Fun and Fitness at BlogFest and the IDEA World Fitness Convention

I’m back from BlogFest and whew, what a whirlwind event! Surprisingly, I felt more energetic throughout the whole thing than at BlogHer and I think that’s because there were workouts in the mix instead of just spending the whole time sitting in sessions.

Standing outside Anaheim Convention Center IDEA World

This was the first BlogFest ever and it was held at the IDEA World Fitness Convention, which is huge. I knew it was big, but I had no idea it was 12,000 people big. My first morning there, I rode in the elevator with a woman who had come from Hong Kong and a man from Kuwait. This convention is a big deal!

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Needless to say, the expo was amazing! There were tons of different companies representing everything from fitness clothing to exercise equipment to healthy food. It was a treat to browse all of the fun clothes, try out some new workouts and sample tasty food.

Trying out aerial fitness
Giving aerial fitness a try

Not to mention, I ran in to Jackelyn from Fiterazzi (have you read my article on postpartum body image yet?) who introduced me to her sister Cassey Ho of Blogilates.

Me at Cassey Ho at BlogFest IDEA World

I also got to say hi to Tracey Mallett, creator of Booty Barre, who I took my first ever Pilates class from when I was pregnant with Reece. I got to take her Booty Barre class, which burned in the best way and was so much fun. Party at the barre is right!

Me and Tracey Mallett BlogFest IDEA World

Other than the great workouts by celebrity fitness pros–like PiYo with Chalene Johnson–I got to hear many inspirational and informational messages from people like Augie Nieto (founder of Life Fitness who has been fighting ALS since 2005), Diana Nyad (who swam more than 100 miles from Cuba to Florida at age 60), Jillian Michaels (no explanation needed) and Cassey Ho of Blogilates. Lots of notes were taken!

Augie Nieto and his wife at the IDEA World Opening Ceremony
Augie Nieto and his wife at the IDEA World Opening Ceremony

More than anything, I was excited to meet the bloggers I’ve seen online, especially Gina, aka The Fitnessista, since I’ve read her blog for years and used her workouts to help get back in shape after having Emme. She and two other bloggers (Run Eat Repeat and Peanut Butter Fingers) spoke on a panel and gave lots of helpful blogging tips.

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I was glad I got to meet and chat with Gina a bit and she is completely adorable and just as sweet as she seems on her blog. Not to mention she looks even more fit in person than online!

Me Fitnessista and My Healthy Happy Home
My only picture with her came out blurry! Me, Giselle and Gina

One of the best things about the conference was definitely meeting all the other bloggers that were there. I especially enjoyed meeting Jamie and Alyse from Sweat Pink, as well as Giselle from My Healthy Happy Home and my roommate Christina from Fit Scholar. Christina and I didn’t know each other before we roomed together and she turned out to be a great roommate and a lot of fun to hang out with.

Oh, and I did I mention the amazing swag?! This picture doesn’t even include the heart rate monitor from UnderArmourย (watch that video on their homepage–amazing!)ย or my fantastic new headband from Banded that actually stays on my headย because I was wearing them both from my workout.

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Bonus: I also won a giveaway for a year’s worth of Pure Canadian Maple syrup and maple water!

Speaking of giveaways, I’ve been promising you one for awhile now and there truly is one coming soon!

All of this makes for a very marvelous Monday!

If you went to the conference, what were your favorite highlights?

How are you marvelous in your Monday?

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