Praise for IDEA Personal Trainer Institute™ East
Thank you for the great article “Sample Class: Farmhand Fitness,” by
Ryan Halvorson [Class Take-Out, April 2015]. I have a group of older
adults (mean age 70) who train outdoors near Montreal, doing boot
camp–style classes in summer and snowshoeing in winter.
We are just home from a remarkable week at the 2015 IDEA World Fitness Convention™! There is absolutely nothing more energizing than stepping into the epicenter of our industry and interacting with 12,000 fitness professionals who are transforming lives and changing the world every day. While our editors are busy producing an overview of the event in stories and photos for the next issue, we want to share one of the many highlights: celebrating the 2015 IDEA World Fitness Awards recipients!
Ted Vickey, MBS, is president of FitWell LLC, an international fitness management and design company serving corporate America and the fitness and golf industries. Often referred to as “the most connected man in fitness,” Vickey spent 11 years as executive director of the White House Athletic Center, a post he held throughout the presidencies of George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Through his consulting work, he has collaborated with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Fruit of the Loom, Osram Sylvania, and the U.S.
New beginnings. When Patty Shoaf first met Barbara 19 years ago,
she realized quickly that this would be a client like no other. “I
arrived for a consult at her house and a classy, high-heeled,
67-year-old woman wearing a skirt walked in,” Shoaf recalls.
Alison L. Steiber, PhD, RDN, serves as chief science officer at the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. She previously served as an associate professor and direc- tor of the coordinated dietetic internship and master’s degree program at Case Western Reserve University, where her research focused on nutritional assess- ment, quality of life, functional status, pancreatitis and probiotics.
Passion. A typical day for Justin Russ involves wrangling 30–50 high-school athletes through their daily condition- ing training. The athletes attend IMG Academy, where they undergo rigorous athletic and scholastic programs. Russ is a strength and conditioning coach responsi- ble for the development and implementa- tion of conditioning training to improve each athlete’s physical capacity and mini- mize injury risk.
Jessica Matthews, MS, E-RYT, wears many hats in the fitness industry, most notably through her work as an ACE expert, a media spokesperson and a fitness blogger. She also serves as an assistant professor of exercise science at Miramar College in San Diego, where she teaches courses within the department of exercise science, health and nutrition. In addition to holding ACE Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Health Coach certifications, Matthews is an experienced yoga teacher, registered through Yoga Alliance.
A longtime athlete who found himself constantly falling prey to injury, Greg Roskopf, MA, created a new approach to recovery called Muscle Activation TechniquesTM. The process, which helps to identify unique causes of muscle tightness and weakness in order to remedy them, has been used by professional athletes playing for the Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets, as well as a wide range of other clients.
Needing change. One of the most common reasons people work with a personal trainer is to lose weight. Not for Katie. By age 29, she had devoted countless hours to becoming a successful real estate agent on Martha’s Vineyard, an island south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She was rewarded for her efforts with professional and financial success but at the expense of her physical and emotional health. The young entrepreneur had become overstressed, overworked and underrested, and knew she needed a change.
“I work tirelessly to provide my clients, friends, family and social media contacts with training and health and fitness information, as well as encouraging them to believe in themselves and take pride in who they are,” says personal trainer Kurt Gillon. He does this through concentrating on his education and on working with his clients to get them the results they want.