The Arnold Classic 2018 Moments

So those of you who didn’t already know, I attended the Arnold Classic Fitness Expo March 2nd – March 4th. I thought I would let everyone in on some pictures and news ūüėĬ†

 

This was my second year going, the whole weekend was fun and something to remember, I met many, many, fitness industry celebrities, went to parties, got some supplements and samples and bought me a pair of versa gripps — the most meaningful moments were spending that time with a circle of friends. I stayed in Columbus, Ohio all weekend during the event. Parking was critical Saturday because it was 2X busier on Saturday than it was Friday. Friday I paid 10 dollars for parking and Saturday I paid 20 dollars— ugh! also, the weather was cold but decent sunshine so if walking in the cold wasn’t your thing, then you either needed to arrive extremely early or live in the area to get a close parking spot near the convention.¬†

 

I could definitely tell in the last few years, the Arnold Classic has grown in size as far as attendees, which makes it really difficult to get through lines, avoid being pushed or knocked over & I definitely would say that bringing small children would not be in your best interest because of how busy the convention is all weekend. It doesn’t allow strollers, which is a GOOD thing because could you imagine being ran over by a stroller, it hurts! Also, it did seem people with wheelchairs attended but it was difficult for them because they not only had to avoid running people over, but people were constantly pushed up against their wheelchairs. These are things one should expect if you are a newbie and things most people are prepared for if they have attended previous years. I think the easiest way to go about this weekend is to have a list of pros and cons of my experience ūüôā

 

Pros

 
  • You get free samples of pre-workout
  • you meet fitness industry athletes and celebrities you might not normally meet in everyday life
  • They have performances in powerlifting, bodybuilding and CrossFit (women’s and mens)
  • They had fencing, cheerleading events, body painting events, american ninja warrior
  • you could participate in events (events that companies allowed general population to compete in)
  • They had a food court within the convention if you didn’t want to leave the site
  • you could carry in bags and backpacks but they were always checked at the door
  • You are able to use cash or credit for event or order tickets in advanced
  • There was NO line having to get into the building
  • There were elevators, esculators and stairs accessible¬†
  • variety of booths that offered apparel, supplements or games
  • everything is usually cheaper (weightbelts, chalk, etc) at the arnold classic¬†
  • taking a picture with the Arnold statue ūüėõ
  • could watch pre-judging for bodybuilding events
  • the convention is downtown Columbus, so it is surrounded by many restaurants and hotels, stores
  • There were police present outside to give help to those crossing the street and officers inside the convention¬†
  • there was an information booth and directory if one gets lost
  • You don’t have to be fit to attend, it is an event for any walk of life
  • tons of entertainment within the convention
  • parking near the convention and off the main street
  • You were able to reserve parking¬†
  • tons of walking, so great for exercise
  • handicapped accessible
  • You get to see Arnold S, if you are lucky.. he speaks to you and you can get a picture of him walking the convention/expo

/There were other pro’s to be listed about the event, but this was small taste of what it was like

 

Cons

  • Bathrooms were difficult to find at times within the convention center.¬†
  • some of the bathrooms were small, so having to wait to use the bathroom
  • the amount of people could make someone claustrophobic¬†
  • no strollers allowed (which sucks if you have a child who needs one, but it is a good thing because they wouldn’t be safe to bring in the expo)
  • LONG LINES FOR EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING!¬†
  • easy to spend tons of money at this event, so have a budget set for yourself if you are trying to save money
  • parking further away from the event can be hard on those who have issues walking or don’t enjoy walking in cold air
  • the food court didn’t offer healthier options .. except for maybe one place
  • the food court restaurants were pricey
  • people drive horrible in Columbus, be prepared to go fast and to be cut off multiple times
  • people cut people in lines at the event (sometimes) so pay attention to who is in front of you so you don’t have people try to cut¬†
  • some of the fitness industry athletes were walking around in the expo — which meant it was harder to get to them because normally a crowd would form and make it harder to get a picture or video
  • The Wi-fi service was 80 dollars if you wanted to use it (each day)
  • the service within the convention was HORRIBLE!¬†
  • some of the athletes can be assholes or rude — thankfully the ones I met were down to earth and willing to talk to you
  • some people were rude because they would knowingly take up 20 minutes of the athlete’s time while holding up a long ass line.¬†
  • If you have low self esteem, this convention can be overwhelming because tons of people are in shape and have very little clothing on (revealing their quads, abs, backs, etc) and so if this bothers you… it might not be your cup of tea. However if you enjoy seeing other people’s progress and physiques, then you will enjoy it.¬†
  • If you smoke, you cannot smoke inside the convention or expo (which in my opinion is a good thing) but for smokers would be a bad thing

