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BE: The Inspiration

by Mary Monroe on Mar 21, 2013

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Take your leadership skills and your business to a powerful new level at the 2013 IDEA World Fitness Convention™ in Los Angeles, August 7–11.

When you’re in the business of changing lives, nothing gets the job done like inspiration. But what does it take to inspire change in yourself and your staff? You’ll find the answers at the 2013 IDEA World Fitness Convention in Los Angeles, August 7–11. The event theme, “BE: The Inspiration,” will focus on how to transform your business and your staff into a powerful source of inspiration strong enough to change lives—including your own.

Throughout the convention, you’ll find practical, innovative education from the world’s most knowledgeable and motivating experts. The vibrant, uplifting environment will recharge your enthusiasm for enlivening your business and the people you serve on a daily basis. Here’s a preview of the main sessions and preconferences so that you can plan ahead.

366 Ways to BE: The Inspiration

The IDEA World Fitness Convention is the industry’s largest and longest-running fitness event, and this year it features more than 360 sessions on the latest topics in personal training, group exercise, leadership, business, nutrition and mind-body programming. You’ll get the best education in the industry, with the most up-to-date tools and strategies to develop your team, grow your revenue, exceed customer expectations and create an inspired culture.

The enormous selection of topics gives you the opportunity to customize your learning experience to match your current business needs, while giving you plenty of freedom to explore new areas that spark your passion. You’ll learn how to lead your business and your team to greater heights and how to turn the industry’s best education into new opportunities when you go home.

Here are some event highlights:

  • the convention’s powerful Opening Ceremonies with keynote speaker Bo Eason, NFL athlete, Broadway playwright and actor, who will explain how to take advantage of the remarkable power of your personal story to grow your business
  • extensive specialized education developed for business owners and program directors (Topics include member retention; strategies for generating new revenue; corporate wellness; team building and culture; and social media and marketing.)
  • the IDEA World Fitness & Nutrition Expo, where you’ll find over 200 of the top industry brands in fitness, wellness and nutrition, offering all the latest in equipment, programs, natural foods, apparel, shoes, health and beauty and eco-friendly products
  • L.A. Adventures, custom sessions that will allow you to explore the heart of the L.A. landscape as you hike, bike and tour one of the most exciting cities in the world

Gain the Inspiration Edge

When you’re inspired yourself and know how to enthuse clients and run an uplifting business, you gain a strong competitive edge. This year’s event gives you that edge through offerings like these:

Expanded Programming for Personal Trainers
Over half of the program is dedicated to personal trainers—with 50% more personal training programming than last year.

Strategies for an Inspired Business
Whether you own a fitness facility or a personal fitness business, find out how to take it to the next level with the most comprehensive business and professional development education in the industry.

Special Focus: Food, Nutrition and Healthy Eating
This year IDEA has dramatically expanded its food and nutrition programming to give you comprehensive information and practical resources that will keep you on the cutting edge of nutritional health.

The Best of Inner IDEA®
Now you can experience the best of Inner IDEA—the world’s premier educational event for integrative wellness and mind-body-spirit transformation—in 17 sessions at the IDEA World Fitness Convention.

Get In-Depth Training at All-Day Preconference Courses, Wednesday, August 7

Start your convention experience with specialized training, and bring staff with you to share the experience! Choose from a variety of preconference courses taught by top names in the industry:

Leadership Skills for Personal Training and Group Fitness Directors with Sherri McMillan, MSc
Focus on important leadership skills so you can empower your team members and inspire them to work together toward a common vision. Clarify your role as a leader and get practical skills to help you grow and develop your leadership potential.

Zumba®: Basic Skills Instructor Training with Abraham Hernandez and Eliza Stone
Learn the foundation and formula for teaching a successful Zumba class, including the steps to four basic rhythms: merengue, salsa, cumbia and reggaeton. Get all the tools and resources you need to become a Zumba instructor!

YogaLean™ by YogaFit® with Janet Leland and Beth Shaw
YogaLean is a weight management program designed to work from the inside out, taking into account every student’s unique story, size and shape, and customizing the program to fit each person’s lifestyle.

ACE®: Group Exercise Leadership Specialty Certification with Lawrence Biscontini, MA
Designed to supplement the expertise of instructors who are currently teaching prechoreographed programs, this instructor training will cover foundational knowledge of exercise and movement science and how it applies to group exercise class design, implementation and modification.

RealRyder®: Indoor Cycling Certified Instructor Training with Douglas Brooks, MS, and Adam Reid
The RealRyder Certified Instructor Training Program builds on the history of indoor cycling, using a teaching system that eliminates guesswork, so that planning intelligent and creative workouts is easy.

Schwinn®: Cycling Instructor Certification with Julz Arney and Jay Blahnik
Get certified in the industry’s most respected and progressive indoor cycling instructor-training course. This critically acclaimed certification covers bike fit, cycling science, class design, music and the Schwinn® Cycling Coach’s Pyramid.

NASM®: The New Group Fitness Is Here! with Fabio Comana, MA, MS, Aaron Drogoszewski, Josh Gonzalez, Rick Richey, MS, and Prentiss Rhodes
Through practical application, learn to make the most of your space; to design effective group training workouts with proper regressions and progressions; and to demonstrate proficiency in instructing group training workouts using various modalities.

Stability Barre™: Endurance With Music™, Level 1 with Merrithew Health & Fitness™ Faculty
This high-energy new workout is a great opportunity for instructors looking to bring music-inspired movement to their clients. Drawing from the most experienced instructor trainers within the Merrithew Health & Fitness team, this barre program focuses on building strength and stamina, as well as improving balance and flexibility.

STOTT PILATES®: Advanced Matwork™ with Merrithew Health & Fitness™ Faculty
These high-level exercises are dissected to examine how components of movement essence are elevated. Through demonstration and explanation, the purpose and goal of each move is explored with special focus on stability, mobility, sequencing, balance, endurance and coordination.

TRX®: Group Rip™ Training Course with Dan McDonogh and Fraser Quelch
Get expert instruction and hands-on practice to instruct two group workout formats scalable to all fitness levels. Learn Rip Training fundamentals and how to incorporate a range of Rip Trainer exercises into client and member workouts.

Gray Institute: Foundations of Movement Training with Lenny Parracino
This full-day program includes five modules and serves as a preparatory course for the Gray Institute Certification.

ACE®: Metabolic Training Workshop with Pete McCall, MS
Learn strategies to help clients overcome plateaus and achieve weight loss goals with high-intensity metabolic conditioning.

Tabata Bootcamp™ with Mindy Mylrea
Explore this sustainable fitness and eating program, based on the most current high-intensity interval training research and cutting-edge nutritional information.

Reinventing Worksite Wellness—the Forefront of Prevention in Unfit America with Julian Varela, MS
Learn behavioral and psychological principles that lead people to change their behavior, with strategies for designing a sustainable, profitable program—from site management to employee incentives.

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Mary Monroe

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Mary Monroe is a freelance writer in the Los Angeles area.