Your purpose as an impassioned personal trainer, manager and owner is to deliver life-changing fitness experiences for your clients. It is also up to you to invest in yourself so you can become the fitness leader your community deserves. The best way to do that is to surround yourself with people who have already succeeded and can show the way. That’s the opportunity you have at the IDEA® Personal Trainer Institute—the only major educational event that teaches pros from all corners of the industry how to turn their jobs into fulfilling and financially rewarding careers.

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Just ask past attendee Jill McKay, owner of Narrow Road Fitness in Port Deposit, Maryland:

“I have benefited from the conference mostly because I have been encouraged to pursue what I love and [now] have the resources of other people to connect with and discuss everything from functional movement to business models,” she says. “I feel confident and have the tools and knowledge to help many people with different likes, dislikes and needs.”

Michael Piercy, MS, 2017 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year and founder of The LAB in Fairfield, New Jersey, says this event is a must for anyone wanting a career that thrives.
“Attending this event can be a game changer for anyone looking to find direction in their career,” he says. “In an ultra-competitive industry that is not regulated, [staying] educated and one step ahead of the curve is the responsibility of the trainer. The best investment will always be the investment in your own self-improvement.”

Are you ready to make the best investment of your professional life? You have two options: IDEA Personal Trainer SOUTH in Dallas, March 7–10, and IDEA Personal Trainer Institute EAST in Alexandria, Virginia, April 4–7.

Revolutionize Your Career With Top-Level Insights
From the Industry’s Best

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There’s a reason why the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute received a 100% approval rating from last year’s attendees. This is the only conference that brings together the highest caliber of change agents and thought leaders whose primary purpose is to help you succeed. Here’s a small taste of the knowledge you can expect to gain:

  • Recovery is critical. Recovery has become a hot topic of late as trainers and coaches realize that what happens outside of the workout is at least as important as what happens in it. If your clients are sore, unmotivated and drained of energy, how can you expect them to reach their goals?

    “Unfortunately, our clients do not have battery-life icons hovering above their heads,” says Michael Cummings, global senior director of performance, fitness and wellness at SKLZ based in Carlsbad, California. “Wouldn’t it be great if we could see how many bars our clients had left so we could know how to adjust the volume and intensity of work and recovery in their upcoming session?”

    His session, “The Art of Recovery,” will provide valuable insights on recognizing fatigue, knowing its root causes and helping clients to develop a thoughtful regeneration protocol.

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  • Professionals need recuperation, too. It’s not just clients who need recovery and energy management strategies. They’re also necessary for personal trainers, business owners and managers who are interested in career longevity, says Ashley Selman, MA, owner of Evolution Trainers in California’s Silicon Valley.

    Selman adds, “Burnout is a big problem in our industry and many fitness professionals stay stuck on the hamster wheel of being busy because their revenue relies on the hours they work. I developed my PTI East session, ‘Creating Your Ideal Week,’ after years of coaching studio owners and realizing there is a huge need out there for fitness professionals to gain control of their schedules.”

  • It pays to get nutrition facts straight. Every year there seems to be a popular new dietary protocol. This time it’s all about the keto diet, which promises fast fat loss, energy boosts and mental clarity. In his lecture on “Energy Pathways, Ketones and Nutrient Timing,” Fabio Comana, MA, MS, faculty instructor at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego, will cut to the chase about the diet du jour.

  • Clients need more than sets and reps. Creating thoughtful, effective training sessions is one thing. How you deliver those sessions is another, and this aspect is too often overlooked, according to presenter Travis Barnes, CEO and personal coach at Journey Fitness, which boasts several studios throughout New York.

    In “Stop Coaching and Start Delivering a Coaching Experience,”” offered at PTI East, he will show attendees how to create unforgettable training experiences like those that helped grow Journey Fitness into a multimillion-dollar business.

  • You’re still not offering small-group training? “Surveys have shown that customers are interested in and willing to choose group training more than training in one-on-one settings,” says Mary Edwards, MS, fitness director at the Cooper Fitness Center in Dallas. Her session, “Capitalize on Group Training: Learn the Key Components for Developing a Successful In-Club Program,” co-presented by Erica Tillinghast, MS, will explore the nitty-gritty of developing a profitable and effective group training program.

Conference Highlights

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At the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute, there’s more to soak up than the stellar educational content.
Here are some of the many other reasons to attend:

  • Satisfy your CEC requirements in one exhilarating weekend! Earn up to 20 CECs (plus an additional 6–8 CECs with preconference sessions).
  • Meet and mingle with fellow attendees, presenters and sponsors at the
    Networking Coffees and Friday Night Happy Hour.
  • Kick-start your experience with the passion-packed Opening General Session featuring Martin Rooney, MHS, in Texas and Pete Twist, MSc, in Virginia.
  • Visit the Sponsor Marketplace to discover the newest, must-have tools in the
    industry. Get deep discounts on equipment, tech and more from leading brands.


For more information, please see Plus, for a limited time, save an additional $50 on top of early bird pricing for a total savings of $100 off your full or one-day registration. Use code PTI50 at checkout.

Ryan Halvorson

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.

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