That was some of the cons of the event, obviously there might have been more but this gives ya an inside look. 

 

I personally enjoyed myself and had tons of fun, I won some things, got amazing products and have learned so much about others within our industry. I have pictures and videos I will posting from the event all week.. so stay in touch with my Instagram —¬†FitnessWonderwoman

& make sure to follow me on Twitter as well for updates —¬†https://twitter.com/ShayM_Fitness

 

Let me know if you attended this event this year in the comments! 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon 

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Learning to do a proper handstand.

Many of you probably had the chance to read my post on “handstands” and how they have advantages and their benefits. I told you in that same post I would write another post in the later weeks discussing how to train for a proper handstand – and although there is a million different ways to do so and everyone has their own technique, I believe the best way is to practice and build up to it, like any other movement. Handstands are more advanced movements, they aren ‘t considered easy and even though they may be easier for some, they can be quite more difficult for others like myself.¬†

 

When beginning training for a handstand, it is best do them on a flat surface and preferably one that won’t cause you much harm if you should fall or occasionally hurt yourself trying – I don’t want anyone to end up in the emergency room. This particular post will go over some neat ways to train for a handstand and give you some good tips doing so, now don’t fret if you learned another way, please just add it in the comment section so all of my readers can look into what works best for them and also, feel free to google anything that you might not understand or to ask a professional for help. I would advise asking your doctor if any of you have conditions or injuries that would prevent you from being able to perform a handstand. Shall we begin?

 
 
  1. Wall work many of you have probably heard of this term before, especially if you have done CrossFit because many CrossFitters start their handstands by using the wall Рespecially those that are beginners and starting out. 

 

  • Start with going into a plank pose with your feet close to the wall. Place your hands underneath your shoulders while feet are firmly on the ground. You will slowly start walking your feet up the wall (as far as you can) whatever point you have reached, try holding that position for 15-30 seconds and focus in on your breathing. The point of this exercise is to eventually make it up the wall in a plank pose with your hands close to the wall instead of farther away. It will take much practice and will seem easy at first, but don’t forget to focus on breathing and balance. ¬†To reduce risk of injury, make sure to do a warm up prior to this so that your wrist and the rest of your body is warmed up and ready.¬†

 

      2. Use An App It was brought to my attention by a fellow blogger that there are    multiple apps that will help you to learn a proper handstand by following their steps. I have never used them but thought about doing so and giving a review so that some of  you may know which ones to use. I think using an app is an awesome idea if you plan on training yourself but for those of you who are not comfortable wiith training yourself  yet, I would recommend going to a professional who can be there for assistance and  guidance. If any of you have tried any of the handstand apps, let me know in the  comment section.

      

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†3. Work on strengthening the muscles used: This may seem obvious but there are exercises that will help improve your chances of landing a ¬†handstand, exercises that will help with balance and strength and will build your ¬†confidence so that you can perform this movement. I won’t post a long list of exercises, but only give you a couple of ideas so you can have a starting point, then feel free to ¬†research and develop a personalized plan for it.¬†

  • Pike rolls with swiss ball (stability ball)
  • handstand wall walks
  • chest against the wall holds
  • Superman pulses

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 4. Using your head first: this idea came from someone else who learned ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† how during yoga class, they practiced their handstands by first developing one using ¬†their heads as a support and then progressing into a full blown headstand without ¬†having to be on their head. I am not sure how effective it is, but if this how you learned, please feel free to let me know in the comment section and explain how it helped you. ¬†Also, if you think this is not a safe way of learning to do one, feel free to add that as well. Personally I might try using my head and seeing how far I get and then ¬†progressing, but then again I don’t mind trying new things as long as I am not putting ¬†myself in danger or doing harm to my body.¬†

