It’s not surprising that IDEA Health & Fitness Association’s 39-year history so closely parallels the trajectory of the fitness industry—the two have literally “grown up” together. IDEA has been a guiding force in health, fitness, nutrition and behavior modification strategies since 1982, and it continues to lead. Today, our team’s commitment to helping fitness professionals succeed in their fitness careers—and to advancing our shared mission to Inspire the World to Fitness®—is stronger than ever. Our recent remastering of our membership offerings doubles down on our purpose and passion to see all fitness pros thrive.

“We wanted to create a member experience, business tools, continuing education and community that felt valuable to everyone,” says Amy Boone Thompson, IDEA’s vice president and general manager. “We surveyed our community, and we thought very deeply about how to resolve some of the pain points we’d heard about from industry pros. The new IDEAfit+ Membership benefits and services outlined in this article reflect what we believe to be the most contemporary, relevant and affordable package in today’s market to keep fitness professionals moving forward in the most meaningful way.”

Here are 7 incredible reasons to consider becoming an IDEAfit+ Member to propel your fitness career forward.

Unlimited CECs for IDEAfit+ membership

Take as many courses as you need toward your cert renewal from the comfort of your home.

1. Get FREE Unlimited CECs

It’s been a tough year, and everyone needs a helping hand. IDEA is here to lift the community and get fit pros back to the critical work of inspiring clients. We’re also here to help pros build meaningful fitness careers and businesses. Our new IDEAfit+ Membership provides unlimited CECs from free IDEA online courses and from IDEAfit TV courses. This translates to an approximate $350 value for the amount of CECs most agencies require to keep your certifications current.

“IDEAfit+ Members can visit ideafit.com as often as they like, choose from a vast array of more than 400 free courses, enroll in the course they’d like to take and then access the content/quiz—all without having to pay any additional fees. It’s that simple,” says IDEA Inspired Service director Marco Velasco. “Take as many courses as you need toward your cert renewal from the comfort of your home and consume your CECs in whatever learning style suits you best.”

2. Gain a Distinct Fitness Career Edge

IDEA surveys for job satisfaction and compensation have shown that IDEA members earn more money and stay in fitness careers longer than the industry average. With the fitness landscape dramatically and forever changed by the pandemic, IDEA’s mandate—to develop the most relevant continuing education and business tools to advance the careers of all fitness pros—is fully primed to answer these challenges.

As the fitness business model transforms, IDEA and its smart, inclusive faculty of subject matter experts is here to help pros navigate the competitive landscape with confidence. Members can gain customized inspiration, education and business solutions through a multichannel array of resources, including our award-winning articles and publications, our incomparable live event experiences, expansive online educational courses, webinars and podcasts. Think of IDEAfit+ Membership as the must-have mastermind asset you need to advance your skill set and your fitness career.

IDEA fitness community and IDEAfit+ membership

Our community serves to help build meaningful careers and support networks.

3. Find Your Home Inside the IDEA Community and Thrive

Belonging to the IDEA community gives you the chance to connect with 275,000 fitness professionals around the world. Whether you’re networking at a live or virtual IDEA event, sharing experiences through our multiple social media groups, chatting with colleagues on a webinar or visiting ideafit.com, the ties that bind IDEA fitness pros are strong and familiar. Our community serves to help others improve their quality of life; it provides impactful health and fitness services; and it wants to build meaningful careers and support networks. IDEAfit+ Membership puts fit pros on a clear path with credible, practical, timely resources; mentoring tools; and multiple ways to connect with like-minded professionals.

IDEA World Virtual and IDEAfit+ membership

The first 15,000 to purchase an IDEAfit+ Membership will receive a one-time, all-access, 3-day pass to 2021 IDEA World Virtual.

4. Spoiler Alert! Claim Your FREE Ticket to 2021 IDEA World Virtual—a $399 Value!—With IDEAfit+ Membership

IDEA World Virtual delivers on industry needs for up-to-date, high-level education while remodeling our boundaries and global reach as we remain physically distanced. However, in 2021, attending an event of this size and caliber may be cost-prohibitive due to the financial strain brought on by the pandemic. As a thank-you gift to those continuing to do everything they can to Inspire the World to Fitness®, we are giving the first 15,000 fit pros to sign up for an IDEAfit+ Membership complimentary access to 2021 IDEA World Virtual.

“We can’t think of a better way to unite our industry than to extend our world-class event to all of IDEAfit+ Members,” Thompson says. “We feel it is imperative that we support our members in this challenging time by providing the tools, support and community they need to thrive.”

