Last weekend saw the return of BeFit London at the Business Design Center in Islington. After missing out in 2016, I snapped up some “super early bird” tickets as soon as they became available and was thoroughly looking forward to a day of classes at the festival.
On booking the tickets I was advised that I would later have the opportunity to pre-book classes in advance. Sadly, I never received that opportunity and my emails to the organizers went un-answered. So I went along anyway, with no classes booked in and trying my luck.
I began my day wondering around the festival, seeing who was exhibiting before the floor became completely packed. I was delighted to see stalls from many of my favourites including Tea Pigs, Two Chicks and Pip and Nut. The exhibition floor was great for testing out some new products – like the energy bars from Kind and the scrummy “Nutri-brex” – a gluten free and far taster version of weetabix. However, I was not there to eat all the samples, I was there for the classes.
So I attempted to get into my first class – a HIIT session by Clean Eating Alice. Sadly, by the time I joined the queue it was too late – the class was full. Rather disappointed I headed down to the live show where I caught a live cooking demonstration from Madeleine Shaw – author of “A Year of Beautiful Eating.”
Determined to get a piece of the Clean Eating Alice action I remained on the comfy bean bags in the live area to ensure that I got to see her interview, who was so inspiring for someone of such a young age. So full of life and positivity, and completely infectious. I was so inspired after her live talk that I made my way to the Barry’s Boot Camp class, but sadly that too was full.
I attempted a few other classes, including Yoga and Spinning, but again all the other fanatics kept beating me to it. So with one final walk round the stands, testing a few more products, I made my way home – rather disappointed.
I expected a little more from the day.
Although it was great to sample products from many companies, it would have been a nice touch to have a goody bag to take away. Sadly, the only companies giving away goods were My Protein and Oatly (an oat based alternative milk drink).
Additionally I was rather disappointed to have not been able to take part in the classes. Perhaps opting for the super early bird ticket was where I went wrong – perhaps I should have splashed out on the VIP ticket which gives you extra perks, like fast track class entry. A learning curve for future events maybe.
I would like to come back to BeFit 2018 and try again, but only if I can get my hands on a VIP ticket. Simply paying the standard entry gives you no guarantees and unless you love spending your day queuing – can leave you disappointed.