I don’t think there are enough exclamation points or screaming emoticons to describe my FitBlogNYC experience. I am thanking the fitness gods (and of course Fitness mag & sponsors) for allowing me to attend.
For those of you who diligently read my blog, you’ll know I’m fairly new. I don’t have the slightest clue about HTML, coding, or widgets. I used to obsess over page views in the first month (I’m an impatient Ida!) but now I do it all for me. I treat this like a journal or a formal job. Bottom line…I freakin’ LOVE it!
May 9th’s experience is one I’ll never forget. It truly reminds me why I don’t belong in PR sweating over every little thing my client may or may not say during a media interview. No thanks, I’ll stick to sweating in the gym ONLY. I was extremely sad when this event ended. Time really does fly when you’re having fun!
Things I’ve Learned: (Let’s begin with the morning— pre-event)
1) I hate waking up. Doesn’t matter if it’s 4 AM, 10 AM, or 2 PM. It’s embedded in my blood to absolutely despise it.
2) Coffee & Chobani makes everything better.
3) Read signs before walking into the wrong building. (Sometimes I am so Cher from Clueless.)
Just a few of the sponsor tables: (Reebok, Oakley, Schick, & V8)
Honestly, every single sponsor was my favorite. All the staff at each table were so attentive and helpful.
Who says Birks are dead? (Tiffany from the Birkenstock table) –
Mia Hamm was right after this… No big deal, right?? (Ignore my drabby hair- it was pretty wild from all that NYC humidity.)
Lunch Time, Snack Swag + The Speaker:
The speaker, Dr. Pamela Peeke, @PamPeekeMD spoke to us about why eating less and moving more is “so last year.” She has a new book coming out- which I’m super interested in reading. (Mainly because I’m a sugar addict.) The Hunger Fix: The 3 Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction. (Available in September!)
Argy K. @argystyle with Fitness Magazine- Gym To Street Fashion Show (PS- Argy has lost 60 pounds over the past 10 years!) She told us not to wait and shop for when we’re at our ideal weight. It’s better to shop now, you can always alter later! Her shirt was a prime example as she bought it when she was heavier and now cinched the waist and it’s totally still wearable and in style!
Laura Geller @laurageller & Fitness Beauty Director- Eleanor Langston
Laura is hilarious. I’ve seen her on QVC before- so vivacious and relatable.
Most important make-up product to splurge on: a good foundation (lol this is japanese to me as usually I’m an eyes and lips kind of girl, but good for future reference)
Onto the speakers I was most anticipating: Founder of Fitfluential- Kelly Olexa @kellyolexa, Carla Birnberg @mizfitonline, Tina Haupert @carrotsncake, and @pbfingers – Julie Fagan
I loved that they constructed this information session backwards. Instead of rehashing what we already kn0w- (Kelly is the founder of Fitfluential and Carla, Julie, and Tina are all very well-known bloggers), they jumped straight into Q&A. The most important things said were be proactive, don’t get discouraged if you get “no” for an answer multiple times from a company you’d like to work for, have a plan before approaching said companies, and don’t worry about page views. BE YOURSELF!
I hope to one day soon become a part of this amazing and inspiring team of individuals. #teamFitFluential!!!
Obviously, all this meeting and tweeting had everyone’s smart phones in need of a charge. Towards the end of the event there were literally NO OUTLETS left. It had me in a social media panic.
I’ll just have to leave you with words (or maybe no words) for the KiwiSweat pop up tabura workout. If you’re not familiar- tabura is a combo of african dance and kickboxing moves. The instructor was amazing! I loved how interactive she was. I left there a sweaty mess! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
Seriously- if you’re in the NYC area– give their workouts a try! They have all different kinds. Visit their website for more info: http://www.kiwisweat.com/
All of the sponsors and speakers are on twitter- so follow them if you’re not already!
Lessons Learned After The Event:
1) KNOW your subways. When all else fails, hail a taxi!
2) I think we can put the word “swag” to rest.
3) Kelly Olexa has excellent taste in shoes.
4) I heart that I was in my comfort zone when taking pictures. Sometimes it’s a challenge when you’re in public and snap shots of your food and workouts. No judgments at this event as everyone was doing the same!
5) More outlets, more outlets, more outlets. (for those phone chargers of course)
I leave you with a few peaks of THE SWAG: (separate post to come)
Again- shoutouts to ALL sponsors and NMS Strategies for making this event superb! (Reebok, Birkenstock, Oakley, Sun Maid, KiwiSweat, Go With The Grain, Pure Protein, VICHY, Camelbak, Schick, Camelbak, V8)
Stay Tuned for a swagtacular post tomorrow!
What was everyone’s favorite part of Fit Blog?
Peace, love, and awesome!