So whilst I had a little break from blogging, I got up to many things. One of my highlights from this year so far has to be Body Power. My first ever Body Power Expo was 2016 and if I’m going to be completely honest, I hated every second of it. I walked in and instantly felt like I shouldnt be there. I hadn’t long been training weights and I was still very much in the process of building my confidence and knowledge in the gym. I’m pretty sure I spent an hour wandering round, saw Nikki Blackketter from afar, panicked and left. Stupid, I know!
Anyway, after the first traumatic experience I didn’t think I’d be going there again. As every girl who’s into their fitness, I’m a huge fan of multiple Gymshark athletes and I wasn’t going to miss out on a chance to meet a few. So, I sucked it up and decided that maybe Body Power 2017 was going to be a better year for me. I was not wrong.
Even though I’m nowhere near where I want to be physique wise, I’ve never felt more comfortable in a crowd of strangers. I went with one of my fellow barista’s at the time and we were both dreading the wait to meet Nikki B. Although this wasn’t a queue anything like I’d experienced, in fact everyone in the line was super chilled and chatty. Fitness and weightlifting is super popular right now but in many cases it seems like a fad to the odd few. Now, those who I met that day were an absolute pleasure to be around. The stall holders were beaming from ear to ear and to be honest, everyone spent their time discussing successes, passing on tips and just uplifting everyone around them. For the first time in a long time I actually felt a part of something exciting.
The Gymshark team. Well, what can I say really. I completely understand why that company has really go above and beyond others in such a short space of time. Every person involved that day were truly amazing. So chatty, friendly, smiles all round even though I imagine they were all exhausted from organising such a huge stall for them. The athletes were exactly as I’d hoped. Nikki was just an absolute sweetheart, yet so tiny! Honestly such a lovely lady who has worked so hard to be where she is today.
Whitney Simmons was more than I’d hoped for. I hadn’t long been following her on social media as I have always been a hardcore Nikki supporter but after meeting Whitney, my eyes were opened to a whole new idea of how the fitness industry works. This lady is just incredible, so caring and kind. There was none of those awkward ‘you’re famous’ silences. The staff actually had to separate us from her because we were deep conversation. Never did I think someone who is as beautiful as Whitney could be like ‘girl where did you get your jacket from?’ or ‘Your quads look so good’. This woman is a credit to the brand.
Another beautiful lady who truly inspired me that day was Hanna Oberg. I was so overly excited to meet this lady who was there unofficially, not related to Gymshark. I managed to hunt her down after searching all day, seeing her once and missing my opportunity, I was lucky enough to find her and have a little chat. She gave me endless hugs and told me how grateful she was that I followed her and that it was so lovely she got to meet me. Since that day Hanna and I have had contact a few times, always so positive and motivating. That day truly changed how I felt about myself and the industry, it opened me to a new path that I would love to follow. I just need to find my feet and my confidence to make things work. Fitness is something that I love and it’s something that has really helped me as a person over the last few years and I would love to make a living from doing something I love. So watch this space.
I’ve recently set up a new Instagram account for fitness purposes. I mainly use the page to document what I’m doing purely so I don’t lose track of my progress. I am forever beating myself up and saying my progress isn’t good enough but when I look back at my journey, I’m still a long way away from where I used to be and that is a good thing and something I should be incredibly proud of. It takes a lot of hard work to not just change who you are but to change your lifestyle. Things may not be where I want them to be just yet but life is constantly about learning and I hope I continue to push myself and my fitness knowledge. If you want to give my fitness account a follow, click on the link right here.