It’s the final day of 2011 IDEA World Fitness Convention, and somehow I managed to harness my inner Beatle – “Woke up, fell out of bed. Dragged a comb across my head. Found my way downstairs and drank a cup. Looking up, I noticed I was late.” Yup, by 6:45 a.m. I was out the hotel door and on my way to “What the ‘L’ Step” to get new choreo for my classes back home. I wonder if it’s possible to sleepstep? If you can sleepwalk, there must be a way to stay asleep while exercising!
I was doing my usual 10-15 minutes per session, per time block today when I noted just how many layers of skills and niche areas we have to plan for at this event. It’s a balancing act that IDEA programming director Aprile Peishel has mastered beautifully and woven into a show that ranges from foundation curriculum (hi-low step, indoor cycling, choreography, exercise science, special pops training) to the leading edge (lactate training, corrective exercise, the brain-exercise connection). “The biggest challenge I have is narrowing down the choices,” she told me. “There are so many great presentations and educators to choose from, but we only have so many time slots.”
There are a lot of reasons people get into this profession. They are inspired to help others; they experience a life event that drives them to the industry’s door; some know early on that they will be a sport coach, a group ex guru, a choreographer, a fitness manager or a kids’ specialist. Some come to it with a full heart and mind later in life, as a second career.
But no matter what brings you to fitness, you need to know what compels you stay with it.
An opening thought for the 2010 IDEA Fitness Fusion Conference: Life is a symphony of contrasts.
I flew into Chicago a couple of days early to hang out with a childhood friend I hadn’t seen in years. We both grew up in the city’s southwest suburbs umpteen years ago and have had one of those easy, pick-up-where-you-left-off friendships that are a rarity and a treasure.