Best Start Package

Get the best start to achieve your fitness goal!  Individual training is a core element in our community. Our trainers are seasoned experts in their trade, whether it be strength and conditioning, rehabilitation, Pilates, or Yoga…. Read more.

$25 Off First Session

New to our Spa? We offer a first session discount to new clients! Grab $25 off your first spa appointment of 50 minutes or longer Offer for Acupuncture, Facials, Massage, or Structural Integration appointments. Limit 1… Read more.

Valentine’s Massage Special

Special Valentine’s Day Massage available February 14-21 Sorry, this deal has passed.  Aromatherapy promotes relaxation and helps relieve stress. It has also been used to help with a wide range of physical and mental conditions, including… Read more.

Boxing Lessons

IMPROVE YOUR COORDINATION, REACTION-TIME, & FITNESS WITH BOXING LESSONS! Boxing is a two-in-one workout that improves not just strength and cardio but challenges your brain too. Ever feel so stressed out you just want to hit… Read more.

30 Day Training Plans

YOU HAVE A GOAL – WE’VE DONE THE PLANNING FOR YOU! Whether your desire is to build muscle or blast fat, Jessica has programmed an easy to follow 30 day training plan for you. Each plan… Read more.

The Winter Warm-Up

Whether you need to head inside for the season or gear up for a new 2018 workout plan, this deal on membership will guarantee a winter warm-up!   3 months of Premier Membership for $329 Upgrade… Read more.

Seasonal Facial Special

Enjoy scents of the Fall season with a specially formulated pumpkin, apple spice or ginger facial using the SkinScripts line. Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, this service will gently exfoliate, firm, and brighten the skin while… Read more.

Are You a Green Commuter?

If you walk, jog, bike, or bus here pick up a green commuter card. Get 1 punch per visit, 10 punches to enter a monthly drawing for a Free 60 minute massage!* Pick up your card… Read more.

360 Grand Opening Celebration – Friday, Oct 27

Join us Friday, October 27 for events all day at our new 360 location! ALL DAY CLASSES with 360 staff* 8:30-10:30AM FREE CHAIR MASSAGE  9AM-11AM SUPERFUN PANTS POP-UP!  10:45AM–11:45AM YOGA led by our owner, Clayton* 5PM–7PM… Read more.

15th Anniversary Celebration – Mon, Oct 16

Join us for all day events on Mon, Oct. 16! 10AM-11AM FREE CHAIR MASSAGE 10:45AM–11:45AM DONATION YOGA led by our owner, Clayton* 12PM–1PM COOKING CLASS w. Farmhouse Delivery 1PM–2PM FREE CHAIR MASSAGE 4PM–4:45PM DONATION BALLET led… Read more.

Fall Facial Fest

SEPTEMBER 21-OCTOBER 21 Book a PRO level RevitaPen facial for the BASIC level price! That’s a savings of $30!     What is Revitapen?  Drastically reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and signs of blemishes with one of… Read more.

BIG NEWS! We’re Adding a Second Location!

We are excited to announce that Castle Hill Fitness is expanding its “kingdom”! Come see our second location in the Davenport Village off Loop 360 and Westlake Drive.     “It’s Castle Hill Fitness’s vision to… Read more.

We Won Austin Monthly’s Best Gym!

THANK YOU!   Did you hear? Austin Monthly Magazine named us Readers’ Pick Best of ATX Gym! We couldn’t have done it without our amazing clients and staff.    

6th Annual Founder’s Day

Founder’s Day is our Founder, Paolo Minissi’s birthday. Without his vision, leadership, and grit CHF as we know it would not exist. That’s why each year we do something special to celebrate him! Our 6th Annual… Read more.

Memberships are now month-to-month!

Commitment issues? Say no more! Our short term memberships are changing from a minimum commitment of 3 months to commitment-free! Go month to month with ease of knowing you have the flexibility your busy life requires…. Read more.

Who Are We Wednesday: Sara

Sara has been practicing Pilates for over 15 years. She appreciates the centering and mindfulness it brings to her life. She really loves helping people get a deeper understanding of their body and with that knowledge teaching… Read more.

