IDEA 2014: What I knew

Hi guys! Hope you’re having a wonderful week so far <3 I’m still pretty high on life after the IDEA conference. I always look forward to teaching, but feel a renewed energy and motivation with new tips, knowledge and strategies from this weekend’s sessions.

I already posted some of my key learning points from the IDEA conference, but here are some of the things I already knew and was reminded of while I was there:

Wine, room service, chatting for hours with friends = a perfect night.

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No explanation necessary. Just look at that tray of goodness!

I got into the right business for me, and feel so very lucky to do something I enjoy so much. When I started this blog and got into the fitness industry, I wanted to share my love of health and fitness with others. By teaching classes and sharing this little space here with all of you lovely friends, I’m thankful every day that I get to do that. Fitness can be FUN and a part of every day life; it’s just a matter of discovering the activities you enjoy, creating a healthy meal plan that works for you (without taking over your life), and making changes to avoid plateaus and boredom.

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90 minutes of Zumba SETS MY SOUL FREE. We did a combo class of Zumba Toning (using 1-lb weighted maracas, I mean toning sticks) and Zumba Sentao, which used a chair. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the Sentao, but it was a lot of fun and fused more of a fitness element into the class with squats for days, pushups, and tricep dips. After our combo, we just did regular Zumba. I could have gone for hours.

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Chalene Johnson remains my #1 fitness girl crush and inspiration. She led us through a live PiYo class -get this- a few hours after having teeth removed. (I’m not sure I’d be able to do that; I’d be a slurring, half-smiling mess. I’m pretty sure Chalene is never a mess?) Anyway, she was just as humble, energetic and kind as I’d remembered from last year’s sessions.. She is a fireball of energy, and I fell in love with PiYo. I love how there aren’t stringent rules or guidelines, and the flow series seem very dance-y, which I particularly enjoyed. It’s making me want to exchange my P90X3, since I’m still on the fence about it. (I’ve tried a few workouts but nothing has blown me away so far. I enjoyed the agility workout, but am wondering if I’d get more out of PiYo.)

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There are some truly amazing people in the blogging community.

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I had such a blast hanging out with my blog friends, and meeting new friends during the conference, too. During our panel (“Bloggers Tell All”), one of the questions was “What is the best thing about blogging?” For me, it’s all about the connection. I have some lifelong friends that were introduced to me via the blogging world and I love the opportunities to hang out with them in *real life.* We took classes and explored the expo together, ordered room service and enjoyed down time at the hotel, enjoyed some wine, and attended a glorious dinner with the Propel team at RANCH.

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I LOVE BodyPump. This was my first time doing BodyPump again after a little hiatus, and while I had to modify a bit, it felt SO GOOD to be back into it. Josef and Jericho are powerhouse instructors, and I was able to get in an awesome workout while soaking in their expert coaching tips and form cues. 

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Fitness Expos rock my world. It’s like Christmas with so many new fitness gadgets and snacks! (Including the random snacks. I did not drink the egg whites this year haha). 

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(A hair protectant for your workouts! Not tested on animals, paraben-free, and a fresh eucalyptus smell. One of the founders rubbed some on my hair, and I was surprised by how light it was.)

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Reebok had a glorious booth, complete with a workout stage, apparel and lounge to charge your phone and recharge in between sessions. 

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IDEA really is the best of the best. <3 Besides the standard birthdays and anniversaries, few annual dates make it onto my calendar (minus the Arizona Wildcats Red and Blue Basketball Game, which should technically be a holiday). IDEA has become something I look forward to in the fall, even though I’ve only been twice. If you work in the fitness industry, or are considering it, or just enjoy learning more about fitness while taking fun classes, I highly recommend it.

If there was an expo or event with all of your favorite fitness classes and products, what would you want to see? 



Check out last year’s IDEA recap here and here!

