I always feel like a bit of a rock star anytime I put a conference lanyard around my neck. It makes me feel as if I have special access to something. And of course, I do. I have insider information to some of the highest quality education, training techniques and philosophies in the fitness industry--right here under my feet at The 2011 IDEA World Fitness Convention in Los Angeles. Well, I should say around my feet, beside my feet, behind my feet and above my feet. It’s a bubble. Let me explain.
Posted by Joy Keller @ Thursday, August 11, 2011 @ 17:52pm
Today is pre-conference day at IDEA World Fitness Convention. That means the halls are still quiet and the registration booths are only two people deep. Despite what I refer to as “the calm before the storm,” there was still plenty of education to be enjoyed. Of particular interest to me was Chalene Johnson’s all-day session on leveraging social media. “If you’re not using social media, you will not be successful,” she warned the surprisingly sparse crowd. “Social media is where it’s at.”
This morning I woke up to a warm fire crackling around me. Turbo Fire, to be precise. While the showcase room at the J.W. Marriott did have a panoply of video-generated fire on multiple screens (you have to check out this room!), the real fire came from Chalene Johnson. She led us through a high-intensity bout of cardiovascular training (better than coffee any day) and reminded us how inspirational it is to combine music with movement and motivation.
Posted by Joy Keller @ Friday, August 12, 2011 @ 16:52pm
It’s the final day of 2011 IDEA World Fitness Convention, and somehow I managed to harness my inner Beatle – “Woke up, fell out of bed. Dragged a comb across my head. Found my way downstairs and drank a cup. Looking up, I noticed I was late.” Yup, by 6:45 a.m. I was out the hotel door and on my way to “What the ‘L’ Step” to get new choreo for my classes back home. I wonder if it’s possible to sleepstep? If you can sleepwalk, there must be a way to stay asleep while exercising!
It's hard to walk through the halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center without noticing the various footwear worn by attendees. I'm pleasantly surprised at the number of professionals donning what are now referred to as minimalist shoes.. I've seen some pretty incredible designs. Some seemed like they come from the future. Others look as though they were molded specifically for the foot, serving simply as thin rubber protection from the elements. Of course more traditional options still abound.