5 Tips to Creating an Awesome Cycle Class

5 Tips to Creating an Awesome Cycle Class

Hi guys!

So I know I already posted my recaps from Blogfest/Ideaworld, but my trip actually began a day earlier at a pre conference through Idea World.  Blogfest is basically a conference inside Idea World and as a Blogfest attendee I had the opportunity to take a pre- or post- conference course and become certified.  So I decided to get my Schwinn cert to have in case I want to start teaching spin at other gyms. I’ve taught a few classes at the studio but I’m feeling more ready to venture out so figured why not?  Rather than giving you a play by play of the entire class I thought I’d give you a few tips on how to create an awesome cycle class for a group or maybe just yourself!

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Day 2 of BlogFest and Idea World

Day 2 of BlogFest and Idea World

Hi Guys!

I’m home from a fabulous trip to Los Angeles and trying to get organized for the week.  I actually flew home a day early due to some fertility stuff.  Don’t worry nothing wrong just unfortunate timing…

Anyway, Friday I posted about the fun I had on Day 1 of BlogFest so I thought today I’d fill you in on the rest of my trip.

After a long day on Thursday, we were tired and decided to skip the 7:00am workout for a little more sleep and a good breakfast.

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Blogfest Day 1 Information  and Fun!

Blogfest Day 1 Information  and Fun!

Before I get into how the event is going, I thought it would be good to explain what exactly Blogfest is for those of you that have no idea. Blogfest was started by my fit Approach/Sweatpink friends Jamie and Alyse. 

I remember back in 2013 when I had the pleasure of road tripping to Portland with these lovely ladies discussing the works of Blogfest and the wonderful ideas they were brainstorming. So to see their ideas come to life last year for the first Blogfest was pretty cool!  So what is it?

Blogfest is a two day conference where bloggers can come to learn about blogging while enjoying some fitness as well. The extra perk is that it’s in conjunction with the biggest fitness expo in the world, Idea World Fitness Convention. As a Blogfest attendee you are able to explore and shop the expo as well as attend any of the awesome fitness courses offered.

I’m lucky again to attend this year with two awesome sponsors, About Time and Crystal deodorant. Even without sponsors I would have attended for the plethora of information, workouts and fun that I’ll be experiencing over the next few days. Speaking of that, let’s talk about how the event is going so far.

The conference began bright and early Tursday morning at the Los Angeles convention center.  I grabbed some fruit to from the hotel breakfast buffet then caught an uber with Gina and Jessica to the event.

 We arrived just in time to hear the always wonderful, Katy Widrick share all about Increasing readership and marketing a message to the masses   She’s an amazing public speaker and always leads a very informative presentation

A few few big takeaways from her talk were;

  • Do more of what you enjoy
  • Embrace technology trends
  • Keep design simple
  • Target and engage

Following Katie were Jamie and Alyse with Mind Blowing blogging tips. They gave us an abundance of information such as tips to making more powerful content, blog tools, and awesome apps.

After a tweet break we headed to the Opening Ceremonies to hear some awesome motivational speakers.

An NCAA wrestling champion who overcame numerous struggles being born with one leg. Then the keynote speaker, Brendon Buchard, who’s life and death moment has led him to alter the way he lead his life and become a New York Times Best selling author. Inspiring, motivational and moving to say the least!


After that we were fed lunch by Nestle which I have to admit was surprising in multiple ways. I honestly didn’t know what to expect and have to admit I was surprised to see them place several fresh plates at our table family style that were pretty good.

I was also surprised to see them bringing out plated lunches with microwav, Lean Cuisine on them. Not really my thing so I skipped and had some of the freshly made salads 😊

They also brought out a fresh fruit salad and gluten-free dark chocolate cookie. Pretty good!

After lunch my lovely friend Bobbi and I popped into an Idea session on Circuit training. It was so much fun!


We skipped out a little early to make it to Kasey Arena’s talk on Instagram. Another very informative talk with tips on how to reach brands and engage more followers.

A tweet break with Merrithew fitness followed where we were given fun hand weights and got to try them out in a mini workout.

Bobbi and I popped into the expo to chat with some vendors,


Then I walked back to the hotel to get ready for the party!

We stayed and mingled for a bit then headed to Katsuya around the corner for sushi.

Yum! We shared a few small plates then I had avocado and fresh crab wrapped inside sashimi halibut.


So good!  I didn’t get back to the hotel until 11:00 then it was lights out! Exhausted but such a fun day!

MIMM – Blogfest Idea World Day One

MIMM – Blogfest Idea World Day One

Good morning!

In case you missed it, I just got home from Blogfest/Ideaworld and had an absolute blast! I posted yesterday about some of the awesome people I got to hang out with there but didn’t have time to share more about the conference itself.

So today for Marvelous in My Monday I’m going to tell you all about the sessions and workouts.

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I’m Home!

I’m Home!

Hey guys!
Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

I just got home yesterday from Blogfest/Ideaworld and had an absolute blast. However, it’s always good to be home especially when it includes coming back to this guy 🙂

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There’s literally too much awesome stuff to share with you all from the past five days so I’m going to have to break it into a few different posts. Starting with today featuring the people!

I had the pleasure to be surrounded by so many truly wonderful, positive, amazing people over the past five days. Some old friends like my travel companion who is a friend from Elementary school who just moved back to the area from Hawaii.

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To new friends like the lovely Laura from Fit Mamma Love who I got to spend some time with.

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Of course there were TONS of awesome bloggers some of whom I knew like the gorgeous Gina from Fitnessista,

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and the ever so sweet and positive Bobbi from n Her Shoes.

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Along with all the awesome bloggers that were there throughout the conference we had the pleasure of hearing some amazing speakers and taking classes with awesome fitness professionals.

I’ll save those both for another post as there were just so many!

Of course this post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning a few of my most favorite people who are also the minds behind the whole Blogfest. My Sweatpink sisers!

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In particular my friends Jamie and Alyse who are two of the most wonderful women 🙂

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I can’t wait to see them again soon!

Hope you all enjoy your Sunday and I’ll be back tomorrow to share some more about my marvelous time at Blogfest/Ideaworld!

P.S. – Don’t forget to enter the giveaway I’ve got happening for entry to the San Francisco Nike Women’s Half Marathon!

For more from Blogfest/Ideaworld you can check out my Instagram feed 🙂

I’m heading to Blogfest with a bad back and seeing a Naturopath

I’m heading to Blogfest with a bad back and seeing a Naturopath

I know random title but this post is going to be just that so just go with it mmmkay 😉

I’m super excited to be heading to Blogfest today!

Can’t wait to have a few days filled with fun, fitness and About Time Protein!  Love that I get to share with other bloggers and fellow attendees about the wonderful company I’m sponsored by 🙂  So if you’re there come hunt me down for a $10 off coupon at their booth!  I’ll be wearing one of these brightly colored outfits so you can’t miss me!

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Brain Dead for a Fun Reason

Do you ever have those days where you just feel brain dead?  You know where you put the milk in the cupboard or forget why you walked into a room…  Yeah, I’ve been having that type of week and it’s only Tuesday!  At least when it comes to blogging.  Every time I sit down to write a post nothing happens.  It’s not that I don’t have ideas on what to write about.  I actually think about lots of great topics all the time but when I finally have the time to sit and blog those ideas are lost…  I could attribute it to mommy brain, lack of sleep (been up since 3:30 since someone thought they needed to get up and play) or that we’re busy working on the house but I think the main culprit is that all I want to do is plan our trip to… Disneyland!

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