When you ask IDEA member Kim Brown, who lives in Anaheim, California, why she flies to Chicago year after year for the IDEA Fitness Fusion Conference, she offers a long list of reasons. “Chicago is my favorite place,” Brown says. But that’s just the start. “I think the event has a [great] ratio of participant to presenter, and I don’t get lost in the crowd. The presenters don’t end up being tiny specks off in the distance.”
The conference, which will be held April 23-26 in Rosemont, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, is a continuation of a Midwest fitness tradition that started many years ago. People go to earn continuing education credits (CECs); to meet and network with other fitness professionals; and to learn new tips and tricks.
Renew Your Vision
When she was putting together this year’s conference, Aprile Peishel, MA, IDEA’s director of event programming, carefully blended tried-and-true concepts with fresh, innovative topics. “This program truly does reflect what the typical fitness professional is doing on a day-to-day basis,” Peishel says. “We cover all the educational angles that will support success and lead to client and participant satisfaction.”
The numbers related to this year’s event tell all: there are 67 premiere sessions that have never before been offered at any event, and 122 sessions total. The menu of classes offers up to 18 CECs, and there are three preconference workshops, three 4-hour InTensives (new this year) and 41 presenters. Add it all up and you have an educational experience that pays dividends all year.
Look for These Hits and Highlights
Veteran attendees will find plenty of new things to admire about this year’s event. There are two new categories on the programming grid: small-group and partner training, and IDEA's Certificate Program for Group Exercise Instructors (sessions can be taken as part of the Certificate Program or just for your own improvement--see below). There are more nutrition sessions, more strength training options, expanded offerings on specific populations and plenty of sessions that focus on core training.
IDEA's Certificate Program for Group Exercise Instructors
Is your cuing a little rusty? Do you need to brush up on choreography? IDEA’s first Certificate Program for Group Exercise Instructors debuts at this event—and it may be perfect for you. Attendees can choose from two areas of emphasis: Group Strength Program Design and Choreography Class Design. Other components include an online exam and a videotaped practical. To sign up, visit www.ideafit.com/fusion.
Put a Spring in Your Step
For many people, the 2009 IDEA Fitness Fusion Conference is something to look forward to after a cold winter. Others say April is the perfect month for this event because many fitness facilities experience a lull between the New Year’s rush and the “get ready for summer” season. Some just love the chance to find out about brand-new programs that are officially launching at Fitness Fusion. This year, check out “Indo-Row®: The Perfect Calorie Burn” and “Keiser® Striding and Cycling: An Indoor Collision.” Go online (www.ideafit.com/fusion) to learn more about these sessions and how you can register for them.
More Program Highlights and Details
- top-name industry presenters, including Jay Blahnik, Rob Glick, Keli Roberts, Greg Roskopf, Shannon Fable, Tom Purvis and Douglas Brooks
- small-group and partner training classes
- over 50% of sessions never before presented at an industry event
- three 4-hour InTensive sessions: “Yoga I.S.® Primary Series Analysis,” “The Corrective Exercise Continuum” and “Prenatal Fitness: Trimester Training Strategies”
- three preconference workshops: “STOTT PILATES® Pilates With Props, Levels 1 & 2” “Keiser® M3 Indoor Cycling Training Course” and “Five Vital Elements of Function”
For More Information and to Register:
Phone: IDEA member services: (800) 999-4332, ext. 7; outside the United States and Canada: (858) 535-8979, ext. 7