I can’t believe Blogfest has already come and gone!
I was going to wait until I was back in Canada to write this post so I could share some pics from all the awesome swag we got (it’s currently in a suitcase in Ontario), but I wanted to write it while I was still riding that inspirational high.
For those of you who don’t know, Blogfest is a conference for health and wellness bloggers that’s hosted in conjunction with IDEA World, the largest conference for fitness and wellness professionals in the world. We got to attend two days of blogging sessions and two days of IDEA sessions (although I only got to experience one day of IDEA because I was en route to Italy on Sunday…boohoo, right? 😉 )
In an attempt to keep this as cohesive as possible, I’ll split things up between Blogfest and IDEA World.
Blogfest is something I’ve been looking forward to since last year. I walked away feeling SO inspired that I ended up quitting my job! I wasn’t quite sure how this year could stack up, but I was excited nonetheless.
The Fit Approach girls really outdid themselves with the swag bags this year. As I said, all the goodies are currently packed in a suitcase in another country, but just try to envision a bag full of Vega, collagen protein from Vital Proteins, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts, plus so much more. Thanks, Jamie and Alyse!
I was really looking forward to the sessions at Blogfest this year – there were a lot of interactive workshops and opportunities to connect with our fellow bloggers and share opinions and advice.
Some of my favourite sessions included food photography (can’t wait to get home and practice my napkin placement), learning how to use Snapchat (which I am totally obsessed with now!), the blog review, and the roundtable discussions.
It was really interesting to hear others’ opinions on the look and layout of my site, and to hear what others were struggling with when it came to creating products and services to sell through their blogs. I always find that when I offer suggestions to others about what they could offer, I become filled with ideas about new ways to serve my own tribe!
There weren’t quite as many workouts during this year’s Blogfest, which is really the only snippet of improvement I’d have to offer. The session rooms are always pretty cold, and I find that after getting up super early and sitting in a cold room all day my eyes get pretty sleepy 😉
Fortunately, a few of us bloggers started Thursday morning off with a short run. It was a great way to reconnect with some of the Blends (blogger friends) I met last year, and get to know my new Blends better!
Thursday’s lack of official Blogfest workouts was more than made up by our workout with Gunnar Peterson, Khloe Kardashian’s trainer, on Friday.
By this point, I hadn’t done any strength training besides demonstrating exercises to my clients in about six weeks. I had a feeling that doing a squat would cripple me for days to come, and I was right!
The workout was INTENSE. I totally felt the burn with our little Booty Bands (and got lots of ideas for how to use it with my own clients!), and I wanted to die on multiple occasions while doing squat and lunge jumps.
Needless to say, every muscle in my body was sore the next morning 😉
Sessions and workouts aside, it was the connections and conversations I enjoyed most at Blogfest. Between inspiring chats with my new blogger buddies (thanks, Bri!) and hearing Jenna Wolfe talk about stepping out of your comfort zone and doing the things that scare you, I walked away from Blogfest with a renewed sense of passion for writing and a desire to give this little blog the attention it deserves again.
There was a common theme of letting go of the need for things to be perfect and just doing them. I’ve adopted this philosophy in many areas of my business, and it’s time to apply it to all areas of my life!
The opening ceremonies for IDEA World were just as inspiring as I’d hoped they’d be. Hearing how positive Amy Van Dyken stayed after becoming paralyzed from the waist down and listening to Jack Canfield talk about the principles of success reaffirmed that your attitude really does dictate your outcomes.
And I won’t lie, I fangirled a bit when Tony Horton came on stage. P90X was what really got me onto a focused fitness plan, even if I did find his “Tony-isms” slightly annoying 😉
I’m not sure what I was thinking when I signed up for my sessions, having just done a triathlon a few days before the conference, but there was a lot of working out.
Between an hour and 40 minutes on a Keiser bike (which included a 10-minute FTP test and tons of power drills), MORE booty exercises, a bonus Beachbody Live workout for us bloggers, and a TRX workshop, I was POOPED by the time my Saturday sessions were over.
I picked up lots of new exercises to bring home to my clients (woohoo! 🎉) and learned some really interesting tools for lactate threshold testing that I hope to be able to integrate into my practice soon.
All in all, it was a totally amazing experience that I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of again. This was just a taste of the fun we had, and I can’t wait to do it all again next year in Vegas!
Until then, Blogfest!
Have you ever been to a fitness or blogging conference before? What inspiring takeaways have you had?