Celebrating 35 Years of Inspiring the World to Fitness

by Ryan Halvorson on Feb 14, 2017

2017 IDEA® World Convention in Las Vegas, July 19–23

Since its inception in 1982, IDEA Health & Fitness Association has aimed to build a community of like‐minded professionals who are the driving force behind greater health and wellness worldwide.

Nowhere is this more evident than at the IDEA World Convention, where over 10,000 personal trainers, group fitness instructors, club and studio owners/managers, and health, nutrition and mind‐body professionals from all corners of the industry—and the earth—gather to discover trusted and innovative ways to improve the health and wellness of the clients, customers and communities they serve.

This year's event—in Las Vegas, July 19–23—promises an even more in‐depth experience than ever, giving you the tools, techniques and insights to build a better, more fulfilling, life‐changing career. In addition to the education—more than 335 cutting‐edge sessions led by 225 of the most talented experts in fitness, business, nutrition and behavior change—IDEA will be pulling out all the stops to mark its 35th anniversary with a variety of unparalleled inspirational experiences and high‐energy celebrations.

One‐of‐a‐Kind Experiences

Nowhere else but IDEA World will you find such a myriad bounty of educational experiences offering you the opportunity to learn, grow and expand your potential. Here is a small sampling of what you can expect from this year's event.

Enjoy the Passion‐Packed Opening Ceremonies

"Become a Superachiever" keynote. This year's convention kicks off at the Opening Ceremonies with a shot‐in‐the‐arm keynote by Darren Hardy, former publisher and editor of SUCCESS magazine, who has spent hundreds of hours interviewing and learning from the world's most successful achievers. He wants to share what he's learned with you so that you can become a more productive, game‐changing professional.

Hardy will also lead a breakout session where he'll offer more of his wisdom during the IDEA World Club & Studio Summit.

Recognition for the year's greatest inspirations. The Opening Ceremonies will continue with Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS, longtime IDEA presenter and owner of Fitness Quest 10, who receives the 2017 IDEA Jack LaLanne Award, presented by Elaine LaLanne; and with 2017 IDEA Fitness Inspiration Award recipient, Nick Ekbatani. A lifelong athlete, Ekbatani suffered a catastrophic accident resulting in the amputation of his left leg below the knee and now spends his time inspiring others as a cycling and group fitness instructor in Los Angeles.

Learn to Survive, Thrive and Prosper at the IDEA World Club & Studio Summit

Designed specifically for club and studio owners, operators, program directors and managers, the IDEA World Club & Studio Summit returns to offer everything you need to transform a good business into a great one. This 4‐day, intensive event features top educators who have developed world‐class studios, brands and companies that thrive and prosper. And these leaders are there to pass on everything they've learned along the way. Here's some of the stellar education that awaits you:

  • In his breakout session, "The Productivity Strategies of Superachievers," Darren Hardy will teach you how to become more disciplined and eliminate your addiction to distraction. At the end of this workshop you will be able to implement an action plan that will turn you into a superachiever.

    "Honing in on your three—yes, only three—vital priorities is an absolute necessity in today's email, text and social media notification—driven world," says the success mentor and New York Times best‐selling author. "Once you know your vital three, you then must protect them with a vengeance. In July at IDEA World, I will show you how to hone in and protect your vital three [priorities] so you can get more done in less time."

  • Successful owners and managers know that a thriving fitness business is based on keeping clients. Alicia Streger, CSCS, and co‐owner of KB Fitness Systems LLC, believes that retention is built or broken within the first 90 days. Her session, "The Key to Client Retention: The First 90 Days," will outline the systems she uses for retaining more clients.

    "You'll learn how to create incredible welcome packages, build email nurture sequences, generate a steady flow of referrals, and a lot more!" says the presenter.

    One of her top tips for happy clients is to make sure they feel appreciated immediately.
    "If you want to improve your client retention, one great strategy would be to mail your new clients a personal goal card in the mail. Sending them a handwritten card with their top 1—3 goals on it (within their first week with you) will show your clients that you truly care about their success, and will separate you from your competition."

  • As the saying goes, "Fail to plan, plan to fail." Presenter Pat Rigsby, MS, founder and owner of Virtual Fitness Mastermind, wants to help you design a bulletproof action plan that will drive your business to new heights.

