Austin Companies and Business Leaders Take on Fit Company Challenge and Commit to Healthy Living

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Local company teams and business leaders conquered a 3-course fitness challenge hosted by the Fit Company Institute to highlight the positive impact of living fit in the business community, and to compete to see who is the fittest in the city.

“Our Austin Team thoroughly enjoyed participating in the [Fit] Company [Challenge] this year.” - Ken Swisher, Austin Division President for David Weekley Homes

On September 13th, 2014 a group of business leaders and company teams in Austin took part in the Fit Company Challenge, a corporate fitness event hosted by the Fit Company Institute providing area companies and business leaders an opportunity to show the importance of living a fit and healthy lifestyle. Participants ranged in ages from professionals in their 20’s to executives in their early 60’s and competed in categories for Fittest Executive, Entrepreneur, Doctor, Lawyer, Professional, and the coveted Fittest Company award.

Over 50 companies were represented in Austin’s 4th annual event including company teams that competed for the Fittest Company award with David Weekley Homes finishing in first place.    “Our Austin Team thoroughly enjoyed participating in the [Fit] Company [Challenge] this year,” said Ken Swisher, Austin Division President for David Weekley Homes. “David Weekley Homes prides itself on promoting healthy living in the workplace. Our company’s culture is such that we are committed to our Team Members and their wellbeing and this was a great opportunity to come together as a Team for some friendly competition!”

While the Challenge was designed to test participants overall fitness and to get companies and business leaders together for a friendly competition and health promotion, most participants saw being part of the event as an even bigger opportunity. Cari Burningham, CEO of Mamazzy and winner of Austin’s Fittest Executive award, saw her participating as a way to be a positive impact in the Austin community.

“Business and fitness go hand in hand,” said Cari, “Immersing your life in an active lifestyle will help drive your passion for what you do and ignite your inner ambition to achieve your goals. The [Fit Company] Challenge has inspired me to get involved in the community and share the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle not only with business professionals but also the youth to help them become strong business leaders for our future.”

Participants and companies were encouraged to track their workouts leading up to the Challenge via Fit Chimp, a leading workplace wellness platform and the official training partner for the event. The Fit Chimp platform provided members with a variety of workouts to help participants prepare for the challenge. They also provided tracking tools, leaderboards, and contests for daily fitness efforts leading up to event day making participation in the event even more impactful.

On event day, with the help of over 30 volunteers, participants challenged their strength, conditioning, power, agility, and endurance in order to show their companies and colleagues that they practice what they preach. Participants used their involvement to bring out company team members, and family members to cheer them on and even run with them during their 5k which was the last course in the challenge.

The challenge was held at Zilker Park, and a portion of the proceeds benefitted the Central Texas Back on my Feet chapter, helping to change the lives of homeless people one mile, job, and house at a time.

The following is a list of the top finishers from the 2014 Fit Company Challenge in Austin:

Fit Company Fittest Awards

Fittest Company:
1. David Weekley Homes
2. Luminex
3. Q1 Media
4. Open Symmetry

Fittest Small Company:
1. PURE Bikram Yoga
2. The Zella Company
3. Umbel
4. Hill & Wilkinson

Fittest Executive – Male:
1. Zach Lane, The Marketing Arm
2. David Reiter, Luminex
3. Justin Fischer, Q2

Fittest Executive – Female:
1. Cari Burningham, Mamázzy
2. Pam Tobias, Abrams Learning Trends
3. Dana Andrae, AT&T Hotel & Conference Center

Fittest Entrepreneur – Male:
1. Jeff Williams, Spacecraft
2. Nathan Smith, Austin Tenant Advisors
3. Mark Cunningham, The Bidding Network

Fittest Entrepreneur – Female:
1. Ronda Prothro, Rondamike
2. Jana Downing, Hill Country Apothecary
3. Katie Niemeyer, Handana

Fittest Doctor – Male:
1. James Werling, On The Go Physical Therapy
2. Roger Borbon, Pure Life Chiropractic Neurology
3. Tim Zeddies, Central Austin Psychology

Fittest Doctor – Female:
1. Sandi Kramer, Performance Wellness
2. Amy Nguyen, Forest Family Dentistry

Fittest Lawyer – Male:
1. Kent Smith, Kent Smith Law
2. John Rubin, Rubin Law Firm
3. Michael Simons, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP

Fittest Professional – Male:
1. John Howard, David Weekley Homes
2. Cody Hackett, Active Power
3. Seth List, Umbel

Fittest Professional – Female:
1. Shanika Goodspeed, David Weekley Homes
2. Laura Hood, Q1 Media
3. Lene Lay, Q1 Media

Fittest Over 50 - Male:
1. Kent Smith, Kent Smith Law

Fittest Over 50 – Female:
1. Denise Clarke, DC Communications
2. Ronda Prothro, Rondamike
3. Pam Tobias, Abrams Learning Trends

Most Influential Award – Given to the contenders that received the most social media likes on their profile pages

  •     Male – Felipe Vega, Bridgepoint Consulting
  •     Female – Katie Niemeyer, Handana

Most Inspirational Award – Selected by the Fit Company event team based on the contender’s performance during the challenge and their online profile page

  •     Male – Michael Cress, MD Cress Ventures
  •     Female – Audrey Williams, Merchants Bonding Company

About the Fit Company Institute, LLC:

The Fit Company Institute is based in Austin, Texas and is dedicated to inspiring America’s workforce to live fit and healthy through new, innovative, and exciting fitness events for companies and business leaders. The Fit Company events challenge participants to be their fittest, recognize leaders and companies that make fitness a priority, and support America’s workforce of tomorrow by giving a portion of every dollar earned to programs that instill healthy principles in our communities.

Find more at and upcoming events in San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas.

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