FITNESS Magazine hosted their second annual blogger Meet and Tweet #FitBlogNYC, on May 16th at The Mercedes Club at 550 West 54th Street, with seminars on Health, Beauty, Wellness and Diet and Nutrition. Bloggers also met with sponsors and previewed the latest products from Athleta, CamelBak, Crystal Light Liquid, Ford and the Fiesta Movement, Marmot, Reebok, Saucony, Smart Balance, Tonalin and Vichy. At the end of the day, bloggers participated in one of three work-out sessions - Athleta's mad cool cardio lead by Jennifer Turner, Saucony's power run or Reebok's yoga with Tara Stiles. I took the mad cool cardio class, with a great mix of pop, funk and R&B.
Meet and Tweet Seminars:
Celebrity makeup artist and Executive Director of Global Artistry, Stila Cosmetics, Sarah Lucero, took us through hottest beauty trends and pro makeup tricks to get us through the summer, like bringing an element of color to your face with a vibrant eye or neon lip, or brushing your brows up with clear brow gel to life your whole face up.
Jennifer Ashton, M.D., ABC News Senior Medical Contributor, ob-gyn, triathlete and author of Your Body Beautiful: Clockstopping Secrets to Staying Healthy, Strong and Sexy in Your 30s, 40s and Beyond gave advice on a holistic approach to heath. One major takeaway was to Google 'drug interaction' to make sure medication you are taking isn't conflicting with what you're eating.
Influential bloggers Deb Perelman - Smitten Kitchen, Dana Weiss - Possessionista, Jill Hanner - Ford Fiesta Agent and Erin Whitehead - Fit Bottomed Girls shared their success stories and how they turned their passions into profit. Some advice given was to focus on original content and not worry about SEO, and don't say yes to everything. Manage your opportunities and make sure it is profitable or good for your brand. Also, don't worry about what everyone else is doing - find your own angle.
Celebrity trainer Brett Hoebel, founder of Hoebel Fitness, featured trainer on The Biggest Loser season 11 and creator of RevAbs discussed how 20-minute workouts get the job done and that people work harder and more often on shorter workouts.
Rocco DiSpirito, author of Now Eat This! Italian and star of Now Eat This! Italy web series reveals secret ingredients for speedy, healthy meals and cooking tricks. Healthy ingredients include non-fat Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, parmigiano reggiano, aged balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard. Dining advice included saying no to bread and ordering appetizers split-to-go.
Here's a look at the Meet and Tweet #FitBlogNYC sponsors:
Performance apparel from Athleta
Bloggers met with Saucony to get fitted in a pair of Kinvara 4 running shoes. The Kinvara 4 is lightweight and comfortable. I love the pops of color in their designs, especially the citron/black/pink color combination.
Marmot is a brand of high-performance technical clothing, apparel and equipment. We got to learn more about Lead Now, a global tour inspiring people through rock climbing.
Combined with a healthy diet and workout routine, Tonalin CLA helps reduce body fat up to 10% while increasing lean muscle mass.
Previewing the latest running shoes from Reebok, including the ZigCarbon and DMX Sky
Vichy showcased their Cellu Destock, which visibly reduces the appearance of cellulite in 4 weeks
Vichy Capital Soleil Lightweight Foaming Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 50
Zero-calorie Crystal Light Liquid. Flavor your water with Strawberry Lemonade, Blueberry Raspberry or Pomtini
Smart Balance provided protein-packed peanut butter balls to snack on, made with Smart Balance peanut butter. Smart Balance is also known for their butter, milk and popcorn.
- Kim Weling