In an increasingly turbulent, stressful and quickly changing world, the challenges to well-being are greater than ever—but so is your opportunity to help clients grow and flourish with fitness, vitality and resilience of body, mind and spirit. There’s no better way to help your clients on their journey to wholeness than to undertake your own journey at this year’s Inner IDEA Conference.
Every year IDEA recognizes top professionals in three categories: IDEA Program Director of the Year, IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year. Award recipients are veteran fitness pros who strive for excellence, show an outstanding commitment to their clients and communities, and spread their passion for fitness across the globe. Recipients will be celebrated at the IDEA World Fitness Convention™ this July, along with screen and fitness legend Jane Fonda, who will accept the IDEA Jack LaLanne Award.
Whether you’ve just joined IDEA, have been with us for a few years or are proud to say you were an inaugural member (that’s 30 years together!), you’re bound to have memories attached to your IDEA experiences. Perhaps your favorite is a special friendship formed at a conference; an article that inspired you to take action after reading one of IDEA’s many publications; or a training concept or networking encounter that changed the course of your career.
If we had it to do all over again, there wouldn’t be much we would change, if anything. We, and IDEA, have come to this exact moment in time as a sum of all the parts, moments, people and happenings—both amazing and sometimes not so great—that have happened on our journey since we founded IDEA.
It is essential for fitness professionals to stay up-to-date on health and fitness news. You never know when your clients are going to ask about a new workout or diet fad they’ve heard is the latest and greatest. Don’t let them catch you unprepared! Use IDEA FitFeed to stay in the know. This inclusive tool collates health, fitness and nutrition news being shared by fitness professionals around the web and posts the top trending news items in one convenient location.
Knowing that in 60 days we will be at the 2012 IDEA World Fitness Convention™ (July 5–8 in San Diego) with you celebrating three decades as an association and charting our course for the future is hugely exhilarating—but also a bit daunting. For us, the daunt factor is the realization that 30 years have passed since we founded IDEA, and we’re not sure where they went! The 60 days part is manageable—it’s an annual pre-event adrenaline drill that the IDEA Tribe uses to ramp up as the event approaches.
For many years, IDEA has been a supporter and an advocate for the Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF). Several of our Inspiration Award recipients through the years have been CAF people whose stories of determination and triumph have moved and inspired us incredibly.
We probably all know an individual or a family with a loved one who serves or has served in our country’s armed forces. Some of you even have lived or are living the life first-hand. Soldiers are deployed to uncertain circumstances, while their families continue with life at home—counting the days until their soldiers return. Soldiers and their families sacrifice much and ask little.