Sandy Todd Webster's Blog

Welcome to My Blog!

The IDEA editors have been blogging and video logging (vlogging) our events for a few years now. However, I wanted to share thoughts and observations with you on a more regular basis, so our intrepid web developers set up this blog for me. Welcome and thanks for reading! I’ll look forward to hearing your feedback and insights.

Fun & Fit at the Sarasota YMCA

I was on vacation in Sarasota, Florida, a couple of weeks ago visiting my brother and his family. I’ve been down there a few times now and have happily made the Sarasota YMCA (the Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch)—which is just a few miles from their neighborhood—my home away from home (away from home). What an amazing fitness facility and what an incredibly talented staff.

Reality Fitness, Pole Fitness

If there’s one thing I love about working in the fitness industry, it’s the variety of things I get to try. Take today, for instance...

Hey Y’all: Fun, Fitness and Jazz Festival in New Orleans

If you’ve ever been to Jazz Festival in New Orleans—or if you’ve ever spent time in the great state of Louisiana, period—you know it’s all about food and fun. For the second straight year, IDEA membership director Annina Torri and I took a quick vacation down South to visit our friend and IDEA member Charlie Hoolihan, personal training director for the stunning Pelican Athletic Club (PAC) in Mandeville, on Lake Pontchartrain’s north shore.

Riding to Life

A few years ago, I discovered spinning and threw myself into it. I went three times a week for about a year, which dwindled to twice weekly, which dwindled to once a month (in a good month). What happened? Did I just burn out? I’m pretty steady in my fitness pursuits, so I’ve often wondered why I lost interest in it. Last night I gained a bit of clarity on the matter.

Cooking With the Seasons at Rancho La Puerta Spa

Anyone who knows me out there well understands that I could wax on forever about food, recipes, wine and the culinary arts in general. I try to go to at least one cooking class per month to keep myself in the game. Wednesday night I attended a terrific class with IDEA Fitness Journal art director Esther Coit, who shares my food passion. We are both fairly accomplished cooks, so it’s not always easy finding a class that is different enough to justify the money and time, but we scored a bulls eye last night when we picked “An Evening With Rancho La Puerta Spa and Deborah Schneider.”

Congratulations IDEA Editors on Another "Maggie" Award!

Meet the IDEA editorial team. Smart. Hard working. Dedicated to quality. Perfectionists (in a good way).


I was reluctant to resurrect the subject of John Cloud’s opinion piece/cover story "Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin” from the August 9 issue of TIME Magazine. I hesitated primarily because the hoopla has pretty much died down and I didn’t want to give this sensational (in a bad way) piece any more time in the sun. Also, two IDEA members-educators (Nicki Anderson and Jonathan Ross) did an outstanding job of building such strong, elegant counterpoints in their blogs that I felt I’d just be piling on by joining the fray. But enough people have asked me to weigh in on the topic that perhaps a bit of late-in-the-game analysis is warranted.