Featured Sessions

Strengthen Your Business Here!

Bring your specific issues and questions, as ALL sessions are actionable and interactive. From business coaching sessions with top club leaders and small group breakouts, to “hot seat” problem-solving and moderated Q&A forums, every speaker will provide both content and hands-on interaction to help you break past plateaus and barriers in your business. Plus enhance your schedule with three opportunities to take advantage of “FREE CHOICE” sessions from the IDEA World Convention – all included with your IDEA World Club & Studio Summit full registration.

Review 2018's incredible lineup below. Please check back soon for the 2019 lineup.

Keynote Presentation by

SHIFT HAPPENS! Saying YES to the Next Step.

Robert Holden, PhD

Some people GO through life; and others GROW through life! Join Dr Robert Holden for an inspiring keynote on personal growth and business success. In his talk, he’ll share key principles and practices to help you live your purpose, follow your joy, grow your business, and light up the world! Robert’s pioneering work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America and a PBS special Shift Happens! He coaches entrepreneurs and leaders worldwide and his clients include Dove & The Real Beauty Campaign, The Body Shop, Google and Virgin.

Trina Gray

CONNECT Welcome Networking Coffee

Trina Gray

Start your event experience by interacting with fellow attendees in this ice-breaker preparatory session, moderated by Trina Gray, a club owner, presenter and the Club & Studio Summit emcee. You will share your goals for the weekend while enjoying a light breakfast. Get your mind ready to learn and grow.

GROW Your Fitness Business With a Playbook of Systems

Travis Barnes

Operate your business like a franchise to grow smarter and not harder while you learn to remove guesswork and improve results. Travis owns and operates five profitable clubs and has tremendous experience creating systems that improve both client and trainer retention. Learn simple tips to create a playbook of systems that offer a consistent client experience, and save time and money. Growth is a mindset and a business practice. You’ll learn both in this session.

Greg Justice, MA

OWN Your Market: Build a Legacy Business

Greg Justice, MA

How do you own and operate a fitness business successfully for decades? Learn how to establish your business as a sought-after professional service in your area, on par with other health and medical providers. Greg will share 30 years of wisdom on how he built a world-class facility with great depth of offerings from personal training, sports conditioning and Pilates to nutrition coaching and corporate wellness programs. Take home ready-to-implement ideas on how to own your market by serving your community's needs.

WIN With the Habits of Ultra-High Performers

Chantal Brodrick

Set up your life and business for a win this year with this insider’s look at the habits of ultra-high performers. Chantal, host of The Fitness Business Podcast, will draw from more than 2,500 hours of interviews with fitness industry leaders to share with you the top insights about personal development rituals, developing winning cultures, using productivity tools, tips for avoiding overwhelm, and the role of positive psychology in your personal and professional life. This session will be full of entertaining ideas and business gems.

Powered by Polar® 

GROW The Technology-Driven Workout That Will Change Your Business

Leanne Pedante

With the proliferation of countless formats and programs, differentiating group training has never been more important. Integrating fitness technology into your club or business can be a game changer. Come see how it is done and join us for a total-body workout featuring Polar Club, a heart rate-based solution that is sure to energize your members and clients in a new way. Participants will employ a variety of cardiovascular and strength exercises at differing intensities, all while viewing their heart rates on the big screen. See firsthand how you can utilize this technology in your business.  Say “hello” to the benefits of heart rate training and watch your membership and clients grow. 

BUILD Your Team From the Ground Up

Chris Stevenson

Strengthen your business by building a tight-knit team from the ground up with better hiring and smarter on-boarding. Happy teams build thriving businesses. Enjoy an energizing presentation from former Power Ranger and world-class club owner Chris Stevenson. Learn five key ways to turn a new hire into an all-star team member.  This is a must-attend session for all leaders.

Rachel Cosgrove

EARN More. Worry Less.

Rachel Cosgrove

Increase revenue for your fitness business by honing your sales process and learning three ways to improve profits. Rachel will share the sales process that is the backbone of her highly profitable clubs. Learn to sell to different client personality types based on facts and relationship building. You’ll leave with the tools you need to beef up your profit centers by identifying ways to bring in new members, sell more to existing members and raise prices without fear.  Earning money in fitness does not need to be hard.

GENERATE Buzz With Simple Marketing

Jack Wheeler

This how-to workshop will help you generate buzz in your facility by having a simple, clear message that is targeted to your ideal client.  That message is reflected in your offerings, your marketing and your social media. Learn to create and deliver on your promises and take home new fun ideas to celebrate client successes. Jack will share how he created a unique studio that promises body transformation, offers guaranteed results and is the talk of the town.

REACH More Clients: Be Loud and Proud

Michael Piercy, MS

Reach more of the right clients. It starts by knowing your brand, digging into your community and rolling up your sleeves to create momentum. As a thriving new studio owner, Michael will share how to develop relationships with local government and community organizations that lead to referrals. He’ll teach how to carve a niche in your neighborhood for programs like 30-minute HIIT workouts, athletic conditioning and workplace wellness. Be loud and proud of what you offer. Reach more clients by implementing these tips from the trenches.

