Words cannot convey how truly fantastic my experience was at the 2011 IDEA World Fitness Convention. As a convention veteran—seeing the energetic pulse this year of all the diverse participants across all age groups, all levels of ability and the far reaches of the globe—I was reminded of how much I love our industry and its wide embrace.
IDEA is coming to the end of an exciting conference and convention year. We are about to put on our third event of the year and are feeling the elation of being in the home stretch while simultaneously feeling a bit wistful that it’s all winding down.
You might describe it as overwhelming, but even that superlative is an underwhelming descriptor for what transpired at the 2011 IDEA World Fitness Convention in Los Angeles, August 11–14. Between Apolo Ohno’s keynote message of zero regrets and the convention theme of “Take the Challenge,” there was no way to leave even a whisper of yourself on the table. The atmosphere at this event had a way of sucking the energy right out of you and then infusing it right back in—plus 10%. Everyone gave it up and got it back, and the effect was palpable.
We are just 5 or 6 weeks away from seeing many of you at the IDEA World Fitness Convention™ in Los Angeles (August 11–14). There are so many great things in store for this year’s attendees—from our signature original programming and a jam-packed Fitness & Wellness Expo to parties/networking events and all the great attractions Los Angeles has to offer—that it’s sure to be a fun and fantastic experience.
“When I think of ‘wellness within,’ the theme of Inner IDEA this year, the word that comes to me right away is balance—balance between mind, body and the breath,” says world-renowned yoga instructor and Inner IDEA presenter Rodney Yee, who will guide three sessions at the conference, including a large-group closing workout. “Wellness within is mindfulness and acceptance of what you are, what you feel inside and how it’s always changing. That process is helped by being attentive to the breath as it moves through the body.
How daring are you? What will it take for you to risk the status quo and stretch beyond your comfort zone to create a new success story for yourself? You’ll have hundreds of opportunities to challenge yourself with brand-new programs, equipment and research, inspiring personalities, groundbreaking experts and in-depth education opportunities at the 2011 IDEA World Fitness Convention, August 11–14, in Los Angeles.
WWhat is the next goal on your path to success? Learning a new training skill or getting a certification in a new area? Creating a community program or building another market for your business? Increasing your knowledge of nutrition, mind-body health or fitness business management? How about developing a new video, TV show or Web page, or doing more social networking to bring in extra clients and boost revenue?
Inner IDEA is a special conference where there is calm, peaceful coexistence in the midst of vast knowledge exchange. All of the presenters were wonderful. All of the attendees were so appreciative. All of the assistants were fantastic. Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to share my knowledge, gain new knowledge, meet beautiful, loving people and walk away with a beautiful feeling. Norma Shechtman, MEd, MA 2003 ACE Group Fitness Instructor of the Year Irvine, California
No matter what words you use to describe the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute, one thing is clear: it’s no ordinary personal trainer conference. With a consistently high satisfaction rating—over 95%—and a history of selling out fast (sign up early), it’s the world’s longest-running event exclusively for trainers—and it continues to pioneer a conference experience that’s unique in the industry.