Santa Monica Adventures Continued: Jamba Juice FiTrends Expo & Meeting Venus Williams!

Hello from the air on the way back to D.C.! I had such a great time in California the past couple days – I was sorry to say goodbye this morning!

Yesterday was busy but really fun. I started my day with a little work on my laptop (yay for being on east coast time!), then headed to Urth Caffé to meet my college friend Christie for breakfast!


A bunch of you guys recommended Urth Caffe, and it was just as good as you all said it would be! I had a dish with poached eggs, smoked salmon, and arugula on top of brioche. SO good. Plus one of their famous green tea lattes!

urth cafe

I loved the vibe at this place – so cute. It was great to catch up with Christie, too!


After breakfast, it was off to the main event and the reason I was in Los Angeles to begin with – the Jamba Juice FiTrends Expo!


The event was held at the beautiful Annenberg Community Beach House – it was right on the beach with stunning views of the water and the distant mountains. Beautiful spot for an event!


Shortly after our arrival, it was down to business – we had some serious working out to do! Jamba Juice used the event as a way to showcase some of the latest trends in fitness this year; to do so, they had instructors on hand to lead participants in 8 different workouts that were 15 minutes each.

First up was Cassey Ho of Blogilates to get the event kicked off.


She led everyone in an awesome workout – the hardest of the day, in my opinion! It involved squats, lunges, side planks, and more. I was very impressed with her ability to wield a microphone while in a side plank!

blogilates workout

Cassey’s intro was followed by a ton more awesome mini-workouts. I loved that the Jamba Juice Banana Man participated in a lot of them while in full costume. He was an awesome dancer! :)



We did the following workouts:

Bokwa, led by Brian Mavi

  • What’s Bokwa, you ask? It’s a dance-inspired workout in which participants draw letters and numbers with their feet. I really liked this, despite the fact that I’m slightly challenged when it comes to choreography. :)

CrossFit, led by Charles “Chuck” Stumpf

  • You guys know I was all over this one! We did a 3 minute AMRAP (as many reps as possible) of the following: 5 burpees, 10 pushups, 15 air squats. Then we rested for a minute and did it again!

Broadway Bodies, led by Joseph Corella

  • I was surprised by this one – I’m normally not into dance workouts, but I loved this! Joseph made is really fun – he was hilarious and had great energy. Broadway Bodies is a a high-impact, dance cardio workout to your favorite Show Tunes, Movie Musicals, and Pop Videos. Fun!

Piloxing, led by Cortney Gornall

  • I completely missed this workout because I was outside chatting – oops! I heard it was awesome, though. Piloxing = pilates + boxing!

Physique 57, led by Sarah Pfeifer

  • Physique 57 is a barre/ballet inspired workout – lots of small movements that tone your butt, hips, etc.!

LaBlast, led by Jodie Patterson

  • Another dance-inspired workout! I found this one to be a little hard to follow in terms of choreography (I’m so not a dance workout person), but it was high energy and everyone had fun with it.

jamba juice event

In between the 15 minute mini-workouts, we had time to recharge with some Jamba Juice goodies.


We were able to sample their latest smoothies, juices (I loved the carrot orange fresh juice!), and their steel cut oatmeal, too! It was all delicious.

jamba juice

I loved those cinnamon apple chips pictured above – I just enjoyed one as a snack on the plane! :)

We also had a chance to mingle in between the sessions. It was great to see some old friends and to make some new ones, too. Also, guess who showed up to surprise everyone – Tony Horton, the guy who invented P90X!


Monica, Brittany, Laura, and I all snagged a photo and some chat time with him. I love P90X workouts so it was really fun to meet him – he’s ridiculously fit in person, too! I used to do the P90X Yoga X and plyometric workouts all the time at home – they’re killer.

I also had a great time talking to Jane, a fANNEtastic blog reader who was the only one able to take me up on the offer I shared in a previous post for locals to attend the event along with me!


Jane is a fitness instructor and is currently finishing up her internships to become an RD, so we had a lot to talk about! She had actually emailed me recently about shadowing/interning with me in DC but the timing wasn’t going to work out, so I was glad to have the chance to meet her. She was super sweet. :) Thanks again for coming, Jane!

The event closed with a chance for us to meet Venus Williams, who works with Jamba Juice (she owns a few of their franchise locations) and is also extremely tall. :)


Having played tennis in high school, it was really cool to meet such a famous tennis celebrity! Venus shared that working out is all about having fun – I couldn’t have said it better myself, Venus. :)

I have to say another big thank you to Jamba Juice (who covered my travel/lodging costs while I was in CA) for having me out for this cool event! It was an honor to be there.

After the event was over, I had a couple hours to kill before dinner, so I decided to hit the beach! It was a gorgeous day – a complete 180 from the gray, cold weather from the previous day.


I had dinner last night at my hotel (I was put up at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, which was lovely) with my cousin Willow and aunt Carol who live in the area. It was great to see them! Great food, too. :)

dinner with the fam

Carol was sweet and hung out in the lobby for an hour after dinner while Willow and I had a little one-on-one girl catch up time. We took a stroll on the beach while chatting – beautiful night.


This morning, I was up bright and early for a run on that same beach!



