IDEA WORLD and BLOGFEST 2015 [recap]

July 20, 2015 -
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Hey friends! I hope you’re having an awesome start to your week!

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I’m still on cloud nine (literally in the air as I type this) from yet another amazing year at the IDEA World Fitness Conference & the second year of BLOGFEST!

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I can’t believe how fast this year came back around. I feel like it wasn’t too long ago that I was in Anaheim for the convention last year & then at Fitness Quest 10 shortly after!

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Jamie & Elise from Sweat Pink welcoming us.

It’s amazing to see how so many of the bloggers have grown over the last year and also new tips/tricks and workouts from some of the top dogs in our industry.

Insert Todd Durkin here…

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When it comes to a Top Dog this man is IT! Not only is he FULL of absolutely energy but he is the first person that would sit & listen to you and hear about your story.

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My childhood friend Jesse now works for Todd and these two together are magical.

Side note: Jesse and I grew up friends since our Mom’s were Training Partners in the Industry. They’ve attended IDEA for years and before I got into training – I always heard how great being a part of IDEA truly was.

Jesse now works in San Diego with Todd and I keep swearing that maybe one day San Diego is in my future ;] Spin bikes chill outdoors ALL YEAR LONG!? That’s my dream.

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Jesse rocked the stage with Todd for their Energy Explosion Bootcamp & you could just FEEL the energy in the room.

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It’s amazing how having a good time, being around some positive people, & fitness can truly make such an impact.

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[Thank you Julie for this picture!]

Some other highlights of the weekend included being able to present in front of the amazing blogfest crew! Myself and a few others chatted about Social Media and the power behind them. I focused on Instagram & the importance of remembering WHY you’re doing what you’re doing and not just focusing on the numbers or followers.

Throughout the weekend we we’re showered with snacks – which was awesome!

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Truitt Foods makes a great hummus that doesn’t need refrigerated in their small packs so it went great with Late July Chips!

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Breakfast one day was a great buffet with cereals & yogurt stations. I topped some plain greek yogurt with almonds, goji berry powder, & cocoa powder.

The weekend was also full of some awesome workouts led by some great instructors!

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One of them just so happen to be Gabby Reece..and if you look really close we’re total BFF’s right next to each other in the middle ;]

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She not only taught her HighX Training class (kick butt by the way!), but also did a Q & A on her life, training, career, and story.

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She is super down to earth and I was honored to meet her!

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We also did a workout with Jeanette Jenkins who is adorable, bubbly, and also full of energy! I think I see a theme here…(aka energy is KEY).

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And the women of Kaia Konditioning did a fun boot camp early Friday morning where I got some new ideas!

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Plank jacks with an actual KICK – hiyo! My girl Tasha & I reppin’ them out in synchronization.

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We also did a partner shoulder press where you resist your partner’s press and these were super effective.

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Especially when you super set with partner plank hop overs.

IMG_9616 (1)Tasha and I shared our version of headstands or shoulder stands? My goal is to work on these.

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Gabby taught some cool techniques that I will definitely incorporate into some of my sessions.

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Aside from the awesome workshops & workouts – we also ATE super well! The food and snacks were delish & kept us fueled all weekend.

Speaking of eats – have you ever been to the EXPO within IDEA?

This year I worked at the Nutrex-Hawaii Spirulina & BioAstin booth with my friends from the company! They are truly like family to me and I was pumped to spend time there on Saturday.

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My girl Traci who just started blogging at Fitmamainprogress.com . She just completed her first Sprint Triathlon and we plan to do a race together! She is a rock star and someone I am proud to call my friend.
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If you want to know more about why I align myself with Nutrex-Hawaii, read my post here on the amazing benefits of the true superfood from the oceans of Hawaii.

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We had a fun giveaway going on where if you took a picture with me at the booth you were entered to win an awesome Nutrex-Hawaii prize pack of the Spirulina powder (check RECIPES for it here), spirulina caps, Bioastin, cookbook, & a BODYpeace book!

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I’m proud to say I take BioAstin and stand behind the original superfood company. It’s truly natures multi vitamin from the oceans of Hawaii so I feel great about taking it.

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Loved meeting the adorable Jackelyn Ho & of course spending time with my girl, Tasha!IMG_9709

AND MY GIRL JEN! Let me tell you about this lovely lady. She has been a reader since I first started, supported me in everything I do, & comes to the convention to catch up every year. YOU ROCK MY SOCKS JEN! <3 <3 <3

LOVED seeing some of my ladies swing by and also new friends at the booth! :] Thank you all for coming to visit!! To learn more about Nutrex-Hawaii head to their site [here] and use code “PCTRUE25” for 25% off!

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I also found a new love, RISE bars! Made with 3 ingredients – honey, almonds, & protein! So good.

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While I was at IDEA I was super inspired by my friends at Crazy Richards Peanut Butter (who you will be seeing more of in the future here!), to start a Periscope!

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Are you guys on Periscope? Let’s connect @Powercakes!!

I am truly making a goal to do more video now and Snapchat & Periscope are the ways I will start it.

For those who don’t know what Periscope is – it’s basically a LIVE stream app where if I log in and start streaming, you can join me LIVE, watch it after I post it, or watch it on YouTube after I upload it there.

Pretttttyy awesome.

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Also got to see my girl Shauna who was rocking it with TRX at the Expo!

With all of that being said – going to the conference completely motivates me to continue with what I am doing in the Fitness world. I am honored that I get to make a difference in people’s lives and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

If you’re a new blogger or a Veteran – you can definitely learn from BLOGFEST and all it has to offer. If you’re a Trainer or Group Exercise Instructor – IDEA is an amazing place for you to be!

I’m off to catch up on some sleep – I hope you guys have a great start to your week!

Be true to you,

xo Kasey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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