Sunday, July 8, 2007

Fitness Fest

Took a roadtrip down to San Diego with some book club friends who also use the BodyRev. Had a great time. Met Alden, tried some fitness stuff, and went to my favorite bakery, Con Pane, for lunch. You can read about it here. There are pictures with faces which is why I'm not posting it here directly.


janet w said...

How great do you all look! Great question about Alden too ... Charlie's Angels huh?

The fair looked fascinating! Other than the Travel Perfect Pushup, what do you think the next HOT product is going to be?

CrankyOtter said...

I don't know about next hot product. A lot of items are variations on a theme. And some are new workouts for old toys - like the extra springy pogo stick, a mini trampoline with bungees instead of springs, and hula hoops. There was some skeevy guy across from aldens booth selling something that looked like a giant archery bow with no string. I could just imagine whacking over half my stuff with it, or the person next to me in class. A lot of the stuff I saw was good for only one or two things, like a balance strap, or required lots of choreography to make it useful, or was marketed to gyms (nautilus), or for people with lots of space.

For some reason, people don't often like truly new things. Think how long it took before average people thought it was ok to have a cell phone (ok, so the technology had to evolve too, but still) and that's just a variation on something we all already have. So the Perfect Pushups are selling like hotcakes because they are a variation on a known item - people already buy pushup bars, these are *better* pushup bars so they get them. But the bodyrev is really revolutionary (pun kind of intended) so it's taking longer to catch on. But of the things at the show, I liked the Body Rev, the "fitness everywhere" (TRX?) aka straps with handles, and the massage chairs. I hated the protein bars, but then I usually do. I'd kind of like to get a inflated balance disc doohickey (they're small, about the size of a frisbee if you puff it up) that I used in PT. But then, I'm not a fitness professional.

I do love trade shows, though you get more free swag at engineering shows.

Shasta MacNasty said...

wow. that actually looked like fun. that bakery looked pretty good too! what was the item that looked like a pizza with what looked like yellow and green topping? was it a sandwich/salad/pizza thing? i need answers. :)

CrankyOtter said...

It was fun! But on to the food-

The mostly devoured sandwich in the front is a "turkey cobb" on Kalamata olive loaf bread. SO delicious. Sliced turkey, applewood smoked bacon, avocado, sundried tomato paste, romaine, smidge of mayo, and feta (which I subbed for gorgonzola). And the pastry was light flakes of dark chocolate on an airy and not too sweet twist.

A* got 2 foccacias, ate one slice each, and took the rest home - one was tomato, garlic, and some creamy cheese. Her fav was caramelized onions, walnuts, and gorgonzola. We split a loaf each of sourdough and grueyre (sp) with chive bread. I LOVE this bakery.