The PMA conference is a month away! Here are my insider tips to getting the most out of the conference. Oh and just in case you didn't know I'm presenting this year!!!! Mak
The pics you'll see below are from my first PMA in Arizona. I hope to see you all in Vegas this year!
#1 DOWNLOAD THE APP NOW
If you're already registered you will want to download the app for the conference. Search your email inbox for this email from the PMA: PMA 2017 Conference - Download the Event Mobile App. It explains how to download the app, and I swear you will be so glad you have it. I must have opened my 100 times over the course of the weekend. It has your schedule loaded on to it, so you'll know exactly where and when your classes are being held. There's an activity feed where people write messages and communicate. There's also a fun game called "The Hundred Photo Challenge".
#2 GO DIRECTLY TO THE REGISTRATION DESK
From the very moment you arrive there's an amazing buzz of energy and excitement. Head directly to the registration desk where you’ll be met with huge smiles from the conference volunteers and a bag full of goodies. Make sure you check your goody bag this year for CarriePagesPilates.com swag! I can't wait for you to see what I had made.
#3 GO TO THE SIP AND SHOP THE MOMENT IT STARTS
Don’t miss out on one minute of the Sip and Shop on Wednesday evening! It was definitely one of my favorite parts of the conference! It’s where you’ll see everyone for the first time, and meeting my social media friends in person was a total highlight of the trip. You'll sip on complimentary grown up beverages and walk through the shopping venue to check out all of the vendors.
#4 DON'T MISS THE PILATES ANYTIME PARTIES
I am absolutely not kidding when I say don't miss this party. Pilates Anytime is not only the an absolutely amazing online studio, but they throw the best parties! This year Pilates Anytime is hosting two parties. One is a Voguing Dance Battle. Please note that you must register for this party, so do that now! They're also hosting a Radical Self Expression Party. Wear whatever you would like to radically self express yourself. These parties will be amazing so don't miss out!
#5 TAKE AN EXTRA BAG FOR YOUR SWAG
Speaking of shopping, you are going to need an extra bag to carry home all of the new stuff you buy and get for free! Many of the vendors aren’t only selling their best products but have free gifts, too! You’ll want to bring it all home with you, so just grab one of your 1,000 Lululemon or Athleta shopping bags, fold it up, and throw it in your luggage. I promise you’re going to need it.
#6 EXTRA $$$ FOR SHOPPING
Just one more tip about the shopping. Get ready to be tempted because over the course of the 4 days you’ll find more and more Pilates gear that you cannot live without. The Pilates Nerd booth alone will blow your mind, and there’s nothing like being able to see all of the Nerd gear in person. Also be sure not to miss the Good Citizen LA and Balanced Body booths which always have contest and prizes! Click here to see the full list of vendors who will be at the conference.
#7 BRING AT LEAST 2 OUTFITS PER DAY
I'm always shocked by how many outfits I go through each year. There are 3 sessions per day with at least one being a mat class, and you will get sweaty! I changed my Pilates clothes at least twice a day, so I would definitely come prepared with extra leggings. You could always just buy new stuff, too!
#8 EXTRA JUICE FOR YOUR CELL PHONE
You will be using your phone a lot! You'll constantly be referring to the app to check your schedule. You’ll also be taking loads of pics, posting to your social media accounts, and videoing fun moments which will drain your battery. My cell phone died at once per day, so trust me, you’re gonna need backup. At the very least be sure to have your charger with you at all times, but I suggest bringing a portable charger. Here’s the link to the one I have.
There ya go! Just a few tips for having everything you need at the Pilates Method Alliance Conference. In this one amazing conference you’ll get all of your PMA CEC’s covered for a year, admission to all of the parties, learn from the best of the best in the Pilates industry, and make tons of new friends! It’s an experience you’ll never forget, and I hope to see you there.