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Austin Fit Magazine's fitness test is put through the paces

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Round 1 (with an asterisk) goes to the Austin American-Statesman!

Monday morning, I squared off against the editor and assistant editor of Austin Fit Magazine in a preview of a test the magazine will use to select the 10 fittest people in Austin.

The asterisk? Austin Fit Magazine editor Melanie Moore tweaked a leg muscle during warmups and couldn't fully participate. So while I recorded the best scores Monday, who knows who would win if we did it again in a couple of weeks? (Which we may do, for the record.)

We convened at Camp Mabry to run through the tests, which started with a medicine ball toss and included a standing broad jump, 40-yard dash, burpees, agility cone run, interval run and precision throw. We skipped the pull-ups, hand grip and 1-mile run due to lack of time and equipment.

Personal trainer and fitness expert Diane Vives designed the test to measure strength, endurance, agility, speed, power, precision and conditioning. It purposely doesn't give an advantage to one type of athlete.

The real test, open to the public, is June 9-10 at Camp Mabry. Male and female winners of 10-year age groups will be crowned "Austin's 10 Fittest" and featured in Austin Fit Magazine's August edition. There's also a team category.

Looking to brush up on your skills before competition day? Pure Austin Fitness is offering a training group geared toward the AFM FITtest every Saturday morning through June 2 at its Quarry Lake location. For more information or to register for the contest, visit afmfittest.com.

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