April 30, 2016

Be:Fit London 2016 – An honest opinion


This weekend I took myself to London, which is pretty much always a treat for me, I love the rush of being in the capital. My reason for visiting is the fact I was heading to ‘Be:Fit London‘ for the first time and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was hoping for great things. Firstly, if you are a single male reader, head to ‘Be:Fit‘ next year! So many glossy, beautiful young women under one roof, if you like a selfie? This is the perfect venue – Where is my ‘Instagram Husband‘ when I need him?  Ahhh, he’s at home doing productive manly stuff like building a shed.

I’m going off topic, let me tell you about the day…

What did I love? 

* The venue was easy to find, this is an absolute must for a none Londoner like myself – I can almost never find venues first time.

*I had a wonderful back and shoulder massage from Katy (great name) at ‘Cloud 9‘ and I felt really refreshed after. Oh to hell with it, I’m going to be completely honest and say that was one of the best parts of the day.

*There was great deals from various companies – For example: Heck Sausages (4 packs for £10), super cheap Nakd bars and Metcalfe were giving away free popcorn.

*Thanks to Instagram and Gluten Free B, another highlight was winning a goodie bag from Perkier who produce absolutely scrumptious bars and oat’s.
*Listening to the Zanna Van Dijk talk, but I will cover that in more detail below, as she made some very interesting points.
What did I dislike? 
*Limited food options unless you wanted a £12 salad or lots of samples. However, credit where it’s due there were places nearby and you could return as long as you were ‘stamped‘ on the hand.
*I sampled a PHD ‘meal replacement bar‘ and frankly it was an insult to my taste-buds. Apart from the beautiful Pamela from Spamella B, the staff were silent and uninterested. But admittedly very young and in sensational shape, maybe it’s from resisting all those bar’s?
*There was nothing *new* that really jumped out at me from a consumer point of view. I enjoyed the fact there was a reasonable mix of brands and many of the products I tried were great but nothing to get too excited about. Maybe it’s just me, but I do like an exciting discovery from time to time…
Overall It was an enjoyable event and I’m glad I went, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to return in 2017. On the other hand (because I like to be positive) I think the only thing that would encourage me to return next year is a few talks of interest on the same day. Or even if I was doing something else in London and I could include it as part of the day trip.
On to the Zanna Van Dijk talk about ‘How to make it in blogging‘.
This was one of the main reasons I chose Saturday to attend Be:Fit. I follow Zanna via social media because I enjoy her relaxed, honest style and ‘can do‘ attitude to business/blogging and was interested to hear more.
Here are some of the key points I picked up which I hope will be interesting/helpful:
Zanna Van Dijk tips on blogging
Did you attend Be:Fit London this weekend? What did you enjoy? Or what would you recommend?
Disclaimer : The ‘Be:Fit’ logo was copied from this website

7 responses to “Be:Fit London 2016 – An honest opinion”

  1. Rachel says:

    This was a very interesting read, I only heard about Be:Fit on Thursday when my sister mentioned she had free tickets, so I looked and instantly became jealous that I wasn’t going. Tbh it sounds quite a lot like a Good Food Show, but with more healthy treats instead of the gooey sugary brownies etc. I’d have loved to see Zanna talk, as I’ve recently discovered her Instagram which I love, particularly because she’s tall too!
    I’m glad you didn’t consider the whole event a wash out, and it will be interesting to see how it changes for next year, when I definitely want to buy tickets!

    Rachel x
    The Inelegant Wench

    • cakevsscales says:

      Hi Rachel, I think you have a sensible outlook towards these events and if you accept that it is like BBC Good Food you are on the right track. I have heard it is getting better each year and maybe if I plan my day better net year will be more of a success? 🙂 x

  2. Lucy says:

    I wrote a similar review of the 2014 show, which is why I didn’t bother last year or this year. Just didn’t feel there was anything new or exciting which I haven’t seen before: http://www.lucylunges.co.uk/2014/04/befit-show.html
    At least you got a few bargains and a nice massage 🙂

  3. Christy says:

    Zanna’s talk sounds interesting! I always wish there was more actual workout opportunities at these events – a chance to get involved rather than just browsing stalls!

    • cakevsscales says:

      It was, she’s a great person! There were classes at the event (for a small £1 surcharge) but the places sold out pretty fast. Another point was I had a god solid hour journey home and didn’t fancy returning sweaty! Next time I need to plan my day more efficiently! x

  4. It sounds a bit like the old Vitality show. I went to that and it was OK, but I did’t see the point in doing a fitness class as then you would be in sweaty workout clothes for the rest of the day.

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