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.
I was reluctant to resurrect the subject of John Cloud’s opinion piece/cover story "Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin” from the August 9 issue of TIME Magazine. I hesitated primarily because the hoopla has pretty much died down and I didn’t want to give this sensational (in a bad way) piece any more time in the sun. Also, two IDEA members-educators (Nicki Anderson and Jonathan Ross) did an outstanding job of building such strong, elegant counterpoints in their blogs that I felt I’d just be piling on by joining the fray. But enough people have asked me to weigh in on the topic that perhaps a bit of late-in-the-game analysis is warranted.
So, where did we leave off? Oh yes, right before I went to the Kangoo Jumps promo seminar. That was a hoot. They sell a type of jumpy shoe that is sort of like wearing your own personal trampoline. After about 20 minutes all that jumping made me think I was about to give birth, so I reverted to light bouncing.
Day three of the convention and my feet are breaking down. I’m not sure how many steps I’ve logged, but I’m sure it’s well above the American Heart Association’s recommendation of at least 10,000 per day. After five years’ of these conventions, I’m well aware of the toll they take on the body and so I try my best to arm myself against pain or injury. The pups are at a dull ache right now, so I take that as a victory.