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IDEAfit PRO SHOW

Welcome to the IDEAfit PRO SHOW. This podcast is a perfect choice for fitness professionals who want to grow their skills and for anyone considering a career in the fitness industry. Listeners get a front-row seat to weekly interviews with industry thought leaders, influencers and disruptors. The mastermind format gives generous, consistent insight on smart career moves, business strategies, program design, exercise science, nutrition and inspiration–from pros who have already done it. This lively and inspirational audio-video talk show focuses on content presented in IDEA’s award-winning Fitness Journal as well as throughout IDEA’s rich lineup of continuing education and events.

Hosted by IDEA’s editor in chief Sandy Todd Webster.

Episodes

Living Unapologetically, Imperfections and All

Today IDEA’s editor in chief and podcast host Sandy Webster interviews Petra Kolber, a fitness professional and leader who has shined her luminous spirit on our industry and on fitness consumers from the day she started leading classes. Petra is an author, inspirational speaker, podcast host, world traveler and DJ–to name a few of her…

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Be the Coach You Wish You’d Had

In this episode, IDEA’s Sandy Webster interviews Brian Nguyen, ATC, CSCS, whose storied career in fitness has included coaching stints with top U.S. athletes and sports teams such as Derek Fisher, Hardy Nickerson, Chase Utley, the LA Avengers and the Jacksonville Jaguars. He also has become the go-to trainer for some of Hollywood’s leading actors…

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Simple, Great-Tasting Food That’s Great for You

In this episode Sandy Webster literally talks turkey (and all things food and nutrition) with New York City chef and registered dietitian Abbie Gellman. Check out their conversation to get some tips on planning, prepping and enjoying your holiday meals while keeping stress low and the fun factor high. With 20+ years as a professional…

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If You Don’t Think You’re Running a Business, You’re Probably Not

Today on podcast, Sandy Webster catches up with Sherri McMillan, a long-time industry professional and IDEA Member who has shared her strong spirit, creative energy and expertise for over 30 years. Sherri was IDEA’s first-ever Personal Trainer of the Year, as well as the co-recipient of the 2006 IDEA Program Director of the Year Award….

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Smashing the Stereotypes of Aging

Today on the IDEAfit PRO SHOW, Sandy Webster hosts Dr. Cody Sipe, co-founder and vice president of the Functional Aging Institute. Dr. Sipe has an extensive background in the fitness industry with 20 years of experience as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, program director, exercise physiologist and club owner. He is currently an associate professor…

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There Is No Substitute for A Great Coach

Today Sandy Webster catches up with Michael Piercy, MS, 2017 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year. They dig deep into his insights on being a leader and coach during one of the greatest disruptions the world and our industry has ever withstood. Piercy is a superstar fitness pro and entrepreneur who continues to reach higher peaks…

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Local Innovation, Global Impact

On today’s podcast, host Sandy Webster digs into an array of timely topics with industry inventor, educator and practitioner Pete Holman, MS, PT. Pete is a physical therapist, certified strength and conditioning specialist, and a former US National TaeKwon-Do champion and team captain who has put his positive impact on all 5 continents. His passion…

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“LaLa’s” ARCH: Attitude, Resistance, Consistency, Harmony

Today Sandy Webster catches up with the First Lady of Fitness Elaine LaLanne, who was married to the iconic Jack LaLanne, the Godfather of Modern Fitness. “LaLa,” as she is affectionately known to her fitness family, has joined the team at IDEA World Convention every year since 2011 to present the IDEA Jack LaLanne Award,…

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The Rewards of Being a Stroke Recovery Specialist

Host Sandy Webster touches base today with Tracy Markley, the founder and owner of Tracy’s Personal Training, Pilates & Yoga. Tracy is the newly minted 2021 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year. Tracy is a stroke recovery expert who has written six books on stroke recovery and brain function, with two more in the making. She…

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Insider’s View of the Top Health Club in Silicon Valley

Today Sandy Webster interviews Ashley Selman, a high-performance fitness leader who has not only raised the bar on how to run a training business, but who generously keeps inviting others to grow and prosper along with her. She shares her passion and expertise with both clients and colleagues. Ashley is the founder of Evolution Trainers,…

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Building a Scalable, Sustainable Fitness Career

Today Sandy Webster catches up with Shannon Fable, an industry professional who has shared her creative energy and expertise for over two decades. Among many topics, we discuss how fitness pros can take charge of their careers and intentionally build businesses that are both scalable and sustainable. Fable, who was named the 2013 IDEA Fitness…

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Be Resilient, Be Adaptable. There Are No Limits to What You Can Achieve!

