MY CHICAGO FIT EXPO EXPERIENCE – VIDEO
I was looking forward the Chicago Fit Expo. This is something I had been looking forward to for months. I know I do a lot of promoting via my blog/social networks. The one thing I knew I was missing was the one on one networking with people. That would happen at this expo. I decided to go to this expo after seeing Los Angeles had one earlier this year. I knew I had go to it. I made this choice in January.
Fast forward to 5-6-17. I’m make it to the expo. I’m ready. I’m there with my ChristiansWeightSuccess shirt under my ChristiansWeightSuccess hoodie. I have my brand new Canon EOS Rebel T7i, my backpack with business cards with some trail mix from traders joes (thee best!!!) and some water. I walk in the expo and there is so much going on. People dancing on stage and music blasting. I was a little taken back. There was so much going on at once. I wanted to pass out my cards asap, but I knew I was going to be there for a while and knew I could come back after I circled around the place once. Now mind you, I’m trying to record at the same time. I needed to find a balance for recording and also enjoying the moment for myself.
I walked around some more and started seeing people with these ginormous bags. Upon further investigation I found out it was a lot of free stuff they were getting. Getting free stuff wasn’t my goal or intentions prior to coming to the expo. There were a gang of supplements being passed out. As well. I then walk some more and who do I see? The only and only CT FLETCHER!!! Wow!! CT live in the flesh. I was just in awe. I’ve been watching CT for about 2 years. I told myself about a year ago, one day I’ll train at the Iron Addicts gym. Seeing CT is the first step lol. It may not be the gym, but it’s a step towards it. I then see Big Rob and Big Hurc and everyone is standing in line to see all three of them. These people have motivated myself as well as so many others, that the line is completely understandable.
I didn’t want to stand in line, at least right now. I had just got there and I wanted to see who else was there. I didn’t know CT was going to be there until the day before. I never bothered to look on the net to see who was or wasn’t going to be there. Again, my intent was for networking with the people. Any-who, I walk around the corner and I see Mr Kali Muscle! Well, technically I didn’t see him because he had taken a quick break. I make my way around another corner and I see Mike O Hearn, Billy Blanks and Jay Cutler! These guys are the real deal!!
My rounds have been made now it’s time to network. I started passing out my cards after I picked a nice corner to stay at where most traffic was going to and fro. I had so many one on one conversations with people asking how I lost the weight. I gave them a brief rundown because when people see my before and after pictures thats the first question they ask. You know me, I let them know about my blog and all the free information I give out. I shake their hand, smile, and say THANK YOU. That’s what it’s all about right there. Connecting with real people.
I then make my way to stand in line to see CT but the line was closed! I did manage to see him and shake his hand as he left and he said HEY I REMEMBER YOU! I’ve retweeted some of his content on twitter and he’s thanked me for it. He’s also seen my pictures of my transformation and congratulated me way before this expo. I was just surprised he remembered me. That made my day right there. I got that on footage too! I bought a ISYMFS shirt as well as some clothing from BIG HURC and BIG ROB after I got a WAR READY!!! From Big Hurc. Big Rob said he liked my shirt lol. #Golden
Now it’s time to meet Mr Kali Muscle himself. I stand in line for about 20 minutes and when I finally got to shake his hand and meet him, he was genuinely a nice person. I showed him my picture and let him know how much of an inspiration he is. I do watch a lot of his videos and learn what I need to learn from them. Got that on footage too. 🙂 I purchased some hyphy bands from them. Gonna use them soon.
I made my way to see Mr. Mike O Hearn and this guy is tall like me. He was nice. Got that on footage as well. He was really nice.
After all of this, my feet, calvs, and legs are sore. My workout from the night before with Anthony is really starting to settle in. OUCH!! I made my way to this massage chair and it was heavenly. I began to hand out more cards after the massage chair as I walked around.
I started to see the crowd dwindle down and looked at my phone and it was 5 til 6. The event closes at 6pm so it was time to go. I had been there since about 11:45am. I felt accomplished. I met a lot of new people. I met CT (KINDA), Kali Muscle, Big Hurc and Big Rob, Billy Blanks, and Mike O’ Hearn. The feeling I got while at this expo was nothing but love. It felt good being around people with that much pure energy. I have to get myself to another one! Thanks for reading! By the way, the full video is blow. Watch it and let me know what you think.
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In 2015 I launched my blog, ChristiansWeightSuccess.net to answer the question of how I lost 187 pounds. I am currently a personal trainer in Peoria, IL.