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I wanted to share with you my amazing 2012 Arnold Sport Festival experience.
First off I wanted to let you know that is was my 6th year to go to the Arnold Sports Festival with Team Gaspari. For those of you who don’t know, the Arnold Sports Festival is THE largest fitness and bodybuilding event in the world. I am sure you can guess who created this amazing event…yep, you guessed it, the most famous Arnold in the world, Arnold Schwarzenegger. To learn more about this event, check out their website. It is in Columbus, Ohio every March. This event kicks off the fitness and bodybuilding year. If you have never been to this event before, you HAVE to go! I am serious. This is one of the most fascinating events. You will get hundreds of dollars in free samples, meet your favorite athletes, and watch the different fitness/bodybuilding/MMA competitions. A little side note-Rich Gaspari, owner of Gaspari Nutrition, won the very first Arnold Classic!!! www.arnoldsportsfestival.com
Six years ago, the VP of Marketing for Gaspari Nutrition (Joe Volgey), discovered my pictures online and flew me out to my very first Arnold to represent them. I had never heard of such a thing. This was the largest fitness and bodybuilding event in the world and I couldn’t believe I had never heard of this event before. (And I was a personal trainer!) So, every year, Gaspari would invite me to be a apart of the team and every year they get bigger and better. Oh, and the booth grows every year too!!! I always have a great time working the Gaspari. Check the out if you haven’t heard before. www.gasparinutrition.com
Working the booth, I get to meet all the new Team Gaspari members and athletes. I also get to meet all the fans that keep up with my career through the years too. So, thank you to all who came out to see me, it was so wonderful to meet you! I also want to thank you for all the wonderful comments about my Healthy Housewives brand. It has been a fun adventure! So keep up the with our HH blog or HH social media outlets to see when and where our reality show will air. Here is a link to an interview of me on the Gaspari Nutrition red carpet.
A few highlights of this trip…On the second day of the Arnold, Arnold came to the Gaspari booth. A few Team Gaspari athletes and I had the honor to take a picture with him. I think we were all so starstruck! His presence was amazing! When he walked towards us, it was like the sea of people were parting as he made his way to us to say hi.
Another highlight was spending time with IFBB figure pro and host of Gaspari TV Felicia Romero. I loved her! I have met her before and made small talk, but this show, I really got to know her and I have to say, she is one of the most genuine people you will ever meet! So sweet and down to earth. Love ya Felicia! And another IFBB pro I loved hanging out with was IFBB Bikini Pro Jaime Baird. She is a sponsored Gaspari athlete. I love her personality. She is so real. She reminds me of me. We are similar people. She placed 4th in the Arnold International! Congrats Jaime. I wish her much continued success in her IFBB bikini pro career. She has been kicking ass since day 1 and so proud of how far she has come! Love you too Jaime!
Another amazing person I wanted to mention was that I got to meet was fitness superstar Rachel Elizabeth! She is part of the star studded celebrity Alive Foundation Charity Event that I am attending this June! She was at the Vitamin Shoppe booth. I got to see her twice that weekend! She is beautiful, sweet, and of course in amazing shape! Looking forward to hanging with her in June! To learn more about this event go to: www.alivenewyork.com
And last but not least! The last person I wanted to mention was Debbie, the owner of Natural Muscle! Love her! We got to catch up twice at the Arnold. She is such an amazing person with a big heart! I feel grateful that she let me be a writer for her magazine. I have been writing for Natural Muscle magazine since Sept 2010. www.naturalmuscle.net
I hope you enjoyed my blog! Until next time…