Today Sandy Webster interviews Peter Twist, MSc, 2013 IDEA Fitness Inspiration Award recipient and 2010 IDEA Program Director of the Year. Twist has not only helped to shape our industry over the past 25 years, he also has profoundly impacted IDEA’s path and that of countless fitness professionals, clients and athletes. He has been a shining…

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The Ripple Effect of the Wellness Revolution

Sandy Webster hosts Stacy McCarthy, an all-around champion in the health, fitness and wellness arenas who recently was named the 2021 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year. Stacy has been at the forefront of the yoga, fitness and health industries for more than 30 years. Through her business, Yoga Namastacy, she’s developed a collection of…

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Shaping the Next Gen of Fitness Pros

In this episode, host Sandy Webster catches up with Jan Schroeder, PhD, IDEA’s newly minted 2021 Fitness Leader of the Year. Dr. Schroeder is the chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology at California State University Long Beach. The Fitness Option at CSULB has gained international recognition for its unique curriculum, which Dr. Schroeder developed specifically…

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Rethinking Movement Outside of the Gym

In this episode, host Sandy Webster touches base with biomechanist Katy Bowman, a bestselling author, speaker, and a leader of the “Movement movement,” who is changing the way we move, and think about our need for movement. Her 9 books have been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide. Katy, who has written for…

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Train Clients Happy for Better Retention and Results

In this episode, host Sandy Webster is joined by internationally-known integrative health and mindfulness expert Shirley Archer, JD, MA. Shirley is an award-winning health journalist, and best-selling author of 16 fitness and wellness books. In addition to being a contributing editor to IDEA Fitness Journal, she is a media spokesperson and was named IDEA’s 2008 Fitness Instructor…

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Is High Intensity Functional Training the Fountain of Youth?

Today, host Sandy Todd Webster checks in with Pete McCall, MS, a content developer, host of the All About Fitness podcast, and author of the books Smarter Workouts: the Science of Exercise Made Simple and the newly released Ageless Intensity. The new book offers evidence on how high-intensity exercise can minimize psychological effects of aging…

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F45’s Impact on Your Community and the U.S. Military

Today on the podcast, get a vibe for the positive energy and wisdom of Chas Rodgers, the Operations and Performance Officer for F45 Training’s VIP45 program. Chas walks us through the F45 training model and describes what they’re doing to prepare our soldiers for combat readiness as well as prime them for a fitness career…

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5 Social Media Dos and Dont’s

IDEAfit PRO SHOW host Sandy Todd Webster jumps into conversation today with Jessica Maurer, one of IDEA’s most in-demand subject matter experts on the business of fitness. They talk through a lot of essential business advice focused on how to create profitable digital, virtual and live products for your fitness business. Jess also gives a…

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There Are No Shortcuts, but Networking Sure Helps

Today on the podcast, Sandy catches up with Mike Z. Robinson, the founder and owner of MZR fitness in San Luis Obispo, California. Among other industry awards, Mike was chosen by his fitness peers as the 2015 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year. Tune in as he shares his path to capturing that accolade, and as…

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B Strong BFR Training™—The Biohack For Aging Boomers

BFR is one of the newer training techniques to hit the rehab and sports performance worlds and is also being recognized as a potent training method for aging baby boomers. By restricting venous return of blood flow with safe, elastic B Strong Bands, the body is tricked into thinking it is working harder, which produces…

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Overcoming Body Bias in Fitness: How to Create Safe Spaces for ALL People

Today our IDEA colleague and event programming director Ryan Halvorson guest hosts an incredibly interesting panel. The fitness industry has long presented a homogenized picture of what true health and fitness looks like. However, that image applies to a very small portion of the population. When people don’t see themselves reflected in the marketing, messages…

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Do You Have the Essential Mastermind Partner?

