An April Attraction
Whether IDEA Fitness Fusion—Chicago® is in your backyard or a world away, it’s the venue for CECs, fun and new friendships.
The holidays are long gone. New Year’s resolutions lie crumpled on the gym floor, and your classes have thinned out a little. There’s a big space between Valentine’s Day and Memorial Day—how are you going to fill it? If one of your resolutions was to enrich your professional education, mark a big red “X” on your calendar in April (April 28–May 1, to be exact).
At IDEA Fitness Fusion—Chicago, not only can you earn all your continuing education credits (CECs) in one weekend but you’ll also find an endless supply of verve. That’s right, verve, as in “energy and enthusiasm in the expression of ideas.” Your ideas, your cohorts’, the industry’s—making this event the best place to stop and refuel for the rest of the year. You are an integral part of a blossoming community, and we can’t have a show without you.
Close your eyes and imagine being a fitness professional in Botswana. While this burgeoning republic boasts many things, it is not necessarily a hotbed of exercise information. How do you learn about the coolest new programs and techniques or find out how to get certified? If you are Obert Morgan, who hails from Gaborone, Botswana, you go to where the action is: IDEA Fitness Fusion. Morgan says he got the fitness bug from industry vet Marcus Irwin, who had traveled to Africa from Australia to give a workshop. “But I wasn’t able to find out everything I needed to in my area,” says Morgan, who discovered IDEA Fitness Fusion on the Internet. “It was worth the trip because I made so many contacts and learned so many things in one place. I was able to take my knowledge back home and share it with others.”
IDEA member Annette Dumke lives in Holzgerlingen, Germany, and has been making the trek to Fusion since 1998. Is it worth the long trip and the expense? “Of course it is,” Dumke says. “I could also go [to conventions] in Germany, but I love to meet all the other fitness professionals and I think it’s good that they do something for themselves. There are also great presenters, and I love to go to classes.”
Not everyone travels around the world to come to Fusion. IDEA member Teri Lind, who lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, is thrilled to have such a great learning experience in her own backyard. “I truly enjoy Fusion for the education, industry updates and friends that I have made over the years,” Lind says. “Fusion offers such a great variety of classes. I can get a majority of my CECs in one weekend. I can participate in classes offering the newest trends in fitness, and I can meet and talk personally with some of the industry ‘celebrities.’ Everyone is friendly and down to earth. I try to take a variety of classes, some to get ideas and some just to try something new. I choose some classes simply to relax and work out rather than to take notes and memorize patterns.”
Lind also likes the practical aspect—being able to take what she’s learned and use it the next day. “I used to attend with the idea of totally changing my class format and teaching style. Now I take bits and pieces and put them into my class—this helps rejuvenate me, and my students get the benefits.”
What if you could pick some of your favorite classes and presenters from the IDEA World Fitness Convention® and condense them into a more intimate setting? That’s exactly how IDEA Fitness Fusion was programmed this year. More than 100 sessions fill out the weekend: personal training topics, indoor cycling, no-nonsense exercise routines, management matters, yoga, nutrition, Pilates, and classes that combine formats in unique fusion offerings. These programs don’t simply transfer ideas on paper to an overhead projector. The sessions are infused with insights and inspired by the best minds in the industry.
Come and connect with your peers. Share the verve. You can’t turn the corner in your career until you take a right at the light. Dumke suggests you do a check-in. “Ask yourself when you last went to a convention. If you are not having fun anymore, are burned out or need new ideas, you have to get out and find some inspiration. It costs a lot of money for me to fly in from Germany, but it’s worth it. You have only a little drive or a short flight. Do it!”
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Rosemont is 5 minutes from the Chicago O’Hare airport and 20 minutes from downtown Chicago. You’ll want to make the most of your visit and newfound friendships, so here are some things to do during your downtime:
- Hang out in the North Loop theater district.
- Visit the museum campus, a scenic 57-acre lakefront park that connects three of Chicago’s world-class institutions: the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, The Field Museum and the John G. Shedd Aquarium.
- Visit the Navy Pier, Chicago’s lakefront landmark with more than 50 acres of parks, shops, restaurants and entertainment attractions.
- Explore the 29 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.
- Spend a day at the historic Water Tower, the city’s most cherished landmark and one of the last remaining buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
- Go on a tour of the city’s architecture.
- Hear some famous Chicago blues.
- Visit the Sears Tower.
IDEA’s charity is the Y-ME foundation for breast cancer recovery, and there are two sessions informing attendees about physical training during and after cancer. For the first time at Fusion, a hands-on workshop will enable attendees to practice the techniques they are learning:
- Recovercises: The Theory Behind Breast Cancer Recovery (lecture)
- Recovercises: Practical Steps to Breast Cancer Recovery (workshop)
Limited to only 15 participants in the pool and 10 on the deck, this intensive, daylong lab will focus on improving the coaching and workout design skills of new and intermediate instructors. Concentrating on the basics, the forum will highlight the properties of water, training differences in the pool vs. on land, drills, and intensity progressions. Offered both Friday and Saturday.
Sports Training in the Pool
Water Exercise for Sardines
Aquatic Exercise for Healthy Aging
Event: 2005 IDEA Fitness Fusion—Chicago®
For: group fitness instructors, personal trainers and program managers of all career levels
When: April 29–May 1, 2005 (preconference events start on April 28)
Where: Rosemont, Illinois
Sofitel Chicago O’Hare
Quadruple: $165 (plus tax)
To receive discounted rates, mention that you are an IDEA member.
Total Sessions: 106
Possible CECs: 17
Faculty: 50% new presenters along with Fusion veterans
Cost: IDEA members: $289 (preregistered); $349 (on-site) Register by March 18, 2005, and pay only $239!
For nonmember pricing or special 1-day and student pricing, please contact IDEA.
For More Information and to Register:
IDEA member services: (800) 999-4332, ext. 7; outside the United States and Canada: (858) 535-8979, ext. 7
Whether you are a new instructor eager to be the best or a veteran interested in trying a new format, if you want to improve your teaching skills by learning from experts in the industry, then the Fast Track sessions are for you. These workshops will help you build the skills you need to take that leap forward.
Music and Cuing
Group Strength Basics, Part I
Group Strength Basics, Part II
What Makes You a Fitness Professional?
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|Cut to the Core
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|September 2011 IDEA Fitness Journal Quiz 4: Plyometric Training
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