TheFitExpo Chicago 2017


Like every year, the city of Chicago will again host TheFitExpo.
What is TheFitExpo? Follow along with this ongoing post to learn more about it.
Excited about sports, nutrition, and supplements?
If you are, then TheFitExpo is for you.


Want to get tickets in advance?

Some of the events include:

  • Battle of the Bars
  • Dodgeball Competition
  • Fitness & Star Model Search
  • Viking Visegrip Armlifting Challenge
  • Group Training Zone
  • Healthy Living Pavilion
  • Kids & Youth Activities
  • Max Reps Competition
  • Powerlifting Competition
  • Strongman Competition
  • lots more…

Some of the sponsors include:

  • SubWay
  • Performix
  • GNC
  • U.S. AirForce
  • lots more…


If you’ve never visited the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, you’re in for a treat. Here’s a brief video about it and its surroundings:

And here are a couple videos from last year, when I went for the first time. I really enjoyed it. The first video is a brief segment of “Battle of the Bars” and the second is a segment of the controversial “Slap City” done by Kali Muscle πŸ™‚

I believe “Slap City” has now been discontinued, for obvious reasons πŸ™‚ There were some rumors that it will be back, but I am not sure. I do know, for a fact, that Kali Muscle actually IS coming to Chicago again this year. Enjoy the videos.



Saturday, 11:00am – 12:30pm
If you ever thought about quitting your job and starting a career in fitness, don’t miss this 90-minute workshop on how to get started in personal training.

Learn which certifications you should look at, how long it takes to start your own business, retain clients, program workouts and basic information on getting started in the Fitness business, including a 90 minute course plus take-home workbook, fit cards workout deck.

Ealry bird pricing: $49 before April 28th After $59 – Includes a same day ticket to THEFITEXPO ON MAY 6TH.

Andrea Metcalf is one of the nation’s top fitness experts. With more than 30 years in the fitness industry, Andrea has appeared on the NBC Today Show, Steve Harvey, USA Today,, Reuters Health Report,, Better TV and local Chicago NBC, Fox, CLTV, WGN, ABC & CBS stations. She is the best-selling author of “Naked Fitness”, Vanguard Press, fitness pro with the American Council on Exercise, fit star on, and owner of Hang 5 Fitness, Health Inspired Events and Tasty Facial Bar.


Sunday 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm & 2:00pm
Join Celebrity fitness instructor Andrea Metcalf & team to try to the hottest new Yoga class ever! SURF YOGA is performed on the Surfset Fitness boards as seen on SharkTank! This new Yoga program is a core challenging class where you’ll be present for every move. A 40-Minute Yoga Class that feels like you’re on a paddle board in the ocean! Get a jump on summer with Stand Up Paddle Yoga without the water, bathing suit or waves!

Sunday May 7th – SURF YOGA MASTER CLASS – $30 per class (includes Sunday FitExpo Ticket)

Registration includes a same day ticket to THE FIT EXPO ON MAY 7TH.
Classes are 45 minutes and you may sign up for 11am, Noon, 1pm or 2pm class times. $30 PER CLASS
Entourage Pricing- Get a discount when you bring 3 of your friends! Entourage pass allows 4 people into the class – Save $10 and get TheFitExpo ticket free!


Saturday, 1:00pm – 2:30pm β€’ Room: TBD
Join marketing wizard Kymberlee Kaye Raya for this insightful session on brand marketing. Marketing is more than social media, it’s more than email marketing – a cohesive marketing plan includes all facets of getting your brand out there and truly remembered. This power-packed session will help you put a rock-solid plan in place. Powerful strategies that won’t break the budget – and inspiration to get you marketing the right way!

Session Price: $40 – includes FitExpo Ticket for Saturday

Kymberlee Kaye Raya has an extensive background in marketing, with an emphasis in Branding and offers almost 20 years of marketing and branding expertise. Kymberlee built Big Shot from nothing; a one woman show has grown in the last 20 years to a thriving, growing business. Her creative, mind combined with her knack for excellent business strategy, continues to drive Big Shot to the forefront. Kymberlee is a visionary; she sees things in their entirety, the short term and long term, the beginning and the end. She envisions the whole scope and leads her team from execution through the whole campaign. She is proud to manage a team of talented folks internally while simultaneously relating to clients and their needs.

A passionate advocate for creativity and innovation, Kymberlee is a sought after speaker and presenter. She was recently featured as a guest speaker on WGN Radio. A talented and generous individual, Kymberlee is a Team Leader for Chicago Cares for over a decade and volunteers on a regular basis.

Want To Register For Any Of These Seminars?

One Week Left Till ShowTime!!!

So I’ve been placing these all around town: health clubs, gyms, universities, you name it. If anyone in the Chicago area would like a discount coupon, send me an email and I will hook you up.


The event was this past weekend.
Here are some thoughts about my experience.

