Across the street from the soon to be relocated Fair Grounds of FIU, Fitness Depot at the FIU plaza had a different type of fair. On a bright, Sunday afternoon, the Fitness Depot had put together quite an event; it was a Bikini Body competition. Surrounded by dozens of well developed bodies of men and women, it was hard to tell who was going to be a part of the competition with so many potential candidates. The music was energetic, dozens of tents were set up with sponsors for the show, and special fitness stars even made appearances. But the best part of all this, thanks to the efforts of events manager Kristine Bossi at Fitness Depot, South Florida is going to get healthier and stronger, with a lot of smiles and fun.
This particular event was incredibly entertaining, educational, and uplifting on the culture of personal fitness. In every tent a different sponsor had either a nutritious supplement to sample, or some incredibly fit individuals with experience on the products and how to get the most out of nutrition or a workout routine (no second hand attendants here, only experts waiting to share their experiences in leaning up). The event even featured guest stars like Michelle Lewin, a gifted fitness model who constantly shares her workout routines all over social media; her following on Facebook alone is about five million (and not including other forms of social networks like twitter, instagram, or even her own website at http://www.michellelewin.com/). With tons of free samples to give out the public, and just as many photo opportunities with the stars, it’s wonderful to see so many people joining in on their Sunday just to be a part of this muscularly momentous occasion.
This energizing event could not have been as fun without the hard work of the staff like Fitness Depot’s own Jovanna. Miss Jovanna like other staff members, were there as early as possible to make sure all attendees helped themselves to the festivities. Considering this particular Sunday had temperatures of up to 91 degrees, Jovanna somehow flawlessly paid attention to many of the attendees, helping to dispense information about promotions, making the rounds and bringing smiles to the faces of many visitors. It’s not hard to see how beautifully physically admiring and passionate Jovanna is for personal fitness (one can safely assume that she’s likely a model herself), but on this day, she was just a red and black spandex clad hard working woman with a great personality. It’s this type of personality that will continue making Fitness Depot’s future events so much fun to be a part of. Gone are the days of keeping proper physical fitness for only those who are smug and superficial; it’s a community and culture that anyone regardless of age or lifestyle can easily be a part of. When the Bikini Body competition was finally in full swing, men and women were cheering for both genders, because like themselves, they appreciated how much sacrifice and hard work goes into looking good while wearing a bathing suit in South Florida.