Jerry Gerlich: Now With 4 Times the Awesome!

We are excited to announce that Jerry Gerlich, our resident bike fitter, is now level 4 International Bike Fitting Institute certified! Level 4 certified fitters can act as mentors to other candidates to help them through… Read more.

Who Are We Wednesday: Shannon Dolan

One of our newer members, Shannon, is a Certified Personal Trainer through American College of Sports Medicine and has been active in the fitness industry for over four years. Shannon has a Degree in Applied Nutrition with… Read more.

Philosophy of Middle Flow Pilates

by Deborah West, Master Pilates Instructor, Creator of Middle Flow Pilates Class Middle Flow is a class that I have been creatively moving towards for 18 years. And after two years of teaching it I can… Read more.

Who Are We Wednesday: Minna

Besides training and conditioning human athletes and helping clients to build power and strength, Minna has been successful in training and conditioning her 7-year-old Appaloosa gelding, Mocca, which she started training last summer. She is building… Read more.

Our New Logo!

On Wednesday we wrote a post about our research that we did in preparation for the new logo as well as a loose timeline for our overall remodel. If you haven’t read it, check it out… Read more.

Who Are We Wednesday: Castle Hill Fitness

We’re taking a little detour from our regular WAWW posts to update you about what’s happening around here. We’re super excited to announce that we’re launching our rebrand project this Friday! As you may know, Einstein… Read more.

Who Are We Wednesday: Ashley & Tracey

Ashley and Tracey have been teaching yoga here at Castle Hill Fitness for 3 and 4 years, respectively. They actually met here and later combined efforts to create Austin School of Yoga and we’re super honored… Read more.

We Love Our Grads: Juan

Juan Anguiano is one of our yoga instructors- you can find him at Castle Hill Fitness most days at 6:30am teaching Ashtanga. He’s also a personal trainer and he ALSO just graduated from UT. (Whew!) He recently… Read more.

Who Are We Wednesday: Thomas

  Thomas is a Certified Sports and Conditioning Specialist (One of the hardest certifications out there!) and a licensed massage therapist studying to be a Neuromuscular Therapist. In addition Thomas is certified in hard style Kettlebell… Read more.

Member Profile: Mother’s Day Edition

  We love our Mom Members! • In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re spotlighting this Mother/Daughter duo, longtime members of our Castle Hill Fitness family. In spite of a busy week of travel, they were able to… Read more.

Who Are We Wednesday: Kevin

We’re starting a new biweekly tradition of showcasing our staff with simple bios so you can get to know us. We’re calling it Who Are We Wednesdays. Get to know our new Spin instructor, Kevin, today… Read more.

#superfunpopup with Super Fun Yoga Pants

On March 2nd and 5th, 2016 we hosted our 1st #popup event- brought to the Castle by Super Fun Yoga Pants, who- “believe that a life full of your own personal mood-brighteners is a life better led…. Read more.

Price Increases Effective April 1, 2016

As our city continues to grow, so does the cost of doing business, particularly in our desirable downtown, central location. Our last increase for personal training prices was in 2011, our last increase in massage was… Read more.

December Meditation Challenge

Welcome to the December Meditation Challenge!  Click the links below to listen to each days meditation and enjoy! Intro to the Meditation Series: December 1st: Photo of River Rock Finished with Gold Leaf by Andy Goldsworthy December… Read more.

The Arm Chairs by Peak Pilates are Installed!

When arms are added to the chair you open up a whole new realm of possibilities to large groups and classes that were too dangerous to attempt before.  They are a fantastic tool for creating stability… Read more.

Green Projects at Castle Hill Fitness

We recently sat down with the Founders of the Castle Hill Green Team, Vlad Glouchkov (our Business Manager) and Amy Rogers (our Marketing + Programs Manager). We asked each of them the same six questions. Below… Read more.

Fitting for Four Wheels

This article originally appeared in Steve Hogg’s August 2015 Bike Fit of the Month:  This month’s FOTM (fit of the month) is about a unique client who took a different path in his quest for performance,… Read more.

