The FitExpo Chicago 2018

My first FitExpo experience was a blast! This wasn’t my first fitness expo ever, but it was the first time I attended this specific event in Chicago. Actually, it was in Rosemont at the Donald E. Stephen’s Convention center. With the help of Groupon, I got in on the low for a few hours Saturday…

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My first FitExpo experience was a blast!

This wasn’t my first fitness expo ever, but it was the first time I attended this specific event in Chicago. Actually, it was in Rosemont at the Donald E. Stephen’s Convention center. With the help of Groupon, I got in on the low for a few hours Saturday afternoon. I had so much fun walking around getting lots of free stuff and watching the various types of fitness shows/competitions. To anyone considering attending the FitExpo in the future, this is why you should go.

Swag

Not only did I get two t-shirts, I also got tons of samples including a tub of protein. Like a legit 1 pound tub. I also got other samples of BCAA’s, pre-workout, and post-workout supplements. There was a heavy protein focus all through the expo, and my friends and I would joke with every vendor if their product didn’t have protein then why bother? 🙂 I mean, we were there for gains weren’t we?

Competitions

FitExpoThere were several bodybuilding competitions going on, and I kept getting distracted by the amazing guys and their abs on display. I literally stood staring as my friend was trying to meet up with me. Whoops. Other than bodybuilding, there were powerlifting, crossfit, max reps, and other cool fitness competitions going on.

Workout classes

We got to get a good workout in, mostly by walking around for many hours. But my friends did take on the Spartan obstacle course which was a condensed version of the Spartan race. While this was an additional cost (unless you do it right before they close), there were other fitness classes offered for no fee. Unfortunately, they looked cardio based and I had already gotten in my cardio workout for the day.

Deals

There were many deals going on at the expo. Nearly every product there was at least 50% off the regular price. I bought some great-tasting BCAA’s at half the cost. I left with more muscles than I entered with. 😉

Two thumbs up

All in all, I would highly recommend The FitExpo Chicago. It’s an annual event that occurs either in May or June of every year. I had a great time and I look forward to attending next year!

 

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Health supplements to take to unleash your fitness

Do you take supplements? If so, which ones? Fitness isn’t just about hitting the gym, it goes beyond those intense workouts. Your diet plays a huge role in your fitness and health. Some say even more so than lifting or running all day. Supplements are trending more and more, even making their way to India.…

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Do you take supplements?

If so, which ones? Fitness isn’t just about hitting the gym, it goes beyond those intense workouts. Your diet plays a huge role in your fitness and health. Some say even more so than lifting or running all day. Supplements are trending more and more, even making their way to India. The main driving factor? Social media. But with all the images and information out there, it can be difficult to navigate through which supplements are actually beneficial to you. 

The supplements I take

  • Multivitamin: I take a women’s multivitamin daily. My favorite brand is Vimerson Health, I order it from Amazon and a bottle lasts me a month. This vitamin helps fuel me, so I take them every morning.
  • BCAA’s: I can’t say enough good things about Xtend BCAA’s. They have helped me achieve my fitness goals and continue to help fuel me during and after my workouts. I like to take these right after working out, or right before depending on my mood. Sometimes both.
  • Protein: While I prefer to get my protein naturally, sometimes it is necessary to drink a protein shake. My favorite, hands down, is Vega protein. It’s vegan and delicious. I get the chocolate flavor, but I’m sure the other flavors are great too. I’m just a choco-holic.

Things I don’t take

For the most part, I don’t take pre-workout. Sometimes I do take it when I’m feeling extra-tired, but I don’t find it necessary at all times. I also don’t take creatine. For some reason, I just don’t find the need to add in extra supplements into my daily routine. If it ain’t broke, why fix it? What do you think?

What supplements do you take to reach your fitness goals?

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Valentine’s day: fitness gifts for your loved one

Today is Valentine’s day. Cupid’s day to go around shooting everyone with arrows. The typical go-to gift is usually a card with either flowers, chocolate or both. But as you become more health-conscious and earth-friendly, you may be struggling with new gift ideas. Well, no fear! For I am here to give you plenty of…

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Today is Valentine’s day. Cupid’s day to go around shooting everyone with arrows. The typical go-to gift is usually a card with either flowers, chocolate or both. But as you become more health-conscious and earth-friendly, you may be struggling with new gift ideas. Well, no fear! For I am here to give you plenty of great fitness and health-friendly gift ideas for your loved one or friends.

