I Need Kettlebells In My Life – Day 2 At The Arnold

See my Day 1 recap of the Arnold Sports Festival here.

I woke up early on Day 2 to meet our FitFluential CEO Kelly Olexa along with several other FitFluential Ambassadors for breakfast.  Prior to leaving I still ate 2 oranges and drank some Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer.  I knew I wasn’t going to workout but I also would appreciate the bit of energy it’d give me.

Once I arrived at the convention center I headed for the cafe and soon was united with Kelly, LisaRebekah, Elisabeth and Emily, Electra, Sahar, and Jana.  Chris and Dan from GNC also made it to the breakfast.  It was nice to put faces with so many names and personalities we’ve met online and there was no lack of conversation.

Everyone went with the breakfast buffet and left nice and full. I loaded up on lots o’ carbs 😉 


I sat next to Lisa at breakfast. She is known as  Kettlebell Bombshell and is insanely knowledgable about so many topics. I had already wanted to add kettlebells to my workout, but after meeting her and seeing everything I saw this weekend I kept finding myself saying, “I need kettlebells in my life”.

Of course we grabbed some quick photo opportunities before heading to a full day at The Arnold.

After breakfast we all ventured out to experience the Arnold. I made it a point to hit up:

Cheerleading – I have a small background in cheerleading and although I’m not into all of the makeup and hairspray that goes with competition cheer, it’s still a ton of fun to watch.

Gymnastics – I’ve never competed but I LOVE LOVE LOVE to watch gymnastics.  It was nice to see the sport represented at The Arnold.

CrossFit – I spent more time at the CrossFit Games.  I still don’t see CrossFit for me in the future, but it did provided inspiration.  I need kettlebells in my life….

Martial Arts – They had judo, grappling, karate, and ju jitsu. I’ll be honest, I don’t know the difference between all of them.

I also spent a ton of time in the expo grabbing photos of celebrities and pro-athletes.

And a group of us hit up the GNCLiveWell booth and has some fun with their crew.  They were so fun and welcoming. We had a good time.

Muscles everywhere!  I need kettlebells in my life.

Thankfully we were able to find another FitFluential Ambassador Lindsay and she joined in the fun.  

We started talking fitness and pistol squats.  She gave us a demonstration and has since issued us a challenge.

After a full day at The Arnold a group of us headed out to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory.  After a 2 hours wait  (Yes, 2 hours.  I’ve never waited that long in my life…thankful for excellent company!) we chowed down.  It was fun to hear about what everyone does for a living and what their blog is about.  Lisa and Rebekah provided a ton of info and I took notes.  Seriously.  

The entire weekend was an experience I’ll never forget.  I learned way more than I expected, met new people, stepped outside of my norm, and can’t wait for my next FitFluential adventure.  Wonder where I’ll go next…

Thank you GNC and FitFluential for this opportunity!

Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)


PS I just ordered Kettlebell Bombshell DVDs and plan to purchase some kettlebells within the next few days.  Making my, “I need kettlebells in my life” a reality!