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IDEA Member Spotlight

Nov 18, 2009

Meet Some Outstanding Members Who Inspire the World to Fitness®!

Frank Forencich
Seattle, Washington
Member Since 2007



“I advocate a biological approach that is primal, practical and playful,” says Frank Forencich. “By combining the study of human evolution, functional training and animal play behavior, I help my students develop sustainable lives of movement.” Frank firmly believes that exercise should not be laborious; instead, he helps his students “find joy in exuberant group movement. Play-based fitness is not just fun—it also stimulates proprioception, neuromuscular integration and psychophysical creativity,” he says. “In this way, fitness is about much more than biomechanics or weight loss; it can have profound meaning for the way we live and understand our lives.” When not working with his students, Frank shares his ideas with local schools and community groups.

James Gekko
Toronto, Ontario
Member Since 2006



“I have had the amazing opportunity to travel the world to share my vision,” says Schwinn master trainer and IDEA presenter James Gekko. “I have certified national and international trainers from Canada to the Middle East to South America.” When it comes to spreading the fitness message, James believes the gems are in the details. “I am very fortunate to work with some of the most inspirational folks in our field. The most important lesson I’ve learned is this: in most instances, it is not the grand gestures or hype that can truly inspire someone; it is the small acts—the genuine, consistent and unpretentious efforts that make the difference.”

If you would like to be featured in this section or know an IDEA member who stands out in the fitness crowd, e-mail a brief description of your (or your colleague’s) fitness activities and achievements and a high-resolution digital photograph (at least 300 dpi, in focus, well-lit and at least 3″ x 3″ in its original digital format) to Ryan Halvorson, Please include your IDEA member number, if possible. You (or the colleague) must be an IDEA member to be considered for this section.

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