What I wanted to bring you was a nice, orderly breakdown of the expo weekend. All the exhibitors, all the classes, all the competitions I got to see. My new BFF
shhh, she’ll figure it out soon enough behaved like a grownup so you’ll want to check out her recap here. Being my first FitExpo, it kinda went down something like this:
No shame in my fan girl game. Not even a little. 🙂 We had early entry into the expo, and after wandering the empty aisles, I found KaliMuscle, just hanging out on his own, so of course I had to chat him up. Even if you’re not into the bodybuilding world, you might recognize him from a commercial he did last year.
Of course I had to have another fan girl moment the second day when I saw him. There was a crazy long line of people waiting to meet him and he broke away to come give me a hug, so we had to get in another picture.
Then there was the four time Mr. Olympia, Jay Cutler. Um, yeah, he is literally three times my size and his arms are bigger than my thighs!
And if you’ve been under some impression that these are just a bunch of meatheads, you need to meet the doctor. Yep, Dr. Jim Stoppani, PhD has written one of the best resources for anyone lifting weights at any level.
I can’t even get into the debacle that led to finally meeting these characters (hours later), but totally worth it. Dana Linn & Rob Bailey are just as hilarious and crazy as you’d expect them to be, but altogether awesome and all about spreading the love and were sweet (?) enough to send a shoutout to my good buddy Alan who’s training for a half Ironman!
I was pretty excited to find Nicole Wilkins still at the Met-RX booth at the end of the day. Many of the exhibitors were wrapping up and the crowds had cleared quite a bit, so it was the perfect opportunity to get some face time with her. I’ve followed her for years and she’s pretty much in possession of my goal body. True story.
I would have to say my (unexpected) favorite five minutes of the day was meeting Jesse Hilgenberg. Honestly, everyone was so nice. Crazy nice. It was a madhouse all around, but getting to chat – no, make that talk – with Jesse was such a joy. She was so down to earth and locked in to whomever she was talking to and there wasn’t the pressure to ‘keep the line moving.’
All in all, I could not have hoped for a better weekend. There was a LOT that I missed out on, but it was seriously like trying to drink from a fire hydrant to take it all in. I’ve had one foot in the running world and the other in the gym, and this was the perfect weekend to get my head straight and focused for some serious training head. I mean, what better inspiration is there than the great Elaine Lalanne, who is still knocking out push ups as she gets ready to turn 89?
Until next time!