This was the second year I attended.
Took my son along. He is 15.
He started lifting last year.
Taking Advanced WeightLifting in high school right now.
Doing really well with it, too.
We had a blast.

The first time I went, last year, I went for the supplements.
Lots of supplements there, for anyone who needs them.
Lots of deals and also lots of free samples.

Got some samples this year, but didn’t spend a lot of time looking for that.
Spent more time just exploring different brands, some that I never saw before.
Also spent time watching some of the events and competitions, as well as some interviews.

My favorite thing about it is the VARIETY of things to see.
There’s something for everyone, no matter what sport they are into.
Also, the general audience is not just bodybuilders.
I like that, because I am not a “big” guy.
There were some big & buff guys and gals, but there were also lots of fit, normal-looking folks.
I fit right in with them

My favorite event was the GAT Bicep Curl Max-Rep competition.
It was one hour long, and we had our lunch while sitting down and watching it.
The presenter was quite funny. Great competitors also.
I also enjoyed watching some weightlifting. Some pretty strong people there.

My favorite supp booth was Dymatize.
They had tons of protein bar samples, and I made sure to “casually walk by” multiple times just for the heck of it … I had bought at least 10 boxes of these bars before, so I am very familiar with them. I never buy them when on a cut, because I can’t eat just one… I’ve been on a cut since March, so yeah…

I also liked the Flex Comics booth.
Pretty awesome stuff

We only got to go Saturday.
I wish we could have gone on Sunday, to see some of the other competitions and the “best in show” awards as well.

Really enjoyed this event.
Already looking forward to next year’s edition

Here are couple videos I made.

26 Commentsto TheFitExpo Chicago 2017

  1. Selena says:

    You haven’t posted in a while.
    Where’ve you been?

  2. chitown chicka says:

    never heard of it
    thanks for sharing
    you going?

  3. protein fan says:

    Looks like a fan event.
    I assume there are free samples, right?
    That alone would make it worth it.

    Are there free samples? πŸ™‚

  4. box of chocolates says:

    is the admission price worth it?
    $25/day seems a bit steep

    • NoCarbsNoSugar says:

      If you bring a backpack, you will be able to fill it up with free samples πŸ™‚ That alone should pay for the admission fee.

      Also, there is a lot of stuff you can watch, a lot of famous athletes you can meet, just a lot of things.

      Additionally, there are usually discounts for admission as the event nears. I believe last year, they offered a $10off, and I also offered a $10off coupon right here on my website.

  5. chicken salad please says:

    Is this the place in Rosemont, by Allstate Arena?

  6. paper links says:

    Slap-City looks fun!

    • NoCarbsNoSugar says:

      It was fun to watch, but it probably WASN’T as much fun for the people who were getting slapped… πŸ™‚

      I can see why they would eventually remove it from the event.

  7. TankTop Amy says:

    This looks like fun.
    I never attended an event like this.
    Are there any additional costs besides admission?

    • NoCarbsNoSugar says:

      I attended it last year, for the first time.
      I really enjoyed it.
      You won’t regret it.

      Besides the admission price, you’ll have to pay for parking. I think I paid like $8 for an all-day pass. Something like that.

      You can also purchase supplements at discounted prices.
      I am actually saving for this event, so I can get some awesome supps at huge discounts.

  8. High Kick says:

    What type of Martial Arts are they featuring at this event?

    • NoCarbsNoSugar says:

      I didn’t watch that part last year, so I don’t know for sure.
      I will try to find out and get back to you.

    • NoCarbsNoSugar says:

      @High Kick

      I did ask a live person at TheFitExpo about your martial arts inquiry.
      There is no specific martial arts workshop/activity this time around.
      However, Billy Blanks WILL be in Chicago this year.
      If you are familiar with him, you’ll know what I am talking about.
      Not a martial artist in the true sense of the term, but there’s at least a hint of it there πŸ™‚

  9. High Kick says:

    Thanks for the reply.

    Wanted to ask you one more thing.
    Just curious.

    • NoCarbsNoSugar says:

      No. I am not an ambassador for TheFitExpo.
      They offered, but I did not want to pursue that.
      I am just helping them by spreading awareness because I enjoyed last year’s event.

      I actually put out flyers/posters at places around my house and work.
      The flyers include a $10 discount for admission.
      If anyone is near Chicago, I would gladly share a flyer so they can get a reduced-cost admission ticket.

      They did send me an ambassador t-shirt, which I appreciate, but no, I am not an official ambassador.

  10. robert t. says:

    Do you have some of those discount tickets to share?

  11. Tray A. says:

    How can I get one of those discount coupons before next Saturday?

    • NoCarbsNoSugar says:

      You can send me an email.
      See the Contact information section.
      You can also find me on social media.

  12. Valerie K. says:

    I am going. Can’t wait!
    Bringing a backpack for free samples πŸ™‚

  13. ChiFitCross says:

    Looks like you had loads for fun.
    Didn’t get to go.
    Will try next time.

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