Valentine’s day gift ideas

  • Workout outfit. Everyone loves new clothes to workout in. Personally, if I have great clothes to workout in I’m more likely to workout more often. As far as where to go? I’d recommend Athleta, Lulu Lemon, or even Target has some great workout gear.valentine's day
  • Water bottle. Most people don’t drink enough water when working out. What better way to keep your sweetheart hydrated than getting them a large, reusable water bottle for them to bring to the gym.
  • Protein and supplements (i.e. food). I’m all about the food. I literally workout just to eat. And yes I have a problem. I have to make sure I have a good protein shake so I don’t go for the cookies. 
  • Activity tracker. In case you haven’t noticed, I absolutely love my Garmin VivoSmart HR+. I think if I had a boyfriend and he got me an activity tracker as a gift, I may just take him on walks on the beach with me. Or perhaps just walk to the local bakery and get donuts.
  • Gym membership or classes at a local gym or studio. If you have a girl you’re shopping for, I can’t recommend barre classes more. Get her a month of classes to try it out, she may get hooked. If there’s a guy in your life, consider boxing or martial arts classes.

What are you getting your sweetie for Valentine’s day?

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Why everyone needs a personal trainer

One of the main questions I ask every person I meet at my job is if they’ve ever worked with a personal trainer before. And if they have, was it a positive experience. If not, I dig deeper to see why. Most of the time, the response is that it was a great experience where…

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personal trainer

One of the main questions I ask every person I meet at my job is if they’ve ever worked with a personal trainer before. And if they have, was it a positive experience. If not, I dig deeper to see why. Most of the time, the response is that it was a great experience where they were able to reach their goals and have the body they wanted. If they’ve never had a personal trainer, I always ask if they have ever considered getting one. I ask this because I feel like most of us, at one time or another, have thought of hiring a personal trainer to help us achieve our goals. But we may have hesitated, likely over the cost of a trainer. Today I’m going to go over why I feel like everyone needs a personal trainer, at some point(s) in their life.

Why you need a personal trainer

  • Workout planning. “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Benjamin Franklin had it right. If you go to the gym without a workout plan, you will just be winging it every time. And with that comes a lot of guessing and free-styling it, but also you’ll likely just do the same routine every time they’re at the gym. This isn’t ideal as our bodies get used to the same exercise and you will stop seeing results.
  • Tracking your progress. Most people only track their progress by weighing themselves, but this can be very discouraging. Especially since muscle is more dense than fat, the number on the scale may not change as much as your measurements and body fat. A personal trainer will take your measurements at least once every month or two to verify you’re seeing results.
  • Proper form and technique. Without any prior training or education in relation to exercise, it’s hard to know the proper form and technique for all exercises. Also, it’s hard to know what type of exercises will help you get to your specific goals. That’s where a certified trainer can help immensely.
  • Health advice. In addition to fitness and exercise advice, personal trainers can also help provide overall guidelines in regards to health. While we aren’t nutritionists or dietitians, we can give our clients a general idea of what they should be focusing on when it comes to their diet.
  • Avoid injury. This is huge. The amount of injuries that occur at the gym is substantial. Without proper form and technique, it is easy to hurt yourself. Having a personal trainer to demonstrate and verify that you’re performing exercises correctly mitigates the risk of injury.
  • Accountability & motivation. Having a trainer keeps you accountable. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t pay for a trainer and then not show up to my sessions. Money is a great motivator, and once you start seeing results the motivation will just start pouring in!

Exercise is complex

Exercise isn’t just science, it’s also an art form. The key to exercise is variety, and to know not only the right type of exercise but also the different variations is needed to reach your goals. Without proper knowledge and education, it’s hard to walk into a gym without feeling intimated. Big weights and barbells can scare off anyone. That’s where a trainer comes in.

Have you ever had a trainer? Or do you currently have a trainer?

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Swimsuit: Winter 2018 Edition

Now’s the time to buy that swimsuit! You may have been counting the calories since the New Year rolled in, but did you know that you should be trying on and buying that swimsuit for summer 2018 right now? Winter is the best time to purchase a swimsuit since they are all on sale. Put…

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Now’s the time to buy that swimsuit!

You may have been counting the calories since the New Year rolled in, but did you know that you should be trying on and buying that swimsuit for summer 2018 right now? Winter is the best time to purchase a swimsuit since they are all on sale. Put your calorie counter down, and run on over to the store or go online to get the cutest suit before they’re all gone.

