|Alicia Benjamin (MeYouHealth), me, Lisa Johnson (Modern PIlates)|
It was (please note the caps!!) WONDERFUL to meet friends in person that I've tweeted with and emailed with and gotten to know a bit through Twitter and Facebook and through our blogs!
The day started with Alicia Benjamin (@LexiMaven and the gal often behind the tweets @MeYouHealth) welcoming everyone and letting us know the agenda for the day as well as getting us up and moving to warm up our bodies! Such fun! I was so happy to finally meet Alicia as I've considered her a friend for some time now and was truly honored to be part of their Blogger Well Being Challenge on the MeYouHealth / Daily Challenge site back in December of 2010! :)
|Healthworks co-sponsored FitBoston|
I've admired Lisa Johnson who owns Modern Pilates for a long time. On Twitter with her own name (did you know there are 7000+ Lisa Johnsons in the US? lol) and @ModernPilates, Lisa spoke about being a successful fitness blogger (she sure is!) and shared tips for beginner, intermediate and advanced bloggers. This was one of the high points of the day for me as I took notes like a mad woman and soaked in her advice. Make no mistake about it, if you want to have your blog be a success, you need to be consistent and put aside the time in your life to 'work it'.
I was able to speak with Lisa a bit more at a break and she was very helpful in answering questions, offering suggestions! Big huge thanks to her for helpful advice to everyone in attendance and, too, for leading us through pilates moves later in the afternoon!
Kurt Eng is a WordPress platform guru and aficionado and - even though I may have been the only one in the room who doesn't use WordPress to blog - his tips were just as valuable to me as anyone about where and when to spend your hard earned dollars (use free templates vs. purchasing developed art work for your blog) and what add-ons are best. I was honestly way impressed when @KurtEng tweeted at midnight last night the top 10 apps he'd suggest when he couldn't remember them all off the top of his head when asked at FitBoston. That was pretty cool of him! Kurt is a founding organizer of the upcoming WordCamp Boston, too... follow him on Twitter for more info on that or follow @WordCampBoston.
|Jacq Carly was the key-note speaker|
Girls LEAP. This young woman (whose name I cannot remember... was it Nina?) stood in front of us all and spoke eloquently and from the heart on why Girls LEAP looks to empower young girls (and really women of all ages) in finding their voice and learning the basics of not just self defense but self offense... not allowing someone to steal your voice from you. She skillfully showed us very basic moves of self defense and how saying "NO!" strongly and forcefully at the right time can make the difference between avoiding a bad situation and being the victim of one. Bravo to this young woman and the Girls LEAP program.
Rachel Kobey of Energize Studio demoing the http://www.fitnesstrampoline.com/. Boy! am I glad I didn't volunteer to be on the tramp session... Rachel is a powerhouse and really put the gal volunteers through the paces. I think my jaw fell open at least once watching the intensity of how fast Rachel was able to bounce and turn. (I was watching her and having one of those movie things in my brain at the same time of me bouncing OFF the tramp and into another person... us all crashing to the wooden floor... lol!)
SunCircles which are hula hoops for fitness. She began her presentation with hoop dancing (I believe that is what she called it) and it was lyrical and so beautiful to watch. Who knew a hoop could be so artistic? I didn't but do now! :) We then were invited to try hooping with different intentions (core, bat wings, etc.) and it was great fun. I hope she does well in her business... Sarah personally makes each hoop and can ship it off to you. : )
In the breakout sessions we were offered a number of choices and the owner (Dan Fitzgerald) of South End Athletic Company was on hand to talk with the runners in the group and offer running tips. Other break off groups included TRX Training, table or chair massage, and interval workout advice on maximizing your training. I opted for the interval training and was fortunate to meet Hannah of Healthworks and learn about high intensity bursts of interval training (we focused on the treadmill and pumping up the incline for 30 seconds at a time) - and finding your own personal measure of 1-10 for "pushing yourself forward" as you advance. I probably met with Hannah for less than 10 minutes and came away with new techniques to try for my regular routine. How awesome is that!? She was great!
|Finally got to meet Boston Sports Woman!|
I'll have to post more later in the week about the fun bloggers and fitness folks I met on Saturday. But while I'm working on THAT post, I do have a fun announcement. @MeYouHealth (Alicia) and @ModernPilates (Lisa Johnson) offered up a bag full of goodies to one of the Healthy Loser Gal readers.
I'll be sending the bag off to one random winner and it is chuck full of great giveaways from FitBoston including:
All you have to do to be entered in the giveaway is to follow @MeYouHealth, @ModernPilates and me on Twitter or Facebook and then leave a comment here on what inspires you to be fit? : ) So easy! I'll be picking the winner randomly on Thursday morning and will let you know who won by noontime EST on the 14th! :)
Yesterday was so much fun - congrats to the organizers on pulling off a great event - I think Roni Noone of Fitbloggin would be proud of you! :) Thank you to all the sponsors for making the great event possible and to all the other participants for making it so worthwhile and fun!
Dream. Believe. Achieve!
Jan ~ HealthyLoserGal