AISD teachers, staff participate in fitness competition

School district staff participated in the AISD Games Saturday (Paul Shelton / KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Teachers are constantly pushing students to be the best they can be, but the tables were turned Saturday. This time, it was more about physical strength.

“You know when we’re dealing with high school kids all day it’s nice to get out and just get some of that stress out,” Bowie High School teacher Amy Suggs said.

Dozens of Austin educators participated in a competition to find the district’s fittest employee, and the event showed just how tough they really are.

It was Suggs’ second year in the AISD Games.

“Just because we have our rivalries in other events, like football, it’s fun to see what we can come out and do against each other,” Suggs said.

Many of these athletes train with XFit2You, which is a CrossFit group that partners with AISD to get employees more active.

“It’s for all levels and you just do what you can do,” Bowie High School teacher Marita Jamison said.

“When I first started I could barely lift the bar over my head, and now I can easily put up about 75 pounds, so that’s exciting,” Suggs said.

Not only are participants meeting personal goals, they are forming bonds across a large school district.

“Last year the woman that won.. you know, me and her… we’re friends on Facebook now,” Sugg said. “It’s one of those things. We would’ve never met because she teaches at an elementary school up north.”

In 2014, the AISD Games were more team oriented than previous years. The public was encouraged to cheer on their favorite AISD staff members.

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