I wasn't going to attend FitX - trekking to the city is such a huge PITA when you live out in the boonies. Besides, I'd been to a fitness expo in Melbourne once before and was pretty unimpressed, so didn't give it a thought. THEN I got a message from Selina, who was coming down from Mackay for the weekend and wanted to know if I was going...? Well, HELL YEAH!
So I jumped online to find out the details and almost fainted at the $20 price tag for entry. But wait...what's this? Free entry for fitness and health business people? Awesome. I registered and printed my free ticket and I was all set.
Being pretty focused on some fat loss at the moment, I wasn't prepared to take a chance on the catering options at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. There *may* have been something relatively healthy there, but there's no guarantee at those places. So I packed a portable meal:
|Very unexciting, but protein, carbs and plenty of fibre. And handbag-portable!|
I found Selina and Shannon down the front of the main stage area, waiting for the IFBB Pro ladies to come onstage for pre-judging. The show was running horribly late (I think that's just a given with every bodybuilding federation), but it was worth the wait. Top four:
|I can dream of having legs like those, right?|
|I have no idea which division this was - possibly the Pro qualifier?|
I was glad that I hadn't paid to get in. I did get to hang out with the Queensland girlies though, so it wasn't a total loss. I may go again next year, but I'll make sure I don't arrange an 11:30am osteopath appointment on the day, which delayed my arrival until almost 2:00pm. Getting there when the doors open probably makes all the difference.
They did have a variety of "entertainment" going on. This made me raise an eyebrow:
|There's a FEDERATION? for ARM WRESTLING?|
I'm a little inspired by the impressive IFBB ladies (no, I am NOT going to compete again) and I really pushed things up a few notches in the gym this morning. I even managed three sets of very light deadlifts with no issues - of course, making sure my legs and butt were doing all the work, not my shoulders. That made me feel so good I went on to spend twenty minutes on the dreaded elliptical when I'd finished my weights workout. Go, me!
It's long weekend here, so I need to urgently get on with doing nothing very much at all. Later...