Hip Tips to Beat the Heat with Yoga!

It is important to keep up your daily practice in hot months. We need the mental and physical stamina that yoga practice provides.  We want to practice in such a way that generates useful heat and… Read more.

Member Spotlight! Meet Amy Lowrey

How long have you been a member at Castle Hill? I joined Castle Hill in January of 2006 to get in shape for my wedding.  I talked to Celeste over the phone, told her about my… Read more.

Castle Hill Fitness Reduces Water Use By 7.5%

Conservation is Key Even though recent rains have saturated our lawns and threatened our annual Bike to Work Day, Austin is still in a historic drought. Castle Hill Fitness is contributing to the efforts of conservation… Read more.

Bike to Work Day – Fueling Station recap!

National Bike to Work Day was Friday, May 15, 2015 and rainy weather didn’t keep these super commuters away! Food for Fitness cafe was a morning fueling station offering treats, free water bottles, and organic coffee… Read more.

Jerry’s Adventure at the 12 Hours of Sebring

Ben Keating visited Castle Hill Cycles in late December and again in early January for comprehensive bike fittings on his Cervelo RCA and R5 road machines. He took up road cycling in 2014 to boost stamina… Read more.

Core Complex by Forrest Yoga Teacher Tracey Silverman

My core is not a new exploration for me, but like any meaningful relationship, it’s one that evolves, deepens in understanding, and challenges me to no end. It’s part of me that beckons and often times screams for attention. My… Read more.

Hands-On-Healing Workshop Weekend Recap

On the last weekend of February 2015, Castle Hill Fitness Forrest Yoga teachers Tracey Silverman (left) and Ashley Cheng (right) led Hands-on-Healing: Master the Art of Assisting, a weekend Yoga immersion combining asana practice, discussion of principles… Read more.

Dogs Out Loud Fundraiser Yoga Class

On Sunday, February 25th, Castle Hill Fitness donated space for a fundraiser held by Dogs Out Loud.  This is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2012 to provide the training and behavior intervention needed to help… Read more.

Restorative Yoga & Profound Rest, by Kori Jones

Restorative yoga is the exploration of one’s ease, relaxing into what is, and restoring the physical body, nervous system, and mind to a place of equanimity. It serves as an antidote to one of our society’s… Read more.

Reserve Your Class Spots Online – Coming Soon

Castle Hill Fitness is excited to announce that on November 15th it will launch an online reservation system for weekly classes to member and non-member clients. Clients will be able to: Reserve and pay online for a class up to… Read more.

Twelfth Anniversary Celebration

On October 16th, 2014, CHF trainers, members, staff, workmen, and … even inanimate objects… all wore PARTY HATS! Why? Because it was a party! Castle Hill Fitness celebrated its 12 Year Anniversary with style, smiles, fruit… Read more.

Bike Fit Tip: Marking Positions

Having a cycling position well-marked on the bicycle can save time and reduce frustration.  Sometimes we decide to make a quick seat, cleat or bar change out on the road only to learn that we want… Read more.

Castle Hill Fitness Under New Ownership!

Welcome Clayton Aynesworth to the Team! Greetings, On behalf of the Castle Hill Management team I would like to communicate an important announcement – we have a new owner at Castle Hill Fitness! Some of you… Read more.

Member Spotlight & Interview! Meet the Kumars

Meet Pradeep and Rushmi Kumar – our first double Member Spotlight! This couple manages to balance work, family life and a regular fitness program. We love having them at Castle Hill and enjoyed this opportunity to learn… Read more.

Castle Gets a Customer Service Shout Out

Feedback is one of Castle Hill’s values. Receiving and asking for feedback has become so commonplace in our organization that we sometimes forget that it’s not the norm for most businesses. Enter a recent article from… Read more.

Member Spotlight & Interview! Meet Ben Gordon

CHF: How long have you been a member at Castle Hill? October 2013   What does your regular routine at Castle Hill look like? Monday -12 Primal Class; Tuesday – 60 mins of cardio; Wed –… Read more.

