Yesterday was the first day of my very first blog conference, FitBloggin’!
I have been wanting to attend a conference for bloggers since I started writing one. When I found out there are conferences specifically for bloggers in the health and fitness community, I made it a goal of mine to attend one by the end of the year.
Just like any other type of industry, this conference is packed with a few days of education, networking, classes, and fun. We all just happen to attend in fitness gear and run healthy living/fitness blogs.
As a FitFluential Ambassador, I was sponsored by Reebok to attend the conference and represent the brand alongside the talented group of lady bloggers you see below. They are all rock stars, and run blogs I have followed for a considerable amount of time.
To say I feel honored to be a part of their team this weekend would be the understatement of the year. I feel so blessed!
Front row: Julie, me.
I have been absolutely blown away by this entire experience, and it started with a generous product delivery from Reebok. Everything fitness related you see me wear in these recaps were either sent to me beforehand, or given to me at the conference.
Day One, I dove right into their new dance line.
The top and the shorts were samples, and I am guessing that is the reason I cannot seem to find them on the website. I will have to ask them where I can find a link today! The Dance UrLead 2.0 shoes, however, are available and up for grabs.
Dressed and ready for the day, I met my group to head downstairs for breakfast. I think my eyes were bigger than my stomach on this one, because I only ended up eating about half of this food!
I didn’t want to get too weighed down before attending the two fitness classes I was looking forward to the most: Cardio Dance and Zumba.
(This schedule is just for activity in this ballroom only. Lots more to do!)
Ready to get our cardio dance groove on, Gina and I took a moment to capture our matching outfits. #twinzies
(I promise to give you more information on this cut-out style tank soon!)
We started our intenSati class with Patricia Moreno at 8 a.m. sharp. What I expected was cardio dance, and what I got was an hour long mixture of high-energy aerobics, martial arts, dance, yoga, and strength conditioning.
The intenSati method is something I have never heard about before, and did one heck of a job getting me to break a sweat. Not only was my body working hard, but my mind and soul came to life with mantras and outspoken chants as we transitioned from move to move.
Everyone had a blast and left feeling empowered. The dancing was great, but my favorite class moment has to be when Julie came over to do a teamwork “fish out of water” move with me during a dance break. She’s wonderfully hilarious.
After a thirty minute break (and a well deserved cup of coffee), it was time for Zumba! I have only taken a handful of Zumba classes before, but they have all been really fun.
I was especially looking forward to this one from Sue and Samatha, knowing Gina was planning on teaching her own moves for one song. She did an amazing job!
I love taking classes out of my normal comfort zone because it reminds me how much I am missing out on at my home gym. I just might have to pop into Zumba every once in a while.
After an hour of booty shaking and jumping around, we all left sweaty and tired. Since that was our last fitness class for the day, we took a break to shower and get ready for the remainder of the day.
Reebok Outfit #2: Studio Stripe Long Bra Yoga Top (the design with the black stripes might also be a sample?), Maxi Capri Pants, Dance UrLead 2.0 shoes.
These pants are unbelievably comfortable, and I am loving the pockets on the sides! Once again, Gina and I rocked them as a team.
(Totally stole this cute picture from Julie.)
Yay for being so fresh and so clean, clean!
Just like breakfast, lunch was provided by the conference. I was excited to see some fresh greens and loaded my plate with a makeshift salad of lettuce, turkey, chicken, tomatoes, onions, some kind of pepper/pickle mixture (?), and blue cheese dressing.
The mixed vegetable pasta salad on the side was better than I expected with roasted corn and red peppers added into the noodle and broccoli mixture I originally went for. You already know how I feel about the fruit! I think I feel a bit of a fruit kick starting up again…
Two exciting things happened during lunch:
1. I got to finally meet Kelly Olexa, founder of FitFluential, and basically the definition of awesome!
2. There was a fitness fashion show with over a dozen smiley, confident women who seemed to have a blast on stage.
(Sorry for the blurry photo.)
After a few laps around the booths, the group of us headed over to what has turned into my favorite Portland stop: Kure Juice Bar. Remember, I just went there Thursday?
This time I made sure to capture their team of juicers in action to share just how fresh everything is.
Today’s juice of choice was called Liquid Sunshine with apple, orange, kale, lemon and ginger.
It was great, but I could definitely taste a bite from the lemon and ginger combination. Scott would loooooove that.
Looks like we brought a new fan to the juice bar, too. Charissa came over to sit by us at lunch and ended up spending the next few hours with us!
Fueled by juice, we walked back over to the hotel to attend a discussion about how to find the perfect shoe by Reebok. More to come on this and a continuation of FitBloggin’ fun tomorrow!
I found your blog through Tina’s blog. It looks like you ladies are having a blast at Fitbloggin. As a new blogger, I hope to go next year. Anyways, I’m looking forward to following your blog.
Hi Jillienne! So glad you found me 🙂 Hope to go again and see you there next year!
So jealous of your time at Fitbloggin’ it looks like such a wonderful experience! Glad you got to attend!
I always wondered about Fitbloggin’ compared to some other ones, so maybe I’ll have to go next year.
Andddd those green juices look amazing, I’m so obsessed with them.
It is! I hope to go again next year. Maybe I’ll see you there? 😉 *fingers crossed*
And so begins the stalking! 😉
LOVED meeting and hanging out with you this weekend – in short, I think you are fabulous.
SO great meeting you Charissa! Hope to see you at another event sometime soon. 🙂