ASK Your Turn! Q&A With Club & Studio Experts (panel)

Trina Gray, Michael Piercy, Jack Wheeler, Rachel Cosgrove, Chris Stevenson

Get your questions ready for the expert faculty of the Club & Studio Summit. Drill deeper with the presenters on leadership, marketing, systems, business planning, employee management, sales and client retention in this fast-paced, interactive Q&A session. Get clarity on your most pressing questions and go home with new ideas, answers and confidence to implement changes in your business.

Matthew Wright

TRAIN Unpredictably | How to Create Fun and Progression through Unstable Load

Matthew Wright

The evolution continues for smart training tools designed to engage participants and drive meaningful results. Aktiv Solutions is proud to feature the CorMax™|Train Unpredictably system. Challenge stabilization during movement. Reactionary forces improve power and strength and mimic sports specific occurrence. Create unlimited levels of beginner to advanced instability training with each soft-surface variation. Participants will learn how to implement this entirely new dimension in personal and group training,including a program delivery that will keep all workouts fun, energizing and socialized.

Cher Harris, MS

LEAD Be the Leader Your Business Deserves

Cher Harris, MS

The best businesses are led by people who care, who decide, who deliver and who follow through. Take notes from Cher Harris, the general manager of one of the largest clubs in the country, overseeing a team of more than 300 employees and serving more than 15,000 clients. She will teach you to scale her tips to the size of your business as she shares how to run an organization with a servant’s heart, how to lead through adversity (even hurricanes) and how to bring unity to a large organization.

SELL More Vision and Be a Rainmaker in Your Business (panel)

Ashley Selman, Travis Barnes and Mark Fisher

Selling fitness services starts with selling a vision. Learn how three leading studio owners and entrepreneurs turned their passion for fitness into a profitable business. Hear their top tips for selling vision, selling services and selling their unique brand in their community. These owners are rainmakers and influencers and you can be, too.

GROW Business Coaching Breakout Session

Todd Durkin, MA, Trina Gray and Mark Fisher

Gather with industry peers to share best practices and receive individual coaching on places in your business that you feel stuck. This interactive breakout session will be a highlight of the convention as attendees work together in breakout groups led by three of the most successful club owners in the country. You’ll write, share and find answers to break past the plateaus and barriers in your business.

RUN Your Business Like a Smooth Operator

Ashley Selman, MA

Nothing feels better than a business that runs efficiently and a leader who runs on energy and clarity. In this session, you will learn specific, proven ways to run your schedule, your team, your numbers, your operations and your revenues using the S.T.U.D.I.O method. It will be easy to remember and even easier to implement. Leave this session with better management tools for you and your business.

ACT Go Home With a Plan

Todd Durkin, MA, and Trina Gray

This closing session of the Club & Studio Summit will allow you to take a deep breath, digest what you’ve learned and be mentally prepared to act. Industry leaders and top producers Todd Durkin and Trina Gray will share their common pitfalls and best strategies for prioritizing and delegating, and then walk you through a 30-day, 90-day and 12-month business plan. They will help you take the next steps now before you leave the event and stash your notes.

Successful leaders have so much to gain by spending quality networking time with like-minded peers. This year, we’ve added fun social activities to the program to create opportunities to forge new meaningful connections in the industry. Check out what’s in store:


Each day starts with a cup of coffee, light refreshments and quality time to network with peers, presenters and sponsors.


Unwind after a mind-blowing day of information, and network with leaders from across the country. The first drink is on us!


The boss needs to work out, too! Don’t miss these daily workouts that feature the hottest products, equipment and programs, and promise to deliver great sweat sessions.

What is the event registration cancellation policy?
If we receive your cancellation notice 30 days prior to any vent, the administrative processing fee is $100. There will be no refunds allowed after that date or for no-shows. You can cancel anytime prior to the event and a credit will be issued that can be used toward a future IDEA event. Credits issued will expire on December 31 of the following calendar year. We've made it easier to switch names on registrations at no charge. If you can't make it, you may send a colleague in your place by contacting Inspired Service at least 7 days prior to the event (switches are subject to a fee increase based on membership status). Contact Inspired Service for further assistance at (800) 999-4332, x7, or email at member@ideafit.com.

How do I register?
Online: Visit this link to sign up today! By Phone: 800-999-4332, ext. 7; Outside the U.S. and Canada: 858-535-8979, ext. 7. Please have your credit card number and expiration date ready.

How do I get my registration for free through the Refer-a-Friend Program?
After you purchase your registration online, another window will open providing you with a personalized link, which you may choose to share with your friends. If at least five of your friends buy an IDEA registration to the same event as you purchased using your personalized link, you will receive a refund of the registration fees you paid, to the credit card you used to purchase your registration, within 90 days after the event.

How do I get a group discount on event registrations?
For a discount on group registrations please contact IDEA Inspired Service at (800) 999-4332 ext. 7 for assistance.

