Diastasis Recti: What Is It, and How to Fix it

Posted on
by Jessica Appel

By: Jess Appel, Master Personal Trainer, Crossfit Level 1 Coach, and Mom   Clinically, Diastasis means “separation” and Recti refers to the affected muscles the rectus abdominis. However, you may know the condition as the “Mom Pooch”, “Mommy Tummy”, or “Mom… Read more.

Best Start Package

Posted on

Get the best start to achieve your fitness goal!  This introductory package of 3, 60-minute private one-on-one sessions will set you up for your best year yet.  Choose your discipline: Strength, Pilates, or Yoga. This package… Read more.

5 Reasons You’ll Love Myzone

Posted on
by Tara Penawell

  I love technology, so when I heard we were bringing the Myzone fitness tracker to our Downtown location, I was ready to jump in with both feet. Myzone is the cutting edge in wearable fitness… Read more.

What Do You Need to Do Before You Start Training?

Posted on

Set Yourself Up for Success Taking time to get an initial assessment with a certified trainer will pay back dividends on attaining your fitness goals. Get a baseline on how your body moves, protect yourself from… Read more.

This Deal is Making Waves!

Posted on

Special Swim Lesson Package for Adults or Kids! Considering swim lessons for yourself or your little guppy?  JUMP IN ON THIS DEAL! Buy 4, 30-minute lessons, get 1 lesson free.  One package per client, expires 2… Read more.

Staff Spotlight: Shannon Dolan

Posted on

When you come to Castle Hill Fitness, you’re entering so much more than just a gym. You’re entering a community – an innovative hub of talented professionals who are here to support your fitness and wellness journey. Between our… Read more.

Staff Spotlight: Thomas Damron

Posted on

When you come to Castle Hill Fitness, you’re entering so much more than just a gym. You’re entering a community – an innovative hub of talented professionals who are here to support your fitness and wellness journey. Between our… Read more.

Mindset Matters

Posted on
by Jessica Appel

You’ve had a long, hard day at the office. Battled evening traffic to get to the gym. Couldn’t find a parking spot for 15 mins and barely rushed into your favorite class.  You’re steamed, frustrated, angry. … Read more.

Staff Spotlight: Tonja Hancock

Posted on

When you come to Castle Hill Fitness, you’re entering so much more than just a gym. You’re entering a community – an innovative hub of talented professionals who are here to support your fitness and wellness journey. Between our… Read more.

The Scale Is Not Your Friend.

Posted on
by Jessica Appel

By: Jess Appel, ACSM Certified Master Level Personal Trainer, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer   The scale lies.  Okay, it doesn’t technically lie. It is giving you an accurate representation of what your body weighs. However, our own understanding… Read more.

Boxing Lessons

Posted on

IMPROVE YOUR COORDINATION, REACTION-TIME, & FITNESS! 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 something? Here’s your chance to… Read more.

Staff Spotlight: Ash Atwood

Posted on

When you come to Castle Hill Fitness, you’re entering so much more than just a gym. You’re entering a community – an innovative hub of talented professionals who are here to support your fitness and wellness journey. Between… Read more.

Why are HIIT Workouts So Popular?

Posted on
by Jessica Appel

Photo by Nicole De Khors from Burst  By: Jess Appel, ACSM Certified Master Level Personal Trainer, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer HIIT workouts are all the rage and have been gaining popularity for a number of years.  All the way back… Read more.

New Client Swim Deal

Posted on

Considering swim lessons for yourself or your little guppy? JUMP ON THIS NEW CLIENT DEAL!  Buy 4, 30-minute lessons get 1 lesson free.  One package per client, expires 2 months from date of purchase, new swim… Read more.

30 Day Training Plans

Posted on

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.

From Tot to Trainer: Shannon

Posted on

  Before they were the awesome trainers we know and love, they were just kids running amok. So how did they go from cute lil’ tots to badass trainers? Let’s find out more a little bit… Read more.

Who Are We Wednesday: Amid

Posted on

Amid has a passion for delivering focused results to his clients. With over 20 years of Martial Arts experience, Amid understands the discipline it takes to achieve goals. Well-known for keeping it fresh, Amid’s classes are high… Read more.

Who Are We Wednesday: Deborah

Posted on

Deborah is a Master Pilates teacher and founding staff member who loves training athletes and beginners with a strong commitment to Pilates. She enjoys teaching her clients how to integrate the Pilates principles into many everyday… Read more.

Who Are We Wednesday: Shannon Dolan

Posted on

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.

Who Are We Wednesday: Minna

Posted on

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.

We Love Our Grads: Juan

Posted on

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

Posted on

  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.

Who Are We Wednesday: Kevin

Posted on

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.

EAT.SLEEP.EXERCISE.

Posted on
by Amid Archibald

Fitness is a mind and body connection. It all starts in your mind- DISCIPLINE – that’s the most important component.  Keep your mind strong, think positive thoughts when it comes to your body and it will… Read more.

Member Spotlight & Interview! Meet the Kumars

Posted on

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.

3 Months to Spike!

Posted on
by Erin Truslow

Over the past 3 months I have been watching the physical changes in Michael Glavan as he prepared for his role as Spike in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Zach Theater. He… Read more.

Member Spotlight & Interview! Meet Edye Melton

Posted on

CHF: How long have you been a member at Castle Hill? I’ve been a member for over eleven years. What does your regular routine at Castle Hill look like? I work out with a personal trainer,… Read more.

Member Spotlight & Interview! Meet Ben Gordon

Posted on

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

Posted on

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: Pedaling, by Shannon Burke

Posted on

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.

Fitness Resolution Check In | How are you doing?

Posted on

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.

Dispelling the 220-age Myth

Posted on
by Jessica Appel

If you’ve stepped foot in a gym sometime with in the last thirty years you’ve seen it.  Hung by the cardio equipment; framed behind shiny glass, proudly guiding you in bold primary colors to your target… Read more.

How a Triathlete is Born – Part Two

Posted on
by Erin Truslow

 Shortly after my first Duathlon I started to become obsessed with researching the Triathlon on the Internet. I even set my TiVo to record all cycling and triathlon programs.  I began to learn the names of… Read more.

How a Triathlete is Born – Part One

Posted on
by Erin Truslow

In 2001 to a class full of cycling students, I remember stating: “Triathletes are crazy! I would never do that!” If you are unfamiliar with the sport of Triathlon, it is three parts: 1. Swimming 2…. Read more.

It IS in the Timing | The Post-Workout Meal

Posted on

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.

Is It Time For You To TRI?

Posted on
by David Garza

The Austin Livestrong Marathon is over and that means one thing to me, IT’S TRIATHLON SEASON! If you have ever wanted to compete in a triathlon of any distance, this article will help guide you to… Read more.