The last few days have been nothing short of incredible. I got back into the Bay Area in the afternoon yesterday, and although I was tired, I was completely energized and inspired from my trip down to Southern California for IDEA BlogFest and the IDEA World Fitness Convention. (And yes, I was so happy to see Dave and my little Rudy after several nights out-of-town — they both greeted me at the airport with big smiles.)
You see, I did many things while away in LA …
- I spent time networking with fellow healthy-living bloggers.
- I chatted with fitness professionals from far-and-wide.
- I did new-to-me workouts.
- I learned more about nutrition.
- I ate some great food.
- I collected tons of swag.
- I tried out new fitness products.
- I spoke in front of my peers as a presenter.
- I made some new friends.
- I ran into some old friends.
- I did box jumps in the middle of a massive expo hall.
- I spilled FroYo on my pants.
- And I loved every single minute of every single day.
Because I have so much to share that I can’t wait to incorporate into the blog and pass on to all of you, I’m going to recap the nitty-gritty details from BlogFest and the fitness lectures over the next couple of weeks. Get ready for nutrition tips, blogging tips and of course, fitness tips.
Today, we’re going to start with a look at the highlights from my trip, as well as cover my usual weekly workout recap.
My first time attending IDEA BlogFest in LA
IDEA BlogFest is in its second year, and this was my first time attending. BlogFest activities took place on Thursday and Friday, and all BlogFest attendees were also granted admission on Saturday and Sunday into the IDEA World Fitness Convention, which just happens to be THE biggest fitness convention of the year.
I arrived into LA on Wednesday afternoon, hopped in a Super Shuttle and went to the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, which is just a few steps from LA Live, the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center, where the conferences were taking place. I immediately met up with Heather, my wonderful roommate, and she showed me our comfortable room on the 13th floor, where we spent nearly no time at all, save for sleeping a few hours each night. (I didn’t think buildings were supposed to have 13th floors, by the way, but they do!)
Heather and I spent the next four days together, attending fitness-related sessions, sweating, learning and soaking up as much of the experience as possible. Although I learned so much valuable information, I can honestly say that the highlight of this trip did not take place in the Convention Center. In fact, the highlight was the relationships I built with other gals in the blogging world.
Nice dinners out with some lovely lady bloggers
On the night I arrived in LA, Heather and I went out to dinner to The Farm Beverly Hills, and I was able to finally meet the super-sweet Gina, as well as be introduced to Jess, Giselle and Katy. (Although Katy and I technically met for the first time long ago when I worked in public relations back in Orlando).
We went out to dinner with nearly this same group of ladies on Friday night as well, adding Bobbi and Hollie into the equation, and these by far were some of my favorite moments of the trip. These gals were friendly, real and offered me great advice, in addition to the laughs.
Suffice to say, Heather was the perfect roommate and partner-in-crime for all of the activities. We laughed together while avoiding washing our hair at all costs, and she supported me in my quest to eat all-the-samples every single time we walked through the expo hall — just like any friend would.
BlogFest was full of lectures, presentations and workouts
On Thursday and Friday, we joined the BlogFest attendees to listen to lectures by fellow bloggers and experts. We completed a few workouts, like Kaia FIT, Gabrielle Reece’s HIGHX, Jillian Michael’s BODYSHRED, Zumba (my FAVORITE workout of the week) and more, ate great food from sponsors and perused the expo hall to pick up samples, learn about the latest products about to hit the market and watch fitness demos. We also had a couple of after-hours networking sessions, in which we got to change out of workout clothes, exchange business cards and have a glass of wine.
On Saturday, we attended a few valuable IDEA World Fitness Convention educational sessions and workouts throughout the day and went out to another nice dinner. Sunday morning featured two final sessions, before we each separately checked out and hit the airport to fly back to our respective homes. I mean, we just kept going-and-going-and-going until the entire event was shut down.
Overall, the trip was action-packed, and I hardly had a minute of down-time. I’ve walked away with tons of new knowledge about both of my passions — fitness and the blog world — and I’m eager to start putting all my new lessons into play.
And those were some of the high points. I’ll get to more of the good stuff and details later this week. But now, let’s move on to the regularly scheduled programming …
My weekly fitness and workouts recap
Every single Monday, I like to take a minute to look at how I did with my recent workouts, so here we go …
(Photo credit to Leah Bentley Photography, 2015.)
- Monday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Tuesday – Practiced one hour of BODYPUMP at home with weights
- Wednesday – Practiced one hour of BODYPUMP at home with weights
- Thursday – Took a one-hour Pure Barre class
- Friday – Did a 45-minute bodyweight Kaia FIT class, a 45-minute HIGHX cardio/resistance class and a 45-minute Zumba class
- Saturday – Did a 45-minute TRX class, a 30-minute BODYSHRED class and a 45-minute foam rolling/recovery session
- Sunday – Did a 30-minute gentle yoga stretching session
What was good about my week of workouts?
New things! It felt great to have a break from teaching classes this past week. Overall, I did a few more workouts than normal, but also had a long foam-rolling session and an active recovery day complete with a very gentle yoga session on Sunday. During the IDEA BlogFest and convention, I tried several new-to-me workouts, like the partner workout with Kaia FIT, circuit sets with Gabby Reece’s HIGHX, challenging bodyweight moves with Jillian Michael’s BODYSHRED, advanced TRX moves and even a full-hour of barre. For a group fitness instructor who is usually teaching a lot of classes, nothing feels better than being a participant and getting out of my comfort zone. The highlight? Totally the fun of Zumba!
What could have been better about my week of workouts?
Nothing at all. This past week of movement was great. I enjoyed trying new things and switching up my regular workout routine. And that 45-minute rolling and recovery session? Just magical, my friends.
That’ll do it for today. While I’m normally off to teach at Orangetheory Fitness in the mornings on Mondays, I’m actually spending the day in Santa Cruz with Dave and the entire Warriors organization at an end-of-season celebration. So it will be a rest day for me, full of sun and fun.
I’ll see you back here tomorrow for more highlights and information from my time at IDEA BlogFest in LA. Have a good one!
*Please note: I was given a complimentary ticket to IDEA BlogFest and the IDEA World Fitness Convention in exchange for speaking at the event and posting about it. I covered my travel and accommodations. Fair trade? I think so!
Questions of the day
How was your weekend?
What was your last workout?
Have you ever taken a dance class?