Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Day 1 At The Arnold
This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be sponsored by GNC to represent FitFluential at the Arnold Sports Festival Oh boy! I’m not exactly sure where to start when it comes to my Arnold experience. Let’s start with “Wow.”
As I already posted, I knew there were other sports involved in the Arnold Sports Festival prior to venturing down to Columbus. With that being said, I still made a point to throw out all preconceived notions and jump head first into the experience. The weekend was full of learning and new experiences.
My motto for the Day 1 was “Fake it til you make it.” (Thank you Heather for the inspiration ;)) I woke up early, drove 2 hours to Columbus, strapped on my 4 cameras, and hit up the media room first to get my media pass/kit.
The first thing I noticed was the sheer volume of people. People lined up from end to end of the convention center just waiting for the expo doors to open. I knew I’d get to the expo later so I wandered through the convention center taking it all in and shooting photos.
A little later I was able to hook up with fellow FitFluential Ambassador Electra and her boyfriend Adam. Although I was cool with being alone, it’s always fun to have some partners in crime, so we spent some of the day together. Electra used to compete so it was nice when she’d point out a pro-athlete or when Adam would discuss different training options/types/techniques with me.
As the day went on I became more comfortable using my media pass to get closer to the action. I checked out….
Lots of CrossFit - This was the first time I’ve ever seen CrossFit in real life. Whoa. Still don’t think it’s for me, but it was interesting to watch.
Fencing – As with CrossFit I had never seen fencing in real-life. I was amazed at how sweaty they were after their matches. (is that what you call them?) But I guess it makes sense given how many layers of clothes you have on. I wasn’t quite able to figure out the rules, but it was definitely interesting.
Armwrestling – That’s a bit intense.
Lots of lifting - whether powerlifting, lifting cars, or strongman. It was there. Ooof! So strong.
Art At The Arnold - I think it’s awesome that they have added in this aspect. Artists come out to make their own interpretation of various athletic models.
I caught a glimpse of Arnold! That’s him in the middle.
I also became confident in speaking with companies throughout the expo, especially those that aligned with my lifestyle. I even passed out a few of my new business cards! I’ll admit, many companies at the expo were advertising supplements or a sport that I have no desire to venture into, but I still stopped to check out their information and to learn what they were all about. Although it may not be for me, that’s no reason for me not to learn something new. In addition, even though I was a pale, non-buff person no one held that against me and I found most everyone to be friendly and welcoming, whether competitors, exhibitors, or other attendees.
In the late afternoon I was able to meet up with another FitFluential Ambassador, Rebekah, and her family for dinner. Rebekah has an overabundance of information to provide in fitness, healthy living, and blogging that we sat for several hours chatting away. She shares many of the same viewpoints as I do on living a clean, sustainable, healthy life, so sitting there talking to her I felt as though I’ve known her for years. I’m in love with the girl. What an all around awesome person! I failed to get a photo of us at dinner. Whoops!
Remember, my motto for Day 1?? Fake it til you make it. Yep, it works.
Have you ever dived into new situation? If so, what was it?
Stay tuned for more fun. Day 2 At Arnold coming up next!
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
PS I’ll be sharing more photos, but in the meantime feel free to check them out here. As always, I don’t have many photos of myself, so most any of myself are courtesy of other FitFluential Ambassadors. Thank you!
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