So I’m fairly new to the fitness world. I have only recently started really becoming interested in fitness and nutrition. After hearing about Be:FIT from a fitness keen friend and after reading that this was the UK’s only Health and Fitness festival for women, I thought I’d go along and have a peek.
We are now at a time of peak influencers who are documenting their every move, (mainly Instagram, let’s be honest!). And in an era when social media is influencing our mental health more than we could have ever anticipated. I have to be honest, I take regular breaks from the ‘gram and I have deleted Facebook. Sometimes it just gets too much! However, there are a core number of fitness and nutrition influencers who are bringing some ‘realness’ to the game. healthychefsteph and Rhitrition to name a couple, so naturally, I was super excited to attend! (I’m a sucker for fangirling!)
Be:FIT London ran for three days at the Business Design Centre in Islington and boasted a whole host of talks, fitness classes, health brands. As well as being full to the brim of influencers (Another Space HIIT, Gymbox Yoga, Barrys Bootcamp and so on).
I attended Be:FIT on Saturday and did the scary thing of ATTENDING ALONE since none of my pals could join me. Social anxiety going through the roof but I made it and got my press band from the entrance. Although I am clearly the target audience, 20 something young professional female, it was comforting to see so many people in my age group wandering around.
Feeling slightly overwhelmed and not having booked anything, I made my way through the brand stalls looking at all the items on offer. I ended up making A LOT of purchases, including the all-important chia seeds from The Chia Seed Co, a whole array of nut butters from Mindful Bites (heaven in a pot) and Kate Percy’s Go Bites.
My decision to wander proved to be wise. I sat down at the Business and Careers Hub for a talk by Lucy Denver. I hadn’t heard of Lucy before and absolutely fell in love with her talk, it was truly inspiring! The theme of the talk was ‘How to build your fitness brand’ and Lucy touched upon her own journey with anorexia and how she overcame the disease to become a personal trainer. She now works for Reebok (life goals!) Having a difficult relationship with food myself, I took a lot away from this talk and was an excellent start to the day!
Afterwards, I made my way to the main stage to see Rhiannon Lambert give a GREAT nutrition talk (as per). Excuse my fangirling! As an amateur nutrition nerd, this woman is my hero!
I didn’t take part in any classes this time around due to anxiety that I hadn’t booked anything. Only later did I find out that you can rock up to any class *facepalm*. Anxiety 1 Gemma 0. However, I did take part in the plank challenge as part of the launch of Neo Fit’s muscle gel. I am a sucker for a comp. I managed to last for 15 minutes – my abs were actually dead – only to find out the winner had lasted for an h o u r… Wot.
For those of you who will say, ‘That’s not a plank!’ I KNOW! I didn’t want to tire myself out for the photo.
LOL. WHO AM I?
As one of my first fitness events, I really enjoyed Be:FIT. It was a super inspiring introduction to the world of fitness. As it was predominantly aimed at women, it felt very much like a safe space. I will absolutely be attending next year, if not for the fantastic talks but at least for the mouthwatering treats!