Austin Fit Training Programs

Training Programs

When someone completes their first marathon or half marathon, the experience is so powerful that they carry it with them for the rest of their lives. The physical and psychological benefits gained from this intensive training are truly remarkable. Here at Austin Fit, our goal is to safely bring these benefits to as many people as possible, including couch potatoes, Boston-qualifying athletes, and everybody in between.

The program is simple, but powerful. Over 26 weeks, through safe and steady coaching, members progress from little or no running base to race condition. Members follow our carefully developed training schedule during the week, then on the weekends, the entire group meets for ability-based long runs. These group meetings are great for lots of reasons. First, they’re a good chance to share the challenges and joys of training with others who are going through the same thing. Second, the weekly group meetings are important because members receive educational seminars on running or walking-specific topics that round out their training with essential practical and strategic information. Our emphasis is on safety and achievement, and we find that often, these meetings represent the beginning of many lifelong friendships. We hope you’ll join us.

Why it works

Over the last two decades, we’ve learned a lot about how to help people accomplish their goals. We bring together our members in a positive environment with other like-minded athletes, give them a carefully refined training structure to guide them, coach them skillfully, and watch the achievement happen. Participants show up each week to run or walk, to support each other in a common goal, and to hold each other accountable. In these ways, USA FIT is more than a training schedule; it’s a way of life that helps members thrive both on and off the track.

Our Running Training Program

Austin FIT members are just like you. We each decided one day that we would like to get into better shape, make new friends, and perhaps run a half or full marathon! Some of us are just starting, others have been running for a while, and some are Boston Marathon qualifiers. But regardless of the specifics, we all share one common goal: Get Fit & Have Fun!

Members join the Summer training program (Start Date: June 12, 2021) at 6:30 AM (staggered start times this summer season due to COVID-19 precautionary measures) to train for fall half and full marathons. Most participants in this group target San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll or Bryan/College Station race in December. The Summer training can also prepare you for other fall races such as USA FIT Half & 5K, USA FIT Marathon, Chicago, New York, Philly, Las Vegas, and Dallas, BCS and more.

Members join the Fall training program (Start Date: August 21, 2021) at 7 AM to train for the Austin half/full marathon, but this program can prepare you for other winter races such as USA Fit Resolution Race - benchmark for the Austin half/full marathon, 3M, Houston, USA FIT, Fort Worth, New Orleans, Dallas, MCM, NYC and Los Angeles Marathons.

Members join the Spring training program (Start Date: February 27, 2021 at 7 AM to train primarily for spring half marathons, 10ks and to use this time to just keep moving.

Ask previous members, and they will tell you that Austin FIT is a non-intimidating environment, and we really do motivate people of all ability levels, to get fit, and enjoy themselves.

The general format of Austin FIT is as follows:

  • An organized training run each Saturday morning with a group of runners whose training pace is similar to yours. Each pace group is designated by a color: Green, Yellow, Red, Orange & Purple (walkers).
  • A seminar on hydration, injury prevention, nutrition or other fitness-related topic is presented on a Saturday before our run or walk to help you learn the fundamentals of successfully improving your fitness. Fitness-related tips and articles will also be presented in the weekly newsletter. Raffle drawings for fun prizes will be held before the seminar.
  • Time for discussion with your color group members and instruction from your coaches each week before/after the run. After the run groups stretch and may perform foot drills before heading out for a group breakfast (optional).
  • A schedule of training runs to be completed each week on your own, or if you choose, with other members of your color group.
  • Weekly speed training sessions once the group has built a sufficient training base to handle speed work safely and comfortably (primarily for our 26-week programs, and about six weeks into the program).
  • Injury prevention provided by Sports Medicine professionals, who are on-site at an announced Saturday throughout the training season!

Austin Fit is highly successful because it follows the format of the USA FIT program, which has been refined and improved since its beginning in 1989. The USA FIT programs have improved the health, fitness and wellness of thousands of people each year throughout the U.S.. Our Assistant and Head Coaches are certified by USA FIT, and all Head Coaches are CPR and Sports Safety trained. Each coach has successfully completed marathons or half marathons themselves. Come out and join us to see for yourself.

Walk Breaks:

Our Red (10:00-10:59) & Orange (11:00-13:00) pace groups will practice the run/walk training method during their Saturday long runs. Our pace groups run/walk interval ratio varies depending on pace, temperature, terrain, and group preference.  Ask your pace group coach for more information on their run/walk interval.

Our Walking Training Program

Walkers comprise an enthusiastic and growing segment of USA FIT Austin. This group is specifically designed for people walking a 14-minute mile or greater pace, or have never run before, but the goal is the same: to help you push your personal boundaries and achieve your performance and speed goals in an encouraging, safe environment.

Walkers receive all the same benefits as runners. All athletes meet on Saturday, and progress through an increasingly rigorous schedule each week until the season’s ending taper. Everyone receives the same excellent ability-based coaching, weekly educational seminars, mid-week support, and more.

Need more information about Austin Fit? Contact us today!