Today on the IDEAfit PRO SHOW, host Sandy Webster and IDEA vice president and general manager Amy Thompson share how the IDEA team is reimagining this iconic fitness brand. Their conversation honors the association’s rich history (and some fun forgotten facts) while describing the innovations at IDEA that will move your fitness career forward. As…

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Are You Tapping Into Your Whispers? Featuring Todd Durkin

Todd is the founder of Fitness Quest 10 here in San Diego. He works with high-profile clients and elite athletes including more than 75 NFL and 25 MLB players. He was a finalist on the 2016 NBC TV Series STRONG; he holds a coveted spot on the UnderArmour Training Team, and he travels around the…

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A Former Fit Pro Shares Business Lessons From Outside the Industry

Today on the IDEAfit PRO SHOW, we welcome Nicki Anderson, who spent 20 years in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, entrepreneur and subject matter expert on the business of fitness. In addition to owning and operating her unique training model at Reality Fitness for 19 years in Naperville, Illinois, Nicki was one of…

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Eccentric Strength Training Controversies–Resolved!

On today’s episode, IDEA’s Editor in Chief Sandy Webster and the amazing Dr. Len Kravitz have a fascinating discussion on two topics Len covered in the Research column for the award-winning Fitness Journal. First, they dive into a study that identified the top 5 resistance training workouts that improve VO2Max, which was covered in the…

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Equity, Anti-Racism and Authentic Allyship in Fitness

On today’s episode, IDEA’s director of event programming Ryan Halvorson guest hosts and speaks with Katrina Pilkington, Ilya Parker and Dynasti Hunt about diversity, equity and inclusion in the fitness industry. While these are not new terms to most people, the conversation heated up considerably last year and catalyzed change across many businesses. Scores of…

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Secrets for Coaching Active Agers

Today on the podcast, IDEA editor in chief Sandy Todd Webster talks with 2020 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, Leslee Bender. They cover Leslee’s tips for working successfully with active agers and also discuss how habit change can help us to live, move and feel eternally young. Links to contact Leslee Bender: FB &…

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Growing Your Fitness Business in Troubled Times; Customer Service in the Digital Age

Today on the podcast, IDEA editor in chief Sandy Todd Webster talks with Mark Fisher of Mark Fisher Fitness in New York City. They discuss topics ranging from the importance of creating an unforgettable culture among your members, to doing business during COVID in the nation’s largest city and how the principles of growing your…

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Ramping up Your Zoom Studio and More

IDEA editor in chief Sandy Todd Webster talks with 2019 IDEA Fitness Leader of the Year Tricia Murphy Madden, a global group exercise program creator, educator and top presenter. Tricia has developed many highly acclaimed programs, including Barre Above®, Urban Striptease Aerobics, and HOMEROOMfit, among others. This is the second of a two-part episode (there…

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Strive and Thrive!

IDEA editor in chief Sandy Todd Webster talks with 2019 IDEA Fitness Leader of the Year Tricia Murphy Madden, a global group exercise program creator, educator and top presenter. She has developed many highly acclaimed programs, including Barre Above®, Urban Striptease Aerobics, and HOMEROOMfit. This is the first of a two-part episode in which Tricia…

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Leading With a Service Attitude; Navigating Career Reroutes

Today on the pod, IDEA editor in chief Sandy Todd Webster talks with 2019 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year Brian Nunez, owner of FNS Training Center in Santa Clara, CA. Brian’s inspirational story and high-energy business model have he and his team busier than ever through this pandemic year. Tune in to learn more…

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Let’s Get This Party Started!

The premier episode of the IDEAfit PRO SHOW has arrived! Join host Sandy Todd Webster, IDEA’s editor in chief and IDEA VP and general manager Amy Thompson as they talk about the many great resources the IDEA team is planning for fit pros in 2021. Also, get an early insider’s view from our events team…

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