Trending swimsuits for 2018

swimsuitNow’s the time when bathing suit trends start. This time of the year is when the Resort collections drop and supermodels and stars jet-set off to extravagant beach locales, showing us what to wear for the new year. These swimsuits will be the trend through the entire year, from now until December 2018. It’s safe to wear these when on vacation in March or September. PopSugar did the research for us, feel free to read up on every design or go straight to the one you’ve been eyeing.

Prepare for that killer swimsuit

Do this workout to get ready for the beach this summer!

Complete the following circuit four times, resting 1 minute after jumping rope in each round.

Mountain Climbers

Reps: 45

Pushups

Reps: 20-30

Front Plank

Duration: 1 min.

Jump Rope:

Duration: 1 min.

 What’s your favorite swimsuit for 2018?

 

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Hazards of the post-New Year’s gym rush

Getting back into shape for the New Year January is the busiest time for the fitness industry, as millions of guilt-ridden Americans head to health clubs to try to shed the extra pounds gained over the holiday season. As a manager of a local LA fitness, my hours are increased throughout the month of January…

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Getting back into shape for the New Year

January is the busiest time for the fitness industry, as millions of guilt-ridden Americans head to health clubs to try to shed the extra pounds gained over the holiday season. As a manager of a local LA fitness, my hours are increased throughout the month of January just to try and help operations run smoothly during our busiest month of the year. I love seeing all the new faces in my gym, but for the inexperienced the gym can pose unexpected hazards. 

Many fitness wannabes aren’t familiar with how to use exercise machines and other equipment which can lead to sustaining head, eye, back, neck, hip, leg and ankle injuries.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer injuries every year while working out: stumbling on treadmills, falling off exercise balls, getting snapped in the face by resistance bands, dropping weights on their toes and wrenching their backs by lifting too much weight. Nearly 460,000 people went to hospital emergency rooms in 2012 for injuries related to exercise equipment. This is according to Consumer Products Safety Commission data analyzed by USA Today in 2015. Most were treated and released, but about 32,000 were hospitalized and a few were pronounced dead on arrival. (Chicago Tribune)

Tips to avoid injury at the gym

  • Use a personal trainer to show you the ropes! This is actually my job. At LA Fitness, we offer a free training session to show new members how to use exercise machines. Even if you’ve already used your free session, we are always available to show you anything you have a question on. Ask me anything! That’s what I’m here for! hazards
  • Beware of treadmills. While they may seem to be basic, studies show that treadmills cause the most injuries to gym members of any other type of exercise equipment. Most people “zone out” while on the treadmill, which leads to them falling off of it. Also, some people sustain back injuries from trying to move the treadmill themselves. Persistent running on a treadmill can cause inflammation of the joints in the hip as well as tendinitis and bursitis. People alter their gait to compensate for the narrow path or fast pace of the treadmill.
  • Moderate your weightlifting. Many beginners obsess over maximizing the weight they’re lifting and the number of repetitions rather than focusing on good form and sensible weight loads. Lifting too heavy will lead to improper form, which will put too much strain on your back or chest. This can lead to injury.
  • Know your limitations. People who regularly push their bodies to the breaking point can do serious damage to their shoulders and joints and risk life-threatening breakdowns of their muscles. One little-known danger zone is rhabdomyolysis, a condition in which overactive, highly fatigued muscles break down and release proteins and enzymes into the bloodstream at a dangerous rate.
  • Clumsiness can do you in. Just running, jumping, or lugging heavy objects such as medicine balls or kettle-bells around in a crowded gym can result in stumbling and falling. Fitness trainers and gym members alike tend to leave equipment and weights lying around. Be sure to look where you’re going when walking around the gym. Also, watch out for slippery areas such as around swimming pools and in locker rooms.

Have you noticed these gym hazards?

Just being aware of your surroundings and simply stopping to ask for help will go a long way. Take it easy especially if you’re new to working out or it’s been awhile since you’ve hit the gym.

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Track Your Fitness

If you’re like me, you like to track how many steps you take in a day. If you run like me, you also like to know how far and what your pace is while running. Cherry on the top? I also want to know what my heart-rate is in order to make sure I’m not…

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If you’re like me, you like to track how many steps you take in a day. If you run like me, you also like to know how far and what your pace is while running. Cherry on the top? I also want to know what my heart-rate is in order to make sure I’m not…

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