Top 8 2017 Fitness Events to Attend This Summer
Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is celebrating its 20th year as the marathon series that combines live music with running, to provide a super fun experience. Bands play throughout the course, and in concert afterwards, as runners conquer half-marathons and marathons throughout the world. This summer, there are Rock ‘n’ Roll running events in Chicago, IL Dublin, Ireland, and Virginia Beach, with Montreal towards the end of September. Running (or walking) in one of these energy-filled road races is a great way to introduce yourself to a new city while meeting people from around the world.
Broga Yoga Summer Retreat
Broga is a type of yoga that blends strength training, core workouts, and traditional into a unique class that’s for beginner yogis and professional athletes alike. Although the class was originally geared toward men, there’s now widespread demand from females and males for this simple, easy-to-follow yoga program. In fact, 50% of Broga instructors are female. There are in-person classes, online digital streaming classes, Broga teacher certifications. In 2017, Broga Yoga will hold its first annual summer retreat from August 17-20 at Good Commons in Plymouth, Vermont.
At the retreat, you’ll take Broga classes and workshops led by Broga founder Robert Sidoti. You'll have access to hiking trails, a swimmable waterfall, gourmet meals, group activities and much more. You’ll be staying in a 10-room, 25 person house, which will likely consist of mainly Broga instructors and fitness enthusiasts.
Lake Austin Spa Resort
For a peaceful, fitness-friendly resort getaway in the U.S., Lake Austin Spa Resort is a top pick. The site hosts 40 lakeside guest rooms where guests receive daily gourmet meals, lake access, and use of stand-up paddleboards/hydrobikes/kayaks/pedalboards, 24/7 access to all fitness facilities, and much more. There are over 20 daily fitness or cooking activities including TRX, barbell, cycling, core, floating fitness, hydrobike courses, hikes, boat cruises, and Pilates.
The spa includes indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, and 20 treatment stations for the ultimate relaxation experience.
Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat
Mountain Trek is accepting bookings until October for its week-long health and fitness retreat in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. During this instructional tour, you’ll receive daily guided fitness hikes, fitness/yoga classes, therapeutic massages, healthy living lectures, body composition assessments, access to pools, saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzis and more.
A staple of Mountain Trek’s award-winning (2016 #1 international spa by Travel + Leisure) retreats is Nordic Fitness Trekking. This is a unique hiking technique using Nordic Trekking poles to navigate terrain providing a full body workout. Mountain Trek has been holding their retreats for nearly 20 years and they provide the ideal balance between motivational boot camp and luxury vacation.
On August 3-6, the Reebok CrossFit Games will hold its 10th annual international competition, but this time it’ll debut a new location: the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. This event is a must-see for any fitness enthusiast as the festival area contains products, presentations and demonstrations from a plethora of sports/nutrition companies. As for the competition, Mat Fraser looks to repeat as the men’s individual champion, and Katrin Davidsdottir looks to three-peat as the “Fittest Female on Earth.”
Summer travelers are able to camp in RVs or tents on-site at the CrossFit Games for the first-time ever. There’s going to be 200,000 sq. ft. of exhibitors and sponsors and a 20,000 sq. ft. beer garden. This four-day extravaganza is what you make of it, as several packages are available depending on what you want to eat, see, and do in Madison.
Ketanga Fitness Retreats
Ketanga Fitness is a travel planning company that curates international health and wellness retreats for gyms, groups and individuals looking to find the perfect balance between workouts, relaxation, and adventure. There’s a Pilates & Pinot Fitness Retreat in July (Long Island), Strength & Serenity retreat in August (Upstate New York), Steve Feinberg and Gilad’s Wellness Week in Mallarca, Spain in August, and the Standup Paddleboard and Fitness Retreat in Portugal in September to name a few.
The retreats generally include workout classes, yoga sessions, healthy chef-prepared meals, hiking, and water activities. To engage with the Ketanga community on a smaller scale, break a sweat, and learn more about the summer’s fitness retreats, attend one of the New York City workout events.
The Fit Expo San Jose
Head on over to the Fit Expo San Jose in San Jose, CA from July 29-30th for a weekend packed with everything any fitness enthusiast could ask for. With an expected attendance of over 20,000 people, this fitness festival features hundreds of sports nutrition and apparel booths, several competitions ranging from bodybuilding, to powerlifting to martial arts, and group fitness classes such as PlyoJam and POUND. The special guests are a who’s who in the fitness industry. They include 4-time Mr. Olympia champion Jay Cutler, current Men’s Physique Olympia Champion Jeremy Buendia, fitness icons Billy Blanks and Mike O’Hearn, and many other athletes, trainers, and models will also appear.
Urban Fitness League USA vs. the World
Calisthenics competitions are a rising trend in the fitness industry, with contests complete with judges and weight classes. In 2018, a new league will emerge called the Urban Fitness League (UFL), which will comprise the world’s top calisthenics competitors. On July 4th, the UFL will host a special “UFL World Cup Event” at the Ford Amphitheatre in Coney Island, NY where US extreme calisthenics athletes will battle international athletes to see who is the best on the bar. This first of its kind event will be hosted by fitness personalities Mario Lopez and Tyson Beckford, and feature music from American rapper Jim Jones and hip-hop sensation DJ Envy.
If you’re scrambling for a spectator event on July 4th, this outdoor fitness event is sure to be an energy-packed, unpredictable night of sports, style, and music.
THE MUST-HAVE: HYLETE icon 6-in-1 Backpack 60L
Made of durable polyester, the HYLETE icon 6-in-1 Backpack provides the perfect combination of protection, style, versatility, and size to accompany you on any summer trip. Whether you’re hiking in the mountains like during the Mountain Trek adventure, heading to the Fit Expo to grab some free supplement samples, or about to hop into a boutique fitness class at a luxury resort, there’s a bag variation that suits you best. If you’re traveling for just a weekend or even a few days, the only bag you’ll need is the 6-in-1, as it’ll definitely fit in your airplane’s overhead bin.
A walk-around fitness event like the Fit Expo or CrossFit Games will call for the backpack or extended backpack to hold giveaway goodies. Backpack and duffel variations are ideal for exquisite getaways like Ketanga or Lake Austin, since you may be engaging in multiple activities throughout the day such as fitness classes, spa visits and more where you’ll want to carry snacks and changes of clothes. More instructional vacations like the Broga Yoga retreat might make use of the zip-off daypack, so you can attend meetings or take fitness notes on your laptop, since there’s a padded laptop sleeve within the sleek, removable backpack.
Overall, you can’t go wrong by making the Hylete 6-in-1 Backpack your go-to choice for carrying anything or going anywhere. And the shoulder straps on the backpack are so comfortable that you might make walking around with the pack your own personal workout adventure, regardless of where you go.
about the author
Mark Barroso, NSCA-CPT, Spartan SGX Coach, is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and fitness Journalist based in New Jersey. Barroso's work has appeared in Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, M&F Hers, FLEX, Shape.com, Fitness Magazine, and more. When Barroso isn't creating original health/fitness content, he enjoys weightlifting, cooking, running, and obstacle course racing. Barroso has completed 30 obstacle course races and counting, often wearing HYLETE apparel and packing his HYLETE backpack for the ride. For more information about Barroso, visit barrosofit.com.