blogfest 2016

IDEA World Fitness Blogfest 2016 recap

Blogfest 2016 RecapIt’s Monday and I’m still tired and sore.

But heading down to Los Angeles for IDEA World Fitness Blogfest 2016 was so worth it.

In case you want to just skip to the good parts, here are the highlights:

  • Meeting Ariana, Beth, Megan, Susie, Jessica, Lea, Christiana, Ashley, Ivanna, Carleeh, Stephanie, Kelli, Teresa, and Jamie and Alyse (as well as many other fabulous bloggers) in real life and getting to hang out with them for the entire weekend
  • A sweaty group run through downtown LA
  • All the free food, swag and snacks we got – seriously, I’ve never been so spoiled at a conference. Sweat Pink and all the sponsors truly outdid themselves! Buffet breakfast and lunches, all the protein bars, yogurt, hummus and veggies we could possibly eat, and lots of take home goodies
One whole suitcase full of free swag!

One whole suitcase full of free swag!

  • Watching 90-year-old Elaine Lalanne (Jack Lalanne’s wife) take on Tony Horton in a push-up competition
My goal is to be able to do this at 90!

My goal is to be able to do this at 90!

  • Hearing Amy Van Dyken‘s story – it was truly inspirational and she’s a very funny lady
  • Getting my butt kicked (and slapped by Susie during a plank exercise where we had to partner up and try to push the other person off balance) in bloggers-only a workout with Gunnar Peterson
Everything hurt after this strength and cardio circuit with Gunnar Peterson

Everything hurt after this strength and cardio circuit with Gunnar Peterson

  • Late night Whole Foods dinner runs, business chats and celebrity spotting with Ariana
  • Getting yelled at by Jillian Michaels during her BodyShed workout
"I heard you guys were trainers, so I turned the 'what the fuck' button up all the way for this circuit" - Jillian Michaels, explaining our workout

“I heard you guys were trainers, so I turned the ‘what the fuck’ button up all the way for this circuit” – Jillian Michaels, explaining our workout

  • Doing a combo workout of Insanity/P90X/Turbo Kick/Cize and Country Heat (I couldn’t take that one seriously) with the Sweat Pink crew
country heat workout

Yeee haw!!

  • Checking out all the latest, greatest and weirdest in fitness and health at the expo (LOL at that car-buffer massage thing)
  • Hearing and being inspired by lectures from David Katz, John Berardi and Yoni Freedhoff at the nutrition and behaviour change summit (these people are smart and get it – follow them if you aren’t already!)
So much good stuff at the nutrition and behaviour change summit

So much good stuff at the nutrition and behaviour change summit

  • Did I mention all the free food and swag?

Blogfest sessions
On Thursday and Friday, we sat in on a series of blogger-focused lectures and workshops, which included sessions about how to use SnapChat, how to collect/use emails, content marketing, iPhone food photography, blogger round tables and peer reviews. (more…)

Blogfest bound!

new-spa-badge-1Happy Wednesday! I’m checking in briefly this week on the blog since I’m off to the IDEA World Fitness Conference and Fitness Blogfest with Sweat Pink in Los Angeles today! I feel like I’ve been super neglectful of my blog and personal training business these past few months (while focusing almost all of my extra time and energy into freelance), so I’m hoping to get inspired to give my online presence a boost, meet some of my favourite health and fitness bloggers in real life, and earn some NSCA CEUs (continuning education units so I never have to take that exam again, ugh). Here are a few other things I’m looking forward to:

  • Attending a few nutrition lectures by the super smart Yoni Freedhoff, a Canadian doctor, assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, author of The Diet Fix, and founder of an ethical, evidence-based nutrition and weight management centre in Ottawa
  • The massive expo with tons of new fitness and health products I want to check out
  • The celebrity workouts with Gunnar Peterson, Jillian Michaels and Cassey Ho (yes, I’m doing them. How could I not??)
  • The gala party!

I’ll no doubt be Instagraming and SnapChatting over the weekend, so follow me there (runliftyoga on SnapChat and runliftyogi on Insta) if you’re interested!


Who’s going to Blogfest and IDEA Fit?? What are you most looking forward to? If you’ve gone before, do you have any tips to share for what to bring, see and do?

{Friday Favourites} Cozy winter running gear, natural make-up & more

Life In Leggings

Happy Friday and almost American Thanksgiving, friends! How was your week?

Mine was pretty great, because I found out I get to attend IDEA World Fitness BlogFest for FREE! You have NO idea how excited I am to meet some of my fellow Sweat Pink Ambassadors and IDEA Inspired Bloggers in person, hang out for the weekend in LA, network, earn some CEUs for my strength coach certification and learn all about how to create a better blog/coaching business. The conference is in July, so I’ve got lots of time to save up for my plane ticket. Fellow SPAs: Who wants to share a room???

Thank you all for sharing my first attempt at a “podcast” this week and my post yesterday about why I’m not spending money on small gifts and holiday treats this year. I’m sure I’ll be doing some holiday baking because I love to do it, but diverting some of the funds I would have spent on such things to charity causes instead.

I haven’t done a favourites post in awhile, so I’m linking up with Heather of Life in Leggings and Nicole of Fitful Focus to share are some of the things I’m loving lately from my Instagram feed! (more…)

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