The first 15,000 people to purchase an IDEAfit+ Membership will receive a one-time, all-access, 3-day ticket to 2021 IDEA World Virtual—valued at $399 and good for up to 21 CECs/CEUs.

The event is labeled IDEA World Virtual because it comprises vast learning opportunities for all fitness professionals working in all settings. Whether you’re a personal trainer looking to upskill in the latest advancements in resistance training, a group fitness instructor trying to make a splash in the virtual space or a brick-and-mortar business owner in need of innovative profit centers, IDEA World Virtual is where you will find best-in-class education and inspiration.

“Every session I attended [in 2020] directly affected my everyday operations—and life—as a fitness entrepreneur,” shares Laura Bordeaux, a Healdsburg, California-based personal trainer. “It may have been virtual interaction, but I have never felt so connected to the industry.”

Based on that experience, Bordeaux says she will return to IDEA World Virtual this year, July 9–11, when the event will feature more than 100 workshops, lectures and workouts led by 100 innovative industry experts.

5. Enjoy Unlimited Access to IDEA Fitness Journal and All of Our Specialty Newsletters

January-February 2021 IDEA Fitness Journal magazine

Knowledge is power, and IDEA content has galvanized and inspired our members for more than 39 years. Our publications are dedicated to helping you learn and thrive in the fitness and wellness industry. Our flagship magazine, Fitness Journal, is the professional voice of the industry. Published six times per year, this award-winning print magazine (with a digital edition) keeps pace with the continuing evolution in fitness and delivers evidence-based and practical “Monday Morning Ready” content that will keep your clients coming back for more. Our editors, writers and expert interviewees keep readers ahead of the curve on exercise and nutrition research, program design, product knowledge and business best practices.

IDEAfit+ Membership will also give you access to our four specialty publicationsIDEA Fitness Journal SPRINT, IDEA Fit Tips, IDEA Food & Nutrition Tips and IDEA Fit Business Success—plus our customizable Client Newsletter.

6. Get Inspiration on the Go With IDEA’s Podcasts

IDEAfit PRO SHOW podcast

IDEA has two new podcasts that will help you to multitask while feeding your mind with inspiration: The IDEAfit PRO SHOW and the IDEA Listen & Learn CEC Podcast.

The IDEAfit PRO SHOW podcast is a perfect choice for fitness professionals who want to tune in and hear IDEA’s authors, presenters and subject matter experts come to life each week to talk about all things fitness, wellness, business, nutrition and the latest developments at IDEA. 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 fitness career moves, business strategies, program design, exercise science, nutrition and inspiration—from pros with amazing expertise.IDEA Listen & Learn podcast logo

 

This lively and inspirational audio-video talk show focuses on content presented in Fitness Journal as well as throughout IDEA’s rich lineup of continuing education and events. The show is hosted by IDEA’s editor in chief Sandy Todd Webster and it will feed your mind and fill your heart with positive energy and great ideas.

IDEA’s Listen & Learn CEC Podcast is the fitness industry’s first and only audible CEC program. We know how busy you are, so we’re providing an easy way to help you listen, learn and earn credits toward your certification renewal. Research has shown that physical activity increases comprehension, so whether you’re out for a run, working out or just doing the dishes, now you can cement your learning through this convenient audible CEC option! Relax and let IDEA’s editors read Fitness Journal CEC content to you!

7. Obtain Access to Health and Liability Insurance

Health Insurance. Do you have affordable healthcare coverage? If so, are your benefits meeting your and your family’s healthcare needs? In 2019, IDEA introduced the industry’s first medical and dental healthcare program for fitness professionals. IDEA recognizes the challenges our members and customers have had in finding affordable programs while working as contractors or small-business owners. This program provides customized, flexible options for fitness professionals.

Liability Insurance. You and your business are unique, so your fitness insurance should be, too. We’ve made it easy to tailor coverage to individual needs at competitive rates. Plus, IDEA Liability Insurance covers fitness pros for both virtual training and online video instruction.

If Not Now, When?

These 7 reasons highlight key aspects of IDEAfit+ Membership, but there is much more to it! For more details, links and benefits, see the “FAQs: IDEAfit+ Membership at a Glance” section below. Questions? Connect with the IDEA Inspired Service Team at [email protected] or 800-999-4332, ext. 7, for more information.

IDEA membership rates and benefits

FAQS: IDEAfit+ Membership at a Glance

What do I get with my membership?

A. Your IDEAfit+ Membership gives you unlimited CECs from free IDEA online courses through IDEAfit TV and quizzes; a subscription to Fitness Journal magazine (mailed six times a year), as well as a host of online newsletters; access to FitPost social media services; an online subscription to Client Newsletter; and access to Workout Builder.

