So this weekend, I travelled to Blackpool for the International Fitness showcase convention (IFS). I’ve been teaching for 5 years, but never been to a fitness convention. However this year, I had some little chums to go with – Jill and Marie who own Vitality Pilates studio in Durham and their friend Carol. I take classes at Jill and and Marie’s studio – yes even us instructors like to go to classes ourselves. We hired a car, booked a B&B and off we went. It was Awesome!!!!!!! , The event was held in the Winter Gardens in Blackpool
So basically every hour there were around 10 sessions – classes/workshops/lectures going on. You picked the ones you wanted to do – we were sent the timetable for the weekend in advance and you had to select first, second and third choices of sessions. The sessions were really busy but I did mange to get a couple of my first choices hurrah
My favourite sessions were
Booty Barre – I actually was lucky enough to do the two master classes on Saturday with the Booty Barre creator Tracey Mallett. Tracey was lovely , though she worked us hard!. she had flown over from LA and was really feeling the cold wind of Blackpool !.
Freestyle fitness Yoga – you guys know I love me some Yoga and I loved this session
I also took in a lecture, how to flatten your abs forever focusing on nutrition, which was really interesting.
i took in some Dance aerobic classes too, which were so much fun. Though I took one aerobics class – you know that episode of Friends, where Monica gets her credit card stolen, and she takes a tap dancing class to try and find the woman who has stolen her identity?. All the class are in sync apart from Monica who just freestyles – well I was totally Monica in this aerobics class haha. I had to totally freestyle as I was soooo bamboozled!!!. (see and there is another Friends reference – the episode where Joey audtions to be the presenter of a new Game show called Bamboozled – do I watch too much Friends maybe???? nah never its like my life bible lol – anyone else??).
There was a drinks reception on Friday and a gala dinner Saturday so we could also swap our trainers and workout clothes for our heels and dresses hurrah.
All in all an amazing weekend with a group of lovely girls, We all came away buzzing with new ideas for class sessions and we all agreed bring on IFS 2017!