My legs were tired from all the adventure the day before and I didn’t want to overdo it since I’m running the Nike Women’s Half Marathon on Sunday, but I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t get out to enjoy the beautiful views and weather!


Yep, totally worth it. 3.5 casual miles, plus a walk down to the water to stick my hands in the ocean before saying farewell.


After my run, I treated myself to breakfast at Urth Caffe again – this time, I got the poached eggs on brioche with prosciutto! Also delicious. And another of those awesome green tea lattes.


You guys know I’m very social by nature, but I have to say it was really fun to just spend a morning by myself, getting in a run and relaxing over breakfast while reading the paper. I seriously can’t remember the last time I had such a relaxing morning, and it was lovely.

I land in DC at 9 p.m. so I’ll be enjoying the in-flight wi-fi until then. Farewell, Santa Monica, and thanks for the good times! I’ll miss you!


If you could meet any fitness or sports celebrity, who would it be?


  1. 1

    I had lunch out by myself today and it was super relaxing :) I should do it more often!

  2. 2

    Looks like you had a lovely dinner and run this morning. I’m sad I didn’t get a chance to go for a run on the beach!

    Oh and I got one of the green tea lattes from Urth Cafe yesterday as well — so good!

    I hope you have a safe flight home.

  3. 4

    Looks like a really fun time and beautiful weather, too!

  4. 5

    You know, I had one if those amazingly, relaxing mornings today, and it was actually a lot of fun. Who knew? :-) I’m glad you got one too.

  5. 6

    So good to see you, Anne! Now that you’re back in DC maybe I’ll get to see you around the holidays again :)

  6. 7

    i go to UCLA so Santa Monica is practically in my backyard, but i wasn’t able to go to this event because of a chemistry lab, sadly :( looks like a wonderful time!

    all your food looks delicious, too – i’ll have to try out that place with the green tea lattes! :)

  7. 8

    I had such a lovely time chatting with you! I must try Urth Cafe’s Green Tea Latte, I’ve only gotten the espresso. I’m also happy someone else is challenged by dance fitness classes :)

  8. 9

    Amazing trip! That was on fun fitness filled morning! Sounds like great fun!

  9. 10
    Roadrunner says

    Wonderful Trip. And you made the most of it!

  10. 11

    That expo looks like it was a BLAST! I can’t imagine anything better than a whole day devoted to food and exercise! ;-) I’m so jealous you got to meet Tony Horton, too. Glad you had a good time!

  11. 12
    Paula Sparkle says

    Great Santa Monica pictures and story – Jamba Juice is awesome- can’t wait to try these workouts – thank you for sharing them!

    PS Had lunch at Urth Caffe last month and it was wonderful – the pictures are making me hungry- miss the beach too!

  12. 13

    What an awesome trip. I fell in love with Jamba Juice while in Hawaii and I still find it such a treat to go and get one of their smoothies. I’m so glad you enjoyed your time. I love Blogilates, her Youtube workouts are the best!

  13. 14

    Hi Christie!!! :)
    I totally agree about the relaxed mornings- they are few and far between but when they happen it’s a great thing!

  14. 15

    What an amazing trip!

  15. 16

    Anne, it looks like you had a great time!! The event looked awesome. I am always amazed at all the different ways to workout, with dance, ballet, etc. My friend loves bar and my sister loves the dance workouts.

    And how cool to meet the guy who invented P90X as well as Venus Williams. For me, I would love to meet Kara Goucher, Shalane Flanagan, Ryan Hall, and David Beckham. I was close to meeting both kara and Shalane while at the Boston Marathon, but missed them. Darn it!!

  16. 17
    Elisabeth says

    I was a high school tennis player, too, and have loved tennis since I was a kid. I’d like to meet Pete Sampras & Andre Agassi!

  17. 18

    Wow that looks incredible! I am so jealous!! I would love to meet Ray Lewis/the ENTIRE Baltimore Ravens football team.

  18. 19

    Wow looks like you guys had such an amazing time!

    I’d love to meet Jillian Michaels

  19. 20

    So fun! If I was still in SoCal, I totally would have taken you up on the offer to attend the event! :)

  20. 21

    It looks like you had such a blast on your trip! Safe travels back!

  21. 22

    Hi Anne! I just discovered your blog a few days ago. I was really struggling for healthy lunch ideas, and I found so many tasty looking lunch ideas on your site. I shopped for everything today, and I’m actually excited about going to work this week! I want to thank you so much for inspiring me. :)

  22. 24

    Looks like a lot of fun!! Those green lattes are gorgeous! I bet they are tasty too!! Thanks for sharing!

  23. 25

    Wow, Santa Monica looks absolutely stunning. Sounds like you had such a good time! Going for a run in a new place is always the best :)

  24. 26

    I would love to meet the Tone it Up Girls in person, I LOVE them and I would also love to meet Bob and Jillian!

  25. 27

    Looks like a lot of fun and I am jealous! I would absolutely love to meet Michael Jordan. My childhood sports hero and greatest basketball player of all time (in my opinion!)

  26. 28

    Tony Horton! Holy crap that’s awesome! Your pictures of the beach make me want to be there SO bad! Fun!


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