This weekend is the Fit Expo here in Chicago and I’m honored to be invited to learn more about fitness. For the past several months I’ve amp’d up my fitness game and the results have been amazing. The Fit Expo is the West Coast’s largest and best known fitness event. This year they’re celebrating their 12th anniversary by expanding to the Midwest with TheFitExpo™ Chicago presented by Bodybuilding.com and Optimum Nutrition and sponsored by Subway Restaurants.  The event will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, Hall G.

TheFitExpo Chicago will bring together thousands of fitness enthusiasts from the Midwest and around the country. Attendees will come face-to-face with top-tier fitness celebrities, executives and industry veterans on a dynamic, fast-paced exhibition floor.  Over 200 companies will be on hand to display, offer show discounts and give away complimentary samples.  

Featured events on the exhibit floor will include:

Kettlebell Challenge, an event where attendees can test their might and strength by seeing how many times you can lift the kettlebell over your head in three minutes.  Top male and female challengers will receive a cash prize of $500.   Workshops will be available all weekend to help you up your game and get fit.

Get ready for summer with The Evolution Fitness Conference.   Open to all fitness enthusiasts, free cutting edge 30-minute express classes will be offered daily from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. including Zumba, Booty Bootcamp, POUND, Celebrity Sweat, Xpressway, and more. 

Chicago Affiliate Challenge “Battle of the Boxes” – This event provides the opportunity for area CrossFit style teams to showcase their skills and test their abilities.  Attendees will see why Forbes Magazine says CrossFit is “one of the fastest growing sports in America.” (Register online in advance)

Parkour/FreeRunning – Hosted by Chicago area-based Parkour Ways & Add Chicago, Parkour is an ancient discipline, teaching participants how to flow through their environment by vaulting, rolling, running, climbing and jumping.  See why this sport is so popular with youth for developing self-esteem and fitness.  Must be at least 14 years old to participate. 

Battle of the Bar 7: Raising the Bar – This competitive sports program has been created by Athletes for Athletes to elevate Calisthenics or street workout movements into a professional series of competitions in order to bring it to the forefront of competitive sports programs.

Extreme Tricking Challenge – Chicago’s famous Windy City Trickers will host this event, performing their aesthetic blend of kicks, flips, twists and intricate groundwork. And they’ll teach you how to do it too!

Along with these special events, several TheFitExpo fan favorites are set to make their way to Chicago, including: the Gracie Regionals 2015 (Jiu Jitsu Tournament); The USPA North American Powerlifting Competition; Odd Haugen’s Strongman Challenge Chicago; Chicago State Armwrestling Championship; 2015 IronMind ViseGrip Viking Challenge; and Mid-America MAS Tournament.  Plus attendees get the chance to win cash, prizes and bragging rights with 

TheFitExpo’s Best and MAXREPS 4 CASH offering ten events for men and women.

On Saturday, attendees can test their MAS strength by stopping at Odd Haugen’s Strength Classic area on the floor and tryout this sport.  Friendly contests will take place against friends or family members of all ages, as a professional MAS athlete provide tips and monitor each bout. There will be a special gift for all who try and a grand prize for the winners of “King and Queen of the Hill” challenge. 

Want to be a professional model?  Leading fitness modeling agency Naturally Fit Agency will be conducting a model search all weekend at TheFitExpo.   Bring a comp card, 8 X 10 photo and a resume and dress in fitted jeans and top/shirt and you are guaranteed to be seen.  
Fitness greats slated to appear include: Billy Blanks, fitness icon and creator of the Tae Bo exercise program; the 4x and current Mr. Olympia Phil Heath; celebrity MMA Fighter and UFC Hall of Famer 

Tito Ortiz; former MTV reality star turned fitness guru Emily Schromm; the Naked Chef from MTV’s Snack off and author of 14 Minute Snacks Cookbook Jacques Laventure; the 7 X Mr. Natural Universe Ron Williams; ladies of the Legends Football League’s Chicago Bliss; from NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent The Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team; actor and fitness celebrity Roland Kickinger, and many more.   

Also Internet sensations not to miss include: Kali Muscle, bodybuilder with 27 million views on YouTube and successful author, actor, philanthropist, motivator; Colin Wayne, fitness athlete and pro model; T. J. Hoban, fitness model and producer; James Ellis, fitness cover model and actor; David Kimmerle, cover model and fitness expert; and Maria Kang, the “No Excuses Mom” whose Facebook photo went viral and got over 16 million views.

For more information on ticketing, exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities, call (818) 545-0290 or visit www.thefitexpo.com.  TheFitExpo is produced by National Fitness Productions, presented by Bodybuilding.com and Optimum Nutrition and sponsored by Subway Restaurants, ABB Performance, and Performix.

Feel free to print out the above coupon and use it for access to get in. I hope to see you all there.

**Information taken from Press Release**


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