Until Next Year, Fitbloggin’

Hooray for trampoline workouts!

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I look sort of scared in the photo below, but, I assure you, I had a blast!

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You can see me jumping in the first few seconds of this video!

Trampoline workouts are wicked fun. Lindsay and Jill agreed!

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Lindsay and I teamed up for a partner workout, so while one of us used the trampoline, the other did exercises on the floor and then we’d switch.

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It was a lot of fun.

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Jumping on a trampoline is obviously a good time, but the instructor really made the class. He was a total hoot and super energetic. He also added a bunch of hip-hoppy dance moves to the workout, so it was a blast. At one point, he even called us “bad kitties,” which totally cracked me up. I love instructors who get really into the workout!

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After the trampoline workout, I helped out with the fixmixer table for a few hours and then attended a session called Turn Your Post into an Article with Susan Ito. Here are some of my takeaways:

  • Any blog post can be turned into an article, personal essay, or feature. You just need to bolster it with stats, facts, definitions, anecdotes, helpful tools, resources, products, resources, quotes, etc. Susan gave the example of turning an “I-ate-oatmeal-and-went-for-a-run-post” into an article that talks about proper pre-workout fueling.
  • Read like a writer. We read like readers because we are readers, but reading like a writer is a different skill. First, read and enjoy. Then, write (on a blank piece of paper) the top 3 things you remember. Re-read with a highlighter: What are the most compelling lines? Why?
  • Audience is really important. Your final revision should be done with your readers in mind. For example: writing for Readers Digest versus Fitness magazine.
  • When submitting an article, do your homework. Read samples from whatever publication you’re sending to. You want to make sure your piece is a good fit. Google submission guidelines for the publication to get an idea what is expected for length, tone, etc.
  • Never address a submission piece with “Dear editor”. Do your research and personalize it.
  • Don’t give your life history in your bio. It should be 2-3 sentences at most.
  • If you get a rejection, never write back (unless it’s to say thanks for your time). Don’t argue or get upset for them not taking your piece.
  • WritersMarket.com is a great resource. It costs $6 per month for a subscription, but it’s worth it. It gives you editor info, much they pay, word count requirements, etc.

Lunch

After the writing session, it was time for lunch.

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Each chair in the dining room had a bag from Puravit on it.

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Inside was this fun shirt:

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So true, right? Sweat is liquid awesome.

I loaded my plate with mixed greens, steamed spinach, and a piece of salmon.

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Which I then sprinkled with a variety of McCormick spices that were on each of the tables. The ground (cayenne) red pepper was especially awesome on the salmon and spinach.

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Round one didn’t fill me up, so I went back for a second serving of salmon and spinach.

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I also snacked on a Dark Chocolate Cherry SOYJOY bar, which was quite delicious. It sort of reminded me of a dry (but good) brownie.

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After lunch, we took a group photo of all of the Fitbloggin’ attendees.

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And then I said goodbye to my blog friends since I had a flight to catch back to Boston. I <3 Gina from SkinnyTaste!

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Snack

On the ride to the airport, I snacked on some trail mix/granola from McCormick.

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Fitbloggin’ is such a great conference, and I’m so glad I was able to attend. Thank you, fitmixer, for sponsoring me!

Until next year, Fitbloggin’!

Question of the Day

Have you ever done a trampoline workout? If not, would you want to try it?

65 Comments

  1. the trampoline workout looks in tense! i would be the first one flat on my face, haha!

    and great tips on blogging. i’m not new to blogging (been blogging since i was 13) but am new to somewhat taking it seriously (and i mean that it the most fun way possible!). one thing i haven’t done at all since i’ve started is submitting posts to other blogs. i’m not sure why, but it just seems crazy intimidating to me!

    morgan

  2. Very cool, seems like FitBloggin’ was an awesome mix of workouts, healthy eating, and tips for blogging. It must have been really great to get tips from writers who know about other areas and resources to use to be a better blogger. And all the free stuff? Lucky!

  3. Tina,

    It was great to meet you at FitBloggin ’12. I have to tell you, I was surprised at how tiny you are. 🙂 Of course I knew you were fit and thin, but you’re so petite and even prettier in person. Allthough I was kinda bummed you didn’t bring Murphey. 🙂 xo, Jessica

  4. Sounds like a lot of fun. Those trampolines seem a bit too tiny though – I think I would fly out of some window! Na, the problem wouldn’t be the trampolines, just me. 😉 Really cool.

