#FitBlogLA with Fitness Magazine

23 Oct

Yesterday I had the privilege to attend #FitBlogLA by Fitness Magazine.



The event was held at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica off of PCH. Can you say gorgeouuuuus?


The day started at 10:30 with a check-in, and then we grabbed Camelbak water bottles and filled them with refreshing fruit-infused water. I met a few other bloggers before the day began and it was fun trading blog names and what we blog about.  I realized I should maybe make a “blog” business card — the women who had them were so on it.

I didn’t know too much about the event going into it — all I knew is that I was happy I didn’t have Tuesday class so I could attend!

The first session was a 40 minute chat with Tony Horton, creator of the P90X workout series. He was engaging and interesting, and emphasized the importance of high intensity interval training. Here are a few of the things I took away from his talk:

  • High intensity training is awesome, but it is not for everyone.
  • The vast majority of results in a workout occur in the first 30 minutes.
  • To know you’re working hard, a heart rate monitor is best.  But if you don’t have one, you should be in the 6-8 range on a 1-10 scale.
  • Get ego out of the game! Form is KEY.
  • The future of fitness is functional fitness.
  • Work as many body parts as you can at once!
  • He recommends trying to workout 7 days a week, that way if you miss a few you end up with 22/month.  If you skip two days in a row, on the third day our body will be confused as to why you are moving again.
  • Eat healthy 80-90% of the time, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

I loved this quote: “How many of you have had pancakes or waffles for breakfast in the last two weeks? You had birthday cake for breakfast.”

After Tony Horton, we heard from registered dietician Alyse Levine. I loved her outlook and her practical tips for healthy eating. Her talk was called “ditching the food rules” and focused on eating CLEAN.  Alyse’s definition of CLEAN is the following:

  • Choose Real Foods
  • Lose the Diet Mindset
  • Eat Mindfully
  • Assess Your Hunger
  • No Deprivation

Each “rule” seemed to make sense and was so…normal! I have so many friends who limit themselves, and have gotten more than a side-eye of judgment for eating quickly. While I definitely need to work on SLOWING DOWN I love the “no deprivation” mindset.

Some of my favorite tips from Alyse were:

  • Divide your plate into 1/4 portions (mentally).  Check-in with yourself after every 1/4.  Ask yourself if you’re still hungry, still enjoying the food, etc.
  • Fork rule: Don’t have food in your hand ready to go while you are chewing.  If you can get yourself to put the fork down it slows down the eating process.
  • Assess your hunger.  Figure out if you’re eating because you’re hungry, or if you’re eating because you’re stressed, tired, lonely, or bored.

After Alyse’s talk, we broke for lunch, networking, and mingling with sponsors.  I met Andrea over at I Run for Donuts and we made the rounds together.  #FitBlogLA had a system where we got a sticker at each vendor, and at the end of the day we would turn that in for a gift bag of amazing loot.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but our first stop at Dermologica was pretty cool! They did free skin “face map” assessments to tell us what sort of products would be good for our faces, and showered us with samples.  I am excited to try some of their post-gym products.  The vendors were all really great — it is really hard to complain when you’re in a gorgeous venue being handed awesome free stuff.

Next, Andrea and I headed over to Oakley. I thought we would just try on the sunglasses and get a free hair tie, but no. THEY GAVE US SUNGLASSES.  I am really excited to have a pair of running-friendly sunglasses now — I plan to channel my inner Janae.


Awesome Oakley women.

I enjoyed a few sips of Crystal Light. . .

IMG_4874. . . and took an #ExerSelfie with Athleta.


my hair looks weird, i get it.

Andrea and I also hopped in the #FiestaMovement photo booth. This was cooler than we expected — it took four shots and then turned them into a GIF! So cool. [Check it out here].


We were also treated to new kicks from Saucony (obsessed with the Lisa Frank-style colors) and Birkenstock, some new threads from Roxy Outdoor Fitness [I got two awesome pieces I am stoked on], grabbed a Clif Bar or two, and then headed over to eat lunch before sessions resumed.

Andrea and I met Debi of Girl Reworked and we all enjoyed lunch together. I didn’t put the mindful eating into practice (I was too rav, obviously), but it was all scrumptious.


The cookie + fruit I also inhaled were not pictured.

We headed back inside for a talk with Harley Pasternak, celebrity trainer.  He talked about healthy eating and explained that juicing is somewhat of a calorie bomb.  I really loved what he said about aiming for 12,000 steps a day — and that part of the obesity crisis in America is due to the fact that Americans are too sedentary and then feel like they can reward themselves when they do finally exercise.  #Preach.  Things got a little awkward when one woman was overly argumentative with him for sort of no reason — I am not sure what she was trying to prove.

Before this session, I spotted my FAVORITE spin instructor/soul cycle instructor, Laura Crago, in the audience.  I told her that she is my FAV and vowed to come take her class soon. Seriously, if you are anywhere in the LA area, get yourself to Soul-Cycle in Santa Monica and go take Crago’s class. I know Katherine agrees.

I had to sneak out before the last session (sometimes law school duties rear their head — I have a mock trial on Tuesdays at a middle school — it is awesome and I could not let my 12 year olds down), but I was bummmmmmed to miss Monica and SR do their thing.

I headed out and grabbed yet another bag of amazing stuff.  It was filled with a lot of great things, but I am most excited about the Heidi Klum for New Balance tops, three awesome headbands, a new-to-me clif bar flavor, and some cosmetic products.


All in all, it was a FABULOUS day.  I am so lucky I was able and invited to attend and meet and connect with some other southern CA bloggers. Here’s some of the women I met in case you’re interested:

Were you at #FitBlogLA? What did you think? 

Have you ever attended a blogging conference? 

[Disclosure: While Fitness Magazine invited me to attend #FitBlogLA and their vendors provided me with some awesome loot, all thoughts and opinions about the event are my own].

7 Responses to “#FitBlogLA with Fitness Magazine”

  1. Annabel Adams (@FeedMeImCranky1) October 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    Great recap! Loved meeting you!

    • gillian October 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

      Great meeting you too! And thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. Micha October 24, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    Nice meeting you! I’m kicking myself for not taking any pictures…I was just soaking everything in I guess!

    • gillian October 24, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

      Nice meeting you too and I can’t wait to follow your blog! I know — I was bad about pictures — it was all overwhelming!

  3. A Fit Fashionista (@fitfashionistaG) October 25, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Still so sad I missed this! I had my biz cards ready and everything! I can’t wait till they do it again.. and hopefully we can all go!

    • gillian October 25, 2013 at 9:17 am #

      You are so one step ahead of me on the business cards! That’s my next step as a blogger, for sure 🙂


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