Training With a Purpose at the 2011 IDEA Personal Trainer Institute™

by Mary Monroe on Dec 08, 2010

Find the purpose that drives you to excel—and drives your clients to change their lives.

No matter what words you use to describe the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute, one thing is clear: it’s no ordinary personal trainer fitness conference. With a consistently high satisfaction rating—over 95%—and a history of selling out fast (sign up early), it’s the world’s longest-running fitness event exclusively for trainers—and it continues to pioneer a fitness conference experience that’s unique in the industry.

“The Personal Trainer Institute has always been the leading-edge event for trainers who want the latest information, the best education and the most effective tools,” says Aprile Peishel, MA, IDEA’s director of event programming. “We immerse trainers in a very interactive, hands-on, nonstop creative learning environment, where they get to work closely with the world’s most successful trainers, presenters and industry experts. When the conference is over, attendees go home with what they need to revitalize their careers, build their businesses, bring in new clients and re-invent their training sessions. The value is immediate and very practical—that’s why this conference sells out at such a record pace.”

The IDEA Personal Trainer Institute has limited event attendance (575) to provide the optimal environment for in-depth learning. Session attendance is also limited; small class size translates to a more personalized educational experience. Most sessions this year are longer than the usual workshop duration, extending to 2–3 hours so that participants can work extensively with session presenters.

There are 80 interactive sessions at this year’s fitness conference—more than ever before. Topics include training techniques, sports conditioning, small-group and partner training, assessment and corrective exercise, anatomy, biomechanics, exercise science, nutrition, business and professional development, specific populations, Pilates training and lots more. Thirty of the leading names in training today will be presenting, and over 60% of the programming is brand-new, ensuring that the information is fully up-to-date.

Attendees can earn up to 20 CEC hours of continuing education credits (more with preconference sessions).

There will be three all-day preconference workshops, with specialty training offered in sports conditioning, functional training and integrated fitness:

  • Twist Sport Performance Summit with Peter Twist, MSc, Douglas Brooks, MS, and Cassidy Phillips
  • Gray Institute: Optimize Your Current Skills in 3-D with Gary Gray, PT, and Doug Gray
  • The New ACE Integrated Fitness Training Model with Fabio Comana, MA, MS, and Pete McCall, MS

The fitness event is also packed with networking opportunities for participants, including a return of the popular Friday Night Happy Hour, where trainers meet and mingle, and the Saturday Night Roundtables, where attendees can discuss business and industry trends with core sponsors who represent the industry’s top companies. Another great place to make valuable connections—and find great bargains—is the Core Sponsor Marketplace, featuring the newest books, DVDs, CDs, clothing and accessories specifically for trainers.

In Pursuit of Phenomenal Training

The theme of the 2011 IDEA Personal Trainer Institute is “Training With a Purpose”—a reference to this year’s highly focused, intensive sessions developed to help trainers define and refine their tactics to gain a competitive edge in a demanding economic environment.

“I really like the theme of ‘Training With a Purpose’ because I think this is where the movement industry is heading,” says Twist, the 2010 IDEA Program Director of the Year. “In today’s training market, both trainer and client have to train with purpose. The trainer has to identify how best to influence the client’s unique needs and goals today, as everyone is different. You can’t attain this purpose unless you can meet your clients where they’re at from the start and then prove to them they can be successful with your programs. Purposed training connects the process to the intention. It’s less about the exercise than about inspiration, aspirations, motivation, accountability, expectations and internal character.”

Twist will also be co-presenting “Under Armour®: Combine 360—When Training Is Your Sport!” with Angus Mugford, PhD, and the C360 faculty, an exciting, new comprehensive athletic training platform that establishes the global measurement standard for improving health, fitness and sports performance.

This year’s theme of purpose-directed training also reflects the powerful trend of functionality. Gary and Doug Gray of the Gray Institute are at the forefront of the think-outside-the-box functional training movement and will present sessions on functional core training, flexibility, and advanced balance and jump training, in addition to their all-day preconference workshop.

“Our purpose is to help trainers develop programming for the individual instead of ‘protocolling’ for the masses,” say Gary and Doug. “Trainers have tremendous opportunity to influence clients if they train with the awareness that they are three-dimensional in being (mind, body and spirit) and in movement (sagittal, frontal and transverse planes of motion). Training needs to be integrated rather than isolated, so that the training is authentic, not arbitrary. The purpose is understanding the power you have as a trainer to create a highly successful environment, which is the ultimate form of encouragement for your clients.”

Trainers will find a multitude of ideas at the fitness conference to help them train with purpose and stand out from the crowd. IDEA Personal Trainer Institute presenter and world-renowned exercise researcher Len Kravitz, PhD, believes one effective approach is to focus on population needs—and look to research for solutions that really work. “We are all getting older, and sadly the population is getting fatter, so those are two large groups ripe for intervention. The key is education, because education is action. When trainers learn what really works, based on scientific evidence, they can explain those benefits to their clients and implement the most effective exercises and programs.”

At the fitness conference, Kravitz will present the most comprehensive review to date on eccentric exercise, including its history and physiology; gender and age applications; and the mystery of eccentric exercise and metabolism. Plus, he will showcase 12 great eccentric exercises using multimedia technology.

Kravitz is also presenting a highly anticipated session on “Ultimate Calorie Burning and Metabolic Makeover,” with the latest research on spontaneous physical exercise and high-intensity interval training; hormonal regulation of lipolysis during physical activity and exercise; the effect of exercise on fat oxidation; the effect of the glycemic index on fat metabolism; exercise intensities necessary for fat loss; and strategies to enhance caloric expenditure with physical activity. He’ll include six exercise programs that maximize caloric expenditure and 10 metabolic boosters of spontaneous exercise, as well as instruction on metabolic profiling of clients.

Hot Personal Training Topics 2011

This year’s fitness conference will feature programming with special emphasis in these key business-building areas:

Performance Training sessions will focus on the latest techniques in sports conditioning and performance improvement for diverse populations, from youth to adults and aging athletes. Presenters will address specific training techniques to improve agility, speed and explosiveness; standardized performance assessment systems; the science behind proper recovery; how to improve biomechanics in golfers; nutrition for energy; and tips for training triathletes.

Body Leverage Training sessions sell out fast. They will focus on fusing TRX® with kettlebell training, training the core, planar training, the science of Suspension Training®, and new tools and techniques for using body weight as resistance.

Partner and Small-Group Training sessions will focus on areas such as motivating and marketing to small groups and designing business models with strong revenue potential.

Functional Anatomy and Functional Training sessions will look at a wide variety of training topics, including function from a 3-D perspective, as well as ways to improve biomechanics, enhance flexibility and design effective functional programs.

Assessment, Injury Prevention and Corrective Exercise sessions will address techniques that can eradicate the compensations trainers typically see in clients’ movement patterns. Methods include myofascial release, compression, hands-off bodywork, corrective exercise for clients with stability and mobility issues, and other new approaches.

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Mary Monroe

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Mary Monroe is a freelance writer in the Los Angeles area.