WOW!!! I am so glad my friend Emily invited me to go to the Olympia Fitness Expo this year with her.
It was an inspiring and also really motivating experience! I have never seen so many fit people outside of the gym in my life!! I’ve also never sampled so many different kinds of protein shakes and pre-workout in one day before. HAHAHAHA!!!
Everyone was so freaking nice and wonderful!!!! That is one of the top things I love about the fitness industry and lifestyle. The type of people who tend to gravitate to it are generally the type of people who are into being positive, motivating, supportive, goal-oriented, and people who are into self-development! People who strive to be the best versions of themselves and are willing to help others out too! And that is just SO AWESOME!!!! Definitely people that I love surrounding myself with. The thing with a fit lifestyle is that it’s something you cannot fake. It’s either you see/feel results or you don’t. You can’t really fake that stuff.
I spent a majority of my time of Day 1 at the WCO (World Calisthenics Organization & IG: @world_calisthenics_org ) booth watching the Battle of the Bars tournament. IT WAS THE FREAKING COOLEST THING I HAD SEEN IN A LONG TIME!! I’ve seen videos online but I’ve never really gotten the chance to see it live, it’s a whole different experience in person! I was absolutely in awe at how skilled and full of finesse these bar athletes were! I mean wow, the human body is capable of really amazing things if we really know how to push it to it’s potential.
I had also made a new friend at the booth, Naji (IG: @pure_calisthenics )! He spent some time with me on Day 2 at the booth to teach me some foundational calisthenics exercises that I’m going to practice so that I can become stronger and may be able to do the bad ass stuff that I see them do in the future!! He also spotted while I was practicing my handstands and gave me some helpful tips that helped me NAIL and hold a handstand for a few seconds!! The longest I had been able to hold it ever!! I was absolutely ECSTATIC!!! IT IS AN AWESOME FEELING WHENEVER YOU HAVE CONQUERED A PERSONAL RECORD!! Thanks Naji!! You’re the freaking best!
I also got to meet Heidi Somers ( IG: @buffbunny ) who is a person I really admire and feel very inspired by in the Instagram Fitness community! She was SO BEAUTIFUL in real life, so humble and sweet!!!! She’s my favorite because I can tell that she genuinely really wants to help others out through fitness and I can see that is a passion of hers!! She’s also got a youtube channel ( https://www.youtube.com/user/heidisomers ) where she posts workout tips and routines!!! I highly recommend you check them out! They are really helpful especially if you’re new to fitness!
And last but not least, I got to meet Steve Cook ( IG: @stevecook_32 ) who also has a youtube channel ( https://www.youtube.com/user/swoldiernation )! The line to meet him was freaking huge and LONG! But he is such a genuine, down to earth, and freaking hilarious person!! He takes the time to really talk to each person that meets him and I thought that was really cool. You can tell he really appreciates every single one! I was introduced to him by friend Emily, who shared with me his background story of how he got into fitness and I thought it was really inspiring! I’ll post the story here, I definitely recommend you guys give it a read, I love learning about people’s backgrounds and seeing their different motivations and stories as to why they have stumbled onto what makes them passionate. This is a bodybuilding.com forum post but the text was taken from Steve’s FB fanpage bio back in 2013: Steve Cook’s Bio ! Oh and here’s a recap video of his day at Olympia! I’m in it for split second!! Can you find me? LOL!
Anyway, all in all I freaking loved my first experience at Olympia! I will FOR SURE be there again next year! There is so much things things to do and they also give you a bunch of samples so you can try out different supplements! I even got a whole freaking bucket of pre-workout from EHPLabs *woot*! And I got to watch a Sambo competition for the first time and I thought that was absolutely fascinating!!! If you’re into fitness, I would highly recommend checking out this event at least once!!! I predict it will only get bigger because I can see that being fit and healthy is something that is becoming more and more popular (which I am happy because that means there will be more healthy people in this world, yay!!!)
Lessons I learned during the trip in terms of logistics:
1) We got to the airport by 5:00AM and was on the plane by 6:00Am. I don’t think I will ever fly to Vegas early as heck ever again since hotel check-in time is usually 3PM and the early chick-in (if the hotel isn’t fully booked) is around 11:00AM. So we basically had to either wander around with our luggage in hand or check it into the luggage closet at the hotel. But we were dead tired and just wanted to take a nap, shower and get dressed since we were up since 4AM!
2) I also learned not to be cheap and book a hotel that was at the edge of the strip. Especially if we were going to rely on taxi as transportation. The taxi fares will eat up your hotel savings anyway. I learned that paying a little big extra for the convenience is much better, we were initially at Howard Johnson’s but cancelled that and booked a room at Excalibur. There was a food court within Excalibur so that made getting food really easy and accessible (something that’s important to me because I’m constantly hungry.)
3) There is such a thing as express check-in (or early check-in) so you should go ask for that if you ever get to your hotel early.
4) There a thing called half day rates, in the case that you want to stay later in your hotel because you had a flight later in the evening. If it’s not a busy weekend you should definitely ask your hotel for that, you usually have to pay extra. There is extended check-out til 3PM at Excalibur which costs an extra $30.00.
5) There is a complimentary shuttle at the Orleans hotel that will take you to the Las Vegas Convention center, it was cheaper for us to take a cab to the Orleans and then shuttle it to the convention center than to take the cab directly to convention center.