I recently returned from a fabulous quick trip to New York City! I was so honored to be invited by Fitness Magazine to their 2013 Blogger Meet & Tweet. The experience was incredible — I got to meet so many talented and knowledgeable bloggers, who had such great advice to share.
It was held at the Mercedes Club, an upscale fitness facility. The day included four informative presentations: “My Blog is My Business,” a panel discussion with four successful bloggers; “Healthy, Strong and Sexy in your 20s, 30s and Beyond,” with Dr. Jennifer Ashton; “Eat What You Love — and Lose Weight,” with TV chef and author Rocco DiSpirito; “Insider Beauty Secrets to Get You Glowing,” with Sarah Lucero of Stila Cosmetics (who I recognized from QVC); and “The Extreme Fitness Trend: Should You Try It?” with Brett Hoebel, a trainer on The Biggest Loser. After each seminar, the audience had a chance to ask questions of the speakers.
They were all excellent. I was probably most excited about the one featuring Rocco DiSpirito — guess I was a bit star struck! But from a professional perspective, the most helpful one, for me, was the bloggers’ panel discussion.
After lunch, we had time to visit the sponsor booths of companies such as Athleta, Reebok and Saucony. The event ended with a choice of three workout classes, Mad Cool Fitness, a hip-hop aerobic dance; an outdoor session of yoga; or a run. I chose the dance class, and it was a lot of fun. I’d never tried hip-hop before. I managed to keep up…well, pretty much.
On our way out, all the bloggers were handed an amazing bag of swag, as stuffed as it could be with awesome products. Wow! It was like Christmas!
Adding to the excitement of this trip was the fact that my daughter Kerrie was able to join me. She’s lived in New York City a few times for college internships and knows her way around, so I didn’t need to worry about getting lost. She’s grown with her own busy life now, so having a few days to spend together like this was precious.
We were only in town for about 48 hours but managed to fit a lot in, and made sure to stop at some of our favorite places as well as explore a few new ones. Check out my video for a photo-filled recap of my experience at the event, and exploring the city!