 

So here we have it, 4 ways that can build your handstand. Some of which were coming from my own experience and research and others coming from someone else who taught themselves how to perform the movement, As I mentioned before, there are many different ways people have taught themselves, so feel free to add your way if it isn’t list. Thank you for reading, be sure to leave a comment, share, like and follow.¬†

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

 

Shay-lon xxoo

 

Period Cramps & Exercise

So… Some of you are perhaps thinking, is she really about to talk about periods… and then equate it with exercise? Will this really about periods, or is she kidding? OMG PERIODS!! NO..GROSS.. I DO NOT WANT TO HEAR OR LEARN ABOUT FEMALE PERIODS. Let me break the ice by saying, this is less about periods and more about how to exercise/what exercises one should do on their periods when experiencing cramps. Now my answers are not 100% because we all experience different periods, some are longer, some are shorter, some have no cramping, some have a lot of cramping, some have heavy flow and some have light flow, some have angry bitch face and some have happy smiles, some have take 10 pills make it go away, some have 2 Ibuprofens and we are good, some have birth control, others do not, some have 1 pad, some have 2- or more, some have tampons that need replaced in minutes, some have tampons that need replaced in hours, some say sex helps, others do not, some have just recently hit puberty and some have hit menopause, some are young, some are older, some are vomit, some do not, some take showers during this time and some do not! lol.. okay but seriously, everyone gets the point, our periods are all different. This is why I am going to speak from my own experience & then also give some advice that others have shared with me.¬†

 

Periods. Periods. Periods. Periods. Periods. Periods. Periods. Say it all together now. PERIODS!¬†I did this exercise in hopes that as adults we can get past the fact we will be discussing the female vagina excreting blood and ways to stay fit while doing so. If this seems like something you cannot handle, feel free to skip to my blog post where it shows me doing the side-lying leg raise where periods will not be present. Men, this information could be helpful for your spouse, girlfriend, bestfriend, mom, so please don’t dismiss it.¬†

 

Class is now in session…For starters, I have issues. Not the type of issues that send me to the mental ward, but the kind that physically tears me down and makes me hate my life once a month. I have for one have endometriosis, secondly have I have cyst in my ovaries (that are not cancerous but Dr’s won’t remove because of my age), I have another dysfunction dysmenorrhea. I will explain these terms so you are that much smarter:

 
  • Endometriosis: A disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus.¬†
  • Dysmenorrhea: Painful cramps that may occur immediately before or during the menstrual cycle.

I have had both of these issues since the very first day of having a period, but wasn’t diagnosed until my late teens, early adult hood. I have been on medicines since then. I have had to go through so many medications that naming them all would take some time and I don’t have that. I will make mention that birth control pills do not help me, I gained weight and stopped taking them. I have had to up my doses in meds because I get immune to them fairly quickly. I currently am taking a different medicine and one pill is 800mg but I believe it is no longer strong enough for me, so I will either take more than one pill . or have my Dr. up my dose or try me on something different. I will soon need to make an appointment with my GYNO Dr, to see if anything else is up with my body. I have thought about surgery since I do not want kids, but that is out of the question because of my age. Anywho long story short I am okay and healthy! thanks for the concern, but when my monster comes around each month.. well.. people will know.. because well… my moods. In my particular situation, I don’t find that exercise is comfortable on my first day of my period (because that is when all HELL breaks lose for me) – so instead, I will workout the days leading after that, thankfully mine only last 4 days, so it flies by fairly fast. For others, exercise is not an option & that is fine. We will drop you off at this stop.¬†

 

Next stop… Exercise is bound to be odd on your period (for those that do exercise when on their period), you may feel gross, uncomfortable and will most likely not want to participate in any high intensity exercises. This is how I feel.

