Monday, 16 June 2014

A #FitMeet2014 Update!

So #FitMeet2014 is this weekend and words cannot express how excited I am to meet everybody! It’s been a lot of work and I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t a little nervous about how it will all go on the day, but I’ve tried super hard to try and make sure it goes without a hitch so fingers crossed! I wanted to do a blog post for you all to explain a little more about what’s happening on the day so that you all know where you need to be and what to expect. There are still some little bits and pieces which I’m still trying to sort out but they’re all mini surprises anyway so we shall have to wait and see what happens. J

What We’re Doing

Now that everything is booked and organised I can finally tell you guys what we’re going to be up to on the day!

We’re starting at GymBox in Covent Garden where the lovely Jess will be taking us through a class called Rollin’ with my Foamies which was developed by herself, is unique to GymBox gyms and sounds like so much fun! I obviously know what it entails, but I’d love to hear your ideas on what you think it might involve in the comments below – and no cheating!! ;)
After we’ve been put to the test a little, GymBox have allowed us to use their facilities to get showered and changed, with some refreshments provided by the lovely folks at Vivid Drinks, which I am super excited about because their Matcha drinks sound amazing. Whilst we’re inhaling sipping on some yummy juices, nutritionist, vlogger and general healthy-food guru Simon Roshdy will be here to talk to us about healthy eating and answer any questions that we may have (I love his YouTube channel The Diet Kitchen, so make sure you take a look!).
After that it will be a little more free-flow with us having lots of time to explore, do a bit of shopping and grab some food, as I’m sure that we’ll all be starving! There are heaps of shops in Covent Garden and the surrounding areas including Lululemon and Reebok FitHub as well as all of the usual high street and high-end fashion and beauty stores. I can’t wait to let loose on all the beautiful workout gear in Luluemon, although I can’t promise that my bank account will feel the same! I’d love to see your wishlists for things which you’re hoping to pick up at #FitMeet2014 so make sure that you use the hashtag if you do make one and I’ll be sure to retweet it! J
With regards to food, I'm thinking of Bill's Restaurant (see menu here!) but I want to get all of your recommendations and feedback on it before I book it, so let me know if you have any suggestions ready for me to book on Wednesday! 

What to Bring

Depending on whether coming in your gym kit or are planning on changing when you’re there (which you are more than welcome to, just remember to come with time to change!), bring a change of clothes for afterwards as well as a towel and any shower gels, shampoo etc that you need. You’ll also need to bring a padlock for the lockers, and whilst Vivid Drinks will be providing refreshments post-class, it may be a good idea to bring a bottle of water with you as well to ensure you remain hydrated throughout!
Other than that, all you will need to bring is a smile! I really want #FitMeet2014 to be the perfect excuse to chat, and meet new people who share the same passions as yourselves, so don’t feel shy just wander over and say hello! J

Timings

We’ll meet at 13:15 outside GymBox Covent Garden which is on St. Martin’s Lane, and I’ll hang around until a little before 13:30 in case some of you are running a little late. Leicester Square station is probably the closest station as I think Covent Garden’s is still closed, but please remember to check for planned closures, delays etc of the various lines to save you a lot of hassle on the day! As far as I’m aware, the only line that may be affected by planned works is the District Line, so we should be safe. If you are a little late, just send me a tweet (my handle is @tweetrhii) so I know to keep a look out for you! J
For those who can’t make it to the class, but want to come along to the talk from MyProtein and The Diet Kitchen’s Simon Roshdy, it will start at around 14:30. Again, just let me know your plans so that I know when to expect you as I don’t want to leave anyone behind!
After the talk which will be over by 15:30 at the latest (although more likely a bit before!) it will be time for some shopping chilling-out and dinner! I don’t want to structure this too much as I want to just see what/where people fancy going on the day, although I will probably tweet what time I have booked our dinner location for as I doubt that a bunch of overly chatty bloggers will be able to turn up and expect to get a table!
Dependant on whether I get my final surprise organised, the day could go on until half 9 in the evening, however I know that some of you will have had to travel to get to the meet-up so let me know what time you have to get trains by so I know whether the Finale will be worth it! J

A Little Competition!


Pretty Athletic who are a superb skincare brand specialising in products designed specifically for us gym bunnies have kindly donated some of their products as a prize for me to give away on the day! The winner will be chosen at random from the attending blogger who has been tweeting using the #FitMeet2014 hashtag, so the more you tweet, the greater chance you have of winning!
If you want to find out more about Pretty Athletic and the products which they have created, click here to go through to their website. J


If you have any more questions then let me know! Also, if you would like to come but haven't let me know yet, send me an email on thebarbelle@gmail.com or tweet me @tweetrhii and I'll see what I can do - the more the merrier! :)

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