Conference Blogs

Future Generations

Not sweaty anymore. Now I'm hungry. I saw lots of interesting snack samples at the expo, but I was so intrigued by the various products and vendors that I just kept wandering about. Tomorrow I'm going to try an interactive video sports game - the wave of the future for the kids of today I think. My kids probably know all about it, so I'm probably lucky they aren't here with me this year as they'd beat me in a second, then pretend not to know me because I am sooooo embarrassing. Can you tell I have at least one teenager?   read more >>

From Every Corner of the Earth

You know it’s a memorable day when—before breakfast!—you’ve been charmed by Chinese folk music, laughed and hugged with wellness professionals from Spain, South Africa and Australia, tasted the power and focus of a martial arts kata or two, soaked up the delicious undulating moves of the Gyrotonic® Expansion System and been profoundly humbled by the courage, wisdom and love of Augie Nieto, who is living with ALS.   read more >>

Electric Skin Is In

Ooohh...I just got chill bumps! You know that static electricity feeling you get that resonates from your spinal column and spreads out through your nerves, to your skin? It feels like a thousand tiny little prickles of unmitigated joy. Waves of wonder. Some people call it "the chills." I get the chills often, and not just when I'm in a cold convention center room (ha ha). It happens when I meet a person with exceptional character.   read more >>

Starting out Sweaty

Picture me sweaty. Actually, never mind. So far this morning, after waking up promptly at 6:00 AM(yay), I’ve gone to two workouts and the welcome/awards ceremony. My first class was “Pumping Nothing.” I thought it was going to be about my attempts at indoor cycling (I just needed a bike and bell to complete the picture, according to my teaching colleague), but it was actually a workout ‘sans’ equipment. So, instead of pumping my “air” bike, I pumped my own body weight.   read more >>

A Spectacular Launch

Last night I went to sleep with illusions that I had become an IDEA World Fitness Pro. After 6 years of covering this event, I thought I had it wired. I eased into precons yesterday, stayed hydrated and fueled and got to bed (reasonably) early. How very grown up of me! I thought for certain I would wake refreshed and prepared to receive the wall of energy that usually hits me between the eyes and overwhelms me as I begin circulating on the first day of convention. Man, was I ever wrong. I was a choked-up, sniveling mess (in a totally good way) by 9:15 AM.   read more >>

Thoughts from Day One

Random thoughts from Day One of IDEA 25: I happened on the 7am Cycle Karaoke session just as a non-English-speaking fellow from Russia "won" the chance to lead the class in singing/cycling to "She Bang" as the words scrolled across the nearby screen. Somehow, yelling out "Yeah, Baby!," the only English words he could think of, sounded just as good as the real lyrics and brought raucous cheers from the class.   read more >>

IDEA World Fitness Convention Begins

In the Beginning IDEA World Fitness Convention 2007 is in full effect. For those of you who are unable to attend this energy-filled event, I hope you are able to take away information that will help you continue to inspire the world to fitness.   read more >>

A Taste of Inner IDEA Satiates Preconference Attendees

I learned something new today. Did you know that propioception is the sixth sense? This is one of many concepts Lorna Francis, PhD, presented in her talk "Living in the Full Presence of Life." Her presentation was part of "A Taste of Inner IDEA: A Body-Mind Experience," an all-day preconference event (one of many concurrent sessions) that helped get IDEA World Fitness Convention 2007 off to a mindful start.     read more >>

IDEA World Fitness Convention™ 2007: Let’s Get This Party Started!

Okay, here we go! After a year of hard work and planning, the IDEA staff descended on the San Diego Convention Center earlier this week to get things set up for a fitness and wellness extravaganza of international proportions. We are expecting more than 5,000 delegates, assistants, faculty, staff and Fitness and Wellness Expo guests over the next 5 days to help us celebrate IDEA's 25th anniversary…no small feat to pull off with just 30 or so regular staff!     read more >>