
What It Measures: Long-Distance Speed and Aerobic Conditioning
Men’s High Mark: 6:15 min/sec
Women’s High Mark: 6:55 min/sec
Using a Concept2 Rower this total body combination is measured by your time it takes to row 2,000 meters. A judge will setup the competitor before th..... Read more
Using a Concept2 Rower this total body combination is measured by your time it takes to row 2,000 meters. A judge will setup the competitor before the start so that the rower computer, dampener, and foot position is set. Once the judges have setup the competitors, the test will start on the first pull, with an automatic 2,000 counter on the ski computer. Read less
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the event scored?
We use a decathlon scoring system that distribute scores fairly, and reward those who perform exceptionally and give their best effort for each test in the competition. An athlete or team receives a score for each event, with the cumulative score from all 10 tests determining the final standings. Note, men are scored against men, and women against women. Each test has the potential to earn 1,000+ points. A world-record effort (i.e. 4.22 sec 40-yd dash) would garner a 1,000 point score, whereas an average effort (i.e. 5.22 sec 40-yd dash) would achieve 500 point score.
What is the Rain-Out Policy?
The event will take place rain or shine unless conditions become too dangerous for competition. Event surfaces, modification of tests, and event schedule may change if a weather delay occurs. Note, most of the event will be held indoors.
What surface(s) are the tests held on?
The tests are held primarily on artificial turf, pavement, and grass. Turf shoes, rubber cleats, running shoes are all acceptable shoes for this terrain. Metal spikes are not allowed. Some tests may be on grass, some on pavement pending the weather. Please pack accordingly.
Can I carry a bag with me throughout the tests?
Yes. In fact, we highly recommend you bring a small bag with a name-tag to carry any change of shoes, extra water, or clothing to be used throughout the tests. You will not be allowed to leave the test area to change your shoes or clothes, so be prepared to have what you need in your bag.
Are there training programs to prepare for Austin's Fittest?
Yes! Many of our sponsors and other local businesses will be offering prep classes, and test-specific training to help you excel at the tests. Be sure to check the website periodically for updates as these programs become available.
Is there a charge for spectators?
No. This event is free for all spectators of any age to follow along and cheer on their friends/family competing.
Will there be food/drinks available?
Yes. Food and drinks will be available to purchase or sample from our amazing group of sponsors on site.
What’s the seating and shade situation look like?
The indoor field will have standing room only viewing areas to watch and cheer on the athletes. Any outdoor tests will have more space for sitting.
Can a back brace/belt or other braces (knee, elbow, or ankle) be used for various events?
Yes, there is no problem with using a brace during the competition as long as it is for injury prevention.
What is the event schedule?
The event takes place from early morning to late afternoon. There are a few things that could slightly alter start times, but we will do everything possible to update all the competitors if there are any changes as we get closer to the event. An official email and posting to the website will be provided once the Official Start Times for each Division have been set.
Are we allowed to make changes with team members’ registrations?
Yes, you can substitute for team members that cannot make the event up until the designated cutoff date as indicated on the registration site. Just be aware that teams are two people and each team member must do 5 tests.
How long does it take to go through all the tests?
This all depends on the size of your division and conditions of the day. You should expect to be on the field for at least one hour and up to two hours if you are competing in a larger division like the 20s, 30s, 40s or Team Division.
What is the order of events? How much time do you usually have between events?
The order is exactly in the order that we list them on the website and numbered accordingly. This order is based on energy system recovery. So we definitely want the order to be public knowledge. Recovery is acquired in two ways: 1) waiting time within each test station as you are waiting for your turn. if you are 1st, you wait until your heat is complete and everyone moves on to the next station together with the official heat leader, so there is recover there regardless of your order within the heat. This could be up to 5 min depending on test 2) You have 2-3 minutes in between based on walking to the next station. We have done our best to build in spacing between heats to avoid bottlenecks from station to station.
Can I compete as an Individual and on a Team?
No, you can only compete in one, not both, so choose wisely!
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