Fun times from Olympia 2011 with Anca and Farinaz
For the past seven years, I have attended Olympia every year and have always enjoyed the whole experience. This year, however, I will not be attending since the main sports supplement company I work with, SWAT Fuel, will not have a presence there this time around. What is strange for me is that I am not bothered by the fact that I won’t be rubbing elbows with the fitness and bodybuilding icons I have come to know over the years. In some sense I am actually relieved that I will get a break this year, since I have been traveling more this year and could use a staycation.
For those of you who are wondering what event I will be at next, please come by and say hi at the Ferrigno Legacy on November 18th and 19th. I will be at the Flexpo, handing out samples of SWAT Fuel’s 9mm+P, which is a combination preworkout/endurance/thermogenic formula unlike anything else on the market!
For more information and tickets to the Ferrigno Legacy, please visit: https://www.ferrignolegacy.com/
Come to the 50th Anniversary of Olympia! I will be at the Olympia Expo on Friday, September 19th, and Saturday, September 20th, working at the AIM Publications booth, which features magazines like Muscle & Performance, Oxygen, MuscleMag, and Black Belt. Be sure to stop by to say hello, and get some free magazines!
Here we are at the AIM booth from the Arnold Sports Festival earlier this year:
And from last year’s Olympia:
My non-fitness friends don’t see why I get excited about attending Olympia every year. They say that it looks like the same old thing every year, and to a certain extent it is. But there is something so powerful about getting bodybuilding greats to descend upon Las Vegas that I wouldn’t want to miss it for the world. The energy in the Expo Hall is incredible, and with so many of the world’s top competitors there to compete, I pick up on that buzz and enjoy it immensely. When I attend Olympia, I bump into so many friends in the industry that it serves as a regular reunion. This year in particular is a milestone because it marks FIFTY years of Olympia. This year’s Olympia will be televised, hopefully generating more interest from the mainstream and portraying bodybuilding in a favorable light.
From Olympia 2012
I think I maintain a certain balance and guard against boredom at the Olympia by working a booth each year. I have been extremely fortunate to work with wonderful companies, representing great products, and I never run the risk of sensory overload that sometimes hits spectators who go up and down the aisles endlessly. I am happy to stay within the confines of my booth, handing out product and talking to fans, friends and attendees. One disadvantage is that I rarely get enough time to explore the Expo and have to plan out which booths I need to visit during my lunch break on each day, but the list has gotten smaller over time as a result of my more established name and a different objective for visiting the booths. I used to visit booths to get myself on the fitness map, but now I visit booths to see friends and conduct meetings, so I am much more focused.
The noise in the Expo hall can be deafening at times, but I love it because it is reflective of the energy that builds up. People in the industry are very bold about showing their excitement and passion. There is no restraint at the O! At the end of each Expo day, my feet are sore, my legs are tired, my forearms are cut up from the magazines I pass out to people, and my voice is hoarse, but I absolutely love it. You better believe I will be back at the O next year and for many years to come.
I finally had an opportunity to see the Blue Man Group recently, and enjoyed the show immensely. Not only was the music awesome, the visual effects were very cool and the performers were hilarious. They perform a song in which they encourage the audience to shake their rear ends, building the beat with lyrics that expand on all the euphemistic terms which exist for that part of the body. I had no idea there were so many clever terms in existence!
Whether you are familiar with the song which the Blue Man Group performs or not, you should get a kick out of the following terms which are in the song lyrics.
I hope you enjoy this list as much as I did…
The jiggle twins
Jar Jar Binks
The crock pot
happy walrus with no tusks
two boneless friends
George Foreman grill
dinner with André
The place where all burritos go
Minneapolis and St. Paul
giant fluffy bears
Ollie vs. Frasier
Elvis Aaron Presley
I am thrilled and honored to once again work the Muscle and Performance Magazine booth at Olympia this year! Please come by the booth for free magazines and photo opportunities!
Olympia will take place on September 26th through 29th, 2013 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center.