The Year of the Gym Rat

Whether you’re a hardcore professional or simply a casual fan, fitness expos are the preeminent events for scoring free exercise gear, learning about the newest industry trends, meeting celebrity experts, and watching the most grueling competitions.

Many of the larger events are considered the comic cons of the fitness world and are treated with a similar reverence, attracting thousands of fans and business owners.

Luckily, dozens of famed health and fitness expos are already scheduled for the upcoming year, and we’ve rounded up a list that includes some of the events we’re excited for in 2016.

The Fit Expo

While the approximate 60,00 attendees experience and purchase the newest and most popular products and trends in fitness, the expo will also incorporate competitive events and strength contests, a 5K run, and healthy cooking demonstrations.

This event takes place in multiple cities over various dates, including Los Angeles on January 23-24, Chicago on June 25-6, and Ft. Lauderdale on October 8-9.

Arnold Fitness Expo

An equally fun and informative day for fitness enthusiasts, this event held in Columbus, Ohio, and locations around the world brags the title of the largest health and fitness expo in the country.

The March 4-6 event will include over 900 booths, giving pros the chance to score merchandise from top brands while they view dozens of competitions.

The New York Tri Expo

New York City will kick off its triathlon season on March 19th by packing CITI Field with new and returning triathletes for a full day of fun activities and free giveaways, in addition to informative workshops on topics ranging from healthy running habits to stronger swimming.

Registration for this event is now open online, but it will presumably fill up quickly.

IDEA World Fitness Convention

Taking place July 13-17 in Los Angeles, this event encompasses hundreds of informative workouts, lecture, and workshop sessions for fitness pros and business owners.

Attendees can meet industry celebrities including Jillian Michaels, and learn new business techniques that will grow their customer base and profits.

Europa Games Get Fit & Sports Expo

Featuring competitions in sports such as powerlifting and judo side-by-side with arm wrestling and Zumba, this expo appeals to even the most unconventional of fitness fans.

The event takes place in multiple locations around the country, and will also include an obstacle course, a kids zone, and celebrity speakers.

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