Being an attendee last year at my first year at Fitbloggin was such a positive experience! Having the opportunity to come back this year, as a speaker and instructor, only upped the ante in a supercharged way!
Let’s start with the LOCATION: Savannah – a city so close to me that I hadn’t been to before. Fitbloggin 2014 took place in downtown Savannah, GA which was only about a 5 and a half hour drive from where we live, so I decided to drive in instead of flying. The city is very easy to get around, on a grid platform, with 22 existing squares all throughout the downtown area. When we were able to all venture out and explore we found so many quaint restaurants and shops – mead, pralines, white balsamic, and spices were some of the takeaways that made it back with me. I was able to enjoy lots of walks around with friends, the Savannah Slow Ride, a Ghost Tour in a hearse, and these were just a FEW of the adventures Savannah offers. Aside from fun, it’s also a beautiful town and the people are so friendly and welcoming.
Spending time with ALL of the PEOPLE is what draws me to Fitbloggin – Last year’s Fitbloggin experience brought me together with some incredible people who I now consider some of my closest friends. We may talk all of the time on the internets or over the phone, but getting to spend the weekend together in a new city is always an added bonus! One thing I love about Fitbloggin – TONS OF FREE HUGS.
I roomed with by buddy Becca and got to spend time with Erica and Shannyn – my roomie and running bud from last year. We all spent a lot of time getting to know each other more and I missed them as soon as we all parted ways! We are already ready to do our next adventure that’s for sure! I also got to see Martinus and Alan and Kimberly and Schnelle as well as meet Tasha and Cassandra and Brendan and Erin and a ton of other peeps! You can never have too many B-lends! 😉
Co-leading a Small Group Discussion: Maintaining the Mojo – Alongside Dubyawife, I helped lead a discussion focusing on Weight Loss/Fitness Journey plateaus – the struggles that come with them and how to break through them as well. The session was packed, which made us UBER happy! Everyone was engaged and discussed many topics related to our overall discussion. The hour FLEW by fast, but it was a great experience and I loved being able to chat with such a group of open individuals! See the recap with a Live Blog of our session HERE.
Co-Teaching Fitness: PiYo meets Insanity– The largest group fitness class I’ve taught is maybe around 5 people or so on average. I have to admit I was a little nervous to teach at Fitbloggin but had EXCITEMENT to tackle those feelings! Katy and I had a blast mixing in a 30 minute PiYo Strength workout with me as her modifier alongside the other 30 minutes of Insanity while she was my modifier. The class did an amazing job stretching and lengthening before having a group sweatfest with Insanity – it being the first of that sort of workout for most in the group!
I was also able to pop into a few sessions to learn some more ways to make my blogging even more effective. The weekend was FULL of Fitness, fun, and love! It’s always sad to leave each other at the end of the long weekend, but it brings people closer and give us such an expanded network of like-minded people to keep in touch with! I’m still on the fence about Denver for 2015 only because of some goals hubby and I have for that year!
Have you been to Fitbloggin? What was your biggest takeaway?
Do you plan to go to Denver next year?