I flew in yesterday afternoon from Santa Barbara, which means I left a city still in the midst of a wildfire in the hills above town. Las Vegas is about 110 Fahrenheit so it sizzles in a different way!Sometimes people associate the IDEA convention with workshops and the Expo, but it’s just as much about friends. In less than 24 hours I’ve met up with all kinds of great people.
Oooh la la, I have about 10 minutes to get over to my BOSU Block Party. I just finished Kari Anderson's hi/lo class and she is still the queen of choreography and dance. I almost felt clever once or twice! Time to go to the last event for the day, but I'll give a full rundown of this afternoon's excitement in the morning. Must keep moving (say that like Frankenstein with his arms out front).
Two weeks ago, I gave up caffeine and sugar. I gave up coffee 2 years ago, which was a feat among feats. I switched to green tea—which is much better for you—but still has caffeine. In the middle of a cleanse I realized how much better I felt without consuming caffeine and sugar and had the epiphany that I (and my adrenal glands) am super sensitive to America’s favorite drug. So I quit, cold turkey.
The alarm went off at 6:00 AM, which was very unfriendly of it. Luckily the radio was playing a good song, so I woke up in a more approachable frame of mind. I can't speak for other fitness pros, but I am not what you'd call a "morning person."
Amy Boone Thompson, COO of Stroller Strides®, nailed it for me today when she told attendees of the “Focus on Fitness Management” precon the following: “The thing I love most about the IDEA World Conference is the networking. While you’re here this week, don’t be shy. Get out of your bubble and meet as many people as you can. You’ll see these people year after year. They’ll become your family…”
Today I arrived for the preconference events at IDEA World Fitness Convention™, albeit a little late thanks to thunderstorms that "narrowed the flight corridor," affecting most other flights in the sky. But I made it.
IDEA World Fitness Convention™
July 8-12, 2008
Las Vegas, NV
Where is your inspiration coming from in 2008? Get all the inspiring motivation, information and ideas you need to reach new levels of success. Join us at the world’s #1 fitness education program at the IDEA World Fitness Convention™.
This year’s highlights:
Don’t miss the inspirational welcome with bestselling author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, John Gray, PhD.
Try tomorrow’s innovations TODAY- 129 Premiere Sessions will debut!
Find the best and the newest clothing, equipment and more at the IDEA Fitness & Wellness Expo Hall.
Featured Panel Discussion “What’s Hot Now: Consumer Trends” with Industry Dynamos: Jay Blahnik, Chalene Johnson and Michael Tchao.
Expand Your Skills. Choose from 8 Preconference Workshops to boost your training to the next level.
Choose from 267 Sessions – We’re offering the most diverse topics in fitness and wellness.
126 Presenters. Meet the world’s leading personalities, experts, researchers, business owners and visionaries.
Four-hour Intensive Sessions. Get advanced workshop training and earn CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION.
Earn up to 20 CECs.
We hope to see you at IDEA World Fitness Convention™!
I noticed something different when I checked into my room on Thursday, and I’ve carried it with me the entire weekend. The front desk staff at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare hotel has noticeably stepped up their customer service. Front desk personnel are generally affable people, otherwise they wouldn’t be put in this front-line service opportunity. But the man who checked me in punctuated his service with one small gesture that made a difference. After keying in all the proper details, he stepped out from behind the desk, came around to the front where I was standing, handed me my room key and showed me which way to go.