Do IDEA Business Members have an event discount?
IDEA Business Members receive the discounted member price on unlimited registrations for conference and preconference sessions. Please contact IDEA Inspired Service at (800) 999-4332 ext. 7 for assistance.

What are the Attendee Registration hours for questions/assistance?
Wednesday, June 26: 7:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday, June 27: 6:00am – 6:00pm
Friday, June 28: 6:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday, June 29: 6:30am – 6:00pm
Sunday, June 30: 7:00am – 11:30am

Can people bring in their own equipment to use/demonstrate in sessions when working out?
No, because of safety concerns we cannot allow any other type of equipment (wearable, portable) other than the equipment that IDEA has provided in the conference session(s).

How do I become a volunteer for the event?
When you apply to be a part of our Assistant Work-Study (Volunteer) Program, you will be given a complimentary registration to the event in exchange for 12-16 hours of service during the event. Volunteers could be asked to do a number of different tasks while on shift, which will be half of each event day. During the rest of the day, volunteers are free to attend educational sessions on a stand-by basis, meaning that paid attendees will enter first, and volunteers will enter second. Volunteers receive CECs and anything else paid attendees receive. Additional information and the Assistant Work-Study (Volunteer) application can be found at www.ideafit.com/assistant.

What should I bring?
Once on-site, you will want to make sure you have your registration confirmation, picture ID, a printed copy of sessions, water (bring a bottle and refill it at the water stations), snacks, a sweatshirt (sometimes the rooms get a little cool, especially after some exercise), a yoga mat (for mind/body sessions), a notepad and a pen or pencil, business cards for networking, the conference brochure (if you want to change a session) and session handouts.

Are there places to change and/or shower between classes?
Unfortunately, other than your hotel room, there are no shower facilities available to attendees in the hotel. Restroom facilities throughout the venue can be used for changing clothes, if needed.

Will handouts be available for event sessions?
Session handouts will not be available at the event. Attendees should print the handouts they need. Session handouts will be available to print at least 2 weeks prior to the event. To print handouts, click on Session Handouts. If you decide to change classes on-site, we will have Session Handout Printing Stations available throughout the conference venue.

How do I get CECs for the sessions I attend?
Your proof of attendance and CEC credits are on your CEC certificate, which you can access anytime after the conference at www.ideafit.com/myeducation. Workouts do not qualify for CECs. They are designed to be just that, a workout. No CEC-able education is associated with them.

Which certification agencies offer CECs for this event?
The credits you can earn at this event are recognized by the following agencies: ACE, ACSM, AFAA, BOC, NASM, NFPT, NSCA, W.I.T.S., Cooper Institute, NETA, NESTA, and NFPT. If your certification agency is not listed, simply check with the agency to see what credits it allows.

How many CECs can I earn at the event?
You can earn up to 21 CEC hours by attending the full event and even more if you attend the preconference sessions. That’s enough credits for your certification renewal! (Please check with your specific certification agency for their renewal criteria).

What do I do if zero credits are assigned to my scheduled session?
CECs are assigned by the certification agency, not IDEA. Certification agencies base credits on the education provided and presenter qualifications. If you would like to attend a different session that is offering CEC credit, simply make the change online to your schedule prior to attending the event, or to make changes to your schedule on-site, visit Attendee Registration.

How many CECs are offered for each session?
Generally, you’ll receive one CEC per contact hour for workshops and lectures. If you attend a 2-hour workshop, you’ll receive up to 2 credit hours. We are in the process of getting approvals from each of the agencies above and will post the credits in session selection as soon as they are available. That way you’ll know exactly how many credits the session you are interested in attending is approved for by your certification agency. Check out how many CECs were offered at last year’s event here

Do I get CECs for completing the preconference sessions?
Yes, at the end of the preconference session you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion that will include the number of CECs for attending. Make a copy for your records and send a copy to your certification agency.

What is the age you need to be in order to attend/register for the IDEA World Club & Studio Summit?
You need to be at least 18 years old in order to attend the IDEA World Club & Studio Summit. In response to attendee requests and to preserve the educational atmosphere of the convention, children under the age of 18 are not allowed in sessions, even to observe.

What is your policy on service animals?
If you require an Emotion Support Animal (ESA) please contact IDEA prior to arriving to the event. IDEA will require current documentation (not more than one year old) on letterhead from a licensed mental health professional stating (1) the attendee has a mental health-related disability listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV); (2) having the animal accompany the attendee is necessary to the attendee’s mental health or treatment; (3) the individual providing the assessment of the attendee is a licensed mental health professional and the attendee is under his/her professional care; and (4) the date and type of the mental health professional’s license and the state or other jurisdiction in which it was issued. This documentation may be required as a condition of permitting ESA’s to accompany attendees. Under the Americans With Disabilities Act, ESA’s are not given the same rights and exemptions as Service Animals and approval of ESA’s in public areas and businesses are at the discretion of those entities. If prior approval is not given by IDEA, attendees will be asked to remove the ESA from the event.