Does my IDEAfit+ Membership really include a FREE 3-day pass to the 2021 IDEA® World Virtual convention?

A. Yes! The first 15,000 people to purchase an IDEAfit+ Membership will receive a one-time, all-access, 3-day pass to 2021 IDEA World Virtual—valued at $399.

Can I cancel my membership midyear?

A. Once you subscribe or renew for the year, IDEAfit+ Membership cannot be refunded. Learn more about the membership cancellation policy.

Can I disable auto-renewal from my membership?

A. You can disable auto-renewal from your membership through your subscriptions page in your IDEA account. Once there, select the action gear-symbol button and choose “Disable Auto Renewal.”

Are there payment plans or free trial memberships available for IDEAfit+ Membership?

A. Because IDEAfit+ Membership offers instant unlimited access to CECs and IDEA online courses, we cannot offer payment plans or trial memberships.

FAQ for Current IDEA Members

I’m already an IDEA member. How do I upgrade?

A. If you already have a membership, you can upgrade to IDEAfit+ Membership now. 

Does my IDEAfit+ Membership really include a FREE 3-day pass to the 2021 IDEA® World Virtual convention?

A. Yes! The first 15,000 people who purchase IDEAfit+ Membership will receive a one-time, all-access, 3-day pass to 2021 IDEA World Virtual—valued at $399.

Why does IDEAfit+ Membership cost more than my current membership?

A. It’s all about the value. IDEAfit+ has everything you loved about your current membership plus unlimited CECs through IDEAfit TV. Also, you now have access to FitPost social media services—all included.

IDEAfit+ Membership actually costs less than my current membership. What am I losing?

A. Nothing. In fact, you get more value than ever before. We’ve streamlined our membership to offer more services to all our members. It’s good news for everyone!

So, what do I get with my IDEAfit+ Membership?

A. You will continue to receive Fitness Journal and have access to all of the membership perks you currently have. If you haven’t been receiving IDEA Fit Business Success, you will start getting this digital newsletter now. And you’ll also receive unlimited CECs from free IDEA online courses through IDEAfit TV and quizzes; access to FitPost social media services; event exclusives; and more. Here is a full list of membership benefits.

Can I cancel my membership midyear?

A. No. Once you subscribe or renew for the year, IDEAfit+ Membership cannot be refunded. Here is IDEA’s membership cancellation policy.

Can I disable auto-renewal from my membership?

A. Yes. You can disable auto-renewal from your membership through your subscriptions page in your IDEA account. Once there, select the action gear-symbol button and choose “Disable Auto Renewal.”

Are there payment plans available for IDEAfit+?

A. No. Because IDEAfit+ Membership offers instant unlimited access to CECs and IDEA online courses, we cannot offer payment plans.

Can I keep my old IDEA membership?

A. As we streamline our membership services to offer more value to all members, we will no longer have any of the previous membership categories available. If you upgrade to IDEAfit+ Membership, you will receive a complimentary, one-time, 3-day pass to IDEA World Virtual; you also have the option of upgrading on your renewal date.

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How do I access my free CECs?

A. Log into your account and go to pro.ideafit.com/account/videos/cecs. Select “Enroll in this course” from the course information page to add it to your account.

How do I access Client Newsletter and personalize my content?

A. Log into your account and choose Client Newsletter from the Resources tab to personalize your newsletter.

How do I access Workout Builder and start designing programs?

A. Log into your account and access Workout Builder from the Resources tab to customize workouts for your clients (pro.ideafit.com/exercise-library).

How do I access FitPost to schedule posts?

A. Log into your account and access FitPost from the Resources table to create and schedule your social media posts or to select our carefully curated content (fitpost.ideafit.com/app/dashboard/default).

How do I access event exclusives?

A. We will send you an email when event exclusives are available to you. You can also contact the IDEA Inspired Service Team via email or by calling 800-999-4332, ext. 7, for more information.

How do I access IDEA’s digital publications?

A. You will receive digital publications, such as IDEA Fitness Journal SPRINT, via email. You can also access our publications at pro.ideafit.com/publications.

Where can I get a quote for a professional fitness liability policy?

A. Go to ideafit.com/professional-liability-insurance. Click “Get Instant Quote” to start your quote.

Where can I get a quote for health insurance coverage for myself, my family or my team?

A. Go to ideafit.com/professional-liability-insurance. You can also contact the IDEA Inspired Service Team via email or by calling 800-999-4332, ext. 7, for more information.