I am happy to report that my trip to the IDEA World Fitness Convention in Anaheim California, albeit a short one, was a success! Smooth travel, fun events, and time spent catching up with old blog friends all made the time away that much more enjoyable.
Before I go any further though, I need to give a big shout out to Propel, to thank them for sponsoring me to attend this year’s conference. As you may remember, I mentioned briefly that the reason for my attending was so I could shadow a fitness professional and get to pick their brain a bit about anything and everything.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the event, the IDEA World Fitness Convention is an absolutely enormous conference for fitness professionals. It incorporates a number of amazing opportunities in the fitness industry, “including the highest-quality education, the most well respected experts in the field, and all the latest programs, products and equipment to keep you one step ahead of the game” (taken from their site).
This year, the conference also added a new sub-division of the event known as BlogFest, which was a 2-day conference focused more on…you guessed it…blogging.
Since my time there was short and did include some pre-planned events, I wasn’t able to see or experience nearly as much as I would have liked to. But that’s okay…there’s always next year!
So my plane landed into Anaheim shortly before 11am on Thursday, and I made my way over to the hotel via the SuperShuttle.
Ahhh, just check out those palm trees!
Once I got to the hotel, I was able to leave most of my stuff with the bell hop (check in wasn’t until after 4pm…blahhh) and headed over to the expo so I could meet up with some blog buddies.
(picture credit to Heather!)
The expo is absolutely huge, and unfortunately, I was only able to get over to it once so I didn’t get the chance to check out all of the booths. But seriously…for a fitness professional or just the average fitness enthusiast, this thing is like Christmas. So. Much. Stuff. And so many things to do!
We spent most of the day Thursday attending a couple various sessions from BlogFest, including one from the always informative Katy Widrick.
For those of you who have a blog and are in to blogging, you seriously need to check out her blog and all that she has to offer. I’ve told her on more than one occasion that I’d just like to steal her away for about three days and just talk shop. Maybe someday.
Towards the end of the day on Thursday, we attended a fun PiYo class, taught by Chalene Johnson, which was later followed by a cocktail reception. We got to the reception a bit late, but we still had plenty of time to hit up the open bar and visit a few of the sponsor booths (shout outs to Propel, Reebok, Subway, Oikos, Under Armour, and Merrithew!) where I got the chance to meet THE Jared from all the Subway commercials.
After the cocktail reception, Propel had organized a fun dinner party over at The Ranch for all of the Propel ambassadors and a guest, and I was so excited to be able to bring along my blogging twin as my date.
The food at The Ranch was absolutely delicious. Soup, Salmon, Chocolate Cake.
Oh, and there was wine. Which was also mighty yummy as well.
Seeing as I had been up since about 4am EST, and we didn’t get back to the hotel until after 11pm PST (2am EST) I was freakin’ wiped and crashed into my hotel bed hard as soon as we got back. I’m way too old to be up for 20 hours at a time…
So that pretty much sums up Thursday! Friday included a few more fun events, so I’ll get to that in my next post because I ran out of time before having to get ready for work!
How was everyone’s weekend?
What did you do? Where did you go? Who did you see?
*Oh yes, and a big thanks to all of your kind words on the bathroom remodel! Some of you had asked about some of what we used, and I’ve updated the post with some info for you guys.