Member Spotlight & Interview! Meet Julio Otazo

Castle Hill Fitness (CHF) Member Spotlight Interview CHF: How long have you been a member at Castle Hill? I have been a member at Castle Hills since the fall of 13.’  I’ve been attending classes +… Read more.

Cycling 101: Posture, by Shannon Burke

As the ride leader for a bike tour outfit that travels all over the country, I’ve had the opportunity to observe just about every riding style there is. And while our focus is more on enjoying… Read more.

Cycling 101: Pedaling, by Shannon Burke

There are many different ways to become a better cyclist, but one of the easiest and most effective ways is to simply focus on pedaling. While everyone understands the importance of pedaling in propelling you forward,… Read more.

Member Spotlight & Interview! Meet John Hays

CHF: How long have you been a member at Castle Hill? Over four years – since December 2009. CHF:   What does your regular routine at Castle Hill look like? Cardio (stationary bike, elliptical, etc.), plus… Read more.

Outdoor Road Bike Rides!

FREE OUTDOOR BIKE RIDES in celebration of Castle Hill Fitness’ Founder’s Day. SUNDAY FEB. 9TH AND FEB. 23rd led by VeloView Bike Tours MEET at FOOD FOR FITNESS CAFE at 8:30AM ride leaves at 9AM Length… Read more.

Fitness Fundraising Expo 2013 Recap

The Expo kicked off at noon this past Sunday, November 3rd at Castle Hill Fitness.  Classes included Barre, Pilates, Indoor Cycling, Yoga Wall, Power Yoga, and Strength Toning. Thank you to all the kind teachers who… Read more.

Why We Love the Infrared Sauna

Castle Hill Fitness Downtown has two TheraSauna Far Infrared saunas, one in each of the locker rooms. The infrared sauna is a favorite among staff and clients alike, and is often used after a workout to… Read more.

Member Spotlight & Interview: Ann Ward

Castle Hill Fitness (CHF) Member Spotlight Interview with Ann Ward (AW) CHF: How long have you been a member at Castle Hill? AW: I have been a member since Castle Hill opened. In fact, I was… Read more.

Castle Hill Transformation: Deaton Bednar

Friends. Friends brought me to Castle Hill. I made friends at Castle Hill. Friends fill a need. A friend introduced me to the Castle and it was a perfect fit. Friendly, competent staff. Colorful, small rooms…. Read more.

Texas Rollergirls Invite You!

Business members and avid gym-go’ers, the Texas Rollergirls are hooking up all Castle Hill friends with $10 tickets to their May 11th bout Texas vs. Colorado! Purchase tickets at http://texasrollergirls.bpt.me/ and use promo code CASTLE at… Read more.

April Weekly Bike Rides

Join us for weekly Sunday road rides during the month of April. Dates: April 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th Meet in front of Food for Fitness Café at 8:30am. Take off at 9am. No-Drop ride* of 20-30… Read more.

February Weekly Bike Rides

Join us for a road ride on Saturdays, Feb 9th, 16th, 23rd. Meet at 9:30, leaves at 10 a.m. Length ~ 2 hours | Speed ~ 12-14mph | Helmets + Roadbike Req Ride cancelled if rainy or… Read more.

Fitness Resolution Check In | How are you doing?

It’s hard to believe that we have made it to the end of January already! So, how are we all doing with our resolutions/commitments/goals for 2013? Have you felt any differences? Comment below; we would love… Read more.

In Memory of Paolo Minissi Bike Ride

There will be a bike ride in memory of our founder, Paolo Minissi, on Sunday, Nov. 25th, 2012 + open to the public/all are welcome. Leaving from Castle Hill at 2pm Sunday, Nov. 25th, 2012 -weather… Read more.

Out of the Darkness Walk 2012

On Sunday, November 4th, Team Castle Hill Fitness raised $5,320 for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Thank you to all of our friends and family members for your support. It was a beautiful day to remember… Read more.

