Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Viva Las Vegas with Perfect Fitness!

Guest blogger: Julie Erickson, Marketing Coordinator

Hello Teammates
! Just thought I’d fill you in on some of our out-of-office activities from last week. While most of the marketing team headed to New York City for a media event, three of our sales team members and I joined forces in Las Vegas for the annual GNC Franchisee Convention. As this was my first real business trip with the company, I was definitely excited. After my flight was delayed by FIVE HOURS Sunday night, my attitude had become a little bitter as I didn’t get to the hotel until 2:45am, but having recently been through college, I knew how to rally like a champion the next morning, ready for action.

The event was held at the Wynn and lasted three days. We manned the Perfect Fitness booth and challenged franchisee owners to pullups and pushups. The exhibition hall was crawling with extreme hard bodies (some more outrageous than others), celebrity trainers like Jillian Michaels from The Biggest Loser, famous body builders like Jay Cutler (who has 22 inch arms! Crazy!) and other celebrities like reality T.V. star Kim Kardashian and mom Kris Jenner (from Keeping Up With the Kardashians).

The show was definitely interesting—supplements of all kinds being handed out left and right, walking-billboard girls wearing half t-shirts, mini-skirts and four inch heels, and thumping music. When I spotted the hulk of a man in the GAT booth next to us, I couldn’t help but ask for a picture. I’m pretty sure his biceps were the size of my head! Turns out his name is Eugene Mishin (see above) and he's a former Mr. Russia and Mr. Europe!
I would have to say the highlight of the trip was meeting five-time Olympic medalist and world record holder Brendan Hansen. He came over to our booth and started explaining how he does 1,000 Perfect Pushups a day! He told us how much he loves the product and that the rotating motion is especially great for swimmers because puts less strain on their already overworked shoulders joints. It was such an honor to meet him, and I even got to hold his gold medal.
The day after the show was over, I stuck around to meet up with one of our Athlete Ambassadors—World Champion Arm Wrestler “Monster” Michael Todd. (You might recognize him from the Perfect Pullup infomercial.) He was in town for a match at the new TAPOUT training center in Las Vegas. Michael’s a great guy and we spent a long time just catching up and talking about his future plans. He ended up winning his match the next night 6-0! Go Mike!

I headed back to San Francisco FIRED UP to get back to my pushup and pullup training. Being around so many fit people definitely motivates you to get after it! We’re heading back for another show in a few weeks and I’ll be ready to demonstrate my Perfect Pushups and Perfect Pullups!

Over and out team!


1 comment:

Nancy B. said...

Hi Julie!

Thank you so much for the picture of Brendan Hansen and yourself. My daughter also had her picture taken with him last January during her training trip in Florida.

I showed her your Viva Las Vegas blog and we're ordering a Perfect Pushup tomorrow! Brendan is quite the poster boy for the PPU.

Thanks again,

Nancy B