    "If your goal is to create a successful business action plan, the focus should be on doing fewer things better," Rigsby advises. "All too often, we allow ourselves to be pulled in too many different directions, never dedicating enough of our focus and resources toward the few things that will have the greatest impact on our success." Learn Rigsby's action‐plan secrets in the session "Creating Your Ideal Business Action Plan."

  • Skills alone don't guarantee a ticket to the top. It's all about branding, says John Heringer, founder and chief motivator of Fast Action Training Inc. His rule number one? "Don't be all things to all people," he advises. "It's a recipe for disaster."

    In his lecture "Branding: Rising Above a Crowded Marketplace," Heringer will give you a peek at what he does to create a brand that gets his club lots of exposure.

    "You will discover the importance of identifying your company's purpose and core values as well as the brand promises you stand by," he says. "I'll also provide an in‐depth look at how to craft a client survey and extract the data that will lead to a more favorable experience for members, which will help direct marketing efforts."

Check out these other incredible sessions available during the IDEA World Club & Studio Summit:

  • Run Your Business Like a Boss with Liberty Harper
  • Build Your Dream Team of Superheroes with Mark Fisher
  • Five Minutes to IGNITE a Better Business with Club & Studio Summit Sponsors
  • Lead Generation Made Easy: Get More Clients in the Door with Mike Arce, Vito La Fata and Alicia Streger
  • Dominating Sales: A Proven Method to Close More Deals with Vince Gabriele
  • Best Practices of Club Management: Top to Bottom Line with Trina Gray
  • Your Turn! Q&A With Club and Studio Experts with Club & Studio Summit Faculty

New for 2017:

Workouts and Networking Events

Everyone knows the value of a good sweat session. This year we've added morning workouts—just for you—so you can start your day on the right foot. Each workout will be followed by coffee and a chance to network with your entrepreneurial peers.

Train With Your Favorite Fitness Celebs!

Make sure you head to the IDEA World Showcase Arena for your chance to experience invigorating workouts led by top names in fitness:

  • TD's WOW Workout! Sponsored by Perform Better® with Todd Durkin, MA
  • The Best of Tony Horton with Tony Horton
  • Introducing Core De Force LIVE From Beachbody® with Joel Freeman and Jericho McMatthews
  • POP Pilates® Party—LIVE plus special meet‐and‐greet with Cassey Ho

Go Deep With Expanded Learning

Take advantage of more intensive education and earn a certificate of completion with preconference and postconference courses. (For more information, see www.ideafit.com/world.)

Preconferences: Wednesday, July 19

  • Schwinn® Cycling: Indoor Cycling Instructor Certification with Amy Dixon and Jeffrey Scott
  • ACE®: The Personal Training Workshop—Client Communication, Assessment and Program Design with Anthony J. Wall, MS
  • BOSU®: Skills and Drills for Small‐Group Training Certification with Candice Brooks, Douglas Brooks, MS, and Shannon Fable
  • Functional Aging Specialist Certification Course with Cody Sipe, PhD
  • Effective and Complete Program Design for the Fitness Professional—the 4Q Model of Programming with Michol Dalcourt
  • TRX®: Functional Training Course with TRX Faculty
  • Tabata Bootcamp™ with Mindy Mylrea and SGT KEN®
  • STRONG by Zumba™—Instructor Training with Marcie Benavides and Abraham Hernandez, featuring DJ Francis Benavides
  • NASM®: Corrective Exercise Model—Essentials and Beyond with Rick Richey, MS
  • Precision Nutrition Coaching Revealed with Brian St. Pierre, MS, RD
  • STOTT PILATES®: Intermediate Matwork™ Functional Anatomy, Cuing and Correcting with Merrithew™ Faculty
  • Professional Empowerment for Women—Lead and Inspire! with Tatiana Kolovou, MBA, and Helen Vanderburg
  • TriggerPoint™: From Assessments to Performance—Using Mobility as the Foundation for Function with Kyle Stull, DHSc

Postconferences: Sunday, July 23

  • SGT KEN®'s Boot Camp Instructor Certification Course with SGT KEN®
  • Cutting‐Edge Training Methodology for Achieving Optimal Body Composition with Charles Poliquin

For more information, see www.ideafit.com/world.

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About the Author

Ryan Halvorson

Ryan Halvorson IDEA Author/Presenter

Ryan Halvorson is an award-winning writer and editor. He is a long-time author and presenter for IDEA Health & Fitness Association, fitness industry consultant and former director of group training for Bird Rock Fit. He is also a Master Trainer for TriggerPoint.