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  1. RunEatRepeat on August 19, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I had so much fun! I’m going to your house to hang out again soon – tell me when 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 19, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      yes please!! let’s plan a weekend 🙂

  2. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on August 19, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    PiYo is so fun–I have my sights set on either that or barre for my next certification. It’s been so much fun for me meeting new people through this fitness blogging thing and I’ve only been doing it for a year. I can only imagine the connections I will have made when I’ve been doing it for as long as you have.

  3. marti on August 19, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    i am loving my piyo!!!

  4. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on August 19, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    It all sounds like such a blast. I SO wish I could’ve made it! ALL the things at IDEA this year would totally be my cup of tea. I adore BodyPump and spin, and I would’ve loved to try out PiYo and some other yoga and pilates classes. Hopefully next year… 😉

  5. Carolyn on August 19, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    PiYo and Chalene are AMAZING. I got certified to instruction the live version a few months ago and love it.

  6. cait @pieceofcait on August 19, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Awesome stuff!! i love when you can feel the positive energy and good vibes from people! my sister LOVES piyo, once I am done t/25 I wanna give it a go!

  7. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on August 19, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I am so penciling it in for next year! I went to Sweat USA last year and had a blast. I cannot imagine combining blogging and fitness. Fun overboard!

  8. kristin @ W [H] A T C H on August 19, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    i always feel like a kid in a candy shop at expos — so fun! also, that dinner looked amazing.

  9. Chelsea S. on August 19, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    I love Chalene! I just received PiYo in the mail this week, and the workouts are definitely intense and a blast, in true Chalene style. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 20, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      she is amazing

  10. Shaina Anderson on August 19, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Gah! I start PiYo September 1st and I can’t waaaaaaaait. I want to start right. now.

    • Fitnessista on August 20, 2014 at 8:04 pm


  11. Marlene on August 19, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Hi Gina,

    It was very nice meeting you. I enjoyed IDEA so much. I think I will be talking about it for months.

    • Fitnessista on August 20, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      it was great to meet you, too!

  12. Leah on August 20, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Looks like an amazing time!

  13. Kayla @ Blondes Have More Run on August 20, 2014 at 7:56 am

    The expo was absolutely like christmas! I, too, am still coming down from my IDEA World high! I’m hoping this inspiration from all that I’ve learned lasts a while!

    • Fitnessista on August 20, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      it will!! so amazing 🙂

  14. Amalia on August 20, 2014 at 9:16 am

    I had an amazing time at the conference, and I was so excited at all the information you ladies were able to share with us! It was awesome learning and soaking in the whole atmosphere of Blogfest. Now I just have to be sure to come back!

  15. Chrissy @ Pink Polish and Running Shoes on August 20, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I would take any kind of barre class and I would have to check out the Reebok booth since I LOVE their products!

  16. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on August 20, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Soooo. Much. Funnnn!! Can’t wait to do it again! It was so great seeing you 🙂 xoxo

  17. Cara on August 20, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Sounds like so much fun! I LOOOOOVE Chalene – she is so motivating. Also, you look great! did you lose a little bit of weight? (You always look amazing just maybe a little smaller lately?) 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 20, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      thank you! i’m not sure. my clothes still fit me the same, and i haven’t weighed myself in at least a year. i just like to go by how my clothes fit and how i feel, and fluctuate up and down depending on the time of the month 🙂

  18. Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves on August 20, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    IDEA really does look like an incredible event! Something I’d definitely want to attend one day. Now I’m super interested in PiYo! I’m a huge fan of Pilates, yoga, AND dance-y type workouts, so I feel like I’d love it.

  19. Fiona on August 20, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Ohh I’m soo jealous! Many of the bloggers I follow were at IDEA, and it looks so inspirational! If I wasn’t in Canada and flights weren’t crazy expensive, I’d love to go!

    I would love to see the IDEA convention even come to Canada!!! I’d love to also try cousin’s wife is training to be an instructor and I’m so intrigued by it!!!

    • Fitnessista on August 20, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      that would be amazing!! and yes, piyo is a blast

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