at the very start of IDEA in the days of ‘aerobic dance’ IDEA was the International Dance Exercise Association but this has long been dropped, and IDEA has morphed into the Health and Fitness Association it is today.
If you look at the bottom of this page, you will find a lot more information. Here is the ‘History of IDEA’.
“IDEA Health & Fitness Association History
It’s not ironic that IDEA’s 30-year history so closely parallels the trajectory of the modern fitness industry—the two have literally “grown up” together. IDEA has been a consistent, guiding force in health and fitness since 1982 and continues to lead the way on many fronts as the industry matures.
We have always tried to evolve by anticipating the needs of fitness professionals in their educational and career pursuits. The one constant that time will not change at IDEA is our mandate to develop and package the most credible and useful continuing education to advance the careers of all fitness pros, no matter what their specialty. From the start in 1982 to today, providing the industry’s best professional tools and resources has been the ultimate goal. The result is safe, smart training for people who purchase fitness services as well as professionals who have very high job satisfaction and longevity in their careers.
Like many start-up organizations, our beginnings were humble. We began with the IDEA Letter, which was sent to a membership of 300. Later, the IDEA Foundation (now the American Council on Exercise, or ACE) was founded to offer the industry’s first certification. Soon after, IDEA introduced the industry’s first Code of Ethics and the first awards to recognize professional excellence in the fitness field.
Now, 30 years later…
IDEA Health & Fitness Association communicates with fitness professionals in over 80 countries.
Our original newsletter has grown into the award-winning IDEA Fitness Journal, the most respected industry publication and education resource for fitness professionals, with a paid subscriber base of 70,000 people.
Attendance at IDEA’s annual World Fitness Convention™ has grown from the original 600 to over 5,000.
There are so many interesting and memorable markers in IDEA’s past. We invite you to learn more about our colorful history by browsing the IDEA Milestone Timeline.
We are grateful to all of IDEA’s loyal fitness leaders who have helped us anticipate the needs of our growing profession and respond by providing innovative solutions!
Peter & Kathie Davis