The main reason I went is because I'm Arnold Schwarzenegger's biggest fan… ever! I have loved Arnold since I was a kid, but that will have to be a topic for another time because I could go on forever. Another reason why I went is because the fitness industry is a passion of mine and it's so amazing seeing so many athletes and spectators coming from all around the world for one common interest, health and fitness. Now, when you hear about this fitness festival, you are probably thinking that it is nothing but a bunch of meatheads walking around, puffing out their chests, and trying to get all these free supplements (which is the reasoning behind my title for this blog). At first, that's honestly what I thought it was about... this weekend's experience really changed that for me.
One thing that really stood out about this weekend was the respect that everyone had for each other, including the athletes and the spectators with one another. Like I said, everyone there is from all around the world. The athletes would perform their hearts out in each sport that I saw. If they did not perform the way they wanted to, whether that be a new personal record in their sport or they were beaten by another opponent, they did not put their heads down. They didn’t throw a tantrum or get pissed off. They finished with a smile, they waved to the crowd, they shook hands and hugged their opponent. When I watched the bodybuilding, bikini, fitness, and strongman finals, the winners of all those events didn't go up to get their first place trophies and shake Arnold's hand by themselves. They brought in ALL their competitors in a huddle together and went up and received that trophy together. The reason why? They said they might be from different parts of the world, they might not speak the same language, but they are family and they all worked hard to get where they are today. I love that.