  5. I’ve never done a trampoline workout, but I really want to try it! Looks like a blast.

    And this is unrelated to this particular post, but I want to thank you for blogging! I’ve been a reader for quite some time, and yours was one of the first healthy living blogs I ever read. Your take on healthy living has really made a positive impact on my life! I was inspired to start my own blog for a long time but finally took the plunge yesterday – feel free to visit if you have a chance!

  6. Hi Tina
    This comment doesn’t really pertain to today’s post, but I had a question since you are a self proclaimed nut butter lover. 🙂 I’m looking for a natural nut butter that isn’t runny, but more thick like the sugar containing butters. I make PB sandwiches for my kids’ lunches and my natural peanut butter is ALWAYS runny to where it makes a mess (I buy it from Costco). I’ve tried almond and sunflower and it’s the same way. Do you know any that are thicker and will hold up to the heat of a lunchbox without getting all over? Thanks 🙂

    1. I love Teddie Peanut Butter! It’s nice and thick! Also, if you have a Whole Foods near you, you can make your own PB there and it’s usually pretty thick! 🙂

  7. Wow, thanks for passing along the writing tips. They’re very helpful, and I appreciate it! Glad the trampoline workouts were fun, they look really challenging.

  8. We have a trampoline park called Urban Air in our area and I took several adult fitness classes this summer. The instructors were awesome and energetic and really tough. It takes balance and stability to a whole nother level when excercises are done a trampoline. My daughter trained at the same facility to help strengthen her ankles for volleyball. I work out a lot but this is up there on my list of favorites.

  9. That trampoline class surpassed my expectations, the instructor was so high energy! It was such a better workout than I expected. I wish I would have had a chance to say hello– so many people to connect with there! Hope to see you next time. 🙂

  10. That trampoline workout sounds like fun! I used to jump on the trampoline so much growing up! Maybe that’s why I could eat hot pockets and not gain weight… Glad you had fun at fitbloggin!

  11. Hi Tina, that conference is seriously like my dream! It’s so cool you guys have these kind of things in the US and I hope to visit one day as I have never been (from the UK). Just starting out in the blog world and looking to try and write a guest post so those tips were really useful thanks. And I need to find a trampoline class, I would love that! I do think there is one in London I have heard of and they turn it into a nightclub style atmosphere!

  12. I’ll admit it- I’m a little obsessed with trampoline workouts now. I want to buy one- and get it set up at my gym and teach classes! Man, it was awesome (it also helped that the instructor had such great energy!).
    I got the liquid awesome shirt too- and everyone wants to know where they can get one. 🙂
    Great to meet you this weekend- I’ll be up in your neck of the woods in 3 weeks, and I’ll give you a shout!

  13. I have never done a trampoline workout. It looks like fun, but I don’t know it’s something I’d stick to. If I spend money on a class, it’s usually yoga or boot camp….something that will FORCE me to do something I need/want to do more of, ie. Stretch or SWEAT!!! A trampoline workout may not help me get out of my fitness comfort zone (something I’m working on), but I bet it WOULD be good for my mental health!

  14. So much from this post jumped out at me (sorry, pun intended!).

    I love that saying about liquid awesome. I cut a picture of a tshirt with it written on it out of a magazine and put it on my vision board!

    Thanks for the summary from the post to article session. It’s cool when you realize that something you do for fun (blog!) can inform something ya do for a living (freelancing!). I’ve not really turned a post into an article yet but I’ve definitely landed gigs thanks to my blogging!

    I was at a fitness conference this year and someone was raving about how you stimulate the lymphatic system and get so much healthier by jumping up and down…I thought it would just be fun because bouncing is fun. 🙂

  15. I’ve loved your Fitbloggin recaps. I also have to say it would be really hard to mess up a trampoline workout. It’s a trampoline. On another note, I have all those McCormick spices in my pantry at all times. It kind of cracked me up to see them on the table. I live in the country. We’re McCormick people.

  16. I’ve always wanted to try a tramp workout. I was a gymnast for 12 years and miss flying high above the trampoline! We have a place near by called Extreme Trampoline. I’ve been trying to arrange a work outing there. Hopefully soon!

  17. I have loved all you have posted from your Fitbloggin! Thanks for including your “takeaways.” I also love your picture from the trampoline. I have never done a trampoline work-out, but would seriously love to try. It seems like a lot of fun and a good work-out!

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