Evolve Fitness Conference

This past weekend I was at Auburn University for the third ever Evolve Fitness Conference! Evolve was actually started at UF two years ago and travels to different southeastern schools every year. IMG_1981

There was a group of 30 from UF this year and we all packed into mini vans to make the six hour drive on Friday at noon. We made it into Auburn at around 5 p.m. and registered for the conference before figuring out what to do for dinner. Eating plans are always on the forefront of the minds of 30 college-aged fitness crazed human beings. We are like eating machines.

Once we registered at Auburn's facility, we went to check into the hotel and decided to eat at a local burger joint called Niffer's. I was starving and got the grilled chicken, avocado and jalepeno burger with steak fries.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetWe all got quite the laugh on Friday night. We couldn't stop talking about how good the water tasted in Alabama compared to the Gainesville water. So much so, that Tracy, a fellow Zumba instructor, asked for some water to go and the waiter brought her an entire gallon of water, no joke.

IMG_1964And then there was a balloon magic man who made us a balloon gator...

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetWe arrived back to the hotel around 11 p.m. and my room passed out. Needing to be at the gym at 8 a.m. the next morning, we needed to prepare for a full day of fitness.

I was lucky enough to snag a bike in a master spin class taught by Robin Dayer, a master Schwinn trainer. It was such a blast, her energy was incredible.

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After the class, the keynote speaker was Martin Rooney, a highly accomplished athlete, businessman, coach, you name it! It was a really inspiring speech all about how bringing out the best in others as a coach will bring out the best in yourself. He focused on the importance of this characteristic in fitness and sports, but I also feel it's extremely relatable to any industry or job, really. When Martin finished, I opted to take a tour of the facility, which is beautiful, but UF's gyms will always be my favorite!


The rest of the day consisted of some more presentations. Saturday night we went out to the Bank Vault and Skybar - both awesome bars in the Auburn area!

On Sunday, I presented on a class specific to UF, iBurn. I taught this class for more than a year and couldn't wait to share it with student instructors from other schools. It's an awesome and challenging strength-based format. I had a short introduction, but the majority of my presentation was a demo iBurn class! It was a lot of fun and a great way to close out the conference.

I was glad to be back in Gainesville after a full weekend and back to cooking my own food! It seems ironic, but always at these fitness conferences, there is limited time to eat, and the majority of our meals are fast food. Plus we were on the road for a total of 12 hours, and the best options were Wendy's and Subway. I was craving greens and glad to be back in my kitchen for Sunday night dinner.


I'll have some more recipes & workouts to post later on this week. Now to go to work, study for my exam tomorrow and apply for a million jobs. Do all the things!!

Happy hump day y'all!