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.
I always put off packing until the last minute because I hate choosing what to bring. Unpacking is easy--it all goes into the wash! At least I've gotten smarter after all these years---I don't really need a full complement of workout gear as I always buy a pile of cute stuff that needsto live with me. As to shoes, well I signed up in time for the Step Into the Future class so I get a free pair of Reebok shoes. Yes! And IDEA has the t-shirt (you should see my collection) so I'm set for a cover-up.
A few years ago, I discovered spinning and threw myself into it. I went three times a week for about a year, which dwindled to twice weekly, which dwindled to once a month (in a good month). What happened? Did I just burn out? I’m pretty steady in my fitness pursuits, so I’ve often wondered why I lost interest in it. Last night I gained a bit of clarity on the matter.
If you’ve ever been to Jazz Festival in New Orleans—or if you’ve ever spent time in the great state of Louisiana, period—you know it’s all about food and fun. For the second straight year, IDEA membership director Annina Torri and I took a quick vacation down South to visit our friend and IDEA member Charlie Hoolihan, personal training director for the stunning Pelican Athletic Club (PAC) in Mandeville, on Lake Pontchartrain’s north shore.
The last day of any IDEA conference is always bittersweet for me. I’m sad that all the excitement is over and will miss seeing so many friends and colleagues until our next event, but at the same time, I’m exhausted and ready to go home! Plus, it’s been raining here for the past 3 days and today it’s cold to boot. I’m ready for some California sunshine back at IDEA’s San Diego HQ.
There is more talent and personality embodied by IDEA presenters in the Rosemont Hyatt at this moment than I can possibly even fathom. There is the usual star power—Blahnik, Purvis, Glick, Kolber, Roskopf, Murphy, Anderson, Fable, McMillan (x 2), Brooks, etcetera. Too many to mention or count, really. And then there is newly mined gold that IDEA conference programming director Aprile Peishel has carefully cultivated to ensure that conference education stays fresh and relevant to today’s fitness professional.
Fusion couldn’t be a more apt name for this event. Concepts from all corners of fitness have fused and morphed and overlaid beautifully over the past few years to give pros from all disciplines interesting and meaningful training choices for their clients.
I was on vacation in Sarasota, Florida, a couple of weeks ago visiting my brother and his family. I’ve been down there a few times now and have happily made the Sarasota YMCA (the Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch)—which is just a few miles from their neighborhood—my home away from home (away from home). What an amazing fitness facility and what an incredibly talented staff.