First off, big shout out to my summer home, Camp Pocono Trails, who started color war this week. Camp is the best thing ever, you guys already know that. But Color War is by far, one of the best parts of camp.
So, I’ve finally had a chance to rest and compose myself after DCAC fitness conventions. All it took was about 4 naps in the back seat of my Kia, one afternoon out by the pool, and a trip to Shake Shake for a grilled cheese with tomato to start to feel like myself again.
So for those of you guys who are wondering what the heck one does at a fitness convention, think about a convention that you might go to on any other subject. Basically, for an entire weekend, fitness professionals converge on a large space. So my first one was at NC State’s gigantic fitness complex. This one was at a hotel. And basically, what we do is we dedicate the weekend to learning. We go to sessions, sometimes a live class followed by a really short breakdown of what was done, and of course, some lectures regarding a lot of fitness trends, nutrition, and combating obesity.
A few of the sessions I took/observed?
- A Marital Fusion Cardio Kickboxing Class. I described this one briefly over the weekend, but I went back and took the session again early on Saturday morning. It was awesome, and I was all in. By the end of the session I was absolutely dripping, and had to change my clothes.
- A Barre Less Class. This class broke down teaching a Barre class without an actual barre. The girls were extremely talented, and at least one was a ballerina at one point. It was awesome, and I found myself stealing a few of the moves for my toning class when I returned.
- A Schwinn session that was hybrid lecture, and practical class. The class focused on the SAFE way to incorporate toning into cycling class. I’ve been Schwinn licensed for about 5 years, and haven’t used it a ton, but I really do believe that Schwinn is one of the best formats for indoor cycling there is. I have been to Soul Cycle, and really enjoyed it, as well as Flywheel, and the music is great, but safety is often a concern I’ve had (as well as the price), so this session really addressed these concerns well, and when I subbed a cycling class today, I incorporated some of what I learned in the session in today’s class. Instead of having folks rapidly in and out of the seat while peddling away at some questionable speeds, we incorporated about 10-15 minutes of strength AFTER we got them off the bike, and it made a whole world of difference!
So overall, DCAC was totally a good investment. Next year, I will plan to go, and will take more of my instructors with me. I plan to pack a few pairs of better shoes (running shoes on the carpet just won’t cut it) some body/face wipes, and sign up more strategically for sessions without wiping myself completely out.
Also – maybe this time I won’t forget my makeup bag? I flinched when I saw myself in my front facing camera offhand on Friday morning…
What plans do you have for THIS weekend?