 

What do we do… ¬†

  1. Walk. Walking gets you moving without injury or danger, light walking, nothing too fast
  2. Runners have said it helps to do light jogs, maybe for you this is true, not for me
  3. Yoga. Choose a Yoga class that doesn’t require anything that would cause you to be uncomfortable while on your period
  4. Planks- planks are easy to do while on your period.
  5. Swimming- it can be relaxing because of the water hitting our tummies just right

Anything more than these would be individual to each person. Maybe nothing on this list works for you, then you will need to find your own relief another way. It is appropriate to lay down on your period and get sleep, drink water and take it easy but because I can’t stand bloating, gaining weight and feeling somewhat lazy, I like to do exercises my 2nd to 4th day of being on my period. I hope all of you women will find this list to be beneficial, also feel free to share exercises you do while on your period!¬†

 

Your fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xxxx

The Wii Fitness

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Okay bloggers, this is that thing called “old news”, but this old news will soon be the new “trendy” thing to do again, just give it another few months to a year and everyone will be back on this bandwagon. How many of you remember when the Wii introduced itself and how eager your children were to own one. Let’s not forget it was competing against two other systems at the same time, but with its kid friendly games and family fun commercials, it was a must have. I love video games, I have always been a Xbox fan and enjoyed RPG games, but growing up, Mario was my brother and I’s go to video game on our Nintendo 64 system, talk about “old”. I remember when I first heard of this Wii system, I was 14 and probably waiting for my parents to purchase one for me, but of course.. that never happened, but we got another game system in place of, not complaining. Skip to a more recent time period, when I was working retail at BestBuy (worked for them for about 4.5 years) and we had families asking about the system and comparing it to other game systems, I remember always mentioning the kid friendly gaming and the easy controls. Typically the Wii always came with a bundle (a new game and extra controller or a special edition bonus) and people love those deals. Fast forwarding to the time it released fitness friendly video games that parents and children both could enjoy, it was a phenomenal idea I thought, I mean I wasn’t into fitness/health in same way as I am now but it still struck me as a great idea, considering other gaming systems were more of a sit on your behind and watch the TV screen kind of thing. ¬†

The “Just Dance” games were popular, people would show off their moves inside the stores, at their house, friend’s house, anywhere the music was playing and the Wii was sitting, it made for a great time. ¬†Then let’s not forget the Wii sports games, the various choices in sports and still maintaining that you stand while playing vs sitting. If that wasn’t your cup of tea, you could use the Wii Fit Trainer and workout using yoga, strength training, balancing, aerobics, etc. Don’t get me started on Zumba, that was another popular game choice among older adults looking to keep in shape. ¬†All of these games proved to be trendy, fun, family/friend oriented, and got you up and moving, but for some reason it only lasted for so long before people were looking to sell their Wii’s/ Wii games, what happened?

If we were to consider all the possibilities it gave us as adults and children alike, then there should be no reason to sell it, right? I mean it did exactly what the world is trending on now: being fit and healthy, big muscles, abs, Zumba, etc. It provided a way for your child and yourself to exercise without having to leave your house, it gave you a chance to bond with friends and family, to compete, to practice your skills, and something to talk about at dinners. I often wonder why it no longer is as popular as it was, I mean granted new games and new systems were released, kids grow up and families split up, finances sometimes get in the way, and somewhere along the road you decide your job is more important than your health, we all know life happens. ¬†I could see the pros and cons of the Wii, I am not saying it was perfect and everyone should use it in place of going to the gym or eating healthier, or going out to a fitness event, but it was something you could do on your downtime, rest days, lonely nights, sleepovers, etc. Sure, at some point we just need to get outside and be among other people, but there are still some people who enjoy the comforts of their home vs going to a gym and those same people would have benefited from something like this, the same way they could benefit from workout videos if they wanted to, I know people have their likes and dislikes, video games aren’t everyone’s thing, but I just wonder with the way the world is now with promoting big muscles, nice abs, and nice butts, would the Wii still stand a chance in getting people motivated and moving, or should we leave it where it is now, in the past.¬†

What do all my readers think, please share your thoughts, opinions. If you enjoyed the read, share, like, comment and follow! Thank you for reading.

Your fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xoxo

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