You can duplicate the energy and feel of IDEA World Fitness at home.
We are sharing space here at L.A. Live with popular tween boy band One Direction, and I'm honestly not sure if the energy I am feeling is coming from our attendees or the throng of adolescent girls camped out in front of Staples Center, which is adjacent to the Convention Center. It's hard not to feel like a rock star when you have to pass umpteen security personnel as the high-pitched squealing of thousands of girls wends past your ear drums.
But One Direction's got nothing on our presenters.
I spent a lot of time today popping in on numerous sessions, meeting attendees and presenters. The vibe is definitely of the tree top variety, and it's enough to make you dizzy. In between bouts of sweaty inspiration and camaraderie, you can sometimes forget about the people back home who are waiting for you. Waiting for you to come back on Monday morning and keep their commitment to wellness alive. Waiting for you to inspire and motivate them.
Okay, great. But how do you translate all this amazing education? How do you take a jam-packed session, taught in a room where 250 of your contemporaries are working out just as hard as you are, and size it down for your multi-level class of new moms, die hards and Baby Boomers? Here are some ideas, which are takeaways from this morning's amazing session "Four Top Guns Meet Four Top Chicks--A Match Made in Heaven."
- Create a feeling of community. The presenters gave out wristbands in four colors and then you decided which team you were on based on the color of your wristband.
- Play motivating music. This may seem like a no-brainer to group exercise instructors, but personal trainers who aren't used to programming to a soundtrack can benefit from making the time to create playlists that follow a solid beats per minute (let's say 125-130, in general).
- Offer incentives. Give out prizes such as water bottles, t-shirts, or a discount on your spa services, if you offer that. A little love goes a long way.
- Authentically engage with your clients and participants. Make eye contact and let them know you care.
- Finally, create programs that are scientifically based, safe and effective. Know your foundations and principles and teach to the people in front of you.
How will you take what you have learned here at IDEA World Fitness and share with your community? Tell us; we'd love to know.