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Free Pass to a Fabulous Fitness Event in New York City

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Tomorrow I'll land in one of my favorite cities: New York. I'm be there to attend the ECA/OBOW Fitness Convention, which is one of the most talked about health and fitness events for fitness pros in the world! As a conference attendee, I'll be taking fun workouts and workshops to help me get all the details on the newest workout trends so that I can share them with you guys (and answer your burning questions) and become a better trainer in my future videos and DVDs. WooHoo!
Thursday through Sunday, I'll expand my fitness knowledge and skills by attending a kettlebell class from my favorite trainer Paul Katami, a Pilates workshop with world renowned Pilates expert and author Alycea Ungaro,  and even a "Groove" style workout with Misty Tripoli (whose Body Groove workouts I recently raved about). In addition, I'll attend lectures to learn more about the latest research in back health, exercise and weight loss, and body-weight training among other topics.
Even if you're not a fitness professional, you can get still join in for some of the fitness fun if you'll be near the Marriott Marquis hotel on Broadway in New York City between March 9 and 11!  Here's how.
What is it?
ECA/OBOW Trade Show (part of the ECA/OBOW event).
When can I attend?
The Trade Show is open to the public for a $10 fee, but anyone who mentions "SparkPeople" at the registration table will get FREE admission!
The Trade Show is open:
  • Friday, March 9 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where is the expo located?
Marriot Marquis hotel (1535 Broadway at 45th Street)
5th and 6th Floors

What can I expect there?
More than 65 booths with 45 vendors from around the world will be demonstrating and sampling their latest fitness products and services—footwear, apparel, music, books, DVDs, accessories, nutritional products, equipment, beverages, performance foods and more. Trade Show visitors can check out products from companies including Booty Barre, TRX, BOSU, Spinning, Zumba, Ryka, Spri, Vita-Mix, Yes! Fitness Music and more!
There will also be live entertainment and demonstrations as well as free samples and chances to enter prize giveaways!
I hope some of my fellow fitness enthusiasts will have a chance to join in the fun. I'll be sharing interesting photos and happenings from the event on my Facebook page and Twitter account (links below), plus brining knowledge and information back on all the fun new workouts and fitness trends I found at the event, too.

Have you ever attended a fitness convention or expo like this before? What new fitness trends are you most interested in hearing about?

Image courtesy of ECA.

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No way I could make it there from Indiana, but sounds like a great time. So kind that they are opening it to Sparkpeople for free too! Hope everyone has a terrific time. Report
I've been to several regional fitness conferences in the Boston area. The NYC and Miami conferences are just a tad too expensive for my wallet. ;)

I love going to conferences. I learn lots of new techniques and I get to try different classes. I'd like to hear more about Crank. That's an upper body spinning program that uses a hand crank device instead of a bike. I hear it's quite a vigorous workout. There are no gyms in my area that offer the class.

Too bad I didn't know about this in time to make plans to be in NYC this weekend. Sounds like a great opportunity for motivation! Report
Just joined. I will miss it this year. Sounds like so much fun. Look forward to next year. Have fun. Report
Great! I'll be in NYC staying 3 blocks away. Will be there! Report
Wow, hope I can get cross town Report
I will try to go, sounds interesting. Report
Goes to show just how commercial diet and exercise has gotten. I'm to frugal to spend money on all that stuff. Report
This is bad, very, very bad. I work in NYC just 7 blocks (OK 7 lonnnng blocks) from where this convention is held. I would love to attend the trade show (and for free no less). Coach Nicole, if I run into you, can I get an autograph? Report
Sounds like fun. I like that you keep up your own professional development and share with us. It shows your commitment to keeping us well informed. I am interested in knowing more about the kettlebell. I have a friend there perhaps I will forward the info to her. I know she'll love it. Report
I'm sooooo envious, I've always wanted to attend one, but NYC is a little far. Do you know of any others that may be near VA, is there a website? Thanks. Report
Gilad from Bodies in Motion will also be there, he is signing autographs and taking photos!! I am so excited for everyone who is going to attend!!! Have a Blast!! Woo-Hoo!!! Report
I go to Can Fit Pro in Toronto at the end of August every year. Same kind of thing. Report
Sounds like an energizing and inspirational event to be surrounded by so many fitness enthusiasts! I wish it was in Chicago! Report
Wow. That would be amazing...too bad NY isn't closer to KC!! Report