Win a Lumia 635 and a FitBit Flex from BGG2WL and @LumiaUS! #MakeItHappen

Win a Lumia 635 and a FitBit Flex from BGG2WL and @LumiaUS! #MakeItHappen

As you might know, I spent this past week in Los Angeles with a few hundred amazing soccer-loving teens and a few of my favorite fellow bloggers to teach fitness skills, run drills, and host a soccer championship game for them, sponsored in part by Microsoft Lumia, Partnerships for LA Schools, and The Mia Hamm Foundation. This is the kind of stuff I love – love – to do.

I must say, this was the most rewarding work I’ve done all year.

I spent several days with 200 high schools who excel at school and are leaders in their local communities, sharing insights and information about fitness and nutrition, sharing simple tips that they could take back to their parents or things they could consider when they make their plates at home, and teaching several classes – 19, to be exact – on pre- and post-workout routines like cool downs, warm-ups, and stretching. It was awesome – not just for the kids, but for me, too.

Had it not been for the grace of someone in my younger life, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. In fact, there are several people in my life who thought to extend a hand back to help pull me forward, and that has become a core part of who I am. Having the opportunity to do that, and have the kids come up to me and hug me, thank me for the lessons, and ask to take pictures with me – photos like this awesome shot below – made me feel like I’d done something good, like I’d been a part of something special.

Since the week was all about “making it happen,” we asked the kids to each make a pledge. It didn’t have to be a fitness-related pledge – one of the kids pledged to read 30 minutes of unassigned un-school-related reading a day – and they had to vow to stick to it. We gifted the kids with a super dope “Get Fit Kit” – a few t-shirts with the week’s slogan of #MakeItHappen emblazoned across the back, a new Microsoft Lumia 635 smart phone, a FitBit fitness tracker, a water bottle, and a notebook that gave them space to track their progress on their goals.

I can only hope I made as positive a difference in these teens’ lives as they’ve made in mine.

As you might realize, this was my first time teaching group fitness. And, though I’d doubted my pedagogy – my ability to teach others and ensure that they come away with the correct and full message – and whether or not I could get the job done, hearing the kids ask questions and being able to give them clear and concise answers, being able to guide them through complex moves and assist students when they needed it, and being able to command the respect of the teens – not an easy feat, I must admit, because whereas adults are polite enough to play it off sometimes, teens are rude – gave me more and more confidence with each class I taught. Eventually, my swagger was on a hundred thousand trillion. (I mean, I’m not gonna lie – I was feeling myself.)

In other words, I feel more confident in my teaching abilities… and now, I’m looking forward to making my sixth certification the Group Fitness one. And I’m looking forward to seeing y’all next #ScaleFreeSummer.

Oh, and I’m giving away stuff.

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By | 2017-06-10T11:21:53+00:00 December 12th, 2014|Giveaways|48 Comments

About the Author:

The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes food and fitness, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is also certified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because she likes having alphabet soup at the end of her name.


  1. Candice W. December 12, 2014 at 10:18 PM - Reply

    My goal for 2015 is to continue making progress with my weight loss and keep up with this healthy journey.

  2. Cyn December 12, 2014 at 11:09 PM - Reply

    My New Year resolution is too be way more active and save money.

  3. J Wright December 12, 2014 at 11:37 PM - Reply

    lose weight

  4. Erica December 13, 2014 at 12:31 AM - Reply

    What’s your New Year’s Resolution for 2015?

    My New Year’s Resolution is to reach out to college students like me with my blog. My blog covers everything from college life to my own fitness journey. I want to be able to help others as I share my stories and experiences.

  5. Milaxx December 13, 2014 at 2:41 AM - Reply

    I don’t make resolutions. I just look at what I’ve accomplished this year and think about what I can do to male things better.

  6. Carla S December 13, 2014 at 6:36 AM - Reply

    My resolution is to lift much heavier weight than what I’m lifting now.

  7. shanibee December 13, 2014 at 6:28 PM - Reply

    Commit to clean eating!

  8. paige c December 13, 2014 at 9:50 PM - Reply

    I want to better manage my stress and be more present in each moment

  9. Gigi December 13, 2014 at 10:00 PM - Reply

    My 2015 resolution is to step out of my comfort zone and get healthy and more active.

  10. Toks W December 13, 2014 at 10:02 PM - Reply

    To take an aerial yoga class

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