If I had to describe Blogfest in two words they would be Painfully Satisfying. Having never gone to a blog conference I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I did know was that it already had a lot going for it. Being connected to a fitness convention was very appealing to me. Just imagine all the fitness trends, trainers and just pure motivation you can handle in one place. But then you add like-minded bloggers to the mix and I just didn’t believe it could live up to the expectation I had set for it.
The bottom line…It did! If you are a fitness blogger that has been on the fence about going, book it now! You will want to be there. I’ll give you five reasons why…
This should be pretty self-explanatory but all the way around, the people MADE this conference. From the fitness pros (Jillian Michaels, Beto Perez and [my fav] Gabby Reece) to the friends (bloggers) to the staff (Kelli, Alyse, the IDEA team and the SweatPink team).
You can imagine how sore I am. We started with a team feel during Kaia FIT, then got crushed (in the best way possible) by Gabby and her HighX workout Friday (more to come on that). Saturday started with TRX training followed by 30 minutes of shredding by Jillian Michaels. BlogFest was officially Thursday and Friday so Saturday we were free to choose our own (method of pain) sessions. I need a ton of CECs to keep my personal trainer cert valid so it was great to get a few knocked out.
I have to send huge shout outs to the brands that fed us and kept us hydrated. Kelloggs, Morning Star, Stoufers, Lean Cuisine, Siggi’s (this is the BEST yogurt ever and he really stole the show), Propel, and I’m sure I’m missing some but just imagine a weekend of healthy food that YOU didn’t have to prep. Yeah. That.
If you like race expos, you’ll LOVE this. Every freaking brand, fitness trend, and workout is represented in one MASSIVE room and its all hands on. You can play on all of it or just buy it and take it home. I was really looking for things that would be good in a home gym. Some of my favs were: TRX, Slack Line, and Indio Board.
I had the opportunity to speak at this conference and I can’t tell you how incredibly grateful I am to the BlogFest crew for believing in me. I talked about creating relationships with brands. I got to talk with Katy Widrick and Laura Boll Pfeifer and I think it went pretty well. (I’ll share the presentation and conversation soon). I was so nervous but when you’re in front of an amazing group of people that want to learn, my nerves were replaced by excitement for them.
On the education side of the house, the honest answer is I wasn’t expecting to walk out of there much smarter. I’ve been blogging for a while now and at a level I’m happy with so I didn’t take anything new away. As a presenter, I HOPE that my presentation was helpful. I HOPE that people learned something. If you went and have constructive feedback I would LOVE to hear it. IF you walked away with more questions than answers, ask away. In my professional life, feedback is necessary to get better and the same goes for here. In the event I ever get asked back, I want to be valuable. I’m also at the point where there isn’t much I care to hide so ask away. Send me an email, leave it in the comments. I’ll follow up with a post if there are enough questions otherwise, I’ll respond as I can.
For me it was all about the relationships and the people.
So here’s the really high level overview. I feel like I just scratched the surface but it should be enough to help you understand the experience.
I’m still reeling…still absorbing it all. So much to take in.
Since this was my first conference, I wanted to know..
- Is this typical?
- What conferences have you been too?
- How did you like them?
I also posted so much of this on IG if you follow me you probably already saw most of this but I also did some Periscoping (Look me up at MomsLRB) while we were there.