Pam LeBlanc

Fitness & outdoors reporter

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.  Pam rides a bicycle to work, swims on a team and runs with her girlfriends. All her hobbies, from scuba diving to horseback riding and snow skiing, involve bulky gear. She lives in Austin with her husband, who is really good at applying bandages and ice packs.

Latest from Pam LeBlanc

Tired of traffic? Try one of these unusual commutes instead
 Why sit in traffic when you can catch a workout on your commute to work? We checked in with a quartet of Austin residents who park the car at home now and then or skip the bus and travel to work under the power of their own muscles. We’re pretty sure they arrive at the office in a better frame of mind than those who sit in gridlock...

Posted: a day ago

Why sit in traffic when you can catch a workout on your commute to work? We checked in with a quartet of Austin residents who park the car at home now and then or skip the bus and travel to work under the power of their own muscles. We’re pretty sure they arrive at the office in a better frame of mind than those who sit in gridlock...
In Belize, scuba diving with sharks and a whole lot more
 What kind of Year of Adventure doesn’t include swimming with sharks? Not mine, that’s for sure. At the moment, I’m kicking along a reef at Half Moon Caye off the coast of Belize. Our small group of scuba divers has caught the attention of two or three blacktip reef sharks that are making close passes, 5- or 6-foot &ldquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

What kind of Year of Adventure doesn’t include swimming with sharks? Not mine, that’s for sure. At the moment, I’m kicking along a reef at Half Moon Caye off the coast of Belize. Our small group of scuba divers has caught the attention of two or three blacktip reef sharks that are making close passes, 5- or 6-foot &ldquo...
Running coach celebrates survival of massacre in Burundi with walk up Congress
 Gilbert Tuhabonye marched up Congress Avenue this morning with a 40-pound, 5-gallon jug on water on his head. LIZ KREUTZ/Special
               to the American-Statesman Austin’s drum-thumping, “run with joy!” shouting coach marched up Congress Avenue this morning, marking the anniversary of
            the day he almost...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gilbert Tuhabonye marched up Congress Avenue this morning with a 40-pound, 5-gallon jug on water on his head. LIZ KREUTZ/Special to the American-Statesman Austin’s drum-thumping, “run with joy!” shouting coach marched up Congress Avenue this morning, marking the anniversary of the day he almost...
Ride the wave to NLand Surf Park’s new brewery
 Right now, the brewery is pouring five beers. Five more are coming soon. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman First things first. No, the beer at NLand Brewing Company doesn’t taste like Coors Light, even though the owner’s last name
            is Coors, and yes, he’s part of that family. And no, Doug Coors doesn’t have...

Posted: 2 days ago

Right now, the brewery is pouring five beers. Five more are coming soon. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman First things first. No, the beer at NLand Brewing Company doesn’t taste like Coors Light, even though the owner’s last name is Coors, and yes, he’s part of that family. And no, Doug Coors doesn’t have...
Are you ready for the zombie apocalypse? Find out at these Texas State Parks events
  Looking to hone your zombie battling skills? Want to send shivers up your spine with creepy stories? Texas state parks are scheming up a host of spooky events, including zombie apocalypse hikes, pumpkin carving parties, night
            hikes and ghost story gatherings. Check out these events at Central Texas parks: Park rangers at McKinney...

Posted: 2 days ago

Looking to hone your zombie battling skills? Want to send shivers up your spine with creepy stories? Texas state parks are scheming up a host of spooky events, including zombie apocalypse hikes, pumpkin carving parties, night hikes and ghost story gatherings. Check out these events at Central Texas parks: Park rangers at McKinney...
Feel like brawling? This Austin fitness studio is here to help
 The Barre Code Austin will host a Halloween-themed pool party on Oct. 28. Photo courtesy Barre Code Austin   Feel like brawling? The Barre Code Austin will host a Halloween-themed Brawl workout – the fitness studio’s signature kickboxing class – poolside
            at The Austin Motel, 1220 South Congress Avenue, starting...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Barre Code Austin will host a Halloween-themed pool party on Oct. 28. Photo courtesy Barre Code Austin   Feel like brawling? The Barre Code Austin will host a Halloween-themed Brawl workout – the fitness studio’s signature kickboxing class – poolside at The Austin Motel, 1220 South Congress Avenue, starting...
How fast are Texas marathon runners? RunRepeat ranks every state
 Runners participate in the Austin Marathon and Half-marathon presented by NXP in 2017. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN Who’s faster? RunRepeat ranks states according to marathon How does Texas compare to other states when it comes to running marathons? Middle to back of the pack, according to a detailed survey by the company...

Posted: 4 days ago

Runners participate in the Austin Marathon and Half-marathon presented by NXP in 2017. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN Who’s faster? RunRepeat ranks states according to marathon How does Texas compare to other states when it comes to running marathons? Middle to back of the pack, according to a detailed survey by the company...
What could make yoga even better? Baby goats, of course
 Baby goats make everything better. They especially make yoga better, because nothing — not rose-colored sunglasses, not cooing nieces and nephews, not even breakfast tacos — compares to the feeling of a month-old, softly bleating baby goat with hooves the size of peanut butter cups climbing on your back while you’re nailing...

Posted: 10 days ago

Baby goats make everything better. They especially make yoga better, because nothing — not rose-colored sunglasses, not cooing nieces and nephews, not even breakfast tacos — compares to the feeling of a month-old, softly bleating baby goat with hooves the size of peanut butter cups climbing on your back while you’re nailing...
What one Austin cycling studio is doing to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico
 SoulCycle is hosting a Relief Ride to benefit those impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Photo courtesy SoulCycle   An Austin indoor cycling studio is raising money to help people impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. All proceeds from the 1:45 p.m. Saturday Hurricane Maria Relief Ride at the downtown Austin location of...

Posted: 9 days ago

SoulCycle is hosting a Relief Ride to benefit those impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Photo courtesy SoulCycle   An Austin indoor cycling studio is raising money to help people impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. All proceeds from the 1:45 p.m. Saturday Hurricane Maria Relief Ride at the downtown Austin location of...
Don’t want a border wall? Austin T-shirt company’s got you covered
 Jonathan Rebolloso is selling T-shirts that protest construction of a border wall. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman Sometimes, a T-shirt says it all. In the Big Bend region of Texas, where towering canyon walls plunge to the Rio Grande and black bears, big horn sheep and
            other species now move back and forth between the United States...

Posted: 9 days ago

Jonathan Rebolloso is selling T-shirts that protest construction of a border wall. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman Sometimes, a T-shirt says it all. In the Big Bend region of Texas, where towering canyon walls plunge to the Rio Grande and black bears, big horn sheep and other species now move back and forth between the United States...
These bat-shaped bike racks might be peak Austin
 Visitors to the Austin Convention Center can park their bicycles on bat-shaped bike racks. PAM LEBLANC/American-Statesman   Here in Austin, we love bats. We also love bicycles – and our reputation for weirdness. So it makes perfect sense that downtown cyclists can lock their bikes against bat-shaped racks outside the Austin Convention...

Posted: 10 days ago

Visitors to the Austin Convention Center can park their bicycles on bat-shaped bike racks. PAM LEBLANC/American-Statesman   Here in Austin, we love bats. We also love bicycles – and our reputation for weirdness. So it makes perfect sense that downtown cyclists can lock their bikes against bat-shaped racks outside the Austin Convention...