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Fit Folks: Alexis Alexander, 29

Staff Writer
Austin 360

A year ago, a friend talked me into a Groupon discount for an Introduction to Aerial Arts class at Sky Candy. I tried silks, static trapeze and, my favorite, the aerial hoop or "lyra." It was magical. It brought me back into something creative, kept me moving and got me into the best shape ever. I wasn't looking to get fit; I was just enjoying hanging upside down. I soon learned that the stronger and more flexible I became, the more tricks I could do. About six months in, I noticed I had these incredibly defined arms. At about eight months, I ran screaming from the bedroom, "I have ab lines!" I now go to both Sky Candy and Brass Ovaries for lyra and pole classes. It should be noted I am the dorkiest pole dancer ever but have a blast going, and it keeps me strong. After one year, I'm strong, flexible and can fit into my pants from many moons ago. Goal-oriented fitness is the way to go. It's never been "I need to be a size 4 again." It's been, "I need to be able to hoist myself to the top of the hoop and do something amazing."

We're looking for Central Texans who keep fit with interesting activities. Tell us — in 100 words or fewer — about yours. If you have a photograph, include that as well. Send your name, age and contact information to Pam LeBlanc, Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin TX 78704 or e-mail it to pleblanc@statesman.com.