If you are looking for that inspiration you need to kick start your training program in 2012, you have found it. The Bodybuilding.com Los Angeles Fitness Expo, presented by Subway Restaurants, returns Saturday and Sunday, January 28 and 29 to the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Now in its ninth year, attendees will find more competitions, demonstrations, seminars and fitness exhibits than ever before. The weekend offers something for everyone from weekend workout devotees to those who make their career out of being in shape. Exhibits will offer the latest in fitness, diet, nutrition, strength and wellness products and there will be 300 companies on hand showing off their latest products and they will be offering show discounts and complimentary samples.
As in past years, the Fit Expo is going to have a large assortment of competitions and events going on throughout the weekend and this year they have added the following great new events:
- Healthy Eating Pavilion - This event will feature a variety of seminars with experts sharing various healthy cooking topics. Live cooking demonstrations will provide information on how to cook healthy, quick and easy meals. Experts will discuss specific dietary programs to alleviate ailments such as childhood obesity, diabetes, and autism. Also, attendees can learn the latest about raw food and Paleolithic diets and vegan and vegetarian lifestyles.
- The First Annual Javier Vazquez Kids Wrestling Championships presented by the California Age Group Wrestling Association (CAGWA) - This tournament is part of the California Super Tournament Series (SCT5) and will also be part of the CAGWA Dominator Series. Wrestlers earn points by placing throughout the entire season and claim dominance by winning the CAGWA Dominator Championship Belt. (Sunday only)
- The Gauntlet CrossFit Kids Teen Competition is a strength and conditioning contest specifically designed for teenagers. The goal is to help teens develop a lifelong love of fitness by engaging in workouts that deliver results and prepare them to be well-rounded athletes. (register online in advance)
- Evolution Fitness Conference is open to all fitness enthusiasts and will offer cutting edge workshops and programming including Zumba, Pilates, R.I.P.P.E.D, Piloxing, Corebar and more. The conference will also provide progressive education for personal trainers and group fitness instructors who can earn up to 12 Continuing Education Units. (Separate fee to participate)
Along with these new events, several fan favorites are set to return, including The Gracie US Nationals and The Gracie Kids Worlds, MET-Rx All-American Strongman Challenge presented by GNC, BodyQuick Scot Mendelson Bench Pro Classic, American Record Makers 2012 Olympic Weightlifting Competition, The USPA American Cup Powerlifting Championships, Vise Grip Viking Challenge, The Los Angeles Fitness Expo Benchpress and Deadlift Invitational and Bodybuilding.com's BodySpace™ Spokesmodel Search.
Iron Man Magazine Naturally Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure & Bikini Championships will demonstrate impressive physiques developed without the use of performance enhancing drugs. This event takes place on Saturday, with judging at 10:00 AM and the finals at 4:00 PM.
Make sure you take advantage of the information that show sponsor, The Personal Trainers Association (PROPTA) will provide throughout the weekend. The will have educational seminars taught by top industry professionals in the areas of bodybuilding, strongmen, fitness, MMA, UFC, pain relief, nutrition and more.
If you are looking to test your muscles, check out the MAXREPS 4 CASH ATTENDEE CONTESTS. Open to all male attendees, these four contests -- pull ups, push ups, bench press and curl a 65 lb. barbell the most times – boast a total purse of $2,000 cash.
A heavy Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) presence will certainly be felt with Sherdog and MMA Worldwide hosting several top athletes, pro-training sessions, live remotes as well as many vendors with the latest gear. Attendees can meet former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Tito Ortiz courtesy of Punishment Athletics on (Saturday only). UFC referee Herb Dean will host the MMA Programming.
Get ready to meet some of the all-time fitness greats, including: Jay Cutler (4x Mr. Olympia, courtesy of Weider Publications); Ronnie Coleman (8x Mr. Olympia, courtesy of PROPTA); Roland Kickinger (renowned bodybuilding and actor); Phil Collen (Def Leppard lead guitarist/Muay Thai Kickboxer); Jean Carrillo (World Champion Muay Thai Trainer, courtesy of PROPTA); MaDonna Grimes, (hip hop choreographer/dancer/model) and more.
This is one event you will not want to miss and I suggest you get the weekend pass, one day is just not enough to take it all in. It does not matter is you a hardcore fitness buff or you just hit the gym a few times a week, you will have a great time and you will leave with more knowledge than you came with and that will make for a more fit 2012.
For more information on the Los Angeles Fitness Expo, visit: www.thefitexpo.com