Sweat USA in Atlantic City

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This Saturday I headed to Atlantic City, New Jersey and experienced my first expo that had everything to do with health and fitness. It was an amazing experience! I enjoyed it very much and I wish I went for the second day. The expo was at the Caesars Hotel and it was a great space. There was a lot to see and much to do. The expo its self was cool by having lots of free give away’s, A Reebok store with 25% off everything, E-boost and many different things. There was a main stage in the center that was really cool. Lots of interesting talks about health and fitness. One part pole dances were showing off there moves and a Zumba class  which was awesome.

The only thing I had a problem with was the knowledge of everything. If you plan to do this expo go early. Unless they change it for next year, you have to sign up for all the free classes (I do not understand why…I will explain later) and they fill up quickly. No where on the website it says that sign up is right out front and not before a class or anything. Also, they let people sign up for Sunday. I am so glad I showed up Saturday because if I came only Sunday all the classes would have been filled!

Well, I signed up for things and that was fine. When my class at 2pm happened..I went to the location I thought it was at but it ended up nothing was happening. When I asked people no one seemed to know what I was talking about. So I was a little upset by this. Then I noticed something interesting while I watched people go forward to the spinning class. People were taking bikes but no one was checking if they signed up. Then when people came and said they “signed up” they were kicking people off the bikes. No where did I see a list in someones hand or anything. No one was checking. What was the point with signing up? Well, I signed up for a hip hop class for 3pm. I had NO idea that they were a half hour behind with the classes. The classes were located across the hall from the expo and that is where I headed at 3pm. When the doors opened at 3 pm, I walked in with a huge group of women who were waiting. No one asked me if I signed up or made sure I was in the right place. No one asked anyone. We all walked in. Well, it turned out that I did not walk into the hip hop class but the KerboomKA class. Had no idea! Well, since I was there I stayed. It turns out I talked to a women later in the day and she told me that she only signed up for one class and that her and her daughter stayed in the theater all day..No one was kicking her out. So, what is the point for signing up? I do not blame the women because you spend this money why not stay for the free classes? Might as well. I just found it odd that a lot of people did know know timing and scheduling and no one was checking lists or names. My only problem with the expo. Okay..enough negative..Let me tell you the awesome things!!!

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The one high light of the trip was the address Jillian Michael’s gave. It was free with your ticket and it was on the main stage.  have to admit that I waited for her for a bit to make sure I was up close. I am really short so I always make sure I have a good spot. I had a great view. She came out and she was so motivational and inspirational. What I loved the most about her speech was apart about how do you get to where you want to be. You can tell yourself that you are great and you can do this..but how will you get to where you want to be? Why is this important? She made examples like living long enough to enjoy her children growing up or fitting into skinny jeans..or having a great sex life. The idea of how and why you want to get to where you want to be seemed to really hit home with me. It is enough to say you are awesome..but how and why did you get to that point?

I even said in my last blog post that she was adorable. She was quirky and funny. I had no idea she was like this. She always comes across and harsh and mean but she was so awesome. Then she had a Q&A which was great because she got personal with the people in the audience. She was so close to picking me. She picked the girl in front of me which was okay. I was going to ask her out to get past this brick wall I have been having with not losing weight. I also wanted her to tell Bob I said Hi..but you know sometimes you are not lucky. She was adorable though. People were throwing little gifts for her and she tries so hard to take as many pictures with fans as she could. She seemed very humble and great full that she has that many fans.

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There was so much to see and do for everyone at this expo. What I loved was the main stage and how it had examples of different classes that were going on during the weekend. They showed kick boxing, pole dancing, zumba, piloxing, motivational speeches and so much more. You did not have to sit there and watch. You could get up and move around and sweat your butt off which was awesome. Even if you did not sign up for the classes you still could get a mini lesson from the main stage. I went up to the kick boxing and boxing tent and they let me try a quick little lesson. That was tough! I never boxed with gloves on in my life. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. The gloves were so heavy and I felt my upper body strength was so weak! It did make my arms sore..So I know it was a good work out. I did sign up for information to be sent because they had a gym that offered classes nearby but I am not sure if I will go or not. It is something different. I am now interesting in try new things.

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So, I ended up signing up for Hip Hop but ended up showing up to this KerBoomKa class. When I got on the stage and the instructor was telling us about KerBoomKa…I had no idea what he was talking about! I was so confused because I thought I signed up for Hip Hop. I am so glad that I ended up doing the KerBoomKa class! It was a high light of the trip. KerBoomKa reminded me of Zumba but way more intense. It was faster pace (which I loved) and it felt more like a work out. I am sorry if you love Zumba..but I do not love Zumba. I find Zumba sort of slow and awkward. Maybe I have not had good experiences but I do not care for Zumba. KerBoomKa was awesome though. My legs are still sore from it right now! You do so many squats and crunches that you totally feel it the next day! I loved it and I am hooked..only problem is they are out of New York. I live two hours away but I am not going to travel to do an hour class. Maybe if I am in the area. Here is the KerBoomka website though.  I joined there mailing list and if classes do pop up near me I will not hesitate to do this again! I loved it!!

Hip Hop at Tilton Fitness was fun and goofy. Half the moves I could not do but I was not there to be on Broadway or Step It Up..I was there to work out. So you laugh and you have a good time. People worry so much that they can no do the moves. As long as you are moving, I think you are doing just fine. That class was fun because the instructor did classic hip hop and island dancing and different kinds I can not remember. It was just a lot of fun. We did a lot of squats in that class as well. I think my legs will never be the same again.

The expo was a lot of fun. I hope to go back next year. I really hope to go for both days. Now that I know what to expect I will go for both days for sure. If I could save enough money I would like to take classes with the celebrity trainers they have next year. This year they had Jillian Michael’s and Shaun.T. It would have been cool to do one of their workouts. So I hope to accomplish that for next year. I hope to maybe stay over night as well because driving and tolls burns money but a hotel room is more expensive. I have a whole year to plan. Also, I hope to go with someone next year. It was fun by myself but it would have been more fun to go with someone I know so we could laugh at how goofy we were being.

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Thank you so much for having me Sweat USA AC..I can not wait for next year. This was a great experience. I bought a tank top from the expo and it is a medium. Who would have ever thought I would by a female fitted medium tank top? Not me! I hope to wear it proudly next year when you come back to AC next year!

 

-Jackie

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