Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Out & About | #FitMeet2014 Part One!

SUPER LONG POST WARNING!

I have tried to split this post into two, but both are still going to end up being a little longer than normal so apologies in advance! :)

So last weekend after a lot of last minute panics and organising, I was lucky enough to meet-up with some fabulous people in London's Covent Garden for #FitMeet2014. It was literally the most gorgeous day, and I don't think we could have asked for better weather as I hopped onto the tube to meet Natalie at King's Cross so she could laugh at me help me carry the goody bags to Gymbox ready for everyone to arrive! Despite me being in my full gym-kit I think a Swedish nightclub promotor must have taken the bright pink bags to mean that I was on the way to a hen party or birthday as he wondered up to me at Baker Street and asked if my friends and I wanted free entry and drinks at his Mayfair club... Needless to say I politely declined.
Natalie and I also popped to Leon for lunch - but as I wolfed my Chicken Club Wrap down far too quickly to get a decent photo, it just means that I'll have to go back and write it a post of its own (which it thoroughly deserves!) Poor me... Haha. ;)
Firstly I want to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who came! I am so grateful for you all taking the time out of your day to come down and meet everyone, I hope you had a nice time! If you write a blog post on the meet-up, please let me know so that I can add it to this blog post (and the second part!). :)
I'd also like to say another HUGE thank you to the fantastic brands who contributed goodies for the event! I'll show all of the goodies in a second blog post to prevent this one from being ginormous but here are all of the thank yous to all of the brands involved in making #FitMeet2014 awesome!:
  • Thank you to Primal Snack Box for their super generous gifts of one of their subscription boxes for each of the bloggers who attended - they are absolutely delicious!
  • Thanks to Vivid Drinks for providing us with lots of yummy refreshments that kept us all super hydrated post-class and when we were out in the sun. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out in the future, they were amazing!
  • Thank you to Pretty Athletic for sending over three full-sized versions of their products for me to use as a giveaway prize for one lucky attendee (Cantara won!) - and for the discount code you generously sent over for all of the other attendees!
  • Thank you to Simon Roshdy from The Diet Kitchen who shared some fantastic information on nutrition with us, and answered all of our questions.
  • Thank you to MyProtein for providing us with some additional goodies for each of the bloggers who came along - that protein shaker came just in time for me as all of mine seem to have mysteriously disappeared!
  • Thank you to Gymbox & our gym instructor Jess for letting us hire the venue, and for an amazing class - I'm still aching now!
  • I also want to thank my work (Intel!) for paying to have Gymbox as a venue, and giving me the perfect opportunity to test out my Acer Switch 10 to the limit while I was planning it - the event couldn't have gone ahead without your contribution!
I think I've remembered everything - now lets move on to the actual event! :)

(Christina, Simon, Cantara & Natalie Rollin' with their Foamies - led by Instructor Jess!)

We all arrived at Gymbox and headed down to Studio 1 for a super-cool sounding class called Rollin' with my Foamies - and yes it was as awesome as it sounded! The class is unique to Gymbox Gyms and is based around a foam roller which you use for a combination of plyometric-style pick-up/put-down kind of movements, as well as movements where you used the foam roller to create a more unstable surface so that your core gets more of a workout as well as the rest of your body.
Jess was a fantastic instructor and her enthusiasm was utterly contagious! Even when I was struggling to keep going through some of the exercises, Jess wondering around encouraging us to sing along to some of the tracks could put a smile on even the most exhausted of faces! Her choice in music was also outstanding, with a mixture of Beyonce and more old-school tracks keeping things upbeat and super fun.
It was the first time that I've ever used a foam roller, and boy did I feel it! I always suspected that my legs were a little tighter than normal from adding running into my weight routine, but I wasn't expecting them to be that bad at all! So naturally I went out and bougt a foam roller that day....
I definitely suffered from major bum and leg ache the next day after that workout, despite the use of the foam roller to massage my muscles a litlte, and is a class I 100% would recommend trying out if you ever get the chance!

Once Jess had put us through our paces, we inhaled some of Vivid Drinks' Matcha drinks which Vivid Drinks had kindly sent over in a variety of flavours. I loved all of them but I did have a particular soft-spot for the Grape & Elderflower which was delicious and super refreshing! Whilst we cooled down and rested our poor bodies, nutritionist, YouTuber and MyProtein rep, Simon Roshdy led a Q&A-style session with us all sat round in a cirlce on the studio floor asking any burning question we had.
There was such a good variety of questions from recommended supplements, to macro-nutrients, to eating for fat-loss. It was honestly so so interesting to hear and I felt like I came away having learnt a lot - I've definitely taken lots of mental notes which I plan to put into action as soon as possible (Simon I'm sure you're glad to hear that!).
Simon definitely gets an extra honourable mention for sticking it out the whole day being the only lad in attendance - I can imagine it must have been pretty daunting to be surrounded by 8 over-excited females!

By the time we had gotten showered, changed and had ventured outside, the sun was still glaringly hot and despite my original idea of heading to a restuarant for lunch/dinner - we decided instead to head to M&S to grab some grub and feasted outside in the sunshine perched on the steps of Covent Garden Market.
(l-r: Simon from The Diet Kitchen, Cantara from Gymbags & Gladrags, me!, Natalie from The Blonde Ethos & Natasha from Ballet Dance Fitness + Cantara with her prize from Pretty Athletic!)
 A spot of shopping was the next port of call, and with Covent Garden being busier than I had ever seen it, we were lucky to have Natasha as our guide who took us round all of the side streets to get to places instead of having to battle it out with the masses of people surrounding all of the street performers!

I'm going to leave the shopping for a separate post as that was an event alllllll of it's own believe me! I'm still debating whether to be brave and go for a video 'haul' or whether to just stick to the normal with some photos instead... If you are interested in a video, then let me know!

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