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The Fit Expo 2006
Janiss Garza's Diary of Big Muscles and Diverging Diets

The Fit Expo 2006 - Pasadena Center

A rainy weekend in February? It must be the Fit Expo! We're not sure why it always seems to rain on Fit Expo weekend. One year, the rain squashed an outdoor bootcamp exhibition. This year, there weren't as many outdoor activities for the rain to ruin. Our editor-in-chief, Janiss Garza, mostly stayed dry indoors and checked out all the latest products, recommendations and workouts from Fit Expo speakers and exhibitors. This year, she wisely paced herself to avoid burnout, and went light on the protein bar and energy drink samples. What she did do was navigate the bodybuilding men and women to unearth the secrets of getting fit and staying lean. These people have eating and working out down to a science, so even if you don't want mega muscles, they certainly have something to teach us regular folks, right? That's what Janiss believes, so here are the highlights of her two and a half day Fit Expo sojourn.

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Friday, February 17

3:00 p.m. I show up early to grab my press pass and check out the exhibition hall before the crowds. While the Fit Expo focuses quite a bit on building brawn every year, 2006 seems to have even more muscle power than usual. A lot of exhibitors cater to the bodybuilding crowd, from portrait painters to tanning solution distributors. And then there's Subway, who caters to just about anyone who is hungry. Subway has some of the healthiest and tastiest fast food around, so I'm happy to snatch up a few coupons to bring back to the office. (There happens to be a Subway not far from us.)
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super yoke carry 4:00 p.m. Speaking of Subway, they are sponsoring a truck pull, and Life Fitness is sponsoring a "Super Yoke Carry." The light drizzle doesn't dampen the spirits of the competitors and I show up in time to see some of the Super Yoke Carry — big guys making their way down the asphalt loaded down with a 900 pound yoke. Let me put it this way: I would not want to be one of these guys on Saturday morning — at least not without gobs of sore muscle ointment.

small guy with big muscles 5:00 p.m. I catch a little bit of the Iron Man Pro XVII Weigh in. The announcer kids, "These guys always say they're 10 pounds heavier than they really are!" This makes me laugh, because it's just the opposite for most women, who tend to somehow lose around 10 pounds if they're somehow cajoled into discussing their weight (well, at least that's true of me!). But more weight doesn't always mean the hugest muscles — one of the smaller guys removes his shirt to reveal a buff torso that a lot of bigger guys couldn't come close to matching.

7:00 p.m. To be honest, huge muscles don't impress me anywhere near as much as fancy footwork does, so I eagerly await the performance from Joey L. Dowdy and his troupe. Joey's World Dance Groove blends African, Brazilian and even some belly dance. It's stylish and looks like a lot of fun. Dowdy is leading a few classes this weekend, and I have one of them scheduled in for Saturday.

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Next page >> Saturday, February 18 — Dancing and Diet Theories >> Page 1, 2, 3

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