The Arnold Sports Festival aka The Arnold is a super fun and awesome fitness event (this is my very awesome descriptive copy), their description sounds much more informational.
The Arnold Sports Festival is the largest multi-sports festival in the nation. The event annually hosts 18,000 athletes competing in 44 sports and events, including 12 Olympic sports. The three-day Arnold Fitness EXPO located within the Greater Columbus Convention Center welcomes more than 700 exhibitors offering the latest in fitness apparel, equipment, training tools, and nutrition. Visitors gather to see professional athletes, NFL stars, and elite fitness celebrities, many who appear in the EXPO booths to welcome the visitors each year. New in 2012 are the Olympic Trials for Weightlifting and NPC Men's Physique.
So basically, Dave and I went and played at the Expo, saw some preliminaries events, met some of my most favorite fitness figures, and tried a TON of samples. Oh and we saw some interesting people too.
I'm going to break this theme into a few posts. People I met, The Preliminary things we saw, and The things we sampled.
Today is going to be about the things we tried. I wont bore you and talk about the weird samples we tried, the things I didn't care for or the things I got samples of and have yet to try. I'm going to tell you about the very few things I bought because if I actually took the time to buy something then it means I really REALLY wanted it, otherwise I would have just used my sample.
Butter Toffee Crunch Good Grab Bar - Oh Yeah!
|Oh Yeah! Samples are the best! I even like to kiss them.|
People. I want you to run not walk... RUN to your nearest nutrition store and buy yourself a box of these. Actually they aren't available in stores yet. But they had them at the expo and I was in heaven. I originally went to their booth because I am big BIG fan of Amanda Adams (woot! woot! shout out to my home girl - actually we're not home girls, she's really nice though and I HIGHLY recommend you meet her if you can) and she was there representing this awesome company. But while there I chatted with her, tried some samples and spun the wheel to win a free protein drink. I'm not sure that I can accurately describe the awesomeness of these new bars. They are like heaven... in your mouth. Like angels sing around your head as you eat them. That last statement might not be true, or maybe it is and you can't see the angels. But trust me when I tell you that all of their stuff is great. When I spun the wheel I won a protein shake, I got the Bananas and Creme protein drink and it was awesome too. I've always heard how yummy their stuff is but hadn't ever tried it. You need to check them out. p.s. I'm giving away a box of these bars at the end of this blog post so make sure you enter to win them.
|Me and Amanda Adams!|
|Stacker Bottle's are the best!|
From their website:
Stacker Bottle was created to provide a more convenient way to carry powders, pills, healthy snacks, and much more!
So I love this bottle. It's 3 little compartments that seal into each other, with the a little insert that can hold pills and almonds (thats what I do). Here is is why I love it. I take one part of it to the gym in the morning and I put my after workout pills in it (like my BCAA's and my multi) and then the bottom bottle holds my oats for my breakfast. Wham Bam! I pour my dry oats into a bowl add hot water and I'm eating within 10 minutes of my workout. Love it! I also really love that I can dispense my protein powder so easily too. Just awesome. So I highly recommend you get this. You will love it. Oh and what's that? I'm giving one away at the end of this post? Well you better keep reading so you can enter. :)
Femme Fitale Workout Gloves:
|Rocking my Femme Fitale Gloves|
They are all the rage for us workout ladies. They look cute and they work. Thats the big thing for me. That I keep my hands looking girly, aside from the fact that I eat my nails like I'm starving, I don't want calluses or scratchy hands. Well these gloves are awesome. I really don't care that they are cute. In fact I'd rather have plain jane black simple gloves, I don't need girly colors with crystals they actually make me feel more self conscience working out next to those grunting men but I don't care. They work and they are awesome! Here I am rocking them at the gym a few weeks ago. Oh and I got a small but probably should have gotten an extra small - I just couldn't wear purple gloves and the small was the only size left in pink.
N.O. Xplode - by BSN
|N.O. Xplode is great!|
So I've tried a few brands of pre-workout drinks. I used to use the Xtend in Watermelon but when they changed the formula I really hated it. So I gave myself a task to find a pre-workout drink that tasted good and actually worked. I tried the BSN N.O. Xplode in the Raspberry Lemonade and LOVED it. Too bad they were only testing out the flavor. I tried a few other samples around the expo but I kept going back to the N.O. Xplode so I bought the Fruit Punch flavor and it's really good too. Not as good as the Raspberry Lemonade so whenever that flavor comes out I will first in line to get it. So for those of you who aren't familiar with a pre-workout drink let me talk about what the gist of it. A pre-workout drink will give you some energy to get you through your workout, which is really important for me since I go to the gym first thing in the morning. I'm tired. I don't like getting out of bed and honestly I can tell when I haven't had my pre-workout, its not mental. So the downside to taking a pre-workout, specifically N.O. Xplode, is that it contains creatine, which can cause you to retain water and look a little thicker, which no one wants. But it's temporary. So just because you have some creatine doesn't mean you will retain that water for the rest of your life. Oh and guess what else? I'm giving away a sample of this too. Just one sample but still, its coming from my Expo stash.
So I emailed some of my favorites from the expo and asked for some samples for my readers, and you know what? They said YES! So here is what I'm giving away. 1 Hot Pink Stacker Bottle, 1 box of Butter Toffee Crunch OhYeah! bars (there are 12 bars in each box) and a sample of N.O. Xplode from my Arnold Stash. Contest begins NOW and ends 5/1/12 so make sure your get your entry in.
Here is how to enter:Click LIKE this post on the top or the bottom of this post then click the “I DID THIS” button in the rafflecopter box below and you’ll be entered to win The Arnold FUNtastic package (thats what I'm calling it)!
Want a second way to win? Well leave a comment telling me what you favorite way to workout is? Keep it PG please. then click the “I DID THIS” button in the rafflecopter box below and you'll be entered again.
p.s. this contest is limited to US residents only.
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