Prenatal Yoga: Building Community and Mama Strength

Prenatal Yoga creates a community space for new mamas + experienced mamas alike to build camaraderie in their unique, beautiful and challenging experiences. The asana helps women prepare their physical bodies for giving birth by cultivating… Read more.

Member Spotlight! Meet Eli Cohen

CH:  How long have you been a member at Castle Hill? EC:  I actually joined Timberline Fitness in 2001 before heading off to college.  I’d come home and workout during summer and winter breaks – by… Read more.

Bon Voyage! to Jenny and Sharon

We’d like to bid farewell and good luck to Jenny Russo and Sharon Moon, two of our veteran Ashtanga Yoga teachers, as they leave Castle Hill at the end of the month. Jenny Russo will be… Read more.

‘Above & Beyond’ by Charly Pivert

“Above & beyond” is where the practice of Yoga leads us. Yet, before we expand “Above & Beyond”, we always start with our connection to “Below and within”. At the beginning of each practice we start… Read more.

Top 10 Ways to Relieve Your Aching Back

The following are Castle Hill therapist Rachael Bercey’s top 10 suggestions for relieving body aches. This list originally appeared in April Dykman’s article, “Cheap Ways to Relieve Your Aching Back” in Forbes. Look at how you’re… Read more.

Yoga Diary – Mysore Recap by Jenny Wicke

I’m not typically a blogger but some of you have asked about my recent trip to India. I probably told you “it was relaxing” or that “mostly I sat on the beach.” More specifically, this journey… Read more.

Kettlebell Contenders!

You may have seen one of our trainers, Minna Miller, practicing high volume kettlebell lifting the past two months. She has been training for a competition with kettlebells, known as Kettlebell Sport or Girevoy Sport. The… Read more.

What does a New Year mean to you?

Nothing excites me more than the beginning of a new year. To me, it brings new life, new experiences, and new hope for the future ahead. What does it mean for you? Tell us by commenting… Read more.

In Memoriam: Paolo Minissi

It is with great sadness that we must deliver news that our leader, owner and general manager, Paolo Minissi, passed away on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011. Paolo opened the doors of Castle Hill Fitness 9 years… Read more.

All About LED Light Therapy

Everyone is talking about what LED Light Therapy can do for you!   What is LED Light Therapy and how does it work? It is the same process as photosynthesis in plants. Exact wavelengths of light emitted… Read more.

It IS in the Timing | The Post-Workout Meal

Are you looking for a way to maximize your results from training and lose body fat?  Interestingly enough, when you eat could be as important as what you eat. One of the most important meals of the… Read more.

Dermaplaning vs Dermafiling

What is the difference between dermaplaning and dermafiling?  Dermaplaning is the leading alternative to microdermabrasion. This is an exfoliating treatment that promotes healthier, younger looking skin since the first treatment. It enhances collagen production and product… Read more.

The Leadville 100 Trail Race Coverage

The Leadville 100 Trail Race (www.leadvilletrailseries.com) Departure date: Wednesday, August 17th.  Departure time: High noon. Okay.  We’re not really leaving at high noon.  We’re not galloping off into the sunset like a group of frontier outlaws. … Read more.

The Benefits of Kinesio Tape

It is best to think of the application of Kinesio Tape as prolonging the effects of soft tissue work done by massage therapists, physical therapists, or chiropractors. The effectiveness of the tape lasts between three and… Read more.

Castle Hill Joins Active LIfe

Castle Hill will be working with ActiveLife—a non-profit dedicated to organizing a movement for healthy change—to participate in the Austin’s Young Leaders for Healthy Change program. Young Leaders for Healthy Change is a free program that… Read more.


Alex Dotte
Alex Dotte
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Alex was introduced to weight training at the age of 15 and started powerlifting in high school. While completing his bachelor's degree at the University of Texas, he discovered the importance of conditioning, flexibility and nutrition, and decided to help others.  For the past 12 years Alex has worked with adults and children of all ages and his training philosophy has progressed through various modalities tuned to individual needs. Read more about Alex...

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