Has it already been a year since the last World Convention? Hard to believe, but here we go again!
This is actually my seventh straight World. I was hired at IDEA 2 weeks after the 2001 convention in San Francisco wrapped up, so was able to use our other events that year and in 2002 as training ground for this true extravaganza. Even as wonderful as our other events are, there’s really nothing that can fully prepare you for your first IDEA World. Any newbies out there? Any veterans? I’d love to hear from you about your favorite experiences at this or any past events. Just drop me a note in the comment box below.
A change of pace and something almost unheard of in Southern California as my chosen means to get to Anaheim from San Diego this morning: I left my car at home! How great is that? I hopped a ride on AMTRAK and was able to get some work done, occasionally reminding myself to savor the sight of the beautiful coastline peeling away on my left. Mainly, I reviewed the event catalog again and tried to focus on which sessions are “must-sees” for me over the next 4+ days. Unfortunately, most of them seem to fit that description. Honestly, I’d rather be limited to a set number of sessions; I think it would force me to be more in the “coverage zone.” But when you’re a fitness editor at the globe’s premier education event, you get a little greedy. Inevitably and unapologetically, I end up being a total glutton by trying to do and absorb it all.
Actually, today I didn’t do too badly in the overload department. I stopped by just a few of the precons, but was mostly riveted by Sue Hitzmann’s 6-hour session “New Science of the Human Body: The MELT Living Body Model™.” If you or your clients have tension or pain (and who doesn’t these days?), this material certainly provides new perspective and offers what appears to be new science (I need to track down the studies and look more into them). Sue walked the 80 or so attendees through neurofascial science regarding connective tissue, pelvic stability and the NeuroCore system.
She has some amazing surgical footage on cadavers that shows what human connective tissue looks like under a microscope. To see this stuff is to be awed by the brilliant architecture of the human body all over again. The visual/video aspect made me understand the neurofascial science more clearly, and literally see kinesiologic systems work in concert. I’ve read/heard about this before but had never witnessed it. It really is all connected. Anatomy geeks be forewarned. You’ll be all over it and have a million questions for her.
A side note on Sue: Around 2003-2004, she wrote the Fine Anatomy column in IDEA Personal Trainer magazine. This lady knows her business. She took over the column after Greg Roskopf, who wrote it from 2001-2003. These columns are all in the IDEA Library and are always worth a visit for a primer or quick review of insertion, origin, action and, injury prevention and postrehab tips for specific musculature. We carried the column over to IDEA Fitness Journal and ran it through 2006. We covered every part of the body, so keep that in mind the next time you have an anatomy question.
With that, I’m wrapping it up for the day. I’m going for a run—ironically, probably my last chance for good cardio exercise over the next few days—and then having dinner with Nicki Anderson.
Tomorrow, we’re really off to the races! Can’t wait!